Our founder, Wendy MacLennan, is a personal trainer, mediator and Mother of 2 teens. Having experienced her own mental health issues and witnessing the pressures her own teenagers faced, Wendy began researching adolescent mental health and was troubled by the gloomy statistics she found. Knowing the positive effect that exercise had on her own mood, Wendy became frustrated that there were no 'fun fitness' classes she could take her daughter to. This made Wendy decide to design Train Body Brain as a self-care outlet specifically for teens.
And the rest is history! The Train Body Brain Method is taking off: we've taught classes at UK fitness festivals, sold out our weekly classes in North London, and are now providing sessions in numerous schools across London.
What is the Train Body Brain Method?
There is no choreography involved and classes suit all fitness levels, making our method inclusive and appealing to all, whether perceived as "sporty" or not.
Each class begins with a dynamic warm up. As we warm up the body, the brain is encouraged to release any habitual negative thoughts.
This is followed by 20 minutes of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) with powerfully positive mantras, and then 25 minutes of strengthening and stretching.
The class closes with a 15 minute mindful meditation. Arriving in the present moment by simply noticing the breath. Train Body Brain meditations focus on self-compassion and letting go of anxiety.
The Train Body Brain Method leaves you energised, but with a feeling of peace and calm more typical of a yoga class than a high intensity workout.
Why do teenagers need the Train Body Brain Method?
Inundated with images of the so-called 'perfect body' and 'perfect life' on social media, alongside the age-old stresses of school, exams and friendships, teenagers face many challenges in today's world.
75% of mental health problems start in adolescence.
37% of 14 year olds report feeling worthless, unhappy and unable to concentrate.
Rates of depression and anxiety among teenagers have increased by 70% in the last 25 years.
WHY DO WE COMBINE MINDFULNESS AND HIIT?
The combination of meditation and HIIT may at first seem surprising: HIIT is designed to increase the heart rate while meditation focuses on calming down the body and mind.
However, a recent State University of New Jersey research project showed that students who combined aerobic exercise with meditation twice a week over a two month period, experienced a 40% reduction in symptoms of depression.
This data is reinforced by what we find in girls who come to Train Body Brain classes: they feel calmer and happier after class, experienced reduced anxiety and low mood throughout the week.