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Simon Holding

I am a 57 year old male, ex semi pro sportsmen, who has suffered with back and pelvic issues throughout my career and into later life.I have tried many times to challenge myself to keep fit and active, but each time my body has let me down, when I tried to achieve what I was capable of. I have spent countless days flat out in bed or suffering with chronic back pain, to such an extent I was getting depressed, fearful of travel and being away from home, with back issues always on my mind. During one of my dark days, a friend recommended me to speak to an FX client, who had similar issues. At first I was skeptical and did not take up his offer, but as my issues became more frequent I had to change my life.

Finally I decided to speak to the FX client. Sharing my issues with another fellow sufferer, helped me to come to the conclusion to give FX a try. On a Saturday morning, I called in to FX on spec and spoke with Jamie, who was understanding and gave me some confidence and encouragement to proceed with a trial. He recommended that I work with Josh, being more suitable with his knowledge and skills for my requirements. I was apprehensive at first and lacked confidence to trust my body, but I soon settled in with help from Josh.

Josh tailored a programme to suit my body and fulfil my goals as well. I work with Josh on core, movement and strength, supplemented with Sue on Pilates for flexibility. I work on CV myself, but always encouraged to maximise my effort by all. Nearly three years later, I train three times a week at FX and enjoy the challenge to push myself to what I am capable of. I still get niggles from time to time, but nothing compared to those dark days.

I give feedback to Josh & Sue and they tailor sessions to aid recovery and avoid any further aggravation. Nutritional advice is always available. I suffer from IBS and avoid gluten/wheat, so not an easy one, but help is on hand. I have a competitive nature and always look forward to a challenge each week. I enjoy the family atmosphere at FX and forever grateful for their continued support and expertise. My message to anyone suffering with similar issues, is to give FX a call, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

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