Jon Clarke

Jon Clarke

The first 10 years of my career were characterised by variety. This was a deliberate choice to work under as many mentors, take on as much information, and observe as many training strategies as possible. I switched from a biomedical degree to Sports Science and eventually pursued a Masters Degree in Strength & Conditioning. Along the way I worked in different colleges and clubs with youth athletes in swimming, netball, gymnastics, rugby, and football. I worked as Strength & Conditioning coach for Bristol Bears Rugby Academy for 6 years, with post-rehab clients as part of Resolve Health for 4 years, and with long term inpatients at a Mental Health Hospital for 5 years addressing holistic physical health.
In my own training I experimented with many different methods with the goal of improving strength and mobility. I believed that a well applied approach to these qualities would be the best way to improve my performance in rugby and reduce the risk of injury. I experienced good results in the gym and started competing in powerlifting with some success and assumed the effectiveness of my practice despite ongoing regular aches and pains. I wondered how much pain I would be in had I not invested so much time and effort into these recognised protective measures, and it was a number of years before I identified this cognitive dissonance.

Over the years working with such varied, specialised, and occasionally limited populations I began to notice the constraints of traditional practice. Trying to coach a squat to someone who cannot bend their knees is obviously futile. Stretching an extremely flexible person to alleviate tightness is evidently redundant. Trying to strengthen a powerlifter to support their painful joints is clearly not the solution. I began to establish a set of principles which are consistent across groups and those which had only very narrow scope of application. This process has constantly refined and is defined by a never-ending pursuit of a fundamental movement philosophy. Over time I established a reputation as a useful last resort for individuals who had given up on being able to exercise the way they wanted, (or needed) and found my client requests coming from individuals whom the traditional approach had failed.
I do not work within diagnostics, or with acute tissue damage, but if you are experiencing chronic pain that is unresolved by traditional avenues, I can offer an alternative. Good rehab looks like training and good training acts as rehab. I do not draw distinctions between the two processes: I assess the individual and their capacities and aim to improve on this to provide optimal movement variability and ease of motion. This applies to every individual at every stage of physical development. My goal is to restore options to people who feel like they have few or none. We must not forget that movement should be a joyful process and the challenge of exercise a deliberate choice. We should not accept the inevitability of pain and injury, nor be forced to see training as a sacrificial chore. 


    Masters Degree (MSc) in Strength and Conditioning 
    BSc (Hons) Sports and Exercise Science
    HND Sports and Exercise Studies 
    Level 3 Personal Trainer 
    National medallist in Squat and Deadlift 2017 


    9 years private coaching
    5 years Academy coach at Bristol Bears Rugby Club
    6 years Synergy Barbell Powerlifting Head Coach 
    2 years as Healthy Lifestyle Advisor at Broadway Park Health
    200 hours at Resolve Physiotherapy and 1 year Resolve Strength Coach