About Stuart McDonald
I'm an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with ESSA and Change Fitness Practitioner with more than 20 years experience in the public eye. I call myself a behavioural accredited exercise physiologist because I focus not just on getting you to exercise but on helping you to develop healthy behaviours that last a lifetime. I've worked in fitness centres, Pilates studios and as a personal trainer for many years. With Master degrees in Arts as well as Clinical Exercise Physiology, I'm very well read, with a keen and open sense of humour and plenty of experience to go around. I'm trained in motivational interviewing and Ericksonian methods of enquiry and hypnosis, with a strong background in mindfulness meditation practise. My sporting interests are in the martial arts of Europe and Japan, as well as sprinting and obstacle courses (especially monkey bars!). I'm an adult educator with many years experience teaching anatomy, physiology and exercise prescription.
My personal journey of health involves chronic fatigue syndrome and the various challenges that go along with that. I use exercise, meditation, and stress management to pace myself and keep my own health strong. As a result, my work with clients now focuses heavily on exercise that is combined with pacing, mindfulness and self care and compassion. I hope you don't take offense at this, but I'm not really interested in offering quick fixes or easy answers. If you come to see me, then I'll be looking at you as a whole person: truly biopsychosocial. I believe there is no separation between body and mind and I think that if a person is to be well, then they need to strive for wellness in all spheres of life. Behavioural exercise physiology and values-based change coaching always take this into account.