"London's Best Personal Trainer" Time Out Magazine 2010

A professional boxer by trade Marianne 'Golden Girl' Marston is well known in boxing circles both in the United Kingdom and America.

Marianne is currently part of Cruiserweight World Champion Steve 'USS' Cunningham's professional boxing team and, when in America, is coached by Steve himself and famed female coach Shar'ron Baker at the James Shuler Memorial Gym in West Philadelphia.

When in London Marianne is managed by two time world champion coach Johnny Eames, and coached by top UK trainer Derek Grainger.

During her many trips to America Marianne spent extended periods of time being trained by some of the biggest names in the sport including the legendary Heavyweight Champion of the World Smokin' Joe Frazier and his son Marvis at their landmark North Philadelphia gym until it closed early in 2008. She has also had the privilege of being trained by Freddie Roach at his Wild Card gym in LA and Francisco Mendez at his NYC gym when she spent time in those cities.

Marianne is also the regular sparring partner for Angel 'The Artist' McKenzie


Whilst Boxing may be the sport Marianne is best known for today it is not the only sport she has excelled at. As a youngster Marianne competed both in swimming competitions, as part of the Norwich Penguins, and fencing at County level.

At the tender age of fourteen Marianne, who at the time was seeded sixth (foil), was selected to compete at Crystal Palace for a place in the British Olympic Fencing squad following her victory over the then current number one. Unfortunately Marianne missed this golden opportunity due to a family crisis.

Before the next Olympic trials beckoned Marianne decided that her sporting endeavours would have to take a back seat to academia. Marianne left her family home in Norwich and moved to the capital to study at King's College London. Her studies paid off with Marianne earning a much deserved B.Sc. (Hons).

Throughout her adulthood Marianne spent many hours per week at the gym keeping fit but it was to be a number of years before she returned to any form of competitive sport.

Her becoming a boxer was quite accidental, as was her studying nutrition. Following a long undiagnosed illness, which turned out to be coeliacs, Marianne returned to her local gym to bring herself back to the levels of fitness she had previously enjoyed. One day at the gym she noticed a poster offering boxing based fitness sessions. Marianne met with the personal trainer, Choleton Senior, advertising the sessions and signed up for the course.

Following the first few sessions Choleton stated that Marianne had what it takes to be a boxer and advised her to find a proper boxing gym. Marianne did indeed find a boxing gym, Gleason's London, but continued to work with Choleton on her conditioning and additional boxing coaching.

It was around this time that Marianne first started investigating nutrition, specifically to ensure that her diet, which had become restricted due to her being gluten intolerant, still provided all the elements required for her sporting activities.

A few months later, whilst in Philadelphia on business, Marianne accidentally met with Heavyweight Champion of the World Smokin' Joe Frazier who after discovering she was a boxer invited her to try out at his gym.

Joe was so impressed that he signed her up to his boxing team on the spot and advised her to consider relocating to Philadelphia to prepare for her professional debut.

Late in January 2008 Marianne decided to take Joe's advice and committed herself to spending six months in America so that Joe and his team could thoroughly prepare her. Unfortunately in March 2008 Smokin' Joe Frazier's Gym closed down.

Not being someone to give up on her dreams Marianne went for a trial with Percy (Buster) Custus at the James Shuler Memorial Gym in West Philadelphia. Initially she was taken under the wing of former Light Middleweight World Champion Robert 'Bam Bam' Hines but due to her struggling to understand Robert's instructions, because of his thick regional accent, she started the search for a new coach.

Marianne was due to meet with two time Heavyweight World Champion 'Terrible' Tim Witherspoon, with a view to him coaching her, when she was approached by Livvy Cunningham, the wife and manager of Cruiserweight World Champion Steve 'USS' Cunningham, to become part of Team 'USS' Cunningham.

Firmly now part of Team 'USS' Cunningham Marianne was introduced to Shar'ron Baker, who was to be her day to day coach, and 'Trainer of the Year' Nazeem Richardson, who had just become Steve's fight trainer.

Nazeem introduced Marianne to his 'Concrete Jungle' conditioning routines - the very same routines that he uses when preparing his famous charges Bernard 'The Executioner' Hopkins, 'Sugar' Shane Mosley, Steve 'USS' Cunningham etc. for Championship fights - which became the basis of her personal training routine, and now part of her conditioning routine for clients.

In January 2009 Marianne signed a twelve fight professional contract with Bionic Bull Promotions.

In February 2009 Marianne returned to the UK, to obtain the visa required to compete in America, and Gleason's Boxing Gym, London where she was seen by former Olympic coach Terry Edwards MBE. Terry was so impressed with Marianne that he asked if he could work with her.

In May 2009 Gleason's Gym closed. John Rooney Jnr, who managed Gleason's, took over the facility and launched Rooney's Boxing Gym on 1st June 2009.

In September 2009 Marianne created a ladies only boxing class at Rooney's Gym, the success of the classes was immediate and within a month was increased to four classes per week.

Marianne, who already receives high levels of media interest for her boxing, started to receive press enquiries regarding her considerable coaching skills, and her women only classes. In January 2010 alone Marianne and her ladies class were featured in The Sunday Telegraph's Stella Magazine - Health and Fitness special - and received the accolade of being named as one of the top five personal trainers in London by Time Out Magazine (London's Best Personal Trainers feature).

In March 2010, just after the classes were increased to five days a week to include a class for the intermediate and experienced John Rooney decided to take the classes in house.

In April 2010, Marianne approached The Boxing Clinic with the view to offering women only classes at their gym in Islington, London N1. The Boxing Clinic's Director, Graham Boylan welcomed Marianne with open arms and immediately offered her slots on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. A few days later Tokei Gym, in Southwark, South East London offered Marianne a 6pm slot on Monday and Wednesday and Johnny Eames at the Ultrachem TKO gym in Canning Town, East London offered her slots on Friday at 6.00pm for her Boxing Skills classes and Saturday at 2.00pm for her Boxing fitness Classes.

Within a week of switching her personal training to Ultrachem TKO gym, partners Johnny Eames and Derek Grainger offered to assist Marianne with her professional boxing career. Johnny as manager and Derek as coach. Marianne jumped at the opportunity. Within a week Johnny Eames had secured Marianne a fight with Lana Cooper on a Steve Goodwin promoted show at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on the 11th September 2010

Also in April 2010, Marianne's classes were also positively reviewed by Holland & Barratts Healthy Magazine

Sunday Telegraph - Jan 2010

Time Out - Jan 2010

Time Out - Jan 2010

Healthy Magzine - April 2010

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