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Melbourne Strength & Conditioning Coaching

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Solidus Health & Strength makes taking care of your body easy. Our expert therapists provide hands-on manual therapy and corrective exercises to keep you feeling better, longer.

Our expert therapists are here to help you feel your best live pain free recover from injuries

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Strength and Conditioning Melbourne

Whether you’re an elite athlete or a newbie to the gym, injuries can quickly show up on your doorstep. Strength training and conditioning (S&C) aims to prevent acute or chronic injuries by building muscular, tendon, ligament and bone strength to support the way you move.

Solidus’ strength and conditioning coaches in Melbourne prescribe smart training programs to help achieve peak performance by increasing athletic ability and preventing injuries. We can also design the perfect program for you, ensuring you receive a challenging and progressive journey to personal success.

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How can we help?

There is no one best method to treat an injury or pain. After we assess your body, we tailor your treatment based on your specific needs. This may be one or a combination of the services below:

What is Strength and Conditioning?

A Strength and conditioning program is more than picking up a dumbbell and lifting it off the ground. It’s a multifaceted approach to improve performance and help rehabilitate injuries through specific movements, exercises and drills. A solid regime will focus on activities that will enhance your strength, endurance and resilience to injury.

Solidus provides strength and conditioning in Melbourne that will give you impressive results. Our programs generally involve lifting weights, using resistance bands and using your own bodyweight to perform core stability exercises. We emphasise methods to enhance performance rather than put you through fad fitness regimes that are not sustainable.

EXPERT THERAPISTS THAT UNDERSTAND YOUR NEEDS

Our therapists are all licensed health care professionals who can diagnose what your body is telling you and provide treatment to help reduce pain, correct posture, decrease tension, and improve the way you move.

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Typical Problems Strength and Conditioning Can Resolve

The benefits of strength and conditioning are wide-ranging, but many of our clients have specific reasons to incorporate strength programs into their regime. Here are some of the main issues our clients are looking to resolve through strength training:

  • Back pain, neck pain or shoulder pain
  • Facilitate the recovery from an injury
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Fatigue, low energy and motivation to work out
  • Inability to run a certain distance without getting tired
  • Lack of coordination and strength
  • Joints prone to injury

What You Can Hope to Gain

Injuries are painful and inconvenient. But perhaps worst of all, they can stall your progress and dampen your enthusiasm to train. By adopting a training program that includes strength and conditioning, you can protect yourself against injuries and perform optimally long-term. 

In addition to building muscles to support joints and strengthen weak links in the chain, you can also expect to experience the following:

  • Higher energy levels in your everyday activities
  • Increased athletic performance on the field/court/track
  • Improved body composition, or rather, a great-looking bod!
  • Faster running times, better coordination and enhanced endurance
  • Better exercise techniques and safer movements
  • A happier, more confident you!

Our Approach to Strength and Conditioning

Solidus works with a wide range of clients, each with unique needs and goals. First, we’ll need to assess your injuries and fitness level and provide a customised program to you as an individual.

  • Functional movement screening to identify problem areas
  • Exercise instruction and a detailed explanation of the movement
  • A tailored training program, with a focus on exercise selection and training frequency
  • Targeting of crucial areas that are prone to injury
  • Monthly reviews and training adjustments
  • Nutrition advice where needed to provide a well-rounded service.

Rehabilitation and injury prevention can also be achieved through strength training as it builds muscles, tendons and ligaments that are resistant to injury. However, our Melbourne strength coaches believe in training smart, not just training hard. Injuries can always occur by simple things such as not warming up or going too heavy too quickly.

Strength & Conditioning Near Me

Our clinics are located in Clayton and Noble Park. If you're ready to elevate your body, click on the location that's closest to you, and we'll see you in our clinic soon.

5.0
Based on 36 reviews
I highly recommend booking an appointment with Solidus if you're looking to get back to sports or need someone to help with recovery post injury.Between Julius, Darryl and the rest of the team, they've helped me get back to playing competitive basketball post Achilles surgery and postpartum!Also the deep tissue massages👌They even accommodated when I had to bring my baby last minute.
Claire L.
Claire L.
04:08 22 Jul 22
Julius is the man! I have been hesitant to see a new health care professional after many years of sticking with one type. However, if you’re prone to injury like I have been and can’t seem to pinpoint why and how to help relieve and prevent it. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Julius and his abundance of knowledge and care for the practice and his patients. Amazing work bro! Thank you so much for correcting my rowing pattern and putting me on the better path towards recovery and more gains!
The M
The M
08:25 23 Jun 22
Julius is the man. He has fixed all of my niggling injuries I have had over the years and continues to assist in the elevation of my training techniques. Thank you king!
Ben S.
Ben S.
04:13 08 Jun 22
Absolutely lovely people and fixed all my problems
Andrew L.
Andrew L.
09:09 01 Jun 22
Simply the best. Solves issues that noone else does and is always so positive about the future
Linda G.
Linda G.
21:24 30 Mar 22
Saw Julius to help with my chronic lower back pain, he diagnosed my problem within 5mins into the consultation by observing me complete a few simple exercises. He was very knowledgeable and efficient, the explanations he gave were all in line with how I felt and he customised a exercise plan for me on the spot and went through it with me to ensure I was doing them correctly. Julius was very thorough and honest too! Honesty is something I highly appreciate since it is a rare trait to find in any profession, he even said I probably wont need another session with him unless something changes significantly (instead of lying and stating i'd need a few more sessions). Highly recommend.
Anna
Anna
10:22 10 Dec 21
Julius is a king. He’s helped me countless times with an involved and meticulous approach to improving my physical health.
Oliver G.
Oliver G.
05:50 09 Dec 21
I was referred to Darly at Solidus by a very good friend who had achieved incredible results.After my first consultation I knew I would be on the mend.I had suffered back pain for over 10 years and thought it was something I would just have to deal with for the rest of my life.It was so bad that I could not finish a back workout or do any form of slightly heavier deadlifting at all.After following Daryl’s guidance with new programming, simple movements daily, getting squat shoes and actually learning the deep mechanics of my body (having long legs and a shorter torso) I now have NO back pain after 10 years. He has actually changed my life.I also had issues with my shoulders which he has fixed. Don’t get me wrong… you need to put in the work and follow the steps he gives you to adapt and change (in my case anyway) but with consistency I am a new person and am truly so grateful I was introduced to him.The only thing that upsets me is that I didn’t meet Daryl sooner 🥺Highly recommended.. no question or doubt at all. He is a Powerlifter himself so has on field first hand experience which is beneficial if you also lift weights.10/10 on all aspects. Very friendly guy also and always walks me out the door rather than just waving goodbye after our sessions.
Johnny S.
Johnny S.
00:53 10 Nov 21
In the last 2 years Julius Gastar has brought a damaged sciatic nerve back to life and restored wasted muscles in hip, leg and foot. I can now walk and drive again, where I had been numb from waist to big toe. Julius is an amazing healer - he uses massage, exercise, mind/muscle training, and weight exercises and encouragement to achieve his goals. He also consults widely on specific problems and issues. He has been a life saver for me. I am 78 years old - others had given up on me! I am still getting better even 3 years after spinal surgery. Thank you Julius.
Irene D.
Irene D.
02:01 25 Oct 21
Three years ago I had decompression laminectopies L4 mainly. I was numb from waist to big toe because my sciatic nerve was squashed flat. About 2 years ago a friend recommended Julius as he had helped her when noone else could. Since then Julius has brought life back to muscles which had stopped working. I now have movement in my toes and i can walk and drive again. It has been massage, exercises, weights and lots of encouragement. He has become an expert in feet and researches every problem and issue. It has been a long journey but he has brought me back to life and living. Irene Daly
Irene D.
Irene D.
01:32 25 Oct 21
I’ve had chronic back pain since I was 17-18 (I am now 30) and just lived with it as any time I went to a doctor and was referred to a physio, it didn’t help long term. I however started seeing my cousin Julius for it for the last maybe 1-2 years, and his treatment has definitely helped reduced the pain - some days I have none at all and it lasts for weeks or so which is a rarity! Daryl has also trained me and he is great as well !! Highly recommended!!
Jamila G.
Jamila G.
23:50 28 Jul 21
I was recommended by a friend to see Julius due to on-going hip issues which had been impacting my training for a while. I had seen many healthcare professionals in the past and Julius has been the only person who is able to fix me! Julius is super knowledgeable and has helped remarkably with any pain or injury I have, as well as with my mobility and form which has enabled me to significantly progress in my training. They are also super genuine people who truely care about your health and well-being, and can't thank Julius enough for his on-going encouragement and support. Would highly recommend!
Kimberly P.
Kimberly P.
08:05 28 Jul 21
I saw Julius for some back pain that I've had for years, and it's recently flared up. He diagnosed the problem near instantly, and gave me the corrective exercises to go home with. It's been a few weeks since seeing Julius, and years of back pain have all disappeared.Can't thank you enough. High recommended!!
Rocky V.
Rocky V.
02:58 25 Jun 21
Both Darryl and Julius are fantastic! Teaching me things I didn't know about my body while increasing my shoulder mobility and stability. 10/10 would recommend.
Brendon I.
Brendon I.
23:09 01 Mar 21
Julius and Daryl are extremely friendly and are two absolute experts in their field who have come together to bring amazing service. Their quality of work is exceptional and it is very evident that they take great pride in what they do and truly care about the health and wellbeing of their clients. I have seen Julius a handful of times over the past few years and he has always ensured that I am back to my healthy and fully mobile self in no time at all through his myotherapy and coaching/exercise expertise. These gentlemen are some of the most genuine people you will ever meet and I cannot recommend them enough!
Sean
Sean
08:59 16 Jan 21
Was recommended to see Julius by a friend as I've recently been battling with injuries that have flared up due to WFH. I'd never seen a myotherapist before so I was a bit nervous but Julius put me at ease right away and walked me through both my injuries clearly so I understood what was causing it and gave me simple exercises I could do at home to strengthen the muscles I was wearing out to avoid further injury and reverse the damage I'd done to myself. Overall a great experience!
Janette Lam S.
Janette Lam S.
08:11 03 Oct 20
I came into the clinic with a janky hip and unstable squat form.Julius has been able to guide me through the corrective measures to get me back into tip-top form.His methodical approach, mixed with firm rooted knowledge has helped repair my weight lifting foundations (am now well acquainted with the Bulagarian Split Squat :( )Fingers crossed for that 140kg deadlift.
Sophie S.
Sophie S.
08:15 28 Jul 20
I like how deep he can go. Those stretches and massages always hit the spot.
Elvis P.
Elvis P.
02:46 24 Jul 20
Felt so comfortable here thanks so much to Julius for taking care of me and my wife !
thai D.
thai D.
14:18 20 Jun 20
These guys are absolutely VITAL to maintaining my health. Super informative, and super supportive. I love that my recovery is not simply based on being treated, it's checking in with me between treatments as well as communicating with my Coach @ Jkingfit so that my maintenance is ongoing and proactive and not simply when I'm feeling sore.
Tina D.
Tina D.
06:19 16 Jun 20
Julius is incredibly knowledgeable and the treatment is always five stars. I’ve been seeing Julius for approximately two years and his services have never faltered. I see him for all my injuries and general body aches. He always gives strategies to improve my athlete technique. I can’t recommend him enough! If you’re looking to heal new or old injuries or just improve your physical technique I would look no further than Solidus!
Monique V.
Monique V.
05:47 16 Jun 20
The team at Solidus are fantastic and are the best I've been to. They genuinely care about keeping you in the best shape possible. They're great at explaining what's happened and how to maintain yourself long term.
Dee M.
Dee M.
19:41 20 Feb 20
Extremely professional team who, not only know their stuff, but also make it fun! It’s clear that Julius and Daryl are passionate about what they do and really want to make difference in people’s lives, which I very much appreciate. Highly recommend!
Snitta K.
Snitta K.
23:47 09 Jan 20
Well explained knowledge and gets straight to the point. Highly recommended!
Brian T.
Brian T.
05:05 09 Jan 20
I went to Solidus Health & Strength because I hit a plateau in my normal gym routine. Julius went through my form and helped me improve in the smaller details, which helped me progress significantly.He's now working with me on improving my core strength and general athleticism to help me with injury prevention.I Would recommend Solidus to anyone who wants to get to that next level.
Claire L.
Claire L.
07:19 01 Jan 20
Julius and Daryl are friendly and knowledgeable. Julius has treated me for various injuries and has helped me to continue to train around pain and smash PB's. He is a great motivator and has taught me to move well, lift well and live well.
huong N.
huong N.
10:54 18 Dec 19
Knowledgeable, good music. Great clinic !
Peter S.
Peter S.
08:05 07 Dec 19
He is soo good. I had a stiff neck, shoulder and back for the last two weeks. But he massageed and taught me some exercises and fixed me today. highly recommend !! Thank you
Sia S.
Sia S.
08:27 30 Nov 19
Julius and Daryl have taught me with so many skills in managing my own health. They deliver so much more than just hands on work. Julius has taught me practical skills in correcting my posture and Daryl has given me the confidence to squat and deadlift safe and effectively. I am moving and feeling the best I have in years, couldn’t thank them enough.
Nicole C.
Nicole C.
22:03 28 Nov 19
Julius and the team were so professional and friendly while treating me! His ability to explain why I'm feeling sore and then how to not only fix it but stop coming back is why I'd highly recommend him to anyone!
Vince Z.
Vince Z.
06:44 28 Nov 19
As a Myotherapist myself I am always quite picky with who I see. Julius has been my Myo for years. Not only personally but if I ever have patients who I am unable to help I will always advise them to go see Julius.His professionalism, knowledge and personal approach are second to none in the industry.
Spencer R.
Spencer R.
04:08 28 Nov 19
Julius has treated me multiple times and gave me great exercises to be able to perform at a greater level. His expertise is second to none. Thank you for your help!
Pania E.
Pania E.
00:26 28 Nov 19
Julius is a talented and experience myo with exceptional professionalism. Giving great treatment and knowledgeable advice on exercises to assist with the recovery and strengthening. I had injured my shoulder from jiu jitsu training. After a few sessions with Julius, I was back on the mat and training again. He has my full trust, and will definitely go back.
Duy C.
Duy C.
23:35 27 Nov 19
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FAQs

How often do I need to train?

Training frequency will depend on your experience level, overall health, fitness goals, and injury. After your assessment, Solidus’ strength and conditioning coaches will determine the right training frequency for your needs. 

We’ll also design a program around your lifestyle and current training programs. For example, if you’re a tennis player who intends to increase muscle mass and strength, we’ll provide a training schedule and workload that doesn’t interfere with your regular training.

Does strength training reduce risk of injury?

Strength training is highly effective for injury prevention for many reasons. A good program can strengthen your muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones, as well as improve your flexibility, posture and balance. Strength training also increases bone density and leads to better coordination and balance, preventing falls that often occur with older people or those with balance problems.

What are strengthening and conditioning exercises?

Strength and conditioning exercises use a combination of bodyweight and weighted exercises, along with cardiovascular training to develop your strength, endurance and flexibility. Exercises are selected to include movements that support sporting activity and everyday tasks, ranging from reverse lunges using your bodyweight to squats using weight bars.

Why is there a need for a strength and conditioning coach?

When our Melbourne strength and conditioning coaches incorporate their expert knowledge of physiology, anatomy and biomechanics, they can design functional programs specific to your needs and goals. Whether you’re prone to injury, currently injured, or hoping to improve your day-to-day quality of life, you’ll see much faster results when your training program is designed specifically for you!

Can strength training cause injuries?

Strength training is a great way to build strength and improve muscle mass, but it can be dangerous if performed incorrectly. When weights are lifted with improper technique, i.e. jerking during an exercise to lift the weight, it can cause misalignment and stress your muscles, joints and tendons. This leads to sprains and more severe injuries like muscle tears.

In addition to lousy form, overloading your muscles too quickly by adding too much weight can cause injury. Our Melbourne strength training programs incorporate adequate rest times between training sessions while adding recovery weeks where volume and intensity are decreased. Training intensity will only be increased when your body has adapted to the current demands, so progression overload is gradual.

How do I prepare for my first session?

We specialise in injury prevention and rehabilitation, so if you’ve sustained muscle or joint damage, we can properly diagnose your symptoms and locate the cause of any pain or discomfort.

For our Melbourne strength and conditioning coaches to help you achieve your fitness goals, you must provide them with relevant medical information. Please let our program designer know about this during our initial consultation if you suffer from any injuries, ailments, or illnesses.

What's included in a physical assessment?

Our Melbourne strength and conditioning coaches will review your lifestyle, current training program, condition and any injuries. We’ll then perform physical assessments by analysing your body mechanics, posture, flexibility and core stability. This allows us to identify any imbalances or muscle weakness contributing to injury.

We’ll then provide a summary of our findings and a personalised program to support you – whether you have the goal of injury prevention, rehabilitation or performance enhancement.

Why choose Solidus?

Our strength and conditioning coaches use an evidence-based approach to personalise your training, meaning everything you do is based on tested and proven principles and methods.

In addition to expert knowledge of physiology, anatomy, biomechanics and sports science, our Melbourne strength training experts also have a wealth of experience treating people from all backgrounds. You’ll receive the best care and support to get you back to your regular activities as quickly and safely as possible.

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