Cambridge YMCA
820 Massachusetts Avenue | Cambridge, MA 02139
P. 617-661-9622

Matthew Mahoney

Camb Y Trainer Headshot (Matthew 2)

For as long as I can remember I have only ever wanted to be three things: Spider-man, Vincent Van Gogh and a Personal Trainer. Due to the economic limitations of fictitious heroism and a love affair with stereophonic perception I am quite satisfied at the Cambridge YMCA as a personal trainer. Understanding that everyone’s body is like an ongoing science experiment I have applied my knowledge in not only developing general fitness, weight loss and muscle building programs for my clients but for myself as well.

Having always had an interest in the science of fitness coupled with a long history of being underweight, I have developed a special interest in muscle building both in terms of bodybuilding and power lifting. However, as I had other interests, as a young adult I pursued an education in art eventually graduating from the oldest and one of the most prestigious and selective art schools in the country, Mass College of Art. During college, a commitment to my studies prohibited me from participating in the fitness regimen I had long enjoyed. As a result my body began to change with an unfavorable circumference. It was then I recommitted myself to fitness and learned not only more about building muscle but losing fat as well. This re-commitment lead me to becoming an American Council of Exercise Certified Trainer. ACE is nationally recognized as one of the most challenging and respected fitness certifications in the country. Since then I have also earned both a Group Fitness Instructor as well as a Health Coach Certification from ACE.

As a trainer I have found that my experience of being both under and overweight at one time or another have proved not only invaluable as a reference point but have also allowed me to better understand the various goals and points of view of my clients. I know what it’s like to be called scrawny and to struggle with gaining muscle. I also know how hard it is to get back into shape after a long hiatus and how hard it is to break bad habits and shed excess pounds. More importantly though, I know the sense of accomplishment and satisfaction one feels when they make progress towards their fitness goals; it is a feeling I put great effort into creating for myself and providing for my clients.

Major Certifications:

ACE Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Group Fitness Instructor, ACE Certified Health Coach

Training Philosophy: My goal as a trainer is make myself obsolete. I am not just here to train my clients, I very much want to teach them as well; teach them the what and why of each exercise and most importantly teach them how not to need a trainer.

Specialties: HIIT, Enhancing balance, stability and coordination in older adults, Circuit Training, Bodyweight and Resistance Training, Boxing and Jumping Rope




Classes I Teach:
Gentle Sculpt Tues & Thurs 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Function Junction Wednesday 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Punk Rope Thursday 6:00 – 7:00 PM