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Welcome to Bellevue Fitness training


Make real changes for real results

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Welcome to Bellevue Fitness training


Make real changes for real results

Small Group Training

 

One on one personal training



muscle activation techniques (Mat)

Group Personal Training warming up with a back extension exercise

Using MAT to test hip stability

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Testimonials


Here is what others have to say about their experience at Bellevue Fitness Training

Testimonials


Here is what others have to say about their experience at Bellevue Fitness Training

In November of 2012 I was in a car accident. After several months of massage, chiropractic treatment, and physical therapy, I was still feeling a lot of tightness and discomfort in my back, and had trouble moving into certain positions. I had gained a little bit of weight due to not being able to workout because of my back pain. I came to Darren for Muscle Activation Techniques or MAT as well as personal training early in 2013. This was the single best decision I made during the treatment for my back. Within the first two weeks I was able to start working out again and I believe MAT really helped accelerate my healing process. MAT helped my body to naturally let go of the tightness in my back, and the MAT testing helped Darren figure out which exercises I was responding well to, and which exercises were making my back worse. After several months of regular MAT and personal training sessions with Darren, my back was back to normal and I was able to workout on my own again. I've never experienced these types of results from other treatments. -  Gary Franke (Insurance Broker and Investment Advisor in Bellevue, WA)

I have to be honest, I had never heard of MAT before Darren introduced me to it and  though he explained it (and I understood the concept) I couldn't help but wonder how legitimate this stuff was. In general I have few physical complaints but somehow I managed to get a kink in my neck that was very paintful and wouldn't resolve. I some times can massage out the pain and knots but this was persistent and even when I would think it was gone, bam, it would return. I couldn't turn my head to either side (serious issue while driving) before getting worked on by Darren. At first I had zero expectation of improvement but I was blown away with how quickly he reduced my pain and restored my range of motion in my neck. He had me lie down on a massage table, and watched me turn my head and neck from side to side in some different positions which took maybe a few minutes. He said my neck was limited in right rotation. He tested and treated one muscle on my left side, and a different muscle on my right side. Then he asked me to turn my head from side to side again. BOOM I could turn my neck all the way to each side and with no pain. It took less than 10 minutes. I was amazed and felt slightly bad for being so skeptical and closed minded about something I hadn't tried yet. I would recommend him without hesitation for improvements in muscle function, range of motion, and pain reduction. It may not work for every type of pain, but it worked for mine. - J Hunter (CNA from Bothell, WA)

I was recovering from lower back surgery and trying to get back to my active life style. Working with Darren has taught me what is safe, effective, and productive with my body's recovery. I'm stronger now, and smarter about how I move my body and what workouts I do. I'm excited to achieve goals that I wasn't sure I could reach again after my surgery. Darren knows what he's doing!!! - Maureen Still (singer/songwriter from Northbend, WA)

I had been seeing Darren for a few achy joints and for restoring maximum muscle function. One issue that really stood out was when I hurt my right shoulder blade and upper back area. I was unsure what brought on the injury, but there was a lot of pinching/cramping sensation when I would have to support weight at certain angles with that arm. The issue was persisting longer than I thought it should, so I had Darren work on it with MAT. Understandably, most treatments for injuries would take a lot of time to resolve; however, in this specific case, after just a couple treatments on my shoulder and upper back, recover rapidly accelerated. In less than a month, that particular pain was gone, and it was a complete non-issue. My shoulder felt completely stable and strong again and I was able to get back to the level of initensity i'm used to working out at in the gym and with my sports performance. I believe muscle activation techniques was exactly what that shoulder issue needed, and that the pain would not have resolved as quickly without it. - Adam Yaw (Former gymnast, and cheer coach in Bellevue, WA)

I first started training with Darren to get back in shape after years of inconsistent workouts on my own. As we began the process, long term pain in my shoulder and knee limited my ability to do some of the exercises. So, I decided to try MAT. After several sessions, the pain lessened and I was able to complete my entire workout and take my fitness to the next level. Based on the great results I’ve achieved, I continue to supplement my workout routine with regular MAT sessions which has kept me pain free and feeling better than I have in years. -  Kevin Higman (Executive from Woodinville, Wa)

 

 

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Small Group Fitness Training


Best of both worlds

Small Group Fitness Training


Best of both worlds

I limit the size of my small personal training groups to no more than 5 people. By keeping the group size limited to 5 people I'm able to offer a much more customized experience compared to large group coaching where everyone is typically thrown into the same cookie cutter workout.

Each of my small group training members has their own personal 4 week workout program which is built around their wants, needs, goals, abilities, and limitations. If someone needs an on the fly adjustment to their program, I help them do that and personalize it as much as needed. Nobody gets lost in the shuffle as can often happen with large overwhelming groups.

Working out in a small group can give members increased motivation and accountability from the encouragement and support you get from the other members of the group. Training with others creates a higher energy level that helps you to really challenge yourself. Many of my clients will bring in friends or family members to be a part of their group, or will make new friends through the people they work out with on a regular basis.

 Small group training gives people the opportunity to have top quality coaching and support all year round to make sure they have the best chance at reaching their goals and maintaining those results for the long term. 

If you are looking for small group personal training in Bellevue, it doesn't get any better than this. 

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one on One Personal Coaching


one on One Personal Coaching


I am one of the most experienced Bellevue personal trainers you'll find. I've been helping busy professionals change their lives and regain their desired level of health and fitness since 2002. 

One on one personal coaching offers the deepest level of customized planning and attention.

If you are struggling to overcome

  • Chronic pain, muscle tightness,  and low energy.
  • Difficulties putting together and following through on a plan.
  • Emotional or stress eating. 

One on one coaching can be the solution you need to give you the best possible chance at success.

My style of one on one coaching

  • Is NOT just giving you a workout, counting some reps, and telling you what you should and shouldn't eat.
  • Is NOT yelling at you like a drill sergeant, and pushing you through workouts that make you feel like you're going to pass out, cry, or puke.
  • Is NOT to put you down or make you feel bad for struggling with changing your life. 

It doesn't take any knowledge or skill as a trainer or coach to make someone sweat or feel beat down by a workout. It doesn't take any knowledge or skill as a coach to make someone feel bad for struggling. 

My style of one on one coaching

  • IS to give you a full assessment to know what your body really needs for maximum improvement in the safest manner possible.
  • IS to challenge you with workouts that are designed especially for your current level of skill, ability, and physical/mental tolerance so that you actually feel good from working out, enjoy consistent progress, and avoid injuries or feeling beat up.
  • IS to help you gain clarity about the hidden deep ceded things that are causing you to struggle, and help you come up with effective action steps that don't overwhelm you or add stress to your life.
  • IS to help you figure out what kind of healthy lifestyle and habits will actually make you happy so that you can have lifetime success and maintain your results instead of short term temporary success and roller coaster up and down due to unsustainable programs that make you miserable. 

If you want the ultimate experience of PERSONAL training in Bellevue, it's doesn't get any better than this. 

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Muscle Activation Techniques


Muscle Activation Techniques


Muscle Activation Techniques™ is a specific and unique process for evaluating an individual’s ability to produce efficient muscle contraction. Loss of muscle contraction results in a decreased range of motion, and therefore decreased physical performance.

Range of motion testing can indicate which muscles have decreased function, and precise forces are applied to restore that muscle’s optimal function. The MAT™ Certified Specialist is trained and certified to perform several force application techniques that can restore function and strengthen weak muscles.

In no time at all, you will be performing your daily activities with ease, with less muscle tightness and pain, whether that means throwing 40 yard passes, running a 5k or walking up and down the stairs!

 

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Bellevue Personal Trainer Bio


Offering client focused personal training in Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond since 2002

Bellevue Personal Trainer Bio


Offering client focused personal training in Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond since 2002

Darren Cobin

“From the time I was 12 I’ve been a big believer in the physical and emotional benefits of exercise, proper nutrition and fitness. Working out helped me improve my sports performance, gain more self confidence, and led me to a career I’m extremely passionate about. I was also motivated to take better care of myself and eventually motivated to help others by seeing a close family member suffer from various ailments due to neglect of their health and fitness by being sedentary and having poor nutrition.

People decide to change their health and fitness habits for many different reasons, but beneath all those reasons, people mainly want more happiness and less pain. If I can help my clients become happier by working towards or achieving their fitness goals, then I feel I’m doing something worthwhile with my life.”

 

  • Martial Arts Instructor from 1998-2006 (Boston, San Diego, Bellevue and Seattle)

  • Graduated from the Fitness Specialist Program at Mesa College, San Diego, Ca 2001

  • ACE (American Council on Exercise) Certified 2001

  • Trained at Bally Total Fitness in Seattle from 2002 to 2005 

  • Trained at Executive Portable Health of Bellevue from 2005 to 2007 

  • WITS (World Instructor Training School) Certified 2007

  • Opened, Owned, and operated Define Fitness Studio of Bellevue from 2007 to 2013

  • Consultant for "10 More Strength & Conditioning"  in Issaquah from 2011 to 2013

  • Completed the M.A.T. (Muscle Activation Techniques) Internship 2012-2013

  • M.A.T. Specialist Certified 2013

  • Continuing M.A.T. education with over 650 hours of advanced course work, working towards Master Level Specialist Certification 2013 to 2015

  • Trainer and M.A.T. Specialist at Athletic Training Institute in Bellevue from January 2013 to present

  • M.A.T. Master Specialist Certified June 2015

 

  • Sports conditioning and injury prevention experience includes training motocross riders, fencers, martial artists, baseball and softball players, football players, volleyball players, skiers and snowboarders, tennis players, and preparing law enforcement, military, and fire fighter personnel for physical testing requirements.

 

  • General Population experience includes working with people of all ages and fitness abilities, from couch potatoes to weekend warriors, and helping them learn proper movement mechanics, injury prevention strategies, and help them regain optimal muscle function. Also coaching clients to help them overcome struggles that are preventing them from achieving their weight loss or physique change goals.