Client Q&A: Dr Paul Nolan
June 14, 2016
COULD YOU TELL US WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO START REFORMER PILATES?
My sister in law in London had mentioned it to us before, she suffered from severe headaches and credits her reformer pilates sessions with curing them! My wife Bronagh and I were walking down the Lisburn Road one morning and saw the Reform billboard at the bottom of the steps and decided to download the app and sign up.
WHEN YOU’RE NOT AT REFORM, WHAT DOES LIFE LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
Work is always busy! The rest of my time is concentrated mainly with my wife and kids. I train regularly, splitting my time between swimming, spinning and cycling. I especially like the climbing aspect of cycling, but can be found on the mountain bike also, taking on trails.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE REFORMER EXERCISE AND WHY?
Without hesitation, The cool down at the end! It’s a nice way of almost rewarding yourself after a tough workout. The music tones down and the lights dip, so you get a chance to rest the mind as well as the body.
WHAT SETS REFORM APART FROM WORKOUTS YOU’VE DONE IN THE PAST AND WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT THE STUDIO ENVIRONMENT?
It’s as close to personal training as you can get without being one on one. At least this way, I can occasionally get away with slacking off when one the guys aren’t looking, although they don’t miss much! I always come away with a total body workout.
The studio is very clean and quiet, and the atmosphere is fantastic with very friendly, professional instructors, along with clients who love their training sessions!
YOU ARE A SPECIALIST IN SPINAL TRAUMA, FUNCTIONAL REHABILITATION AND ADULT LOW BACK PAIN. DO YOU THINK THERE IS ENOUGH AWARENESS ABOUT WORKING OUT SAFELY AND AVOIDING SUCH PROBLEMS?
Definitely not. A high proportion of my patients can see their problems resolved with exercise and weight loss. Functional training is a perfect way of achieving this, and from a professional point of view, we need as much awareness about training correctly as possible. So many people injure themselves with wrong positioning, lifting incorrectly, not warming up etc.
DO YOU HAVE ANY GOALS IN TERMS OF HEALTH AND FITNESS IN THE FUTURE?
My main goals as such, would be to maintain my current levels of fitness, avoid injury, and stay young for as long as possible! Cycling is my favourite hobby, and so anything that will help compliment that will be part of my plans.
IF YOU COULD TRAVEL ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD TODAY, WHERE WOULD YOU GO AND WHY?
I’d probably jump on a plane to New Zealand or Australia, I’ve always wanted to go exploring over that side of the world. I’ve travelled pretty extensively through the US and we’re holidaying in Thailand for the first time soon. Its always good to see somewhere new, but Australasia is definitely on the bucket list.
IF YOU COULD INVITE ANY THREE PEOPLE PAST OR PRESENT, ROUND TO THE NOLAN’S FOR DINNER, WHO WOULD THEY BE AND WHY?
I’d say Winston Churchill because I’ve a great interest in the 2nd world war and his influence on it. Albert Einstein because of what he contributed to science.
It would be hard not to say Marie Curie for her contribution to medicine and in particular, the invention of the x-ray.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO SOMEONE INTERESTED IN STARTING TO TRAIN AT REFORM?
This is not for everyone, mainstream group classes are for people who want to take fitness to the next level. I’d recommend beginner classes or one to sessions for complete novices or someone who’d like to try something different, but who needs to improve their fitness levels. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it!
To find out more about Paul or book an appointment with him, visit his website. http://paulnolanmd.co.uk/