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Here's what some of the amazing clients of James McLaren Fitness had to say about their journey's.


Before I started training with James I would do DVD work outs at home and try to manage my diet but I was never able to sustain anything past 4 weeks and I would give up and put all if not more weight back on. 

I wanted to do gym classes and workout at a gym but my self-confidence was so low I couldn't bring myself to join anywhere. 

Then I found James on Facebook and we meet up, had a chat and worked out what I as an individual needed. Since that meeting my life really has changed for the better and I love it! 

Every session I follow my own individual plan that James sets out so that we can reach my goal. 

In 8 weeks my body and mind has transformed into something I didn't think was possible (see picture below) not only does my body look great I also feel great and my confidence is sky rocketing. 

I really feel like I'm back to my happy confident self I used to be before I had my daughter 3 years ago. 

Every session is great fun and I do things I never thought I would be able to. Such as the gymnastics rings.... which are awesome and make me feel like I'm in cirque du soleil. 

I no longer rely on the scales and rarely use a calorie tracker. James has given me all the tools and support I need to live a sustainable healthy happy life. 

And the Facebook community he has set up is wonderful, supportive and so encouraging! 

I'm truly thankful to James for helping me reach my goals I love the results and look forward to every session. 

To anyone considering using James to help them reach their goals, whatever they may be, do it.... you won't regret it! 


Sophie Scadding

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Before I started working with James my life diet was out of control. I was 5 months postpartum and struggling with losing and gaining the same 5 pounds. When I first met James, I was slightly nervous this guy is totally going to judge me and my bad eating habits. Thankfully he was just the opposite! He helped me to gain control of my diet without completely giving up the things I love to eat. As a nursing mother I was worried about losing my milk supply, but James was able to take that into account when working on my diet and exercise regimen and my supply was not affected! I left our first meeting confident I could achieve my goals. In my time since working with James I've not only lost 25 pounds but also have achieved a level of fitness I never thought possible before. I am not just skinner, I am fitter and so much stronger than I knew! Being a part of Team JMF has helped to get my life back on track. I am so much more confident in myself and in the process, I've made great friends too. Contacting James has been one of the best decisions I've made for my health. If you are even just thinking of getting back in shape I suggest just having a chat with James you will not regret it! 

Julie Heard

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"I can honestly say that in the 4 short months I have been working with James, he has helped me change so many aspects of my life for the better.

Before I started small group training I had experienced a really stressful few years, had a terrible diet, felt totally unfit and my sleep pattern was horrendous.

I was prescribed sleeping tablets to help with this, but they made me feel sluggish, unhealthy and tired all day. My self-confidence was really low and I felt pretty rubbish about myself. 

After getting in contact with James, we arranged to meet to talk about my expectations and what I wanted to achieve. In that first meeting I didn't really know what to expect, but I was bowled over by his enthusiasm and positivity. 

I explained that my concern wasn't particularly about weight loss, but more about overall health and well-being. I just wanted to feel better about myself, have more energy and try and tone my body at the same time.

James was very down to earth and made me feel at ease by explaining all about the different food groups in a language I could understand. He also suggested better patterns of eating, and the importance of planning ahead with meals.

James said to me that he was absolutely confident I could achieve my goals of feeling better and healthier over the following 12 weeks. I left the meeting feeling really motivated and determined that I was going to put all my efforts into the sessions.

I had no idea that by attending classes three times a week, I would lose weight, improve my strength and self-confidence, and feel like a different person. I am so much happier in myself as a result of attending his training sessions. I feel I am actually doing something for me, that takes me away from stresses at home and work. 

Those 3 hours a week have become invaluable to me. I have seen my body shape change for the better. I won't lie and say that sometimes when it's cold and I'm tired I don't have to force myself to go to the evening sessions, but I do it because every time I go I feel so much better afterwards. I can also now see my strength improving all the time, and this provides the motivation I need to stick at it. 

I would honestly say to anyone thinking of joining JMF to just do it. Not only have I lost half a stone but I am able to do things I never thought possible. I am so much happier in myself, my sleep pattern is totally transformed, so much so that the medication is no longer needed and I feel so much healthier because if it.

James has a unique ability to be supportive without being pushy. He works at your pace, but encourages you to reach your full potential. He has even got me doing headstands which I hadn't done since I was about 4 years old! He has encouraged me to achieve far more than I ever thought possible by his calm, unflustered manner.

He is always available if you have a problem or query, even if you just need some gentle encouragement. I can't recommend him highly enough!

Overall, James is just a genuinely lovely guy who is behind you ever step of the way, and you can't really ask for more than that.

I am a better person for taking part in this programme and even my children have noticed that I am a lot less stressed at home. It's not just been a fitness programme for me, it's been a lifestyle changer, and I can't thank James enough for all his help and support."



Emma Coles


I've been training with James since October and have really enjoyed every minute of it! 

I've been going to the gym on and off for years, but after a few months I'd get bored and stop going. 

This is the longest time I've consistently kept training. I’ve been pushed and supported in doing things I would never have even thought about doing on my own and am so much stronger than I ever thought I could be. 

I’ve lost just over a stone and a half with James' support and my body feels so much healthier and stronger. Alongside the in gym training, he gives a lot of support outside too. 

Sessions are always good fun and James is always keen to demonstrate the latest dance move from MTV videos haha! Being able to train alongside other people in the group sessions is always a giggle and James seems up for taking a lot of stick in session whilst the heavy lifting is being done! Mixing up

 the programme and learning different exercises every 4-6 weeks always has me pulling faces, but it keeps it interesting and it's good to see the progress week to week. 

For the first time I feel I may actually be able to reach my goals.

Nic Gower


I have been working with James for six months now, and there has been a marked change in my strength and perception of health. At my initial consultation, I had no doubts that I'd picked a good PT. He made me feel comfortable with the idea of working with him straight out the gate. 

Even at my perceived best working out solo, I STILL couldn't manage a single pull-up and so set a simple goal: one single pull-up on my own, with him I've managed 4 by myself! 

In addition to helping me reach said goal, he's motivated me to stop farting around and go for another goal, which I'm now preparing for a figure competition! He's also helped me sort out my nutrition and find recipes that are nutritional and flavourful. 

My perspective on food has changed tremendously in the six months I've worked with him. 

James is very passionate about his work and it shows through the milestones he's helped me overcome, as well as the other clients in the group. 

He is exceedingly supportive of me and his group of clients, which he communicates with regularly through the client group. He's there for us for any question, however trivial or complicated it may be no matter the time of day. 

Despite my constant whining, I'm so grateful I clicked on that wonder woman ad I saw on Facebook. He got me off my plateau and helped me reach new heights. 

Thanks, Boss!

Quanna Husband

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When I started training with James I’d been stuck in a rut for a long time. I’d put on weight since having a baby and never really felt comfortable in anything I wore. I’d managed to lose a bit on several different diets but it always went back on again and I lacked the confidence to join any exercise classes as I felt intimidated by the other women. 

I’d signed up to walk a marathon in support of breast cancer with my sister and had a big family wedding in the summer and was desperate to get back in shape for both these events, so I contacted James after seeing his advert for the 8 week Wonder Woman programme on Facebook. 

I started training 3 times a week and, after discussing my diet with James, made a few tweaks to increase my protein intake and decrease the number of calories I was consuming each day. I won’t lie – the first week hurt! But I soon got into the swing of it and I made steady but constant progress. In 8 weeks I lost just under 1 stone and was able to get into so many clothes that I’d given up hope on! I went on to walk the marathon in just over 7 hours which was a remarkable achievement for me.

The daily ‘check-ins’ were an invaluable tool for staying on track and to get reassurance from James when facing ‘wobbles!’. I have a tendency to really overthink things and James has a remarkable ability to ‘un-complicate’ problems! I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending James’ program – it has worked for me, and it can work for you too! "

Carrie Parkinson

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A couple of my friends had signed up with James when he did his first round of Wonder Woman. At the time I didn't know whether to join or not, and then typically me I missed the boat. I watched how my friends lost weight and toned up and began realising that I should have done it myself and sooner. 

I eventually gave James a text and this was followed up by a phone call. I don't think James was prepared for the emotional mess he was about to speak to. My confidence was rock bottom, my eating habits all over the place. I knew I wasn't going to change overnight but something needed to be done to change all this. I agreed to sign up and we had our initial chat about eating, calories and how James trains his clients. 

Compared to November time, my confidence has grown as the cm's drop off and so does the weight. Food wise I'm in better control and can balance calories where I need to. 

I really enjoy training, I've had to conquer a few fears of equipment holding my weight but it always does! Watching the progression through each session is awesome and becoming stronger is a great feeling. 

I would hugely recommend training and working with James he knows each client and tailors each session to you. Group sessions are a laugh, you can be training with different people through the week but all are really supportive and friendly. There's never too many people and James is always overseeing each exercise within the group.

Jess Smart

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I had used a personal trainer before but found James post pregnancy when I needed a new challenge. I found working with James very different: he pushed me harder; stayed in touch between sessions and offered advice on nutrition and diet as well as exercise. 

Since training with James for about five months now, I feel stronger, fitter and healthier. I've seen progress quickly, both in the weights I can lift in the gym and the changes in my appearance. 

Although I did want to tone up, I was not really bothered about losing weight but I have lost about 4 kilos. One of the best things about training with James is the fact that he explains the reasons for the exercises we do; which muscles they work and why we are using this method rather than another. He also makes changes to the programme if there are exercises you don't get on with or find awkward. 

Obviously, I'd recommend training with James. The fact I paid for more sessions after my initial set says it all. I even recommended a friend who now has also been training for several months with James. 

Lisa Burgess

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I have been training with James since October 2016. 

I joined the 8 week Wonder Woman programme with the goal of getting fitter, stronger and healthier. I can definitely say I have achieved all these things. 

Before joining I had slipped into bad eating habits and joining the programme enabled me to start rethinking my diet and making positive changes that I could stick too. 

Within a few weeks I was seeing results, I was fitting into clothes I hadn’t worn for years and they were comfortable! What is great is that the weight has stayed off. 

I was never really a gym person but now I love the sense of achievement when I hit a new personal best. James is always very supportive and encourages you to push yourself. 

I now train in the Strength Bootcamp three mornings a week, and I'm still getting results. Can’t recommend it enough. 

Fran Clear