Hi my name is James Donnelly but you can call me don

I am a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer and certified Pilates instructor from Gramercy Pilates, New York City.

Qualifications in TRX, Spin, Advanced Boxercise Kettlebells, Pre and Post Natal Fitness.



Previously based in North West London, U.K., my wife and I hopped across the pond in Dec 2019 for a new adventure.

I am now based in the Upper East Side and am able to train across Manhattan. Whilst COVID-19 distancing measures are in place, I train my clients via Zoom.

I'm not your typical personal trainer - pasty, balding and British - but luckily my work is much more attractive than me!





I incorporate a lot of high intensity interval training (HIIT) and boxing conditioning in my programmes to improve cardiovascular health, challenge your coordination and get you working up a sweat in no time. Beats a treadmill, anyday!

pre/post natal


Whether you just had a baby or are expecting, I run group classes or individual workouts to help you exercise safely.


Posture and alignment are often overlooked in everyday life. It also almost always gets thrown out the window when you're doing HIIT. Even if we're doing a strength or cardio workout, I incorporate my pilates instruction to ensure that my clients maintain form and engage the right muscles to the best of their ability.

goal / lIFE specific


Whether you are planning to run a 5K, lose a few pounds or get toned for an event, I can build a tailored programme to help you achieve what you have in mind.



A great way to release all that daily stress, boxing is a brilliant cardio and toning workout. I will focus on your form and positioning to get your obliques and abs going.

Learn lots of different combinations and enjoy pummelling me!

  • 45 minutes consultation and trial session via zoom


  • 45 mins - bodyweight only; prepare to sweat

    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri


  • For expecting or recent mums

    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri




 I will never forget for what Don did for me and I'm forever grateful and humble to have met him. So the question is do I recommend him to anyone who wants to get healthy get confident and get to the point they want to reach? 100% YES! Don is not only my personal trainer but my friend, because of him I've been able to get back my drive, determination and confidence. Without Don teaching me and pushing me even when I didn't think I could keep going, I'm not sure what I would have done. All I want to say is a big thank you to Don for giving me the belief and confidence to push forward in my life.

—  Ali, (PT Client, HIIT & Boxing), London


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