Owner & Trainer
Matthew McDonald, a Fairfield, CT native, began his football career at the age of 7 playing Pop Warner Football. By High School, he had earned the respect and admiration of his fellow players with his leadership skills. During off-seasons Matt would organize and conduct summer mini-camps to help his fellow teammates prepare for the next season. Matt also achieved success on the Power-lifting Team and the Indoor Track Team. Additionally, Matt worked with many of the Special Education students, teaching them basic health and fitness concepts.
Landing an academic scholarship to Marist College, he was recruited to play Div. 1 AA Football. During the off-season, he would conduct mini-camps for his teammates and assist with their power lifting/conditioning programs. Matt would speak to the young at local schools regarding leadership, self-esteem, self-motivation, and health & fitness education. He become the first African-American Captain of the football team, leading Marist to their first MAAC championship victory. Matthew received the highly acclaimed Coach’s Award of Excellence during his time at Marist. These experiences, along with his love of sports, set the stage for his career as a teacher, coach and fitness specialist.
Matthew found his way back to Connecticut where he begin training clients full time at the Fitness Edge. There he achieved Master Level status and used his talents as a teacher and trainer, along with his football knowledge, to become one of the most sought after trainers for young athletes. Matt trained high school and college age athletes to prepare them for the upcoming challenges of summer football camps and pre-season play. He also developed a unique training style to accommodate clients with special medical needs, such as Parkinson’s disease, Lupus, and many others.
Now, as the co-founder of M.Train Fitness Studios, Matt continues to search and development new techniques in the world of health and fitness, creating simple, challenging, and ever-evolving systems that produces amazing results.
Paul Ballard Jr.
Paul Ballard Jr., Certified Fitness Professional. Began his fitness journey as soon as elementary school. Along side playing football & lacrosse throughout his youth he would actively go to the gym with his uncles which he noticed helped him excel greatly amongst his peers in terms of sports and discipline. As the years went by he started designing his own workout programs that catered to a specific sport or strength goal. This gained him the notice from his peers, their parents, as well as fitness professionals at local gyms. Which in turn led to designing workouts for his peers, lacrosse team, and anyone who sought his advice at no cost to them. Additionally, he trained many of these people at their local gym and got them in the best shape of their lives, and that quickly made him realize that being a certified fitness professional & changing peoples lives for the better was the ultimate goal. Paul excelled in Lacrosse & Football in high school, & in college became an 2x All conference lacrosse player, as well as Honorable mention All-American.
Paul has the skillset and knowledge to work with people of all ages and levels. Especially for those athletes who want to develop a better understanding of how to get stronger, faster, quicker, etc for the sport they’re playing, whether it’s 1v1, 2v1, or a group session. Experience in Corrective movement exercise, Strength endurance & Maximal strength Training, Hypertrophy (muscle building), Fat loss, injury prevention and/or anyone who just wants to accomplish overall health and wellness.
-2 years UCONN(business admin), -2 years Herkimer CCC(physical education) -1 year NCC (physical education)
He feels as if, if everyone had a sound understanding of how the body works internally and externally there would be less injuries. So in turn, his goal is to have the most positive impact on the lives of the people he works with, while getting the best results. As well as developing long life friendships with the singular goal of being healthy and happy with ones self.