MH Active Personal Trainer

Michael Hollyman

Michael Hollyman, Personal Trainer from Basingstoke

My name is Michael Hollyman, owner of mhactive. I am an Active IQ qualified and REPS registered Personal Trainer; circuit class instructor and Obstacle course race coach, who holds a diploma in GP referral. In addition, I am an Active IQ course tutor and assessor for Level II Fitness Instructors and Level III Personal Trainers for Basingstoke Sports Centre.

With a passion for sports, health, fitness and the human body I have spent over 30 years actively learning and participating in a wide range of sports: football; tennis; off road biking; running (1/2 marathons). Alongside keeping fit and healthy by training in numerous gyms I currently love and take on the challenges of Obstacle course racing. Having completed the ‘Spartan Trifecta’; Dirty Dozen ‘medal of honour’; Nuclear race ‘mudallion’. As well as completing The Nuts Challenge and Tough Guy. All the training for and competing in these Obstacle course races equipped me to represent the United Kingdom at the Obstacle course race world championships.

Now based at Arena Fit, I previously personally trained my clients out of Basingstoke Sports Centre. I was also responsible for bootcamps at the College of Policing, based at Bramshill, Hampshire and Kettlebell classes at Sony HQ. This has given me a wealth of experience in the health and fitness industry.

Utilising functional equipment (certified in Kettlebells; Bulgarian Bag; and TRX); free weight; resistance; and cardiovascular equipment in a variety of training methods, and providing nutritional advice I have trained a range of people of varied shapes, sizes, fitness and health levels, and sporting activity, from complete beginners to sport specific athletes to help achieve goals and help individuals be able to do what they want to do, when they want to do it through functional movement exercises helping them perform better in any situation, circumstance, and sporting or fitness activity. You can see some of my clients’ comments and experiences on the testimonial page.

I am confident that I could design a programme that will enable you to achieve your desired goals.

Get in contact today and we can discuss how to begin your personal journey. So don’t delay I will be happy to talk with you. You will not regret it.


  • Without Michael I would have fallen off the wagon and stayed off. As a bride to be, I knew I wanted to change things and tone up and Michael has certainly taken this on board. One of the best things about his programmes is that they change regularly. I, and my body, get bored easily. Each new programme has new challenges and the first session is never easy but it’s immensely satisfying when you get through it and then to find your body getting better and better at it is really reassuring.

  • I hadn’t been to the gym in over 4 years, was out of shape and very nervous about going. Michael assessed my needs and my fitness level and we started at a comfortable level. As the weeks went by with his constant encouragement and guidance the exercise levels and weights increased. I’ve never been a huge gym fan, but Michael’s energy and praise kept me going and am very happy with my progress.

  • I would not have normally used a personal trainer but after ill health I was recommended Michael and I have to say that it was a revelation to me. I was very demoralised by the reduction in my fitness level. However Michael worked with me to build my confidence as well as my fitness. Now I feel that I have a more all round fitness than ever. I do not believe that many people could have taken me from the edge of a hospital bed to the edge of a black run with a renewed vigor and self belief quite as quickly.

  • I have had a number of programs designed for me by Michael so far and I can’t recommend him enough. His approach of examining what you are looking for and then designing a challenging yet manageable program is excellent! In a short amount of time, I have increased my fitness and agility, while not losing interest in the program (which is always a problem with gym programs). I would highly recommend Michael as a personal trainer!

  • Michael took the time to understand my goals and fitted a personalised programme around achieving them. I found his teaching style to be supportive and encouraging with just enough challenge to push me forward when needed. With Michael’s support I’ve achieved sustained muscle development and I feel that my overall fitness and strength levels have markedly increased.

  • Following my recent knee surgery, he has managed to get me back to fitness and my physiotherapist commented on how good he was after seeing him at work in the gym with a different client. I would have no hesitation in recommending Michael for people of all abilities and ages.

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