What our clients say about us

 I’ve been training with Mike for about 3yrs and I can honestly say it has changed my life. I have always had problems with my weight and spent a lot of my adult life morbidly obese and I did no regular exercise.  Since having Mike as my personal trainer I have completed Marathons, Sprint Triathlons, Assault Courses and the Long Course, which are all the Ironman distance disciplines carried out on consecutive days. Mike is passionate about fitness and it shows through the energy and enthusiasm he brings to every session.  His easy going, friendly personality creates a relaxed comfortable atmosphere which has helped develop my confidence. He makes each workout challenging, creative and most importantly, fun! Mike not only motivates but has also inspired me to push past my perceived limits to reach my goals.

 After reaching my target weight I managed to maintain it for a couple of years but have struggled to maintain it recently. Thanks to my regular sessions with Mike, and his support we have been able to bring it back into control and am not getting back down to my target weight. The support that Mike provides outside the actual training sessions has been invaluable from providing nutrition plans, training plans, support at events and even the odd “Step away from the cakes!” phone call.

Thank you Mike, you are the best!


Pam Bland

I've used MJ Health and Fitness for over a year. As someone who doesn't feel comfortable in a gym Mike has provided  personal training sessions individualised to my specific needs and ability. He makes every session interesting and different and places a high value of performing exercise correctly to avoid injury and achieve maximum benefit. I feel stronger and healthier and have achieved weight loss goals through the training sessions and dietary and nutritional advice that I've been given. The facilities in the studio are great and the workouts are varied so that you really don't know what you will be doing at each session until you arrive. Mike makes you exceed your perceived limits with positive encouragement in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.


If you're thinking about training with a professional I highly recommend Mike. I was hesitant at first, however after booking the trial session I wish I'd done it sooner. I' ve been working with Mike for 6 months and have seen amazing results and lost almost three stone in that time. I have never felt stronger or healthier. It has become a way of life and not just a fad. Mike is passionate about fitness and it shows through the energy and enthusiasm he brings to every session. His easy going, friendly personality creates a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. He makes each workout challenging, creative and most importantly, fun! He also places a high value on correct form with each exercise. He motivates me to push past my perceived limits to get results. I have much more energy, my balance and flexibility have improved immensely and I've got great new muscles and cannot wait to ski this year with my new level of fitness. If you are serious about changing your life for the better, Mike will lead you every step of the way and if you follow his

advice you'll see incredible results in your body and mental well-being


Steve Hindmarsh

In my business life we work to the mantra of #workingsmarter, but prior to working with Mike on my fitness all I was doing was #workingharder with minimal results. His focused approach means that I get the maximum benefit from the time I invest, his advice is not limited to the time spent with him, but he also fills the gaps with great advice on nutrition and how to keep the momentum going between sessions.


Having 3 kids, 2 jobs and a Husband that works away my life can be pretty stressful.  Training with Mike is the best thing I do for my self every week.  If I had to choose 1 fitness session a week it would always be with Mike at his Glan Usk studio above all others.  I enter the studio and forget about everything else for an hour.   I always feel amazing afterwards.

It is also the toughest hour of my week both mentally and physically but the results are worth it.  I have seen the biggest results from my time spent in Mike's Training studio and he  helps to keep me on the right track for my fitness journey.  My 3 Kids also train with Mike in the school holidays and they look forward to their sessions when we train as a family.
Long may our trips to your studio continue.

Thank you Mike :)



After several years of joining gyms and becoming uninspired, I finally found MJ Health and Fitness.  I wanted to get fit and tone up.  Mike has pushed me out of my comfort zone, working the whole body, but keeping me motivated. His professionalism, knowledge and commitment to his work and ultimately his clients, provides the perfect scenario for success and sets foundations for a new healthier lifestyle.  I can highly recommend Mike James.  Lizzie (Monmouth)

"The best thing that Mike did for me was tailor my Health & Fitness programme to what I needed, the results were impressive with both weight loss and increased levels of fitness. Being able to do this at the beautiful Glan Usk estate was a bonus!"

Peter Woolley

I was lucky enough to benefit from some training sessions and lots of advice from Mike during 6 months preparation for a major fitness Challenge, running 51 miles across Wales barefoot.  As well as general cardio and strength training (which came in many innovative and engaging guises) he was able to advise on the barefoot running technique which proved invaluable.
I have the utmost respect for Mike - not only does he have an in depth knowledge of fitness, nutrition and well being, he is an absolute Master of the psychological aspect of training too which is essential for success. 
Mike was a major contributor to my being able to run into the history books by becoming the first person to run across Wales barefoot; I highly recommend working with him - with him on your side you cannot fail to achieve your fitness goals!

I started training with Mike at the beginning of the year and have to say MJ Fitness is a great investment. Having undergone a foot operation last year my fitness levels were pretty low but Mike has worked with me to push me as far as possible whilst being sympathic to my recovery..and he makes it fun!

I am now back running, biking and even started canoeing as a result. My fitness levels are back to when I was in my 20's and I am feeling healthier, happier and most of all leaner. Whatever your fitness levels or goals Mike will inspire you to achieve them so I would definitely recommend MJ Fitness Kim Skyrme


Mike is enthusiastic, knowledgeable, supportive, caring and very encourgaing. Every session is fun and no session is the same. I have already dropped a dress size and I can't believe how much fitter and healthier I am, Janine Sharpless


Before training with MJ Health and Fitness Julie was 10st 3lbs. After 12 months of personal training sessions, Julie now weighs 8st 2lbs. She's lost over 16% body fat! Great effort!! Julie Taylor

The personal training sessions always seem fresh. Training sessions are carefully thought through and enjoyable. If I have any questions, i feel comfortable to contact Mike. Mike is friendly, attentive and dedicated personal trainer. I can clearly see my posture and body shape has improved. I have a flatter stomach, have lost more weight than I believed I was capable of doing and I feel great. Mikes advises me in the area of diet and nutrition which makes the job of losing weight much easier and much faster. Megan Peake

When my friend from Texas called me a “Butter Ball” I knew it was time to act!!!! Despite my husband telling me for years to stick a pair of trainers on and go running up the hill, I could never quite motivate myself to do it. However since starting weekly training sessions with Mike which include a variety of exercises, I have surprised myself (and even my husband) with my progress and enthusiasm for exercise.   Not only have I lost weight and toned up but I also seem to have a lot more energy than before - bring on the bikini! Saskia Phillips

I have become a member of a local gym but was starting to put on weight again and become very unmotivated with my training.I decided that I needed to see someone about changing my body shape and just a general refresher about what I wanted to achieve out of my gym work. Mike gave me the motivation and encouragement to push myself a little harder to achieve the desired results. I found his exercises to be really exciting and fun and easy to do both at the gym and at home rather than restricting myself to one place. He has a 'can-do' attitude that helps you push yourself to achieve any exercise he gives you.After completing personal training sessions with Mike along with a training program which included a lot of the new exercises, I noticed a great change in my body shape and muscle tone. I can thoroughly recommend Mike for any goal you want to achieve whether it would be weight loss or just an increase in fitness levels. I have never felt so good about myself and I owe it all to Mike's knowledge and enthusiasm.

Leanne Probert

I train with Mike once a week due to work commitments, would like it to be more as I find the sessions, all though hard Mike has the right balance to make it fun. I'm not a competitive person and surprise myself how hard he can get me to work. I'm the type of person who used to fall in and out of fitness, now I can see the benefits, Mike has not only helped with fitness but nutrition as well, I would and do recommend Mike James personal trainer. Tanya Dudson

After an accident 5 years ago I have lost a large amount of muscle mass in my right leg but after three short weeks of training with the muscle has started to re-build again and I am able to do more now than I have done since my accident. Andy Guppy

"Having 6 stone to lose I decided to seek help to encourage me and after only a few weeks I have started to see results all over my body. Mike's training sessions are safe, fun and as I always train in the morning I am energised for the rest of the day." Donna Guppy

I really enjoy the Boxercise classes that Mike runs!  All classes are tailored to your individual fitness needs and with a great sense of humour classes are fun and enjoyable!  I have only been going for about 3 months but have already noticed results (have lost about 7lb's and gone down a dress size) and can’t wait for the next class to come around.  Classes can be hard but Mike always makes an effort to make them as enjoyable as possible.  I was a little nervous at first about joining a new fitness class, but I was made to feel welcome and would recommend for anyone to try it at least once, and you will keep going back.  I wouldn’t go anywhere else now! Lorna Relph

We are four friends (average age 67 ish) who were having a healthy week near Brecon.   Mike came for two very useful, motivating and fun sessions.   I wish we could have had more. He displayed great professionalism, giving us a full questionnaire to fill in and, during the sessions, making individual adjustments to the exercises to take account of our various joint and other problems. He took trouble to give us further advice on exercise and nutrition which included helpful print outs.   It was a pleasure to work out with him. I would highly recommend him. Mary Trefgarne (London)

MJ Health and Fitness

Tel: 07595 941807

Email: mjhealthandfitness@gmail.com


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