Drive

Last week I was invited to talk to an audience at the Boatyard in Cullercoats. I was given the luxury of deciding the topic so I picked “Drive” and being “driven”. Here are the takeaways... 1. Urgh… what is it? Being driven is a word we hear a lot, yet if you ask most...

3 Simple Mindset Tips

#1 Scheduled your priorities? What’s important to you right now? Is it scheduled and in your diary? If your priorities are REALLY  your priorities, shouldn’t they be the first thing in your diary? The thing that doesn’t get moved no matter what? Like I dunno... the...

Trajectory

Whether or not you feel concerned about your weight, being aware of the trajectory of your weight and having the ability to change trajectory is a vital skill. On average, adults gain 0.7g in bodyweight per year beyond 20 years of age. Whilst that might not sound like...

5 things surfing taught me about training

1. If you keep paddling, some day you’ll catch a wave This is a simple one; you just have to keep going… Above everything else, persistence is the key! 2. Paddle with the water not against it Not many realise that surfing is 90% paddling 10% surfing. When I first...

Can you get stronger in your 40’s and 50’s?

Here’s a question I get asked a lot... in my view for most of us the answer is yes! Absolutely! In the first graph are the men’s world records in the snatch (a weightlifting movement) the records are for the 94kg weight class from open (any age) all the way up to 85...

Storm Client Testimonial – Debbie

We recently visited our client Debbie who runs 'Yoga Therapies' with partner Chris out of their new location situated within STACK Newcastle. She gave us a wonderful testimonial on how she finds Storm fitness and why training with Storm has benefited her personal...

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 clients they...

Before you make goals

Just before you commit to your action plan for 2019, here are a few thoughts on motivation from me to you: 1. You need a telescope and a microscope A forward thinking dream like vision is important, but equally as important is the attention to the details that will...

5 Questions to take inventory of your training

One of the most important tasks Storm’s coaches do is to review our clients training programs to check they are optimally effective and likely to deliver what our clients want. I would encourage you to do the same, here’s how: 1. Is it actually happening? When you...

Exercise Form

When I first started training people, nearly a decade ago, I ignorantly thought, that in order to teach people how to lift I just needed to learn the positions, learn how to demonstrate the lifts and learn a script of what to say (I did say “ignorantly”). The thing...

Recoverable Volume

There is an amount of training you and I could complete today that would surpass your ability to recover fully from it before your next planned training session. That should be a universal truth we all subscribe to; but to some people that statement alone will cause...

Storm Fitness – A brief history

Before the Storm I first moved to Newcastle in 2008 to play rugby for the Newcastle Falcon’s. In 2009 I began running a bootcamp in exhibition park in my spare time with my friend Dr Zoe Williams who was studying nearby at the time. Two months in I was given the...

Storm Client Testimonial – Chris

We recently visited our client Chris who runs 'Yoga Therapies' out of their new location situated within STACK Newcastle. Chris gave a lovely testimonial on why he chose to train with Storm and how Storm changed him personally. See the video below.  If you'd like to...

The Storm Fitness Vitamin Deficiency Series

If you want to change the way your body looks, controlling your energy intake to energy output is the way to go. If you are interested in FEELING your best and optimising your health, eliminating deficiency where it exists is the way to go! Vitamin A Sources: Liver,...

Storm Client Testimonial – Michael

We visited our friend Michael recently. Owner of clothing brand Always Wear Red. He discusses with us his reasons for training with Storm and how Storm is benefitting his personal life. Who does Michael train with at Storm? Michael trains with Spencer who is...

What are Macros?

Most people have a good grasp of what calories are. Calories are a measure of the energy contained in food. In the simplest terms we need calories to run our bodies and if we take in more than what we need to run our body we put on weight and if we eat less than what...

Winter Wellness – 5 tips to steer clear of the lurgy

It probably hasn’t escaped your attention that this time of year is a great time to pick up sickness bugs. Here are our top tips to keep you healthy and keep your training progressing and avoid time feeling about as much use as an iron-on-tattoo. 1. Keep your mouth...

Training for Stress Relief

Our experience has taught us that without clear goals, planning and focus; training can create stress rather than reducing it. As an example let’s take a look at what the journey may look like using our fictional character Danny as our subject.   Danny wants to first...

Convenience Food, Space Travel and Time

BY: Dan Marriot Slim fast,Chicken Kiev, Smash and TV dinners These are all things that used to come to my head, when I thought of convenience foods. However, things have come a long way since Smash. Oh, and if you’re thinking what have Smash and space travel got in...

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 of...

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 clients...

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 focus....

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...

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