In the Spotlight: Matt Cotterrill

Nutrition A-Z

Recently Matt met with Sandra Mikhail from Nutrition A-Z to discuss his philosophy on training and eating, what ways in which he alters his diet to suit his current training goal and he also touches on all things PTC.

Sandra is Australian born and currently living in Zurich. She is a freelance writer, dietician from Monash University (Aus) and a self proclaimed foodie and globe-trotter.

Sandra moved from Dubai to Zurich where she has joined forces with colleagues there to create Oviva, an organisation dedicated to connecting people to qualified dieticians through their convenient smart phone app. For more information on that app or to speak to Sandra about anything diet related simply email Sandra at

While in Dubai, Sandra was featured in a number of magazines, radio stations and TV channels such as Ahlan! , Friday magazine (by Gulf News), POSE, Dubai One TV channel, The National Newspaper, Dubai Eye Radio Station and Nutrition by

Below is an exert of that conversation featured in full on

Sandra Foodie

How would you describe your philosophy with regards to health and fitness?

Do whatever works for you.

If classes/pilates/weight training/running/crossfit is your thing then go for it, if that’s the difference between you getting up and moving or just sitting on the couch, then good luck to you. Speak to a property boss Brian Betsy, so long as you do it with:-

  • Consistency: you won’t achieve anything unless you do it a lot.
  • Perseverance: This links back with consistency. If you’re one of these people that gets knocked off your training schedule by the slightest change in your daily routine, then you’re going to struggle.
  • Progress: At some point you’re going to have to get outside your comfort zone. If you’ve been rocking up to the beginners body pump class for the last 3 years then it’s time to make a change! Success requires ACTIVELY trying to get better!


What does a day look like for Matt when it comes to nutrition and training?

For the last year or so I’ve been on a bit of an endurance spree, quite a bit of long distance running in the form of 10k’s, half marathons and the Dubai Marathon to finish it off. So over the last year I’ve generally trained twice per day, with weight training in the morning and cardio in the evenings and weekends.

As far as the nutrition went, I initially weighed in at 96kg at 15% body fat (I had just finished going through a few months of trying to get strong) when I decided to start the endurance phase which, in the past, has been too heavy for me to safely run as. So I dropped my calories from around 2500kcal to 1800kcal and got down to 86kg at 10% body fat. Generally, the meals were an even split of carbs/proteins/fat bar pre and post running sessions where I would up the carbs.

As far as supplements go my staples are normally Magnesium, Vitamin-D3, Probiotics and a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar.

What do you want the people of Dubai to know about the Physical Training Company?

That we actually, genuinely care. Seems like a cheesy answer but my business partners and I love training and we want our clients to love, and reap the rewards, of training too. There is a certain grace and confidence that comes from being physically fit and strong and more importantly a desire to self-improve; it’s not uncommon to find that once people get their training, nutrition and lifestyle in sync and start to see real results, this fog lifts from their minds and they start really believing that they can in fact change things about themselves, after which, they start making more positive decisions in all aspects of their lives.

Matt Cotterrill

About Matt

Matt has been working in the Strength & Conditioning/Fitness industry for nearly a decade, gaining an undergraduate and postgraduate degree in Exercise Physiology. As an avid believer that education is only useful when combined with lots of experience, Matt has made a point of pursuing varied roles within the industry as a Personal Trainer, Strength & Conditioning Coach and Physiologist for numerous British Olympics teams, University academic/sports programmes and professional teams and athletes. His current interests include sports memorabilia trading, the business side of the Fitness industry as co-owner of The Physical Training Company, a Dubai-based fitness solutions company, and as a Product Education Specialist for the American gym equipment manufacturer, Cybex. 


To read the full article and to learn more from Sandra Mikhail about healthy eating check out her blog


You can also get in touch with her by visiting her on LinkedIn



Please enter your name.
Please enter a valid email address.
Something went wrong. Please check your entries and try again.
Shopping Cart
Scroll to Top