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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,...

The Minimalist Guide to Eating Healthily all Week Long

How to set up your weekly nutrition in 2 hours or less Start by writing a weekly plan for how many meals you’ll need to prepare. If you are looking to make changes to your body shape or performance, it’s not necessarily essential that you prepare every meal in...

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...

Strong To The Core

You wouldn't build a house on a weak foundation, right? Simply put, if you've got a weak core (foundations), your house (body) isn’t going to last the winter… When it comes to building a strong core, this will help you gauge where you are in terms of progression from...

The Alkaline Diet – A Closer Look

Every cell in our body operates within an optimal PH range, and those PH ranges differ between different cells. The NET PH of our body however, is pretty tightly regulated within a healthy range. In the case of somebody eating a diet which provides an acid inducing...

Activity Trackers – Do They Work?

If you want to get in shape; keeping track of your activity is definitely a good idea. Whilst energy balance or energy in vs energy burned is not the ONLY factor in successful change, calories in vs calories out is sort of the master regulator for all body composition...

Can’t Keep Up Part 3 – Simplifying Your Lifestyle

So, lets recap. The internet is run by a chimpanzee, training doesn't have to be complex and your nutrition can be managed in a few simple steps. To put the icing on the cake, in this post we’re going to look at how you can simplify your lifestyle to allow your...

Should You Eat Breakfast When Trying To Lose Weight?

Here's a guide to help you decide if breakfast is going to be an important factor in reaching your goals: Eating for fat loss: Losing body fat requires that the total volume of energy you eat and drink is less than the total volume of energy used in both exercise and...

How To Hack Your Hormones For Lean Muscle Gains

A lot of the women who train at Storm, after they have reached their body fat goals, want to increase their muscle mass and strength. You simply can’t separate strength training and the effects it has on our hormones. Here’s how to spot a session that will get your...

Forget the little Black Dress – Start Your Fight Camp

I’m going to let you in on a little secret here. At this time of year personal trainers across the land are conjuring up schemes to make you seek the approval of other people at local restaurants, bars and nightclubs whilst wearing your “little black dress”. To be...

Supercharge Your Bench Press

For those of you who have lifted weights for a while, you’ll probably be familiar with the term ‘international bench press day’ aka…Mondays. And what a glorious day it is! You get under the bar and you’re fired up to shift some serious weight. But something is getting...

The Milk Myth

Are cows on the growth hormone? This week I have again been in earshot of people making false claims about food. The one thing that stops me from stopping people in the street and advising them how to safely perform brain surgery is that, well... I don't know the...

How To Bulletproof Yourself For The Ski Season

If you were to wind back time 5 years, you would have found me sat on a ski lift in a bright green jacket talking nonsense to 4 year old ski school kids. I took a year out before I went to university and it was one of the best decisions of my life because of two...

Eating Right For Muscle Growth

I would say most of the male clients that I meet will all mention wanting some muscle growth as a goal. It’s a great goal for anyone to have, even if your goal is fat loss, more muscle mass = more calories burned at rest. Unfortunately though building muscle can be a...

5 Tips From A Seminar With Christian Thibaudeau

5 awesome take away points from Christian Thibaudeau Last week myself (David) and Jack from #teamstorm had the pleasure of attending a 2 day seminar from Christian Thibaudeau hosted by Spartan Performance. Christian is a man who has trained a vast array of different...

Cant Keep Up Part 2- Simplifying Your Nutrition Updated

“This nutrition plan will revolutionise the way you eat, look, feel and perform!”… How often have you heard something like this on social media or in magazines? The idea of a ‘secret’ or ‘revolutionary’ formula is something I see increasingly and it's something I...

What Makes A Successful Triathlete

Rio 2016 is well and truly in full swing and to top it off the Brownlee brothers have only gone and smashed the olympic triathlon once again. Something Alastair said in an interview with BBC got me thinking about what makes a successful triathlete. "As soon as we got...

Simplify Your Training Pt.1

The internet is like you local city library…except none of the books are in order, there is a group of know-it-alls shouting at the top of their voice and the librarian is a chimpanzee. There is a lot of information out there, which is in itself a wonderful thing....

The Olympic Athletes that Changed the World

The Power Of the Olympics The Olympic games is once again on the horizon and I’m sure I can’t be the only person in disbelieve that it was indeed four years ago since Farrah and Ennis lit up London. The World has changed. since the London 2012 Olympic Games Britain...

Hunger- Understand hunger and how to manage it

Hunger If you have recently started trying to lose weight there is a good chance that hunger has become a factor and if it hasn't yet it soon will be. Whether you are adhering to a set of macro targets or just reducing your intake there may be times when you feel...

Hydration

You may question why we would bother writing an article on hydration, you just need to drink more water right?   Well for as long as that works for you then yes!   Where hydration principles like the ones we are about to cover become a factor is when your...

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