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John Shirley attends ‘Energy Systems’ Seminar in Rhode Island with Yves Nadeau

Sept 2012

John Shirley attends ‘Energy Systems’ Seminar in Rhode Island, U.S.A with Yves Nadeau more>

ART®Le Certification for John Shirley

June 2012

John Shirley certifies in innovative ‘Active Release Techniques’®! more>

Dr Serrano Internship for John Shirley

Mar 2012

Private Internship with world-leading sports medicinal expert Dr Eric Serrano more>

Georges Mouton Collaboration

Mar 2012

John Shirley begins exciting collaboration with world-leading Functional Medicine Doctor Georges Mouton! more>

Dr Serrano Kinetic Visit

Feb 2012

World-Leading Sports Medicine Doctor Eric Serrano consults at Kinetic Personal Training! more>

FAT-Tool Workshop

Feb 2012

New ‘Fascial Abrasion Technique’ Workshop for John Shirley more>

England International Helen Pryer

Jan 2012

Debut England Call-Up over new 400m distance for Helen Pryer more>

Introduction to Myofascial Release part 1

Dec 2011

New Sports-Massage Workshop for John Shirley in applied ‘Myofascial Release’ Techniques more>

Douglas Heel Be Activated Level 1

Nov 2011

John Shirley completes ‘Be-Activated Level 1’ training course more>

Kinetic Personal Training New Facility

Sept 2011

Kinetic Personal Training Opens State-of-the-Art New Facility! more>

Internship with Phil Richards

June 2011

John Shirley Interns with world-renowned strength coach Phil Richards more>

Distinction graduate from prestigious Sports Massage Therapy Diploma

June 2010

John Shirley graduates with Distinction from prestigious Sports Massage Therapy Diploma! more>

Debut GB International Call-up for Helen Pryer

Jan 2010

Debut GB International Call-up for Elite Sprinter Helen Pryer! more>

PIMST Qualification for John Shirley

Dec 2009

New ‘PIMST’ Muscle-Activation qualification for John Shirley more>

PICP Certification for John Shirley

Dec 2009

New PICP Certification for John Shirley more>

Another PB for Tracey Lasan

Oct 2009

Yet Another Lifetime Best for Tracey Lasan at Cardiff Half Marathon! more>

Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist®

Sept 2009

John Shirley attains Industry International Gold-Standard ‘CSCS’ Qualification! more>

World Champs standard Helen Pryer

July 2009

New Personal-Best time as Helen Pryer achieves World Champs qualifying standard! more>

England International Helen Pryer

May 2009

England Call-up for Elite Sprinter Helen Pryer! more>

Top-Ten Elite Veteran Tracey

May 2009

Four more personal-best times puts Tracey in UK ‘Top-Ten’ rankings for Senior Veterans for the first-time! more>

Veteran Winner Tracey

Mar 2009

Tracey Lasan wins Senior-Veteran’s title at Reading Half-Marathon! more>

Silver-Medallist Helen Pryer

Feb 2009

First major international call-up for Helen Pryer at world-televised British Indoor Grand Prix! more>

Tracey in Action at Woodcote

Jan 2009

New Personal-Best time for Senior Veteran Tracey Lasan at Woodcote 10K! more>

Helen in Action

Dec 2008

Helen Pryer set for international-stage after record-breaking season. more>

John's training

July 2008

John Shirley joins world-elite in completing renowned CHEK Endurance Training internship. more>

‘Super-Veteran’ Tracey Lasan

March 2008

Tracey is a ‘Super-Veteran’ after thrashing rivals in 10K race. more>

Snowboard UK Endorsement

Nov 2007

Kinetic Personal Training endorsed in national UK Snowboarding magazine. more>

TV Endorsement

Oct 2007

Kinetic Personal Training endorsed on live TV!. more>

Matthew Wallden

Sept 2007

John Shirley begins exciting collaboration with leading CHEK Institute faculty consultant Matthew Wallden. more>

Most improved Helen

Sept 2007

It‘s official - Helen Pryer is one of the ‘Most-Improved’ Track and Field Athletes in the UK after landmark season! more>

Nessy's Masterpiece!

June 2007

Nessy shows John‘s training car is a real work of art at local exhibition! more>

Helen with Donna Fraser & Laura Turner

June 2007

Sprinter Helen Pryer puts Olympic finalist in the shade. more>

Helen in Action

May 2007

Helen Pryer achieves amazing comeback under John Shirley's training...with her BEST EVER start to an athletics season! more>

Sam Cullum

Apr 2007

Elite British Olympic team Snowboarder Sam Cullum begins training with John Shirley more>

John Shirley attends ‘Energy Systems’ Seminar in Rhode Island, U.S.A with Yves Nadeau

John Shirley with Yves Nadeau Strength & Conditioning Specialist John Shirley recently travelled to Rhode Island, U.S.A to attend a specialist seminar in advanced fitness development hosted by one of the world‘s most successful Olympic coaches ever – Yves Nadeau.

Coach Nadeau is one of the most successful coaches of all time, with his athletes achieving no less than 203 medals between the Olympics and World Championships in the Winter-Sport disciplines of Speed Skating during his tenure as Head Coach in Canada.

The seminar, titled ‘Energy Systems: The Development of an Athlete’ enabled John to have a valuable insight in the coaching methodologies that made Coach Nadeau the world’s foremost expert in his field. John is delighted to have attended the seminar and anticipates the knowledge gained will hugely enhance his ability to generate world-class results with his clients:

"Yves Nadeau‘s ‘Energy System’s seminar has been an invaluable learning experience into the applied science behind the fitness coaching systems that made Coach Nadeau so successful throughout his career. ‘Energy Systems’ training is one of the most important facets in producing advanced fitness development and the understanding I have gained from one of the world’s very best specialists will I‘m sure lead to tremendous gains in the results I generate with my clientele!"

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John Shirley certifies in innovative ‘Active Release Techniques’®

New ART®Le Certification for John Shirley Kinetic Director and Sports Massage Therapy Specialist John Shirley recently became one of just a select few Sports Massage Therapists in the South East of England to become certified in the innovative remedial soft tissue therapeutic management system known as ‘Active Release Techniques‘®.

Active Release Techniques® (or A.R.T® as it is more commonly known) refers to a patented, state of the art soft tissue therapeutic method that is designed to treat a multitude of muscular restrictions and injuries. This includes treatment of problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. It offers an extremely efficient hands-on means of eliminating restrictions in movement permanently and alleviating pain in a fast and successful manner.

John completed his certification in Active Release Techniques for the Lower Extremities (ART®Le) at the home of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and is certain his newly acquired skills will serve his varied clientele’s needs excellently:

"I’m thrilled to have completed my first certification in A.R.T® for the Lower Extremity and am very excited to begin using the huge array of innovative techniques with my clients. A.R.T® offers yet another outstanding therapeutic medium to achieve phenomenal improvements in movement restriction and pain elimination in a very fast and quick manner.

I have seen at first hand quite remarkable results in eliminating restriction and improving muscle strength that would be otherwise very difficult to achieve using more conventional techniques. It‘s yet another outstanding therapeutic support option for Kinetic‘s many varied clients!"

John hopes to complete the next phase of the certification process, to include Active Release Techniques® for the Spine, throughout the course of next year.

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Private Internship with world-leading sports medicinal expert Dr Eric Serrano

John Shirley interns with Dr Eric Serrano John Shirley recently travelled to Ohio, USA to intern privately with world-leading sports medicine Doctor Eric Serrano.

Fresh from his recent visit to Kinetic Personal Training’s performance facility on his first visit to the UK, Dr Serrano welcomed Kinetic Director John Shirley to his Ohio medicinal practice for a weeklong period of intensive learning.

John feels the internship has provided him with a hugely valuable insight into the methodologies that provide the best possible results in elite performance:

"My internship with Dr Serrano has been a hugely valuable learning experience. Dr Serrano is undoubtedly one of the very best in his field, a fact evidenced by the huge number of world-leading sportstars he consults for, and he has been extremely generous in providing unrivalled tuition into the groundbreaking methodologies that have made him so successful in the fields of sports medicinal nutrition and performance. I’ve no doubt that it will enhance my ability to generate world-class results with my clients immensely!"

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John Shirley begins exciting collaboration with world-leading Functional Medicine Doctor Georges Mouton!

Georges Mouton Collaboration John Shirley is delighted to announce the commencement of an exciting collaborative partnership with one of the world’s very best pioneers in Functional Medicine, Dr. Georges Mouton.

Dr Mouton, who consults throughout Europe as part of his thriving international schedule, recently invited Kinetic Director John Shirley to join his specialist ‘Health Clinic’ team as his designated Exercise Therapy Specialist.

John is delighted to begin the collaboration and feels the partnership will offer an unrivalled service to his clientele, keeping them constantly abreast of pioneering breakthrough developments in the fields of health and exercise performance:

"I‘m delighted to join Dr Mouton as part of his renowned ‘Health Clinic’ team. Dr Mouton really is one of the world‘s foremost pioneers in his field of functional medicine with a reputation that is second to none. It will give our clientele the very best specialist support and provide a truly world-class holistic approach to health and performance!"

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World-Leading Sports Medicine Doctor Eric Serrano consults at Kinetic Personal Training!

Dr Serrano Visit to Kinetic Personal Training One of the world‘s foremost sports medicine experts, Dr Eric Serrano, recently consulted at Kinetic Personal Training‘s brand new sports performance facility.

Dr Serrano, one the world's absolute best authorities in sports nutritional medicine and exercise performance, and consultant to many world-leading sportstars - spent a full afternoon consulting for Kinetic‘s director John Shirley at Kinetic‘s new facility on his very first visit to the UK.

John was delighted to welcome Dr Serrano to his elite facility:

"It has been a complete honour to have Dr Serrano consult at our new facility on his first visit to the UK. Dr Serrano is really one of the world‘s leading experts in hormonal profiling for sports performance and is an absolute fountain of knowledge –it has been a real privilege for us at Kinetic!"

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New ‘Fascial Abrasion Technique’ Workshop for John Shirley

FAT-Tool Workshop for John Shirley John Shirley continued his ongoing professional development in applied sports and therapeutic massage therapy with attendance at another innovative workshop in ‘Fascial Release’ Techniques - known as ‘Fascial Abrasion Technique’ (F.A.T).

The ‘F.A.T’ method utilizes a specially designed instrument, known as the ‘Fascial Abrasion Technique (F.A.T) Tool’ to identify and treat areas of restriction in an extremely efficient and fast manner.

The ‘FAT-Tool’ provides yet another excellent treatment modality to add to John‘s extensive therapeutic arsenal and John feels certain it will bring huge benefits to his clientele:

"I‘m delighted to have completed the ‘FAT-Tool’ education workshop and am particularly excited to begin using the ingenious FAT-Tool instrument to help alleviate pain and restrictions in movement. The tool really is extremely effective in eliminating areas of restriction that are otherwise very difficult to treat using conventional massage based techniques and thus provides a vital means of enhancing my sports massage skillset.

Indeed, one of the biggest advantages of the ‘FAT-Tool’ is that, unlike many traditional massage based methods, it can be used immediately before exercise or sporting competition to optimize movement efficiency. This really can be a secret-weapon as it facilitates a better chance of achieving improved sporting performance!"

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Debut England Call-Up over new 400m distance for Helen Pryer

England International Debut 400m for Helen Pryer Kinetic sponsored elite athlete Helen Pryer continued her impressive ascent on the world stage with a debut call-up to represent England in the 400m event in the Indoor Classic Vienna International meeting in Austria on January 31st.

The selection follows right on the back of Helen’s hugely promising string of personal best times over the longer-distance sprint event at the tail-end of the 2011 season – an extremely impressive feat given Helen’s relative inexperience over this distance.

Helen is thrilled to earn her England call-up at the start of the Olympic year and paid tribute to her expert support team:

"I’m really pleased to earn my first England call-up over 400m and am especially delighted given that I’ve only raced this distance just a handful of times so far. It’s certainly thanks to my expert conditioning program with my support team including my strength coach John Shirley!"

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New Sports-Massage Workshop for John Shirley in applied ‘Myofascial Release’ Techniques

Myofascial Release Workshop with John Annan Kinetic’s lead Sports Massage specialist John Shirley recently attended a highly renowned workshop in applied ‘Myofascial Release’ Tecniques under the expert tutelage of one of the UK’s leading physiotherapists, John Annan.

The workshop, held in Edinburgh, equips John with even more innovative massage techniques designed to facilitate pain elimination and postural improvement. John is clear on the many benefits of the ‘myofascial release’ techniques:

"John Annan’s ‘Introduction to Myofascial Release’ course is an excellent workshop with a plethora of techniques designed to improve postural alignment and alleviate pain. It has been quite refreshing too to perform myofascial techniques that are somewhat gentler in nature than many other release techniques, as not all techniques can be without discomfort!

I’ve no doubt that these techniques will instantly help in alleviating muscular aches and pains with all my clients."

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John Shirley completes 'Be-Activated Level 1' training course

Be-Activated Level 1 Kinetic Director and Sports Massage Therapist John Shirley recently attended a revolutionary new training course in advanced ‘Muscle-Activation’ Techniques devised by world-leading South African Physiotherapist Douglas Heel.

John attended the ‘Be-Activated Level 1’ Workshop in Liskeard, Cornwall where he learnt a variety of innovative techniques and procedures designed to instantly improve muscle strength, movement and overall sporting performance. He is certain this will bring tremendous gains for his clientele:

"Douglas Heel’s ‘Be-Activated - Level 1’ Workshop is, without question, the single best remedial-bodywork based course I have yet attended - Doug really is one of the world’s very best experts in his field. The comprehensive array of techniques is tailored to individual weaknesses to instantly enhance muscle strength and performance and work in a faster and more efficient manner than any other remedial technique I have yet experienced.

In fact my own posture and movement has been completely transformed by my attendance at the ‘Be-Activated’ course; I have never felt such a rapid rate of progress with my exercise movement efficiency. It gives me yet another ‘secret-weapon’ I can use to enhance my clients’ health, wellbeing and performance!"

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Kinetic Personal Training Opens State-of-the-Art New Facility!

Internship with Phil Richards Kinetic Personal Training is delighted to announce the opening of their first fully private, purpose-built state-of the art personal training and sports massage studio facility in Wokingham, Berkshire.

The facility contains a private Sports Massage Studio and a state-of-the-art Fitness, Strength & Performance Studio complete with a wide selection of custom-built specialised resistance training rarely found in commercial gyms. Kinetic Director John Shirley is certain his new facility will offer an unrivalled service to prospective clients:

"The opening of our first custom-built Personal Training and Sports Massage studio facility is an extremely exciting new venture for us and is the culmination of several years of hard work and consistent success with our clientele. You will be really pushed to find a better-equipped, fully private studio facility within the nearby area.

Our facility enables us to comprehensively cater to the complete needs of everyday clients through to the most ardent strength and conditioning requirements of international level athletes. This sets us a class apart from the Personal Training majority in the Berkshire region. We anticipate very exciting times ahead!"

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John Shirley Interns with world-renowned strength coach Phil Richards

Internship with Phil Richards John Shirley recently completed an internship with world-renowned Strength & Conditioning Coach Phil Richards.

The internship provided John with a clear insight into some of the coaching methodologies that have made Phil Richards one of the UK’s most successful strength and conditioning coaches and renowned authorities on Sports Nutrition for optimal performance. Indeed Richards’ resume reads like a 'who’s-who' in UK elite sporting performance having consulted for many of the UK’s leading rugby and football premiership clubs – a tenure that included seven consecutive Premiership titles during Richards’ time as head strength coach for Swansea Rugby Club.

John is delighted to have completed the internship and believes Richards’ unique conditioning methods will give his clients the extra edge when seeking elite athletic performance or indeed simply faster fat loss through the attainment of truly optimal health:

"My internship with Phil Richards has undoubtedly been one of my very best learning experiences to date. Phil has a proven track record at the very highest level and his unique ability to build health as a foremost priority, coupled with his world-class strength coaching methodology, really sets him apart from the rest.

It has helped crystallise my focus as to what it takes to achieve truly world-class results with clients across the spectrum, from athletic performance through to fat loss or muscle gain. My clients are sure to benefit immensely!"

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John Shirley graduates with Distinction from prestigious Sports Massage Therapy Diploma

Distinction graduate from prestigious Sports Massage Therapy Diplomar Kinetic Director John Shirley successfully graduated with distinction and Top-of-Class in the Diploma of Sports Massage & Remedial Bodywork from the renowned Raworth International College of Complementary Therapies in Dorking.

The Raworth Sports Massage Diploma is one of the most intensive Sports Massage study based courses of it’s kind, offering students more direct tuition and practical assessment based hours than almost all other sports massage based diplomas in the UK. It also enables John to join one of the leading national regulatory bodies for sports massage therapy – The Sports Massage Association – at level 4: the highest level offered at the time of graduation.

John is delighted to have completed his diploma with flying colours after a rigourous yearlong period of intensive study and anticipates it will provide him with the best therapeutic skills possible in Sports Massage Therapy:

“I’m absolutely thrilled to have achieved my Sports Massage Therapy diploma with Distinction following a very intensive year of study. The Raworth College really has an excellent reputation and I’m sure the skills I have acquired throughout my training will serve my clients therapeutic needs excellently!”

[The photo shows John at the London Marathon where he assisted in the post-race Sports Massage service provision during his studies at Raworth College]

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Debut GB International Call-up for Elite Sprinter Helen Pryer

Debut GB International Call-up for Helen Pryer Elite sprinter Helen Pryer earned her first Great Britain International Individual call-up of her career to represent Team GB at the Aviva Glasgow Indoor International on January 31st.

Helen’s call-up follows hot on the heels of her most successful season to date in 2009: a season that included multiple personal best 200m times including a stunning win over world top-ten ranked sprinter Charonda Williams of the USA - culminating in a season-ending career high ranking of 4th in the UK.

Helen is thrilled to have received her GB debut call up and set her sights on further glory:

“I’m absolutely elated to have earned my first GB Individual call-up and can’t wait to begin my ascent on the world stage – it’s all thanks to my work with my expert support team including my strength coach John Shirley!”

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New 'PIMST' Muscle-Activation qualification for John Shirley

PIMST Qualification for John Shirley Fitness trainer John Shirley recently attained a groundbreaking qualification in applied muscle-activation techniques at the ‘Poliquin Instantaneous Muscle Strengthening Techniques’ (‘PIMST’) Seminar in New York City. John completed the ‘‘PIMST’ qualification under the expert tutelage of world-leading strength coach Charles Poliquin; just days after certifying to PICP Level 2 status.

The ‘PIMST’ qualification equips John with a comprehensive array of techniques designed to instantly improve muscular function, joint range of movement and postural alignment. He believes this will bring instantaneous improvements to his clients’ performance:

"The ‘PIMST’ system offers an extremely efficient means of instantaneously improving muscular strength and joint range of movement. Many clients have already been amazed at improvement they have seen in both strength and power following what is sometimes just 8-15 seconds of applied activation techniques – it’s almost like a secret weapon to add to my sports massage and exercise treatment arsenal!"

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New PICP Certification for John Shirley

PICP Certification for John Shirley Expert personal trainer John Shirley recently added yet another internationally recognized strength and conditioning certification to his extensive qualification resume after completing the renowned Poliquin Performance Level 2 Certification Program in New York City.

The ‘PICP’ certification program, devised by world-leading strength and conditioning coach, Charles Poliquin - one of the world’s best strength and conditioning coaches with Olympic medalists from no less than 17 different sports to his name - applies a highly specialised approach to the correction of muscular strength deficits and imbalances in the pursuit of elite exercise performance.

John is delighted to have completed the certification, which he believes will expertly enhance his expertise in exercise prescription for strength and conditioning:

“The Poliquin International Certification Program is by far one of the most highly renowned strength and conditioning qualifications in the world; it gives a precise focus to the ability to prescribe corrective strength & conditioning programs that yield remarkable results in the fastest time frame possible. My clients are sure to benefit immensely!”

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Yet Another Lifetime Best for Tracey Lasan at Cardiff Half Marathon!

Another PB for Tracey Lasan Senior veteran distance-running rising star Tracey Lasan set yet another benchmark in elite performance with a spectacular new personal best time at the Cardiff Half Marathon on October 18th.

Tracey blazed home in a superb time of 1 hour 29 minutes and 35 seconds over the 13.1 mile course, shredding a huge two minutes from her previous best set when winning the Senior Veteran’s title at the Reading Half Marathon earlier in the year.

Indeed, Tracey’s performance marks her 7th personal best time in 2009, and follows an astonishing spring season in which she claimed five personal best racing times in a row - a feat which has firmly established her place amongst the 2009 UK 50+ Senior-Veteran distance running top-ten elite.

Tracey is thrilled with her 2009 successes:

“I‘m absolutely ecstatic to have produced such a really good personal best time at the Cardiff Half Marathon and I’m so pleased with the remarkable progress I&rsquo:ve made following all my hard work with John. It was a shame he couldn’t be at the race this time to cheer me on but, as you can see in the photo, I think I spotted his closest substitute in the crowd!”

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John Shirley attains Industry International Gold-Standard ‘CSCS’ Qualification!

'Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist®' John Shirley Kinetic Director John Shirley recently became one of just a select few elite personal trainers in the UK to gain the renowned international ‘Gold-Standard’ qualification of ‘Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist®’.

The qualification, considered the essential certification for trainers working within the athletic community and held by less than 1% of personal trainers in the UK, was gained following a number of rigorous examinations held at Middlesex University by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

John is delighted to have attained his ‘CSCS’ credentials and believes the qualification will superbly enhance his skill-set with his clientele:

“I’m delighted to have achieved the ‘Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist‘® qualification following many months of hard studying and some very challenging examinations – it really is the ‘Gold-Standard’ certification for all strength and conditioning coaches and will benefit my clients massively!”

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New Personal-Best time as Helen Pryer achieves World Champs qualifying standard!

World Champs Standard Helen PryerA stunning run against a world-class field in the Internationales Leichtathletik-Sportfest in Cuxhaven, Germany on July 22nd earned John Shirley's elite sprinting client Helen Pryer her third personal-best time of the year and produced her first-ever qualifying time for the World Athletics Championship B standard criteria.

Indeed, Helen’s impressive performance of 23.20s came as she defeated USA elite 200m star ChaRonda Williams – ranked in the top-ten in the world for 2009 and selected to represent the elite USA team in the forthcoming World Athletics Champs!

Helen now ranks as the 4th fastest 200m runner in the UK – a career-high national ranking for Helen – and she currently stands as the only athlete in the current 2009 UK 200m Top-Ten rankings yet to be selected by UK Athletics to represent the UK in a major championships to date.

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England Call-up for Elite Sprinter Helen Pryer!

England International Helen PryerIn-form elite sprinter Helen Pryer earned her second major international call-up of the year – this time to represent England in the International Loughborough Athletics meeting on May 17th.

Helen’s call-up follows a very successful winter season in which she performed in her first world-televised event at the international British Indoor Grand Prix following a silver-medal winning performance in the 200m European trials in February.

Helen - who is mentored by Olympic legend Linford Christie - is delighted with her excellent run of form and hailed her strength and conditioning coach John Shirley from Kinetic Personal Training:

”I’m so pleased to have earned my England call-up at the start of the outdoor season this year and it’s all thanks to the hard work I’e put in over the winter with my expert specialist team including my strength and conditioning coach John Shirley – my winter training has been my best ever!”

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Four more personal-best times puts Tracey in UK ‘Top-Ten’ rankings for Senior Veterans for the first-time!

Rapidly ascending Senior-Veteran runner Tracey Lasan brought her astonishing racing season to a winning close with four more personal-best times in the 10K and 5K events throughout April and May 2009.

Tracey posted a series of winning performances in the Windsor Asthma 10K, Dorney Lake Charity 5K, Cardiff Blackweir 5K and the ‘Battle of Tri-Nations vs UK’ Windsor 10K – claiming the fastest senior-veteran female’s time and placing in the top-three females across all age categories in each race!

Indeed Tracey smashed the veteran’s course record at the Cardiff 5K with a swift performance of 19 minutes and 23 seconds!

Tracey with her proud coachTracey also dipped under the elusive 40-minute mark for her first time ever at the ‘Battle of Tri-Nations vs UK’ 10K on May 2nd - with a well-earned time of 39 minutes and 59 seconds.

Her fast performances now place her in the UK-Elite ‘Top–Ten’ rankings for senior-veteran (50+) 10K and 5K runners for the first time ever - signaling a jump of more than 100 ranking places since she began training with Kinetic Personal Training!

Tracey is now looking forward to some well-earned ‘off-season’ rest before the next exciting phase of her training begins!

Watch this space.....!!!

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Tracey Lasan wins Senior-Veteran’s title at Reading Half-Marathon!

Tracey strides home to take the title51-year-old Senior Veteran distance runner Tracey Lasan left her rivals in her wake at the Reading Half-Marathon on March 29th with a stunning win in the women’s Senior-Veteran (50+) category!

Tracey romped home in a new personal best time of 1 hour 31 minutes and 33 seconds to win the coveted Senior-Veteran’s title a whole four minutes ahead of her nearest rival - in the field of 17,000 runners!

Tracey with her medalTracey’s success comes in just her second Half-Marathon to date, beating her previous personal best by an enormous 17 minutes and signaling an astonishing progression under the expert guidance of Kinetic Personal Training’s endurance specialist John Shirley!

The rapidity of Tracey’s performance now places her in the elite-ranks of UK Senior-Veteran distance running - a feat Tracey is astonished by given the relatively brief time frame she has trained with Kinetic Personal Training:

“I’m absolutely elated to win the Senior-Veteran’s title in such a major event as the Reading Half-Marathon and can’t believe just how far I’ve come in just over a year of training with Kinetic Personal Training - John has been such an inspiration!”

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First major international call-up for Helen Pryer at world-televised British Indoor Grand Prix!

Silver-Medallist Helen PryerA personal-best silver-medal winning performance at the European Indoor Trials earned John Shirley’s elite sprinting client Helen Pryer her first major international call-up of her career to the world-televised British Indoor Grand Prix a week later.

Helen was in scintillating form in the European trials on February 15th – producing a new personal-best indoor time of 23.62 secs in the 200m final and taking home the silver medal after a closely fought finish with former Olympic finalist Donna Fraser.

UK Athletics bosses then duly rewarded Helen for her swift performance from one of the tighter inside lanes with her first-ever call up to a world-televised event in the international British Indoor Grand Prix on February 21st.

Indeed the magnitude of Helen’ssilver-medal trial’s winning performance was all the more impressive as the 200m indoor race has been scrapped at both the European and World championships due to the unfair disadvantage athletes in the extremely tight inside lanes receive!

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New Personal-Best time for Senior Veteran Tracey Lasan at Woodcote 10K!

Tracey in the Woodcote 10K51-year-old senior-veteran distance runner Tracey Lasan continued her phenomenal progress under Kinetic Personal Training’s endurance expert John Shirley with a swift personal best time at the Woodcote 10K on January 11th.

The Woodcote 10K is recognized as one of the most difficult 10K road courses in the South-East of England with a grueling 5K-hill climb in the later part of the race.

Tracey had completed this event a year earlier in 2008 in 48 mins and 58 seconds. She demolished this time in 2009 setting a new personal best time of 43 minutes and 23 seconds, taking more than five and a half minutes from her previous course-best time!

Tracey with her medalShe also finished in the top five female finishers across all age categories in the field of 700 runners!

Tracey attributes her progression to the elite ‘Lactate Testing’ scheme for endurance fitness that she has pursued with Kinetic Personal Training since September 2008:

“I’m amazed how effective Kinetic Personal Training’s ‘Lactate Testing’ has been in enabling me to demolish my personal-best 10K times. It has given me such a precise focus to my training and has been so effective in allowing me to reach goals that I had previously thought were unattainable! I now can’t wait for the Reading Half-Marathon!”

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Helen Pryer set for international-stage after record-breaking season

John Shirley’s elite sprinting client Helen Pryer is set to complete a deserved move next year to international competition abroad after a breakthrough 2008 season of record-breaking 200m performances. 

International-athlete Helen PryerHelen, whose recent results inspired Linford Christie to offer his mentorship, claimed the biggest prize in the UK domestic athletics league recently winning the season-ending 2008 ‘£5K UK Golden Challenge’ prize – awarded to the most consistently successful British-League based athlete of the year. 

The prize follows the sprinter’s most successful domestic season to date. Her success includes the national 200m titles in the UK Challenge and Inter-County Championships, a Championship record at the Surrey County Championships and a scorching personal-best time of 23.29s in the BAL Cup Semi-Final in July, where she took more than a quarter of a second from the longstanding Windsor Stadium 200m record. 

Helen’s performance means she needs to run just 0.09s faster to reach Olympic or World Championship qualifying times. Her recent selection by UK Athletics bosses to perform abroad next season against world-class opposition thus gives her an excellent chance to step-up beyond this level on the international stage. 

Helen winning in styleHelen attributes her progression to the help of her support team, which includes expert fitness trainer John Shirley from Kinetic Personal Training: 

“My progress over the past two seasons has been fantastic and it’s thanks to the hard work I’ve put in with John and our specialist team. But now I need to perform regularly abroad against the world-elite as I’m just a fraction of a second away from Olympic and World Championship qualification standards; the international experience I can gain next season will help me to step-up beyond that level. It’s exciting as representing my country in the World Championships next year and beyond would be my ultimate dream”. 

Indeed Helen, who at 29 appears to be a late-developer, is adamant her best is still to come: “We’re all absolutely certain I’ll be faster again next season as I’m gaining strength and speed at a faster rate than I ever have – just look at Linford for someone who peaked well beyond my age – he won Olympic gold at 32 and that’ll be near 2012 for me!”

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John Shirley joins world-elite in completing renowned CHEK Endurance Training internship

Expert fitness trainer John Shirley became one of the first 50 CHEK practitioners in the world to complete the renowned CHEK internship of ‘Training for Endurance Sports’. 

John's TrainingThe internship, performed recently at the CHEK Studio in San Diego USA, enhances John’s expertise in endurance training by applying the unique and holistic CHEK approach to a diverse range of disciplines from the 5Km run to the marathon and triathlon. It also allows John to become one of a select-group of trainers in the world, outside of fitness research-based establishments, to offer the gold-standard endurance fitness testing scheme of ‘Lactate Testing’. 

John is delighted to have completed the internship under the expert tutelage of Chris Maund, one the world’s most renowned endurance training coaches and leading faculty member from the CHEK Institute, and anticipates an exciting time ahead for his endurance clients with his newly acquired elite testing skills: 

“The ‘CHEK Training for Endurance Sports’ internship is one of the best coaching courses in the world for providing conditioning coaches with the best holistic skills possible. The assessment of Lactate-testing data also provides an extremely valuable tool in objectively measuring fitness for endurance and its scientific application is invaluable in designing programs that achieve phenomenal results, without any guesswork whatsoever! My endurance clients are sure to benefit massively!”

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Tracey is a ‘Super-Veteran’ after thrashing rivals in 10K race

Budding amateur distance runner Tracey Lasan, who has trained with John Shirley over the past 5 months, destroyed her competition in the recent Goring 10K race on Feb 25th with an impressive win in the ladies Superveteran category. Tracey, who recently turned 50 years old, left her rivals in her wake by a whole four minutes on the hilly course to take home the coveted over-50’s title in style in an impressive time of 45 minutes and 37 seconds. 

'Super-Veteran' Tracey LasanTracey’s success follows hot on the heels of her successful showing in last month’s Woodcote 10K, infamous for its notoriously difficult 3km hill climb section, where she narrowly missed out on the title with a hard fought second place in the Superveteran’ scategory. 

Tracey’s success comes in just her 3rd and 4th races to date - her first events in two years - and signaled a phenomenal rate of progress after 5 months of specialised training under Kinetic Personal Training’s endurance expert John Shirley. Indeed, such was the caliber of her win in the Goring race that she finished as the 10th fastest female overall across all age categories in a field of 853 runners!

Tracey is delighted with her recent successes:

“I’m so pleased – John is fantastic to work with and has been inspirational in getting me to this level of fitness”

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Kinetic Personal Training endorsed in national UK Snowboarding magazine

Kinetic Personal Training SnowboardUK EndorsementLeading conditioning expert John Shirley received a further endorsement in the national media recently in a magazine interview in national Snowboarding magazine ‘Snowboard UK’. 

John’s elite Snowboarding client Sam Culllum, a British Olympic Snowboarding squad member at just 19 years-of-age, featured in a four-page spread in the sporting magazine where he spoke about his successes and tribulations as an elite snowboarder on the professional world-circuit and his successful training with John whom he described as “a massive help” in helping him beat injury during his summer off-season.

Magazine scan coming soon!

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Kinetic Personal Training endorsed on live TV!

Kinetic Personal Training’s expert fitness trainer John Shirley was endorsed in a live television interview recently with British Olympic Snowboarding team member Sam Cullum.19 year-old Sam, one of Britain’s hottest prospects for the Winter Olympics and snowboarding world circuit, has been trained by John Shirley in recent months as part of his successful rehabilitation back from a broken leg acquired in a snowboarding fall on the world circuit in September. 

Sam discussed his successful training with John on the national digital television channel interview which also featured video footage of Sam demonstrating his world-class skills on the competitive world Snowboarding-circuit.

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John Shirley begins exciting collaboration with leading CHEK Institute faculty consultant Matthew Wallden

Strength and conditioning specialist John Shirley has begun an exciting collaboration with leading faculty member Matthew Wallden from the international CHEK institute. Wallden, a world-renowned Osteopath who has consulted for Chelsea football club and is one of just three medically qualified CHEK level IV practitioners in the world, is set to assist John throughout 2008 in the corrective strength and conditioning program of John’s elite sprinting client Helen Pryer. 

John, Helen & MatthewJohn is extremely excited by the venture and believes the collaboration will give sprinter Helen an excellent chance of fulfilling her considerable potential on the international stage over the next few years: 

“I‘m delighted to work alongside Matthew in implementing Helen’s strength and conditioning training; Helen has shown she possesses considerable untapped potential from the fantastic progress she has made from her training with me and I’m certain she will have a great future ahead with this teamwork”.”

Indeed, the venture already has begun in earnest with Helen recently completing an intensive 20-hour CHEK Level IV physical assessment with the CHEK specialist - an integral part of her preparation for the demanding training ahead. A promising future awaits her ...

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It’s official - Helen Pryer is one of the ‘Most-Improved’ Track and Field Athletes in the UK after landmark season!

Sprinter Helen Pryer capped her successful comeback season after two years of injury-misery and personal bereavement with an official national award from UK Athletics. The 28 year-old elite sprinting client of John Shirley was officially recognised as one of the ‘‘Most Improved’ track and field athletes in the UK after a groundbreaking season in 2007. 

Most-improved HelenThe award comes after an exciting few months of competition in which Helen has climbed over 30 ranking places to enter the UK 200m sprinting elite. Helen achievements have included a season’s best performance at the Bedford International Games where she beat former Olympic finalist Donna Fraser, a debut showing at the London Grand Prix in the UK Athletics world-class development race and a subsequent season-ending win in the UK Challenge final on her debut appearance. She has now set her sights on further improvements next season after eradicating her injury-blues under John’s expert guidance: 

“I‘m delighted to receive the national ‘Most Improved’ award as it shows just how far I’ve come in the past season; it’s all thanks to the expert help from John and his referral team. Now I can’t wait for the winter training season as I know there are huge progressions to come!”

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Nessy shows John’s training car is a real work of art at local exhibition!

Nessy's masterpiece!Retired civil servant and longtime core training devotee Nessy Wallace added canvas artwork to her immeasurable lists of talents with a recent display in the Binfield club art group exhibition of her amusing painting of John’s kinetic driving skills! 

Nessy, who has trained with John Shirley over the past three years and is a super-active 73 years of age, immortalised John’s legendary Kinetic-mobile in her dynamic interpretation of John’s renowned car-parking moves. 

Nessy's balance skills!The remarkable painting proved a real hit with viewers at the recent Binfield exhibition and provided a source of endless amusement to its protagonist. Indeed John was particularly impressed by the painting’s lifelike accuracy: 

“I’m touched that Nessy has chosen to paint such a fine drawing of my treasured Kinetic car for her exhibition contribution and I’m astounded at how well she has captured the gracefulness of my parking manoevures. Her talents clearly extend well beyond the impressive balance and core skills she demonstrates with me in her training sessions!”

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Sprinter Helen Pryer puts Olympic finalist in the Shade

Elite sprinter Helen Pryer, who trains under strength coach John Shirley from Kinetic Personal Training, continued her phenomenal comeback from injury and personal bereavement with success in the 200m at the Crystal Palace and Bedford International Athletic Games on June 17th and 10th respectively. 

Helen with Donna Fraser & Laura Turner28-year-old Helen jostled with former Olympic finalist Donna Fraser and last year’s Commonwealth games finalist Laura Turner for her place in the medal positions in both competitions.  Helen finished in a hard-fought 3rd position at Crystal Palace and left seasoned international Fraser in her wake at the Bedford International Games to finish in a hugely impressive second place behind the in-form Turner.

Helen’s quickest time of 23.72s, ran at the Bedford games, represents another landmark performance, marking the fastest time in her career so far she has run into a head-wind, and is her second fastest time ever.

The sprinter’s recent success firmly establishes her amongst the top-ten UK sprinting elite and continues her phenomenal rise to the top following two injury-plagued years and the sad loss of her mother to cancer in 2005.

Helen (left) has jostled for her place in the medal positions in the past 2 elite competitions with former Olympic finalist Donna Fraser (middle) and Commonwealth finalist Laura Turner (right)

Click here – to read the full article as featured in the “'Wokingham Times' Group Newspapers.

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Helen Pryer achieves amazing comeback under John Shirley’s training….
….With her BEST EVER start to an athletics season!

Helen in actionHelen Pryer, a talented athlete and client of John Shirley, who once represented Great Britain on the international sprinting circuit, recently banished her injury-plagued past two years with her most impressive start to a season yet. Helen, 28, rolled back the years on Sunday 27th May at the National Inter-County Athletics Championships in Bedford with a well-earned 2nd place in the 200m sprint event. Helen’s quickest time of 23.99s, ran in the semi-final in miserable wintry conditions, marks the first time in her career that she has run under 24 seconds into a head-wind and heralded the start of her impressive return to form.

Helen’s success comes hot on the heels of her best-ever performance at the recent Surrey County Championships with her impressive wins in both the 100 and 200m sprints. Helen’s times of 11.94s (100m) and 24.00s (200m) were the fastest times run by any athlete at any of the recent county championships in England and are narrowly short of her personal bests set against international competition nearly 3 years ago.

Helen’s recent incredible return to form has thus meant she has shot up 30 places through the rankings overnight to re-enter the top-ten in UK sprinting for the first time in almost three years!

Helen attributes much of her recent success to the hard work she has put in over the winter months with her new strength and conditioning coach John Shirley from Kinetic Personal Training:

Helen showing her medals“When I came to John I was immensely upset by the lack of success my injuries had brought me over the previous two years. One injury just seemed to lead to another and I had begun to feel absolutely helpless. John performed an intensive assessment and we started a very specific program of corrective exercise and strength training that has culminated in me enjoying my best ever start to a season…

… John’s training has been so instrumental in getting me to the top that he hasn’t just enabled me to fully recover from my injuries (I now never experience back pain); he has also given me a strength and power base that’s better than I’ve ever had! Now I can’t wait for the rest of the season as I feel the best is still to come!”

Click here to read about Helen's amazing comeback "Against all the Odds" as featured in the ‘Wokingham Times’ Group Newspapers.

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Elite British Olympic team snowboarder Sam Cullum begins training with John Shirley

Elite snowboarder Sam Cullum, currently ranked as the British no. 1 and world no. 39, recently commenced high-performance training with Kinetic Personal Training’s lead personal trainer John Shirley. 19-year-old Sam is a phenomenal young talent and is one of our brightest prospects for the 2010 Winter Olympics. 

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