“OUR PROGRAMMES DON’T BRING YOU TO A STATE YOU WERE PRE INJURY, THEY BRING YOU TO A GREATER FUNCTIONING STATE”
Whether that’s lifting more, running further, increased endurance or just a more active lifestyle, we’re here to help get you to that place
Helping you feel better
Whether it’s a short term niggle or long term chronic pain, at some point in our lives, something will hurt. Often a bit of a rest, maybe some ice and a bit of patience will resolve the issue. However, there are cases where that pain significantly impacts the ability to function – on a day to day basis and in terms of physical training.
There’s vast evidence supporting rehabilitative interventions helping increase movement and reduce pain. We have a particular interest in rehabilitation training and get huge job satisfaction from helping you return back to a healthy state through exercise. Dennis uses functional range conditioning and is currently the only trainer in St Albans able to offer this particular service.
The goal of any rehabilitation exercise programme is to move the sufferer’s focus away from the pain to achieving greater functional ability – that is, being able to do more of what they want to do.
Using the evidence
An initial consultation is between 60 and 90 minutes and we use some of the same assessment tools as we do for personal training – plus some more rehabilitation specific ones.
Subsequent sessions are generally 60 minutes long and from here, our role is to support, motivate, encourage, and push you forward with the aim of getting you further than you ever thought possible.
We create an exercise programme for your specific needs and also create a plan of how to continue your training once the rehabilitation is complete. Over the years we have worked with numerous clientele with an array of injuries and those who are recovering from surgery. We work with people of all ages and abilities – from competitive athletes to older people who wish to maintain an active lifestyle after surgery or an injury.
All our programmes are progressive – they are not about repeating the same thing each week. We want to help you establish a better functioning system, reduce fear avoidance, and to return to a fully functioning state.
I first went to Dennis back in Summer 2018 riddled with injuries and post knee surgery. I needed help to get myself training in the way that it made my knees stronger, and to get my confidence back to step into the gym. Dennis has helped me with all of that.
In a few short weeks, I was feeling stronger and most importantly, happier. I love lifting heavy weights, something I never thought I would do, and genuinely look forward to our weekly sessions. The hour always flies by and training is a pleasure. He’s a top man who really knows everything do with training, fitness and nutrition. He can answer all of my questions and tailors all training sessions around me and what I need and what I want to gain in the future. Thank you SO much!
Dennis is a great PT. He has been able to pitch the training sessions I have had with him at exactly the right level. This sounds easy but actually is not. He is the first person I have found that has managed to achieve this. He assessed my specific needs and aims and pitched the sessions so I improved slowly and steadily. This has been the key to my,and his success, in training me so I can be fit for everyday life. I first started training with Dennis on walking sticks after many years of reduced mobility and following 2 hip replacements.
His knowledge of physiology and which parts of the body to focus on to get me walking again, as well as his focus on my goals to improve my fitness, has been fantastic and the key to success.I can highly recommend him as a PT.
My father now trains with him too. He also has seen results, has been encouraged to see the benefits of exercise, and is enjoying the training. Thanks Dennis, you’ve made a big difference to our lives!
I have always been fit and healthy and when I was younger played a range of competitive sports many times a week. Several years ago I underwent an operation on my foot which had a recovery period of a full year. Following my year off exercise of any kind, I attempted to get back to my old fitness levels. However, no matter what I tried, I seemed to pick up niggling injuries which would put me out of action for anywhere between two weeks and three months. Fed up of having my return to fitness continually stalling I decided to commit to having a personal trainer.
First, and most importantly, Dennis took the time to listen to my fitness history as well as my goals for training. Whilst my main concern was returning to fitness whilst avoiding injury I also wanted to get to a good enough level to be able to compete in triathlons. Following this Dennis put together a comprehensive programme which would first strengthen muscle groups to ensure injury was avoided and then focus on improving the endurance and speed required to complete triathlons.
During sessions Dennis explains clearly the exercises he is asking you to perform to ensure that you get the most from every movement. In addition, he explains the benefits of each exercise to help build the picture of how it fits into your overall training. The sessions are challenging but fun – you are pushed further than you would push yourself. The result is that the improvements in muscle tone, stamina and speed are rapid. I now feel fitter and stronger than ever and, most importantly, am injury free.I have no hesitation in recommending Dennis as a personal trainer. He is fun to work with and helps you to achieve your goals, whatever they may be.
In December 2014 I was enjoying a first outing at the Olympic Velodrome until the inevitable happened and I ended up falling off at high speed and finding myself with a dislocated shoulder. Following a few months of physiotherapy, I was looking for a personal trainer who could get me back up to strength but without the risk of causing further damage. Dennis has been training me for several weeks now and we are starting to move on to more exerting training and I will continue to use him to maintain my (somewhat low) levels of fitness. I would have no hesitation in recommending him.
Dennis is an incredible personal trainer. I have always been into keeping fit and healthy but Dennis has helped me to break boundaries and complete exercises and programmes, I didn’t know I was capable of.
After a scary rare episode of inflammation on my spinal cord, just over a year ago, I wasn’t sure I would every get full use of my hand back. I could not exercise for months and after my Physio finished and I was able to use my hand again I signed up to train with Dennis, to help build up my fitness. Now 6 months later, I have gone from strength to strength and I am easily the strongest and fittest I have ever been.
Dennis has taught me that exercise isn’t just a session in the gym, it is a lifestyle change and a life time commitment. It is about getting the best out of yourself and always pushing yourself to the limit. I am now training for my first ever sprint triatholon in October, something I can say I never thought I would do.
Thank you Dennis you have been a great PT and an inspiration and I look forward to continuing to work with you.
Dennis, in my opinion, is a very knowledgeable coach. I have attended his classes for almost a year and they have helped massively with my triathalons, shoulder health and allowing me to perform on a daily basis.