Amanda Woodrow, Aged 24. Competitive Distance Runner

I've been working with Martin since the summer when I decided to return to competitive running. I knew my endurance was okay but I was lacking in speed and strength. Martin devised a great program for me to do 2-3 days a week focusing on free weights for strength and conditioning. I've noticed a huge improvement in my running ever since. Although his core workouts are really horrible they've made a huge difference to my  stability and form. He really knows his stuff about sport specific training and was really motivational when I suffered and injury. Despite having to completely change my program be helped me stay fit and keep training whilst my back healed. He's a great person to train with, and although he makes you work extra hard it's definitely worth it!

Ewan Watson, aged 27, Wind Turbine Engineer

I have been working with Martin on/off for a year and a half and over this period have seen some major improvements. I first decided on the idea of a Personal Trainer in 2011 at another gym in Edinburgh however through a friend’s recommendation I decided to switch to Martin. With the price, slot flexibility and the facilities available at Edinburgh University CSE this was an easy decision.

My aim was to gain muscle mass through various sessions however due to the nature of my work and other commitments I could only attend twice a week to start off with. Martin tailored my programme to this as well as giving me extra sessions to do in the gym on my own. I was soon smashing my PBs in all departments which is a credit to Martin and his tailored programmes.

Martin is a great guy and a very professional trainer who I would highly recommend (I have had other trainers in Edinburgh) - I have already recommended Martin to a number of people at work.

Some of the strength feats I achieved were I went from benching 107kg to 140kg, squatting 120kg to 160kg, bodyweight chin ups to weighted chin ups with 20kg and a 90kg strict press.

Nara Keveripatnam Aged 48

Martin is one of the very best, if not the very best personal trainers you can get in Edinburgh. He preaches what he practices. I engage him for three days a week and have completely transformed my life.

Susan Leven

I have been working with Martin for the past year to improve my strength and my technique (squat, bench, deadlift).  He has ensured I lift safely then challenges me to my limits.  Working with Martin changing up my programme regularly keeps me interested in going to the gym and focussed on achieving my goals.  He has a wealth of knowledge to impart and is patient with my constant stream of how/why/what fitness related questions!

Chloe Kippen, Director - Principal and Major Gifts, The University of Edinburgh

I have been working with Martin for 12 months. I have long-term fitness goals and I am a regular runner and climber. Martin has provided me with a programme that has helped me to increase strength and stamina and I have seen significant improvement in my other sporting endeavours. He has listened to my aspirations and has planned accordingly and he has an encouraging and reassuring manner. Martin also has academic qualifications to bring to his role as PT and he has used his knowledge to explain the scientific benefits of my training programmes. I find this particularly motivating.

Ashley Cooke, Marie Curie ESR Fellow Aged 24

I started training with Martin as my PT last year and I have noticed huge improvements in my level of fitness and general appearance in that time. He tailored routines to suit my goals, my availability and my capabilities. He was able to focus on areas that I had neglected in the past and corrected my technique on many exercises. I was given helpful information on how to improve my diet to bolster what we had done in the gym. I spent three years weightlifting before going to Martin and didn't see a fraction as much progress then as I do now.

Having a PT to continuously motivate you (whatever the weather!) to go to the gym in the first place and to push yourself beyond your comfort zone is vital if you're serious about getting fit and Martin does these things rigorously and professionally. I would recommend anyone; male or female, old or young and even lazy or athletic to approach Martin if they're serious about getting fit

Thomas Eden, Student Aged 23

Before working with Martin I was going to the gym five times a week for over an hour each day. In two years I only gained 10 pounds of muscle then completely plateaued. Now that I have been using Martin’s program I only have to go four times a week and I have gained more muscle in 6 months than I did in two years, going from 178 pounds to 195. Not only has my muscle increased my strength has as well. My max bench on the bench has now become my usual rep weight and my squat weight has more than doubled.

Martin will factor in whatever requests you have in your workout and in my case will keep working with you even if you live in a different country for a majority of the year. I highly recommend working with Martin whether you are new or old to the gym and want to gain a significant amount of muscle and strength.

Kirsten Stewart

"I have worked with Martin for the last fourteen months and he has helped me to realise my fitness and weight loss goals and then set new targets.  Martin focuses on technique and realistic programs that are tailored to fit into the two, hour long sessions, I have each week.  Each session is demanding and varied and allows me to develop and improve during each session and when I am bored with the routine Martin will change the session so I am constantly building on the work previously done.  These changes allow me to improve but also keep the sessions interesting and therefore sustainable and I look forward to my workouts each week.  If I have any questions at any time Martin is happy to answer them either by e-mail or text or is always happy to meet up and go over the particular part of the routine I might be having problems with.  I am delighted with the results – although I have had to buy a complete new wardrobe to fit new reduced size and shape (not such a hardship)- I would recommend Martin to anyone who wants to see sustained results." Kirsten Stewart

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