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Age: 51. Starting Weight: 91kg. Current Weight: 60.78kg. Weight Loss: 30.22kg
I have pretty much spent my entire adult life unhappy about my weight. I have always had a complicated relationship with food and as such a poor self-image. The more I indulged one the worse the other got. I ended up battling and losing the fight and both spiralled uncontrollably. My weight issues reached a peak after having two kids, as it was almost impossible to find the the time, energy or inclination to do anything about it.

However, on reaching 50, I decided enough was enough, and things had to change, so I joined a gym. I started working out, but was unsure of the types of exercises I should be doing to see the best results? I realised I needed more guidance and decided to “call in the big guns” and sign up with a personal trainer (that way I could not make excuses and would have to follow through). I chose a personal trainer with a medical background, as my years in denial lead to the inevitable health issues. In my case damaged knees and dangerously high blood pressure. The latter condition caused an epileptic seizure, and gave me a very loud and clear wake up call.

I started to see Murray once a week and rapidly saw a dramatic transformation, in both my fitness level and overall mental well-being. Murray tailored my training programme to my issues, which allowed me to see results. Prior to seeing a personal trainer, I always steered clear of most of the scary looking pieces of gym equipment as they mostly looked like instruments of torture! However, armed with the understanding of the types if exercises I should focus on and the pieces of equipment I should use, I became hooked on exercise, and was able to supplement my training sessions independently. I now try to incorporate some form of daily exercise in to my life, as I find it both improves my overall fitness level and mental well-being.

To be honest what I needed was someone to help support my journey. Someone to motivate me, believe in me, and more importantly make me believe in myself. Murray`s medical background ensured that my programme was tailored to my specific health needs. Somehow it turns out losing weight after all these years is not only possible but also actually enjoyable. What I had not bargained for was finding a personal trainer who could change my attitude to health and fitness. He recently said to me that he was sure I would not go back to the way I was, and I can honestly say without any doubt that I won’t. So somehow, as well as an overall body makeover I have undergone a total life altering attitude change. What I needed was a tailored to me approach to personal training, and that is exactly what I got.

I recently read the definition of a Holistic approach, and think it accurately describes my personal training experience. Holistic (refers to addressing the whole person, including their physical, mental, and emotional health, empowering the person to take charge of their own health). There is therefore obviously a big difference between joining a gym, and having a personal trainer share their expertise and empower you to change your life. I can only say I am glad I chose the latter.

– Yvette

I used Murray as my personal trainer for a year until I was moving down to London. Since then I have used three other pt’s and still to this day I compare them to him as he set such a high standard. He is committed, always happy to give advice, never promotes unhealthy body building products like the vast majority of other pt’s and just makes training fun. I met Murray during the worst period of my life suffering from extreme anxiety and extra self conscious about what I could and couldn’t do. Now I actually look forward to the sessions. And I have achieved some really great results He’s helped me understand why its so important to look after yourself. I owe him a lot for helping to push me when I need it the most.

-Fraser

3 months ago Murray gave me my health MOT that showed high blood pressure, high cholesterol (off the scale above 7.8) and that I was overweight. I accepted his offer to help me get fit and improve my health through a combination of diet and exercise. Having never done anything like a plant based diet I was intrigued what might be the outcome and so cautiously decided to give it a go. The weight came right off and my levels off fitness started to increase noticeably after three weeks. Now my blood pressure is at normal levels and my weight has dropped 10 kg (22Ibs) but the number I was particularly amazed at was my total cholesterol which has come down to 3.88!!! Given that Doctors had told me most people find it hard to reduce cholesterol via diet I was frankly stunned- and very happy. Just the other day I took another FTP test (fitness test) and was astonished to find my score had increased from 190-231! If you are wondering if a plant based diet and exercise could help you – commit for 3 months and see what happens.

-Kenny

I started training with Murray at the grand old age of 59 following an injury to my shoulder, whilst I cycled regularly I had found it difficult to maintain my motivation especially in the gym. My goals at the time were to build up the strength in my shoulder (in a safe way) while improving my overall level of fitness and to become more toned prior to my daughter’s wedding the following year.

Murray is a true professional , he has an extensive knowledge of sports medicine and a holistic and flexible approach that makes training fun. He seems genuinely interested in and cares about his clients. He has inspired me to become more focused about my nutrition as well as my training. He has a real knack of getting  the right balance between motivating you and supporting you to try new things and achieve your full potential.  I have dropped a dress size and people have commented on how well I look, I have more energy now and I am fitter than I was in my fifties! I feel I’ve had excellent results and would highly recommend him.

-Karen

As a 56 year old type2 diabetic with a pacemaker I had never been to a gym before and was in poor shape – unable to ascend stairs or walk more than 100 . When I started working with Murray I embraced the wholefoods plant based diet easily and began his program of light exercise. Three months later and I could walk 5km and HB1AC levels was down from 78 to 53. I feel a lot healthier and my quality of life has significantly improved.

-Steve

I have T2 Diabetes, put on medication for it and associated high blood pressure. This gave me a kick up the backside into doing something about it. This is where Murray came into play and speaking to him I decided that he would be the right PT for me. Over the last 2 years I have gone from not being able to run for a bus to running 5 k and competing in 2 mini triathlons. In July 2020 I climbed Craiglockhart and Blackford hills in 3 hrs and walked 13 km. It was has not always been easy and many times I have wanted to give up. Murray supports me from knowing when to go hard (out of comfort zone) to knowing to go easy. He never shouts but can occasionally give me a subtle nudge when I need it. We are planning a series of challenges for next year which is a significant milestone for me.

-Jen

Murray is a fantastic trainer as he fuels you with confidence even when you feel that the task is impossible. When I first met him I was unfit and doubted my own ability. He has improved my fitness levels beyond my wildest dreams. He is a taskmaster but not a bully and I have achieved more than I ever thought was possible. I now regularly run 5 k’s despite being 52 and never been a runner. I have also lost weight, and generally feel a lot better and more happy.

-Ro

By following the plant based diet, I feel it has dramatically improved my energy levels, helped me lose weight (-16 kg). I feel Murray has helped me understand how the body works and how to follow the program. My fitness levels have never been higher. My cholesterol dropped from 4.26 to now unreadable on the monitor.

– Robyn

Overweight, unfit and type 2 diabetic – I felt hopeless. Having Murray as a personal trainer changed my life completely. With his support, I changed my diet, lost weight and reversed my diabetes. Under Murray’s instruction I began to exercise an am fitter than I have been for years. He is professional, kind, inspiring and supportive. I couldn’t have done this without him.

-Naan

Through diet and exercise and Murray’s encouragement, I feel so much better, energetic, happier and more focused than I have in years. I decided to stop taking my medication a couple of months ago and to my relief my symptoms haven’t returned. It’s early days and I’m not saying what I have done will work for everyone and should only be considered in agreement with your doctor, medication plays an important role in managing RA pain and further damage to joints I can definitely feel the benefit diet and exercise has made to me.

-Jules

Murray has genuinely worked wonders. I was petrified of going to a gym, hated the idea of working out in front of strangers, but knew I needed to improve fitness. Working with Murray over the past two years has not only transformed my relationship with exercise (hello ten mile runs, I love you now!) but he also had such a positive impact on my life. I had a baby last year and I’m convinced that his approach to fitness and health helped me have a great pregnancy and Recover brilliantly too. If you’re in any doubt about finding the right PT for you, you’ve got an awesome one in Murray.

-Stephanie

I’ve worked with Murray for about 2 years now. He’s taken me from worryingly unhealthy to a place where I feel fit, strong and capable of things I thought were well behind me. I see several decent length triathlons in my future, and much of that is down to Murray’s quiet, persuasive and encouraging coaching. He’s got me on a much better path in terms of food and nutrition too. You’d be hard pressed to find a better PT and coach for wellbeing.

-Brian

 

 

 

 

Murrays note- Brian is an awesome dude!!!! He was also the man responsible for the website photos. His photography skills are exceptional. Please visit his site and have a look around – https://bareid.smugmug.com

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