Personal Training Southampton
Strength & Flexibility Coaching for Recovery from Pain & Injury
Who is this for?
- You keep getting injured or have problem areas you always have to work around
- You’ve never really been into fitness or exercise but have noticed yourself struggling to do things you used to take for granted
- You’ve been struggling with persistent back/hip/shoulder pain for a while now and are ready for a solution that will really last
- You want to try something new, in a relaxed environment, and push yourself you do things you never thought would be possible
- Have seen people doing headstands, hand balances, or impressive bodyweight moves but think that is never something you could do
Standard Personal Training Just Won’t Cut It
Personal training is great, and there are a lot of fantastic trainers out there. But dealing with injury and pain, particularly persistent pain, is just not covered in typical training.
And most trainers out there don’t have any experience with it.
I have gotten myself out of a five-year history of chronic pain, with multiple acute injuries along the way, as well as working with many, many people to do the same thing.
Don’t just take my word for it
“Ian at Southampton physio has changed my life! Since my early 20s, I have been in chronic pain which has restricted how I have lived my life. In the last 3 months, where other physios, the NHS, surgery, drugs, and medication have failed, Ian has succeeded. I feel more mobile and stronger, now at 36, than I ever have. Ian will tell you, recovery isn’t linear. It isn’t. But with Ian, it’s as close as you’ll get!”
— THOM ATTWOOD
What Will We Do Differently?
My goal is to identify areas of your body you need to stabilise and areas you need to mobilise.
Combine that with all-round strength building and a bit of movement complexity training and you’ve got a winning formula to create consistent improvement.
We will work together to build a body that works for you, that doesn’t hold you back and that does what you want it to when you tell it to. We’ll build a body you can rely on, that’s stronger and fitter than you thought possible.
This is true functional fitness.
Why Is This So Important?
Getting active and moving more is the key to living a meaningful life free from chronic illness and pain.
But regular fitness classes and personal trainers can often do more harm than good when it comes to working with pain and injury.
A gym class will never provide you with the one-to-one attention and adaptations you need to perform an exercise safely and effectively. Most fitness trainers lack the expertise and personal experience to be able to safely and effectively get you out of pain and injury.
What Type Of Training Will You Do?
Yoga, capoeira, taekwondo, classic weight lifting, kettlebell training, calisthenics, animal flow, and natural movement… are all disciplines I have explored and blend together as part of my own training. I am continually experimenting to find the best approaches for my clients.
Exactly what you’ll do will depend on your fitness and health goals, your training history, and most importantly what you enjoy.
Just because I think a particular exercise is great for you doesn’t mean you have to do it if you don’t enjoy it. There are many different ways to achieve any outcome, so we can adapt your training to suit you. What you enjoy, what you’re comfortable with, and what motivates you to keep at it.
That said, my experience tells me that sometimes the thing you least want to do is exactly the thing your body needs the most. So there will inevitably be an element of negotiation. Between me and you, and you and your body.
Training With Injuries
I’ve been there. I had persistent pain for five years and a host of recurring injuries. To get myself back to health and fitness I had to learn the hard way.
I worked with lots of instructors and trainers, did a whole load of research and lots, and lots of training. I am still learning, and will never stop, but the result is that I am no longer in constant pain and am now stronger than I’ve ever been.
I’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to. Well, you’ll still have to work hard, but with clear direction and guidance from someone who’s been there before.
But this is not just a case of what worked for me will work for you. I have worked with many people in similar situations and know that everyone is different.
Everyone’s situation is unique and requires a different approach. The basic principles of strength, stability and mobility stay the same, but the application is different every time.
We work collaboratively to find exercises that work for you, progressing them to fit your capabilities and adapting them constantly to bypass plateaus.
Together we can give you the confidence to move freely again.
Ready For The Next Step?
If you want to find out whether we’re a good fit use the link below to book an initial consultation. This is a no-obligation meeting to go through your goals and how we might work together to achieve them.
If you decide to go ahead, we’ll also get an assessment done to guide your training plan.