"I have been a client of Mac's for almost 8 years. Mac is not only a wealth of information about health, fitness & nutrition; he is one of the most genuine people I have ever known. He truly cares about his clients and motivates them through positive encouragement. For years, I joined health clubs and gyms, but never stuck to a regular routine. Thanks to Mac, I have maintained a consistent work-out schedule over the years. I enjoy the casual environment of his private studio & having regular appointments keeps me accountable.
Mac has taught me to adopt long term nutritional goals, rather than quick-fix diets. As a result, I have not only maintained my weight goals, but my family has benefited as we have incorporated healthy habits into our every-day lifestyle. In addition to his expertise, Mac is a likeable person & treats his clients like family. He makes you feel as if you are his ONLY client. You will soon find yourself looking forward to your workouts, rather than dreading them."
- Diana C., Scottsdale, AZ
"Having trained with Mac since December '06, friends and colleagues often ask me about my workouts, so I elaborate that Mac combines refined expertise and superior personal skills; he has the unique ability to translate my personal fitness goals into an effective program. Mac provides valuable fitness and nutritional advice and guidance. He's the ultimate professional, and has tailored a fitness program to ensure I am toned, fit and healthy."
- Andrea D., Scottsdale, AZ
||"I have thought a lot about my training sessions with Mac and how far I have come. I am so pleased with my 22 lb weight loss. I feel "hot" again. I was actually suffering from depression before I started training with Mac. I felt fat, depressed and I partied a lot more than I should have. He always makes me feel like I am strong both mentally and physically. More importantly, exercise has once again become a ritual for me. No longer is it a chore — it is something that I look forward to. On days I miss, I don't feel good about it, but I don't beat myself up about it either. I just get back on track. Like Mac says, 'tomorrow is a new day'. This is a new reaction for me because before I would say 'I am a failure' and use it as an excuse to order Brooklyn Style pizza from Dominos.No more! I realize that if I want the best quality of life I can have as I age, then I will have to continue this routine of exercising and healthy eating. Mac was able to get me so motivated that I competed in 2 figure competitions in Phoenix, AZ. This is something I always wanted to do but never had the right trainer to keep me motivated. My other trainers didn't have the knowledge or expertise that Mac has. Mac helped me come to grips with what I really needed to do to change. It's hard to stay on track, being a single mom with a 7 year old, but Mac has worked with my hectic schedule and keeps me going the entire time. Beyond being a great trainer Mac has impacted my personal life by being a good friend.
He even helping me get a dog that has brought so much joy to my son and me. We now spend time outdoors hiking and running with our new dog. Mac genuinely cares for others and is always respectful. Thank you Mac, for your inspiration, knowledge and support on this journey. I for one could not have accomplished this without you!"
- Nicole M. Scottsdale, AZ
The following four letters were written as personal character references to Paradise Valley Unified School District as their Human Resources department was updating files before Mac's fourth season as boys & girls middle school basketball coach:
Dear Human Resources:
I have known Mr. Mac Brannan since 1996. Mr. Brannan was first introduced to me through the YMCA as a personal trainer. Since that time I have had the opportunity to work with Mr. Brannan as a personal trainer for myself, my mother and my teenage children. Mac is a very dedicated individual. Mac stays current in all of his certifications for his personal training, inclusive of basic life support. Additionally Mac has a special interest in nutrition which he shares with his diverse client base. As you are aware, Mr. Brannan has multiple athletic interests at advanced skill levels. He can teach many disciplines with authority: biking, running, basketball, golf, football and likely more with which I am not familiar.
In short, I can without hesitation recommend Mac Brannan for your programs. I am confident you will find him to be dedicated, honest, thoughtful, and responsive to your program's unique demands. If further information is needed, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
Christina S., O.D., F.A.A.O.
Senior Associate Consultant, Mayo Clinic Arizona
To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing on behalf of Mac Brannan, a close personal friend, who we have known for many years. We have very high regard for Mac, who we have seen demonstrate very high ideals and values in regard to every person — his parents, siblings, coworkers and friends. He does not falter; he is a very grounded individual, and athlete, who we met at the Scottsdale YMCA, where he taught aerobic classes, and became a personal trainer for three members of our family.
He is an excellent role model as a coach. We have attended some of his games, encouraging the kids to work hard and reap the rewards. He is a skilled athlete, having run the Boston Marathon, but his passion is basketball.
He lives by the philosophy:
To act ethically with moral courage,
to demonstrate leadership and fellowship, and
to practice self discipline.
Anyone who has the opportunity to work with Mac, and learn from him, is very lucky!
Carole and Dale M.
Vice President, Marketing and Sales, National Sales Manager, Security Benefit
Paradise Valley, AZ
To Whom It May Concern:
Mac has been personal trainer to our family for the last 10 years. Our relationship has transformed over the years from trainer to family friend. Mac is reliable and trustworthy almost to a fault. He has become such a member of our family that he has attended the high school graduations for both of our children. Mac has even taken care of our daughter when we've been called out of town.
We can't say enough about Mac. He is enthusiastic and professional. He loves the kids and most of all he loves basketball. As coach, he is certainly an asset to your program.
Craig and Michele A.
Founders and Senior Principal, ArcTec, Inc.
To Whom It May Concern:
Please let this letter serve as a personal recommendation and character reference for Mac Brannan.
Mac has been my personal trainer for over eight years. In addition to a long business relationship, we have also become friends. Mac is one of the finest people I know and I would not hesitate to recommend him for any position within your school district. He is an honest, intelligent, and extremely moral person. He has interacted with my children over the years, and they adore him.
During the years that Mac has been coaching, he would talk quite extensively about his experiences and his interaction with the basketball team. His enthusiasm for the team was contagious and I found myself rooting for the team right along with him.
Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Director of Operations, John Driscoll and Co., Inc.