History & Background
Mac spent the majority of his younger years playing sports (Karate, Basketball, Soccer and Hockey), he even went on to represent Victoria 3 years in a row, and play A grade State League Hockey as Goalkeeper. After a gruelling training/competition schedule, and a couple of dream-shattering injuries, Mac decided to hang up his Goalkeeping mitts and pursue his other interests, including playing and touring with his band, traveling the world, working with orphans and underprivileged communities in the third world, and finally working in the lucrative internet Domain name industry in Hong Kong.
It wasn’t long before Mac longed for what had been missing in his life; hard training, solid competition, and a healthier lifestyle. It was at this point that Mac decided to turn things around and get back to what he had been missing. He became consumed by Strength Training, Outdoor Circuit Training, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), TEVA Adventure Races and Marathons.
Mac as a Personal Trainer
Mac has gained some valuable international experience as a personal trainer. In the corporate-expat culture of Hong Kong, Mac was trained, certified and indoctrinated to the world of health and fitness coaching. It was here that Mac found his passion for helping people reach a better quality of life, and sustain it. Mac loves nothing more than to help guide/direct clients and friends towards a healthier and happier life. He has seen some amazing results through his clients’ progress in his career as a Personal Trainer, and only hopes to build on those experiences.
Mac understands that there are any number of limiting factors and proverbial mountains to climb in life, which make your health and fitness goals seem unachievable; he uses this understanding and empathy to help break down the barriers, and put one foot in front of the other towards a healthier, happier life.
A firm believer in the concepts and principles taught by Charles Poliquin and the Poliquin Group, Mac is constantly learning and growing his knowledge base and skill set to stay ahead of the game. Out of the myriad of training certifications out there, there is only ONE that requires you to demonstrate an appropriate level of expertise before becoming fully certified, the Poliquin International Certification Program (PICP), designed by Charles Poliquin. Universally recognized as the most successful strength coach in the world, Charles Poliquin has coached Olympic medalists in 19 different sports and world record holders in 11 sports.
Having completed Poliquin International Certification Program (P.I.C.P) Levels 1,2 & 3, Mac has established himself among the few strength coaches in Australia qualified to such a high level. In order to be officially recognised as a Level 3 PICP Strength & Conditioning Coach, Mac was required to coach an athlete to a National Championship in their respective sport. In 2014, Mac earned his PICP level 3 by taking the role of Strength & Conditioning Coach for an up-and-coming Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) fighter. After 8 months of intelligent programming and hard work with Mac, the young fighter won Gold medals in both the Australian Champions Cup BJJ Tournament, and the Pan Pacific Jiu Jitsu Championship.
In 2015, Mac was awarded the highest achievement in the PICP Strength Coaching pathway: PICP Level 5 Strength and Conditioning Specialist. In order to be officially recognised as a Level 5 PICP Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Mac was required to coach an athlete to a World Championship in their respective sport, or an Olympic Gold Medal. Mac earned his Level 5 by coaching Shantelle Thompson to the Gold medal in the 2015 IBJJF World Championship and the title of 2015 National Wrestling Champion, she will also be competing on the Australian Olympic Wrestling Team for Rio 2016. Mac is one of only 5 active PICP level 5 coaches in Australia.
With a very solid and successful background as a Personal Trainer both in Australia and internationally, Mac has diversified his skill set and is quickly establishing himself as one of the top Strength and Conditioning coaches in the country.
Over the last 2 years, Mac has been developing and refining his methods for developing combat athletes into the strongest, best conditioned and most lethal versions of themselves.
Mac’s ambition is to play a role in developing Australian MMA and BJJ to the highest global standard, through his craft as Strength and Conditioning Coach. Mac is presently working with the following athletes:
- A 2x IBJJF World Champion, Abu Dhabi Pro World Cup medalist, multiple time Australian Champions Cup and Pan Pacific BJJ Champion
- 2015 IBJJF World Championships Gold Medalist & 2x Bronze Medalist, multiple time Australian Champions Cup winner, 2015 National Wrestling Champion, Australian Olympic Team Wrestler, Pan Pacific BJJ Champion <link to shantelle blog post >
- 2015 BJJ Kids World Championships Gold Medalist
- 2015 IBJJF Asian Open Champion, multiple time Australian Champions Cup winner, Pan Pacific BJJ Champion, Australian National Wrestling Championship medalist and Australian Olympic Team Wrestler
- A multiple time Australian Champions Cup winner, Pan Pacific Champion, IBJJF Sydney Open Champion and Abu Dhabi Pro World Cup medalist
- A multiple time Australian Champions Cup winner, Pan Pacific Champion, Abu Dhabi Pro World Cup medalist, and Jiu Jitsu World League medalist