Functional Sports Nutrition
Combining a sports background with nutritional therapy qualifications, we have developed our own take on what is known as functional sports nutrition. This is an integrative approach to nutrition; merging both fields of sports nutrition, i.e. consciously eating to enhance athletic performance, and nutritional therapy – where we look at the body as a whole using an eclectic approach to deliver person-centred healing and the promotion of overall wellness. We focus on your nutrition in an applied way, unique to you, so that both your health and performance are considered and improved upon.
We work with clients closely to ensure their best possible health is maintained during off-season, on-season, peaking for events and throughout anything life throws at them along the way. We believe a healthy athlete is an optimal athlete; carrying less stress, injuries and ultimately performing better in all areas of their lives.
Personal Training and Coaching
Below is a short description of just some of the experience and coaching areas that we are able to help you with.
Fat Loss and Body Composition Goals
We are well-versed in working with those looking to “lose weight” or “tone up” as this is a common motivation to hire a personal trainer. We can get you to your weight loss goal whether it be for health, for a competition or to look and feel better. At times we see secondary goals associated with weight loss, such as injury rehabilitation or a specific performance-based goal such as running a marathon, all of which can be incorporated into your training to make sure you’re always working towards your goals.
Strength-Based Sports and Training
We also frequently coach people with strength-based goals. Being stronger is incredibly popular now as the health benefits of it have been widely shown through scientific research. We have a wide experience in training clients in powerlifting, weightlifting and also strongman, at competitive and stage level as well as for a hobby for general enjoyment.
Endurance Sports Athletes
Another type of clientele we see on a regular basis are endurance athletes who already have a sport specific training regime but want to improve their strength and conditioning to aid their performance. This could be cyclists, marathon runners, swimmers or even triathletes. We help them support their own training performance, balance recovery, and most importantly avoid potential injury by improving imbalances caused by repetitive movements from their given sport. It’s absolutely essential that any endurance athlete has a tailored strength program to make the most out of their off-season and improve their performance in their given sport.
Strongman and MST (Modified Strongman Training)
Strongman is an incredible way of developing strength with static loads, movement-based events and can even incorporate aspects of conditioning. Head Coach James has a vast background of the sport including training world-class athletes on an international stage as well as competing in it himself and picking up a podium-win here and there. He is a big fan of it not just as a sport but also using it as a fun, challenging tool for training his regular clients, whatever their goals may be. We currently offer three types of strongman training; one is a Strongman Sunday class every week at Optimal Health and Performance near Tadley. This is a fun, friendly (and sometimes competitive) class dedicated to growing stronger and helping people achieve new heights in the sport, beating their previous bests. The second is an MST class run on a Wednesday evening which uses strongman and barbell lifts to form a high-energy, fat-burning, fun and tough workout. The last strongman based training we offer is a more tailored-to-you 1-2-1 session where you can benefit from personalised programming and help with technique from our highly knowledgeable and professional coaches who will be focused on bringing you success.