About Macgregor McNair

"The Unknown is a concept I use to describe that terrifying place beyond your comfort zone. I use this concept, specifically in anaerobic-sprint based conditioning work, to help athletes drive themselves far beyond what they thought they were capable of. So far beyond, in fact, that they lose the self-preservation instinct to save enough energy to make it back for another round. Once familiar with The Unknown, the athlete's mind will become conditioned to this effort and output. With consistency in training to reach The Unknown, the athlete's capabilities never shrink back to their original dimensions." Macgregor McNair.

The Unknown Strength & Conditioning founder, Macgregor McNair, is a firm believer in the concepts and principles taught by Charles Poliquin and the Poliquin Group. Mac is constantly learning and growing his knowledge base and skill set to stay ahead of the game. Out of the myriad of training certifications out there, there is only ONE that requires you to demonstrate an appropriate level of expertise before becoming fully certified, the Poliquin International Certification Program (PICP), designed by Charles Poliquin. Universally recognized as the most successful strength coach in the world, Charles Poliquin has coached Olympic medalists in 19 different sports and world record holders in 11 sports.

Having completed Poliquin International Certification Program (P.I.C.P) Levels 1,2 & 3, Mac has established himself among the few strength coaches in Australia qualified to such a high level. In order to be officially recognised as a Level 3 PICP Strength & Conditioning Coach, Mac was required to coach an athlete to a National Championship in their respective sport. In 2014, Mac earned his PICP level 3 by taking the role of Strength & Conditioning Coach for an up-and-coming Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter. After 8 months of intelligent programming and hard work with Mac, the young fighter won Gold medals in both the AFBJJ Australian Champions Cup BJJ Tournament, and the AFBJJ Pan Pacific Jiu Jitsu Championships.

In 2015, Mac was awarded the highest achievement in the PICP Strength Coaching pathway: PICP Level 5 Strength and Conditioning Specialist. This is largely recognised as the highest honour for any Strength coach worldwide. In order to be officially recognised as a Level 5 PICP Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Mac was required to coach an athlete to a World Championship in their respective sport, or an Olympic Gold Medal. Mac earned his Level 5 by coaching Shantelle Thompson to the Gold medal in the 2015 IBJJF World Championships and the title of 2015 National Wrestling Champion, she also went on to win Gold at the 2016 IBJJF World Championships under Mac's guidance. Mac is one of only four active PICP level 5 coaches in Australia.

With a very solid and successful background as a Personal Trainer both in Australia and internationally, Mac has diversified his skill set and is quickly establishing himself as one of the top Strength and Conditioning coaches in the country. Mac has also competed at an amateur level in boxing, BJJ and MMA which gives him a unique insight in to all aspects of the physical and mental demands of the combat sports.

Other key qualifications Mac has achieved are:

Recomp Specialist - awarded only to body recomposition gurus with >5 years extensive experience and expertise in body recompositioning at all levels. Qualified to train and assess personal trainers for Recomp Certification, mentor Recomp Trainers and Coaches, and also train and diet clients & athletes for body recomposition. See how you stack up against the Recomp certification strength test here.

FMA Strength Institute Certification - FMA Strength Training is the only course of its kind – providing trainers with a unique skill set that will allow them to work effectively in both the rehabilitation and/or strength and conditioning phases of athlete development. No other course offers such a comprehensive amalgamation of methodologies between the two fields.

BioForce Certified Conditioning Coach & BioforceHRV Pro Trainer - Designed by UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson's Strength & Conditioning Coach, Joel Jamieson - the Bioforce Certified Conditioning Coach Course contains the most cutting-edge information on training methodology, energy systems development, autonomic nervous system management, rest-recovery optimisation, and understanding the entire puzzle of applying this information to athletic development. Joel remains one of the world's foremost experts and researchers in the field of strength & conditioning, and he imparts his 15+ years of experience working with some of the world's best conditioned athletes into this course.


Over the last 5 years, Mac has been developing and refining his methods for forging combat athletes into the strongest, best conditioned and most lethal versions of themselves.

Mac’s ambition is to play a role in developing Australian MMA and BJJ to the highest global standard, through his craft as Strength and Conditioning Coach. Mac is presently working with the following athletes:

  • A 2x IBJJF World Champion, Abu Dhabi Pro World Cup medalist, multiple time Australian Champions Cup and Pan Pacific BJJ Champion
  • 2015 & 2016 IBJJF Gi World Championships Gold Medalist & 2x Bronze Medalist, multiple time Australian Champions Cup winner, 2015 & 2016 National Wrestling Champion, Australian Olympic Team Wrestler, Pan Pacific BJJ Champion
  • 2015 BJJ Kids World Championships Gold Medalist, 2016 IBJJF Gi World Championships Silver medalist
  • 2015 IBJJF Asian Open Champion, multiple time Australian Champions Cup winner, Pan Pacific BJJ Champion, Australian National Wrestling Championship medalist and Australian Olympic Team Wrestler
  • A multiple time Australian Champions Cup winner, Pan Pacific Champion, IBJJF Sydney Open Champion and Abu Dhabi Pro World Cup medalist
  • A multiple time Australian Champions Cup winner, Pan Pacific Champion, Abu Dhabi Pro World Cup medalist, and Jiu Jitsu World League medalist


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