Iron Lab Strength and Conditioning | Personal Training and Fitness in the West End, English Bay | Vancouver

Our Philosophy


Everything is connected. Our bodies are constantly renewing on daily basis. This applies to every aspect of our life. Nothing is constant.

One of the most common questions I receive from our friends and regular gym-goers is: “What do you think about X workout?” “X” can be replaced with CrossFit, P90X, or the most recent Men’s/Women’s Health workout routine.

The short answer is that many different training and nutrition strategies work, however only for a specific period of time. Instead of asking if CrossFit, Bikram Yoga or the hottest YouTube fitness star workout would work better for you, you should ask “What is going on with my life right now and what would help me the most to get me closer to my goals?” Maybe there is nothing wrong with your current training regime but you need to sleep more, eat more vegetables and protein, or do some de-stressing routine before going to bed. What is your “missing link”? What change would have the biggest impact on the quality of your life right now? These are the golden questions.

Sometimes the answer is obvious, though sometimes it takes time and other perspectives to see the answer. That is why we love to work closely with passionate health professionals who can provide us with different views to see the bigger picture. Physical and massage therapists, chiropractors and naturopaths give us amazing insights that help us create effective plans for our clients.

Once we know what the missing piece is, we focus on small changes one step at a time to make sure you are not overwhelmed yet steadily moving forward.

We will help you to experience the radiant energy, toned body, confidence, and stellar health that comes with a fit and strong body.

Imagine the impossible.

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What is your challenge? Are you lacking motivation? Always running out of time?  Getting injured or simply feeling overwhelmed and not sure what to do? We are here to help. Let’s talk.

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Ian from U.K

I’ve experienced a number of personal trainers over the past four years, and Martin is one of the very best. His knowledge, attention to detail and ability to teach the correct technique is second to none. I had two sessions with Martin when in Vancouver on holiday, and felt in extremely safe and competent hands with him. Even during those two sessions, I learned a lot, and he was able to help me focus on improving my technique. I only wish that I could make use of Martin’s services on a regular basis! I will definitely look to book with him again in future. 5 stars!


Thank you Martin – for being such a great coach & motivator! From the very first session, Martin has been a font of fitness knowledge, practical nutritional advice and total professional encouragement. Knowing that my time is precious, Martin always tailors each workout session for my maximum fitness benefit. He really knows how to make me work hard yet we still manage to have fun. Unfortunately the hour always flies by way too fast! Following Martin’s suggestion I had a body composition scan before we started working together and after a little less than 3 months of workouts and my latest scan showed very positive results. I lost almost 11 lbs. of fat, gained 4.4 lbs. of lean muscle, and lowered my total body fat by 5.6%. But best of all I increased my bone density which for me is a very welcome but unexpected outcome. I would recommend Martin in a heartbeat. If you are serious about your fitness goals, Martin will guide to you success.


Martin's holistic approach to health and wellness permeates his entire being. He brings a great attitude, loads of experience, and a genuine care for my health to every session. His eye for alignment and proper form are spot-on and have allowed me to safely build a foundation of strength and coordination for weight training. I've never felt stronger, leaner, and more agile than now. Thank you, Martin for being such an integral part of reaching my fitness goals!


After a 5 years of struggle with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome and having no luck with physiotherapy I began a strength training routine with Martin. After a year of slow but steady gains my knees were healthy again. I'm doing 4 hour mountain hikes, riding a bike and have almost forgotten how hard it was to do simple things like sitting in a chair for more than 5 minutes. This was by far the best investment of money and time in my entire life.


Martin is by far and away one of the best personal trainers in Vancouver. When you combine his knowledge with his personality, you're not only going to accomplish your goals, but you're going to love every minute of your session with him. If you're looking for a personal trainer, look no further than Martin and Iron Lab Strength and conditioning.


I've been working with Martin for over a year and have been so very pleased with the results I have seen. The experience of working with him has been exceptional -- he is very knowledgeable, aware and conscientious. And best of all, he has actually managed to make time in the gym fun!


After years of having great personal trainers in LA and NYC, I was nervous about finding a good one in Vancouver. I'm so glad Martin was recommended to me. I've become stronger and have seen actual results. Martin has also helped me through some tough times being a newbie in this city by being a great listener. I'm so glad to continue my training with him.


In the mountains, being able to trust those around me is paramount. I consider this equally important for the people I work with to train for the mountains. Martin’s work ethic, professionalism, passion, and ability to help his clients meet their goals is second to none. If you’re looking for a personal trainer, I would highly recommend Martin.


Martin, thank you for all your efforts to whip me back into shape! I really enjoyed my workouts with you. Your knowledge motivation and enthusiasm made my training more interesting and fun. I would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone looking for a great trainer.