Hi Peter, thanks for taking the time to talk to us today, we are massively impressed with your suspension training kit and wanted to get to know a bit more about the man and the company behind this brand. So without further ado…
Q1: When did you first get into the Fitness Industry?
25 years ago now, I’ve pretty much done every job in the industry, from gym bod to working with professional athletes.
Q2: What made you decide to launch FK Pro?
I wanted a product that could be used by everyone, from children, the elderly, the disabled to world champions. I wanted not only the functional strength of a gymnast or climber but also a product that could assist the most deconditioned person. The assisted side of our training is vital to a lot of people, it’s not just about handstand press ups, it’s also about supporting a person to do a basic bodyweight squat.
Q3: How do you support fitness professionals at FK Pro?
We are still that small British company that puts quality before quantity, we build relationships rather than just sell and forget. We are a phone call or email away, and we go out of our way to help in any way we can.
Q4: What are your plans for the future?
We will continue to work with elite sport and sports medicine, it’s where we start and why we are where we are. The quality comes from working with some of the best coaches and physios’ in the world, even today we are still learning and improving.
We are always looking at adding different accessories that work, we don’t want to add things for the sake of it. There are enough fad and gimmicks in the industry where people copy an idea and just jazz it up with nothing behind
Q5: Why would our readers pick FK Pro over any other suspension training equipment?
The same reason every time we have been side by side with our competitors in elite sport and never not been chosen, the quality of our build and our knowledge in what we do. Tony Strudwick who was Head of sports medicine under Sir Alex at Man Utd once said of us, “It’s not just about the product, it’s about the people behind the product. And FKPro is the best at what they do”.
Q6: Do you offer any ongoing training and advise for your customers?
Yes, we currently have 20+ sports instructor distance learning courses that we put together with the English Institute of Sport, who look after our Olympic Teams.
We have a Level 2 REPs accredited course that has 10 REPs points and 6 LTA points for anyone working in tennis.
We have more advanced courses coming this year, with a shoulder course by Ben Ashworth, one of the best shoulder physio’s in the world. We have neck training course (yes the neck is part of the kinetic chain) and also a pilates course.
Q7: What are your predictions for 2019 in terms of new fitness trends?
I think more tech, it’s the way the world has gone, (but please don’t throw out the basics that have and will always work) our app will be released shortly. More home-based virtual training, a lot of people still don’t want to walk into a gym.
What I’m hoping, is that instead of keep researching how big a problem we have with inactivity, we start getting to these people. We have more than enough research on what people aren’t doing, we need to find a way of engaging them.
Q08: How versatile is your product?
We have literally have been used by children from 5 years old, people over 80, parathletes, to British, European, Commonwealth, World and Olympic Champions. We can be used at home, in the gym, off a tree or on the beach, basically as long as what you hanging off takes more than the weight you put through it, you’re safe to go.
Q09: How could our readers add your product to their client offering?
We work on injury prevention, muscle activation, strengthening, mobility and rehab, one of those should fit into what they are working on. We are another part of the jigsaw puzzle that is training, we think an important one where we also work the supporting and stabilising muscles, not just the prime movers.
Q10: Was there anything else that you wanted to add?
We were doing suspension training in the UK before anyone else, we are still here because of the quality we offer, the biggest is rarely best. Question things, look beyond the fancy marketing (we wouldn’t drink coke if that didn’t work), does it work the body safely, or does it pull it out of what is natural. We are an industry that should be improving peoples lives, not adding to problems, injuries shouldn’t happen in training unless they drop a weight on their foot. Health and fitness, not beast and damage.
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For more information on FK Pro or to find out about their training courses or equipment please visit www.fkpro.co.uk