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.
Chris Patterson, Certified Functional Strength Coach, has been a fitness professional since 2009. Along with one-on-one and group instruction, his experience includes Sports training, Kettlebell, TRX, DVRT, Biomechanics, Corrective Exercise and Injury prevention. He excelled in Football and Track throughout high school and college.
Chris possesses the skill and knowledge to work with people of all ages and levels. In addition, his work consists of youth and collegiate sports performance training for athletes throughout Fairfield County.
He strives toward improving the health and well-being of his clients by providing follow up workout programs and proper nutritional guides in order to ensure maximum results. He strongly believes that understanding the body’s physics and anatomy is integral in designing a successful program; which should contain a balance of strength, conditioning, and mobility work.
Certifications include NASM, Functional Strength Coach, FMS Level 1.
Chris has not only helped me become stronger and a better athlete, but also how to be healthier. He has worked hard to tailor and exercise program that helps me achieve my goals and is unique to me. Chris takes great interest in me as a person, very approachable, and easy to work with. I look forward to working out with him each week.”
“After working with Chris these past three years I have seen tremendous results and developed a true partnership with someone who always has my back regarding my health and fitness. When we first met I told Chris I needed to be challenged, provided innovative workouts and most importantly have fun. He’s never let me down. He’s been a great ally as I continue down this path to gaining a healthy body and healthy mind.”