December 2016 - Iron Paradise Fitness

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6 Healthy Recipes for a Nutritious Day

So, you’re looking ahead to the New Year and hunting around for a few new healthy recipes to spice up your new 2017 nutrition plan.  You want to leave the dull and boring things in the past and create dishes you’ll actually look forward to and enjoy.

No problem, Iron Paradise Fitness has got you covered.

Over the last few days the blog posts have been geared around the post-Christmas ‘get back on it’ plan and generally gettin’ after it in 2017.  This one is in the same vein and squarely focused on nutrition.  I hope you like it.

I’ve got 6 awesome recipes for you that you can weave into your meal plans for some tasty alternatives to what you might be having at the moment.  And there’s no brussel sprouts in sight!  Most of the recipes will take less than 15 minutes to cook, so you won’t have to worry about slaving over a hot stove all day.  These are designed to work if you want to prep in advance or if you want to whip something up on the fly.

Perfect if your still lacking motivation to do a full on meal prep.  Knock these up as you go and you’ll have a good basis to start from.

I’d love to see your own creations after you’ve given the recipes a try.  Tag me in your photos on Facebook and Instagram.  The best photo will get a a FREE copy of my November and December recipe packs, containing a total of 20 awesome recipes!

Get cooking and GET CREATIVE!

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First World Problems & Getting After It In 2017

After a few days in New York / New Jersey I can truly attest that winter is well and truly here.

Walking around NYC in just a T-shirt and a fairly thing coat was definitely one of the worst decisions I could’ve made.  Stepping out of Penn Station I should have been amazed by the sights in front of me.  Yet all I could think about was making a beeline for the nearest store where I could buy a decent jacket and gloves.

Now, I’m sure for the average New Yorker that wasn’t a particularly cold day, but for me, it felt like deepest, darkest Siberia.

I felt like Luke in the Wampa ice cave.  Hands turning to ice blocks and low level numbness spreading throughout my body.  I would’ve given anything to curl up inside the warm belly of a Tauntaun even if they do smell bad on the inside.

Now that I’m back in the UK things are a little bit warmer, but those cold, dark mornings have set in and are now the norm.

If you’re like me and train first thing in the morning, your daily routine starts 10 minutes earlier than normal to get the car warmed up, defrosted and ready to roll.  Sitting in the car waiting for the screen to clear you pray for your bones to stop shaking in their frame.

This is the true definition of dedication.  Finding the motivation to lifts weights in the gym when you’d much prefer to be curled up under your thick duvet with an extra hour on the alarm clock before you have to muster the effort to drag yourself out of bed and go to work.

It’d just be easier to train in the evening, surely?

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Forming Habits in Bitesize Chunks

It’s Christmas Eve Eve (I’m using artistic license to claim that as a day).  It’s 7:30am, it’s dark and a bit of a ghost town as I look out of the window of the local coffee shop.

This has to be the calm before the storm.  Surely in a few hours time as the sun rises and the nation slowly gets to grips with the fact that there’s just 48 hours to go until the big day, this place will come to life.

The car park will be filled to the brim with cars nested side by side like sardines in a tin.

Latecomers to the shopping centre will be on the hunt for that one available space out of thousands.  Like a Great White sensing a drop of blood in the ocean, they stalk shoppers loaded up with bags, trudging back to their cars to free themselves of the weight.

But are they leaving or are they heading back for round 2?  Whatever happens, one thing’s for sure.  They’re gonna need a bigger boat!

Not everyone’s a morning person, but it certainly works f0r me.  I’ve definitely been the early bird catching the worm instead of a night Owl.  I find it the most productive time of the day.

Get the gym stuff out the way.  Get the adrenaline flowing and hit the day hard from the start and don’t let up until it’s time to hit the hay.

It’s a habit that I’ve formed over the years.  And this is what I want to talk about in today’s blog.

How to form positive habits to keep you progressing forward with your fitness goals each and every day…

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Motivation and the 14 Hour Grind

It’s been a crazy last few days.  I literally don’t know what time of day, or even day of the week it is most of the time.  My phone battery is pretty much worn out by lunch time with me continually checking the time and date to get my brain back on track.  

Honestly, I thought it was Saturday today!

It would be nice to say that I’ve been spending that time being rushed off my feet with all things Christmas related, but that’s not a luxury I’ve afforded myself this year.  Sunday still seems like a million miles away for me right now.

So, what’s been occupying my time?

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Metallica, Bulking, & International Chest Day (Part 2)

Metallica’s ‘A Year and a Half in the Life of…’

Over the next few weeks I’m going to be doing a series of shorter blog posts that are intended to a bit of a ‘Day in the Life of..’ type of thing.

I got the idea after watching an old DVD I had lying around.  Metallica’s ‘A Year and a Half in the Life of…’

I’d dread to think how many times I’ve seen that thing.  It was on constant repeat when I was a kid, right after the release of the Black Album.

Back in the early 90’s it was all still old style VHS, and me and my brother must have pretty much wore that thing out!  Not to mention the fact our parents probably lost their minds with us reciting every line word for word.

It’s what inspired me to take up the guitar and make an attempt at becoming a rock star.  For the detectives out there, you can find some old videos and tracks of my band if you scour YouTube, MySpace (if it still exists), and Facebook.

You can have a pretty good laugh at my long hair and lame effort at a beard.

Now it’s Sad But True that this series of posts probably isn’t going to be as exciting, funny, and memorable as that documentary, but let’s see how close we can get.

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How Much Cardio To Lose Weight? The Ultimate Guide to Cardio

How much cardio should you be doing to lose weight and achieve your fat loss goals? Is hours and hours on the treadmill even necessary, or is there another way?

Cardio is seen by many to be the best way to lose weight and get in shape. And it’s something that I continually hear time and time again. Because there’s a perception out there that weights are for dude that want to get big and walk around like The Hulk. And cardio is for losing weight and fat loss. But how much cardio do you REALLY need to do to achieve those goals?

In this article, I’m going to guide you through why that popular theory is actually a misconception. And you’ll also discover how much cardio you actually need to incorporate in your training and also what type of cardio has the most benefit.

Read on to find out more. Your fat loss depends on it!

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10 Gym Bag Essentials That Will Improve Your Physique

What things go into your gym bag for every workout?  Do you even have a gym bag?

Is it just a case of throwing in a towel, a change of clothes, and your padlock and off you go?

A well-packed gym bag is something not to be overlooked.  There are some essential items you need on the gym floor that will improve your performance and motivation.  With a few extra minutes spent preparing what goes into your bag, you can reap some great extra benefits from your workouts.

I’ve got 10 top tips for you that will make sure your gym bag is filled with all the essential items needed for a great workout each and every time you set foot in the gym.

These tips will help you lift more, prevent injury, and most of all make sure you enjoy those training sessions.  Because if it’s not fun, what’s the point, right?

Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a veteran of the Iron Paradise, you’ll benefit from this article.  Let’s not waste anymore time and get right down to it.

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