Tackling Mental Health Issues with Exercise

The mechanisms underpinning the connectedness of physical exercise to mental health and wellbeing are complex and multi-layered. In a previous article, I looked at the brain and the physiological changes that take place. In this article, I’m going to discuss the psychological side of things and how the chemical changes induced by exercise, go on […]

Personal Training Equipment | 5 Items Every New Personal Trainer Should Own

Low cost items every new personal trainer should own

As a newly qualified personal trainer purchasing personal training equipment can be a real challenge, especially after forking out for your course fees and training manuals. However, there are some great low-cost items out there that won’t break the bank! So here are my top 5 Items Every New Personal Trainer Should Own. Personal Training […]

Should you train without a goal?

Goal setting is great for providing a training focus and motivation. Athletes use goal-setting to ensure they prioritise the right training programme and exercise prescription for improved sports performance. However, do non-athletes need goals? What if you just like training? Should you train without a goal? Before I answer that let’s first investigate why we […]

How to plan your own home workout?

How to plan a home workout

Many of you have been finding out recently that it is entirely possible to exercise in your own home. There are many reasons you may need to plan your own home workout. Your in lockdown and can’t access your gym anymore You may not have childcare You may want to add some variety to your […]

Is walking good for mental health – Part 1

In a previous article, I shared my own experience of depression and how my daily walking ritual helps me manage my mental health. I have been convinced for a long time now that walking has a profound impact on my mental health. As I child I could never sit still and just wanted to keep […]

Three techniques to avoid depression

In the UK one in six adults experience a common mental health problem every week and sadly suicide is now the biggest killer of young men. It is now more important than ever that we all have a better understanding of this issue that affects so many of us. By taking a proactive approach to […]

Online Personal Training

Hi, I’m Jon Bond, founder and fitness director of Storm Fitness Academy Ltd, and sister company Storm Ultimate Fitness. I’m a Personal Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Coach and Sport Scientist. I have always believed that true health and fitness is not being the best at one thing but being able to function well, physically and […]

How to plan a kettlebell workout

As we are all on ‘lockdown’ and can’t get to the gym any more, I decided to take my neighbours for a home kettlebell workout. With the wonders of technology, none of us had to even leave our homes. Thanks to Youtube and SMART TV’s I even managed to get my folks to join in. […]

Using exercise to elevate mood

There is a lot of criticism being hurled at the UK government at the moment with regard to their management of Covid-19. However, I’m really pleased to see how much they are clearly valuing the importance of exercise. At the time of writing this, the UK is in “lockdown’.  The government have decided that the […]