What our athletes say about BPM

After injuring my knee in January 2016 I spent over a year limping around and doing poor quality training hoping that it would improve. It didn’t and I eventually had surgery in February 2017. I felt completely broken after this as the limping around had caused my back to go into spasm which left me unable to put my shoes on without help, never mind start running again.

I then sought professional help from Nic Rowley at BPM Sports. Nic did a thorough assessment of my biomechanics and wrote me a personalised 4 week training plan to try and fix the imbalances and build strength that would eventually get me back running. Nic’s confidence that she could ‘fix’ my problems gave me the confidence to stick to the plan. During this four weeks the running was kept to a minimum while we focused on strength, flexibility and form. I was amazed at my progress so continued to work with Nic with the aim completing the Snowdon Mountain Race in mid July.

My training progressed with more running each week and tougher sessions in the gym. At no point did I ever feel like I might be over training and each session left me feeling hungry for more.

I was eventually ready to enter a couple of park run’s and fell races to help me tackle the race nerves that I hadn’t felt for so long. I took these fairly steady, usually starting in the middle or back of the pack just to ease myself back into racing and avoiding the risk of injuring myself again.

Race day arrived and I felt completely ready with full confidence in all of the work put in. I had a target time of 1hr 35mins, which is what I think I would have been capable of when I was last running well in 2015. I felt great throughout the race and was over the moon with a finish time of 1hr 30mins 17sec. I had clearly underestimated my own ability!

One month later, I made my annual trip to Switzerland for the Sierre-Zinal race. This is a 20 mile mountain trail race with 7,500 feet of ascent and 3,500 feet of descent. My time of 3hrs 36mins is a 15 minute PB from my 2015 time, and 51 minute improvement from 2016 when I was injured.

I will continue to use the training methods that Nic has shown me and will definitely be back working with BMP when I have a race that I want to target.

Scott Sadler

BPM Sports Client

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The Terras Family

Nic Rowley has supported the Terras family covering nutrition, training and swim technique.

Myself and my husband Tony Terras competed as Masters in PenathalonGB Biathle & Biathlon. As well as compete in Triathlons and running.  We are full time parents and have limited time to train and fit our training round our work and commitment to our family. Traditionally we have developed our own training, linking with NW Biathle Hub for weekly training sessions, but had no real structure to our training outside of this.

In 2016 Nic developed a  1:1 bespoke training calendar/sessions for myself and Tony, to support us in planning and training for the Pentathlon GB Biathle World Championships and European Championships. This included a clear diagnostic of our nutrition and training habits, more importantly as parents and full time workers a training schedule which was flexible enough for our busy lifestyle.

Nic has supported our son Zachery in developing his core strength and technique to train and compete in biathle and biathlons. Zachery has specific needs associated with his ligaments  and fine motor skills and Nic has adapted and met those needs through her expertise in coaching and supporting children and adults with additional support needs.

All three of us have attended the Swim Clinics.  The swim Clinics have been invaluable to us as a family, with particular focus on myself and Tony as Master swimmers who have never had any swimming lesson, therefore it was a case of taking us back to basics and introducing swim stroke correction. The application of the 1:1 support in the water combined with the video analysis has enabled us as swimmers with very bad habits to be taken out of our comfort zone and maximise our swimming ability. Nic made the session fun for Zachery but at the same time analysing his strokes and swimming techniques.

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Charlie Hobson

My son, Charlie Hobson is 14 years old and competes for Great Britain in the Biathle Event.

 

He has been expertly coached by Nicola Rowley for the past 3 years.

Her calm, logical, professional coaching methods have been instrumental in developing a great connection with my son whilst at the same time truly inspiring him to achieve his goals.

His athletic development was fulfilled when he won an individual silver medal and a team gold medal in the World Biathle Championships held in Batumi, Georgia in 2015.

Unfortunately Charlie suffered a sustained period of inactivity after this success suffering from both glandular fever and severs disease.

By the start of 2017 he had regained his full fitness before breaking his right ankle on the 10th of February 2017.

Since this time I cannot express how much gratitude we owe towards Nicola.

Whilst Charlie has been suffering with his broken ankle she has been wonderfully supportive towards him and has maintained contact with him on a daily basis. Her excellent undoubted knowledge of sport physiology meant she was able to produce a bespoke core stability exercise program and various swimming sessions for Charlie.

The specific nature of such detailed rehabilitation sessions have enabled Charlie to make a full recovery from his injury in an extremely short period of time. I hold Nicola in particularly high esteem and trust her judgement implicitly.

I would have have no hesitation in recommending the excellent services she clearly provides.

Such satisfaction and gratification cannot be gained without her undoubted professionalism and excellence.

Ian Hobson (Charlie’s Dad)

 

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