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       Mark Macpherson, MSc.

          Writer. Physical Conditioning Specialist. Sports Massage Therapist.









I’ve been a research scientist, a software consultant, a company director (many times), a stay at home parent when my children were at primary and secondary school, an alpaca farm owner and a physical conditioning specialist. I have experienced most of the stresses and demands (including work, family and relationships) that modern (western) life can place upon us. And yet through it all I was able to maintain some resemblance of a healthy lifestyle. But, it hasn’t been easy.

I communicate and motivate exceptionally well, and have the experience, skills and the knowledge to help anyone achieve their personal goals.

My passion is helping others take control of their lives both mentally and physically. Who knows what you’ll be able to achieve with a kick-start in the right direction!

With my experience, I can help you make healthy, realistic, sustainable lifestyle choices without the fads, quick fixes and gimmicks – to help you improve your health for now, and for the long-term.


How can I help you?

Everyone needs a personal trainer some of the time but not everyone needs a personal trainer all the time. Mostly personal training services are about motivation and sharing the responsibility of maintaining your health and fitness. If you have a “partner” in your fitness regime, who you will disappoint if you don’t get out of bed to train or head straight to the couch after a day of work, you are more likely to engage in physical activity more frequently.

It’s the trainer’s responsibility to keep you motivated and enthusiastic. Once you have taken the first step (and the only step you have to take on your own) and sought the assistance of a personal trainer a partnership is formed. Then it’s the trainer’s responsibility to work hard to design fitness programs that are specific to your needs and capabilities. Those programs must be interesting, challenging and balanced to ensure that you attain your goals within realistic time frames while minimising any risk of injury.

Motivation is a fickle beast that teases us all from time to time. If your motivation is high and sustained and you have a great fitness program then your trainer can move on to other clients that need their talents more than you do. However, having formed that partnership in your health and fitness, periodic assistance from your trainer should be sought at those times when your motivation fails or your goals change.

And I haven’t even mentioned nutrition, stress-reduction strategies, massage therapy and lifestyle advice.


Some qualifications

MSc (University of Auckland)

BSc (University of Auckland)

Cert III/Cert IV Personal Trainer

Therapeutic Massage Therapist

Internationally accredited Bootcamp Instructor


Some athletic achievements:

1:17 Half marathon;

35min track 10km;

55min Kew-Camberwell 10 miles;

2:53 Marathon;

2:02 Olympic Distance Triathlon (1.5/40/10)

4:14 Long Course Triathlon (2/80/20)


Some memberships:

Fitness Australia

Australian Fitness Network

Bootcamp Alliance


Some Books:

The Tragedy of Euan and Kate

Flawed Gods (currently undergoing Version 2.0 modifications)

Maiden Gods (currently undergoing Version 2.0 modifications)

Composite Gods (currently undergoing Version 2.0 modifications)


Some other things:

Surfed since the 1960’s, Golf, Music (guitar/flute/cello), Old guitars.


Posted December 4, 2011 by Mark