I made contact with Martin in the summer of 2017 based on a recommendation from a friend who was one of Martin's clients. At our initial meeting, I explained that my primary motivation in considering to hire a Personal Trainer was for help with weight training and dietary issues. I was very overweight at the time and my doctor was strongly encouraging me to lose some weight as the most effective way of addressing other health issues. Martin encouraged me to make some basic lifestyle changes affecting my eating habits and simultaneously implementing a training program at the gym. I was very impressed with his suggestions and hired him to help me achieve my goals. Fortunately, my Husband was very supportive of the stated goals and suggested we work together in achieving the desired results. My dietary program primarily involved eating home cooked meals five days a week and allowing for dining out twice a week. This action alone would represent a major change from our routine of eating out at least five times a week. Home cooked meals involved a substantial reduction in starchy type foods (e.g. little or no potato, rice or pasta) but a good serving of vegetables and proteins. With Martin’s help,we implemented our new dietary program and found Martin to be a great source with both his knowledge and encouragement. He provided tips and suggestions - especially in the early stages with the implementation that included a set schedule of "eating in" and "eating out" days.. I also undertook a physical training program including hiring Martin as my Personal Trainer.During my first eighteen months of working with Martin, I succeeded in dropping thirty five pounds and thereby achieving my major goal in weight reduction. This success resulted in me finding much more energy to get out and do things including much walking and achieving happier results with my medical checks. My Husband experienced similar successes of his own.Once I achieved my initial goals, I settled into a regular type maintenance program and continue to utilize Martin for Personal Training services in addition to using my home gym on my own. Recently, I also commenced training with Charlotte Kapitza who works with Martin at Iron Lab. Having ongoing success with a maintenance program is also very challenging in different ways from working to achieve one’s initial goals and involves continued patience and perseverance to avoid falling back into old and bad habits! I have found working out with both Charlotte and Martin to be very helpful with their encouragement and ongoing suggestions to help me stay fit and maintain my goals. I have now been with Iron Lab for almost three years and the experience has definitely changed my life for the better. I give a very big Thank You to both Martin and Charlotte for the important role they have played and continue to play in my success. - Dan Stevens in Vancouver, British Columbia
01:19 27 Nov 19
I have been doing strength training with Charlotte for 7 months and have made great progress in weight loss and muscle tuning. Martin and Charlotte made very comprehensive personal training plan based on my body condition and my requirement, and help me keep track of my progress on weekly base. And their training plan works fantastically so far! I feel I have been much slimmer and stronger1! Really enjoy training with them. Five stars!
15:14 28 Oct 19
It is rare to find a fitness trainer that highly in tune with how your body works, and doesn't just prescribe the same old common exercises. This is why I consider myself that much more lucky to train with both Charlotte and Martin of Iron Lab. Their custom routines are perfectly challenging, always staying clear of injury, but never easy. Their caring and holistic approach, as well as their accurate advice have kept me progressing year after year, and I am immensely grateful.
19:31 27 Jul 19
03:48 13 Dec 18
Martin is a terrific personal trainer, motivating and super outgoing ! After, an initial consultation he created a program that would help to not only strengthen but improve bad tendencies that he noticed, predominantly my arched back which I've always struggled with! Following his routine and going through the exercises, I'm gradually beginning to see improvements in my posture and increase my strength endurance. I would highly recommend him for anyone looking for a personal trainer that will aid you in finding a workout and nutrition plan that's suited for you.
22:13 19 Sep 18
Martin is the best! He’s great at teaching how to exercise properly, makes it fun, and takes your overall health into account. Very positive, encouraging, and effective.
21:29 09 Jun 18
In my books Martin is a 5-star trainer. He is positive, motivating, prepared and professional. I've been working with Martin for 18 months and in many ways was a beginner to the gym. I came with very specific goals related to my sport. The first program was very basic but Martin never gave me a hint of that at the time.. His perspective is simply one of looking forward and of making progressive gains. He is a stickler for technique, ensuring you understand what is proper and expected, emphasizing the importance of technique over weight or reps. Consequently I've not lost any time to injuries and my progress has been steady.. I do not workout with Martin --- he gives me a program and instructs me how to execute the exercises. Several times he has prepared a 'gym-free' program for when I am away from a gym. Martin's programs are comprehensive, progressive and creative --- he has no lack of ability to improvise and to adapt to requirements. (His programs include a stretch routine.!!) I'm very confident that Martin has the skill and expertise to support anyone in their fitness goals. And while direct and clear, he is not a drill sergeant. He's a very friendly positive guy who enthusiastically supports you to do the work that's needed to improve.
03:26 11 Apr 18
Four years ago I was healing a broken arm and a hand that had damaged muscles and torn tendons, resulting in no strength, no grasping capabilities and pain beyond belief. My physiotherapist recommended I see Martin Voslar as a strength trainer. She had such faith in him and soon, so did I.I have been training with Martin ever since and I am thrilled to say he has restored my hand strength to normal and has increased my overall strength in my entire body. Today I am stronger than I have ever been and I owe it all to Martin. He is meticulous to detail in how he prepares my lesson and watches me during my training session to be sure I am executing each exercise properly.I would highly recommend Martin Voslar as your Personal Trainer. Martin is committed to my success in the gym and in life away from the gym. Martin is pleasant, funny, conscientious, meticulous, friendly, knowledgable, sincere and genuine. He cares about each of us. He is so comfortable to be with. He has such respect for me that he encourages me to want to do better and be better. Thank you Martin - you are a class act!
23:49 23 Jan 18
When I originally went to Martin my plan was to just get a kick start because i quit going to the gym for 6 months.My few sessions turned into a few years. I continued to go because I think he is a fantastic trainer. I've been going to the gym for over 30 years and have had various trainers, Martin's knowledge and care for his clients is superior. He is by far the best trainer I've ever had. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone I know
05:16 18 Jan 18
Martin is a great trainer to work with because he is professional, kind and very knowledgeable. He knows how to motivate people, and makes each training sessions fun and challenging at the same time. I would have no hesitation in recommending him as your personal trainer if you want to achieve your fitness goals.
07:43 08 Dec 17
Martin is a brilliant trainer. I, without hesitation, recommended him. For those seeking someone to teach you excellent form, be in non-egotistical company, and want to benefit from an incredibly optimistic attitude: this is your guy. He’s an excellent human, and skilled trainer.
04:08 20 Nov 17
Martin is a fantastic trainer. My husband and I have been seeing him for four years. He's always been focused on our wholistic health. He's a wonderful balance of motivating and caring at the same time. He's pushed me beyond what I thought I was capable of. I know that I'm healthier and stronger because I've worked with Martin. I highly recommend him to anyone.
14:27 13 Nov 17
I've been working with Martin for over 3 year and have been so very pleased with the results I have seen. It’s been a great time . He is meticulous, prepared, professional, caring while firm to push one to achieve ones best. I would highly recommend Martin to anyone who is looking for that caring trainer that allows you to perform at your best Thank you Martin
21:14 30 Oct 17
Had my breakthrough session with the best personal trainer in Vancouver in terms of consultation and physical assessment, it actually feels like he is a physiotherapist, I would have not have a single problem recommending clients to Martin Voslar because I know they got the best Personal Trainer in business while he emphasizes the fact that the goal is to educate clients enough to self-train. the holistic no BS approach by this guys philosophy is fantastic, it's just too bad denman fitness is closing down and now he's moving onto Club 16 at waterfront place which you have to pay bi weekly fees for the gym membership, you should really open your own gym when you can Martin!
21:49 27 May 17
My husband and I worked with Martin with the goal of getting fit for our wedding day! Going into it we both had numbers in our minds of how much we wanted to weigh by the date. Martin helped us see past those numbers on the scale and shift our focus to looking and feeling great, while increasing strength, improving posture and sleeping better. We tackled proper form, varied and challenging workouts, healthy eating and macro tracking while using measurements to track our progress and milestones. After 5 months of training not only did we look and feel great on our wedding day, but we’re stronger, fitter and proud of our accomplishments. Not to mention, we more than reached the numbers we wanted to see on the scale too ;) I can’t recommend Martin enough!
17:32 11 Apr 17
We had a group session with Martin in the studio. It was challenging but lots of fun. Exactly what you need when working out. Thank you Martin.
19:37 09 Apr 17
Martin's holistic approach to strength and fitness are fantastic. I was first referred to Martin after a bad back was keeping me from any fitness at all. I've worked with Martin for two years now and over that time I've gone from really limited movements, to full movement including a return to running! Martin works towards whole body strength, and is such a joy to work with. I would definitely recommend Martin for a program totally tailored to your personal needs.
23:49 09 Nov 16
What can I say about Martin that a five star rating doesn't? I've been training with him for almost two years. His enthusiasm and smile is infectious. His knowledge is decades deep and his attention to detail and concern for his clients is obvious and comforting. I would absolutely recommend him as a trainer to anyone looking to change their life or the way they train.
14:30 06 Sep 16
The care with which Martin designs his clients' training regiments is second to none. The program he designed for me was specifically attuned to my needs as a professional mover. He emphasized areas of my conditioning that are lacking and it has greatly increased my productivity, especially outside of work. Highly recommend.
18:26 14 Jul 16
I can't remember having such a motivating, fun experience in a gym. Martin and Dustin are amazingly knowledgeable and helped me push through a hell of a great workout. You absolutely must work out with these guys!
00:57 24 May 16
I am thrilled to be doing post MVA rehab training with Martin and I love the positive changes I'm seeing in my body and health. I've worked with many other trainers over the years and nobody has matched the incredible knowledge base and passionate motivation that Martin has. He has the key to making each session both challenging and super fun! Martin is an absolute joy to work with and I look forward to each session.
18:38 10 May 16
I attended several Iron Lab Strength and conditioning classes and they were amazing! I highly recommend the classes, the attention to detail by Martin and the trainers were second to none. The classes were upbeat, fun and motivating.
22:41 09 May 16
I have enjoyed a number of Martin's classes and really enjoy him as a person as well as a trainer... he really puts the extra effort in to understand his clients and make them feel as comfortable as possible... he even did a great job helping my pregnant wife figuring out a training program.
14:10 07 Apr 16
I can say without a doubt working with Martin has changed my life! He took the time to understand my goals and challenges and created a supportive, encouraging program that I loved. I learned to enjoy exercise, understand the nutrition my body needed and finally saw results. I felt like I had tried everything and never saw any changes. That changed after a year training with Martin. He helped me understand how to reach my goals, tracked my progress and encouraged me whenever I needed it. His friendly, honest approach kept me on track and accountable to my goals. I'm so happy that I took the time and money to invest in myself in this area of life. I found once my health started to improve all other areas of my life fell inline. Thank you so much Martin for helping me reach my goals and push further than I thought was possible!
16:43 03 Apr 16
Martin is a fantastic trainer! He challenges you to be your very best. He is knowledge based and has excellent focus on form to ensure your achieving what you set out to do. Martin is root cause vs. symptom focused, working with you to figure out what may be holding you back from achieving your goals be it nutrition or health. And… above that, he is interesting and funny.
17:55 08 Dec 15
After a 5 years of struggle with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome and having no luck with physiotherapy I began a strength training routine with Martin. After a year of slow but steady gains my knees were healthy again. I'm doing 4 hour mountain hikes, riding a bike and have almost forgotten how hard it was to do simple things like sitting in a chair for more than 5 minutes. This was by far the best investment of money and time in my entire life.
Martin is a great coach and trainer, and an all-around awesome guy! I had the pleasure of working with Martin (as a fellow independent personal trainer) for a few months out of Club 16 and I enjoyed seeing him every day so upbeat and enthusiastic about working with his clients and training towards his own personal fitness goals. He's definitely a trainer who practices what he preaches. He was one of the only other trainers who I saw on a daily basis training hard with clients and towards their own fitness goals in the gym...Safe to say, if you're considering working with Martin/IRON Lab S&C for your fitness goals, you should do it! You'll see great results and enjoy working with a positive, energetic and knowledgeable coach. Martin gets my highest regards!
Martin is by far and away one of the best personal trainers in Vancouver. When you combine his knowledge with his personality, you're not only going to accomplish your goals, but you're going to love every minute of your session with him. If you're looking for a personal trainer, look no further than Martin and Iron Lab Strength and Conditioning.