Dave McMillan

Personal Trainer in the Scottish Borders

why choose Personal training

Become fitter & healthier with personalised training

Get the guidance and motivation you need to become fitter and healthier.

Whether your goal is to lose weight, get fitter or stronger or you have a specific fitness goal- get in touch and I will be delighted to help you.

With a vast experience in providing personal training to all types of clients I look forward to helping you on your journey.

DM FItness at a glance

Here is a very short summary of what my services are all about


Everyone, absolutely everyone. I train people from all backgrounds and with various fitness level and goals including: weight loss clients, clients with medical conditions, post pregnancy women, semi professional athletes


Most sessions take place in my fitness studio in St. Boswells or on the St Boswells Rugby Club pitch. Sessions can be also arranged in your home/ garden or in other convenient locations.

How much

Prices start from £5 per session for the bootcamps and £15 per session for individual training.


There is a huge variety of training programs available including boxing, kettlebells, weight lifting, cardio, high intensity training


Individual session can be arranged any time between 5am and 9pm Monday to Saturday and Sunday between 8am and 4pm.
Regular bootcamps take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm

About Me and My Fitness Journey

MY Story

Fitness isn’t just my hobby or something I always fancied doing. Working on my physical health and wellbeing gave my life a meaning when a life threatening and changing illness took over my body.

My name is Dave McMillan and I am the owner of DM Fitness. My fitness journey began back in 2010 in the most unexpected and life changing way

Despite being a previously healthy young guy, I was taken extremely ill out of the blue and diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. The pain was indescribable, and the effects on my body were significant and long term: I had to take 18 medications a day; I was constantly exhausted and struggled to do anything because I constantly had to go to the toilet; and, as if that wasn’t enough, every time I went to the bathroom I passed terrifying amounts of blood.

I was placed on a waitlist to have a total colectomy, but even so I lived this way for two years. It took everything from me: my freedom, my happiness, my health and my marriage. After two years, my condition suddenly deteriorated and I had to have the total colectomy as an emergency procedure. Because it was performed as a medical emergency, it had to be done in three stages: the first stage being the removal of my colon and the introduction of a colostomy bag. It was the darkest time I have ever experienced: being a young guy with a colostomy bag was incredibly difficult, it leaked at first and it was so hard to adapt to such a radically different way of living. I didn’t know how to cope and spent the first month wallowing in self-pity and pain

Then, one morning, I woke up and knew that something had to change. I had to get myself together in order to be the best dad I could be to my beautiful seven month old son; I had to show him that I could not only live with this condition, but thrive and be a role model for him. I started to go for long walks to try to build my strength and clear my mind. This terrified my Macmillan stoma nurse because she believed that such activity would prolong my recovery which was already expected to be substantial at fourteen months. But I knew, with every step I took, that it was the right thing to do for my body and mind. I progressed from walking to running and boxing, and then to martial arts and Brazilian jiujitsu and with every new sport I found another piece of myself and improved my health. I felt stronger, I was stronger, and I felt more driven and in control than I had felt in a long time. I recovered from my first operation six months earlier than expected to everyone’s amazement; my stoma nurse said that she had never witnessed a faster recovery. Although I didn’t sail through my next procedures, I kept my mental strength and approached each recovery in the same way: using exercise to put myself back together.

When I came out the other side, I realised that exercise and fitness had given me so much and I had found such salvation in it that I wanted to help other people to discover fitness and use it to build themselves back up too. I studied hard and achieved my level 2 gym instructor diploma, then my level 3 personal training diploma and finally my nutritional diploma, and I started training people with M.S., downs syndrome, dysplasia and other conditions in order to help them find their strength too. I helped these people to change their lives and grow in ways they never thought they could.

My business continued to grow and today I train a wide spectrum of clients: with or without underlying conditions. I have a small gym in St. Boswells and I run group bootcamps at the local rugby club. My clients come from all walks of life, and all have different goals and needs when it comes to fitness. I work closely with them to help set targets and then meet these goals; whether it’s losing weight, developing strength in particular areas to combat medical conditions, or just simply wanting to be fitter, I tailor each session to their individual needs and guide them through each workout so that they feel supported and confident. My approach is not to embarrass anyone or make anyone feel silly or inferior. I am here to help you be the best you that you can be. I make sure that my gym is a private and safe space where you can really reach your potential without feeling self-conscious or overwhelmed. We’ll move at a pace that is appropriate to your fitness level when you start and build from there. Just like my own experience, it’s about making a start: from there, the sky is the limit.

What my clients say:

You can read over 30 5-Star Reviews from my regular clients on my facebook page
Really glad that I started doing Dave’s classes. I have seen a real difference in my fitness and strength. It is clear that Dave knows his trade. His classes are well planned and varied. He will encourage you to push yourself and you always come away knowing you have worked hard but most importantly had fun. Met loads of really great people through the classes which just adds to the positive experience. Would definitely recommend.
I highly recommend Dave for anyone who wishes to get into fitness, Having known Dave for many many years he has a great attitude and knows how to push you in the right direction, 8 sessions and seen a big difference in myself.
Really enjoying and feeling the benefit of the Bootcamps! Great variety of exercises and all at your own abilities! Great classes would definitely recommend
DM Fitness way

My approach and ethos

I am here to help you, not to intimidate you or make you feel inferior. Everyone has different goals and needs and everyone’s paths will be different. I approach every client by listening to their needs and tailoring the training plan to suit their needs and to make sure they achieve their goals.

The prices

£5 per session

This is the price of joining one of my bootcamps session which run regularly every Tuesday and Thursday evening

£15 per session

This is the price per 45 minute session if you commit to a block of 10 session.

£20 per session

This is the price for an individual 45 minute session.

Check my Services


Group Sessions

These sessions are for groups of people and clubs. Whatever your goal, I will be here to help you guys achieve it.

Tailored Individual Training

This is what personal training and DM Fitness are really about. Working together with my clients, tailoring their training to suit their needs and motivating along the way.


I run the bootcamps regularly every Tuesday and Thursday night. Each week the classes very and the bootcamps are great ways of making new friends too.


Kettlebells are very versatile and offer a great variety of exercises for all muscle groups. We use them a lot in our bootcamps and individual training sessions.


Boxing is a great cardio workout, calorie burner and great for toning arms. Not to mention it’s great at relaxing after a very stressful day at work!

Weight Loss

Many of my clients come to with a goal of losing weight. This is my bread and butter and with my personalised plans you will notice fewer pounds and inches!

Strength training

Strength training is one of the best ways to burn fat, whilst at the same improving your physique and toning your body. Great workout for all muscle groups.

Nutrition planning

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Get in touch


    St Boswells Rugby Club

    St Boswells, TD6 0AL

    Contact Info

    Phone : 07803 349 336

    Email: davecoopz@live.co.uk


    I try to be very flexible and training can be arranged any time, any day of the week. I will do my best to answer all enquiries within a few hours.

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