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I have had CFS/ME for over a decade. Although I worked with a PT before that, I was very wary about finding one that would understand my needs and actually truly listen to me and my body. I have worked with Murray now for over 18 months, and in that time have considerably improved my fitness and capacity for exercise. Initially, I was very doubtful that I would be able to work with him for an hour, but I was able to do that quite rapidly, and now have no problem doing a full session with him without any risk of any post exercise crashes or problems. When I started with Murray, I had various problems that required care from physios. Each time I had tried to carefully start exercising again by myself I would end up eventually injured. Murray’s careful observation of my needs and weaknesses has built up muscle around these spots and now I don’t have any of these problems. Earlier this year I managed to achieve running a (very slow!) 5k, something that I thought might not be possible ever again. I would have every confidence in recommending Murray to someone with CFS or chronic health problems. His skill levels and careful observation and adaptions mean you are in safe hands.

Helen C

Shot from my first trail run in 10 years

After years of unsuccessful physiotherapy to address chronic back pain I was in need of a different approach. I started working with Murray just over two years ago. We have followed a holistic programme that focuses on strengthening my whole body supported by the right nutrition. Its delivered great results with my back pain being addressed and I have been able to return to running which has been really helpful during the current Covid challenge. I always look forward to my sessions with Murray which he keeps fresh and interesting.

– Stuart

One day I was in a store and I saw myself in the mirror and what I saw was shocking. I was overweight and needed to change. I had mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and panic attacks. I needed a change. I had heard that Murray was a PT who promoted the plant based diet so I asked him for some help. I signed up and he told me he had signed me up to a triathlon just after assessment! As I have had knee injuries, I was sceptical. But he worked all the muscles that was required for this and I finished not one but two triathlons with no pain at all! I lost 8 kg just doing that, the same weight I was when I was in my twenties. The plant based diet made me feel a lot more energetic and my mental health is a lot more stable than before. Big thanks to Murray for physically, emotionally, dietary helping me out. Today I love running long distances, something I couldn’t see happening a few years ago.

-Kotomi

 

 

What I like about training with Murray is that he isn’t your regular PT. He focuses on the whole picture of health, rather than just improving your fitness. He has helped me improve my sleep, my balance that I use a lot for sailing, fixed my shoulder, got me fit and educated me on what healthy foods are. As I am a huge advocate for environmental health I am very pleased that he also addresses this issue with his business. I strongly recommend him to everyone I know.

– Diane

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 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

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

I first met Murray after a long period of inactivity. Partially due to a broken humerus but mostly laziness. I had been told I may never gain full movement in my arm and I also had high blood pressure. Working with Murray over the past two years has been life changing. With his continued support I have regained full my arm movement and brought my blood pressure down to normal via diet and exercise. I now feel stronger than ever, I have lost allot of weight and generally take much better care of myself than I have ever done before. Murrays passion for overall wellness coupled with his medical background is the perfect combo for a world class personal trainer and I couldn’t recommend him enough.

-Angela

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