Why Mark Personal Training will work for you


A tonne of useful advice, guidance and coaching across the 4 keys to success that will help you love yourself, respect your body and trust your mind!

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    Nutrition

    Learn about and implement nutritional strategies that will transform your physique.

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    Exercise

    Tailored, structured, time-efficient & progressive exercise programme to cater for your requirements and goals.

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    Lifestyle

    Learn about and implement vital lifestyle habits to start feeling amazing on the inside and looking great on the outside

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    Mindset

    By applying mindset principles to your burning desire of achieving your goals - you will become a better version of you.

Mark Personal Training Credo

I help busy men and women overhaul their health & fitness using a combination of tailored exercise, nutrition, lifestyle and mindset systems that are holistic and sustainable forever so they can...

  • Feel confident and attractive around their friends, family, and out in public
  • Feel full of energy throughout the day
  • Fit into the clothes they want to wear
  • Stop worrying about getting diseases and dying young
  • Do day-to-day activities without getting out of breath and tired such as playing with their children

Without having to....

  • Starve themselves - No diets!
  • Count calories or weigh foods
  • Give up the foods they enjoy
  • Spend hours cooking or exercising
  • Share a gym with others

What to expect at Mark Personal Training

Mark Personal Training offers a comprehensive service which goes above and beyond to get you in the best shape of your life and feeling great, whether you're a complete beginner, or have hit a plateau.

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    Health Assessment & Fitness Testing

    Before you can start a training and nutritional plan, or at least one that's actually going to be effective, Mark will carry out a...

    Health Assessment & Fitness Testing

    Before you can start a training and nutritional plan, or at least one that's actually going to be effective, Mark will carry out a number of tests to establish your current state of health and fitness. You see there isn't a blueprint for weight management. How you need to train and what you need to eat is different for everyone, even if the goal is the same. It's going to depend on your age, gender, somatotype (body type) and lifestyle. So...how can someone possibly give you a bespoke nutritional and exercise programme (not a useless general plan) if they don't know anything about your body? How can you track the effects of your training and diet if you don't have a benchmark? Here is what Mark finds out about you:

    • Resting Heart Rate
    • Resting Blood Pressure
    • Height/Weight
    • Body Composition (Body fat/Skeletal muscle/Water)
    • Visceral Fat
    • BMR (Basic Metabolic Rate)
    • Cardiorespiratory fitness
    • Cardiorespiratory recovery rate
    • Muscular Strength
    • Muscular Endurance
    • Flexibility
    • Posture

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    Lifestyle Assessment & Plan

    Did you know that 80% of your weight loss or weight management results come from the time you spend out of the gym?! Lets say you ...

    Lifestyle Assessment & Plan

    Did you know that 80% of your weight loss or weight management results come from the time you spend out of the gym?! Lets say you train at the gym 4 times a week for 1 hour at a time, that amounts to less than 2% of your week. Therefore, if you don't have a suitable plan for your time outside the gym then you are severely compromising your results.

    Mark Personal Training goes beyond the gym walls and ensures you are living a lifestyle that will help get you into shape and feeling great!

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    Nutritional Analysis & Plan

    Honestly - 70% of your results come down to your nutrition. If you are not following a suitable nutritional plan, or worse still a...

    Nutritional Analysis & Plan

    Honestly - 70% of your results come down to your nutrition. If you are not following a suitable nutritional plan, or worse still are on some fad diet, then it doesn't matter how hard you train in the gym, you will not get the long-term lasting results you're looking for. At Mark Personal Training you will be given nutritional guidance which :

    • Doesn't require you to starve yourself or cut out carbs like a lot of diets, causing your metabolism to slow right down and make you feel tired and hungry all day long.
    • Doesn't require eating broccoli all day - You'll still be able to have the foods you enjoy.
    • Doesn't involve following set meal plans - You'll have flexibility and choice on what you eat.
    • Doesn't require you to count calories or weigh your food.
      It's pretty simple really. You'll quickly create habits and make nutrition a lifestyle, not a diet.

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    Meal Planning

    For some people, undertaking a new lifestyle, nutrition and exercise plan all in one go is a lot to take on and juggling this with...

    Meal Planning

    For some people, undertaking a new lifestyle, nutrition and exercise plan all in one go is a lot to take on and juggling this with your current work & home life can be difficult if you aren't organised.

    In order to succeed and reach your weight loss/toning goal, it is essential that you are consistently following your nutritional plan.

    Therefore, I will sit down with you and write up each meal for the week with you so that you hit your target macros each day.

    You will be able to incorporate the foods you'd like to have and by planning out in advance your meals it takes out the stress and day to day thinking.

    The meal plans don't have to be rigid, in fact by creating a number of breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack 'meals' it will allow you to mix and match to ensure you don't get bored.

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    Meal Preparation & Delivery

    Mark will design and prepare meals for you, based around your food preferences and lifestyle, plus of course all measured out to ...

    Meal Preparation & Delivery

    Mark will design and prepare meals for you, based around your food preferences and lifestyle, plus of course all measured out to your individual goal requirements.

    Meals can be prepared and delivered to you individually packaged covering your breakfast, lunch & dinner 7 days a week.

    This is ideal for people that do not have the time or the desire to plan and prepare their meals.

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    Food Shopping Coaching

    If you're going to start a lifestyle of healthy nutrition you need to know what foods to buy. Do you know what you should be looki...

    Food Shopping Coaching

    If you're going to start a lifestyle of healthy nutrition you need to know what foods to buy. Do you know what you should be looking for in the supermarket? If you're going to buy a yoghurt for example, can you identify which is the healthiest choice?  Do you understand the nutritional labels and ingredients on the foods you're buying to enable you to confidently identify whether an item packaged as 'healthy' truly is or not? How do you avoid the temptations of buying junk food?

    You need to be confident with these things and making sure you're filling your fridge and cupboards with the right stuff. At Mark Personal Training, you will be accompanied to your local supermarket and shown how.

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    One-to-One Exercise

    Train with Mark in a discreet, private facility located right on the beach. At Mark Personal Training you will be not only be trai...

    One-to-One Exercise

    Train with Mark in a discreet, private facility located right on the beach. At Mark Personal Training you will be not only be training progressively and efficiently but you will also learn HOW to train.

    Mark believes in educating his clients, so that one day they will have the motivation and knowledge to be able to train themselves safely and effectively. Not only will you learn techniques and training systems, but you will also learn the purpose and benefits of each element because in order to be motivated to achieve a goal you need to understand what you're doing and why you're doing it, during every step of the journey.

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    Mindset Coaching

    For many people trying to overhaul their lifestyle with nutrition and exercise, it isn't just as simple as flicking a switch. I...

    Mindset Coaching

    For many people trying to overhaul their lifestyle with nutrition and exercise, it isn't just as simple as flicking a switch.

    In order to create the necessary changes and keep them going long-term it requires having the right mindset.

    Two of the biggest challenges for people are building their self-belief and becoming open to changing their ways and taking on new habits.

    Mark's goal is to help you realise that the only thing stopping you from moving forward is understanding that you can change.

    With mindset training Mark can help you set meaningful goals, change your unhealthy habits, gain willpower and motivation, plus strengthen your self-belief.

Meet me

Mark de Arriba-Smith

Personal Trainer

Becoming a Personal Trainer was an obvious and natural choice for me as I am passionate about healthy living and sharing my expertise and knowledge with people. I worked for a number of corporate gyms as well as at an award winning world top 100 hotel at the start of my career but I felt that I could give more value to my clients which went beyond the little time they spent at the gym. As one of the youngest trainers to become freelance, I've been coaching busy, everyday people in healthy lifestyle living for the last 6 years. My training ethos is to encourage, inspire, educate and support clients to achieve the best version of themselves, in a progressive, enjoyable, safe and effective manner. I specialise in weight management (Fat loss & muscle toning).

Mark de Arriba-Smith

Meet me

Mark de Arriba-Smith

Personal Trainer

Becoming a Personal Trainer was an obvious and natural choice for me as I am passionate about healthy living and sharing my expertise and knowledge with people. I worked for a number of corporate gyms as well as at an award winning world top 100 hotel at the start of my career but I felt that I could give more value to my clients which went beyond the little time they spent at the gym. As one of t...

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REAL PEOPLE REAL RESULTS

Dean

Starting stats: Age 51, Height: 5ft 10” medium build, Weight 90.2kg, Body Fat 29.2%, Muscle 60.7kg, Metabolic Age 66, Visceral Fat 13.5, Blood Pressure 152/91, Waist 96.7cm. This was a real eye-opener because not only has Mark understood my objectives (and injuries) but he also continues to make the sessions interesting to the extent that I’m not going through the same old routine every tim...

Dean

"I don’t have to breathe in anymore when someone takes my photograph. My 38” trousers are seldom worn and only with a belt."

Starting stats: Age 51, Height: 5ft 10” medium build, Weight 90.2kg, Body Fat 29.2%, Muscle 60.7kg, Metabolic Age 66, Visceral Fat 13.5, Blood Pressure 152/91, Waist 96.7cm.

This was a real eye-opener because not only has Mark understood my objectives (and injuries) but he also continues to make the sessions interesting to the extent that I’m not going through the same old routine every time (like I did at the gym).

It means that different body parts go through various exercises and I therefore get stronger and fitter all over.

As with the readings above, it’s what you don’t see that is equally if not more important than the improvements in your physical shape. For example through working with Mark, I have lost weight initially (fat) but then gradually gained it with muscle. I’m therefore able to consume more calories each day without putting on weight.

Blood pressure, heart rate again are important factors which have improved through exercise and working with Mark

Before I felt sluggish and tired. Now I have a lot more energy and confidence in how I look and how my body is functioning.

It’s also supported my diet in the way that I eat during the day and not succumb to the likes of cakes, chocolate, crisps etc which are more of a treat than a daily snack.

I don’t have to breathe in anymore when someone takes my photograph. My 38” trousers are seldom worn and only with a belt.

Whilst my toes still restrict some movement I can still do most exercises and often do so at home in between sessions with Mark. There are so many simple but effective workouts you can do at home in a small space without the need for specialist equipment.

I wouldn’t have thought about this until meeting with Mark and taking part.

After – present day

Weight 91.8kg, Body Fat 23.9%, Muscle 66.1kg, Metabolic age 48, Visceral Fat 11, Blood Pressure 116/77, Waist 94.1cm

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Stephen

I am Stephen, a man of a certain age. I work for a local authority as a member of the management team in Learning Disabilities residential home – hours can be long and stressful. I would always use work being stressful as an excuse to eating junk and lots of treats. I would say "well it’s going to be a tough shift" or "that was a tough shift I deserve a treat". Enjoying my life, fr...

Stephen

I never would have thought I would look forward to a gym session but with Mark’s support and encouragement it has changed my life in such a positive way.

I am Stephen, a man of a certain age.

I work for a local authority as a member of the management team in Learning Disabilities residential home – hours can be long and stressful.

I would always use work being stressful as an excuse to eating junk and lots of treats.

I would say "well it’s going to be a tough shift" or "that was a tough shift I deserve a treat".

Enjoying my life, friends and family is so important to me, as is being active in my community.

I always have an amazing birthday week and one year I woke up and thought the world needs more of me and I should not die early from a heart attack.

I also started to lust after someone.

I was obese, unfit and felt old, not that anyone would say.

I started my own strict diet without any input from anyone else and I started to lose weight but I looked really old and flabby – I knew I needed to train or I would just be an old, flabby man and not what I wanted to be.

I felt old and very fat, and would just buy clothes in an extra size.

My biggest fear was not being able to do it – the sense of failure before starting.

What if I could not do exercise at my age and size.

I did wonder if a trainer would understand me and what I wanted.

I was so fat and my weight topped at 18 ½ stone (117 kilos), XXL sizes in clothes.

I would not do any fitness exercises and I would perspire like a flowing river even at the thought of exercise.

I also knew I did not want to train in a public gym or go running in public.

That would have stopped me before I got started.

Mark having a private gym is amazing.

Mark has so much confidence in me and my ability to train.

He knows my body more than I do.

When I think "no-way", Mark will encourage me.

I achieve and feel so fabulous and feel a great sense of achievement after a session.

I see changes in my body and I still get the wow factor at seeing bones, hips and muscles that were once covered by fat.

I look younger and fitter than I have ever been.

I look amazing now in clothes that actually fit.

I am no longer self conscious looking in a mirror which is so unbelievable for me.

I feel I can conquer the world, and my confidence when I walk in a room is so high.

I look forward to my sessions as it’s me time.

I attend a Dance Class weekly on top of 3 sessions with Mark and I have a new zeal for life and I am so much more happier with how I look.

I have dropped 3-4 sizes in clothes and my metabolic age dropped by 17 years after being with Mark for a year.

I never would have thought I would look forward to a gym session but with Mark’s support and encouragement it has changed my life in such a positive way.

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Adam

My main goals were to lose my gut, feel physically and mentally stronger and gain a bit of muscle. From working in an office for 5 years with no physical activity routine, I was feeling permanently tired and drained. As my metabolism had been slowing down, I was putting on quite a bit of weight. In turn, this damaged my body confidence and overall was negatively impacting my mental well-being. ...

Adam

I knew I could either wallow in self-pity, or do something about it.

My main goals were to lose my gut, feel physically and mentally stronger and gain a bit of muscle.

From working in an office for 5 years with no physical activity routine, I was feeling permanently tired and drained. As my metabolism had been slowing down, I was putting on quite a bit of weight. In turn, this damaged my body confidence and overall was negatively impacting my mental well-being. I knew I could either wallow in self-pity, or do something about it.

After being skinny most of my youth, I had developed an oversized gut into young adulthood. When I started seeing Mark, my weight was 95.3kg, with body fat at 26.2%. My waist was the largest it had been my whole life at 36 inches and I’d get in a sweat just doing general basic household activities. Overall I was lacking energy and finding that I ‘couldn’t be bothered’ to do simple things.

Mark listened to what I wanted to achieve and came up with a simple to follow nutrition plan and exercise routine that would help me get there. Most importantly, Mark has been motivating me to make these routines habitual, rather than a momentary fad.

I feel mentally and physically sharper. I now have energy throughout the day which has improved my performance at work. Day-to-day tasks no longer feel like a chore, and the improvement I’ve noticed in my physique has improved my love-life.

I’m now able to fit into 32 inch waist trousers & jeans, my gut has all but disappeared and my BMI is now considered ‘healthy’ – with my weight now down to 84.4kg and body fat at 20.6%. I recently got involved with a charity run which I wouldn’t have had a hope in doing before any of this. There have been a few positive side-effects from this as well, for example my blood pressure and heart rates are lower.

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Larissa

With a body weight of 85 kilos and a height of 5'10 (177 cm) I had a BMI of 27.1 which is considered as overweight. - And that's exactly how I felt! Being 21, I didn't want to be out of breath after walking a few steps or riding my bike to Uni. I used to be pretty fit and seeing me losing control over my body didn't feel good. My tummy was flabby, my face looked more and more like a full moon a...

Larissa

The “new” body gave me quite an ego boost and I'm not feeling bad any longer if I look into a mirror.

With a body weight of 85 kilos and a height of 5'10 (177 cm) I had a BMI of 27.1 which is considered as overweight.

- And that's exactly how I felt! Being 21, I didn't want to be out of breath after walking a few steps or riding my bike to Uni. I used to be pretty fit and seeing me losing control over my body didn't feel good. My tummy was flabby, my face looked more and more like a full moon and my bum hardly fitted my jeans anymore. It felt like whatever I did to lose weight, it didn't work. I even had plans from personal trainers which I followed for ages. No results though. Moving from one place to another in the world every other month didn't exactly help to get my head around my personal well-being since I had other things to worry about in the first place.

I finally settled for one place in the world a few months ago and started playing volleyball straight away. The first training session was a disaster for me because I wasn't even able to follow the warm up without being out of breath. It made me realise I really had to do something about my weight.

Since I had no idea how to train effectively and achieve my goals I asked Mark for help. And I got it! Mark explained to me in great detail what I was doing wrong so far, why I had the feeling I wasn't able to lose weight and most importantly why all the other exercise plans I had didn't do anything but give me square shoulders. He understood what I wanted to achieve in the next months and put together a plan on what to do and how to do it. The great thing was he didn't only give me the plan but he explained to me why I should do it this way and not any other way. It all made sense to me now and wasn't just a stupid routine I was following. But not only was the exercise plan important, he also made me reconsider my whole diet. I'm usually not a big fan of diet changes but Mark told me to give it a try. Mark was confident in what he was doing and convinced me of his knowledge afresh every day.

The plan I got was quite easy to follow and I never had the feeling of being under or over trained. I guess that was because it was individually made to measure me and to give me the right amount of exercise based on my fitness level. I'm not saying he made the plan too easy for me. I had to push myself almost every time to pull through with the plan and not give up half way through. But it was worth it.

I lost 10.4 kg in 6 weeks and it's still going down. The BMI is down to 23.9 which is considered as normal weight. My tummy is getting less and less flabby, the full moon face is a decreasing moon face and I even had to get jeans in smaller sizes. Since I started working out my life changed completely. I have much more energy and feel better about myself. Once I got the gym into my (almost) daily routine I actually started missing it when it was closed. My diet change had a great impact on how much weight I lost and I'm glad Mark was always there for support when I told him I wanted to have chocolate and couldn't because he told me not to.

The “new” body gave me quite an ego boost and I'm not feeling bad any longer if I look into a mirror. I'm going to keep losing a few more kilos and keep going with the new healthy lifestyle.

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Dr Natasha Emin

I have been overweight most of my adult life and have been to diet club after diet club with no real lasting success. I began working with Mark 15 months ago and have managed to lose 8 stone! Mark’s expert understanding has been instrumental in my transformation. In addition to being very knowledgeable in his field, Mark quickly understood my goals and has continually provided advice and vari...

Dr Natasha Emin

Mark has been a true inspiration and gift to my life!

I have been overweight most of my adult life and have been to diet club after diet club with no real lasting success. I began working with Mark 15 months ago and have managed to lose 8 stone!

Mark’s expert understanding has been instrumental in my transformation. In addition to being very knowledgeable in his field, Mark quickly understood my goals and has continually provided advice and varied programmes. He uses a holistic approach, incorporating flexibility, strength, posture, balance, endurance along with promoting a healthy eating regime. He is encouraging without being “soft” on me. He constantly motivates me to move through the difficult moments. Most importantly – he ensures I am doing the exercises correctly and reinforces how it will benefit.

The results have been significant. I am happier, leaner, more toned and far fitter than before. Even my friends and colleagues have noted the difference! I would not hesitate in recommending Mark to anyone struggling with weight loss he has been a true inspiration and gift to my life.

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