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Workouts and warm ups for charity organisations/events, going the extra mile for my clients, new ideas and ventures, read my news below...

Merriott Free Sunday Workout, Nov 2016

On Sunday the 6th. 13th and 20th of November 2016 ill be leading some free workouts on the fantastic new outdoor gym equipment on Merriott Recreation Ground from 9AM until 11AM. I'll be on hand to give tips, run through what each piece of equipment does and finally take a good workout! For a more detailed look, theirs a poster on my gallery page and a few pics of what the equipment looks like. For more info check out the Merriott Parish Councils Facebook page. See you all down there, oh and afterwards in the hall for a healthy breakfast!

"The Turkey Run" 24th Dec 2016

On 24th Dec at 9AM, get yourself up to Misterton Recreation Ground where I do most of my PT, and take part. in "The Turkey Run" to raise funds for "The Lily Foundation"....

"What is it?"

Its an obstacle course with a killer hill thrown in....£2 charity entry on day.

Before start, we'll all do a practice lap, then I'll set you off! You'll tackle obstacles ranging from hurdles, slalom poles, tyres, hoops, plus lots more. Plus on every lap you'll leave Park via a track and tackle the hill I use to train my guys on named "Workout Hill", it's a short steep un! You get a coin off me on every lap at the bottom of the hill, winner is person with most coins after 45 minutes. Prize is a Home Fitness Bundle! On the event of a draw, we'll decide the winner with the PLANK CHALLENGE! Boom, how about that for a slice of action? To enter just go to my contact page leaving your name and your wish to participate, then I'll see you on the day! 

The Turkey Run Report

On a lovely bright Xmas Eve....We came, we saw, and we all kicked butt! Great day, so happy to organsie this and see so many people turn up to raise cash and burn xmas calories. Next years Turkey Run will be bigger, better and even harder! Check out The Chard and Ilminsters Pictures on my gallery page, we raised a grand total of £100.50 for The Lily Foundation. A charity very close to my heart as its searching for a cure to Mitochondrial Disease, the condition my daughter suffers from.Hopefully one day this cruel disease will be eradicated once and for all. Thanks to you all and hope to see you back next year, we had a ball and hopefully made a bit of room for our Xmas Dinners too!

Want a Free Warm Up?

If you've got a fitness charity event coming up, a run, anything, even if its small scale I'd love to hear from you. Ask me to take the warm up....for FREE! I don't ask a fee, I do it for the love of participation. I've done warm ups for Alzheimer's 5k Walk and Race For Life Bridport among others. So long as it's within 10 miles of me I'll be there! Your warm up will be specific to the event and as fun as possible, so what are you waiting for? Fill in the contact form and I'll get back to you.

Crewkerne Relay For Life - 22nd to 23rd July 2017

Launching at 12PM on Saturday 22nd July 2017 up at Wadham School and running straight through for 24hrs until Sunday 23rd at 12PM is Crewkerne's first RELAY FOR LIFE, a charity walk around their sports track...

Relay For Life Crewkerne will begin with the inspiring Survivors' Lap of Honour. Cancer survivors will walk the first lap of the course, cheered and supported by the community. Together we celebrate life and the efforts we are all making to help beat cancer sooner.Whilst the event is in full swing, members of each team will take turns to walk around the track to show that cancer never sleeps.You can take part by starting a team and becoming the Team Captain, joining a team as a Team Member or by taking part as a Survivor.

Markonefitness will be taking "Fitness Laps" from 4.00-4.30PM, I'll lay out obstacles and fitness equipment so walkers can raise their heart rates with me! I'll also be around during the day with my infamous "Tyre Stacker Challenge" stall, with a mystery prize for the fastest Male and Female stacker. For more info on the day and to register your own team, click on one of the links above.

Yeovil Sportive 2017 with clients was awesome!

April 9th saw two of my guys who shall of course remain nameless complete the inaugural Yeovil Sportive half distance event. No less than 90 kilometres of hilly riding, with a little encouragement from me they smashed it! Conquering some of Somersets toughest climbs along the way they completed the event in epic fashion and are already planning their next cycling and triathlon events, training has already begun for them both and I for one am thouroughly enjoying training these two guys. They remind me of me when I started endurance sports. Get in touch now if you want an uber experienced trainer get you to the start line of your first epic event!

Client Target - Montacute 5k Parkrun Sat 3rd June 2017

We will be targeting this 5k on Sat 3rd June, alot of my client simply want to be faster more efficient runners. So to sharpen their blades we are hitting this 5k to get a base time to beat later in the year. See you up there guys!

Montacute 5k Parkrun Race Report

Arriving at 8.30 on a Sunny Sat morning was a great sign that the day was going to be a fast one, and sure enough the clients all showed up grinning and ready to tackle the course (phew!). The nervous energy that they were giving off really motivated me so we headed over to the front of Montacute house ready for the start. We used the usual area for our warm up just to the right of the course itself, and just like at sessions we started our day with drills to warm up those joints over the uneven ground. Lots of ankle and knee rolls to activate the synovial fluid first, then gradually we introduced movement into a light run. Then once everyone was amassed at 9.00AM sharp the timekeeper set us all off. Me and my clients all started together but as expected within a few minutes they were strung out with my faster guys out of sight among the mass of runners up front and my novices staying back with me at the rear. The grass or track course follows 2 loops of Montacute Houses grounds with roughly the first half of each lap going uphill and away from the house before turning right downhill with a quick sharp climb at the finish. I planned to pace myself at 40 minutes, staying at the rear to help out anyone that was struggling and sure enough I found myself completing the race with one of my guys who needed a bit of help. We managed to get round in the great time of 41 minutes by landmark running, it's a really effective way of breaking a run down into manageable chunks...."lets get to that tree on the right, then walk for 30 seconds yeah?" Before we knew it we'd done lap 1 and had worked our way to the downhill section of lap 2. Then we caught up with another of my guys who was suffering with calve cramps so we stretched out for a few seconds before she got the motivation to blast ahead and leave us in her dust again! In the finale we stomped our way up that final steep hill and the sprint finish which, with a bit of encouragement, client even managed to put in a burst and get round the runner in front. Training paying off!

It was a great day and in the post run stretches, clients who told me they hated running were already talking about coming back next week, thanks to the organisers and staff at Parkrun for putting on these awesome free weekly runs, you rock!

The Annual Seaton Cycle Fest returns! Sunday 2nd July...

I looove cycling! It's my passion to just get out on my bike and get away from it all, there are some great routes round Somerset and the West Country. I like to race too (and I hope one day to be better at it!) and ride for local club 1st Chard Wheelers, what a club! If your into cycling, live in the Chard area and want to get better at it take my advice, join the Wheelers! Anyways its the clubs annual circuit race around Seaton Town Center this Sunday, you should come down, check out @SeatonCycleFest on Facebook for all the lowdown on the days goings on. If you have children bring their bikes too, as there are some fun childrens races around safe closed roads as well!

This Sunday! I'm at Crewkerne's FIRST Relay For Life

This Saturday the 22nd it all kicks off on Wadam Schools Athletics track, when Crewkerne will host its first RELAY FOR LIFE in aid of Cancer Research UK. (See post above). I'm so excited and grateful to be given the opportunity to lead a walking warm up for the guys taking part...My timings have changed from Saturday to Sunday at 9.00AM for the warm up, then I'll be leading a fun sports day and fitness laps before the closing ceremony starts at 11.00AM. Come up and show your support! For more info on the day check out the link above.

Marks Big Bke Ride Sat 26th August 2017...

I love cycling, and many of my clients do to. So I've decided to lead a big bike ride down to West Bay on Saturday 26th at 9AM. Many cyclists are uncomfortable when riding in a group, and so opt to ride alone alot of the time. By learning to stay close to the wheel in front you'll save energy by being out of the wind, and basic group skills will make you an all together better rider so do come along even if you arent a client of mine. We'll take the route down to Clapton then over to Beaminster on the back lanes, over the beautiful Eggardon and into West Bay. Then return to Crewkerne by heading into Bridport and back a slightly more "testing" way past Salwayash, Drimpton and getting back to Misterton for around 1PM. Keep an eye on my Facebook page for ride updates.

Big Bike Ride Report!

In the end 2 hardy guys turned up for this Sat morning ride, understandable really as I mistakenly organised it on a bank holiday weekend when many have plans. To protect the innocent I shall simply call the guys riders A and B. I sensed the guys wanted an extra challenge so I decided to make the ride slightly more ahem 'lumpy' than originally planned down to Lyme Regis rather than West Bay. We headed through Seabourough and over to Thorncombe for our first challenge, then dropped down into Hawkchurch for our second hard hill. Before we knew it we had arrived at the decent for Lyme and with a nice fast spurt into the town we stopped at a lovely cafe right on the seafront. Bodies replenished with coffee and a bit of brekkie we hit the road again immediately hitting the stiff climb back out of Lyme the way we came. I definitely saw the guys confidence building as the ride went on, they realised that the hills don't last forever and we began to work well as a group. The way home was the main road from Lyme to Crewkerne and we managed to stay together for most of the route until rider B decided to put in an effort and leave us in his wake. Rider A and myself took this opportunity to practice working together to try and bring him back but rider B was gone! Arriving at Crewkerne we were all nearing the end of our tether and with tired legs and happy hearts we said our goodbyes, big bike ride done!

Lots Going On...

We are now in October, when did that happen? It's as usual been busy, on Sat 4th Nov me and the guys will be going to the Parkrun 5K for another go around the classic Montacute House route. (MAYBE with a coffee afterwards woo hoo), then on Sat 2nd Dec myself and the guys with road bikes will be going up to Langport on a "festive luncheon bike ride". 2018 is going to be a big year for some of my clients who will be braving 10K's and longer distance triathlons for the first time so this long bike ride will be a chance to practice getting more comfortable at group riding drills. Plus on Xmas eve I'm going to be putting on "The Turkey Run" charity obstacle course again up on Misterton Rec.

Client Parkrun 5K Report!

Saturday 4th of November saw me and 5 of my guys complete the Yeovil Montacute Parkrun 5K, we met up at 8.30 for a warm up so we'd be ready for the 9AM start. Weather was wet and boggy underfoot but spirits were high nonetheless, during the warm up we made sure our ankle were 110% as supple as we could as twisted ankles are common on these slippy cross country courses. At 9 0 clock the organisers did the pre race brief, and shortly after it was a big crowd countdown from 10 to 1 and we were off. I made sure the group started at the back as clients focus for today was to just get round and enjoy the experience. The course at Montacute immediately heads gently uphill, bends right then flattens, goes round the edge of the estate in 2 undulating loops before going up a final short steep hill and the straight sprint finish. It's quite a demanding introduction to your first 5K race but is always so well organised and hey it's PARKRUN! It's my opinion that its necessary in life to attend events where you have a concentrated amount of super positive people, and it was lovely to see my newbies glowing with this same positivity. We'd trained to run for 2 minutes and walk recover for 30 seconds, timed with beeps on my phone, it's an incredibly effective way for a beginner to get through a 5K by breaking it down into chunks and keeping your head engaged. It was immediately obvious that starting at the back was going to be a bit swampy and slippery underfoot with 200 runners stampeding the bejesus out of the grass before you so the ankle warm up was well justified! All clients easily managed to complete the distance, with one of them taking my advice and going off on her own in the last 1K. What was great to see was other runners nearby who were struggling with pace adopting this method, by the end, we had a little team of Markone interval runners! Post race we all headed over to the cafe for a well deserved cuppa, well done all on a great effort. Same again at Xmas, and who's for fancy dress?!


Thats right folks, Christmas Eve this year will see the return on my Obstacle course, this year it’ll start at the new time of 9.30AM (so you get a lie in). Its the same “Donate what you like“ affair with all funds raised going to The Lily Foundation, the charity that raises money to research a cure for Mitochondrial disease. Again it’s 45 Minutes of clockwise loops of Misterton Rec but this year there will be extra obstacles, extra tyres, hay bales and even a giant Turkey to dodge! Just Turn up and run, raise money and burn some calories to boot. This year the village hall will be open for hot drinks and mince pies. See you up there! For more info just check out my Facebook page.

The Turkey Run 2017 Report

Well as I sit here on the 28th of December I look back and reflect on just how AMAZING this years Turkey Run turned out to be, it literally makes me so proud to think of the good we did. On the day, I arrived up at Miserton Rec at around 8AM to start setting up the course with my helpers. We figured out that this year we should make it more of an “aerobic” affair with plenty of running around the edge of the Park and round the back of the Village Hall to add a bit more distance to every lap. We broke the lap up with slalom poles, hay bales around the back of the tennis courts, a new cargo net, more bales this year in a stack and the tyres. Participants then would collect their coin from the Village Hall entrance before continuing round the back to complete their lap. I remembered how nice it was last year to look over at the car park and see people turning up, so I was quite nervous this year that it would be as popular but I needn’t have worried. Hoards of people were arriving! At 9.15 it was time to introduce this years “evade the Turkey” obstacle, so dutifully I donned my giant inflatable turkey outfit and headed over to the MUGA to lead the warm up which proved to be an awkward job dressed as a giant bird! As 9.30 neared we headed over to the front of the Hall to start the run as proved a good idea last year to slightly thin out the field a bit. During the 45 Minute Run I saw so many happy faces run past me, and quite a few tired ones too as we neared  10.15! This years Winner was a Junior who raced around the course competing 15 laps, I’ll be looking out for him next year. And so to the grand total we raised this year, compared to last years eventual total of £200, this year, we raised..................£1281.50! Thanks so much everyone for supporting this great event for The Lily Foundation, it means a lot, and I hope we can cement this in everyone’s diary for every Christmas Eve. Looking forward to next years event I’d love to get an “inflatable“ obstacle on the MUGA to further add to the fun. Keep your eyes peeled! See all in 2018! Your all awesome!

My Online Training is here!

Well it was a long time in planning and getting it together, but my beginner focused 8 Week Online Training is finally up and ready to go. It’s unlike anything that’s been done before and I can safely say that youll be Uber busy if you take it on! I was busy from mid Summer last year to Xmas recording workout and putting them in order of intensity and at a level that a total beginner to training can accomplish. Its a real labour of love and I really hope it’s a hit. It’ll motivate, lose your weight and keep you in shape. Boom 

Sat 21st July - Merriott NEW Childrens Play Equipment and another gym teach...

2 years ago this Summer I was invited to Merriotts new outdoor gym to offer advice on workouts and how to use the equipment effectively. I’ve been invited back on Sat 21st of July to again give a teach on the equipment and show workout ideas. On the day they’re also unveiling new Childrens play equipment with other fun stuff going on too. If your a resident of Merriott look out for a flyer through your door, or if you wanted to meet me and get some ideas on keeping fit come on down on Saturday morning!

Thurs 26th July 7PM - Merriott Outdoor Gym Workout for the Older Generation 

A few days later at the Merriott outdoor gym on the Rec I’m holding a workout for older residents at 7PM, come on down in your sports gear and join in a great workout aimed at the older generation. I’ll again be giving ideas on future workouts so you can get on down to the gym yourselves and get busy. There is now NO excuse!

2nd Oct 7PM - Chard Ladies Evening Guild ‘exercise and keeping fit later in life‘

An interesting new venture for me is to give talks on the benefits of exercise and how to keep fit sustainably as you get older. You don’t need a gym to maintain a fit body and mind especially as you age as it becomes just as important to maintain good mental health as it does a healthly body. This talk will be my first on the subject and it’ll be packed with facts, tips and even some audience participation workouts! Come on down and find out just how easy it can be to start a fitness regime at home and most importantly how to Keep it going.

Ladies Langport Ride did happen!

Sunday 8th July saw me and 3 female clients brave a 20 mlle ride to Langport and back. Me, Sue, Helen and Fi set off from Seavington at 9AM and aimed to be at a cafe in Langport for 10.30. We made this time easily as the group stayed together quite well, with myself at the back marking proceedings by moving to the front to close gaps created by 'keen' clients wanting to press on (Helen!) The key with a group of cyclists with a broad range of abilities is to have a strong leader who can keep talking to the group, as inevitably gaps will open from new riders who are nervous at staying close to wheels. We stayed together and arrived at the Langport Kitchen for a well deserved coffee, we were well in time to go a bit further on the return journey so I decided we go back the slightly longer route down to Barrington and up to Lopen. It was fun tackling this long gradual hill with the group, it soon became apparent that the very hot weather was draining the life out of them and I would have to have my best motivational head on. We got over Barrington and even finished with a little dig over the top to the roundabout which led us back to Seavington and the finish to our first Ladies ride. Well done all you definitely impressed me.

Turkey Run 2018 report

Well the dust has finally settled on 2019 and is fair to say when I look back at the turkey run at Xmas I have a big smile on my face! After being on BBC Somerset a few weeks before the event to promote I was pretty hopeful that we’d get a few more people this year, so preparations to make 2018 a big one got underway. I yet again got up early to set out the course for a later start this year of 10AM. Setting up is always nice as I like designing a slightly different course every year and luckily my team of helpers turned up early to to help lay out the cargo net, tyres and hay bales etc so a big thanks has to go out to them. Looking over to the car park at 9.30 I saw it begin to fill so it was time to don the usual turkey outfit and welcome the participants with the usual group warm up. We had the good idea this year of having a gap between the serious runners at the front and the mass start behind, it worked well with the fast guys bolting off on the gun so as not to have the start too chaotic for the youngsters. So started the 2018 turkey run! It was clear from the start that a young whipper snapper dressed in black was by far the fastest on the course, and he was clear of the whole field by halfway, besides him it was great this year to see so many runners of different abilities tackling the course. From where I stand right in the middle of Misterton Rec it’s a lovely sight to see 80+ runners smashing the course for 45 minutes and a big congratulations to you ALL for sticking at it for the whole race. Our man dressed in black was the clear winner by the end, we sold a lot of tickets for the raffle, and this year we raised a grand total of £1360 for The Lily Foundation. See you all next year for more obstacle tackling fun for free!

M&H Fitness Retreat 

So I’ve always wanted to run my own fitness retreat, so midway through last year I approached Haselbury Mill with my idea. And I can confirm the first 3 day M&H Fitness Retreat will take place from Tuesday 16th to Thursday 18th April this year. Now all I can say is, if you’ve never been to a fitness retreat before or you have and would like to come along, your going to experience one HECK of a 3 day fitness kick! Haselbury Mill is one hell of a location for a fitness getaway, you have to trust me when I say there is SOOOOO much potential there. Theres many tracks for endurance fat burning sessions and a running track that leads out of the mill up to Haselbury Plucknett, lush fields for exercise classes, areas for strength and conditioning training, slopes for hard running drills, a huge lovely tithe barn for indoor workouts and not to mention the plush accommodation and the carefully selected healthy menu that their kitchen team will be preparing for you. Its safe to say I’ll have a packed 3 days of training and nutrition awaiting you, on the evening of the main day you’ll also get a remedial massage from Andy Gage and after dinner I’ll give a fitness tips talk to those who want help once the retreat is over. You’ll get a Pre treat tuition video and post retreat recipes and a workout plan. And the price for 3 days of premier quality training at this setting? £360 per person. Get a limited space now to avoid dissapointment via my shop page on Facebook.

It’s that time again...

So we’ve arrived in 2019 and it’s with a heavy heart that I’ve got to announce a price increase to my Personal Training, it’s been 3 years since I last increased my prices and since I’ve always stood for maximum value and bang for your buck I think my increases deserves an explanation...Firstly as I mentioned a second ago I stand for bang for your buck, I constantly get told just how much I go above and beyond for my clients with their support and coaching and it’s high time I started to value myself a bit more. Secondly, I’ve started including tailored home workouts for each client that I adapt each month to compliment their sessions, this I’ve found out takes AGES to make really effective. Time = Money. These increases will come into effect on the 1st Feb. If your thinking of signing up I’d do it quick to beat the increase. Signed coach Marko.

My Interviews On BBC Radio Somerset plus other catchup!

Rushing to catch up with things here! There's been so much going on. Where can I start. lets go back to 2019 where I again partnered with Fresh Air Fitness to coach workouts on their new gym in ilton near ilminster. It was great to give people the confidence to be able to use the outdoor gym, I gave tips to people of all ages and abilities. I then visited the park every Sat morning for a month to lead a group session for the residents of ilton. Its fair to say that they all left training fitter, stronger and with enough ideas so that they could lead their own effective workouts. Xmas 2019 also was an exciting time as I was invited onto BBC Radio Somerset to talk about my family and the Turkey run. It was fab and a great chance to kind of 'let go' of a lot of things I wanted to talk about regarding my daughter Sophie. We are now in 2020 and in lockdown, and lo and behold I was invited back onto the Charlie Taylor show to talk again about things. This one went even better, I was given the chance to give tips over the airwaves about keeping fit during this pandemic. Hopefully I can go back on sometime and talk more, maybe I was boring, I hope not! Cheers Radio Somerset for the opportunity! If you go to my facebook page @marksvirtualpt you'll find the link to my latest chat!


Now I’m Virtual!

Due to the Coronavirus, I’ve gone totally Virtual. It was a strange start to 2020. After a short rest I decided to start going mobile with my personal training, and for literally 2 weeks that was what I did. I was lucky to retain some of my old PT clients in this, so I travelled to their homes nearby and basically, blasted them in their gardens! But in March as we all know, Coronavirus hit. Very quickly, I was forced to come up with a totally new framework for offering personal training at home. How to offer a comprehensive plan at home? How to make it individual and personal? How to get clients effective results at home with what equipment they have to hand? But, I can safely say, after planning I now have clients signed up and seeing sustainable results (I’m not just saying that either!). It’s kind of insane really, I was very skeptical at first as I am an old school face to face tried and tested kind of trainer. For the last 8 years I have built my company on trusted techniques from a lifetimes experience, but how to implement this via an online video call? I needn’t have worried though, as luckily and surprisingly, your personality and coaching ethos does come through the screen to your clients. So long as they stick to their plans, the training works! What I have found an unexpected bonus too is that the client actually trains just as hard on their own at home. Whereas on the park, I had their attention, they get that same attention at home but without the distractions of weather, insects, dogs, people etc! Also the client is totally accountable at home, they are responsible for the workout and most are probably more inclined to train hard in their own environment that they are comfortable in. When you create a plan, and the client sticks to it and begins to see a difference, they buy into it and make it work. So Virtual PT is a go, I believe it’s here to stay and with the current situation it’s going to be the only way for many people to be able to train effectively. Embrace the video call, let’s make the home our gym people! Check out my Facebook page for some success stories.


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