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Congratulations to Sophie Wells who has recently won 2 x individual golds & 1x team silver medals in the World Equestrian Games in North Carolina, USA.
The Two gold were Sophie’s biggest win to date, hitting two personal bests and world records. Working towards WEG has been a challenge as Sophie has had issues with certain areas of the body. Most of the exercises that we normally do in our routine have had to change. Regular massage and keeping muscle active have been key.
This is Alison’s first training session with myself.
Upon questioning Alison she explained she wanted to try and experiment a new workout routine and for me to perform a biomechanics assessment to identify what muscles need to be strengthened. We are currently working on extension exercise to improve posture whilst seated.
The video of Alison is just a short clip of our 60 minute training session. The routine I put together most definitely pushed her and took her out of the comfort zone. We are trying to strengthen key anterior/posterior muscles whilst having fun and getting a workout at the same time. I’ve set Alison a challenge to do a pull up unassisted.
Alison has an amazing attitude towards keeping fit and healthy as she already swims several times a week and uses the gym three times a week.
Sarah has been working with me for 10 weeks. On our initial consultation we discussed her individual needs and one of her main goals was to build her strength. Sarah suffers from a illness called fibromyalgia and she also has hypermobility, too flexible. Fibromyalgia has lots of side effects with fatigue and joint aches being the main issues for Sarah.
My goal was to work on muscular strength to give her joints more protection. Bearing in mind Sarah’s stability wasn’t great either, so that’s something else we had to focus on.
The video above shows Sarah lifting a massive 90kg weight, something I would never do with a client that’s at risk of further injury, but she wanted to do it and she felt she had built enough strength and stability.
This does not happen every session … 2 sessions a week for 10 weeks gives massive improvements all around.
Sarah still comes to most sessions feeling tired and achey, and while I try to show a little sympathy, my answer to most of her training is…. your tired anyway so let’s go!!
Big congratulations to Chris Vasper who completed the 2018 Marathon des Sarble. This has to be up there as one of the most challenging events on the planet.
I’ve trained and treated Chris over the last year for this event. His programme was based around flexibility, core stability, joint stability and sports massage.
He is now looking for his next challenge and still runs for hours a day on the treadmill.
This has inspired me to at least attempt the London Marathon next year – let’s hope I can be successful in completing that!!
Above: Me, Laura (the wife) and postcode lottery team – Danyl Johnston and Julie McCourt. Below: Me and Chris Vasper having fun with Julie McCourt.
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