Each and every person has presented different challenges on their journey to achieving results, some have come to us with years of fat loss failure behind them, others have endured chronic health conditions for years, or have been desk-bound and afraid to get re-started (or started full stop!).
Below you can read what our clients say about us and how they changed their life for the better, and while we're not a '12 week transformation' outfit, you'll also find a couple of representative progress shots from our personal training clients...
After only 9 weeks of training with Optimised Personal Wellness...
As a forty year old, I had been gaining weight slowly over the past 5 years or so despite the occasional diet and fitness regime. I was feeling my age and was constantly tired, struggling with the effort of working shifts in a stressful job. I decided to find a personal training service because I felt I would definitely benefit from the knowledge and motivation provided by a personal trainer.
I first met Matt approximately 3 months ago and was impressed with his level of enthusiasm and knowledge. I saw the facilities available and knew that this was the place I needed to train at.
Since I started training about 9 weeks ago, I have seen my weight drop by over 2 stone, put on over half a stone in muscle, my strength and fitness soar and my diet improve beyond belief. However, one thing that can't be measured is the increase in wellbeing and quality of life that I now have.
Now the reality check is this doesn't come easy, you have to put the effort in but the good news is Matt and his staff will give you that and more back. You have to do it, but Optimised provide all the tools to make it possible.
8 weeks of training Optimised Personal Wellness...
As an ice hockey player I was already in pretty decent shape when I started training with Optimised, but with a trip to Ibiza booked and only 8 weeks to go, I wanted to step things up.
My trainer changed my nutrition, training methods and how I go about things outside of the gym so I was quickly making progress and getting where I wanted to be. In only 8 weeks I not only got in much better shape, I learned a huge amount that's going to stay with me going forward as well so I can keep progressing.
6 weeks of training with Optimised Personal Wellness...
I’d trained for the last 25 years, moving from various team sports when I was younger, to more gym-based work as business and family took over my spare time! To be honest I was probably going through the motions as I wasn’t working towards any particular goals other than general fitness. The results were OK but not game changing…
Optimised, particularly Danny Richardson, have changed the way I think about feeding a workout (pre and post) and how I eat and drink generally throughout the day. My workouts have become more scientific and well thought through, and I now train with a purpose. Other than losing half a stone, toning up, and getting physically fitter and stronger I’m really enjoying training again!!
I now think about what I eat and drink and when. I train harder and smarter as I appreciate the benefits because I have more knowledge, I use the right supplements for me based on my personal needs and goals, and I’ve learned that I can achieve great results if I’m prepared to pull all that information together.
I’ve been spoilt by the support I’ve received from Matt, Dee and Danny for which I’m eternally grateful. I’d like to recommend that anyone who’s hit a brick wall, lost the love for training, or just wants to be better educated about what’s possible, give these guys ago, you won’t be disappointed!!
Only 7 weeks of training with Optimised Personal Wellness...
When I came to Optimised I was skinny and my body didn’t have any shape to it, plus I didn’t feel confident in myself. I wanted to get lean and add some muscle, but I didn’t have a clue about working out or nutrition.
The level of detail everyone at Optimised goes into, the support you get, and the amount of work that goes into your program outside of sessions is incredible. My trainer changed the way I eat, sleep, and train. I’ve lost fat, leaned out, and added muscle. It was hard work, but you get out what you put in and I’ve really enjoyed it in a sick kind of way!
Training with Optimised you don’t just get your training session, you get an education in what works for you specifically and why. I now know how to eat and what works for me, the importance of nutrition, sleep and drinking enough water, and also how to exercise properly for my goals.
I honestly didn’t expect the results I got in the space of time I had available, but the guys at Optimised take the guesswork out from day 1 so you hit the ground running.
6 weeks into training...
I'd had personal training before and was looking for something different - after a chat with Matt I was convinced that the approach at Optimised was something that would deliver for me.
The last few weeks have been a journey - the changes I've made in my diet have made me feel a lot better and we have made a lot of progress addressing digestive issues and bloating (together with Dee who runs the Nutritional Therapy side of things). The results have been incredible in such a short space of time, and as others have said, the team here assess everything when you come in and put everything in place so you're getting results from the very start.
While it's definitely tough you can take things at your own pace - you definitely get out what you put in though and I can't recommend Matt, Dee and the team highly enough.
Remember how unfit and unhealthy I said I felt when I had my first consultation with you? My medical history was a long read, Breast Cancer, persistent headaches, Lichen Planus, advanced Arthritis (neck and shoulders), Crohn's disease, IBS, Dermatitis (both ears), Skin Cancer (BCC on my nose) and more recently Endometrial Cancer.
I'm really grateful that Dee took the time to develop a programme of supplements to address the serious amount of inflammation going on in my body, along with a pre and post op fitness regime from Matt and the team at Optimised Personal Wellness to strengthen my core and aid my recovery after the hysterectomy. The doctors and nurses were impressed by how quickly I bounced back.
Along the way you also persuaded me to adopt various adjustments to my diet – cutting out: alcohol (easier than I thought) and sugar (much harder). Lemons and berries which I used to avoid are now an enjoyable part of my daily diet. The harder job of cutting out grains is a work in progress but I will get there, I promise.
Matt's training sessions are fun, which is good for me as I used to hate workouts. I now feel enthusiastic about exercise and proud of the progress I'm making.
I now feel better than I have in decades and it's thanks to all of you for all your encouragement, help and support.
I was having joint pain and was still carrying post-baby weight that I wanted to lose before my wedding. I didn’t know how to tackle my nutrition and I found it hard to motivate myself working out on my own.
Optimised Nutritional Therapist Dee put together a nutritional plan for me that was brilliant and made my joint pain go right down. My Optimised personal trainer also set me to work in the gym with a specific workout. I managed to lose the weight and tone up which was exactly what I wanted. I also had so much more energy and looked so much better – I honestly felt the best I had felt in years!
My changes in nutrition have had a huge impact on my health, I’ve learned how to eat better and now also have lots of new techniques to take to the gym.
I just want to say how awesome my trainer has been! She’s been a massive support, helped me meet all my goals and put up with my frustrations along the way. A huge thanks to Dee for all the encouragement and help she has given me too, one of the best things about Optimised is how the clinic practitioners and personal training team all work together so you get better results!
I initially went to see Dee to see whether I could control my PMS symptoms (mood swings & anger) - avoiding the ‘antidepressants’ route.
To my surprise, after only 2 sessions and implementing the changes to my diet and lifestyle that Dee had suggested (as well as a vitamin supplement), my mood was much more manageable.
Now a few months later, it’s actually not a problem anymore, I am much more calm, and have a lot more energy. As a result, the whole family, not just myself, have benefited from Dee’s help! I would certainly recommend Dee to anyone.
I spent the majority of my 20's battling with my weight and vowed I wasn't going to spend my 30's the same way. I've joined plenty of gyms in my time, each of which I became bored of. The problem: the results weren't good enough and always tapered off!
When I came to Matt, I was at my heaviest and having trouble with my stomach. Plus I felt physically uncomfortable and was unhappy with my appearance. Matt devised a plan including home workouts (no more wasted gym fees for me!) and nutritional advice.
Six months down the line, not only am I looking better but I’ve learned a lot - the training sessions with Matt have been a real education. He has a wealth of knowledge which is great as I like to know the rationale behind what I’m doing.
When I saw my best friend for the first time in a few months, I looked so different he hardly recognised me!
The issue of my unsettled stomach continued, so upon Matt's recommendation I did a couple tests. Based on the results, Matt and Nutritional Therapist, Dee, tailored a plan of supplements and provided advice.
Matt is a great guy to work with; his enthusiasm for what he does has kept me going and continues to make me strive further than I ever imagined - 10% body fat here I come!
So my birthday summer holiday was fast approaching and I was feeling, well a bit podgy in my kindest words! I had put on over a stone in the last year, drank a lot and ate really unhealthily! I didn't even know what an avocado was until I met Matt, my personal trainer.
I was very sceptical at first, I had 4 weeks to turn my life, diet and body shape around. I wanted quick, fast results and therefore I sought a personal trainer, I emailed 3 in Manchester 2 replied promising me to look like Tulisa and Coronation Street stars and they didn't seem very inviting to say the least.
Then Matt at Optimised replied, what he said made sense and promised me he would do everything in his power to get me beach ready – it wouldn’t be easy! So that's it I was sold!
Training was tough, changing my diet and drinking water was tough and Matt was very open and honest throughout the 4 weeks. I was grateful because I needed that encouragement and pushing harder each session! I tried everything possible to get easy sessions, did I get them NO! Matt didn't listen to my moaning he just said your holiday will soon be here so deal with it.
After 4 weeks I had lost a stone in fat, lost 4 ½ inches off my waist, 2 ½ off my hips and 2 off my thigh! I was more toned than I had ever been in my life, everyone commented on how good I looked. I also felt good inside and out and now I look forward to eating vegetables and fruit more. I have definitely changed some habits of a lifetime and I would recommend Matt and the team at three sixty 110% they really do get you results. Happy client!
When I decided to finally take my health seriously after a life-time of being overweight, I came across Matt and thought his holistic approach to personal training might be just the kind of thing I was after. I can honestly say that it was the best decision I've made in years.
Working with Matt has had an overwhelmingly positive effect on my health, weight, fitness and self-esteem. His three sixty degree approach, personally tailored to me, has boosted my energy levels, eliminated a whole host of digestive and mobility issues I've struggled with for years and generally left me feeling great.
Matt delivers each session with the perfect balance of motivation, encouragement, enthusiasm and 'the science bit'! And the best thing is, for the first time in ages, I actually look forward to exercise!
My wife had been working with Matt for several months and had seen some spectacular results, and having spent 5 years pounding a punch bag with my previous personal trainer I felt the time was right to take a different approach.
Wanting a piece of the action I undertook an initial consultation and haven't looked back since.
I see Matt twice a week and he has helped change my shape radically. His holistic approach and different techniques have kept me interested at every stage. I have full buy-in to his methodology.
Matt is genuinely interested in your personal development and welfare. His knowledge and understanding is unlike anything else I have experienced before - I have seen instant results and feel well on the way to a sustainable and enjoyable programme.
When I first came to Dee I had three key issues that I wanted to tackle. For years I have struggled with stomach discomfort and sinus issues and more recently my stress levels have risen due to work and study commitments.
During the first meeting Dee focused on creating an understanding of these issues and what I’d done so far in trying to alleviate the symptoms. Off the back of this, Dee made various recommendations not just focused towards food intake but also life changes I could implement to improve my health and well-being.
My stomach has had a dramatic turnaround now that I better understand some of the triggers which had previously caused discomfort. The sessions continue to be an education and even though I’m still a work in progress, I know that with Dee’s guidance I can continue on a healthy path.
Having always exercised and competed in triathlons for about 6 years I thought I was fit and knew how to exercise but just needed a bit of extra help shifting some excess baby weight, when training time was limited.
I was expecting to be punished physically but Matt's style of training is completely different to anything I'd done before. It's hard to believe that training less and going back to the basics of core stability and strength training would make such a difference but it really does work - my results were so good my friends and family have been demanding Matt's number from me!
Following the nutritional guidance really helped me to kick my naughty eating habits back into shape (without feeling like I was completely missing out) and all the weight I lost initially has stayed off. I'm due to have my second baby in the next few months but I will be back to train with Matt as soon as I can to refocus myself and get my body back into tip top shape.
When I first started training with Matt in June, I knew the following months would be a bit hectic as it was my 30th Birthday in July and I was getting married in September, so I really wanted to feel on form.
I’d wanted to work one on one with a trainer for a while as I’d always had an an interest in health & fitness but wanted more of a bespoke experience which would also be a bit of an education.
After a short consultation with Matt discussing my short and long term goals, and his background and views on health & fitness, I decided that I’d definitely made the right decision. It wasn’t just going to be about the right exercise for me but also nutrition and balance.
My training evolved from core based exercises through to building my strength and some quite testing circuits, and I was always kept motivated throughout in a really positive (non-Army Major) style! Every month my sessions would involve an assessment – this is when you really see your results on paper (as well as actually seeing the results and feeling great of course), and I found this really helpful in committing to the program outside of sessions.
I also started off with the personal nutrition plan which helped me identify what foods work well for me and which don’t. Within a short space of time I was soon feeling lighter, toned and full of energy.
During my time training with Matt I feel that I have a better understanding of my well being and how nutrition and exercise strongly contribute to it.
I had a made a promise with myself that after the birth of my second child I would work really hard to get fit and start to eat a more healthy diet. The time came and I embarked on a programme with Matt.
For someone whose book shelf contained as many takeout menus as it did books and whose idea of exercise was walking to the local shop, he had a challenge on his hands! I was initially taken with Matt’s enthusiasm and passion for what he does. It wasn’t long before we were getting real results, the weight was dropping off and I was beginning to feel good about my body and exercise, I genuinely looked forward to my training session.
For me, Matt is a brilliant trainer, for it is not just the way in which he motivates you, it is the way in which he has educated me about food and fitness and has taught me invaluable skills which will stay with me for always.
I feel like a new woman, I’m 23 pounds lighter, in much better shape and down to my changes in diet and exercise I have never had so much energy. If I can do it, then anyone can!!!
I was trying to lose weight before I came to Optimised, mainly through calorie counting. Whilst this was working, I felt like I was losing weight without getting healthier or fitter.
I have really enjoyed working with my trainer. She has a fantastic attitude and has really supported me through my fitness goals. All my exercises were fully explained and I really liked my bespoke circuits. She mixed them up and was really adaptable to my needs. I have achieved my weight loss goals, become a lot more fit and have much more confidence!
The nutritional information I received was great, it has meant that I now eat better which has sped up my weight loss. I’ve been able to reduce unhealthy foods, but even if I do have them, they’re very far and few in between.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Optimised Personal Wellness and I would happily recommend them to anyone!
After having a baby, I was feeling pretty unfit, untoned and generally in need of a kick start into getting back to exercise. With regular sessions with Matt, I can see that I have toned up considerably, lost a few lingering baby pounds and feel generally fitter.
I have a new way of eating, through following my nutrition plan. I also suffered with knee pain when running for years and assumed I simply had something wrong with my knees, however, when using my new best friend, the 'foam roller', it became clear that the knee pain was probably associated with other parts of my body and not my knees. On using the foam roller regularly, and with Matt's soft tissue release, I can now run without pain.
I can also get into my pre-pregnancy skinny jeans! An extra bonus! Matt was great to work with, really passionate and dedicated and pushed me to my maximum potential. I would highly recommend him.
I'm a cyclist and have been working towards a goal of competing in a 7 day 850km race across the Alps. When I went to visit Optimised Nutritional Therapist, Dee, I was suffering from huge slumps in energy in the day and struggling to have the energy to train regularly and keep my weight low which is very important for a cyclist. The nutrition plan that Dee gave me allowed me to lose body fat whilst increasing strength & fitness. At the same time I was able to maintain my weight without feeling hungry or getting energy slumps. In the race itself I performed much better than anticipated, something I couldn't have achieved without the help of the Nutritional Therapy team at Optimised Personal Wellness.