Fitness & Weight Loss Coaching

My name is Idai Makaya. I am a Health & Fitness Evangelist (i.e. a coach & mentor) with a passion for sharing sustainable, effective & innovative routes to optimum well-being and peak physical performance. I have set or broken a number of fitness world records and you can learn all about me in my expanded bio and LinkedIn profile.

I specialise in weight loss coaching, general fitness coaching, electro-muscle stimulation (EMS) personal training, ElliptiGO stand-up bike sales & coaching, palm-cooling for enhanced training performance, long-distance cycling coaching and general endurance or ultra-endurance sports coaching.

My health & fitness services are outlined in more detail on the page below and you can make orders & bookings on this link.

I offer face-to-face personal training services at my Bodystreet Milton Keynes fitness studio, relying on electro-muscle stimulation (EMS) and palm-cooling enhanced-recovery technology to enhance clients’ physical performance naturally and safely.

I also offer a unique new training service for distance runners of all levels and abilities, based on the use of EMS training in combination with palm-cooling enhanced-recovery technology (which, when used appropriately, can allow more intense running training by enhancing the body’s capacity to train harder whilst also recovering faster).

The beauty of this unique new approach to distance running and endurance training is that although the running training becomes much more intense, the duration of the training is considerably reduced (when compared to conventional methods). Although this unique approach to running fitness can facilitate harder training, it also reduces wear and tear on the body and speeds up recovery during and after training.

In addition to the services listed above, I also create ElliptiGO outdoor elliptical (stand-up) bike fitness coaching plans and supply new ElliptiGO bikes directly to my clients. My ElliptiGO bike coaching plans are tailored to address general fitness, cross-training for runners & triathletes, long-distance cycling, or weight loss.

You can read a few of my personal testimonials on the “Recommendations” section of my LinkedIn page and there are dozens of my personal training client testimonials on the Bodystreet Milton Keynes website and online Google Reviews.

Read more about each of my fitness coaching services below…

My face-to-face personal training services are conducted at Bodystreet Milton Keynes, my state-of-the-art personal training & coaching centre where (alongside a team of skilled personal trainers & coaches) I deliver once-weekly full-body 20-minute workouts using Electric Muscle Stimulation (commonly referred to as “Electro-Myo Stimulation” or just “EMS training”) technology. At Bodystreet Milton Keynes we also provide our clients with bespoke diet & lifestyle management support to ensure that all their health & fitness goals are fully met. 

The major advantages of whole-body electric muscle stimulation (EMS) training are:

  1. Infrequent training: most of our clients train just once a week (for only 20-min per session) which is highly efficient and convenient for time-poor or very busy individuals.
  2. Effective training: our personal training workouts push our clients much harder than they are able to push themselves in a gym because EMS training addresses both strength & endurance simultaneously.
  3. Low impact on the joints: our EMS workouts are high in training intensity, with negligible impact on the joints, making them suitable for all types of trainees across the age and physical ability spectrum. Even people with serious muscle and joint injuries can train effectively using our EMS system.

Personal training using Electro-Myo Stimulation (EMS) at Bodystreet Milton Keynes

Our personal training methodology at Bodystreet Milton Keynes can be applied to a wide variety of health or fitness goals which benefit from high quality exercise – ranging from common goals, such as weight loss and fighting type 2 diabetes, to extreme strength & endurance sports conditioning. Our EMS technology is the most versatile, cost-effective and time-efficient personal training modality available in the general fitness & sports injury rehabilitation industry.

EMS training is especially effective for improving back pain & back stiffness, shoulder pain & shoulder stiffness, knee pain & knee clicking, and a number of other joint-stability problems. Our unique low-impact high intensity interval (HIIT) full-body EMS workouts allow even people with bad joints and chronic injuries to train very hard; without discomfort in the injured areas and without incurring further damage to their joints.

Personal training at Bodystreet Milton Keynes

Whole-body electric muscle stimulation training facilitates the most complete muscle fibre recruitment possible for every major muscle group, while also allowing trainees to work all their major muscle groups simultaneously throughout the entire 20-minute high intensity interval (HIIT) workout. This style of training engages all the different muscle fibre types – stimulating improvements in both strength and endurance – without a high impact on the joints.

EMS workouts are a very efficient, effective and convenient way to condition your body. And because of the unique advantage of engaging all the muscle groups at the same time, while also recruiting more muscle fibres in those muscle groups than conventional exercise, EMS workouts only need to be done once or twice a week to achieve amazing results. Approximately 95% of our clients at Bodystreet Milton Keynes train just once a week to achieve their fitness or weight loss goals.

How To Get Started:

To book a face-to-face initial consultation & trial session at Bodystreet Milton Keynes (which includes a Tanita body composition assessment and 20-min EMS workout) please click here. And to find out more about what we do at Bodystreet Milton Keynes please follow this link.

Enhanced Recovery Endurance Training For Runners:

A runner’s performance is only as good as the quality & quantity of training done…

In 2023, I launched a new strength-endurance training service for runners or cyclists, built around the use of EMS training in combination with a new performance-enhancing recovery technology to regulate the core body temperature during and after heavy exercise. This core temperature moderation effect enables athletes to train harder, for longer, and to recover faster during/after training. 

Our new strength-endurance conditioning programme works effectively for cyclists, runners and triathletes. The endurance training programme for runners is suitable for any level of runner (beginner – 5km – 10km – half marathon – full marathon – ultramarathon).

The main advantages of our endurance conditioning programme are:

*More intense training – but less wear & tear on the body.

*A reduced overall training burden – despite working all the muscles much harder.

*Enhanced activation of the glutes, hamstrings & lower back spinal support muscles.

*Lower body fat, to improve power-to-weight ratio and reduce joint inflammation.

*Greater protection against injuries by strengthening and stabilising all the muscles & joints.

*A stronger core to improve biomechanics and hold good form, giving better posture when running or cycling – and also in normal day to day life.

*Improved strength, mobility & flexibility in the quadriceps, glutes, hamstrings, lower back, abs, upper back, arms & shoulders.

*Enhanced post-training recovery using modern technology and state-of-the-art equipment.

How I developed this unique new endurance programme:

Back in 2020, I broke the world record for the most chin-ups completed in a 24 hour period. One of the biggest determinants of my training sustainability during my preparations for the chin-ups world record attempt (and during the world record attempt itself) was keeping my body core cool (to the point that I didn’t even sweat during training). I learned during my preparation for the world record attempt that my training intensity could be maintained almost indefinitely, if I was not sweating. But as soon as any sweating started, I knew that the training sessions would draw to and end within about 2 hours.

The main reason for the slowdown whenever I started sweating during my hard training sessions was overheating, and its negative effects on exercise sustainability.

Once I’d realised the close correlation between my body core heating up and my strength-endurance sustainability, I started training with a powerful fan (which I also used to stop myself from sweating during the actual world record attempt). I also took large drinks of cold water and electrolytes, at 20-minute intervals, to directly bring down my core temperature. And I paced myself at a workout tempo which meant that I didn’t shed a single drop of sweat throughout entire ultra-endurance training sessions (some of which lasted up to 6 hours at a time).

Idai Makaya en route to breaking the chin-ups world record on 25th September 2020.

I used the same approach during the chin-ups world record attempt itself and didn’t shed a single drop of sweat during the full 24 hour period (while performing an average of 4 chin-ups in each minute, to break the world record). I have since discovered that there are far more effective ways to cool the body core and I now know that using appropriately calibrated core-cooling devices (the most effective core-cooling method being palm cooling) can instantaneously and progressively extend an athlete’s ability to endure higher exercise intensities. 

Palm cooling is an enhanced recovery technology which has been demonstrated to enable athletes to sustain high intensity efforts for longer time periods, whilst also allowing them to recover faster after completing heavy training. It has to be done in very specific ways to be effective (simply making your hands feel cold doesn’t cut it – hence, the use of purpose-built devices in our new training programme for runners).

When used appropriately, in combination with EMS training & running, palm cooling technology has many applications in strength or endurance training. And our new enhanced recovery training protocols will suit the following groups of long-distance runners:

  1. Beginners, still in the early stages of building up their running fitness and looking to progress at the fastest possible rate.
  2. Intermediate runners, aiming to increase their overall training volume and reach their next performance level.
  3. Advanced runners, aiming to increase their training quality and intensity, in order to reach a higher level of performance over a specific racing distance.
  4. Ultra-marathon runners, looking to build up their long runs or increase the volume of their speedwork.

Palm cooling for enhanced recovery (both during and after strength or endurance training) has been extensively studied at Stanford University and has been shown to rapidly improve performance. This Wikipedia page gives a good summary of the basic science behind palm cooling enhanced recovery protocols and this episode of the Huberman Podcast (a popular health science show) extensively explains how and why palm-cooling works so well for enhancing recovery and physical performance.

Idai Makaya using the palm-cooling enhanced recovery protocol during an endurance training session.

Without needing to watch long podcasts, or trawl through numerous online studies on palm cooling for enhanced recovery, it’s quite easy to demontrate the enhanced training intensity of EMS running training and the speedy recovery effects of palm cooling. So the differences between this method and conventional training methods are very easy to experience from your very first training session. 

Our new Enhanced Recovery Endurance Training Service is aimed at runners of all levels and abilities and our training protocols can be applied effectively to any running goals. Whether you’re a beginner, attempting your first ever Couch To 5K training plan in order to prepare for your first parkrun – or an advanced runner, looking to set a fastest half marathon or full marathon time – or even if you’re an ultramarathon runner – we can help you to reach a higher performance level.

A runner’s performance is only as good as the quality & quantity of training done…

Genuine and effective EMS or palm cooling devices cost thousands of Pounds to acquire, but you can now access this incredible technology at a very affordable price through this new face-to-face coaching service for runners in Milton Keynes.

How To Get Started:

To get started, simply book your initial trial appointment (which includes a health & fitness consultation, a body composition analysis and a training run using EMS training and/or the palm-cooling training protocol). And if you have specific questions about the coaching service, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

My ElliptiGO Bike Sales & Fitness Coaching Programme:

Fitness training on ElliptiGO bikes (watch a 3-min ElliptiGO training intro video here).

What is an ElliptiGO Bike?

The ElliptiGO is a bicycle designed without a saddle and specifically intended to facilitate a workout very similar to running, yet lacking the impact on the joints which is usually associated with running. It’s also important to say ElliptiGO training is FUN!

Training on an ElliptiGO is great for weight loss, endurance training, leisure cycling, cycling events and impact-free cross-training for runners. ElliptiGO bikes can be used in exactly the same settings as road, hybrid, or mountain bikes (depending on the chosen model) and they can be ridden for similar distances to conventional bikes.

I am the most experienced ElliptiGO bike fitness coach in the world, providing ElliptiGO-based training and coaching plans to help my clients achieve a wide variety of fitness goals (ranging from general fitness to weight loss, sports injury rehabilitation, endurance cycling training and impact-free ElliptiGO cross-training for runners and triathletes).

You can learn more about ElliptiGO bikes, explore the full ElliptiGO model range (with the prices listed for each model), or order an ElliptiGO bike – on this page. You can also gain further insights into the training and lifestyle options these fantastic bikes offer by following the useful links below:

1. My ElliptiGO Video Reviews

2. My online articles archive

3. My YouTube Channel

4. ElliptiGO feedback from people with joint replacements and joint injuries

5. ElliptiGO full product range video list

6. ElliptiGO model comparison video

7. ElliptiGO cross-training feedback from runners 

8. ElliptiGO cross-training feedback from cyclists 

9. Using the ElliptiGO for cycle commuting

10. The independent and international ElliptiGO Community Facebook group (where you can interact with thousands of real ElliptiGO owners and see what real ElliptiGO users say about the product, in a private peer group setting).

Jennifer Lopez during an ElliptiGO personal training session (see Daily Mail news story)…

What’s it like riding an ElliptiGO?

One of my ElliptiGO clients has shared the first month of his ElliptiGO fitness and weight loss coaching journey on this link. In those first 4 weeks of ElliptiGO coaching he doubled his riding distance and also lost 10 lbs of body fat. Hopefully his feedback gives useful insights into the pathway my ElliptiGO coaching clients typically follow. 

In March 2022, I was featured on the Global Cycling Network (GCN), one of the world’s biggest cycling channels, when I introduced the former professional cyclist and GCN presenter Conor Dunne to the ElliptiGO elliptical bicycle. The GCN video we made (below) explains what stand-up or elliptical cycling is all about and, of course, Conor and I also did a couple of crazy races against each other!

Next Steps:

Now that you have a good idea of what stand-up cycling is about, be sure to contact me directly if you’d like to arrange an ElliptiGO purchase. We supply ElliptiGO bikes with a 30-day money-back guarantee and you can make an online purchase on this link. If you’d like to test ride an ElliptiGO you can book a 45-minute personal training induction with me in Milton Keynes, using this link. The cost of the initial induction will be deducted from the price of any ElliptiGO bike which you subsequently purchase within the same month.

If you still have any unanswered questions about any of my training and coaching services I’ll be thrilled to hear from you. I can’t wait to help you achieve amazing health and fitness results!

Kind Regards
Idai Makaya