Age 59

What made you come to PJG?

In 2017 my wife and I moved to Norfolk for a semi-retirement lifestyle. 2 weeks after the move I decided to try out all of the emergency services Norfolk had to offer. I suffered a severe Thalamic Stroke and it did not look good. Addenbrookes decided to take me on and had a fiddle with my brain in the hope that I would wake up and behave. After another operation and 3 months in different hospitals I was let out. Although I am the same Ian I am packaged very differently. Now I have some complex problems including exceptionally poor balance abilities, co-ordination difficulties, smooth muscle movement execution, and difficulties with speech; my right arm has a mind of its own and my left side is the weaker of the two and not forgetting the dreaded post stroke fatigue.

Physiotherapy throughout the time in and out of hospital was inconsistent and very prescriptive which was ok at the beginning but as time went on I did well and needed more than what was available on the NHS; I also needed a different style of exercise/therapy. Six months after being released I was lucky enough to take part in a study that a PhD student was working on “Exercise and brain health” looking at how exercise can help with Stroke survivors’ rehabilitation both physically and psychologically. It confirmed that I could do more than the physiotherapist asked of me but the approach to my rehab needed to be very different. I needed more of a challenge. We asked our daughter to put out a request on social media to see if anyone would be silly enough to give me a go and the rest is history as they say.

How long have you been training with PJG?

Two years.

What’s been the biggest impact on your life whilst training with PJG?

There have been 2 main impacts, firstly my strength and stability has improved so much which improves my movement and the ability to have more control over my body; whilst I remain a high falls risk this is greatly reduced now. Second is confidence and belief in myself and my abilities, I am excited at what the future may hold.

What’s your favourite PJG work out?

Blaze-pods and grenades; both make my brain work to join up my thinking and movement.

Describe PJG in 3 words

Innovative – PJ has the ability to take a piece of equipment that has a designated purpose but use it successfully in an appropriate and safe manner for many other exercises

Partnership – he always listens and considers my input and together we reach an outcome; his main aim is to make things work for you. He welcomes help, knowledge and advice to support me with training; this comes from my wife because I say I am special, she says I am just awkward and attention seeking!! (She loves me really)

Equality – He treats me the same as everyone else. He pushes and challenges me just the same as long as it is safe to do so of course.

What’s your favourite thing about PJG?

His optimism is contagious he believes that anything is possible and needs to be given a chance; there is always a way to try to achieve your goal, never say never!

Why would you recommend coaching with PJG?

He wants the best for you and won’t give up. He is very experienced in working with many different types of individual and nothing phases him.  You definitely have a client-centred service and he is always there to help and support you well beyond training itself. I feel very lucky to have found PJG and to be working with PJ.