Ed Brandt, Certified Personal Trainer • 07411 787 085 ed@edbrandt.com

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Ed Brandt, personal trainer, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Crossing Swilcan Bridge, my way.

"'Because my Trainer Said So'? What kind of name is that?"

(Quick note: I’m from the great state of Alaska in the good ol’ US of A, so my writing generally follows the grammar and spelling conventions from my home country.)

I came up with this name for my business because I’m a geek. But it also came to me after one of my clients was given terrible advice from a well-meaning friend. You know the people I mean: They appear to be in great shape and they’re more than happy to tell you what works for them. But that’s the key: It works for them, and it may or may not be appropriate for you. How is their muscular balance? What about their posture? Are their goals the same as yours? Do they have a fitness background? Are they snarfing up illicit substances?

I began weight training at 30 years old, but it was several more years before I learned to do it right. I have done all the dumb things you can do: I read muscle magazines, lifted too heavy and too often, and asked my friends and the big guys at the gym for advice. My chest and biceps were growing, but my core was weak and my legs were spindly. I even managed to develop tendonitis in my elbow that was so bad I couldn’t even hold a pen!

Prior to my training as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, I led a mostly sedentary life, really didn’t like to exercise, and was overweight and out of shape. In fact, my nickname in high school was “Fatty.”

Thanks to my training, I have learned that it is never too late to start and I am in better shape and am much stronger now than I was in my 20s.

I specialize in training “regular” people. I can show you how to lose weight, gain muscle and have more energy. I am an avid (terrible) golfer – a sport I picked up only a few years ago – and have two certifications in golf conditioning. I have specialty training in everything from stability balls to BOSUs to everything in between.

I have worked with a variety of clients, men and women from 12-84 years of age. I’ve worked with martial artists, snowboarders, runners, men and women entering the armed forces, golfers, baseball players, (American) football players, (proper) football players, and...well, you name them, I’ve worked with them. Everyone is different and has different needs. In fact, I believe that’s why it’s called “personal” training!

Just a few of my professional qualifications include:

  • Certified Personal Trainer - University of Alaska Anchorage and
    American Council on Exercise in the US, REPs Level 3 in the UK
  • Certified Group Fitness Instructor - University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Certified Golf Conditioning Specialist - GMP Fitness
  • Golf Fitness Specialist - Health Fit Golf Systems
  • Office Ergonomics Evaluator - Situs, Inc
  • Adjunct Professor in Health, Physical Fitness and Recreation
    University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Back Logic Facilitator (Back safety program by Body Logic Health Management, Inc)
  • Nike GO! fitness training
  • Too many workshops and continuing education courses to name.

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"I started working out with Ed after a fairly long break. I found the prospect terrifying, given my poor level of fitness at the time and the inevitable comparisons I would make between myself and the other ‘big guys’ I saw at the gym. Ed immediately put my mind at ease by reminding me that we all have to start somewhere and left me in no doubt that my aims (lose weight, gain muscle) were going to be achieved. His use of different routines and equipment allowed me to mix up my routine which made going back to the gym an enjoyable experience. Ed is a top PT and a nice guy to boot! I’d recommend him to anyone." Iain M.