"Working with Idris has really made a difference to my game. The corrective work I’ve been doing has helped with injury management and it’s been helpful to add stretching and pre-hab into my routine, as I find that it’s easy to slack off a bit if left to my own devices! I’m enjoying the strength cycle I’m doing at the moment and in a weight class sport it’s reassuring to know that I have a decent amount of strength and muscle mass. The conditioning work I did for my Cage Warriors debut meant that I was confident that I could push the pace, and it paid off with a first round finish."
“I engaged Idris after a recommendation from a friend. I initially booked a 2 week intense training programme to spike my fitness ready for a boxing match I had coming up.
I found in just 2 weeks my body was changing and my fitness excelled. After these superb effects I engaged Idris for a further 4 weeks leading right up until the fight.
In a total of 6 weeks my strength increased at an incredible rate and my stamina went through the roof. I honestly couldn’t believe my improvements in fitness across the board.
In the whole journey nothing was too much trouble for Idris. I learnt so much about strength and conditioning, and Idris being so professional kept recording all my results and exercises in a binding folder. This I still keep in my kit bag and work to regularly.
I will be fighting again in November and I will be using Idris’s services to take me to that level I’d find impossible to do myself.”
"I used the expert guidance of Idris Owen, a strength & conditioning coach, at Evolve Athletic, to prepare for a Bikini Class WABBA qualifier earlier this year. When we first met I was trying to stay motivated, build better glutes and legs, and change my body composition. I wanted to be on stage in 5 months.
Idris was encouraging, he knew from experience what was possible and designed a plan to achieve the maximum results from the limited time I had each week. His experience and planning removed so much of the time burden associated with competition preparation.
We trained at odd hours; training plans were even adapted for staying away with work.
I found the methods we used to be solid and up to date, it was easy to have total faith in his approach. In fact most of the time he was a better judge of what I could handle than I was!
If you get a chance to work with him you will see that every session is delivered with a level of passion and experience that make staying motivated very easy.
If you have a specific goal I would recommend booking in with Idris to discuss how to reach it. After that, do what he says and you'll be as happy with your results as me.
EVOLVE ATHLETIC SERVICES PROVIDED ME WITH:
"Idris has been my strength and conditioning coach for the past 6 months (2 session per week)
Although I had considered myself reasonably athletic, having competed in multiple triathlons, 200km+ endurance cycle rides and a competitive touch rugby player, I wasn’t particularly confident in the gym, nor did I have a great understanding of the way my body moved.
Idris took the time to listen to my specific needs and developed a custom training program which introduced me to technical lifting, whole body movements and lung busting circuits to transform my physique, especially my lower body and provided me with far more power and strength.
His support and enthusiasm for my personal development provided the inspiration I was looking for to take my fitness to the next level. I never felt judged or belittled and felt like I was receiving 100 percent of his attention whilst training. His maintained professionalism throughout these past months proves that he shows dedication to me as a client, and to his craft as a whole."
"This is my personal character reference for Idris Owen. I have known Idris for about a year and have been coached by him for roughly 6 months. I was first introduced to Idris through the local gym that I attend where he started to take over one of the CrossFit classes as an instructor. I've found that he consistently exceeds expectations in his interpersonal skills, dedication and knowledge as a personal trainer.
During classes and individually, Idris comes across very natural with a friendly, welcoming attitude and able to communicate efficiently and clearly to groups and individuals. There have been multiple times when I have been looking for training and technique tips on the topics of lactate threshold, strength and Olympic Lifting. Idris is more than able to tailor a fitness programme towards a specific need whether that be sports, nutrition or personal fitness goals.
I am currently applying to join the Royal Marines and I have improved greatly in all of the areas mentioned above due to his excellent advice."
"I first met Idris when he started taking over a CrossFit class I had been taking part in. I was slightly apprehensive as I had always trained with women and wasn't very confident in myself. How wrong I was. Idris is so passionate about what he does and has so much knowledge he immediately put me at ease. He has to be one of the most motivating coaches I have ever trained with and you can't help but become just as excited along with him.
Idris gives a new meaning to the saying 'train smarter, not harder'. Idris's approach is scientific (which I love!) and geared to the individual. He recognised my strengths and weaknesses and then set to work. I started training Olympic Lifting with him and within a few months my Clean & Jerk had gone up by 15kg! I absolutely loved his strength & conditioning classes, they were always varied and a lot of fun, he always had a 'cool new excercise' to teach us!
Idris will push you hard, and there are times when I've thought he was totally nuts, but the truth is Idris knew I could achieve so much more than I thought I could.
I found myself actually looking forward to going to the gym and training rather than fearing it and I've achieved things I never thought I could. I would 100% recommend Idris!"
"I contacted Idris to help me train for my first marathon, as I needed some strength work to supplement my runs. I got much more out of the sessions than I expected. Idris is a really knowledgeable and dedicated Personal Trainer who was committed to helping me reach my goal. His help went well beyond the sessions and he advised me on all aspects of my training, including my nutrition and recovery. I feel like I've learnt a lot about training and building strength from him.
Also importantly, the sessions themselves were really good fun! Idris has a lot of jazzy equipment that was fun to try out and it meant that the 7am starts were always worth it!
The marathon itself was really hard work but I think the strength work I did with Idris really paid off and I was pleased in the end with my time. Idris has been a really huge help and it's an added benefit that he is a really nice, professional guy!"
"When I met Idris I was amazed by the in depth knowledge on the conditioning and nutritional side of training. He openly helped and guided me suggesting some simple tweaks to my regular nutrition programme which opened up a whole new path to my body conditioning. After following a carb-cycling programme I managed to get myself into possibly the best shape of my life.
We ran through a body composition analysis to see where I was at. The result was 6.9% overall body fat whilst maintaining muscle mass. This was a huge achievement for me as I am looking to compete in some bodybuilding shows within the next 12 months.
Anyone looking to take their training or nutrition to the next level should definately get into contact.
I will certainly be using Idris for my training and conditioning preparation for the upcoming shows!"
"I approached Idris initially looking to improve my strength and performance to advance my surfing. Idris developed a comprehensive programme tailored to the equipment I had access to and to the exercises that best suited the sport I was into. The results were great and Idris was able to keep training exciting and fresh.
I injured my shoulder surfing, which kept me out of training for over 6 months. Again, Idris was able to offer me a training schedule to strengthen my shoulder and give me confidence to get back in the water"
Sport & Performance Strength & Conditioning Coach
BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science