Mike James Personal Trainer Studio Case Study

Mike James is an accomplished endurance athlete and highly qualified Personal Trainer based near Abergavenny in the South of Wales. His MJ Health and Fitness Studio, was opened in 2013 and is a good example of one of the most friendly and welcoming small personal training studios Origin Fitness has worked with. The services offered at MJ Health and Fitness include, one to one personal training, weight loss programming, pre and post natal exercise, sports conditioning, rehabilitation and nutritional coaching.

Mike James PT Studio


We worked with Mike from the start of the project to develop plans and give advice on layout, design and equipment choices. The focus for both of us of course, was to achieve his vision of a functional, modern studio that would help him assist his clients in reaching their goals.

Mike James PT Studio

Gym Design and Planning

When Mike approached Origin Fitness he had a strong idea of what he wanted from the studio. He was clear that he wanted to make the most of the relatively small space available while also leaving the flexibility and freedom to train clients in new and exciting ways.

A top priority for him was creating a space where he could train clients on a one to one or group basis in a friendly and non intimidating environment. This meant ensuring that the gym wasn’t packed to the rafters with equipment, which some small gym owners have a tendency to request.

Mike James PT Studio

Origin Fitness Sales Manager, Ryan developed 2D and 3D plans to help Mike visualise the impact that changing equipment and layout designs would have, but an important consideration that these identified was how the choice of flooring would change the feel and atmosphere of the studio.

Ryan and Mike discussed the different options available and reviewed various plans before settling on a design and layout Mike was happy with. Some of the flooring options Mike considered can be seen in these images.

Mike James PT Studio

Equipment Installed

Obviously there are requirements for a space like this to have key pieces of gym equipment like a treadmill, cross trainer and bike, however Mike expressed a strong interest in creating a modern environment that supported functional activities like suspension training, kettlebells and ViPR. The large space at the far end of the studio was fitted with a functional training rig wing attachment to facilitate the TRX training area Mike wanted to incorporate. Also in this functional section of the studio we installed an Impulse IFFT Dual Adjustable Pulley, which is one of the most versatile pieces of functional cable equipment available. The studio’s cardio equipment offering also features Impulse equipment in the form of two PS300 Indoor Cycles alongside R700 series Treadmills and Upright Bikes.


I dealt with Origin Fitness throughout my whole project. I explained what my needs for the studio were and I was advised on which equipment would suit my needs best. The team helped me with the layout and design of the studio which was very valuable.

I highly recommend dealing with Origin Fitness because they were efficient, reliable and very friendly throughout the whole process. All of my questions were answered promptly and still more than happy to help with any queries I have. I’m very grateful for this and I look forward to dealing with Origin Fitness in the future.

Mike James, Personal Trainer, Mike James PT Studio.

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