Pilates Classes York Testimonials

Call Ben today on 01904 501533 today for more information. 

Ben is an experienced Personal trainer and Pilates teacher in York who can assist you with:

  • Pilates Classes for back pain
  • Weight-loss*
  • Fitness help
  • Posture improvement
  • Injury help
  • Core toning

These testimonials represent a small cross section of Ben’s satisfied clients, many of which have enjoyed great results but wish to remain private.

Read Fred & Ann’s case study:

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“We were impressed from the outset by Ben’s professionalism, his sound knowledge of physiology and psychology, as well as his good communication skills. Ben ably assessed our needs and goals, then guided us through a tailor-made schedule of exercises, with a challenging emphasis on correct posture throughout. No doubt relaxed by his friendly personality and informal approach, we’ve made very encouraging progress (with some sweat but no tears!).

Since starting Pilates with Ben we have enjoyed improved flexibility, mobility, weight loss and posture (Fred’s neck is almost straight again!), and the complete disappearance of Ann’s long-term nagging back pain. Thanks to Ben, we’ve had such fun and are enjoying ourselves so much that we are completely motivated to continue attending the gym.”


Jennifer with Weight loss and knee injury help.

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Jennifer had tried various weight loss plans with mixed success up until recently, and gone through fads of physical exercise but had unfortunately always continued to be overweight and stuck at a size 16.

Jennifer worked very hard right from the start following her programme and changing her eating plan, Jen is currently at a healthy weight and she looks fabulous – after dropping over 3 and a 1/2 stone in around 6 months.

In addition we rehabbed her ACL and knee joint (previously injured in a motorbike accident) during that period so she now has absolutely no symptoms from her previous injury. Jen now feels confident with regards to way she looks and allowed me to place her ‘before and after’ photographs on this Website.


Laverne – Weight Loss

benjamincook-personaltrainer-testimonial-laverne“It took me a few weeks to pluck up the courage to phone Ben. I knew if this didn’t work then nothing would as I had already gone down the route of Scottish Slimmers, Weight-watchers and gyms – which hand’t worked.

I liked the idea of being outside, having a training partner and being allowed to take my two children along as well. When I met Ben I was extremely nervous. I had thought someone who was so into fitness and healthy eating would shake his head in disgust at me for allowing myself to get so unfit and overweight!

I couldn’t have been more wrong we spoke about what I was hoping for with regard to my fitness and weight loss. With trepidation I went along to my first class with my husband/training partner. I Was lousy. I tried my best but must admit I was pretty poor. Ben never made me feel as though I was as bad as I knew I was. He encourage me to try a little harder and if it was just a tiny amount that was fine. Thankfully he also has a sense of humour.

I never thought I would enjoy exercise classes so much. I actually look forward to our classes and there are now times when I’m sitting at home wishing I was in the park training. This is from someone who never enjoyed exercise! We now do more as a family and we have all benefited. Ben is really good with my kids especially my chatterbox son. Where have I got so far? Well I have lost 19 pounds in 7 weeks. I feel like a new person and can’t wait to see where I’ll be in another 7 weeks.”


Lisa’s Weight Loss & Pilates Story

“Since starting with Ben 10 sessions ago, I’ve lost 1 and a half stones and feel much better! The training has been challenging but fun and I’m feeling loads better, as well as my clothes fitting better every week. If you’d like to lose weight and be slimmer, give Ben a try!”


Lynne – Food Issues & Weight Loss

“Initially when we started training, I was very nervous about it all as I was extremely unfit and self conscious. I couldn’t really do that much; I struggled to walk and even everyday tasks were difficult.

Ben listened to my concerns, looked after me and worked out a fitness & nutrition plan for me.He helped me to see it was all about making a lifestyle change rather than trying to diet.

As a result, he helped me drop from a size 32 to a size 20 for my wedding day.It was great to still have curves, look good plus feel confident on my big day. Thank you Ben!”

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Catriona – Serious Illness


“In 2007, I survived a life threatening illness, which left me physically weak and with damaged lungs. It was expected these would improve in time, but after 6 months of recuperation my lung function was still only 57% of what it should be. In February this year, my doctor suggested I should to try to do as much exercise as I could manage.Though I was really keen to exercise again, I was also quite worried about it. What if I overdid it, couldn’t catch my breath, did myself an injury? I also knew that I didn’t have much energy and wanted to make sure that what I did have was channeled to get the best results. A friend recommended Ben to me and we met up for a chat. I explained my situation and it didn’t worry him at all. He asked permission to speak with my doctor and offered to work with me to gradually build up both my lung capacity and my strength. We set 3 goals to be achieved by the end of May:

– To run the Glasgow Women’s 10k

– To walk to the top of a Munro (Scottish hill over 3000ft)

– To improve my lung function by a minimum of 10%.

For the first month I trained twice a week. Ben focused on low impact, stable exercises to build strength and protect me from injury. If there was an exercise I couldn’t do, he would find a different way for me to work that muscle. For example, we quickly found I couldn’t do a sit up with a twist on my right side – I’d had an operation and there was absolutely no strength down that side. So we used elastic bands tied round a goal post instead; now I can do twisting sit-ups no problem. I then started some slow jogging for a minute at a time, building up gradually. It was hard work for me, but Ben was always encouraging and never pushed me too far.

Since April, I’ve trained once a week with Ben, and have had the confidence and motivation to follow an exercise plan he drew up for me on my own during the week. After just 3 months, I’ve met and exceeded all my initial goals, even though they seemed almost impossible when we set them! In May, I ran the Women’s 10k in 1 hour 10 minutes, climbed not 1 but 4 Munro’s and finally, had a test which showed I had increased my lung function by 14%. Amazing results!

I’ll definitely be continuing to train with Ben and have no doubt that I’ll end up fitter and stronger than I ever have been.”


Phil – Military Fitness

“The hardest workout I’ve ever had! Ben does a great job helping me to keep physically fit so I can keep up with my men when we’re out on operations. I’ve done BMF before (British Military Fitness) but what they can’t offer is kettle-bell training & Pilates which has made stronger, faster and fitter than I’ve ever been in the past.

Ben is easy going, and can still deliver a killer training session – definitely recommended!”


Iain Rice – Commonwealth Silver Medalist

“Ben has really improved the standard of training at Glasgow University Rowing Club since he began coaching there, in our last fitness test 17 out of 20 Rowers scored a PB (Personal Best) He’s easy to get along with and will put you at ease. If you’re just starting out getting fit I thoroughly recommend him to you!”


Stephen Rarity – Business Owner

I can now enjoy my Friday night kebab without worrying completely guilt free, Performing in a highly physical role helping my team to Win a sailing world Championship in the 8 meter class wasn’t too bad either. Thanks Ben!


Siobahn – Bride to be

“I called Ben for help about 6 weeks before I was due to get married, I was panicking and worried that my dress was too tight.

I had emailed a few personal trainers but most of the feedback I got was negative and made me feel even worse about leaving it so late.

Ben was great! He reassured me and gave me an exercise programme, diet advice and trained with me not only helping me to get fit but also relieve my pre-wedding stress and help me fit into my dress. The result? The dressmakers were amazed at how much I’ve changed and I fit perfectly into my wedding dress! My waist and hips are much slimmer and I feel great in it. I’m really looking forward to my wedding day and would recommend Ben to anyone getting married who wanted a friendly and professional personal trainer to help them slim down, tone up and cope with all the stress!!”



“I started training with Ben about 6 weeks ago, and in just 6 exercise sessions and one session about food and diet, I’ve managed to lose 10 lbs and keep the weight off when I went on Holiday to America for 2 weeks.

I wouldn’t say the training has always been easy (he makes me work hard!) but the weight loss certainly has and my friends and family are already commenting on how much better I look! Can’t wait to see what progress the next 6 weeks makes!”


Laura – Chocolate Compulsion

“I found that I was eating 2 or 3 bars of chocolate that I bought when I visited the petrol station, but this was getting out of hand (and affecting my weight) so I asked Ben to help. Using NLP he was able to completely cure the irrational urge I had to buy chocolate, and as a result I’ve not eaten any for over 2 months, and have slimmed down significantly as a result (with little effort!) During my session I felt comfortable and relaxed and realized that sorting out those annoying habits that hold you back really isn’t a big deal at all!”

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Emma – Manager – Food Issues & Weight Loss

“Like many others I have tried numerous diets but have never resolved my issues with food until the ‘master’ came along…I often had problems ordering the right food in restaurants, and always headed to the chocolate box when watching my favourite trash on TV.

I also suffered from what I considered to be the ‘problem’ of comfort eating. I have now had some sessions with Ben and I find that I can go to restaurants and watch TV without ever having to worry about what I end up eating even when I’m not hungry – I finally feel in control of me.”



Gail – Stress Management

“As a busy doctor I often work in extremely stressful situations. After a bad break up with a partner in November I found I was unable to concentrate and read (which was previously something I really enjoyed doing to relax.) Within 20 minutes Benjamin had showed me how to relax more effectively and one week later I’ve read 2 chapters of a book I haven’t picked up for over 6 months!

I now find controlling feelings of stress easier at work and would recommend him to anyone who feels like they need a little help to deal with stress and being able to relax.”


John – Martial Arts Expert

“Ben has shown me some awesome ways to stay focused and in the zone. His study of NLP and Hypnosis helped me perform to my best and even better. Furthermore, Ben taught me how me stay focused under pressure as I have to deal with some extremely pressurized situations.

I found after working with Ben that I did remain calm in situations I’m normally on the edge or quite stressed with, and to my surprise I coped far better, and I continue to use his methods as they really helped me. Ben also did a great job to get me back up and running after some bad injuries with his sports therapy and personal training expertise. However, what was even better was the way I thought and felt after doing Hypnosis and NLP.

When I went to Martial arts competitions, I achieved better results than I did when I was in my 20’s (I’m now 40!)”


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