ACE certified personal trainer

About Makal (Mac)

My name is Makal Riley, but I go by Mac (like Mac&Cheese). I'm a devoted husband, loving father of two boys, and proud owner of Dream Believe Achieve Fitness LLC. offering 1-on-1, small group, in-home, and in gym personal training throughout the Twin Cities. 


 


DBA Fitness is committed to enhancing your physical health and wellness, educating you on sound safe fitness, and keeping you motivated. I’ve had the honor and the pleasure of working with many different individual. From paraplegics, seniors, weight loss to cancer survivors, muscle gain, and more. (just checkout my reviews.)


 


I believe through fitness you can not only improve your overall health, wellness, boost your self-confidence, and learn discipline, but more importantly you begin to realize improving in  any area of life is quite simple (in terms of complexity). All it takes is hard work and dedication. My mission is to strengthen my clients’ bodies along with their minds, because as Tony Robins once said "80% of success is physiological, 20% is mechanical".


 


In short, I want to offer an experience for people to feel empowered and inspired, where they'll have someone who believes in them as much they believe in themselves... if not more. So if you are looking for a personable personal trainer and a custom workout, I'm your guy. 


 


 


Areas of Expertise

  • Core and Balance
  • Strength Training
  • Weight Loss
  • Flexibility and Mobility
  • Muscular Definition

NCCA Accredited Certifications

ace certification ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor
NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Who I Especially Like Working With

Actors, Brides-to-be, Overweight/ Obese

Medical Conditions Experience

Hearing Impaired (Deaf), Paraplegia

Time. Effort. And Energy. One of Mac's many mantra's! And as your trainer Mac will bring these things along with his expertise and positive energy each and everytime. No matter your fitness level Mac will motovate and design a plan to maximize your results and focus your technique. Mac will also coach you so that when you train on your own you can do it with a deeper understanding and knowledge of how your body and muscles work. Where so many trainers attention sprays to their phones or idle chat amongst co workers and members Mac can typically be found buried in a text book studying and working hard for his clients. If you are a weekend warrior like me or a gym rat or have physical limitations Mac is your trainer. I have seen him working with the same energy with clients of all shapes and sizes. Since working with Mac I have seen amazing results and muscles in places ive never had in 30 years LOL. I cant give anyone a stronger recommendation than i would Mac. I have no doubt he would be successfull in any field he pursued. Get on his schedule. Take a chance. Bring your time. Energy and effort.

Nelson

Mac is the best trainer I ever worked with . Mac is easygoing,nice and has a good sense of humor.

Brandon Mackenzie

I had moved into the area of White Bear Lake for college and found planet fitness to be a really nice gym for my budget. Having the option of a personal trainer was such an added bonus; I was encouraged to set goals and I have accomplished some that I didn’t even intend on conquering. While wanting to become physically fit, Mac also had such a contagious positive attitude that helped me become mentally healthy as well. He genuinely cared about my personal life and used his positive words as encouragement for my workout. Would highly recommend him to anyone!!

Alix M.

In the 6 or so months I have known and trained with him, Mac has been a wonderful influence for me in improving not just my physical health, but my mental health as well. He is always so positive and motivates me to push through a workout even when I'm not feeling at the top of my game. He is very down to earth and not afraid to be silly - which makes the workouts more fun! I love that he always invites us to challenge ourselves, or to slow it down if something is too hard. He really personalizes each session to the trainee and will modify things on the spot if need be. I will miss getting to see his smiling face at Planet Fitness every Wednesday/Thursday, but wish him the best in his well-deserved endeavor. "And as always, thank you for your time effort and energy."

Emily K.

Every time you see Mac he’ll make you feel like a friend! He keeps sessions up beat and fun but also personal. Also he can relate any situation to a song quote. 10/10 reccomend

HANNAH

I am a retired teacher and have always had goals for myself. In April of 2017. I began working with Mac Riley. Mac listened as I explained what goals I had set for myself. He began by instructing me and incorporating cardio exercise, free weights and movement exercises to build a manageable program. As he met with me, he monitored my progress in all areas! I found Mac to be very knowledgeable, always encouraging, and interested in how I was feeling about the workouts. He was genuine in his teaching and I loved when he would share about his boys! Mac is an excellent teacher and highly motivated trainer! Thanks to him, I am confident in using the equipment and weights to keep me on the path of being the best I can be! I highly recommend him!

Ruby Buchmayer

To whom it may concern, Mac has been supportive, motivating and inspiring to my life. I had a critical cardiac life changing event last summer concerning my health. No heart damage but a chance to make my health better and change past poor choices. This amazing trainer, Makal Riley focused on my specific needs for a 58 y/o grandma and created a workout regime to achieve my goals of increasing cardio activity and weight loss that was manageable and obtainable. I am so grateful our paths crossed. Happy to say I am working out 5 days a week between PF and my work place activity center. I have lost 20 lbs and feel inspired to keep improving my health. My cholesterol levels have corrected and are text book perfect! Please contact me with any further questions regarding this outstanding trainer, Makal Riley

Mary R.

Makal (Mac) is a bright, kind, and motivating personal trainer. He meets his clients where they are at, listens carefully, and adapts/tailors to their needs for each session. In addition to helping clients who have interests in losing weight, building muscle, or other specific fitness goals, he also supports healthy living as a lifestyle, including providing information on reasonable and helpful eating habits. If you have injuries or specific medical needs, he is willing to work with you in a safe, productive way. Moreover, he knows how to work with a diverse clientele which I have found previously difficult to find. Finally, he is extremely respectful and thoughtful about using your home space if you choose to do sessions at your home. I highly recommend, Mac!

Becky

I’ve been training with Mac for a short time but his overwhelming support feels like I’ve known him for a long time. He cares about my over all health and well-being and not just the physical exercise. He is always supportive and encouraging. Yes he will keep you on your feet and work you out like crazy but your progress will definitely show. I’m lucky to have him as a trainer and biggest supporter.

Maggie .

Although I'm a very busy person, I always enjoy my sessions with Mac! I hate to miss a session (although sometimes that is unavoidable given my work). He is always prepared, on time, pleasant, and I feel my work sessions are designed just for me and to fit my needs. I look forward to many more sessions!

Dr. Betty J. Webb

I have worked with many many trainers. Mak is by far, one of the best. He is patient, spiritual and always makes you want to work harder. I appreciate his style and would recommend him to anyone who is looking for an amazing trainer. When you feel good, when you workout it seems like the results come more naturally and stress free.

T’Nina .

When my husband and I had to relocate to the cities from Duluth, I had a very hard time with it due to the fact that I had been working out with a trainer and group up there and was not looking forward to starting over again with a new trainer and group. I finally got over myself and decided to go and check them out. From my first encounter with Mac, I immediately knew I had made the right choice. They made and still make me feel more at home then I thought I could with any fitness club. Mac took and continues to take time with you to make sure you are given the tools you need to be successful with whatever your personal journey is, not only from a fitness level, but also with the best motivation one could hear to keep you pushing yourself to your best! It is a great feeling knowing that you have someone behind you and pushing you every step of the way! Thank you for all of the tools and motivation to keep me moving to be the best of who I can be!

Meghan M.

Mac is a great trainer! He’s always so positive and motivating. He’ll push you to new limits and is always there to guide you on your journey. I’ve found my way back to the gym thanks to him, I can’t recommend him enough!

Chelsea .

Mac is a very energizing and motivating trainer. He ALWAYS makes sure to speak positive through the entire workout, sends motivating quotes and smiles. Mac is awesome at setting up workouts and finding modifiers to suit each person's abilities. I have knee issues and he is on top of the modifiers before I even say anything.....It's like he knows if it will be a rough day before I do! I highly recommend Mac as your fitness guru!

Jami

Mac strives to learn about each of his clients needs. Whether it is weight loss, to build muscle, strength, special needs, and/or nutrition. He will set up individual workout plans that are not your cookie cutter plans that go from client to client. He is very positive and checks up on his clients. In the time that I have had him as my trainer, I have had great results in my strength and building of muscle. Mac is the real deal!!

Denver G.

I had the pleasure of training with Mak for 9 months-All from the comfort of my own home. He came over twice a week at 5am and designed circuit style workouts that were tailored to my fitness level while being challenging enough to crush my weight loss goals. On the days Mak wasn’t over, he would send me work out plans that I could complete by myself. He made the entire process effortless -all I had to do was wake up and get to work. But I didn’t have to plan my workouts or think about what to do each day. Over the course of the 9 months I lost 55 pounds, 5 pants sizes, and countless inches. Mak also educated me on healthy eating habits and taught me how to design my own circuits, now that our 9 months together are over my fitness journey has not stopped. Mak always made me feel very comfortable, motivated me daily and made sure I was saying on track. It’s an intimating process inviting a stranger into your home, I was so nervous on my first day because I was extremely out of shape (hadn’t worked out in over a decade) boardering on the brink of obesity and basically everything made me winded. I was nervous because I felt insecure and worried that I would feel judged by somebody who was far more inshape than I was. Those worries immediately flew out the window the minute Mak walked in. He made me feel comfortable and was extremely encouraging. I’m so thankful I jumped in head first and pushed those worries to the side. 9 months later I am more confident than ever, I have so much more energy, and I gained a great friend in a Mak along the way. I have no hesitation in recommending Mak to anyone who wants to kick start their fitness. If you are still not sold, please feel free to reach out to me. I would be happy to answer any questions you have about my amazing experience with Mak.

Rachel K.

Repetition wins your reward! Slow and steady wins this healthy race. I'm starting to see and physically feel positive because of the small changes I've made that are making a difference. I can breathe better, I am beginning to feel stronger eveyday. It's slow but I'm regaining confidence in myself again towards my health goals. More sleep, good supplements, healthy coffee, low sugar, good protein and most important, water, water, water! Thanks for continuing to believe in and support me. It means the world to have a trainer and mentor that's experienced and always encouraging to help me be the best version of me no matter what challenges I am facing. You've helped and still continue to help me to work through the hard stuff. It's both a mental and physical battle and Makal Riley is great at working around the hard stuff to keep encouraging me to strive to move forward and be successful. I have a long journey ahead yet, but I have a great and experienced trainer in my corner. Thank you!

Niki P.

Mac is gentle soul. Thoughtful, engaging, fun to talk with. BUT there’s nothing gentle about training with him! Mac is business and knows how to get me to give all I got! It’s so satisfying to spend that half hour with him and finish my day on top of the world. I aee him training people of all abilities and the look on all our faces is the same at the end. We’ve added one more workout to achieve our goal and that’s what Mac inspires and pushes us to do. Yay Mac and everyone he trains!!!

Mary N.

Mak is the best! Always look forward to his workouts! Thanks for always inspiring us!!

Anonymous

Mac really knows what he’s doing and more to that he makes sure you know what your doing. He makes sure that your form is correct and constantly encourages you to push yourself. He’s approachable and listens making a program to suit my needs more easy.

Arnol m.

I met Mac when he was working at Planet Fitness as a personal trainer. In the 6 or so months I had the pleasure of getting to know and train with him, Mac was a wonderful influence for me in improving not just my physical health, but my mental health as well. He was always so positive and motivated me to push through a workout even when I didn't feel at the top of my game. He is very down to earth and not afraid to be silly - which made the workouts more fun! I loved that he always invited us to challenge ourselves, or to slow it down if something was too hard. He really personalizes each session to the trainee and will modify things on the spot if need be. I miss getting to see his smiling face at Planet Fitness every Wednesday/Thursday, but wish him the best in his well-deserved endeavor. "And as always, thank you for your time effort and energy."

Emily K.

I have went from being sedentary to working out 3 times a week. Mac did a great job helping me get conditioned to the point where I can play basketball again and workout 3 times a week.

Anonymous

Mac is awesome! He always brings a positive attitude to each session & keeps you motivated. Very professional. Would definitely recommend!

Alyssa R.

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