A simple approach to health and fitness. Learn how to build training and nutrition into your lifestyle to get you the results you want, and keep them!

My philosophy

In today's world we are bombarded with quick fixes and the promise of immediate results, unfortunately, your health and fitness need a more long-term approach to get results that truly last. Combining smart, effective training methods and actionable and sustainable nutritional guidance, I can help you achieve your fitness and body composition goals.

Simple

Focusing on the tried and trusted methods refined from years of working with 1 to 1 clients, your training program is built on simple principles:
  • Simple programming.
  • Make steady progress.
  • Get stronger and move better.

Effective

Built upon several years of one to one personal training, your program continues to evolve to get you the best results.

Sustainable

For good nutrition and training to become part of your lifestyle, it has to be sustainable. You'll gradually build a solid foundation upon which you can take your training to new heights. Updated every 4-6 weeks, with planned recovery time and simple nutritional habits to help you get the most from your training, this is a system that can become part of your lifestyle.

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Training with me

Training with me can be done in 1 of 3 ways: In…

Testimonials

When I started seeing Dave, I’d had two pregnancies close together. I was experiencing a lot of shoulder pain & arm/hand numbness from breastfeeding and my abs were what I could only describe as a dead zone. Dave got me fighting fit over the next couple of years and when I fell pregnant again last year I was a little worried about how long it would take me to get back to my former level of fitness.

This time around  I trained with Dave throughout my pregnancy until about 36 weeks and restarted training around 10 weeks postpartum.
Even before I had restarted training, I felt that my body had recovered better and more quickly from this pregnancy than my previous two. And although I was experiencing some fairly awful shoulder/arm/hand pain again from breastfeeding, once I was training again and started rebuilding my strength, this had eased off massively within a couple of months.

Starting personal training is one of the best decisions I’ve made, it keeps me happy and healthy.

He managed to keep my training challenging whilst I was pregnant whilst ensuring I was never undertaking something that put me at risk of injury.
He also has good chat about where to get the best doughnuts in town.”

Thanks,

Rachel

Rachel McDonald – Pre- and postnatal client

Having trained for almost 30 years I was getting stuck with injuries and a general lack of mobility. I needed something to get me out of the rut.
I had a chat with Dave to arrange a block of sessions and the progression has been fantastic. I have been given a new and fresh perspective on training – combining heavy lifts with bespoke exercises to develop my mobility.
The guidance that Dave has provided and the programme prescribed has really been transformational and will hopefully extend my ability to train well and effectively into middle age.
I really am very grateful to you Dave both for your time and input and getting me to look at training and exercise in a different way.
Best regards
Andrew

Andrew B. – In person client

I started training with Dave in December last year. I was feeling lost in the gym and struggling with recurring issues following knee surgery.

I predominately use his fitness app which gives me more flexibility and gives me access to my workouts right at my fingertips!
With great videos and instructions from Dave to guide me through each workout, I’m much more comfortable in the gym and with my training.

I come through to Edinburgh once a month to do an in-person technique session to help further improve what I learn on his app.

This is great for me and an easy way to track my workouts and progress. I am feeling so much more confident in the gym and am starting to see great results!

Dave is always on hand to help and only a phone call away.

Many thanks,

Mhairi Laidlaw

Mhairi Laidlaw – Online Hybrid client

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Building more strength is on ever a good thing! – Program inside

Building more strength is only ever a positive. Studies into the positive effects of training for increased strength levels have shown a myriad of other benefits. Benefits of strength training A reduction in anxiety levels Reductions in low back pain Reduced more »

No one cares about your PR

When I started lifting (kinda) seriously, I set myself some goals. A 500lb (227.5kg) deadlift, a 400lb (181kg) squat and a 300lb (137.5kg) bench press. No magic in the number selection, but 500,400,300 seemed a pretty cool place to get more »

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4 protein packed brekkies in 10 mins or less.

I’ve written about the importance of protein for fat loss, muscle gain and health a number of times. Here for example. And here. As well as making a couple of great infographics here and here. It’s kind of a big more »

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