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Dr Ian Martin

Selby, North Yorkshire

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‘19 Certificate of Excellence, 2019

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I am an England Athletics coach working predominantly in Selby and York, England.

I help runners structure their workouts, eat healthily, and manage stress in order to achieve their fitness, health and wellbeing goals.

Please see my website for further information and recent reviews.

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7 August 2017

After gaining a lot of weight and becoming very unfit because of a prolonged illness I was extremely anxious about starting to exercise again. I found Ian to be really understanding and encouraging which gave me the confidence to start and then to carry on even when it's been hard work! He has a great depth of knowledge of health, nutrition and fitness so I feel assured I'm in good hands, both<span id="moreReview715754" class="hide"> starting out and progressing. He helped me to identify my aims and work out an achievable path to them. I have never found him to be critical or judgemental, just wholly supportive, enthusiastic and great company. I definitely recommend Dr Ian Martin as a personal trainer.</span> More...

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11 July 2017

I was unable to run further than 12k without experiencing knee pain. Following an exercise prescription from Ian, I am now much stronger and do not suffer from pain when I run. I am currently training for my first marathon following a bespoke training programme and nutrition plan designed by Ian. Ian is very professional, supportive, motivating, encouraging and provides honest feedback. He<span id="moreReview711800" class="hide"> varies my programme according to my performance keeping my training challenging, rewarding and fun. Listen to what Ian says, follow his advice and you will see results. What more could you ask from a personal trainer and exercise specialist? I highly recommend Ian to anyone who values their health and fitness.</span> More...

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4 July 2017

Ian is professional, reliable, thorough and considerate. He works hard at helping you achieve your goals through listening carefully to what you need and using a wealth of knowledge and expertise to make it happen. He is creative in the training plans and is extremely encouraging. With Ian's support, I am achieving things I never thought I would or could. I trust Ian and would highly recommend<span id="moreReview710535" class="hide"> him.</span> More...

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27 June 2017

Have been trained by Ian for a few months now and can really tell the difference. I hate mornings and I hate exercise but Ian makes the sessions good fun and they seem manageable (until the next day! ). You only push yourself as much as you are able but Ian always makes you find that little bit extra. <br /><br />Ian really delivers a fantastic service and has a very professional approach. I've tried all<span id="moreReview709501" class="hide"> sorts of keep fit classes but Ian has been, by far, the most effective. <br /><br />The workout sessions are tailored to your needs and abilities so you really don't feel like you're having 'just another agonising workout' <br />The results, for me, speak for themselves and it's definitely worth the investment. I truly believe I wouldn't have made the progress I have without him.</span> More...

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27 June 2017

Dare I say it we have a laugh. Our group turn up rain or shine and Ian keeps us all motivated. As a group we enjoy the team games/exercise. Volleyball doesn't sound that much like hard work, but we all felt the pain the next day. Ian thinks of new games all the time. This group approach keeps us all inspired and keeps us strong. We are all getting fitter and We are having some great results for<span id="moreReview709514" class="hide"> weight lose too. Thanks Ian.</span> More...

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27 June 2017

I've been Training with Ian since December, he doesnt seem to push you so hard that you don't want to go to another session, but what you realise he is pushing you but as he makes it fun you don't realise until the following days, he is very professional and has a good understanding of everybody's Individual limitations, I have lost a stone and a half whilst training and would recommend Ian to<span id="moreReview709523" class="hide"> anyone of any ability Suzanne Featherstone.</span>

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27 June 2017

Really good fun Great way to wake up before work.

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18 April 2017

I have attended about 8 running training sessions organised and coached by Ian Martin. They have always been very enjoyable and met my targets to help improve my running speed. He has been very motivating and positive and creative in his choice of training sessions. I have also learnt a lot about different types of training. I recommend Ian highly as a personal trainer and coach. More...

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17 April 2017

I have known Ian for over 3 years through our mutual interest in running. He is a personable knowledgeable coach. I have attended many coached training sessions organised by Ian and witnessed at first hand the development over time from all who have taken part. Highly recommended.

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16 April 2017

I am a 72 year old grandmother and asked Ian to set out a fitness programme for me. I have found the programme very rewarding and Ian has been both encouraging and motivational so that I have achieved much more than I had thought I was capable of.

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13 April 2017

Excellent training and knowledge given, I have improved so much as a runner and also learnt so much. Thank you Ian a wonderful 5 star service, p. S could luck for the marathon.

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13 April 2017

Ian has really helped me to get back to fitness after having my son. I attended the speed sessions which he delivered throughout the winter. These sessions were varied and fun despite being very challenging. Ian has been extremely motivating and encouraging, and a big influence in improving my confidence to get back to fitness. Yet, he's also sympathetic to my difficulties in juggling exercise<span id="moreReview698778" class="hide"> with work and family commitments.</span> More...

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13 April 2017

Ian is a fantastic running coach and personal trainer. Ian has helped me run better, to put it very bluntly! He has so much time for people and is a great support no matter what level you are (slow to fast, beginner to expert! ). He is great at realising individuals weak points and building on them. Very enjoyable sessions, I would definitely go back to Ian's sessions time and again. Thanks for<span id="moreReview698790" class="hide"> your help with my running Ian!</span> More...

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12 April 2017

I've been doing speed sessions with Ian over the winter months. He's helped a lot with bringing my times down, especially my half marathon knocking over 11 minutes off my previous pb. Excellent work ethic and all round great guy. More...

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3 April 2017

I have been a customer for Ian for some time and his speed/endurance training has proved very beneficial for me. A an increase in my running speed and a reduction in injuries, it has helped me get some new personal best race times. My last achievement following Ian's guidance, I knocked 2:43mins of my 10km best time. More...

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21 March 2017

Ian was very approachable and I found him easy to talk to. He is an extremely good listener and someone who takes the time to get to know you and your needs. He does everything in his power to ensure that he meets your needs and what you wish to get from the sessions. He will answer any query and if unable to he will ensure he has the answer for you. He is someone who will go out of his way to<span id="moreReview695235" class="hide"> ensure that you get your needs met and value for money. I learnt a lot in terms of nutrition and the right exercises for me. He was always supportive each week regarding what I had or hadn't done and always motivating and inspiring. If you are looking for someone who will do everything possible to meet your personal training needs then I would recommend Ian.</span> More...

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26 November 2016

I've spent 6 months training with Ian support. My initial worry about running with an expert was replaced during my first session with a feeling of being supported and yet still pushed beyond what I beloved to be my boundaries. Ian worked at my pace but challenged my own inbuilt demons. It's been a tough year but without Ians help I would have given up on any exercise. Would defiantly recommend<span id="moreReview676851" class="hide"> him as a running trainer.</span> More...

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20 October 2016

Amazing coach session today with Ian. He has a very supportive approach and pushes me when I'm lacking in motivation. Thankyou for all your help, advice and mentoring.

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22 September 2016

I had my first training session with Ian focussing on my running; technique, pace and strength. I have been running for a while now and Ian has provided excellent advice on my form helping me to run more efficiently and hopefully faster. <br />Ian has excellent knowledge, is personable, and patient I would definitely recommend him. More...

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3 July 2016

Ian listened to what I wanted to achieve and discussed with me in detail what this would entail. He was very supportive and encouraging, setting goals for me to reach in sensible timescales. I've been able to set my own targets now I'm aware of my strengths (and weaknesses!). Best thing I've done in ages, and I feel brilliant. More...

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8 February 2016

At 70 years of age, recovering from radiotherapy for prostate cancer, an element of apathy had set in with me, coupled to weight gained with idleness. A realisation that I needed to do something about this led me to Ian Martin…. <br />A comprehensive initial interview gave me an indication of what I needed to do and, hopefully, gave Ian an indication of what I might be able to tolerate.<span id="moreReview623250" class="hide"> Agreeing to a set of 30 sessions gave me the initial impetus to 'go for it'! From the start Ian's guidance led me through diet (cut out the 'naughty' foods!), identification of weak areas and a basic set of 'fitness' (lack of!) parameters. With 3 one-hour sessions per week at the start, with steadily increasing levels of exertion over time, I was never put under undue stress, just gentle progress and education throughout. Yes, I was 'tested' throughout the sessions but felt the benefits almost straight away. A steady decrease in weight and a steady increase in strength and flexibility all coupled to a regime that monitored several scientific parameters at regular intervals gave me the confidence that it was working! As fitness improved I found I was taking other exercise by myself, on top of the sessions with Ian. <br />The main things I gained from Ian were guidance, motivation and encouragement. Some of this was subliminal…. Like how I found myself buying my first 'real' training shoes at 70 years of age!<br />Ian is a personable young man (young compared to me that is!) and I would encourage anyone, young or old, to make use of his services - it's worthwhile and recommended. <br />Just do it!</span> More...

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4 February 2016

Prompt on time , very encouraging and supportive attitude good knowledge of the subject.

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16 January 2016

Ian has been volunteering free of charge at junior Selby Striders. Both my boys have warmed to his kind patient nature and positive attitude. He has come with some fresh, interesting ideas for the children and shows great commitment, often coming straight to training from work. Thank you. More...

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10 November 2015

Ian is a personable and encouraging trainer. His knowledge on nutrition and exercises tailored to my needs have been great in moving me towards my goals of weight loss (with a focus on body fat % and body measurements) and improved fitness. I would recommend his services without hesitation and the proof is in the fact that due to my positive results my mother has now booked with Ian. Thank you<span id="moreReview605669" class="hide"> Ian for your ongoing support and monitoring of my online food diary, which is keeping me mindful of what I eat daily.</span> More...

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11 August 2015

Highly recommend! With the big 3-0 looming, I wanted to make changes to my diet and get fit and I knew I needed help to make it happen. After just a few weeks of working with Ian, I was already reaching some of my initial goals and feeling like I was making great progress. Ian is great at motivating and has tailored a programme to suite my exact needs and goals, including helping me to run 10k<span id="moreReview587478" class="hide"> while overcoming a problem with my knee. <br />I could not be happier with my choice to work with Ian and strongly recommend him for anyone looking to get in shape and see results.</span> More...

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Q&As

I work closely with clients to understand their individual needs and requirements. Everyone is unique and I believe a personal trainer should focus on the personal by customising training and nutrition plans specifically to each client. Talking through progress and working through feelings and attitudes to exercise and diet is as important as following the plans themselves.

Behaviour change. Nothing else works in the long term. I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques to help shift attitudes to exercise and nutrition so that you can build and keep the body of your dreams.

I love helping people. My goal with each client is to teach them how to become their own personal trainer.

My inspiration to start my personal training business was a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes in 2011. Exercise, healthy eating and managing stress were crucial components of managing my condition and helping me go on to achieve a life-time goal of running a sub-3 hour marathon at age 48. I believe exercise, nutrition and wellbeing are the keys for everyone to improve their health, increase their fitness and achieve their goals.

I am highly-qualified (PhD, MSc, PgDip. BA (Hons), L5 Nutritionist, L4 Obesity and Diabetes Specialist, L3 Exercise Referral Specialist, L3 Personal trainer) personable and experienced. See my website for some recent unbiased client reviews. Book a consultation for £30 and judge for yourself.

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