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Client of the Month January 2018 – Steph

*** Client of the Month***   Congratulations to Steph who is the first ever Inner Strength Client of the month!   When we first started training Steph she said that she wasn’t “much of an exerciser” and she would never set foot in a gym so we began training at home.   Since we started Steph has completed the Couch to 5K program, lost over 20kg and as you can see from the picture she is more than comfortable in the gym!   I asked Steph a few questions about her training experience, check out what she had to say: […]

4 exercises to boost your body and mind in 2017

If you’re feeling the need to make a change after the Christmas festivities, now’s the time to consider which forms of exercise are right for you. Which workouts to benefit the whole body would fit best into your daily and weekly routines?   Walking An excellent low-impact exercise which can be built into your every-day activities. Best of all, it’s free! It has numerous health benefits. It: Exercises the whole body including the heart. A Harvard study found that walking for 3mph for 30 minutes a day can cut the risk of heart disease in women by up to 40%. […]

Can Exercise improve Anxiety, Stress or Depression? – Guest Blog

Can Exercise improve Anxiety, Stress or Depression? – Guest Blog from Fitness HQ In a nutshell, yes! Exercise or even physical activity as a whole can improve anxiety, reduce stress and help relieve some of the symptoms of depression. The benefits of physical activity and exercise on physical health have been well documented over recent years. Some of these benefits include a stronger cardiovascular system, better lung function, improved strength and flexibility and even an improved sex life. However, there is now more research and testimonials from people who used to suffer with one or more of the mental health […]

27 & Going Strong: A Self-doubting Woman’s Perspective Part 2

    It’s Monday. Mood: A little bit prickly. I haven’t touched a weight for a couple of days which is probably why I’m a bit cranky. Monday actually doesn’t generate the kind of loathing for me that it does for a lot of other people, but I do end up pretty caffeined up by the end of the day – “2 coffee Sabrina” is the best kind of Sabrina – after the 3rd coffee things go a bit downhill.  I really love my job but the long days are a killer and 5 am starts – 8:30pm finishes take some getting […]

27 & Going Strong: A Self-doubting Woman’s Perspective

On June 24th I will lift for team GB alongside some of the World’s strongest women. Incredible.       In 2 days I turn 27, and exactly 2 weeks after my 27th birthday I will be standing on a platform attempting to lift as much weight as I possibly can. It’s been an unbelievable journey so far and over the next 2 weeks I hope to share with you a few steps along my journey to the World Championships: training, diet, and general thoughts of the day. This isn’t where I thought I would be at 27; as a teenager I’d envisioned being […]

5 ways to get more active without going to the Gym

     I have a question for you – when is the last time you used your body? Really used it?   “What do you mean? I use my body all the time!” Are you sure? Does your typical day look like this? Get up Get dressed Breakfast Drive to work Sit at desk Get up for coffee Sit at desk Go for Lunch Sit at desk Toilet Break Sit at desk Drive home Pick up dinner on the way/Cook/Order In Watch TV Sleep   If the above looks familiar then please consider my question again. When was the last […]

Dealing With Stress

I was looking for quotes on how to deal with stress but all I could find were pictures that said things along the lines of “stop feeling stressed, and start feeling blessed” – enforcing the belief that stress is something you can just switch on and off; something that you choose to do. There is a lot of material out there on anxiety and depression for those who want to read it but when it comes to stress there doesn’t seem to be as much. Stress is a silent killer, and one that we currently aren’t taking seriously enough – […]

Exercise & Mental Health

1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem of some kind in their lifetime. These numbers are on the rise and prescription medications are increasingly being used in reflection. Alternative therapies do exist and research into the effect that exercise can have on mental health has been gaining momentum. Antidepressants and drug treatments are the most frequently prescribed, and this is usually the only treatment offered.1 While they can be effective they can also have unpleasant side-effects, meaning many people prefer psychological therapy to drug treatment. Unfortunately, due to the high demands for counselling, there […]