Vincent Van Gogh
“WHAT WOULD LIFE BE IF WE HAD NO COURAGE TO ATTEMPT ANYTHING?”
QUALIFICATIONS & LOCATIONS
StrongFirst SFG 1 Instructor
YMCA Fit Advanced Diploma In Personal Training
YMCA Fit Levels 2 & 3 Personal Training
YMCA Fit level 3 Nutrition
YMCA Fit Suspension Training, Hiit Training, Padwork, First Aid at Work
My name’s Mike and I get people strong and lean!
Having personally lost over 100lbs of body fat, I understand the physical and mental challenges of
weight loss better than most (for before and after photos, please ask). I am also one of the few
trainers in the UK who is a certified StrongFirst instructor, considered to be the gold standard in
strength and conditioning kettlebell education worldwide. Through a combination of bodyweight,
free weights and kettlebell exercises, structured cardiovascular training and detailed nutrition
advice, I get my clients reaching their goals and beyond.
My preferred Gyms are
Legends Gym (Haringey)
The Factory on Hornsey RD (N19 4DX)
Outdoor Locations Include:
Arundel Square (Islington)
As well as training clients at Legends Gym and at The Factory Studio and local outdoor workout parks, I am available for home visits between the hours of 9am-5pm.
Depending on your location, I add on a small charge per session for travel and time expenses. For more information, please email and I’ll be able to quote accurately.
You do not necessarily “need” a gym. If you’ve a floor and a wall, you’ve everything you need regardless of your goals and I’ll bring the rest.
Benefits of training at home:
It’s more affordable no expensive gym membership required.
Fewer excuses time being the most common one. Training at a gym involves travel time there and back and often extra time wasted whilst waiting for equipment to become available. A half hour workout can often take one and a half hours out of your day.
Make a fool out of yourself and there’s no one around to care.
Try new moves, sing along to loud music, grunt or scream. You’re in the privacy of your own home so just do it.
Perhaps the most important reason of all:
Training is an extremely personal endeavour. Unless you’re training for a specific event such as a marathon or a team sport, chances are your goals are personal to you and you alone. And trust me, NOBODY cares about your goals as much as you do. Training alone at home will allow you to really focus on the job at hand with fewer distractions.
Find the Answers
I HAVE ZERO FITNESS EXPERIENCE. IS PERSONAL TRAINING RIGHT FOR ME OR SHOULD I BEGIN ON MY OWN FOR NOW?
One of the most common questions I get asked.
Get yourself a good PT asap. Obviously I'm biased.
I see Personal Training as having 2 big advantages:
1) It keeps you accountable to someone else. It's easy to trick yourself into missing a workout (I'm too tired/ I'm sore/ I worked out yesterday so I don't have to today) but it's a lot harder to trick your PT!
2) A free online programme might tell you to squat for example but it won't tell you HOW to squat. How to engage your Quads, Hamstrings, Calfs, abs and even a great deal of your upper body. Nothing can replace someone standing right next to you observing and correcting your movements. Want the fasted possible results, perfect the techniques.
HOW ARE YOU DIFFERENT FROM A REGULAR TRAINER AT A GYM?
Most gyms require very little from their PTs. More often than not big chain gym trainers are often new to the job and so pretty inexperienced. We've all got to start somewhere but with me you're getting a highly experienced coach with more qualifications than average and a proven track record.
DO YOU CHARGE EXTRA FOR NUTRITIONAL GUIDANCE AND A DIET PLAN?
Absolutely not! Learning how to optimise your eating is critical to achieving any health/ fitness goal.
CAN I TRAIN WITH YOU IF I HAVE INJURIES/ ILLNESS?
That depends on the condition which we'll talk through in our initial consultation.
WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO LOSE FAT?
Endless repetitive cardio rarely works. For most people it gets old pretty quickly & when the body gets too used to one particular activity (e.g. jogging) it becomes more efficient and requires less muscle use. To burn fat optimally, the muscles need to be fully engaged at all times and this requires constant adaptation to your programme.
Sometimes that can be as simple as increasing your running speed or lifting heavier weights but those are only 2 options of many.
SURELY I'LL GET BETTER RESULTS AT A GYM?
Whilst I do train clients at The Factory gym, the majority of my own workouts are at home using my own bodyweight and the odd kettlebell.
Your muscles don't know the difference between a dumbbell, barbell, machine or it's own bodyweight. Resistance is resistance.
I ALREADY GO TO A KETTLEBELL CLASS. WHY SHOULD I TRAIN KETTLEBELLS WITH YOU?
Kettlebells are the martial arts of weight lifting and like all martial arts, technique is everything. There are a million kettlebell qualifications for class instructors and PTs but only one qualification to trust: SFG from StrongFirst. The company is founded by Pavel Tsatouine, the godfather of kettlebell training and the man solely responsible for it's growth around the world.
Any StrongFirst instructor will tell you that to achieve the qualification you will sweat blood and tears because it's the best out there.
For those serious about kettlebell training, trust no one else.
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME
As a professional Personal Trainer, my main passion is guiding people towards a healthier, stronger lifestyle. Every body is unique; each with its own strengths and limitations. My method is to build a custom plan based on your shape, size, and fitness goals. My aim is not only to transform your body, but to influence you in making more mindful decisions when it comes to your health.
These 2 photos were taken 2 years apart. On the left, I'm 30 years old and over 100lbs heavier than the pic on the right.
Like many of us, I went out of my way to avoid exercise and eventually it caught up with me.
After many false starts, I finally decided to make a change and it started with one 10min run... I nearly fainted. Jogging gets boring quick and progress slowed even quicker. After a few months, I joined my first gym. When I reduced the cardio and increased the weights, the lbs seemed to fall off like magic.
Our media-driven life tells us that running, swimming, cycling, etc is all we need to cut body fat.
I've come to learn that this simply isn't true.
Resistance, skill-based training, has been proven time and time again to be a far more effective method.
I'm affiliated with the StrongFirst company and as the name suggests, getting stronger is where ALL other goals have to begin.
The stronger I got, the faster and longer I could run for, the heavier weights I could lift and the more advanced bodyweight exercises I was able to perform (one arm press ups anyone?).
Have I the best physique in my gym? Am I the strongest? Most lean? The most condiditioned? Have I lost the most body fat? Hell no!
But I am one of the most consistent exercisers around and ultimately, regardless of your goal, that's really the only thing that matters.
I train 5/6 days a week, ignoring anything that I either find boring or ineffective.
20-30mins a day only training the big moves that deliver the most bang for your buck.