Charley Edge
(Wales and Everton FC)

Football

Charley trained with us at the Lab for 18 months before joining the Everton FC Academy on a 2 year scholarship programme. Charley is tipped to be one of the stars of the future having already represented Wales at Under 16 and 17 Age groups and having had spells at Swansea City and Stoke City as well as attracting a lot of attention from other clubs over the summer before he committed to Everton.

As an adolescent, Charley presented us with a number of challenges. Physically he was strong but also unbalanced, left uncorrected this would certainly cause him problems when he started playing full time football in the Academy. Equally because of his age we could not train him too hard. We developed a system of exercises to improve his strength in his weaker areas and to also improve flexibity. Within a few weeks you could see the change in Charleys physical posture. Using tools such as the FMS and Dartfish we were able to closely monitor Charleys development. Once we had corrected the flexibility and weaknesses, we were able to then start to develop strength and power. One of the things we did not want to do was to bulk Charley up and effectively slow him down. We put together a strength and conditioning programme that involved open and closed chain exercises using equipment such as the Keiser functional trainer, the Keiser runner as well as body weight and free weight exercises.

The net result was that Charley developed into an athlete that physically gave him an advantage over his peers in terms of power, speed and strength. All key factors in the development of an athlete.

Charley said "I have increased my level of performance from going to the Lab as I have had excellent, hard training that has allowed me to exceed in many aspects. It has allowed me to reach peak fitness and become faster, stronger and more agile."

Charleys Dad commented "I feel Charley's pace has improved immensely and he is a much stronger player on the ball".

Marcel Gray
(Welsh International Masters Sprinter)

sprinter

Marcel approached The Lab after having problems converting his strength from his gym sessions into speed. After viewing Marcel’s current program we performed a number of power and strength assessments, including a variety of jump tests and speed assessments, as well as performing a Functional Movement Screening assessment to see if Marcel had any underlying muscle imbalances or weaknesses. We designed a structured program for Marcel that focused on developing his power capabilities as well as improving his core stability and flexibility. After a relatively short period of performing the program, Marcel became double Welsh Outdoor Masters Champion and is currently ranked Welsh no. 1 across all the Masters age groups as well as going on to represent Great Britain at the World Masters Athletic Championships. ‘The testing and program that was designed for me transformed my training. My training is now far more specific and structured than ever before and it has helped my performances move onto the next level’.

Darren Venables
(Cyclist)

cyclist

Darren was training for the John O Groats to Lands End cycling event when he seriously injured his knee. After various scans it was decided that Darren should undergo surgery. Following surgery Darren worked with our physiotherapists to regain full function, and then worked with our strength and conditioning staff to ensure that he was in the best shape possible to do the race. Darren was constantly assessed by the physiotherapist and strength and conditioning staff to ensure that week by week he was meeting his targets. Darren completed the race with no pain and has since gone from strength to strength. ‘The Lab offer a very professional and friendly service that I would recommend to anybody that was in need of motivation and strength and conditioning training whether it is after an injury or simply a personal sporting challenge where some expert guidance is required’.

Matt Jones
(800m Runner)

runners

Matt’s consultant had recommended that Matt take a long period of rest from training after suffering from stress fractures in his ankles. When Matt first made contact with The Lab he was unable to perform any form of running without pain and his confidence was at an all-time low. Matt undertook a full physiotherapist and movement screening assessment, before a long-term rehabilitation program was designed between our physiotherapist and strength and conditioning staff. The program focused on increasing Matt’s strength and flexibility levels as well as developing his fitness levels gradually with the tough goal of him competing before the end of the athletic season. Within months Matt had not only been able to return to full training but had achieved a personal best by 6 seconds, placing him as one of the leading 800m runners in his age group in the UK. ‘Thank you The Lab so much for your support and excellent expertise. Without you I dread to think what would have happened’.

Ian Littleford
(Mountain Climber)

Ian Littleford Charity Climb of Mt Kilimanjaro

Some weeks back Physiological Measurements were kind enough to help me with my preparation for my Charity Climb of Mt Kilimanjaro, and the help of John and Ben proved invaluable. Not only did they set my mind at ease around the cardio/aerobic physical preparation I had been undertaking all year, but Ben also showed me my areas of weakness and how , in a relatively short period of time, I could look to work on those areas to improve my chances of success. Not only was this an eye opener for me in terms of my level of core strength at that time, but also the exercises given to me by Ben, which I stuck to religiously, had an immediate effect (and continue to do so) and went a long way to helping me succeed in reaching the summit

Many thanks to all at Physiological Measurements for their invaluable help and advice
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