Testimonials

What Clients Say

“Throughout my sporting experiences involving dozens of excellent S&C coaches, I can safely say Mike Bentley is up there with the very best. Having coached me throughout my last three years at school, Mike has helped me recover from a serious ankle injury alongside developing my body in order to maintain my performance at a high level of rugby. The passion Mike has for each of his athletes provides them with the opportunity to achieve all of their goals. Utilising modern technology and techniques, Mike has found a great balance between professionalism and remaining a friendly, approachable face. As a Strength and Conditioning coach, I would safely recommend Mike to any team in need of his services, he prioritises the needs of his clients over anything else and constantly goes above and beyond what is expected of him. In choosing Mike Bentley as your S&C coach you certainly will not be disappointed.”
Angus Adair, 2020 BUCS Super Rugby Champion | Ireland U18 Schools Ulster U16/17/18/19 Captain | RBAI 1XV Captain
“Throughout my sporting experiences involving dozens of excellent S&C coaches, I can safely say Mike Bentley is up there with the very best. Having coached me throughout my last three years at school, Mike has helped me recover from a serious ankle injury alongside developing my body in order to maintain my performance at a high level of rugby. The passion Mike has for each of his athletes provides them with the opportunity to achieve all of their goals. Utilising modern technology and techniques, Mike has found a great balance between professionalism and remaining a friendly, approachable face. As a Strength and Conditioning coach, I would safely recommend Mike to any team in need of his services, he prioritises the needs of his clients over anything else and constantly goes above and beyond what is expected of him. In choosing Mike Bentley as your S&C coach you certainly will not be disappointed.”
Angus Adair, 2020 BUCS Super Rugby Champion | Ireland U18 Schools Ulster U16/17/18/19 Captain | RBAI 1XV Captain
“I started working with Mike 3 years ago in the build up to my first Full Ironman Race, i had never completed a triathlon let alone a full distance Ironman. Mike was recommended to be by someone he has worked with before. From the get go it was easy to see that i had made the right choice. He is hugely knowledgeable and works tirelessly to make sure that my program is to the highest standard, he fits my programming around my lifestyle and job. The sessions are tough but I find hugely beneficial come race time. Since I started working with Mike, I have completed 4 Full Ironman Triathlons as well as 4 Half Ironman triathlons, I don’t see myself being able to work with any other coach to help me prep for my races. I would highly recommend Mike for helping prep you for your Ironman.”
David Pretorious , Ironman Participant

“Been great getting to work with Mike over the past few months through netball. Couldn’t recommend him enough, really easy to talk to about our programme and always willing to adapt it if there’s any areas I want to work on. Always enthusiastic & motivating at training and makes it really enjoyable.”

Frances Keenan, Netball Northern Ireland Player

“Mike has been great this season working with both the hockey and rugby teams. He developed great s & c programmes for the boys and helped both our lads recover from injury really quickly. He has a great attitude to developing young athletes reach their potential. We are really looking forward to next season.”

Michael Eames, Father of Ulster Age Grade Rugby & Hockey Players

“Mike came on board with Netball NI as Senior and U21 S&C Coach just after Christmas this year and has hit the ground running. His professional yet easy going manner allowed him to quickly create strong links with the netball team and coaching team, which has been so important during this lockdown as he has continued to maintain engagement and motivation among squad athletes whilst delivering the training programmes remotely. He is always keen to add additional value where possible, inputting into the development of an underage physical development programme. We look forward to continuing to work with Mike in the future.”

Noleen Armstrong, Netball NI Performance Manager
“Throughout my sporting experiences involving dozens of excellent S&C coaches, I can safely say Mike Bentley is up there with the very best. Having coached me throughout my last three years at school, Mike has helped me recover from a serious ankle injury alongside developing my body in order to maintain my performance at a high level of rugby. The passion Mike has for each of his athletes provides them with the opportunity to achieve all of their goals. Utilising modern technology and techniques, Mike has found a great balance between professionalism and remaining a friendly, approachable face. As a Strength and Conditioning coach, I would safely recommend Mike to any team in need of his services, he prioritises the needs of his clients over anything else and constantly goes above and beyond what is expected of him. In choosing Mike Bentley as your S&C coach you certainly will not be disappointed.”
Angus Adair, 2020 BUCS Super Rugby Champion | Ireland U18 Schools Ulster U16/17/18/19 Captain | RBAI 1XV Captain
“Throughout my sporting experiences involving dozens of excellent S&C coaches, I can safely say Mike Bentley is up there with the very best. Having coached me throughout my last three years at school, Mike has helped me recover from a serious ankle injury alongside developing my body in order to maintain my performance at a high level of rugby. The passion Mike has for each of his athletes provides them with the opportunity to achieve all of their goals. Utilising modern technology and techniques, Mike has found a great balance between professionalism and remaining a friendly, approachable face. As a Strength and Conditioning coach, I would safely recommend Mike to any team in need of his services, he prioritises the needs of his clients over anything else and constantly goes above and beyond what is expected of him. In choosing Mike Bentley as your S&C coach you certainly will not be disappointed.”
Angus Adair, 2020 BUCS Super Rugby Champion | Ireland U18 Schools Ulster U16/17/18/19 Captain | RBAI 1XV Captain
“I started working with Mike 3 years ago in the build up to my first Full Ironman Race, i had never completed a triathlon let alone a full distance Ironman. Mike was recommended to be by someone he has worked with before. From the get go it was easy to see that i had made the right choice. He is hugely knowledgeable and works tirelessly to make sure that my program is to the highest standard, he fits my programming around my lifestyle and job. The sessions are tough but I find hugely beneficial come race time. Since I started working with Mike, I have completed 4 Full Ironman Triathlons as well as 4 Half Ironman triathlons, I don’t see myself being able to work with any other coach to help me prep for my races. I would highly recommend Mike for helping prep you for your Ironman.”
David Pretorious , Ironman Participant

“Been great getting to work with Mike over the past few months through netball. Couldn’t recommend him enough, really easy to talk to about our programme and always willing to adapt it if there’s any areas I want to work on. Always enthusiastic & motivating at training and makes it really enjoyable.”

Frances Keenan, Netball Northern Ireland Player

“Mike has been great this season working with both the hockey and rugby teams. He developed great s & c programmes for the boys and helped both our lads recover from injury really quickly. He has a great attitude to developing young athletes reach their potential. We are really looking forward to next season.”

Michael Eames, Father of Ulster Age Grade Rugby & Hockey Players

“Mike came on board with Netball NI as Senior and U21 S&C Coach just after Christmas this year and has hit the ground running. His professional yet easy going manner allowed him to quickly create strong links with the netball team and coaching team, which has been so important during this lockdown as he has continued to maintain engagement and motivation among squad athletes whilst delivering the training programmes remotely. He is always keen to add additional value where possible, inputting into the development of an underage physical development programme. We look forward to continuing to work with Mike in the future.”

Noleen Armstrong, Netball NI Performance Manager

“Mike worked with us at Grosvenor Grammar School throughout our preseason preparations last season. We loved every minute of it. Programming, assessments, testing and coaching were all first class. Players experienced increased performance across all key areas of speed, strength, power and conditioning.

Programmes were highly detailed, position specific and challenging. Players were pushed to improve and responded accordingly. Mike is engaging, knowledgeable and professional; however his best quality is his duty of care to his athletes. This is a first class service delivered by a first class guy.

If you want to improve individually as an athlete, reach your athletic potential and compete your highest level, Mike Bentley strength and conditioning will get you there!”

Mark McDowell
Director of Rugby, Grosvenor Grammar School

“Training with Mike is different from any other trainer I have been with. His knowledge in fitness and more importantly nutrition is next to none. As a female I fell under the trap of restricting my calorie input to “lose weight” after providing Mike with my typical food diary he gave me a plan which meant I was eating far more and developed a better relationship with food. This then meant that I had a better relationship with my body, the scales didn’t show a lighter weight but my body shape totally transformed and I was leaner. Alongside the nutrition plan, I trained with Mike twice a week and every workout was different – I was never bored. I like to work hard at the gym when I get there and at times I struggled to walk to the car after being put through my paces! Mike listens to what you want and his knowledge gets you to your goals! I could not recommend his training plans enough. He was always so approachable, answering questions and supporting me along my fitness journey!”

Lucy, Online Client & Multiple Marathon Finisher

“I have trained with Mike for the last 3 years in school and it has been really beneficial. Whether my focus has been on cricket or rugby he has always tailored the programmes so as they are suitable and appropriate to me. He is also very easy to communicate with and makes sessions really enjoyable. Great guy and would highly recommend”

Oliver Metclafe, Irish Cricket

“I have trained with Mike for the last 3 years in school and it has been really beneficial. Whether my focus has been on cricket or rugby he has always tailored the programmes so as they are suitable and appropriate to me. He is also very easy to communicate with and makes sessions really enjoyable. Great guy and would highly recommend”

Oliver Metclafe, Irish Cricket

“Mike and his team worked with our rugby club over the past season on our strength and conditioning. He helped improve my confidence and increased my love for fitness even more. His dedication, expertise and friendly nature were instrumental in this. This ultimately led me to not only feel more confident in my sporting performance but also my general physical wellbeing. His programmes are designed to get the best out of you as an individual. They are innovative and enjoyable with a variety of different exercises suited to your sporting goals. 100% would recommend for any sport.”

Ross O'Donnell, Instonians Rugby Club
“Having worked with mike over the last year of my rugby training. This man has been an absolute pleasure as both a coach but as a friend. when we started this I was very over weight and Injuries where a common thing with the pressure on my joints. Through Mike’s mentoring and programming I am currently sitting at 32lbs lost or 2.2 stone. His programming works. No crazy fad diets or working for 3 hours morning and night. He can cater for all aspects of health and fitness if you have access to a gym or not. I would highly recommend mike to anyone looking to improve any aspects of their fitness and look forward to working with him further.”
David Scott, Ulster Junior Rugby Player

“Mike has been great since he came on board with netball NI as the team builds towards qualification for the commonwealth games 2022. The squad is made up of athletes of varying levels of experience in strength and conditioning so mike has tailored the programmes in order to develop and push each player. He is a really enthusiastic guy and works hard to get the best out of his athletes”

Caroline O’Hanlon

Netball NI captain

“Those who know me know that I am not a runner at all. But had to do some sort of exercise through lockdown so decided to give it a go. Could barely run a flat 5k to begin with, but speaking to Mike and getting his advice and tips on how to improve as enabled me to complete 5k’s quite easily now (albeit still busted after)! But also completed my first ever 15k run! He also worked with us this season in the gym and on the pitch for rugby, helping us with key aspects such as speed, power and fitness with a variety of ‘horrible’ drills! I will continue to pickle his head for different ways to improve.”

Richard McCarthy, Instonians Rugby Club Captain
“Absolutely fantastic and great trainer to work with, pushes you to your limits and beyond! Really does all he can to get the best out of you and is a great motivator, can’t fault him one bit! Each and every day working along side Mike I’ve felt myself get stronger and stronger and most importantly helps me achieve all my goals, highly recommended, no matter what your goals and ambitions are Mikes the man to help you get where you want to be!”
Mark Lutton, Online Client
“5 stars all the way for Mike! Absolutely fantastic trainer! I have been training with Mike for 6 weeks and the results I have achieved with his help are unbelievable! He keeps you going and pushes you throughout the whole session to help you get the best results, I have enjoyed learning new types of training and have picked up plenty of tips, I have even gained the confidence to go to the gym on my own!!!! And I can even eat carbs too!! Winner winner! I can’t thank Mike enough for the results so far, looking forward to see what more i can achieve! If you’re thinking about going for PT I highly recommend Mike!”
Heather McCracken, Online Client & Club Netball Player

Mike has taken over the running of the School gym for the last 3 years and in that time he has built an environment of professionalism, trust and enjoyment. It is very evident in the relationships that he has built with the pupils that they clearly enjoy and benefit from his management style and in building a strong working relationship he has managed to get the best out of every student and allowed them to fulfil their potential.

The majority of Mike’s work has been in preparing the School First XV for the School’s Cup campaign. However, his job has entailed much more than that. He has developed programmes for senior teams in Hockey, Football and Cricket.

He has also taken on the management and running of the S & C for the School’s Talented Athlete Programme and this has allowed Mike to develop programmes for a wide range of individual and team sports. These include Badminton, Tennis, Judo, Ju-Jitsu, Athletics, Cross country and Athletics. This has involved working with a number of governing bodies and developing programmes to supplement and enhance how these pupils already train at both provincial and national level.

Jonathan Peak

Head of Physical Education and Games

Mike has taken over the running of the School gym for the last 3 years and in that time he has built an environment of professionalism, trust and enjoyment. It is very evident in the relationships that he has built with the pupils that they clearly enjoy and benefit from his management style and in building a strong working relationship he has managed to get the best out of every student and allowed them to fulfil their potential.

The majority of Mike’s work has been in preparing the School First XV for the School’s Cup campaign. However, his job has entailed much more than that. He has developed programmes for senior teams in Hockey, Football and Cricket.

He has also taken on the management and running of the S & C for the School’s Talented Athlete Programme and this has allowed Mike to develop programmes for a wide range of individual and team sports. These include Badminton, Tennis, Judo, Ju-Jitsu, Athletics, Cross country and Athletics. This has involved working with a number of governing bodies and developing programmes to supplement and enhance how these pupils already train at both provincial and national level.

Jonathan Peak

Head of Physical Education and Games

Mike Bentley

Strength & Conditioning Coach
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