Archive for July, 2020

Freedom Through Movement: Reclaiming Life’s Simple Pleasures

Posted on: July 28th, 2020 by Emma Robson No Comments

Aspen Coaching was initially recommended to Dave by a close friend of his.

At the time, Dave had persistent shoulder pain, knee pain, and back pain. So just the just the thought of exercise was often dismissed as a means of preventing further damage.

Being an engineer, Dave spends a lot of time behind a desk on a computer. So you can imagine the discomfort one would feel stepping into an environment where people are doing handstands, hanging from bars, and jumping about all over the place.

Understandably hesitant, Dave stayed in our beginners Ground Work classes for around six months. When he felt comfortable progressing, he ventured into our Strength Classes, Mobility Classes, Handstand Classes, and FM Movement Classes.

He now works extensively with Aspen Coach Glenn Robson in a Private Coaching environment. He combines this work with a selection of classes each week to suit his needs.


Two years on, Dave can now touch his toes, sit in a resting squat, kick up to a handstand, and is currently working on building the strength to achieve his first chin up.

His entire lifestyle has changed, with his daily routine now unrecognisable when compared to what it once was.

This successful effort to turn back the clock has seen Dave reclaim some of the simple pleasures in life, such as hiking and early morning beach swims, as mentioned in the above video.


The body adapts to the requirements we demand of it, so if you’re not moving, it’s going to get really good at doing exactly that – not moving! This was exactly the state in which Dave found himself; stiff and immobile.

Thank you for coming in with an open mind Dave. The entire Aspen family is very proud and we’re excited to see what the future has in store for you.

From Crossfit to Aspen: Fighting 5 Herniated Discs

Posted on: July 10th, 2020 by Emma Robson No Comments

Bex came to us as a last resort. She had 5 herniated discs and could no long do what she loved… Crossfit! She had been  regularly participating in CrossFit for over 6 years, 6 x per week, it’s fair to say that she loved it and it was certainly a big part of her life!

However, once she was injured she was advised to stop and only do bodyweight training from here onward. Devastated, but knowing that she needed to keep exercise in her life, she reluctantly walked through our doors.

That was a year ago.

Today Bex is stronger than ever. She has a more balanced perspective to her exercise that sees her body responding with very positive results.

Her back pain problems are gone and  she has been pain free for a long time. She has the confidence to lift again (5×5 100kg Deadlifts), she is learning new movement patterns and unlearning others, she has hit many milestones and continues to be shocked that you do not need to smash yourself to remain in good shape and move well.Learning that we can do less in order to do more.

Thanks for sharing some of your story Bex. We are inspired by the changes you have made and the courage you show to continuously turn up, work diligently and ensure that your past injury does not define you.

We hope that by sharing these conversations it resonates with someone else out there who has a similar story and is looking to walk a different path.