In the build up to the Miss New Zealand 2011 Pageant I decided to use Gareth to help me get in shape for the competition. In the month leading up to the competition I worked out with Gareth twice a week doing high cardio and resistance training. I immediately felt a difference not only in the shape of my body but in my general fitness.

I am pretty ‘soft’ when it comes to working out and not a fan of sweaty pain and although Gareth’s workout were challenging, they were fun and varied which kept me interested and made me almost forget about how hard I was working. Throughout and after each workout felt like I was making a difference to my body which gave me a bit of motivation to eat healthier as well! Best of all they got results and I did shed about 4kg and 15cms from my body in just under a month.

Lauren Mann

Miss New Zealand Finalist
Winner of the Miss Friendship Award

"The 2009 Vodafone Wellington Lions used MMA training to develop rugby specific functional strength. The sessions were challenging and well adapted to the needs of our individual players. This form of training was an excellent addition to our Strength & Conditioning program and is recommended."

Andrew Beardmore

Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
Vodafone Wellington Lions

“I have trained with Gareth for number of years. Gareth has tremendous drive and focus which is contagious for those who train under him. Gareth’s knowledge of contact sports technique and conditioning requirements is outstanding and I thoroughly recommend anyone looking for an 'edge' in martial arts, Rugby or League enlist his services.

I also recommend Gareth to those not involved in any of those sports who are looking for some variety in their regular training to spice it up a bit! Gareth looks mean (and he is in the ring), but he has a cheerful and friendly manner and he really cares about making sure his clients get the results they're after.”

Bernie Upton

Junior All Blacks
Waikato Chiefs 2004 – 2007
Wellington Hurricanes 2007 – 2009

“I have trained Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Gareth for the last two and a half years. I have also been coached by Gareth in Mixed Martial Arts for about 6 months. Over this time, I have been impressed by his attention to detail. If he encounters a problem, he will work through it until he finds a solution. When being trained by Gareth, I have found him both knowledgeable and encouraging.

Gareth's ability to explain techniques in detail, while making them easy to understand is excellent. I have no problem asking him for help, and his explanations always deal with the problem at hand. What I have learnt has helped me to control offenders both compliant and non-compliant. I highly recommend him for any future training ventures he undertakes”.


Frontline Police Constable

“My name is Brice Ritani-Coe I am a professional mixed martial artist (MMA) and boxer currently living in Las Vegas Nevada, I am from Queenstown New Zealand. I train with some of the best in the world of MMA, Boxing and K1 such as Ray Sefo, Randy Couture, Chris Bryd, Forrest Griffen and many others. I met Gareth when he traveled to Las Vegas to train with us at Xtreme Couture, there we become training partners and good friends.

Gareth put me through conditioning sessions while he was here in Las Vegas to help me get prepared for a fight I had lined up, thanks to Gareth my conditioning was in a lot better shape. Before Gareth put me through the conditioning work I was working myself. His programs were specific to what I needed to be doing and got me into the best shape I've been in for a fight, I won my fight via KO in the second round and felt like I could've done an extra 5 rounds”.

Brice Ritani-Coe

Professional MMA, Boxer
Training at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas

“I have trained with Gareth for a number of years in both kickboxing and MMA. Gareth was a large part of my preparation for my K1 [kickboxing] fights as he was one of the few people that could fight up to the level of my opponents.

When I made the move to MMA I decided to train directly under Gareth. I thought I was fit until Gareth took me for a MMA conditioning session. Gareth’s knowledge really helped with pre-fight preparation as he knows how a fighters head works and how to train correctly in the 2 weeks before competition. I recommend Gareth to anyone who wants to train for competition or for people who are looking to break through a plateau and reach their goals.”

Leamy Tato

K1 Fighter
NZ MMA Heavy Weight Champion
#1 Ranked Pound for Pound Fighter in NZ MMA 2008

One of the most outstanding things about Gareth is his passion and commitment to walk the walk – he is not the run of the mill personal trainer and his programmes are innovative, challenging and most importantly fun.

Gareth has given me the confidence to compete nationally and internationally against guys half my age and his support means that I head off to the next competition knowing I have had excellent advice and outstanding training.

There aren’t many trainers in the market that would put themselves out there in the way Gareth has, he didn’t just encourage me to get on the mat – he sparred with me – training with Gareth has meant I am in the best shape I have been in for years, we did it in a very tight time frame and we had a bloody good time doing it.

Nick Lane

New Zealand FreeStyle Wrestling Champion 2009
New Zealand Team Member for the 2009 Commonwealth Champs
Team Leader for the New Zealand Junior National Team

“I have trained with Gareth and believe in what he does, I recommend his training to anyone who wants to achieve their fitness goals.”

Doug Viney

K1 NZ Champion
K1 Las Vegas Champion
2004 Olympic Boxing Representative