Julian aka ‘The Doc’

Age: 51 but I will sometimes admit to 61.  There are some malicious rumors that I am 67.

What made you come to PJG?

I ruptured my right Achilles tendon running on a treadmill in the Carrefour Gym on the A47 trying to get fit! The moment is fixed in my mind. I was then stuck in a orthopaedic boot for most of 6 months. I needed to get active again and I needed to do it safely this time. Pocking around on the YouTube I came across a video of a colleague behaving very oddly. It turned out that this colleague had instructed a trainer to show him all sorts of painful things you can do to your body. That trainer was PJ.

How long have you been training with PJG?

Having ruptured my Achilles in spring of 2015, I was healed enough to start gentle training in the autumn of that year, that makes it just over 5 years!

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

The discovery that training is fun and addictive has made a huge difference to my life! I train a minimum of 3 times a week sometimes 5 or 6 if you count the running. Each session takes an hour or so out of the day. I have to try and make time in other areas as the training comes first. My mojo has varied from time to time but PJ has always kept me going in the difficult times. I’ve gone through other injuries in the past 5 years that have threatened to derail me but PJ has been able to piece me back together nearly as good as new.

What’s your favourite PJG work out?

I started just light training in the beginning to strengthen up my Achilles. I did a lot of long distance walking which I loved and still do but I have got out of the habit. The very first workout that we did together however was boxing. It did not turn out well! I developed a trapped and inflamed right posterior interosseous nerve in my forearm giving me a temporary finger drop and I gave PJ a tennis elbow that put paid to his promising professional obstacle course racing career. Boxing has since remained a favorite followed closely by upper limb weight training which PJ introduced me to.

Describe PJG in 3 words

A genius mathematician.

What’s your favourite thing about PJG?

I would like to say his counting and his jokes but that is perhaps not true. On second thoughts I will stick with that, his counting and his jokes!

Why would you recommend coaching with PJG?

When we first met PJ described his style of training. He said he was not a shouty sort of trainer and that sounded OK to me. I don’t think we would have lasted very long if he had been an ex-army PT. His patient approach and instinct for what you are capable of along with just pushing that limit a bit further make the training enjoyable and effective.