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Matt Davison


I trained with  Matt Davison for several years at Equinox. The experiences training with Matt were a myriad of benefits that I was able to take away and apply through many aspects of  my  life.
Matt’s  holistic approach to training, connecting the mind body and spirit as a “whole” approach to getting stronger, faster, staying injury free and is most importantly being happy through the process.

There was not one day that I worked with Matt where he didn’t show up in a positive outgoing motivating and encouraging mood. It was a blessing for me  to witness someone who is so optimistic no matter what challenges come his way.

Matt paid individual careful attention to my goals, and my lifestyle, my health, my nutrition, mechanics and imbalances. With his extensive background in science, he tailored a program specifically for me including pre-hab,and  rehab for my injury’s,  periodized strength, and encouraged competitive challenges  in which I was ecstatic with my results.

I also learned so much from Matt’s inspiring way of life. His love for the outdoors and bringing his workouts as a form of play in nature. Matt’s carefree spirit in his adventurous global  travels with curiosity and engaging with the cultures  he embarks on is truly admirable.

Background :
Matthew’s background is in functional sports training, rehabilitation and nutrition.

Education :
Bachelors in Applied Exercise Science, Kinesiology and Nutrition.
Springfield College, Springfield, MA

“With an international reputation as a leader in the field of exercise science, Springfield College was one of the first institutions in the United States to develop the applied exercise science major.”

Experience with functional fitness in an organic/primal way growing up :
Matthew was raised in the hills and farms of rural western Massachusetts, performing various physical duties and jobs throughout his adolescence and young adulthood. Through working landscaping and farming jobs while captaining and training his soccer and baseball teams, Matthew soon recognized strength gains resulting from the genuine physicality of his upbringing translating to sport performance on the field.


Personal Training related Degrees, Certifications and Association affiliations?
Bachelors of Science in Applied Exercise Science Studies,
NSCA Strength and Conditioning Specialist,
Intergral Anatomy Somanaut,
Posture Analysis,
Pre/Post Natal,

How many years have you been a trainer?
Matthew began training in 2004 at Springfield College.

How many years has your personal practice been established ?
I began my personal practice in 2014.

What demographic of people do you train?
I have not one focus group but instead, one focus. To get the best out of each individual whether that individual is a UFC Heavyweight Championship Contender, a Harvard wrestler, a Hollywood actor or a working parent who wants to accomplish their first race.

What do you hope to offer to your client/athlete when taking them on?
My goal is always to offer my clientele extensive personalized attention. While I do believe in basic functional movements, it is most important to provide each client the most individualized experience possible. My focus and attention is on them, to learn who they are, how they live and what goals they want to reach. Only then can I effectively guide them to reach the ultimate goal of performing and living with the healthiest mind and body that they can achieve.

Can you explain the emotional components (the reward) when your client is satisfied with their results? For you and them?
Visuals play a big role in our lives. Gratification comes to me when I can visually see the work my clients accomplish. I watch as my clients walk taller, shed body fat, add muscle tone, win races, heal injuries, etc. I often remind my clients that I am merely their supervisor, their #1 cheerleader and their water-boy. I can guide them anywhere they want to go, but only when they want it, will it really show. The greatest reward for me professionally is when I have helped a client surpass their initial goals and I witness them as they aim higher then they ever thought was possible. Witnessing them gain that power is a wonderful thing.

Tell us about your personal achievements? great accomplishments ?
Personal achievements, for me, pertain to my overcoming bad habits and bad injuries that had accumulated during my younger years. I am grateful for my past, it has given me an understanding for what those around me often struggle with, in their quest for self-improvement and happiness. I have lived different lives in my short time on earth and much prefer the current version of my being, while often reminding myself of the path that I took to get where I am and how it shapes my understanding and tactical approach towards others.

How do you manage to get your own training in while training with a demanding schedule of training others?
I will often times train with a new client to offer them a visual demonstration. Some literature will suggest that within the first 500 repetitions one will develop a habit, good or bad. I make sure my clients habitually develop proper movement patterns early on. Other than partner training with my clientele, I live by the code, “movement is life and if we rest we rust”. Therefore, if I don’t “have time” to train, I make time.

Do you stress to your clients the value in nutrition, essential for training?
Initially, I collect a food journal from each and every client and we discuss a realistic means for improving their nutritional intake. I will encourage clients to continue to note what they are eating daily and together we review their journal. The goal is to create a consciousness about how the food they ingest affects their bodies feel and function. Eating consciously for the mind and body with a focus on quality protein, fat and carbohydrate sourcing and timing becomes essential to the clients overall goals towards self-improvement.

How important is strength work for runner’s and give a brief explanation why?
Strength work for runners is critical to maintain muscle pattern and tone. By maintaining proper pattern and muscle tone, the runner can prevent injury and improve performance. Strength training also improves mitochondrial density, which in turn permits the athlete to both train and compete harder and longer.


How does holistic lifestyle apply for training other’s and for your own regime?
Being educated under the “Triad” of Mind, Body, Spirit has helped me cope with life’s curve-balls. A chronic injury can be covered in ice and it will feel better temporarily. However, the stress of the injury, combined with improper nutrition, and compounded by the negative mindset, is a recipe for re-injury. A holistic approach to human health (physical and mental) is a multidimensional approach, and our overall health need be addressed accordingly. Should we neglect one dimension of the triad, we create a barrier to our goal of reaching our best, healthiest, strongest selves.

Whats the secret to the longevity of healthy and fit forever?
Step number one, realization. Finally coming to the understanding that every single one of us can feel better in every possible way, each and every day, simply by treating our one and only body as a first priority.

Step number two, application. Building fitness into ones lifestyle by joining a running group, fitness facility, choosing active vacations or putting a treadmill in front of your TV are simple examples. Exercise, until recently was something that came with everyday life. As everyday tasks become easier with technology it is time to reimplement the physicality of our day to day.

Any exciting projects brewing?
TrainWithMD has recently launched A.B.C. (Almond. Bar. Company.). At the start of 2016 I began creating new “at-work” & “on-the-mountain” snack balls. The balls turned to bars. The bars turned out delicious. Once my clientele got word of this “food creation” it was on. I have been solely producing 250 bars per week in my Queens Kitchen and will be bringing them to the shelves in 2017.

Your favorite past time?
Outdoor fitness. Seriously, applying the work you do inside the gym and inside the kitchen to outdoor challenges of every type. From soccer to mountain climbing, mountain biking to rock climbing, surfing to snowboarding. Making social connections and taking time for oneself in the outdoors are vital forms of meditative release.


The importance of travel and adventure?
I live my life for these two. I was raised to be outside and taught to always make time for vacation. Pushing these concepts on those around me is a passion of mine.

Plenty of times I have asked myself ; Why did I spend money on that nonsense item ? Why didn’t I spend more time outside this weekend? Why didn’t I go on that vacation ?
NEVER have I asked myself ; Why did I spend money on that vacation or adventure? Why did I spend all of that time in the outdoors this weekend? Why did I go on that vacation?

Do you find it difficult to stay fit when you travel for long periods of time? why/why not?
I base my vacations on adventure, culture and food. While I will try anything and everything the food culture has to throw at me, I do have my limits. Naturally I am not into excessive alcohol intake, sugary foods or sodas, fried foods, processed foods, breads, pastas, etc. So while I try the new foods put in front of me, I tend to choose the ones that will keep me healthy on my vacation or “Matt-Venture” as one client likes to refer to my time away. A mindful diet, proper sleep and a daily adventure or workout results in the ability to return just as fit as they day I left, with no room for regrets or time needed for “vacation recovery”.

Matthew Davison


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