Expert of the month – Mike McComish

June 10, 2017

I played hockey (briefly) in School with Mike’s sister Kerry but I had never met Mike until his wife Rebecca and I got chatting at the School gates and over on Instagram.

Many of you will recognise him from his days as a professional rugby player. He has a wealth of knowledge because of his background in fitness and I trust him when he gives advice on nutrition and workouts.

As I say so much on the blog, I enjoy meeting professionals in the field of sport and wellbeing because they have an insight into a world I only know a glimpse of. I love to learn and you can learn a great deal about moving forward in your own fitness journey after reading what Mike has to say.  

o Name Mike McComish
o Age 34
o Occupation Personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach
o Location Belfast

• In a few lines tell us a bit about yourself, work, family, lifestyle etc.

Mike McComish. Recently retired from professional rugby now I have my own business Mike McComish Fitness offering PT, strength & conditioning & sports specific coaching, nutritional advisor & circuit classes at Campbell College Belfast. Wife Rebecca, Ruby 3 and Oliver 1. I love fishing, the north coast, family & travel.

You are working as a personal trainer and run your own circuits class. Can you tell us a bit about your sporting / fitness/ wellbeing background?

14 years as a professional athlete not only taught me how to achieve and maintain peak fitness but it also instilled in me a passion for health. I strongly believe in the necessity of maintaining an active lifestyle, which in itself can only be truly delivered through a balance of fitness, diet and nutrition.

Throughout my professional sporting career I grasped the opportunity to study & also learn from internationally recognised and qualified trainers and experts in the areas of fitness and nutrition .

• What do you enjoy most about what you do now?

What I enjoy the most about what I do is with having the above background it enables me to;
•enjoy my passion for training/strength & conditioning & be in that environment
•Allows me to pass on my training/experiences/motivate & empower individuals of all ages male & female to continually challenge themselves in a fun, positive and rewarding way.
•enhancing the well being of my clients
•enjoy working with juveniles from many sporting fields golf/rugby/football/cricket/tennis

How important is nutrition to you?

I believe nutrition is extremely important.
Fuelling ourselves with a balanced diet is a must to provide our bodies with protein, essential fats, carbohydrate,vitamins and minerals to give energy to function properly. a great variety of different foods is important to provide the right amounts of nutrients for good health/well being

• What is your favourite activity to do outside of sport/fitness?

Fishing & spending time in Portbraddon with my family.

• How do you stay on track with your fitness goals? (diet, training with someone etc)

I stay on track

•Periodising & tracking my training programs into 4-6week blocks thus giving me clear goals for this period
•changing & tweeking every block to give a new stimulus thus keeping my training fresh & enjoyable

I stay on track diet wise by doing a weekly meal plan.
My daily calorie count varies dependant on whether it’s a rest day or low/medium or high volume training wise

Doing a weekly shop & prepping meals allows me to stay on track & have all my food sources at hand.
Also supplementing my diet with supplements around training gives me the ability to fuel/perform & recover from my training

•I use the winter period to try & achieve some mass & strength goals so in this period my diet is geared towards this with a calorie maintainence to a small calorie surplus which allows me to achieve these goals
•for aesthetic purposes summer/holidays I gear my diet to be in a calorie deficit to improve my body composition/fat loss

• Where was the last place you holidayed?

Florida & New York

• Do you have any advice for your younger self?

Work hard, Listen to everyone.
Ups & downs happen so ride with them good or bad. What is for you won’t pass you by.

• If you had to choose one cheat meal what would it be?

Ribeye, tobacco onions, Malbec

• Where can people find you?

With my family, Portbraddon, fishing, having a Guinness in the harbour bar! Online you can find me on my Facebook page, my instagram and my new circuits class runs every Monday and Thursday night 6:30pm at Campbell college Belfast. See full details on my social media.


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  • Reply Stephen Lavery June 11, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Mike is my personal trainer !! I have been going to a Gymn for 2 years until my friend told me about Mike ))

    It was the best decision I made going to him !!

    He is very approachable and made me feel very comfortable !!

    He is very professional in his approach and I was delighted to experience that ))

    And thirdly and most important !! A nice guy

    • Reply Aly June 12, 2017 at 8:05 am

      Thank you for your comment Stephen. I agree with all of this! Mike’s commitment to working alongside his PT clients is so impressive and I love his circuits classes. Thank you for reading !

  • Reply #BTfitness :Your @AlyHarte weekend workout is ready for you! – Belfast Times April 13, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    […] This weekend workout is brought to you by the amazing Mike McCommish who is a PT in East Belfast and runs a weekly circuit class in Campbell college on Monday and Wednesday evenings. You may recognise him from his professional rugby career with Ulster, Connaught and Irish Sevens. He also featured on my blog last year an you can read here. […]

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