Welcome to a new regular feature ... the guest post.
An interesting way to share information and knowledge among the online sporting community.
I've invited some of my clients to answer a few questions in the form of a Q&A post.
They all have very different connections to sport and I look forward to reading and sharing their responses with you in the future. Today's post is from Triathlete Gary Damer.
Name:- Gary Damer.
Your Personal Sport / Fitness role:- Marathons / triathlons
How many hours a week are you involved with your sport (include training sessions, workouts, events etc) ?
I train up to 4 or 5 times a week, depending on what events I have coming up!
What is your main drive / motivation to succeed (this could be a person, self fulfillment, encouragement from others etc) ?
There's no better feeling than crossing a finish line, an actual one or metaphorical one! After putting a lot of work aiming towards a goal, reaching that goal is huge personal achievement for me and definitely has put me in a better head space than before I discovered exercise.
What is your personal method of training ?
I run, swim and cycle. I also do some basic muscle building at home, press ups, planking etc.
Are you part of a society, group, gym or organisation for your sport ?
No. When I'm training for long distances I'll occasionally run with friends.
What would you say is the best / worst part of your chosen sport and why ?
Best part, is the social aspect of taking part in a big event like a marathon, you see the best side of human beings. From the ones who stand on the street clapping allllll day long (and believe me, they really do make a difference, they have got me out of all kinds of lonely head space when hitting the marathon wall) to the people you meet running along side you and hear their stories of why they are taking part.
And again, crossing that line! I cry every time!
Worst part, pain! So much pain!
I can't stand people who say to me "oh it's alright for you, running comes easy for you" Believe me, it hurts the same that it would hurt anyone else! And I had to step out the door at day 1, step 1 of training, just like everyone else!
If someone was interested in getting involved in your sport, how would you recommend they do that. (Places to train, official organisations worth joining etc) ?
There's so many running groups these days, park runs would be my first shout to visit. Great friendly crowds, no pressure to break a world record, you can crawl round if you wanted to and they would still applaud you. And best of all it's free!
Are there any tips / good advice that you’ve picked up whilst studying your sport ?
Don't do too much too soon, short distances, slow and steady till you feel confident and comfortable. Have ice packs at the ready! And invest in decent trainers and socks, your feet will thank you for it later!
How did you first hear about or what made you consider using Chorlton Massage ?
How often do you use massage as part of your training schedule (weekly, fortnightly, monthly etc) ?
I try to have one once a month.
What beneficial effects does massage have for you ?
I feel a huge difference in my lower back and shoulders which get very tight from spending lots of time on the bike and running.
For what specific reasons do you use massage (sports injuries, sport rehabilitation, pre / post event therapy, de-stress, de-toxification, muscle relaxation, feeling of well being, sleeping aid etc) ?
Muscle relaxation and a feeling of well being. I love that loose feeling straight after!
How long do the effects of the massage remain after the session ?
A week or so initially but i imagine the benefits on my body are longer.
Many thanks Gary for sharing your thoughts with the Chorlton Massage community and good luck with your future competitions and in achieving your personal goals.
If you are interested in booking a treatment massage for yourself, then prices are : -
£25 for 30 mins (perfect for small areas i.e. neck, shoulders & back, or just legs)
£35 for 45 mins ( we can do a full-body massage in this time)
£40 for 60 mins (a regular and most popular session for a full body deep-tissue through to relaxation treatment )
I am open for treatments most weekdays 10 am - 7pm, weekends 10am - 5pm.
Please try, when possible, to book in advance of the time you are looking to make your appointment for. That way I will have more chance of being able to help you when you are available.
Massage shouldn't simply be considered for times of injury, think of it as a support mechanism to help maintain a healthier body and mind. This in turn allows you to better appreciate the sports you enjoy and through increased flexibility of muscles and fibres that regular massage offers, help prevent injuries from occurring in the first place.
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I look forward to working with you soon , thanks Craig