Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Meet the Body Engineer; FITNESS He's the Athlete, Super-Trainer and Biomechanic Who Has Londoners Rethinking the Way They Work out. Adjust Your Routine, Says Jessica Morgan

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Meet the Body Engineer; FITNESS He's the Athlete, Super-Trainer and Biomechanic Who Has Londoners Rethinking the Way They Work out. Adjust Your Routine, Says Jessica Morgan

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ONE injury can lead to another. The body is connected: hip injuries beget knee injuries, which can trigger ankle sprains. At which point you can feel like your body is the enemy.

But according to Luke Worthington, all it takes is a bit of breathing and flexing to fix your aches and pains. Worthington, 38, is a personal trainer, qualified sports scientist and head of trainer education at Third Space, a former world record holder in endurance rowing and a former Harlequins rugby player. And, crucially, he's a biomechanic who takes a precise approach to the musculo-skeletal machine of the human body. He's worked with Arsenal's fleet-footed midfielder Mesut Ozil, former champion boxer David Haye and Elle cover girl Winnie Harlow.

His modus operandi is Postural Restoration: a combination of deep, diaphragmatic breathing and "movement hygiene" tiny, considered tweaks to your posture. It might all seem quite abstract (why would squeezing your knees help your hips?) but the point is to get a sense of how the whole body is connected and, in turn, how to turn its disharmony into harmony. To this end, Worthington sets his clients daily "maintenance exercises" as homework. "Once you understand that we are all one system comprised of mini-systems you need to have a look at everything else to make sure it is aligned. Your musculo-skeletal system has to adapt, as well as your brain having to understand the changes too."

So, for example, something as simple as a knee injury could have been caused by an underlying hip issue, which happened in my case. I was told my injury was caused by overuse and eventually made peace with it, but Worthington insists that "overuse" is an unacceptable solution. "I don't think it's acceptable just Marginal gains: main, Third Space's Luke Worthington offers one-to-one sessions; above, Luke and Jessica Morgan to tell people 'you've just got to live with that' because you don't," he says.

He prescribed me a few tiny movements to incorporate into my day. …

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