"I found Phil through a Google search rather than a personal recommendation. I wanted to increase my fitness after a period of inactivity following an injury, so I needed a personal trainer with the body mechanics knowledge I didn't have so that I could get the most out of a session whilst recovering. Although I was interested in learning new skills in this area, initially I was quite sceptical as the "ex-boxer" stereotype is not readily associated with sensitivity or awareness. I was pleasantly surprised!
Phil is professional, articulate, extremely knowledgeable in his field and has the patience of a saint! He has always been encouraging and pushes me to just the right amount, so I leave each session feeling like I've had a fantastic workout regardless of my energy levels on any given day.
I have now been training with Phil for over 8 months and in that time I have increased my fitness anc confidence, learned some invaluable skills, dropped 2 dress sizes and - importantly - had fun whilst doing it!
Phil is an excellent coach - Highly recommended!"
"Phil O'Hare has a deeply formed
understanding of the application of boxing techniques and body mechanics
that he is able to explain in a way that is clear and straightforward.
His eye for detail is excellent, and though when learning any new
skill you are bound to make mistakes, Phil always corrects them
in a manner that is never less than encouraging. I would heartily
recommend Phil's services."
"'Phil is so encouraging, and it's always surprising how much he knows about the psychology and mechanics of self defence. I've lost weight, I stand straighter, and I'm more confident in all sorts of social situations.'"
Emile Yusupoff (age 13)
"It was a fun and practical way of easing us into self-defence in a very relaxed setting. Not only did I learn some vital skills; I also learnt a great deal about the importance of defending ourselves. And most importantly, Phil’s key philosophy…‘We are all worth defending’."
(review on Didsbury Life website)