Who Is Matt Lazenby?

I have over 30 years experience helping people recreate themselves and I'm as passionate about inspiring, educating and empowering people now as I was when I started!

Personal Trainer Edinburgh Matt Lazenby


What Do I Do?

I'm much more than an online bodybuilding coach. I inspire, educate and empower people enabling them to quite literally recreate themselves, mentally and physically. My programs are designed to enhance every aspect of your life. They are holistic and take your personality and lifestyle into account.

My Story

I gained my first Personal Training certification in 1988 and since then I've trained 100's of clients of all ages from all walks of life. I've never stopped learning, thanks largely to my great friend Mike Pratt, who taught me pretty much everything I know!  I've competed as a bodybuilder and showered with Arnold Schwarzenegger, all the while relentlessly striving to improve my physique!

Matt Lazenby in the best shape of his life in August 2015

When my Dad gave me a 6 week gym membership I was an anxious, insecure teenager of 14 and I had no idea that it was the start of a lifelong passion! As you can see from the picture below I wasn't genetically gifted! I was overweight in my early teens and while I loved playing football, my enthusiasm far outstripped my ability and I never made the team.

Edinburgh Personal Trainer Matt Lazenby

I soon fell in love with weight training and like countless others it was a picture of Arnold Schwarzenegger that captured my imagination.  In my enthusiasm I devoured everything I could about weight training and nutrition. Unfortunately my naturally anxious disposition rendered me prone to over analysis and lead to years of frustration with very little progress to show for my efforts.

A chance meeting with a old friend, Mike Pratt, changed all that. In my opinion, and that of many others, Mike is not simply one of the world's leading performance coaches he is quite literally a genius, uncomfortable though he is with my calling him one! Mike and I started to train together and with his guidance I finally started to learn to train effectively and my physique improved to the point where I competed as a bodybuilder!

Edinburgh Personal Trainer Matt Lazenby

My own training has taken on a whole new lease of life of late; still under Mike's watchful eye I did my first professional photo shoot at the ripe old age of 48 with the internationally renown Chris Bailey of Bailey Image in August 2015 and I loved every minute of the experience!

Personal Trainer Edinburgh Matt Lazenby

I Have A  Life Outside Of The Gym Too!

I'm a passionate man! I'm happy and I smile a lot! I strive to agitate myself daily in the interests of personal development and still can't get over how much fun life is! I'm fascinated with how the mind works and how our thoughts create our reality!

I'm passionate about and I love cold water, coffee, cheesecake, chocolate brownies, steak, pizza and eating out, real ale and single malts. Graveyards and ruins, art galleries - I LOVE Caravaggio! And museums, and libraries and fireworks. And travelling; I'm in love with Medellin and I'm moving there soon! And lost civilizations, miniatures and models, early mornings and the dark. I love the passage of the seasons, rejoicing at the arrival of the new in the same breath as I reluctantly let go of the last! I play MTGO Online to express my inner nerd, try to stay awake while meditating  and recently started tracking my daily habits in a zealous fashion!

I love a good movie - favourites include Bladerunner, Bladerunner 2048, The Unforgiven, The Dollars Trilogy, The Directors Cut of Troy, The Bourne Trilogy, Casino Royale, Dangerous Liasons - and I like all manner of music from rock to pop to ambient to classical and back again - my favourite band is Led Zeppelin - though for reasons I'm not entirely sure about I hardly ever listen to it; apart from at the gym where my playlists are generally filled with 80's hair metal anthems!

I think life's pretty amazing! I'm blessed to call the most amazing people I've ever met my friends and family, enjoy robust health and at 52 I’m still in an almost constant state of awe at the wonder of creation!