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Best gym I have ever been to with the best personal training I have ever had.”    – Paola Campos

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Words from our clients:

“Best gym I have ever been to with the best personal training I have ever had.”

– Paola


“The expertise and dedication of the instructors is the best I have experienced in any gym. They really focus on the important details to help you get the best results and avoid injury.”

– Mark


“Undertaking a strength and conditioning programme with the fantastic team at MedStrength and Functional Physio before my recent hip replacement surgery proved invaluable. The strength and stability gained made it far easier to get going after the surgery and also allowed me to get into a rehab routine much more quickly than expected.”

– Margaret


I had low back pain for the 15-20 years before I came to see Tim and the MedStrength team. I believed the pain was due to a deformity at birth and nothing would be able to clear it. The pain at times would be so severe it was difficult to walk and put me off going to the gym. Working through a program aimed to strengthen my core, improve my range of motion and correct my imbalances has given me two months of pain-free daily living.
I have been able to confidently put myself into positions where I would normally have aggravated my lower back, even completing the Auckland Half Marathon last month. I now believe I can keep up the gym exercise and remain pain free for the rest of my days.
Thank you for correcting my pain and giving me relief after so many others have been unable to do so.

– Pip


I want to keep mobile, exercise safely, know more about my own fitness and be the best I can be. The people at MedStrength help me with all this. I feel stronger and better, it makes the world of difference

– Sue Blair


I joined MedStrength in July 2011 and I’ve usually managed three training sessions a week since then. I found the gains in strength were immediate and I’ve continued to gain strength in all major muscle groups. It is hard work, but I get greater benefit from having improved core strength than I believe I used to get from straight cardio/aerobic workouts.
The quality of the weight machines and the guidance on their use from the staff is excellent and I have not suffered any injuries or even twinges from the weight training.
Three years ago, I had severe lower back pain which left me unable to drive comfortably for more than about an hour. After six months of MedStrength I had no pain after driving for two or three hours over Christmas/New Year. I highly recommend MedStrength to anybody of any age but particularly to those with sedentary jobs those who have lost core and upper body strength.

– Ian Law


I have been attending MedStrength for several months now, having progressed across from Functional Physio (Andy) where I received treatment for a back and bilateral shoulder injuries.
I enjoy “my time” (away from everything) working the various strengthening equipment, setting myself personal goals and challenges which keeps my workouts interesting. Having a comprehensive physiotherapist assessment prior to starting, set a personalised exercise programme fit for me. Knowing the physiotherapists are on hand in case of body breakdown is also very reassuring! The instructors assisted me initially in setting the machines and ensuring I exercised correctly. I now work independently knowing the instructors are available and keen to keep an eye on my progress. They continue to encourage me.
With a stronger core and body now, I feel good and notice day-to-day tasks are achieved much easier (lifting shopping, laundry baskets, gardening, general fitness…) I am definitely more toned with “abs” (under the flabs), no obvious bulging muscles (thank goodness), and I have gained strength with which I am really pleased. My back and shoulders are stronger than ever. I would highly recommend the excellent team at MedStrength.

– Shirley

Functional Physio Testimonials:


Functional Physio

“I injured my back lifting a trailer on to a tow bar in April 2014.  I was confined to bed for three weeks with acute low back pain and sciatica, virtually unable to move.  I spent most of the following 22 months unable to work, with crippling low back pain and weakness. On two occasions I was admitted to hospital as the pain was so bad and I was unable to move off the floor for 3-4 days. I saw seven different physiotherapists in this time and none of them were able to return me to good health, despite several hundred sessions of physiotherapy (and acupuncture and osteopathy) over almost two years. Two of the best spinal surgeons in Auckland suggested I should consider a spinal fusion owing to the degradation of my lumbar discs.  I then found Andy McGregor via his website.  Andy immediately diagnosed that I had severely weak glut and back extensor muscles and that the pain and inability to move was likely as a result of this weakness.  Andy started me on the MedX Lumbar Extension machine at his practice, which, over the course of 6 months improved my back dramatically.  After one year I am 95% pain free, working full time, doing gym work outs, lifting my toddler son without problems… all things that would have been totally impossible in the months prior.  Despite having bad disc degeneration, Andy proved that I could return to a normal life if my back strength was at its peak.  That is what I have done.  I wholeheartedly endorse Andy to anyone with back problems of any description.  He is streets ahead of any of the other physiotherapists I saw, in his ability to diagnose and to treat a severe back condition competently.  I would be more than happy to discuss my condition and the treatment I received from Andy with anyone at all who is concerned about their own situation, wondering what to do, or is considering using Andy.”

Christoph Hoessly

Auckland, March 2017

My name is Ben Mackinnon,

I am New Zealand’s top bodyboarder and am currently the only New Zealander competing on a very competitive World Circuit.

Over the course of my adolescence and bodyboard career I have suffered from many major and minor back problems. I have seen every professional under the sun: from Osteopaths and Chiropractors to Yoga Instructors and Pilates Trainers. Not one of them has come close to the results that I have achieved during any of my sessions with David Woodbridge.

My sport is one of the hardest sports you can do on your body, impacts from large heights, heavy wipe outs and many encounters with reef. David has helped me to stay in my sport, a sport dominated by youth, into my 30’s and beyond. His strengthening regime for back and neck is so far ahead of the current climate that it is only a matter of time before the rest of the medical industry catches up with it.

I highly recommend David and his practice to anyone suffering long-term and short-term back and neck pain.

Ben Mackinnon

In 2011 we discovered our daughter had scoliosis in her lower back that was a 33 degree curvature.   We visited an Auckland surgeon who said the mostly likely remedy would be surgery when she had finished growing.   Knowing that she had about 18 months growth left we asked if there were any options we could try in the meantime, he said no.   We were later suggested a brace treatment by a friend whose daughter had already had major surgery at age 13 for her Scoliosis.   So we went to Australia for a brace fitting and after three months of a really good effort we all agreed that there must be a better less restrictive and invasive way.   A local Osteopath, Rachel Ellery, suggested that we contact Dave Woodbridge of Functional Physio as she had heard of his research.

I have to confess we were all pretty sceptical in the beginning – especially when we discovered that each visit twice a week took less than 10 minutes.     After 5 months we are absolutely thrilled with the results.   We haven’t had another x-ray to measure the difference yet, but to the naked eye we can see quite clearly a very definite improvement.   In fact on most days her spine looks completely straight now.    The under developed muscles on the left have formed more and the over developed muscle mass on the right of the curvature has shrunk – her spine looks straight!

We believe Dave and his team are really on to something here and would recommend this treatment strategy as the very first port of call for any adolescent with scoliosis in their treatment range.

Thank you Dave and Co!

G & B Bailey


After recovering from 13 years of being completely bedridden with CFS, I had a very weak and dysfunctional lower back that was causing me continual frustration and massive limitations in my life.

After trying everything, I decided to give Andy and the crew a go. I have experienced incredible success on their specialised machinery under Andy’s guidance. Started at 50 pounds and have now hit 120 pounds after around 6 months.

For the first time I can lift most things without fear and often crippling consequences. That in turn means I have a much better quality of life – running my business much more efficiently and doing water sports again, which is my passion.

Thank you.

Richard Cranch

Auckland, January 2016

I injured my back in a work-related injury four years ago and slipped two of the discs in my back. Simple tasks such as vacuuming the house were almost impossible to the extent where being in an upright position caused too much pain and I would need to lie down on the floor.

I had several painful epidural injections which were only temporarily helpful before pain increased again. My future seemed to show only a long process of pain and possible healing only through surgery, which I desperately wanted to avoid.

Finally, physiotherapy was suggested to help maintain and reduce my pain. I had been to hundreds of physiotherapy appointments previously and I had almost given up on a non-invasive treatment. My husband suggested I try Functional Physio and it was the best decision I could have made for my health. After a year of at Functional Physio, my back pain is minimal, daily tasks and everyday living are a breeze and I have even started to get myself in shape.

Many thanks to Functional Physio

Sashi Ali

Founder of Caring for Child Cancer

Having suffered a prolapsed disk many years ago I am accustomed to lower back pain & manage it as best I can with visits to physiotherapists & pain killers.

After a 6 week session with David and on his lumbar strengthening machine I have to say I was quite blown away with my speed of recovery and have not required any pain medication since.

My back has never been better, cheers David!

Simon Howard

I am currently a patient at Functional Physio. I feel I need to explain my injury in detail for you to get a full feel of the amazing improvement I have made since seeing David Woodbridge and his colleagues.

Three years ago I had a fall which resulted in pain in my left hip and left groin. I had 3 months of treatment at the local physiotherapist and had no improvement. An x-ray showed I had a spondylolisthesis so I was sent to two different Orthopaedic Surgeons and had an MRI. I am a dance teacher so my work is very physical. Another 6 months passed and my pain got worse. Most nights I would come home and not be able to walk up the stairs. My pain had gone from 5 out of 10 to 9 out of 10. I saw a musculoskeletal specialist who injected me with several cortisone injections which gave me relief for 3 months but this soon wore off and my pain returned. I started to see a chiropractor which gave me temporary relief but didn’t last.

I was confused and didn’t know what to do next then it was suggested to me by a friend to try Functional Physio as they have a MedX spinal strengthening machine that isolates the weak spinal muscles so that they can be effectively strengthened to support the unstable spine. I had nothing to lose so I gave it a go. On seeing David and Stacey it was discovered I had no left leg strength, couldn’t balance on my left leg and because my injury had not been treated correctly for so long my left leg muscles had diminished. It was so refreshing that finally someone explained what was happening and could give me a solution and hopefully a full recovery. At Functional Physio I was given emotional support and a full explanation of what was happening to my body in a way that was easy to understand.

I can happily tell you how wonderful I am doing and what fantastic improvements I have made. I am able to do things that I haven’t been able to do in over 2 years, my pain has diminished greatly and I have my quality of life back again.

Any minor or severe injury, I would highly recommend anyone to seek advice and treatment from Functional Physio. A year ago I couldn’t walk and now I am dancing again.

Angela Sharplin

Whangaparoa, Auckland