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Double amputee soldier gets Rebooted for triathlon
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Posted on: Monday 22nd March 2010

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Survivor of suicide bomb in training for triathlon against all odds

Reboot Dorset is the next generation of Boot Camps with its launch week on 19 April 2010 at the Old Rectory in Bridport. Unlike other Boot Camps Katie and Mark, both experts in their field, run all aspects of the physical and mind training during the week. Manjula Cote works as the nutritionist at Reboot offering various therapies to activate the body's own healing mechanisms. Reboot Dorset works with their clients leading up to their weeks stay and also provide three months aftercare to ensure all results can be maintained.

Ex-soldier Neil Heritage, lost both his legs above the knee while working as a member of a bomb disposal team during a tour of duty in Iraq in November 2004. Neil was told by medical staff “you are extremely lucky to come away with your life and the chances are you will never be able to walk unaided again”. Undeterred by this Neil was determined to continue life as normal as possible by attending regular able bodied fitness classes such as circuits, boxing and swimming training. Neil met his personal trainer, Mark, at one of his boxing classes and immediately clicked due to both of them being ex-military (Mark was an Army Physical Training Instructor).

Neil Heritage

Neil, who lost both his legs in a suicide bomb attack in Iraq in 2004, is training for an Olympic distance triathlon event this season. Neil Heritage “I completed the swim phase of the Bournemouth Triathlon as part of a relay team. I now have sights set on completing all three disciplines, swim, bike and run”.

His personal trainer, Mark Hooks of Reboot Dorset Boot Camp, “I am hoping that Neil's new prosthetic running legs, which have been sponsored by Dorset Orthopaedics in Bournemouth (, will enable Neil to fulfil his dream of completing an Olympic distance triathlon on his own this season”.

During his stay at Reboot Neil will not only get the physical guidance he needs but also the psychological assistance from Reboot Dorset's psychologist, Katie Page.

Katie is a specialist in training the mind for sport “I will uncover any root causes that may be holding Neil back from reaching his true potential. I will also use various methods to increase Neil's self confidence by helping him let go of negative emotions, break any old belief patterns and set positive and realistic goals.”

As part of the package with Reboot Dorset Neil will receive all the after care and advice he requires leading up to the Triathlon to best prepare him for his event. This is normal protocol for Reboot Dorset and every client that attends can expect to receive preparation training prior to arriving at the camp and three months aftercare leading to a specific goal individual to the client. If you want to find out more about Reboot Dorset or follow Neil on his journey please visit or call 01202 313667.