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Maik Wiedenbach

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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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12 April 2021

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It’s been awesome working out with maik and the team for the last few months. They are very in tune with my goals, and I always get in a great workout. Everyone in the gym is incredibly professional day in and day out More...

7 February 2021

Maik and his team are one of the most helpful, and knowledgeable trainers you'll ever work with. They genuinely care about your progress, and provide you with the best training and information to help you achieve your goals. I wouldn't trust anybody else, to be honest. Thanks, guys! More...

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10 November 2020

Maik is as good as it gets. There's a reason he was voted top trainer in NYC. His guidance leads to results. It doesn't matter who you are or your past experience with trainers, Maik is different. Look at him! He is the living proof. Maik provides science backed nutrition and exercise methods that work. He is kind, easy to speak with, and very understanding of any personal challenges anyone may be going through when it comes to nutrition and exercise. This is a man you want on your side when looking to change your life More...

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22 September 2020

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Maik is as good of a personal trainer as they come, if not better. He’s driven to help all his clients meet their fitness goals whatever they may be. Easy to talk to, very knowledgeable and makes working out/ leading a better healthier life fun and attainable. Best thing I did when looking for a personal trainer was to choose him. More...

22 September 2020

Working with Maik literally changed my life.  I feel better everyday, I got stronger and I am more confident.  Sometimes trainers and gyms can be intimidating, but Maik and his team are very comfortable to work with. He is the best trainer in NYC by far. More...

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21 September 2020

Maik is very diligent and a perfectionist when it comes to the form of each exercise. Very patient and an excellent teacher. You can truly be in safe hands with Maik. 6 out of 5 stars if possible! More...

15 August 2020

Maik’s an effective trainer, and I’m not sure what else could matter.

He takes a simple, fact-based approach to lifting, and can effectively tailor a workout plan to your needs/goals. He’s enabling, and a nice guy on top of it. More...

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2 August 2020

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Maik is an incredible trainer- I’ve only been training with him for a little over a month and I’m very happy with the results. He never makes me feel limited on what I can or can’t eat. the workouts have completely transformed my body in such a short time. His type of training is manageable long term “lifestyle” change. I feel stronger, healthier and my posture has improved significantly. I highly recommend! More...

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8 July 2020

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Maik is the best! He’s a very understanding and patient trainer. He is easy to follow and his videos are very helpful to use when at home or away.

11 December 2019

I've learned so much with a few months with Maik-- honestly, more than I thought was possible. I played sports my whole life and I thought that I understood my body and how to look my best, but I was wrong. Maik has a science based approach that's really comprehensive. He gives nutrition and exercise guidance and it has made a real difference in the way I look and feel. Seriously, Maik is the man, give him a try. More...

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3 December 2019

I found Maik online (through Yelp, actually) and decided to give him a try. I had worked with a few trainers before, but a lot of personal trainers (despite being in fantastic shape themselves) I have found to be either not great teachers (looking at phone, not correcting form, etc) or not thoughtful in building a progressive plan specific for you. Well let me tell you - Maik has really changed my life. I have been going to Maik twice a week for 10 weeks. Ignoring the aesthetic benefits of looking and feeling 10 times better, receiving compliments, etc - the way I eat, exercise, and treat my body is completely different because of the KNOWLEDGE I have gotten from Maik. He is like a walking repository of health/fitness research (and history, if that’s your thing!). I have had trainers who yell and push you until you throw up - that is not Maik. And it is because he does not have to - it just is not necessary to getting the results you are looking for. It is about science, what and how much you eat, how you execute specific exercises to target certain muscles. Maik is extremely methodological, thoughtful, and has a great sense of humor, which makes the workouts more fun every week. But don’t let that fool you - he was rated the #1 trainer in NYC for a reason, and if you hold yourself accountable and put in the work, you WILL get results - and they will be sustainable. Thank you, Maik!!! More...

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2 December 2019

I found Maik online (through Yelp, actually) and decided to give him a try. I had worked with a few trainers before, but a lot of personal trainers (despite being in fantastic shape themselves) I have found to be either not great teachers (looking at phone, not correcting form, etc) or not thoughtful in building a progressive plan specific for you. Well let me tell you - Maik has really changed my life. I have been going to Maik twice a week for 10 weeks.  Ignoring the aesthetic benefits of looking and feeling 10 times better, receiving compliments, etc - the way I eat, exercise, and treat my body is completely different because of the KNOWLEDGE I have gotten from Maik. He is like a walking repository of health/fitness research (and history, if that's your thing!). I have had trainers who yell and push you until you throw up - that is not Maik. And it is because he does not have to - it just is not necessary to getting the results you are looking for. It is about science, what and how much you eat, how you execute specific exercises to target certain muscles. Maik is extremely methodological, thoughtful, and has a great sense of humor, which makes the workouts more fun every week. But don't let that fool you - he was rated the #1 trainer in NYC for a reason, and if you hold yourself accountable and put in the work, you WILL get results - and they will be sustainable. Thank you, Maik!!! More...

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30 November 2019

Maik is an incredible trainer who is extremely knowledgeable about fitness and diet. He and his team are consummate professionals and they give their clients incredible service. I enjoyed my sessions with them greatly. More...

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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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23 July 2019

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

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21 July 2019

Provides awesome advice that I apply everyday

18 July 2019

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

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

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...

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.

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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27 June 2018

I am approaching my 40's and I have noticed over the last year that my body has changed and I am no longer able to lose weight using the same techniques I used in my 20's and 30's.  I contacted Maik really out of desperation as I was frustrated with working out like crazy with minimal results.I've been working out with Maik for almost 2 weeks and I have already lost 2.5 pounds!!!  Maik is extremely knowledgeable about nutrition.  His philosophy towards food is very refreshing.  My history with personal trainers has been so restrictive with food.  I remember statements of "you CAN'T eat this."   However, Maik just shrugs his shoulder and says "you can have that, but this is the macro consequence."It has become quite clear to me that when you are choosing a personal trainer, make sure they are knowledgeable about both nutrition and training.  But, knowledgeable is a vague term, so really research.  Maik has dedicated a tremendous amount of time creating videos dealing with the science behind nutrition as well as training form and these videos are not superfluous, they go into great detail.  Maik is the real deal, I am so grateful to have found him. More...

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10 June 2018

Maik is one of the best and most knowledgeable trainers I've ever worked with. <br><br>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! <br><br>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.<br><br>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. <br><br>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. <br><br>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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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12 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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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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4 April 2017

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

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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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