Svi Soudai

You have personal trainers, then you have Matt Lazenby. It’s one thing to be fit, it’s another thing to be fit with the right mindset. Matt has a way of really making sure your mindset is in the right place before you begin to train to the level he knows you can. Most people want to jump into fancy exercises, lift the most with horrible form that probably will lead to injury. Matt makes sure you progress at the right, smart, healthy pace. You can look like a God, but if your mind is not right, what does that really mean? Matt will make sure you get your body and mind right and you won’t even realize it, he is that good. I could not recommend a better trainer and mind coach in Colombia or anywhere for that manner. I had the pleasure of training with Matt in person, but now that I have left the country I am continuing his online classes so I don’t lose my progress. More energy, better physical presence, and amazing mindset. Svi Soudai

I was a regular at The Scotsman and had been considering personal training for some time, having lost a great deal of strength, muscle mass and confidence after a bout of malaria and typhoid. Of all the personal trainers there, I was always impressed with Matt’s professionalism, attention to detail and rapport with his clients and so decided to take the plunge. I can’t express quite how glad I am that I overcame my natural stinginess and made the commitment. I had 4 sessions a week with Matt for 6 weeks, and saw massive results both physically and mentally. Matt changed the way I viewed weights-based training, and made the sessions challenging, serious and fun – exactly what I needed. He is quite simply the best personal trainer that I have ever had, and I would not hesitate to contact him again should the need arise. ~ Steve Kaye

Steve Kaye
Blair Bonar-Campbell

I cannot emphasize enough just how good the results I achieved were. In my first block (12 weeks) of session, I lost 31lbs in total and had so much more energy. I went from being a fat, unhappy dropout, to changing my outlook on life altogether. A few months later, I ended up going back to University a happier, skinnier and better person. Matt’s knowledge of nutrition and training is unsurpassed and was completely flexible around other commitments. More than just the trainer at the gym, Matt’s mindset alone helps you better yourself – he is maybe best described as a life coach. When considering the cost of a personal trainer such as Matt take into account the fact that Matt brings a huge knowledge and experience base with him, and that the premium I paid was nothing compared to how the results made me feel! ~ Blair Bonar-Campbell

Matt has been my PT 3 times a week for several years and I enjoy working out with him. I can always rely on him to be there smiling at every 6.30am session. Matt is knowledgeable, interesting and knows when to push and when to support his clients. I highly recommend him as a coach, trainer and all-round motivator. ~ Anne Marie Gillon

Anne Marie Gillon
Struan Brock

I started out training on a bit of a whim. My confidence was at a low and I had found training on my own did not work appear to change my mentality. Matt has been first class in pushing me to train hard and my upper body strength has improved massively, alongside my confidence. The positive vibes from the sessions have kept me training twice weekly and I look forward to them each week. If you need extra motivation then Matt is certainly capable of bringing that to the table and I would highly recommend getting in touch with him. At the same time, he will also keep you right on a technical level. ~ Struan Brock 

Fat, forty, unfit- not anymore. Following Matt’s advice on diet,exercise and lifestyle I’ve lost almost 60Ibs since April. My fitness has improved dramatically and I really enjoy my sessions at the gym (which is saying something as I’ve spent most of my life trying to avoid exercise)! I’ve got nothing but praise for Matt who really has helped me achieve fantastic results. If you’re struggling to get motivated, give Matt a call – you won’t be disappointed! ~ Anna Rogerson

Anna Rogerson

I’ve been training for 10 years but felt there was a lot more to learn to take my training to the next level. I contacted Matt and knew from our first meeting that he’d be able to help me reach my goal. Matt is very passionate about training and his enthusiastic approach makes you feel positive going into each session. Matt introduced me to a new way of training as well as in-depth explanations of muscles targeted during each movement. Not only did I learn to improve on my technique of lifts, Matt also helped change my mindset towards training and how to plan ahead. I learned a lot from Matt and would highly recommend him to anyone looking to take their training to the next level. ~ TJ

Matt was instrumental in getting me back to fitness after a bike accident. He managed to challenge, push me forward, and more importantly, reign me in when I wanted to be able to run, jump and be better after just one first session. He taught me the skill of patience and perseverance and did it with humour and light heartedness combined with skill, knowledge and years of hands on experience. I wouldn’t have been able to get running again without my 8 dedicated 1:1 sessions. He made me realise that ‘gym’ isn’t a bad word, that I can train efficiently and effectively, and that I am strong and dedicated. Can’t recommend him enough. ~ Laura Hamilton

Laura Hamilton

In my opinion Matt Lazenby is categorically the number one personal trainer in Edinburgh. I have had him as a student of my training principles for over 20 years and without hesitation I can honestly say that he has taken this knowledge and added it to his own passion, drive and diligence to become a very accomplished personal trainer in his own right. Matt was able to display the physique of his life at his recent photo shoot with renown fitness photographer Chris Bailey, further adding to his credibility as a trainer who practices what he preaches and I can only admire and respect the hard work and determination required to achieve this at 48 years of age, especially given his lack of natural ability. ~ Mike Pratt

I had always viewed a Personal Trainer as a Hollywood fashion item used by celebrities with too much money and not enough will power! In recovery from a back injury, I needed someone who could tell me precisely what was safe for me to do and yet I still went to see Matt with very bad grace. However, Matt’s precise anatomical knowledge combined with his ability to communicate and to understand my physical fears made a radical difference to my world. Matt combined an upbeat and happy approach with focus and seriousness when needed. It is simply harder to train alone, but having a PT now means I have become confident and motivated enough to train by myself too.  ~ Alexandra McGregor

Irene Heron

If you want to change your lifestyle to be fit and healthy, Matt is your man. In a very short space of time he has managed to change my outlook on fitness (gym and outdoors) as well as helped me change the way I eat a clean and balanced diet without eliminating food groups. Who said exercise and clean eating ain’t fun? Give this man a shout. I very highly recommend him. ~ Irene Heron

I had always struggled with the discipline of regularly attending a gym and found I was paying out for membership but not really seeing any benefit. When I finally plucked up the courage to contact Matt about some personal training sessions I was very nervous about going to a gym, as I’d had previously bad experiences before and was not particularly fond of working out either. I was expecting to struggle to keep motivated and maybe be tempted to quit half way through the program. I was excited to discover that Matt’s tailored approach to training and nutrition offers so much more and that was something really refreshing and it has really been instrumental in helping me stick to the programme and keep coming back. My overall strength and fitness improved so much in a short space of time that I was able to perform exercises I would never have attempted on my own. Matt has a very good way of getting more out of someone! I have benefitted by becoming stronger, leaner and have much better posture. Our sessions were always hard work but always with an element of fun, enjoyment being so important to keep me motivated.  When I thought I couldn’t do something I was never allowed to give in, it was broken down to help me manage it, which always meant that without realising it, I would achieve what I believed to be impossible.  Thanks to Matt’s nutrition advice i now also have a healthy relationship with food and started shaping a level of discipline around what i chose to eat. ~ Alina Elite 

Gregorz Janas

Matt  has been my trainer for 2 years now. He is very professional, has a very positive attitude and keeps the high standards in our sessions while still making them fun! I initially chose Matt as I was looking for someone with experience of working with different kinds of people, as our bodies are different and react differently to training. I wanted someone who knows what he is doing and is really good at this. Matt is a person who keeps an eye on details and ensures all the exercises are done correctly, keeping the correct angles, weights, reps, etc. Also, what caught my attention, Matt takes notes through out the session so it is easy to analyse progress and achievements. Matt can advice you on the diet and give some pointers how to really make a difference when you training. During the session, he will give you 100% of his attention, not like other trainers, I have seen some of them use their mobile phone and browse the internet whilst you are doing your set. That is not Matt! ~ Gzregorz Janas

If you are serious about your health, Matthew Lazenby is a clear choice. His technical knowledge and application is second to none. Invest in someone who not only has the charisma and experience to educate you and help deliver your goals, but has the demonstrable life experience of developing his own physicality and psychology over years. ~ Glen Gilson

I initially booked Matt on the basis of his experience and depth of knowledge to help me understand how to maximise my training routine at the gym.  Within my first few training sessions with Matt it was evident that Matt (who has a huge personality and is lots of fun) was passionate and committed to what he did for a living providing each client with a personal fitness programme tailored to stretching them one step at a time .  I have indeed learned a significant amount and variety about maximising my workouts and a lot more besides including becoming more toned, healthier and fitter and I have continued to train with Matt over the course of the last year.  I now actually do enjoy going to the gym thanks to Matt. ~ Helen Buckley 

Harry Rothrie

Matt has been great for me both as a Personal Trainer and, due to his sound advice, life coach. I signed up for 2 sessions a week for 6 weeks as someone at an intermediate level. Before the sessions started I had a meeting with Matt where I gave him my fitness background and goals I wanted to achieve. Matt advised me well on what to focus on and gave me the confidence to go for it. He has improved my technique on all exercises to a very good level and has set me up with a programme which is varied and helps me meet my aim of building lean muscle. He has broadened my view on variables I can alter to maximise my workout – other than weight. This has helped my technique and concentration meaning I am getting as much as I can from ever rep. I would thoroughly recommend Matt as a PT for anyone no matter what goals they want to achieve – Matt will give you the confidence, belief and skills to make a big improvement to your fitness. ~ Harry Rothrie

I have been dieting to lose weight for a while, but last November I realised it didn’t work for me. In addition, I didn’t have any muscles. I realised I needed to change. It was at this point that Matt started the first class and began to up my strength training and teach me better lifestyle to keep raising my confidence. This positive, uplifting session has been going three times a week for nearly six months now. In this half year, I eat more (even pizza, burger and chicken nugget), sleep more, have more physical strength to exercise everyday and also can better focus on my study. It must be said that I eat more freely than ever before, but my weight has dropped from 52kg to 43kg, thanks to Matt. Matt has always maintained his professionalism and planning. As the training content changed and the difficulty increased, I could clearly feel the improvement of my strength. at the same time, I has a better mental state due to changing my life style. Matt is not only a great personal trainer, but also a mentor on my way to life. All the time I spent training with Matt was encouraging and positive. He is the best trainer I have ever had. I cannot wait to recommend Matt to everyone. ~ Arai Boa 

Sam Carrie

My experience with Matt as a personal trainer over a six-week period has been extremely positive. I sought him out at a difficult time in my life and found his exuberance, passion and world-view refreshing and exhilarating. Matt is very skilled and knowledgeable and while he is instinctively warm and personable, he maintains a level of professionalism throughout that enables progression and an overall sense of satisfaction with the process. I would not hesitate to recommend Matt as a personal trainer to anyone who would like to learn to become fit and strong and do so safely and with confidence; but equally to anyone who is feeling a little vulnerable and would like to connect on a human level and submit to being “cheered up”! ~ Sam Carrie

I’ve just finished a 12-week block with Matt and it was one of the best things I’ve ever done. I had tried to learn to train a number of times over the years, and never got very far – I found it boring and intimidating. That perception changed very quickly as soon as I started training with Matt. He is super enthusiastic and knowledgeable and an excellent teacher. He made it accessible and engaging and so much fun. My training sessions became the highlight of my week. I can’t believe how much I learned in 12 weeks, and how much it enhanced my life. I’m already stronger, my posture has improved and I can use a gym with confidence. I understand my body in a way I never had before. Immensely rewarding and highly recommended! ~ Ruthe Philips 

So today is the day after my 36th session with Matt. The last session in the training block. What’s changed? How long have you got? So, so much. There’s the physical stuff – I am fitter, stronger, leaner and lighter. I don’t have a frozen shoulder anymore. I have huge amounts of energy. I have achieved my weight loss goal. I can navigate a gym. And there’s the non physical stuff. The really really important stuff. Within a few weeks of seeing Matt the fog started to lift. After 26 years raising a family and working I was making time for me. Just me. To reflect, to think, to be in the moment and focus on myself in a really positive way. To take stock and workout stuff in my head. And where was Matt in all this? Right by my side every step of the journey guiding, training, coaching encouraging, listening … holding the space for me. When you are in a session with Matt you know you are in the best hands. Meticulous. And now after 3 months of self discovery I am signing up for another 3 months. Oh and we had some major laughs too! ~ Abigail Carney

Young and unfit – goodbye ‘lazy’ lifestyle. I have just completed a 9 week course with Matt. Personally, going to the gym has never been an ideal way to make use of my time, between not knowing what to do and how to do it. But after just this short time with Matt I can walk into any gym with confidence… I know what I’m doing, what machines I’m using and why. Matt set me up with a full diet and workout schedule specifically for my needs, including giving me his undivided attention 3 days per week. I am now off to uni having lost 27lb, more weight than I could have ever imagined. Matt helped me change my perspective – what’s really important to me? I have my confidence back and feel great! ~ Casey Stern

Casey Stern
Meg Thomas

I had ‘got stuck’ with my progress to lose weight, and no matter how many hours I spent at the gym every week (sometimes 6 hours!), nothing seemed to change anymore, and I was bored. After a 12 week block with Matt, I was delighted to learn I could train LESS and lose MORE – loads more! A food and exercise programme especially for me, that WORKS! Thanks so much Matt! ~ Meg Thomas 

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