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Epic Nasi Goreng

Here's a Nasi Goreng recipe I picked up from a surf trip to Indonesia, staying with a lovely family near Uluwatu. They would make the dish with dried fish due to their economic situation and what they were able to get hold of on the Island.Nasi Goreng is an Indonesian...

The Same Kind of Different

Do you ever find yourself encountering the same road blocks over and over again? So imagine you find yourself setting up a new diet and exercise regime. What have you done differently this time around that makes you feel confident that you will get a different result?...

Don’t Be a Bystander in Your Own Life

You know that feeling that life is passing you by? Time hurtles on and yet all those moments you wanted to enjoy pass by without you even feeling remotely conscious of them, it’s as if you weren’t even there. I know this feeling. A few years ago I had just started my...

Metabolism: Why Burning Calories isn’t the Answer

Why would I spend time writing about your metabolism? It’s just what we are born with isn’t it? If we have a slow metabolism there’s nothing we can about it is there? The main three aspects that determine how many calories you will burn today are:   Your levels...

Protein:Are You Deficient?

When we start working with new clients, whether they are focussed on losing body fat loss or gaining muscle we often find they could benefit from eating a bit more protein. Believe it or not a lot of people don't like the idea of eating more protein and are often...

Are Your Best Days Really Behind You?

Recently one of my good friends Michael at Always Wear Red (Newcastle’s rapidly expanding fashion brand) wrote a blog in response to the question “Can people ‘peak’?”… it was 6 words long, it read:   “Only if you think you have”   When I start working with...

Keralan Prawn Curry

Try This Fragrant Dish to spice up the dreary winter without ruining your progress! Last year I visited Kerala also known as the "spice coast" in India. Everywhere you step foot there is something edible and the food is simply amazing! I would highly recommend it!...

Using Strength Training to Crush Stress

Even though stress is an emotional state, it carries with it a raft of physiological symptoms. You know that awful feeling of sweating, dry mouth, muscle tightness and pains, a racing heart rate, high blood pressure, headaches and diarrhoea to name but a few of the...

Training For Exceptional Health and Wellbeing

This one is teensy bit sciency… But, I am writing this because I think where “wellbeing” is mentioned, the true benefits exercise has to make life better get underplayed and they are rarely backed up by any mention of the mechanisms through which those awesome...

The Muscle Preservation Mind Set

By Dan Marriot   Can I be brutally honest with you? Dieting is tough. When the sole focus of your diet is to reduce scale weight, which it is for a lot of people, dieting becomes even more challenging from a mental perspective. Today I want to offer a different...

Add Group Training For Free This February!

Add Group Training For Free This February Here’s an amazing offer to get you moving this February Add Group Training Sessions to your Personal Training package… FREE OF CHARGE As the gym that delivers the most successful, highly customised Personal Training in the...

Dan’s Top 10 Muscle Building Snacks

When it comes to gaining weight, it can sometimes be tough to get enough calories on board. So Dan has put together his top 10 muscle building snacks to give some quick go-to options when it comes to getting the calories in and fueling the hard work your putting in in...

Resistance Training For Women Over 40

Post by: Dan Marriott There are a number of health benefits that females could potentially be missing out on, if resistance training isn’t part of their weekly routine. Even though the mentality is shifting, there is still a high percentage of females, over the age of...

9 tips for a great nights kip

By Dan Marriott When it comes to sleep, there are many factors that can affect us from getting a decent kip each night. Irregular sleeping patterns, stress, having children and demanding jobs can all play a part. Spence has previously written a corker of a blog on...

Getting Your First Chin Up

You walk into the gym and the first thing you see is that person on the chin up bar, knocking out reps like it’s nothing and the first thing that pops into your head is “I’ll never be able to do that”. First off, don’t worry about the person knocking out sets of 15...

The Epic Holiday Workout Post

Holidays are of course about unwinding and getting some downtime; that said if you want to stay on top of your physique or in my case eat more food, throwing in the odd workout can help. Equipment can often be in short supply so here is the only post you'll ever need...

Compassion-o-meter

Imagine you find yourself out of shape. You can feel the loose feeling around your waist and the “overhang” on jeans that used to fit. Your energy levels mean you crash to the sofa when you get home and can barely lift a finger. You are so angry with yourself for...

40 Tips for Over 40’s

Start! If you haven’t already started, then there’s no time like the present. There are major benefits on cognitive function which will help aspects such as reasoning, memory, thinking and can alleviate symptoms of depression. Not to mention all the more obvious...

Fitness Over 40- Unlocking Strength Potential

Often when I speak to people out and about they tell me they would love to lift weights but they are too old to get started. In fact even some of my personal training clients are awaiting the impending day when they start getting weaker and losing fitness despite...

Four Factors of Fat loss

Here's an overview of how to build a successful fat loss plan that will work...and keep working. Recently here at Storm Human Behavioural Psychologist Falko Sniehotta shared some data with the team from a nationally representative study by Liz Evans. One of the more...

The Kick Start

Saturday had come and I was finally catching up with my good friend and former partner in crime (not literal crime of course) I could barely wait. I arrived and my pal was sitting down already, he seemed a bit subdued. “Hey Spence, alright?” The choice of restaurant...

Off Season Adaptation

Here’s an article that will turn a little light on in the minds of those of you who are committed to improving your athletic performance. I spoke to an athlete this week who told me “I’m doing everything I can to improve my performance” Now I don’t doubt this...

Your Instincts are Your Enemy (not your friend)

There seems to be a growing number of people who believe that by following our “natural instincts” with food choices we would arrive at a highly nutritious balanced diet There are many ways to consider how we make food choices, but for the sake of this argument...

Get on a Mission!

The new year came and went. If you are one of the lucky ones you still have your motivation in tact and you are still focussed with your training when the majority of folk have jacked in fitness in favour of Net Flix and ice cream! If you want to get the most out of...

Picking the Right Online Personal Trainer for You

"And everywhere, infinite options, infinite possibilities" ~ Haruki Murakami With almost infinite options; here are the top points to consider when selecting the person responsible for improving your health and fitness. Being a good generalist is of course fine and a...

What is Online Personal Training?

Just like every service industry, Personal training is now online and in a big way. Since 2015 the number of searches for online personal training has shot up by nearly 40%! So how does it work and what do we make of it? As is the case with personal training offline,...

Not getting enough D?

"I seem to pick up every bug or cold going around at the moment. I struggle to pull myself out of bed in the morning and I never feel energised." These are words I have heard a lot of lately. There can be a million reasons for low immune function and low energy but...

How to Take Over the World one Dieter at a Time

We are living in an age without precedence; the age of the non-expert.   Just watch the news.   Never before throughout history has there been such an opportunity for people to position themselves to give advice on important topics without having any...

The Lean Gains Game

Recently I had a break from training owing to a minor operation I needed on an old injury from my rugby days. With what has been a high workload with Storm I had been chained to my desk and I had more or less become the shape of it. The challenge I wanted to put on...

Take on a Challenge and Change Your Perspective

Recently I did a charity event for the movember foundation. This year it was supporting awareness for mens mental health. For every pound I raised, I’d pull the big sled loaded with my bodyweight (90kg) a length of the gym (20m). I knew it would be a tough challenge,...

Why Unilateral Training May Be Your Missing Link

Why on earth would you lift less on a unilateral exercise when you could lift more on a bilateral exercise?! Well, there’s a few reasons… But first, what does unilateral even mean? We’re talking about single limb movement patterns like walking lunges, single arm...

How Often Should You Perform Drop-Sets

You may well have had this conversation in the gym before, it goes a little something like this: You “excuse me, do you have many sets left on the bench?” Gym Member “just 4 sets, but I’m doing quadruple drop sets on incline press and dumbbell fly’s and I’ll need to...

The ACTUAL Effects of overfeeding this Christmas

What damage can you REALLY do to your progress this Christmas? I have spoken to a lot of people recently who have a DEEP FEAR about the upcoming Christmas period and it’s potential to de rail all your progress. So let’s first agree what we mean by “the Christmas...

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