Monday, 18 November 2013

Fancy a FREE personal training consultation?

Louis Jones Physiotherapy and Advance Personal Training in collaboration

Louis Jones Physiotherapy and Carlos Pena of Advance Personal Training at Lancing Manor Leisure Centre, are working in collaboration to help injured people rehabilitate faster back to full recovery.

This exciting opportunity came about when Louis and Carlos discussed that clients receiving physiotherapy and personal training alike could benefit from each others expertise, in order to help with rehabilitation and injury prevention.

For all Louis Jones Physiotherapy clients thinking about personal training, either to help with rehabilitation, or those just wanting to get fitter, and find it hard to train alone, Carlos Pena is offering a FREE consultation at Lancing Manor Leisure Centre, regardless of whether or not you are a member. 

Don't like the idea of training in an environment with other people, in front of mirrors or just a bit body conscious? Fear not, Carlos is offering an initial consultation HOME VISIT for only £20!!

For more information regarding personal training go to or email me.

Friday, 15 November 2013

Marathon Training and when to taper for that important race

"When should I be tapering my Marathon training?"

This is a question I get asked a lot from clients who are training for the marathon. Often I hear of the many training programmes online, that runners are following, and in my opinion everyone seems to leave their longest run until too close to the "big day".

So when is the right time to taper your training and start easing down for your Marathon?

Its not uncommon to hear of people building their long runs up over a period of weeks and months, only to find that they squeeze their 21-22 mile run in 2 to 3 weeks before the race, and then wonder why they have running injuries.  Most programmes that I have come across only work forwards to the race, not backwards.

In my experience as a competitive athlete, who has been running for club and county over a 25 year period, runners should be working backwards from the race day, in order to prepare a sound training plan.

Working backwards from race day to their longest "peak run", it surprises and shocks many when I say that you should start tapering with 6 weeks to go before the marathon. By tapering I mean reducing the distance of your long run week by week. So, lets say you run 21-22 miles 6 weeks before your race.

6 weeks to go - 21-22 miles
5 weeks to go - 18 miles (max)
4 weeks to go - 16 miles (max)
3 weeks to go - 14 miles (max)
2 weeks to go - 12 miles (max)
1 week to go - 10 miles (max)

Above is a tapering process that I followed on the way to running a 2.45.02 Marathon debut at Brighton in 2010. Each week that I reduced my long run distance, I actually increased the quality and speed of my run, but never running at Marathon race pace or above. That, I left to my track and tempo sessions, where I could break down running into manageable parts or reps, allowing myself recovery in between.

I could get into a lot more detail regarding fuelling, what types of interval/repetition training to do, but for the purpose of this blog I just wanted to share with you my thoughts about when the right time to taper is. After all, I learned from an international coach and runner who ran a 2.11 marathon!!

Furthermore the reason for sharing this information with you is that I believe many runners injure themselves by not allowing themselves enough recovery before the race, or through a lack of confidence in their training.......always thinking more is better!!

Another sound reason to allow yourself this tapering period is that if you do end up training hard and long right up to race day, there is no room or time for error if there are runs you miss through illness or injury. You should never try and jump straight back into training at the level you left it at after days or weeks of rest. Instead, taking a week to reintroduce easy runs and building up slowly is important so you don't end up back out of action straight away.

My intention is not to try and contradict or rubbish other peoples ideas or theories, but to share with you another option to your training. If you have any questions or comments related to this blog, please feel free to leave a (clean) comment, and I will do my best to answer you.

All the best and train smart!

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Proud Partner of Professional Motorcylist

Louis Jones Physiotherapy is proud to announce that he is a partner of Nicky Wilson of Nicky Wilson Racing. He will be offering and supplying his Physiotherapy skills to the number 48 racer for the 2012-2013 season.

Suffering injuries from a fall early season, Louis Jones has helped with treatment and rehabilitation, and the rider will be back in action in 1 weeks time in the Ducati 848 Challenge.

Below are some interesting links should you wish to read further.

Nicky Wilson Racing:

Ducati 848 Challenge:

Monday, 9 July 2012

Open Day @ Sweat Shop

On Saturday 4th August Louis Jones Physiotherapy will be providing free consultations to customers of Brighton Sweat Shop. From 12:00 till 16:00 you will be able to ask Louis Jones injury related questions and receive expert advice regarding running training, footwear and preparation advice.

For more information you can call 0844 3325678 and speak to Pat or email Louis Jones at

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

New York Times Article: Finding a sustainable running stride.

I stumbled across this interesting article from the New York Times this morning, discussing how more people of today are searching for training methods that will keep them from being sidelined from injuries.

One popular method is Chi running which claims to improve running form and reduce injury.

Another method is the Pose Method which helps runners master the art of form.

What is interesting is that shift of priority of people to schedules and programmes that involve training methods in order to improve fitness versus those which focus on injury avoidance and finding better form.

It is brings about the question of whether athletes or sportspeople who are already injured, can they carry on running learning and using these methods?

It looks as though more research is required, and more evidence may be required before these claims can be substantiated fully.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Louis Jones Physiotherapy Introduces new technology

Louis Jones Physiotherapy in Shoreham, is trialling a software programme that aims to increase patient outcomes and improve the chances of injured people getting better. PacPacs+ a rehabilitation tool used by physiotherapists, and created by a team of people, including Louis Jones, Paul McKeown, John Tully and Chris Farmiloe, uses multi-angle videos with audio and written descriptions to help make exercises clearer, reducing the chances people have of forgetting how to do their exercises and also giving them the ability to access them on the go, as they are compatible with smart phones.

Check out now to experience the best physiotherapy care in Shoreham, West Sussex, and see what fantastic services we provide.

Monday, 11 June 2012