Richard P made it – at last achieved his goal of completing the Etap du Tour at the age of 60.

Emma  – Many thanks – made it ! Thanks in no small part to your excelRichard Plent programme and cajoling. Hugely appreciated.  Col de Joux Plane 11.9km at 9% was a struggle at the end of the day. The 3 of us 60yr olds were all between 7.5 and 8hrs and everyone got round safely on a hot day.  Now to think of the next challenge !“


Hope you enjoy the attached You tube and pic !    Very best wishes  – Richard”

“I want to thank you for the significant contribution you have made to my and my family’s life over the last year.”

Screen Shot 2016-07-21 at 10.58.51“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.

Tom Hanks talks about how his weight gain led to Type 2 diabetes

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Thank goodness at last we have acknowledgement of the seriously bad effects of an unhealthy diet.  This is a simple correlation – too much high energy food (fats and sugars) leads to extra weight being carried …. we all know this …. we gain weight because we have eaten “energy” thaScreen Shot 2016-05-17 at 14.23.58t has not been expended and so we store it.  But what many people choose not to see is the story does not end there – there is a balance within our body, energy eaten is stored and there are hormones involved in releasing this – Insulin – the equation gets disrupted when we eat an unbalanced diet and the end result is certain organs give up and can’t be bothered – one being the pancreas.

It is so important to respect our bodies if we want to live a long and happy trouble free life.

There are certain jobs that require us to put on weight – actors are one, sailors for certain types of boat, rugby players to be heavy, etc.  There is something to be said for not trying to be something we are not.
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We are designed to eat:

  • Lean meat, that has roamed free on the Prairie
  • Fresh as near to raw vegetables as possible
  • Limited fruit in summer months when the days are longer and we are up and about for a longer day
  • Fresh water
  • Anything else is polluting our body and we need to work to digest/ dissolve/ absorb it.
  • This taxes our organs – liver/ kidney/ stomach etc…..

Changing sport at the top level …

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:

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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.

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Press here for her story

Common Colds and Flu

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So the common cold has been dealt with in various ways – but are we in fact prolonging the illness by taking many of these medications and would we do better to simply adhere to a more natural approach?

See the guide below – the reality is sleep is the most important – but that involves taking a day off!

General Measures for coping with acute illness or infection

Lovely rewarding message from Andy

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I just wanted to say a massive thanks for your help over the past few years with my knee and shoulder.

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Thanks and I hope this year brings some good times.


Green Clay Poultice – the merits?

Green Clay Poultice – the merits?

Have we gone too far in the direction of medicines and drugs – is this the right approach to take as much medication as we do.

Our body is very clever and it reacts to situations.  If we twist a joint and cause a slight injury or tear our bodies response is to send “repairing nutrients” in the form of white blood cells to the area in fluid to immobilise and start the recovery journey.  When we take medication we stop this process – we cause away the “goodies” and artificially slow the process down.  Would it be better to keep the “goodies” in the injury and removes the discomfort by poulticing the area.  Our skin is not made of plastic it is porous and so by poulticing we can remove fluid and toxins through the skin and help to speed recovery up.

Take a look at the French Clay for all site – for more info

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