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My name is Maik Wiedenbach,NYU professor, Olympian, Musclemania champion, and bestselling author.
We specialize in body transformations, muscle gain as well as fat loss. With that said, we will give you a turn key solution from workouts to training plan, diet and supplements .

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Nathan Stuckey

23 July 2019

Maik is very knowledgeable and passionate about helping others reach their workout goals, while teaching the proper way to achieve these results. His videos on youtube and instagram are wonderful as well. and he gives out free knowledge and workouts all the time. great trainer and mentor. More...

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PAUL Woods

23 July 2019

A vast knowledge of bodybuilding and how not to get injured cannot thank him enough

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Curtis

21 July 2019

Provides awesome advice that I apply everyday

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Vance Sunderland

18 July 2019

Maik gives excellent bodybuilding tips and intelligent workout advice...I've gotten excellent results from following his methods.

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Art Hansen

18 July 2019

Maik is always a straight shooter with great easy to understand and follow training advice and i have enjoyed great progress following his recommendations. I highly recommend him

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Nathan Stuckey

18 July 2019

I have not personally worked with Mail. But I have spoken with him a time or 2. And have also implimented many of his tips and theories into my own work outs and have seen positive muscle growth and joint relief. He's a great teacher and knows what he is talking about all for the betterment of you not him. Awesome guy!!! More...

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Hayden devine

18 July 2019

Very clear and straight to the point with exercises,ideas and most importantly a very influential motivator. Maik has added a new perspective in training one of which is well needed and very much welcomed.

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Xylina

2 July 2019

Love working with Maik! His team is great and they really did exceed my expectations. I’m generally intimidated by weights, but getting the opportunity to learn and workout with Maik and his team helped me focus on what I’m working on and my end goal rather than the actual weights themselves.

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Erica Martell

1 July 2019

I follow a lot of workout feeds, I've bought a few programs online, I've worked with personal trainers via iPad and in person but either the whole thing is too difficult to deconstruct on my own (online programs) or I don't understand the methodology and reasoning the personal trainers are following enough to trust them to keep paying them and keep showing up. It can be a very random industry.

I came across Maik on Instagram and you can't deny the success of his efforts when you see his personal results. He was generously offering a free session so without much faith I thought I'd email. Surprisingly I quickly got a response offering a time and that is indeed what he offered at his private midtown gym. I immediately realized this was going to be my path. Why? First of all he's a lovely honest straight forward educated intellectual guy - teaches exercise science at NYU - second I think he will provide the accountability I need to keep showing up (I will fail myself but I will work harder not to fail someone else) but mostly he has broken the process of muscle development down into a clear set of steps that he explains and guides through simply - I'll give you an example. If a muscle needs 8-10 reps to grow why does the stomach need 100 crunches if it is a muscle as well? (Don't judge Maik here - I'm just simplifying something and these are my words.) I found instead of dreading a random experience at the gym full of overwhelming effort I couldn't quantify I was offered a simple clear guided path to results via a clearly articulated understanding of the goal and the requirements to get there and it wasn't even painful!

I know Maik was recently voted one of the top five trainers in the city - I would recommend him highly to anyone at any level. I finally feel like I have optimized this part of my life.
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Ajay

30 June 2019

Very cerebral, very easy to work with, asks a lot of you without pressuring you unduly. Uses science and logic instead of machismo which I appreciate.

I am very happy so far after the first ten sessions!
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Christos Kaitatzis

30 June 2019

I read somewhere 99% of personal trainers are worthless. Then I can tell you -- Maik is the 1%. I have had more personal trainers than I can count over a 20 year period here in NYC and in London and I can never get my body to look the way I want it to. I'm that skinny kid with a layer of fat and all I have ever wanted was to see definition and muscle growth. When I met Maik he just guided me along the way with his vast knowledge on diet, food, exercise and motivation. After working out with Mike for several months, I find myself being more motivated than when I started with him on the first day. I have now seen my body transform to the way I want it to be with more definition and muscle growth and we still got more work to do. If you are serious about a personal trainer who is going to be there for you and support you along the way, then Maik is it. If you put in the work and follow his lead, you will see the body you are dreaming of. Maik is a great coach, friend, he's quite funny too and he doesn't take himself too seriously - which is the best part. More...

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Olivera Radakovic

28 December 2018

Maik is THE REAL DEAL. In a city where there are many wannbe or less skilled trainers, I was fortunate enough to find Maik and his team. Maik has an impressive résumé and is extremely well versed in exercise science and nutrition. One look at his physique and you are a believer that this man knows his stuff and not to be doubted. I love the customized workout plan and suggested meal plans. Maik says it best – “we can only give tips”. He and his team will deliver a serious workout, you have to bring the energy and commitment. Though only two months in, I can see a marked increase in my muscle strength and feel fantastic after each workout. Greg who works alongside Maik is equally professional and inspiring. If you are serious about transforming your body into a healthier version of yourself and want to do so safely, without injury, Maik and his team are your guys! More...

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Olivia R.

10 December 2018

Maik is THE REAL DEAL.  In a city where there are many wannbe or less skilled trainers, I was fortunate enough to find Maik and his team.  Maik has an impressive résumé and is extremely well versed in exercise science and nutrition.  One look at his physique and you are a believer that this man knows his stuff and not to be doubted.  I love the customized workout plan and suggested meal plans.  Maik says it best - "we can only give tips".  He and his team will deliver a serious workout, you have to bring the energy and commitment.  Though only two months in, I can see a marked increase in my muscle strength and feel fantastic after each workout.  Greg who works alongside Maik is equally professional and inspiring.  If you are serious about transforming your body into a healthier version of yourself and want to do so safely, without injury, Maik and his team are your guys! More...

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Jared Frydman

28 November 2018

Maik is an incredibly qualified trainer and far more knowledgeable than anyone I have come across in the New York City fitness industry. His approach is a refreshing escape from today’s social media based training advice, and deep rooted in science and data. More...

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Adam Gilhousen

29 September 2018

Found Maik about a year ago. Enjoyed his videos and "tips".Joined his 2018 transformation challenge group and I can honestly say I have seen more improvements in my physique since following his advice and tips! As an online personal trainer, the workouts provided have been amazing and directed to my needs. Any questions or concerns are quickly answered. He is very truthful and honest in his approach to fitness, no fluff or BS! I cannot recommend him enough. I have told anyone who will listen and are remotely interested in fitness about Maik More...

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Sean Mooney

31 July 2018

Maik is very intuitive - he identified immediately where my deficiencies were and put together a plan tailored to me. Importantly, I feel like he’s invested in me and has a roadmap in mind, and isn’t making anything up as we go along (as I’ve felt with other trainers). I was impressed right from the start. He’s very responsive, knowledgeable, focused, and easy to be around. I’ve used several trainers now in NYC and he’s one of the best. More...

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Ryan Saitta

1 July 2018

After training with Maik for a bit now it is abundantly clear that he is extremely knowledgeable about fitness and what it takes to meet his client’s goals. Whether it’s muscle gain, weight loss or helping with imbalances, his experience is off the charts and he does it win a great attitude. I’m already seeing strength and weight changes and am excited to continue to work with Maik to meet my goals. Would highly recommend Maik and his team. More...

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Brandon T.

10 June 2018

Maik is one of the best and most knowledgeable trainers I've ever worked with. His no BS approach to training really saved me frustration, money, and confusion. He focuses only on science and nothing else. Forget about useless supplements! Maik is honest does not guarantee or promote things that are not physiologically possible or unhealthy - like a short 2 week crash diet transformation. His approach is to change the clients lifestyle into a healthy one, one of an athlete.I have trained about 6 weeks with Maik, and my goal has been to get to a 8-10% body fat, get very lean and angular, then build muscle for that dream beach body, chiseled look. His "get lean first" approach is excellent. Forget about bulking and getting fat for 6 months. This won't happen! Maik believes one should always look good and "keep abs" during a bulk. Bulking is no excuse for getting fat. In my 6 weeks, I started out at around 18-20% body fat. Now 6 weeks in, I am already the low teens (13%). I didn't have to crash diet, starve myself, go on a wonder diet, or live in the gym. I simply follow a diet and workout plan based on Macronutrients that Maik has designed for my body type. My diet has been "clean and healthy", but still delicious completely manageable. I spend no more than 1.5 hours in the gym each day doing weights and cardio. Maik also checks progress often and makes sure that you are progressing, making adjustments when necessary. You are never left in the dark! More...

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Avi Munk

27 May 2018

Maik, is seriously one of the best in the business. Extremely knowledgeable about nutrition and the specific workout to fit your needs. I was always told that to gain I need to bench press, bench press, bench press-when I came to Maik, he specifically looked at my body build and started focusing on exercises that would make changes for my body (and it wasnt bench pressing). He also is extremely aware of the trends--vegan, supplements..and what is best for your needs nutritionally . Forget all else, he is one of the nicest trainers around--he might give you that feel of a big body builder but more importantly he has a big heart. I would strongly recommend that anyone who is looking to work their body and mind use Maik! More...

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Alex Day

27 May 2018

I started working with Maik in late January and so far the experience has been great. I (and others) have noticed changes in my physique and I have begun forming a much better routine/habits than what I was doing before. Maik is extremely knowledgable and realistic about fitness. I feel comfortable and confident that I can reach my goal working with him. He provides a detailed program and is very patient when explaining (or re-explaining) concepts. I enjoy the workouts with both Maik and Guil and am learning a lot in the process. Highly recommend! More...

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Omri Ben-Amos

27 May 2018

Maik's terrific! In just a few sessions, Maik was able to design a weight-training program to help alleviate some of the persistent issues I deal with due to poor posture and old back & shoulder injuries. He's a patient coach and ridiculously well-qualified - every question was met with a clear & knowledgeable answer based on science and real-world experience. Whatever your fitness goals, you really can't do better in NYC than Maik. More...

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PFM FM

27 May 2018

I started working with Maik about a month and a week ago, and I couldn't be happier. I feel stronger and more energized!. I have always been intimidated by the gym, but Maik makes me feel comfortable and confident, and this makes me enjoy the workout. I will be keeping Maik as my personal trainer until I reach my goal. I would highly recommend him. More...

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William Hutchings

27 May 2018

I've worked with Maik for about 2 months now, and I've seen considerable results: lost 15+ lbs of fat (196 to 178), improved all around strength, gained noticeable size in my lesser developed shoulders and arms. He gives me personalized nutrition and workout plans while conversationally sharing wisdom on anything from bodybuilding to early 20th century European history. I'm very pleased, but we still have a lot of work to do, so I'm looking forward to working with Maik for the foreseeable future. More...

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Fifty Plus

6 March 2018

I have been working with Maik and his team member, Guil Cordeiro, for a year and a half and have learned a tremendous amount and achieved solid gains. Maik designs a thoughtful, workable program that evolves over time, is efficient and will disabuse of you of all the fads and pseudo science that is often part of the fitness industry. This is science based, Geman Body Engineering! Mike and his team conduct their work with the highest integrity and focus and their approach is BS free! If there were a sixth star available he would get it. More...

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William H.

27 February 2018

I'm very pleased with my experience with Maik.  In my 2 months working with him and following his personalized diet plan, I've noticed considerable muscle growth in my arms and shoulders, and I've lost about 15+ lbs of fat, developing a nice 6 pack.  The only hiccup was a minor calf strain in my left leg from an ambitious set of calf raises.  I look forward to working with Maik for the foreseeable future. More...

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Paolo Fiorentini

13 November 2017

I started working with Maik about a month and a week ago, and I couldn't be happier. I feel stronger and more energized!. I have always been intimidated by the gym, but Maik makes me feel comfortable and confident, and this makes me enjoy the workout. I will be keeping Maik as my personal trainer until I reach my goal. I would highly recommend him. More...

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Henry C

16 August 2017

Let me preface this with the following... I do not write reviews often. When I do, it is only for OUTSTANDING people or companies (or the total opposite).

Maik Wiedenbach and Greg Pizarro are more than outstanding. A little background about myself... While I am no beginner (as I have been lifting for several years), I am also not advanced. After three years of too much fat bulks and not lean enough cuts, I sought help from a professional and encountered Maik from his many positive reviews. Note that I was pretty book smart from an abundance of research online but was not able to execute properly either due to something lacking or my own pure laziness...most likely the latter.

Maik quickly answered my email the next day. We set up our first meeting quickly at Lift Gym, a convenient location. It was a free no pressure evaluation. When I first saw Maik, not only was I stunned by his physique, but I was also very impressed with his knowledge and quick diagnoses - lagging hamstrings and inflexibility in my shoulders. We decided to focus on working with legs (not a surprise) in order to bring up my hamstrings. Although I wasn't sure about it yet, that was the day I also learned his secret of how to maximize gains (that I was not able to get by myself) while minimizing injuries, a huge plus as I am getting older.

Quickly after that meeting, I received a personalized diet plan and workout plan. I was impressed by the layout and the architecture of the plan. It was easy to understand and was detailed so that even the most novice lifters could execute. However, as a more advanced individual, I texted Maik regarding the volume (# of exercises, sets, reps) in one workout as I was used to doing more. He told me to execute his little secret and to just test it out. Geez was he right... I was dying every workout that week. Very brutal and intense (in the best way possible).

We met several times afterwards and had great sessions. I'm getting the results I sought out for so lon
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Jacob Czarnick

4 April 2017

Really helped strengthen my back. Good program, tips and attention.

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Charles R.

16 December 2016

Maik is kind, knowledgeable, friendly and creates an environment to help you grow. I have had experience with other trainers who just try to keep you busy with nonsense exercises. Maik takes the time to explain concepts and tailored the routine and nutrition program to my needs, but most of all, he is purposeful. I plan on competing in the classic physique division in 2018, and by the end of first session he had already outlined a plan for me. Give him a try, you can only gain. More...

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Julie Boley

25 January 2016

I began working with Maik a year and a half ago as my online coach in my quest to compete. Online coaching can be challenging, and yet he has exceeded my every expectation! I love the honesty, the promptness, the expertise, and the humanness of his coaching. The results have spoken for themselves as I proudly won my class one year after we began, and am asked quite frequently who my coach is. Always happy to share the source of my success :) More...

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Scott Carlson

25 January 2016

Maik is the man. He can he answer any question I have about working out and dieting with detail. Not only is he charismatic and fun to be around, but he also knows when to get down to business and help me work on my gains. He separates himself from all other trainers due to his immense expertise and experience in the industry. I highly recommend using Maik as a trainer if you really want to see improvements in your body, diet, and mentality. More...

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Mirna Harun

24 January 2016

I've had several trainers before Maik and his team and I can say there is no comparison. He offers a unique experience because on top of his expertise in weight training, he also incorporates nutritional plans, personalized programs and even moral support when needed. He is dedicated to his clients and believes that anyone can be in great shape. So no matter what your goals are, he will help you achieve them. I highly recommend training with Maik Wiedenbach.
Bonus: Also included with your training session, is a good sense of humor. If you pay close attention when he speaks, he may even make you laugh too!
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David Webb

23 January 2016

I was NEVER a fan of working out, but I finally decided to make a change and started working with Maik. Besides being a great guy, his workouts are clear and fun. His diet and workout plan truly changed the way I thought about working out. For the first time I've found it to be enjoyable, and I have seen results. I'd recommend him to anyone. More...

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David W.

27 August 2015

I just finished working for several months training with Maik. I am not a body builder and don't have an athletic bone in my body. I have always hated sports, and working out was always torture.  But this year I realized I can't live on Burgers and Pizza alone. I made a change and finally decided to try to have someone help me get into a routine. I had a mental hoop about the gym to get through and Maik helped me do that. Maik was always approachable and accessible about any questions I had. He's super responsive to any questions I had. His sessions while certainly not easy, are enjoyable because he is a great people person and makes them fun and challenging, and are always varied. Each workout session was always different than the previous one. I have had noticeable results that I am very happy with and most importantly have a set routine that I can do on my own. If I had unlimited funds I would continue working with Maik every week, but in my time with him I can say that it was an extremely valuable investment and one that I'd love to do again. More...

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.As a company principle to achieve the best results for you, we follow the Hedgehog Rule. We do one thing, and one thing only. Make people look and feel great. Nothing else. We do this by progressively overloaded resistance training programs, following the SAID principle, and an intelligent approach to nutrition.

This is done by empathy, caring, professionalism, and the passing on of knowledge. We are the Sherpas, getting you, the client, up on the mountain peak of your choice.
The first step is to find out what you, the client, wants. This is not a top- down discussion, but a conversation where we find out what challenges you have encountered in the past, what your problems are and how we can fix them.

Personal training, whether in NYC or anywhere else, is a mutual contract. We deliver our utmost best by creating the best workouts and diets for the client and leading by example. Then we strive together to meet our mutual goal.

Sadly, there are no secrets, just science. The proper application of training and diet will get you the body you deserve, not some magical pill. As a professor at NYU and author, I am well versed in the science of both, movement and nutrition.

I get to lift others up, transform their lives and share their joy!

The idea of helping people to change their lives and achieve the body they deserve. Having been an athlete all my life, I felt I could make an impact by sharing what I have learned over the past two decades.

Simple. We care. Your success is our success, a clients transformation is the best ad we could ever have.

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