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...

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...

Knee pain – Why do My Knees Hurt? – An Overview of Knee Pain

Here’s an overview of some of the many causes of knee pain you can experience. During my previous career as a professional sportsman I unfortunately had to deal with knee pain and injuries, so I understand first hand how frustrating they can be. It can also be very...

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...

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 Three Fundamentals of Building Muscle, Part 3: Frequency

Training Frequency refers to how often you train a particular muscle group/movement pattern. You may have heard the bodybuilders of the ‘Golden Age’ referring to this as ‘chest day’ or ‘leg day’. Whilst training a muscle group once a week may give you the drive to...

The Three Fundamentals of Building Muscle, Part 2: Intensity

Intensity refers to the percentage of your 1 rep max on the bar. Before we get any further, no you don’t have to know your 1RM for every lift. Or any lift unless you’re not a competitive power lifter.   There is an inverse relationship between intensity and volume, so...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Speed for Sport- Your Guide to Getting Faster

The off season in team sports is a super rare time of the year where you can get some speed coaching and actually get faster! Team sport conditioning has moved forward leaps and bounds in the last few years but there are still those old school coaches out there...

Running Faster-6 Ways to Improve 10K Speed

When I meet endurance runners and hear their running goals of shaving a minute off their 10K times I want to SHAKE them and tell them they can do a lot better than that! Your progression and improvement can be WAY greater than you think. You just need to know where to...

7 Simple Tips To Stay Focussed

Here's a few quick tips on how to get more out of training, stay focussed and feel good about doing it. #1 Get things in some kind of order. You may have heard: “A highly varied diet, rich in nutrients is the best way to get healthy, lean and fit.” “You need to match...

Dominate Your Rugby Off Season in 2015

Strength and conditioning is moving forward at a million miles per hour today and the athletes who are in front of the curve are naturally seeing huge improvements in performance.   Whilst we all need to freshen up at the end of the season you might want to consider...

5 Tips to a Bigger Deadlift (Updated)

#1 Perfect the start position This is essential to maximise power output and guard against injury, common mistakes here include; -Hips too high, this puts unnecessary pressure on the lower back and hamstrings, and the deadlift is then limited by the strength of these...

VO2 MAX -Is there any point in Testing?

Here is a post on the gap that exists between genetic maximum fitness tests and athletic performance testing. It’s worth noting here that I am coming at this topic as a coach working with Rugby Players, Crossfit Athletes and a handful of other athletes all of which...

The importance of Strength training (Physical preparation) in Swimming.

Here’s a guest post by our resident Swimming and Triathlon performance coach. Andy is an ex Elite swimmer himself and many of you will know him for his role as Storm’s massage therapist too. Here he goes over some of the reasons why his athletes are winning races,...

3 Tips – Get The Athletic Look

I won’t bore you all with research on why these 3 things work as I’m sure you don’t want to work your way through something that feels like going back to school on your day off. This is just a quick and a dirty on my way to whip (operative speak) women into shape in a...

Conditioning 101 Method #4

The last 12 months of my own training has been spent with one sole goal…to improve my energy systems. The biggest lesson I have learned which I would like to pass on to you is YOU HAVE to send a clear message to your body for what changes you want it to make.   Some...

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