Integra’s team of highly professional and friendly team of experts are great at developing an all encompassing individual plan of exercises and treatment.
Since starting with them, I’ve got PBs from 5k up to marathon, and I certainly credit a lot of this improvement to working with them. I thoroughly recommend them.
At DSA, we send lots of our athletes to Integra to get their injuries treated, and we get them back quicker and in great condition compared to other treatments our athletes had tried in the past.
I highly recommend Integra for both injury recovery and performance enhancement.
As a long-time sufferer of acute joint pain I am always a bit panicky about gyms: most either push me too hard or are scared of injuring me and don’t push me at all.
What I found at Integra was a happy accident: I didn’t know much about the gym, but I felt like I could trust Michael and his team. I am so glad that I did – feeling as strong and pain-free as possible means I can focus more on actually living my life; and I have to thank Integra for this incredible gift!
Great team of very knowledgeable professionals, who totally changed my outlook on training and helped me put a plan in place to reach my goals.
Thoroughly recommend Integra.
I have trained with trainers for a long time now and some of the things Michael has got me to do (stopping all stretching one!) were a little different from what I am used to, but I trusted him and the results speak for themselves.
My bodyfat has gone down, I definitely feel fitter and have more energy.
I really like the fact that Michael isn’t like your usual Personal Trainer, he is very laid back and doesn’t have the arrogance I have experienced before. I would definitely recommend Michael.
Unlike most people, I’m not training to reach a specific objective; I just want to maintain a decent level of fitness and I know that training helps with my performance at work (I work long hours, in a demanding environment that requires a high level of concentration.
Working with Michael ensures that I know I won’t get injured, his attention to my technique is key and it’s good for my motivation as I don’t need to deal with the usual gym and health club issues
I was a complete newcomer to the gym and made an appointment with Integra after being directed to the website by a friend. I felt at ease from the first session. The infectious enthusiasm displayed by Michael makes training never feel like a chore.
My overall goal is to improve my general fitness and, in the process, lose some body fat. After only a relatively short time, I am already seeing results and I would heartily recommend it.
He has worked on my posture and overall core strength which is making a noticeable difference especially as a reoccurring knee injury has now disappeared.
I would not have believed that my overall strength could be improved to the degree that it has. All that plus Michael’s relaxed and easy going manner makes for an excellent session every week
I went to see Michael at Integra and within a very short time, I started becoming fitter and more importantly started losing weight! After my sessions had finished I had lost well over 2 stone and was fitter than I had ever been!
More importantly I started playing cricket again. I had the season of my life and even won the Wisden Cricketer Magazine: Player of the Year for 2006 – I attribute this to being far fitter thanks to Michael!
I have struggled with trainers in the past as they either made me feel small or incompetent when I didn’t meet their expectations. Michael works with me on the fitness goals that I want to achieve for myself and doesn’t make me feel bad when I take the occasional step back. Over the course of a year, I have experienced results that I was never able to achieve.
Weight loss of 5 stones (32Kg) in 7 months is only part of the story but is of course the headline stat that may catch future clients’ attention.
Michael’s professional approach which is essentially unfussy, simple and direct, has been the key factor behind these results. He stands alone in an industry that promises results but is thin on method and structure. If you are prepared to put in the physical (and mental!) graft, then make sure it is with Integra and no one else.
I had become used to having this reccuring injury due to my back being weak. Michael quickly identified which muscles were not working and causing the pain in my back. He reactivated these muscles and combined with personal training helped me get stronger to ensure the injury didn’t reappear.
My back pain has disappeared and I have not had this injury again in the past year.
Everything seems to be in full working order since we last met.
In fact my right leg seems a lot stronger and there’s less hip clicking and tightness in the groin. I think we could be on to something!
The guys at Integra always talk about figuring out the pieces of the puzzle helps them get results. Without a doubt, Integra is the piece of the puzzle that has allowed me to continue playing to the level I’m at within my sport.
I always knew my joint and muscle issues probably stemmed from being slightly hyper-mobile with a relatively weak musculature but despite doing a variety of exercises and programmes over the years, the aches persisted. Over a course of sessions, the Integra team identified the weaker muscles and developed a plan to improve my strength. The results have been fantastic.
I no longer have to rely on painkillers everyday and I feel I am in control of managing my symptoms in a natural way. Gentle muscle manipulation as well as strengthening exercises have gradually helped to restore the balance in my back and hip to the point where I don’t get up out of bed everyday with a backache.
Michael gets the best out of you because he’s always trying to look at the bigger picture, rather than just getting through that session.
He’s thoughtful about his work, clever and versatile – which, for me, meant he was brilliant to work with both when we were working to improve my general fitness levels and when we were working on my recovery from a cycling accident.
Since working with Michael, my strength, endurance and overall sense of wellbeing has improved during our training programme. My fitness has become an important part of my life.
I am truly grateful to Michael Goulden. His training method pleasantly re-educates the body and mind through an intelligent process of physical exercise that reawakens muscles; restructuring and realigning the body.
What I most enjoy is to be engaged and encouraged on a continuously developing path that challenges me physically whilst motivating me; giving me a powerful sense of well being everyday.
I’ve just completed my first barefoot half marathon. The 3 months previous to this I was seeing Michael who helped me gain new found strength in my hips, especially in my calves and feet. After a few sessions I felt I was able to push my running to the next level, allowing me to smash my PB!
An added bonus: I noticed I was hitting the ball a lot further on the golf course, it’s just a shame he can’t sort out my putting!
Michael has managed to rectify the distortions of what 20 years of working in the fitness industry had done to my body.
I began my sessions with Michael with limited movement around many joints and in daily pain and discomfort from overuse, injury and the consequential compensations. I was unable to run or resistance train without significant repercussions over the following week.
I now have much improved, and pain-free, range of movement, I’m running twice a week without any issues and have begun a progressive resistance training programme for the first time in 10 years. Michael’s approach is thorough, logical and brilliant. Every fitness professional should have a Michael of their own!
I feel great! I love Integra!
I don’t feel pain or discomfort and what’s best is that the team make me aware of how my body works. I also know it’ll make it easier for me to concentrate on movement when I’m training.
I was recommended to Integra by an excellent massage therapist at Triyoga who noticed that my posture was very much out of line. She convinced me that my regular gym and running activities would only continue to increase the damage.
I had used personal trainers before, but with only limited improvements and was a little sceptical of how much Michael could help my posture. However, I decided one visit couldn’t hurt too much.
I was both surprised and immediately appreciative at the end of the first session. Michael identified the extent of the problem and what would fix it. The exercises developed for me helped my back and neck feel so much better – they just felt so right! Michael is the best Personal Trainer I’ve ever worked with and I recommend him whole-heartedly.
I am really enjoying the strength and conditioning work with Michael and can definitely feel the benefit transferring over to my bike and run.
I now don’t have the aches and pains I have been experiencing and my running performance in particular has really improved.
Over the years, I have tried diet and exercise with the aim of losing body fat. I also wanted to feel better and get fitter. Unfortunately, I’ve found the results from past training were opposite to what I was trying to achieve. I was left feeling tired after the exercises and never seemed to feel better. Plus, although I did lose a few pounds, the weight would creep back on soon after.
I decided to use the services of a personal trainer and was recommended to Integra by a friend. I have been extremely pleased by the amount of attention to detail that has been put into my exercise, nutrition and general lifestyle.
The results have been excellent! I’ve actually achieved my goals faster than I thought. I would highly recommend Integra to anyone who is looking to lose weight and generally get fitter
The trainers at Integra are obviously technicians who take the science of their work extremely seriously and it is a matter of pride for them that they get results.
I have trained with various trainers at clubs in New York and around London and nothing comes close to Integra
I had been going to the gym for many years in both New York and London. After using a personal trainer at one of London’s ‘leading’ health clubs, I was becoming more and more disillusioned with the staff and my results. I came to Integra because I needed to take things to the next level.
The tailored and individualised service I have received has enabled me to maximise my time in the gym and achieve my goals quicker. Michael has advised me on every aspect of my training from my nutrition to rest and to my exercise (and squashing quite a few myths along the way).
I really enjoy our sessions every week and I have never looked or felt better!
I am 40 and this is the first time in my life that I have a six-pack!
Over the years I have worked with many different personal trainers and I thought I knew what to expect from personal training. Having worked with Michael just twice a week for the past 6 months, my health, body composition and performance are on a different level.
Michael knows when to push, and when to just step back and leave me alone. It really feels like each and every session is super productive and helping me achieve things I didn’t think were possible.
A good manual therapist is hard to find.
I’ve tried many manual therapists being in the profession myself and find myself frustrated with the standards offered.
Michael provides a thoughtful and professional approach towards his bodywork treatments, which are combined with corrective exercises; giving the best immediate and long term results for your body.
I have worked out on and off for most of my life in gyms on my own and with personal trainers.
The biggest difference for me is that from the very first meeting, Michael listened to what I wanted to accomplish – I want a defined, muscled (toned) physique.
He has delivered workouts that steadily push me in that direction. The workouts are constantly changing which makes it easy to stay enthused and focused. Michael is very knowledgeable, takes a holistic approach and gives me the confidence that he knows what he is doing and knows what results to expect.
Thank you so much for the sessions pre-FireFlies tour and during. Every time I came to see you I went away feeling stronger and my legs certainly lasted the tour.
I find what you do really interesting because it worked every time. I won’t forget coming to see you at the end of one of the stages with a terrible pain in my hamstring. The pain disappeared after our session, never to return. Magic. I felt ready to get on the bike after every session, even though I had just done over 100km!
Thanks also for making me believe my knee would cope, you were right. It was great to have you guys around and because you’re able to cure all my problems, I seem to be a little bit addicted.
I was highly skeptical of this being a new fad from the US, but I was impressed.
Very astute analysis of muscular problems, and with very simple treatment and exercises, my knee problem is greatly improved.
I Highly recommend it.
I had one session with Michael, more out of curiosity than necessity and was intrigued from the very beginning. The common sense, logical approach to their techniques seem so obvious, that it is hard to believe I hadn’t had this treatment before.
Michael was able to show me where and why my knees might be hurting and manipulated the relevant parts to remedy this – it had the desired effect. In the very short time that he had with me and I with them, it was a very satisfactory solution to cycling pain!
Thanks for coming on the ride!
I have been coming to integra for 14 weeks now to see Rui for sessions. I’ve had problems with my left knee and right shoulder for 10 years or more. In this 10 years I had tried lots of different kinds of therapy (ranging from physiotherapy to egoscue method) but nothing worked. My injuries have caused considerable pain in my work as an electrician and in my personal life, where I have had to give up the sports and activities that i enjoy.
I first came to Integra as they have common sense approach to realigning the body and decreasing my joint pain. It was slow progress at first but week after week it made a real difference and it is a lasting difference (unlike some other therapies that feel good for a while but have no long term benefits).
Training at Integra has literally changed my life!
I came to see Rui Reis to treat plantarfasciitis at a point when I had lost all hope and felt more like 70 years than my actual 30 years old – any more than 10 minutes of walking caused extreme pain in my feet.
Through weekly sessions, Rui identified areas/muscles which needed strengthening and together we worked to build these up. After a few months, I was able to remove the insoles/orthotics that I had previously relied on (and that made buying pretty shoes impossible!), and I am now able to walk longer distances without pain.
Buying pretty shoes is again a possibility and I no longer feel like an old lady. The team at Integra is positive, knowledgeable and helpful, and weekly visits were not only beneficial, but fun. Integra has been instrumental in changing my body, my outlook and my life!
Sessions with Rui are always enjoyable – he is good fun and keeps you motivated and interested by constantly changing the workouts, while also pushing you as far as you want to go. He is reliable, always offers good advice and is very knowledgeable about the various muscle groups. The whole team are very friendly and welcoming so it is a great place to train.
I thought as a regular cyclist and part-time yoga goer that my fitness was average, but I needed a KickStart moving forward and wanted a more individual training plan and some personalised direction. I’d never had a Personal Trainer before, and was sort of nervous about working one-on-one with somebody.
Not really a fan of gyms and previously allergic to push-ups, I now actually look forward to my sessions. Rui finds a way to push you effectively, but somehow the environment always has a certain calmness and nurturing quality.
He approaches his work intelligently and with care, and he’s a great people person! I’ve learned a lot, have improved my overall fitness, and would recommend him highly.
Integra is my Zen of fitness not a gym. Discovered this little gem while suffering from a sports injury. After their exercise therapy I was relieved of pain, but took with me their sage wisdom on the connections between mind and body. Michael and Rui are brilliant professionals and this is an invaluable trove for healthy living.
I have had lower back pain for the last 20 years – and it has always become acute while riding long distances and in particular climbing. The only solution had been pain killers.
During the Fireflies tour I received treatment from Michael and Rui. I could never have expected to ride pain free after only a few sessions of treatment. I still cannot believe it after 20 years – it is simply incredible to be riding completely pain free.
Getting the muscles to fire in the correct sequence was the program and it has worked 100%. I can’t thank the Integra guys enough for their sessions – you have changed my life!
I first did the tour last year – and suffered quite heavily with knee problems during and after the ride, to the extent that I was unable to cycle (I could barely walk!) for several weeks after the ride.
This year I was fortunate enough to be able to visit the Integra guys a couple of times before the ride, plus during the course of tour, it was great to have the guys there at the end of each arduous day, not only was it good to get Integra ‘on the fly’ but also their general helpful demeanour and understanding was really reassuring to our weary souls.
Integra certainly seems to have a multitude of advantages over traditional physio and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to any distance athletes or others considering a similar challenge.
Michael and Rui both worked on my back and legs during the 2013 Fireflies Tour (my third). After each session my leg strength and core stability felt switched on, despite cycling between 120-180km each day, over 8 days in total.
The techniques they applied switched on my fatigued muscles in a way I could never achieve myself (despite stretching, rolling and countless massages!!)
During this Fireflies Tour I felt at my most strong by far compared to the two prior years, particularly in the latter part of the ride when my body previously had started to shut down with imbalances and niggling injuries starting to appear.
Testimony to this, was my speedy recovery in 2 weeks and ability to perform at the top of my game at the Frankfurt European Championship 2013 Ironman! I can’t recommend MAT enough for the aspiring athlete!
I began this year’s ride with a chronic back condition, existing purely on painkillers from the Doc.
Then the Integra guys stepped in.
Quite simply, they solved the problem as though it had never existed. They are geniuses. They have hands of magic and wonder. I cannot eulogise about them enough. Simply brilliant.
Suspend disbelief, this works.
25 years of intense, competitive sports has given me the back of an osteo/chiro’s bank balance dream. I knew the back pain I was going to suffer from spending 10 hours a day in the saddle was going to be more painful than anything going on in my legs and lungs climbing the mountains and came prepared with some heavy duty perscription drugs.
True to form, by end of day 2 of the tour, my back was seizing up. In a way that had only been effectively treated with a few weeks of rest and regular visits to my chiro. But just 15 mins of a session from Rui and it had cleared. More surprisingly, it didnt cramp up again during the following day. Just one more 15 min top up from Michael later in the week was all it needed to keep the rest of the tour pain free (well, for my back).
Incredible. Thank you both!
I was sceptical about yet another miracle technique imported from the States but that scepticism was blown away within 15 minutes. These guys a great – no painful deep tissue massage just simple analysis and targeted treatment.
Apparently these stretches trigger the muscle groups so they all work together.
However it works it works. I did 8 days riding across the Alps and suffered no pain other than the indignity of cycling up hills at walking pace
I was going fine two thirds of the way through the 2013 Fireflies Tour. Of course there was my stiff lower back, the occasional shooting pain in my neck and half a dozen other aches, but after all, we were doing a thousand kilometres through the Alps….
Nevertheless, I had a free afternoon to fix the bike, and I thought I’d give Integra a try. An hour later, I felt completely straightened out and aligned: Rui’s explanations made sense and I’m convinced the techniques he performed helped considerably for the rest of the ride. Highly recommended.
I can’t tell you how relieved and pleased I am, to have had the Integra team’s skills and personalilties out in the Alpes with us. Having ridden the Fireflies Tour 3 times previously, I noticed an unquestionable difference physically – my legs felt fresh. I was stronger and faster and was able to put more motivation into pushing myself harder because I knew we had the team there to support and give treatment.
I have been raving about Integra and I’ve been telling friends and family for the first time I felt like I could have cycled another 1000km in 8 days, physically no problem after working with integra.
I am thrilled to have found some physical therapy that searches for the route of the problem to treat imbalances holistically and that I notice a difference with, immediately.
Having seen the techniques work so dramatically, the idea of not stretching is less alien – and I have been finding research papers that suggest the same thing. Thank you for explaining simply what was going on with our bodies and what you were doing. Thank you for treating people at all hours of the day and night.
I was intrigued by Integra’s approach and techniques they use, and fortunately was able to benefit from a full joint and muscle assessment before setting out on a very demanding charity cycle tour across the Alps in June 2013.
The advance preparation and advice from Michael and Rui gave my confidence a huge boost and really paid off during the Fireflies event itself. Their personal attention to detail and focus on using a well balanced effort throughout, was much appreciated. Coupled of course with a friendly smile, great advice on maximising my performance and much encouragement along the way!
I found Integra while looking for physiotherapists in London but I think the neuromuscular and strength training sessions here outdid what I have previously received via traditional physiotherapy. I arrived with a stiff and painful right ankle having injured it twice in 2 years and wanted to rectify it so that I could return to running.
Not only did they help my ankle return to regular motion, they also helped strengthen different parts of my muscular system that have since helped my ankle improve.
It feels great to not be limited anymore, to feel more comfortable running and have additional knowledge to help me achieve future fitness goals!
What marks Integra out is the professionalism, commitment and attention to detail. In the 2 years I’ve been training with them, they have never stopped thinking about how to optimise my regime and tailor things to ensure that I get exactly what I need from my training.
The team always take detailed notes and clearly thinks hard about what the data is telling them. At 44, I’m now as fit as I’ve ever been and that’s all been achieved without breaking my body.
What I love about training with Integra is that they are so passionate about what they do.
With their extensive knowledge on how the human body works, they can create a personalised training program that links what you want to achieve to how you can achieve it. Every exercise that is thoughtfully included in your program is tailored to your needs.
I absolutely recommend Integra to anyone who is not focused on getting short term results, but is eager to make a long term difference in the approach of their fitness goals.
Integra are a delight to train with – I really look forward to my sessions with them. He is friendly and professional, and technically very competent. Most importantly they gets results.
Integra are a group of patient, thoughtful and an outstanding trainers. Their muscle and nutritional expertise only adds to his considered and intelligent approach – which has to be so when dealing with injured and stubborn ex-rugby players such as myself.
I wouldn’t train anywhere else than with the Integra team.
Integra is very professional. They make training interesting while ensuring you work hard. The focus on muscle strengthening tailored to my needs is clear and I have seen great results.
Integra are a group of amazing trainers who has hugely helped me achieve my fitness goals. From writing up my training routine, to overseeing my diet and motivating me in PT sessions, working with them has been a revelation in terms of the results I have achieved.
Training with Integra is like training with your most informed best friend who will expertly guide you towards your goals without making a big fuss about it.
This year has been fantastic for me and a large part of that has been the support, advice, and guidance of the Integra team.
After finishing 15 years of schooling, I was very much a stranger to the gym and viewed it as a place of self torture for people worthier and stronger than myself. In my first session with Martina, I realised how wrong I was. She showed me all of the tension I didn’t realise I was harbouring, and proceeded to release those cramped muscles.
Now if I miss my deadlifts I’m barely worth knowing! I feel so much stronger, more relaxed and energised after a session. I can’t thank Martina enough for how she was improved my body and attitude. For the first time in a long time I am starting to feel proud of how I am starting to look, and gaining some much needed muscle and mass in a kind, supportive and incredibly knowledgeable environment. I would recommend MAT to anyone, though I can’t say I’d give up my sessions to make room!
I’ve been training with Martina for 7 months (both pre-pregnancy and during pregnancy). In this time I’ve achieved clear results in the areas we’ve targeted – having strengthened my hips, legs and back in particular – alongside my general fitness and well being.
I really enjoy Martina’s holistic approach to our training, which often includes science, nutrition and mind-body awareness. She’s a warm person and a deep thinker with wealth of knowledge and insights.
As a hardcore physicist, Martina doesn’t come out with any of the woo-woo bollocks that is so prevalent in the world of nutrition. Neither do her methods turn you into some kind of OCD nutter that needs to weigh each and every morsel before putting it on her plate (usually cold).
Best of all, Martina will never ask you to eat cottage cheese or any other foodstuff that ordinarily you would avoid like the plague. In fact, quite the opposite – cooked breakfasts are actively required! It’s all about finding the food and the habits that work for you and your goals. The biggest trade off? Sugar. I do miss chocolate…
Martina will guide you towards a natural and balanced diet that will make you healthy, strong and lean. Yes, there will be sacrifices but, crucially, you will feel great and still enjoy eating food that you love! Especially if you love steak.
Martina has blown my mind on nutritional coaching and from our very first session has had a profound impact on not only my own eating habits but on the way I now view the “fat loss/diet” industry.
She has really worked hard with me and understood me as an individual, considering my real life situation and individual preferences and likes/dislikes. The journey we have taken has been in manageable steps and backed up by her own confidence in her knowledge of nutrition.
I would highly recommend anyone to see Martina for nutritional coaching, she has given me such great help and advice and I have enjoyed our sessions so much, she has played such a key part of helping me to lose over two stone in weight in the space of a few months.
I feel very relaxed with Martina and the sessions are fun, so I always look forward to them.
I like the way she challenges me and changes the programme every few sessions so there is a sense of development and progress. Martina has taught me to tackle the exercises with purpose, and this positive attitude has spilled into other areas of my life.
I feel so much stronger, with greater stability, and more equipped to resist the effects of ageing. Thank you Martina!
Working with Michael identified inconsistencies in my movement and muscle recruitment, for which he developed a plan for. I’ve made significant improvements in both my shoulder injury and my general physicality.
…improvements were instantly noticeable, and I’ve since worked with Roberta on resistance training where my strength has doubled. I come away from every session feeling like I’ve learnt something new. I went from suffering on short walks at the beginning of last year to running 12 mile obstacle courses by the summer.
It seems wrong to describe the service Integra offers as ‘personal training’ – given that the term can conjure up images of a beefy PT supervising your one-size-fits-all programme while checking himself out in the mirror or perusing his phone. But personal is exactly what this service is. Michael Goulden and his team offer a level of expertise, a breadth of knowledge and a depth of assessment and observation that you’d only assume was available to the elite athlete.