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Our client results speak for themselves.

Whether you want to lose weight, build muscle, prevent injury, or simply recover, our person trainers work with you to get the results you want.


Joeseph had Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (compression of the first rib and collarbone), and eventually underwent surgery to fix it. Unfortunately, the surgery was only somewhat successful, leaving him with residual neck and shoulder tightness. You can see this in his before picture (notice how he has to bend his elbow to get his shoulder into flexion).

Before coming to Motive, Joseph couldn’t find any exercises or stretches that alleviated the tightness. But, over a few months, we showed him plenty of ways to regain his shoulder mobility using Functional Range Conditioning (FRC).

What you see is a big change in his ability to use his shoulder. A few degrees of good shoulder flexion makes all the difference–just ask Joseph.


  • increased range of motion
  • decreased pain
Joeseph's results


When Kira stepped foot into the Motive Training gym, she could barely use her right arm.

Because of this, Kira’s neck and spine compensated a lot, causing pain and discomfort. We see this a lot from someone who lacks overhead shoulder mobility.

In the picture on the right, taken five months after her first session, you can see a drastic difference in Kira’s ability to move her shoulder.

Kira experienced not only an incredible jump in range of motion, but a reduction in neck pain, a decrease in neck stiffness, and an eradication of all elbow pain.

You can read more about Kira’s case study here.


  • increased range of motion
  • decreased pain
Kira's results


Logan came to us in pretty rough shape. He didn’t like the way he looked, and his body was achy and hurting more than it ever had. Here is what he had to say,

Motive Training is the place to be if you’re looking to improve yourself and surpass your goals. The owner, Brian Murray, is one of the best trainers out there. I’ve been to other trainers before and felt more like just another number, whereas Brian has an incredible personal touch. Workouts are tailored to your own goals and you are given the resources you need to succeed.

Motive Training just moved into a brand new location in downtown Grand Rapids and the gym is loaded with high quality equipment. Brian has worked hard to build a team of highly skilled trainers that provide the same personal touch as himself. You will be in good hands with any of the trainers here.

Whether you’ve never stepped in a gym or are trying to take your workout to the next level, Motive Training is where you need to be.


  • increased range of motion
  • decreased pain
Logan's results


Danielle came to us feeling a bit defeated with her current workout regimen. She had tried things for years, but nothing ever stuck. She worked out at Crossfit, Orange Theory, Fit Body Bootcamp, Planet Fitness—you know the drill.

Unfortunately, it’s common for generic programs to not work for the masses, which is precisely why a place like Motive Training exists.

We took a more careful, nuanced approach to her fitness routine and stuck to things we know work. We cut out the excess and added intent to her programming. And we made a few tweaks to her nutrition, too.

What you see is a 6-month difference in Danielle’s physique, fitness, health, and happiness. She kicked butt and never looked back.


  • weight loss
  • increased strength
Danielle's results


We refer to people who struggle to put on weight as hard-gainers. Even though these folks make up a smaller percentage of the exercise population, their struggles are real; this is why putting on just a few pounds of muscle over a few years is a huge accomplishment.

In the case of Brent, he gained more than 8 pounds of lean mass in 7 months, and that came with a reduction in body fat along the way, which is even more impressive. He looks visibly leaner and more muscular, feels stronger, and is more confident with his body than ever before. We couldn’t be happier or more proud of him.

”I was looking for someone to help hold me accountable, but what I ended up finding was a great group of people who make me look forward to getting in each and every workout. As a result, I’m seeing more progress than I ever have! So if you’re looking for the best personal trainer in the area, look no further than Motive Training!”


  • increased muscle mass
  • more confidence
Brent's results


Progress is not linear, and it always takes longer than you think it will, but it’s a glorious day when you finally realize you’ve made it.

Here is Haley showcasing a six-pound muscle gain that she worked her butt off to attain over six months.

As a result, she is stronger, more fit, and above all else, happier with her body than when she came in—that’s the coolest part of it all.


  • increased muscle mass
  • Strength & Healthier
Haley's results


Penny came to us a year after a tragic car accident. She broke over 32 bones, has plates and screws in her ankles and knee, and wasn’t able to walk independently until recently.

Thankfully, with Penny’s unparalleled determination (and with the help of an incredible medical team), Penny can do most things pain-free. However, her shoulder and neck were a significant problem post-accident, and they were one of the primary reasons she came to see us.

We assessed Penny and immediately noticed a mobility issue with the entire left shoulder, and we’ve been working on it for the past three months using Functional Range Conditioning.

This before and after speaks for itself.

Way to go, Penny!


  • increased range of motion
  • decreased pain
Penny's results


Shannah came to us because her hips were in constant pain from running.

We assessed her hips, found a few internal rotation and extension issues, and then programmed accordingly using CARs and end-range isometrics from Functional Range Conditioning.

Shannah is moving better and is happier and healthier than ever before. Here is what her biggest takeaway was,

Now that I have been able to consistently workout with zero pain, I’m excited to start putting forth more effort in my nutrition and seeing more progress over time! Being able to work out for this long consistently has been so amazing and encouraging!

Shannah’s body composition progress came from the hard work she puts in at the gym, but now that she’s moving pain-free, the sky is the limit.


  • increased range of motion
  • weight loss
Shannah's results


It’s hard to top what Laketa wrote about her experience with Motive, but I want to highlight that no matter what we do as coaches, change occurs from within.

We give you the tools, insight, and guidance to make a difference, but YOU are the one that has to put a majority of the mental, physical, and emotional work in.

We played a role in Laketa’s transformation, but she deserves all the credit. Laketa has lost over 20 pounds so far and isn’t stopping anytime soon. Here’s a snippet of what she had to say, and you can read her full story here.

When I first joined Motive, I only signed up for three months because I didn’t want to be stuck in a long-term contract if I didn’t see an ROI. I have since extended to a one-year contract because I’ve gotten more from Brian and Motive than I could have imagined.


  • weight loss
  • increased muscle mass
Laketa's results


HUGE shoutout to Andrew for losing over 80 pounds in the last year. It’s safe to say, his life has permanently changed for the better, and we couldn’t be happier for him.

Here is what Andrew had to say,

Overall, my experience was great. It was a bit rough starting out since I had never done it before and was therefore bad at everything, but the encouragement and the environment really helped get me past that. I don’t think I would have had anywhere close to as much success if I had gone with one of the snake oil training places. You’ve got a great team. It’s such a good atmosphere, which really makes it easy for me to keep on track.

We’re a movement-focused gym, but that doesn’t mean we can’t help you change your life. That’s not to say we’re taking credit for Andrew’s freaking incredible transformation; just that if you need help changing, we can be one of the catalysts.


  • Less pain; feels better
  • weight loss
Andrew's results


Tight hips. Lower back pain. Out of shape.

Sound familiar? It’s not an uncommon scenario. Just ask Chuck.

He came to Motive Training looking to get back into an exercise routine. But he found out that he needed to stretch, mobilize, and work on consistency above all else.

For the past six months, Chuck has been working hard at Motive. As a result, he learned how to move his body and stretch joints he didn’t know needed stretching. We rebuilt Chuck from the ground floor, working on movement first, then strength.

He’s in the best shape of his life, feeling like a new man. He lost a ton of body fat in the process, too.

Way to go, Chuck!


  • Improved hip mobility
  • weight loss
Chuck's results

Penny, Again!

Remember Penny? She has an incredible story from earlier about overcoming a tragic car accident.

Well, Penny improved her shoulders, but she drastically improved her knee, too.

Penny has plates and screws in her shin, ankle, and knee, making it hard to move pain-free. However, with careful training and mobility practices, we are able to restore function. Unfortunately, no amount of traditional strength training would make Penny’s knee better. Instead, we used Functional Range Conditioning to get Penny back into fighting shape, and it shows.

Gaining 20 degrees of knee flexion speaks for itself.

Incredible work, Penny! We’re so proud.


  • reduced knee pain
  • improved range of motion
Penny's with even more results


Jesus found us on Google and was slightly nervous and apprehensive about our approach. We can’t blame him. Lots of things on the internet are too good to be true.

Not at Motive Training. We’re built different, and we guarantee our results.

But don’t take it from us. Here is a direct quote from our good friend, Jesus.

It’s been about 11 months since I started with Motive, and the results are clear to me as night and day. RJ has been the best to work with; he is truly a professional who cares genuinely. It’s been an investment in myself of all kinds. But primarily mentally. I’ve never loved myself and my body more, even with all the flaws I believe I have. Thanks, Motive!

Keep crushing it, Jesus!


  • Improved confidence
  • weight loss
Jesus' results


Victor came to use with extremely tight shoulders, neck pain, and upper back tightness. As a result, many physical therapists would have diagnosed him with upper-crossed syndrome (UCS). However, when we took Victor through the Functional Range Assessment, we noticed more specific issues with the rotational capacity of his shoulders.

So, we’ve been slowly building back his shoulder’s rotation (i.e., internal and external rotation), and it’s doing wonders in all planes of movement. Here you can see Victor’s shoulder flexion progress after only three weeks.

Once you restore a joint’s rotational strength and capacity, amazing things can happen.

Keep up the fantastic work, Victor!


  • reduced shoulder pain
  • improved range of motion
Victor's results


Another incredible transformation coming from Alexis. Here’s what she had to say about her journey thus far:

I’ve been working with Motive since January. My goals for joining the gym have been weight loss, confidence, and strengthening my core for some minor low back pain. I noticed so much improvement in my body and energy level within just a few weeks.

Liz is truly the best motivator and has helped me so much with gaining confidence! Very happy with my progress and would recommend Motive training to anyone!

Keep crushing it, Alexis!


  • Improved confidence
  • weight loss
Alexis' results


Katie was looking for a personal trainer in South Austin to help her with her snowboarding season. She had a history of injuries, aches, and pains that made her weary to jump right back into it. But Katie didn’t just want to conquer the mountain; she wanted to own it. At Motive Training, we helped her bulletproof her body for snowboarding with a program focused on strength, mobility, and explosive power.

The results speak for themselves: Katie’s progress pictures show a remarkable transformation, with increased muscle definition and significant body fat loss. But the true payoff is on the mountain, where she reports feeling stronger, more fluid, and in total control.

Forget the scale; focus on the feels: Katie’s journey wasn’t about a number on the bathroom floor. Her goal? Reclaim a pull-up. And in just three months, she went from zero to three full-range reps (beast mode!)

Exercise isn’t just about looking good; it’s about feeling unstoppable. Let us help you unlock your full potential on and off the slopes.


  • improved body confidence
  • increase in confidence
Katie's results


Remember wanting to get fit without the pain holding you back? J felt your struggle. She joined Motive Training with two goals: shape up and feel amazing while ditching the aches and pains.

J has been a remote employee for many years and suffered from a sedentary lifestyle coupled with lower back and neck discomfort. We went ahead and fixed that (and more!)

Forget the scale. J’s transformation shines in her progress pics: a healthier, happier version of herself that she is proud of. What’s even better? She’s moving pain-free and rediscovering the joy of exercise.

J discovered personalized training helps build strength, reduces pain, and fuels well-being. She’s never felt better and is excited to see what comes next. Way to go, J!


  • Improved confidence
  • weight loss
J's results


Michele came to Motive with goals of losing weight, toning up, and feeling energized, healthy, and confident in her body. However, she felt doubtful that her goals were doable because of her motivation and her past of constant regression. This is not an uncommon feeling; many of us struggle with yo-yo-ing bodyweight, anticipations of failure, and lack of direction.

Michele started up with Addison as her trainer, hoping to find that accountability and “someone else to believe in me, care about my progress, and encourage me to believe in myself.”

With a mindset shift towards long-term health, mobility, and quality of life, Michele was able to find her “why” behind her goals and can now say this, as a result,

I have gotten down to my lowest weight in over ten years and genuinely enjoy how I look and feel in clothing and pictures. I feel more energetic and look forward to working out (most days). It’s boosted my self-esteem regarding feeling worthy of taking time for myself.


  • Improved confidence
  • weight loss
Michele's results


We’ll let Larry’s words speak for themselves.

Looking at a body I no longer recognized that was too weak to enjoy life was the breaking point for me. I was 58 and felt like I had one foot in the grave. I had the resolve to change but needed help. Somehow, I found my way to Motive Training and a guy named Brian. He told me it wasn’t too late to change, and he could show me how to do it without getting hurt. So, I dug in and started the journey. That nasty voice in my head said I was a fat old man out of place in the gym, but Brian was there every step of the way to help rebuild my confidence and make sure I did this the right way.

This summer, I turned 60 years old, and I’m now 60 pounds lighter. Thanks to the workouts Brian structured for me, the weight loss didn’t include one ounce of lean mass.

My journey isn’t over, but damn, I feel good these days. So yeah, Motive Training helped save my life. And Brian - I love you, man.


  • improved body confidence
  • increase in confidence
Larry's results

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