Myth 1 – I shouldn’t lift weights

I saw a patient with back pain the other day. Formerly a strong guy, rugby player, used to go to the gym etc. He still does gardening, but because of a previous injury many years ago, he had been warned off any type of heavy lifting, running or significant activity. He came to see me after carrying a 2 year old grandchild around a museum for half a day. So here’s a thing. A formerly strong and fit person who got back pain from carrying a kid around a museum- and in his day to day life, he doesn’t really … Continue reading

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This is a blog about time and the perception of how long things take. I can bang on about this for a while, but bear with me. Let’s start by taking a physio consultation. Normally, at the end (or even part way through) we start talking about exercise prescription and what the patient needs to do in order to get better. Physios are kind of unique in that we don’t tend to have a pill to prescribe, it is normally strength work or movement, or some such thing. In comparison to exercise, pills are easy. Give someone an antibiotic, tell … Continue reading

Anatomy of a Press Up

The press up. An exercise some will brag about. Yet one which seems out of reach for many – and feared. I often have personal training client get a look of panic when I mention this exercise, yet there are so many ways to adapt it to suit an individual’s physical abilities and work on improving strength. Nobody should fear the press up! Why is it so hard to do a full press up? I googled that exact phrase and was presented with why is it hard for women to do one!! Typical. This blog isn’t aimed at women – … Continue reading

Hip Pain – a Physiotherapists Personal Perspective

Two weeks ago, on Sunday, I woke up and couldn’t bear weight through my right hip. The pain in my Sacroiliac joint was excruciating, and I had to use my hands on the bed, the drawers, the banister, tables, chairs, kitchen worktops, you name it, I used it, in order to get around. What the heck?! Had I done anything in the past 24 or 48 hours that was out of character? Apart from going to a CPD conference and a short 6 mile run, no, not really. However, I was due to be going to Chamonix on Thursday to … Continue reading

How Exercise Shapes You (and others), Far Beyond The Gym

Over the past couple of years we’ve seen something incredible happen to our Personal Training clients. Not only has the exercise that they’ve done over the weeks, months and years given them a new outlook on life, improved their fitness and well-being in general, but – and here’s the magic – all those positive benefits have rubbed off on their near and dear ones. I was prompted to write about this a while ago, but it was a client who started training with us recently that spurred me to put my thoughts down and share this discovery. In the first month of training, … Continue reading

What is a Turkish Get Up?

The Turkish Get Up (TGU) is an exercise which involves your whole body in a series of fluid movements, taking you from laying down to standing, and back down. It is an incredibly versatile exercise and worthy of a place in any training programme – either for warming up or as an exercise in it’s own right. The TGU is easily adaptable to suit different levels of fitness, flexibility and strength. Over time it can improve each of these aspects and in performing TGUs you will also be promoting both upper and lower body stability. Because your arm is held … Continue reading