*I’m a shift worker, and we are well known for eating badly, working horrible hours, and letting our bodies go. But when I moved to Sydney more than three years ago I resolved to try to change at least one of these habits.
I FIRST SAW MATT TRAINING A GROUP ON THE BEACH AND STRAIGHT AWAY I KNOW HE’D BE ABLE TO HELP
The first thing I told Matt was that I really didn’t like training in gyms…NO PROBLEM.
Matt’s sessions are run mostly outdoors in the fresh air. I told him my work hours were horrible and I worked all over the place…NO PROBLEM. Matt has groups early mornings and evenings most days.
I told him I didn’t DO too early a morning…NO PROBLEM.
Matt will (and has) go out of his way to accommodate.
I’ve been with Matt now for three years. I’ve seen lasting improvements in my fitness, and my energy levels, and while
I still don’t DO too early a morning, I DO enjoy starting the day with Matt’s humor, his encouragement, and his dedication to his clients.
Plus training on a stunning beach as the sun comes up, then a dip in the ocean, isn’t too bad a way to start the day.
- Ben 35yrs (Maroubra)
*I have been training with Matt for just over a year and am well motivated to keep going! Matt knows his stuff, he’s able to modify exercises to meet differing individual needs and is very particular about training for ‘form’ and avoiding physical injury.
MATT KNOWS HIS STUFF, HE’S ABLE TO MODIFY EXERCISES TO MEET DIFFERING INDIVIDUAL NEEDS
He brings enough equipment to beach sessions to make them varied and interesting. If your goal is weight-loss he’s very willing to evaluate food diaries and make recommendations. I look forward to the sessions.
- SUE 54 yrs (Bronte)
*In the past I’ve not been much into exercise or fanatical about sports, all I did was walk a lot really.
I FEEL BETTER ABOUT MYSELF THAN I CAN EVER REMEMBER
I’d walked past Matt’s “outdoor gym” many a time, he always seemed happy so one day I decided to ask if I could give “beach training” a go with him, I love being outside and everyone I saw training with him seemed to enjoy it. I’ve been with Matt for 3 months now and I feel better about myself than I can ever remember, last week I actually got a promotion. Keep going Matt. Thanks!
- NATASHA 28 yrs (Coogee South)
*I’ve been involved in sport and exercise for many years. Soccer, Squash and Aerobics to name a few. During this time I’ve had numerous injuries (mostly knee and calf problems). Always searching for better ways to increase my cardio fitness, strength and stamina in ways that won’t wreck my body and allow me to still walk ok when I’m 50! I was very glad to meet Matt.
OUR WORKOUTS HAVE CHANGED MY BODY SHAPE
I wasn’t really looking for a personal trainer at the time, Matt encouraged me to do a fitness test and a couple of sessions with him to further understand the options he could provide.
I’ve not looked back since and have continued training with him for the last year now. Matt gives 150% when working with you, my body fat percentage has reduced by 12%. Matt is very knowledgeable in all areas of exercise and health, always letting me know about healthy eating tips and anything else he feels will improve my fitness.
I love the boxing that we incorporate into my workouts as I love the cardio and strength components of it. Matt brings experience to this area, in times before I’ve only been encouraged to hit the pads as hard as I can without much technique at all. Now I can confidently say that I have learnt the basics of boxing and how it’s done correctly.
Our workouts have changed my body shape incredibly, we work out on Coogee beach or in the gym, in the sun, by the surf overlooking the green Coogee turf.
- JO 39 yrs (Randwick)
*Before I started working with Matt I didn’t think I really needed a pt. lm a chef and photographer who works long hours, I think I eat quite well. That combined with being on my feet all day I didn’t imagine training with a PT could be important for me. The one thing that bugged me however was my bad posture caused by my job.
I DIDN’T THINK I REALLY NEEDED A PT
After meeting Matt at Coogee beach one day I did a FREE Trial PT session with him so I could give one of his sessions a go. During that session Matt explained how he’d like to work on some of my postural issues.
He put together a sequence of exercises designed to strengthen my core and lower back so I could obtain better posture.
After some outdoor sessions I started attending the gym Matt also works out of, he designed a program that l was comfortable with, he is always happy to share information with me to help with my training.
A year down the track I feel a lot better with much more energetic, my posture has improved a great deal. From someone that didn’t want to train or wasn’t aware of the benefits that it would provide. I can still be pretty lazy at times, but Matt is always giving positive energy and tips to keep me on track.
- AARON 35 yrs (Coogee)
*I have been training with Matt & Shirin for the past two years and enjoy their flexible and driven approach.
They are very knowledgeable and responsibly coach you to your best with a reduced risk of injury.
MATT AND SHIRIN ARE ASSISTING ME TO MY GOAL OF GETTING FIT AND STAYING FIT TO MORE FULLY ENJOY MY LIFE AND FAMILY
- ROB 45 yrs (Coogee)
*I arrived in Australia from the UK determined to take advantage of the outdoors lifestyle and get myself fit. Trouble was though sporty when younger I struggled to get around to making time for exercise, working fairly long hours and often exhausted on the weekend. I signed up with Matt on a trial basis initially and was definitely put off by the early morning starts pencilled in.
BY THE TIME I GOT TO WORK I FELT FULL OF LIFE, ENERGETIC AND WAS MUCH MORE ‘ON IT’
‘However while it is early and (with a hangover seems even earlier!) by the time I got to work I felt full of life, energetic and was much more ‘on it’.
The training programme Matt uses with his group sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday are perfect for all levels because they have built in flexibility enabling him to push you as hard as he feels you can go.
During my time being trained by Matt – I returned to the UK – I definitely improved my fitness and as a follow on started playing regular football and found myself running after work too.
Matt is amicable and able to inject humour while still keeping things professional, he mixes up the exercises you do to keep things fresh. Having a dip in the Ocean first thing in the morning as the sun rises over Coogee beach after an hours training is a treat in itself and whenever I am back in Sydney for work I make sure I book in a couple of sessions knowing the boost I will get from it.
If you are in two minds I thoroughly recommend giving him a go – you won’t regret it!
- TOBY 31 yrs (London)
*In the school holidays I did boxing with Matt in the park. My Mum does boxing with him and it was fun and interesting because it’s a different kind of exercise. I think it’s good for your co-ordination and rhythm and things.
IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR CO-ORDINATION AND RHYTHM AND THINGS
Matt taught me a lot about fitness and he was very patient when I tried new exercises. I’d like to do it again in the next holidays.
- RACHEL 13 yrs (Waverly)
*I’m on the verge of creating yet another milestone in my life. I’m about to join the select sixties and over club.
I’M ABOUT TO JOIN THE SELECT SIXTIES AND OVER CLUB
I’ve been a frequent user of gyms for about three years now.
I was fortunate enough to met Matt when he arrived in Coogee in 2006. When I met him my workouts were becoming a little drab and I wasn’t making much progress. After a few sessions with Matt he’d taught me a better way to achieve results.
He also took the time to explain how he designed my work-outs to suit my requirements. I’ve been with Matt for approx five months now and I’ve seen and felt a huge improvement, not only in my looks and health, but also socially. Many thanks.
- ROB 59 yrs (Coogee)
*Over the years, I’ve tried diets, gyms, motivational videos and tapes, walking with friends, even groups with fat-shaking machines – you name it!
I’ve been training regularly with Matt now for well over a year – and that’s definitely the longest I’ve consistently exercised – ever!
The sessions in the park with Matt are easy-going, fun and always informative. There are no issues of self-image, age or weight, and you always feel encouraged.
Gym-type exercise has never appealed to me, but boxing is great fun – you really think about the moves and feel like you’re achieving something mentally as well!
MATT HAS SO MUCH KNOWLEDGE AND PASSION FOR PHYSICAL FITNESS
Matt has a passion for physical fitness and this is clear in the knowledge he conveys to you in relation to your individual situation.
What’s interesting to me (and amazing to my friends) is that I now miss doing the exercise if I don’t do it regularly. The morning workout starts my day on a high note and people at work tend to know whether or not I’ve trained that morning! My stamina and fitness have increased and I notice this in simple things – playing with the dog, running around with my daughter or friends’ kids, cleaning the house, walking up steps or even doing gardening chores!
I’d encourage you to ring Matt – talk about what you want to achieve – I’m sure he’ll suggest a program that will suit you.
- GAIL 49 yrs (Kingsford)