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Fran Campa – Personal Trainer and Ironman Coach
“I first met Rhys back in 2007 and soon after we starting to work professionally together. We discovered how important it is to have a close relationship between physiotherapist and coaches in order to provide athletes with the best possible advice, training programmes and therapy.


Throughout the years the relationship has become more fluid in terms of client referrals between Rhys and myself when I had the pleasure to coach him personally to prepare his very first Ironman race back in 2010. He not only has treated my different injuries throughout my years of training but also helped me to understand better the human body and different physiotherapy techniques that I can apply to myself and clients alike.


In 2010 Rhys became director of Physical Edge Ltd with me as the head coach. We are a company aiming to prepare athletes for their first Ironman competition. We help to guide them throughout their journey focusing on both their physical and mental training.


I’ve never met a more prepared and skilful physiotherapist than Rhys Chong. He is always exploring different ways of treatment and the communication between him and me is clear and frequent so I am always up to date with our athletes needs.


Rhys Chong treatments and techniques are at the forefront of modern physiotherapy and the athletes always understand the procedures he is using.


With his help I am able to apply better exercise techniques and adapt the periodizated programmes depending upon of the evolution of the athlete.”

 

Diccon Driver – Copywriter, Ironman Finisher 
“I have been doing triathlons for three years now. While I have enjoyed the training, putting more physical strain on my body has resulted in injuries, which thanks to Rhys have been expertly managed. For the past 6 months I’ve been building my training towards the UK half Ironman in June. With only 6 weeks to go I started to get a stabbing glutial pain after only 30 mins of running.

I went to see Rhys and after a thorough examination he explained it was caused by my running style. He explained this in simple terms and then set about putting together a program to help me get fit again in time to race. Having followed the program of stretches and exercises I’m now injury free and ready (just in time) to race. What I like about Rhys is, unlike some Physios, you’re not just another patient. He takes time to understand your body and then tailors a treatment that’s perfect for you. Thanks (again).”

Completes UK Ironman 70.3.
“Thanks again for the work, leg, glutes were fine for the run. Did 6hrs 16 which put me in the top 30%. You got me in shape just in time, cheers Rhys.”

 

Matthew Jones – Ironman Finisher
“A big thank you for your help during my preparation for Ironman UK, I was aware at the time of entering the race that I would struggle to find enough training/recovery time, but I still felt that three Months of well planned training and a positive mindset would get me to the finish line within the cut off time.

After my first bike ride of just over one hour I became very doubtful as my left shoulder was creating severe discomfort after only thirty or so minutes on the bike, I could see the dream evaporating as I could not imagine being able to cycle 112 miles!

I still cannot believe how much you have helped me in just a few appointments, I think that the fact that you were training for Ironman Switzerland (albeit in a far more disiplined manner than me)at the time enabled a deep and complete understanding of my problem, in addition to this your perseverence in finding the root cause of my shoulder pain has enabled me to continue to impliment the postural advice and enjoy a greater freedom of movement on and off the bike.

I spent over eight hours on the bike in the Lancashire countryside and only stopped once, and that was not because of shoulder pain, your advice regarding race nutrition and pacing paid off as I felt well all through the run, I feel that you provide not only an extremely professional service, but that you are passionate at achieving excellence.

My Ironman “career” started and ended on the same day, thanks again not only for helping me get there, but for caring as well.”

 

Riccardo Marino – Italian high performance Ironman and Personal Trainer
1. A huge thank you to Rhys, the best physio I met in my life because after three months I finally did interval training with incredible new energy!!!!! 10 x 1000m at 3 minute 40 second pace easy with no pain at all!

 

2. Hey Rhys, I would like to tell you thank you very much indeed for your help! You did a miracle on my knee and today I did an UltraTrail of 50km achieving the 13th position out of 350 and I run with a leader group for more the 38 km, i tried to win but than black out, cramp muscle and stomach ache, I past 42 km in 3h11 and finish in 3h51'! All the best and see you soon.

 


Nici Cahusac, Age Group GB Triathlete

"I first went to see Rhys about 3 months before my first Triathlon World Age Group Championships. For years on and off I've had trouble with my hamstrings and glutes, probably from my running background and lack of discipline to stretch regularly. I wasn't majorly injured but wanted to clear up the ongoing niggles that would be exacerbated every time I did a track session or a race. Rhys did a really thorough general examination of the whole me on my first visit and quickly identified that he had 'some work to do!' Sensibly as the World Champs wasn't far away he focused on what he felt was the main issue rather than trying to fix all of me and risk injury as I was in full training at that point. Interestingly he identified that it was my rigid rib cage that was most acute and that it what he spent much of his time loosening up which in time also helped my stroppy glutes and therefore niggling hamstring.  Having competed in Ironman himself, it really helps having a physio that fully understands that you have to carry on training while dealing with an injury. I was given some great exercises to do for my glutes and hamstring and given strict instructions to do them daily! For once I actually did them! If you're training at a high level there are always going to be niggles, so it's crucial to have a great physio and don't delay in making an appointment the moment you feel something isn't right. It's taken me 20 years of running and injury on and off and 18months of triathlon to realise this!!!


In summary, I went to the World Champs totally injury free, confident that I could perform at my best. Rhys even said he had a physio contact in Auckland (where the world champs were) if I needed to see anyone. Awesome!!!"

 

Challenge Henley Iron Distance Race Finisher
"13 hours 27 mins and a 4.05 hour relatively pain free run. Thanks for getting me physically and mentally in shape in just two sessions."


George Farmer – Ironman finisher, Trader, Commodities Hedge Fund

“When I first when to see Rhys, I was wondering whether I would ever be able to walk, let alone race or run, without pain again. Having seen a knee specialist previously and having had an MRI and being told that ‘rest was the cure’, I was both annoyed and sure this wasn’t the solution. At the end of my first session with Rhys, he immediately identified the problem, the cause and the remedy – which wasn’t rest! The remedy consisted of a variety of different treatments including intervention, acupuncture and work for me to do by myself – all of which were useful and I still practice to this day. Rhys also turned around a very problematic late stage injury extremely quickly – setting me up to be as fit as I could be on race day.

Suffice to say that his overall treatment is superb, with an interest in your injury that goes well above and beyond the levels of any other doctor or specialist I have ever come across. He is also hugely amicable, interesting and knowledgeable about sport in general so can often provide good extra tips for those who are looking for guidance. His belief in you is often greater than your belief in yourself.

Without Rhys, I wouldn’t have been able to do Ironman – final time was 11 hrs 14 and 12th in my Age Group. And I’m already signing up for my next one..."

 

Darren Milne, Age Group 4th Worlds best Olympic distance triathlete Testimonial - from his newsletter

"Starting with the good stuff, the body is working near perfectly again. Rhys Chong (Physical Edge, South Ken) is quite simply the best physio I’ve ever seen. Clear rapid diagnosis and direct feedback given to coach and sports masseuse all on the same day...that is what all physios should be doing! The knee is not
quite 100% but well on the way. The back feels good, so does the shoulder, just got to keep it like that!"