“I want to thank you for the significant contribution you have made to my and my family’s life over the last year. I am looking forward to keeping up this level of flexibility, strength and ph
ysical confidence. I am absolutely sure that if it had not been for your input, I would not be in the significantly improved physical state I am in now. In case you need reminding, you are incredibly good at your job and I am so grateful and happy that our paths crossed, albeit for a second time!
This is an excerpt from a lovely client of mine – Emily Davidson.
Emily is an avid sailor and came to me a year or so ago after having had intensive physio for a back issue. She had had a herniated disc in her late teens and has had a partial discectomy, way back then. A year ago this was bothering her again, and led her to further scans and pain management etc, and a fear that she would not be able to achieve the family goal of sailing off into the sunset on their yacht was causing concern. Anyway the decision was not to operate, but to learn to manage this – her journey started with some physio and then we looked at her posture and the way she moved in life and around the yacht, which led to a year of hard work. The journey was probably helped by the knowledge that I have of sailing and the conditions that she is likely to encounter out there, a huge part of many peoples journey is regaining the “belief that they can do it”.
So here we are she has reached her goal and has now set sail for an amazing adventure with her husband Tom and two kids aged 7 and 5.
How is it that top level athletes can change their sport and still be successful? Is sport about skill or is it attitude?
To be successful at a sport one has to have an aptitude to the sport and a plan of how to get there …. training regimes, mentors/coaches, mental strength, understanding of the hours to put in. Once the athlete has chosen a plan it is then about commitment – and probably commitment to listening, taking advice and going with it – immersing.
What probably stops many people from achieving big goals is possibly the fear of failure and so a lack of commitment to the “plan”. If one doubts the plan – one will search around for better options/ideas/other methods/fall backs and in doing this one does not ever fully commit to the original plan and wastes a lot of time.
Look at Victoria Pendleton’s journey:
For a start a similar action or stance is needed in the sport of road bike racing and horse racing – ability to cope and think at speed – ability to concentrate and be single minded and commit to the race. But then it comes to coaching and listening.
This lady had not ridden a horse of note before 12 months ago.
So how much of success is in fact diving in head first and getting the mind set right.
“In every exercise if you don’t start from a good postural position you won’t achieve optimum strength, you may use the wrong muscles and eventually something in your body will give” …
The Sunday Times on 1st Nov 2015 endorses the necessity to have correct posture before getting in to an exercise regime and in order to correct injury and rehab in a better more productive way.
It is everywhere – the recent Horse and Hound has an article saying the same thing reinforcing many of my comments on the Biospheric Performance Equestrian page about our posture and how it effects our horses back and posture too.
In brief if you can’t read this article it says there is little point in training without looking at posture and doing a proper postural assessment because you firstly won’t achieve the results you desire and second eventually you will hurt yourself.
Donna came to work with me about 2 years ago initially, but then life got a bit on top of her and she had a break for about 6 months. She came back to me in Jan 2015. Hear her incredible story in just 10 months how she has changed her life….
Swimming Lake Llangorse. In her words – Jess’s story.
“As for the swim, well it was really weedy and I just wasn’t used to that and at the beginning I was really frightened.
This was one historic lake, not only is there a Crannog there, but the lake was famed in Welsh folk lore and has an Afanc (lake monster) as well as being a site of special scientific interest and there are many giant pike living in that lake (a cheerful thought when swimming)
There were four marker buoys and the course was rectangular so you went up the long side of the rectangle first swam along the short side and then another long side
The first side of the rectangle was hell. But then by the time I got to the second long side I was getting used to the conditions and was calming down. Visibility was tough so both my buddy and I lost a bit of time with that.
Thanks to all my work with you my head had now got into the right place, I knew it would be a challenge but I knew I could do it and by that time I just thought forget time, forget everyone else I am just going to enjoy being in this special lake in this special place – the weather was spectacularly gorgeous by the way. So I pushed on round, I got cramp loads and pushed on through that and slogged my way though the full 3km and when I got my time it was just under 2 hours like 1 hour 57 and a half which is not bad because I did 3k in the pool in 1 hour 49 and it was much harder and much further in the lake. I am pleased with it overall and all the work I’ve done with you I think made a big difference to me both in getting head together but also not going bonkers the day before and coping with the cramp by not panicking and pushing through.