I am a 70 year old practising skeletal surgeon who still works a 10-12 hour day. Like many busy people, I have little spare time for exercise and not a huge enthusiasm for it, although a keen sportsman in my youth. Since the age of fifty, I have been aware of that the ageing body needs increasing ‘help’ to maintain a level of fitness necessary for work, activities of daily living and recreation. Maintaining an exercise programme alone is difficult for most of us, me included, at any age and gardening is not enough for the aged. Every decade since 50, I have tried to dedicate more time to exercise. This creates three problems: (1) doing appropriate and useful exercise, (2) not doing physical damage to the (ageing) musculoskeletal system by inappropriate exercises or exercises done wrongly and (3) maximising useful time exercising.

I have now worked with Dan for several years. During this time, I have also worked with others at various exercising activities and come to realise that Dan is a master of the craft of (1) doing appropriate and useful exercise, (2) not doing physical damage to the (ageing) musculoskeletal system by inappropriate exercises or exercises done wrongly and (3) maximising useful time exercising. This is not a gift which comes without intense study of his craft and intelligent application of the ‘literature’ of a subject which is continually on the move. At the same time, I have realised that working out in a gym alone is unproductive on all three counts and that many people in the ‘commercial exercise’ businesses do not fulfil these criteria for the individual client. In particular, and because they do not provide the continual scrutiny of the pupil’s body position during every exercise, which is one of Dan’s fortes, they can create a considerable risk of actually doing harm to the musculoskeletal system they are trying to maintain. The ageing skeleton is particularly, but not uniquely, at risk in this respect.

Dan’s new gym is a safe place to exercise both for the physical reasons discussed above and because it has been constructed with client safety in mind and is continually being upgraded with expensive equipment whenever something new appears on the market which is safer. Typically, this is not chance but a product of able thought and application of the ‘literature’ and a desire to provide the best possible.

I very much enjoy the sessions, including listening to his explanations of what we are undertaking and why, the continual correction of my body position and attention to detail of my performance for every exercise and also the wider discussion of changes of opinion in his field, which is behind a continual change of the activities being performed. As a result, there is never the boredom of repeating the same activities week after week that have marred the efforts of others to keep me fit and are the reason there are so many unused exercise bikes in homes around the UK! I am also physically well aware when I miss my weekly sessions for work reasons.

I can strongly recommend this man and his gym.

David Eliot Plastic surgeon MA, BM BCh, FRCS *disclaimer, result may vary from person to person