For you dear reader, and against everything in my nature, I visited a personal training gym. What I found there wasn’t as daunting as I thought it would be. It was a relaxing space in the fittingly named Olympic Building on Latimer Road, bright and cheerful and yes, it was populated by fit, healthy, good looking people, but not at all the intimidating set-up I expected. After a couple of lying down exercises on a really smooth-running machine I can now see how people become total fitness addicts.
Called Opus Fitness, the gym was founded by David Kingsbury (pic right with his wife Sarah) a former master trainer at Ten Pilates. He read sports science at Cardiff University and played a lot of rugby, but was injured and developed a hip problem. Right now he is recovering from his fourth hip operation. After so much surgery and physiotherapy he became interested in people with sports injuries and helping people out of pain. Deciding to do rehabilitative work he went on to study pilates six years ago and the training philosophy at Opus focuses on developing postural control, muscle symmetry and core strength using a variety of advanced exercise disciplines.
The training team each has a specific area of expertise and are educated to degree level. If you have an injury there is someone who is an expert in recovery, or if you want to improve fitness there is another and if you want stress management there is another. You can even train on a machine which tones up your body for skiing (pic above). Kingsbury says: “People come for all sorts of things. Some come because they are post natal or they want to improve their shape and posture. If it’s creating head space then we use a different style.” There’s even a running coach who does gait analysis and a nutritionist called Holly. You move from coach to coach each session so you do different exercises.
It’s not easy to get to on public transport, but most of the clients come from Notting Hill and there is plenty of parking if you have a car. An hour long session as part of a group session is £50, or you can buy a package of a consultation and five one-to-one training sessions for £510. Opus Fitness, in Olympic Houset on the corner of Oxford Gardens and Latimer Road. opusfitness