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Motivation to Workout

Motivation to Workout: It’s Time To Take Action

Do you lack the motivation to workout?  And when it comes to prepping meals do you lack the desire to get your ass in the kitchen?  Are you sitting there waiting for motivation to hit you?

If that opening headline described you, then I’m sure you know all too well that the motivation to workout or prep meals rarely materialises out of thin air.

Motivation to Workout

How many times have you sat on the sofa saying to yourself,

“I’ll just watch the end of this and THEN I’ll go to the gym.”

Or maybe it’s something like,

“I’m just not in the mood to cook.  I don’t feel like it today.  I’ll get up and do it first thing in the morning.”

Deep down in your heart of hearts you know you’re just kidding yourself.  The end of that TV show will come and you won’t budge an inch from that warm and comfortable sofa.

And as for the cooking, well tomorrow comes but the meals you promised yourself you’d cook never materialise.

But so what?  One day off from the gym is fine isn’t it?  You even tell yourself it’ll do you some good.  And you can always pick something up from work for lunch, so no great shakes there either.

Well, the reality isn’t that simple.  That afternoon spent whiling away a few hours ploughing through the box sets on Amazon Prime isn’t an isolated incident is it?  And I bet you’ve skipped that meal prep more than once before.

Where does this all lead?

Ultimately, it leads to you going off track and, in some cases, it leads to you never even getting off the starting blocks.  You’ve false started and got yourself thrown out of the race before the gun sounds.

Those visions you have of that ripped and toned beach body seem a distant dream now.

What’s the root cause?

The root cause of the problem is that you think Motivation = Action.  You believe that a wave of motivation to workout is going to hit you like a Tsunami, washing all those good vibes over you And making you spring into life and start chasing those goals.

The principle of motivation leading to action is flawed. And in this article I’ll tell you why and what you can do about it to put yourself into a different mindset.  You’ll be moving forward with a new level of motivation to workout that you didn’t think was in you.

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#THEDAILYGRIND 017: Triggers & Habits: The Life Hack That Will Help You Win

Have you started a fitness programme in the past only to fall foul of old habits, slip back to your old ways, and ultimately fall off the wagon?  Did you know there’s a simple tactic you can use to make sure that never happens again?  It’s time to talk to you about Triggers & Habits…

Although you may not think it, we’re still simple creatures and still have behaviours that hark back to our days as apes.  We’re protective of our families.  We’re territorial and we’ll fight to defend what we have.  And we’re also creatures of habit.

This article will look at how those ingrained behaviours and the habits you’ve developed over the years may be holding you back from true progress.

If you’re the person that’s started a fitness programme but struggles to stick to the regime, then this article is aimed squarely at you.

Maybe you’ve been tempted on several occasions by some delicious foods that you love, like those sugar-coated Krispy Kremes perched on the end of your desk brought in to celebrate someone’s birthday (which seems to happen every damn week).

They’ve taken you way off plan and left you feeling guilty, demotivated, and depressed about the whole situation.  It’s probably even created a negative feedback loop, whereby you feel so down that you think, “Fuck it!” And end up binging for the rest of the day, which makes you feel even more depressed, and so the loop continues.

Added to that, the thought of a new fitness programme is all very exciting in the beginning.  You set that New Years’ Resolution at the start of the year, but now you realise sticking to that plan is more difficult than you thought.  Getting to the gym 5 times a week like you promised yourself is proving to be all too much.  Life’s getting in the way and you’re just not making the progress you thought you would.

In fact, you’re actually going backwards!

As the saying goes, “Old habits die hard.”

Well now’s the time to get all Bruce Willis on yourself.  It’s time to understand what’s causing you to stray off plan.  And it’s time to start forming good habits to replace the bad.

It’s time to throw those habits out of the 34th floor of the Nakatomi Plaza.

Yippee Ki Yay Motherfucker!

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Accountability: The Silver Bullet for Success

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Take a look at your Facebook timeline right now.  What do you see?

If it’s anything like mine, you’ll see a host of adverts claiming they have the next miracle supplement for six pack abs, or a revolutionary training programme that builds muscle in days, or maybe they have the inside secret you need to know right now.

What’s your first thought when you see these adverts?  Skeptical?  Good.  You should be.

The lure of these adverts is strong.  Playing on your desire to achieve your dream body transformation as quickly as possible and without all that hard work and graft.  I get it and I’ve even been there myself.  In the past I’ve been guilty of buying the latest fat burner supplement in the hope I can short-cut the process and see those results that bit quicker, without facing the reality that maybe I just need to stop eating a box of Krispy Cremes every Friday.

But there is a ‘secret’ to achieving your goals in the shortest possible timeframe.  It’s not ‘sexy’ enough to make it into mainstream magazines and it’s probably not considered ‘manly’ enough to be talked about in between sets of 200kg squats.  But it could be the deal breaker for you.

If you’re finding it a struggle to stick to your training and nutrition plan, or you’re feeling like every day is a HUGE challenge and uphill battle, then this article is for you.

This article is going to uncover the unspoken secret of ACCOUNTABILITY and show you how you can use it to guarantee results.

It’s time to load the gun with your silver bullet…

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Mindset: The Forgotten Aspect of Training

Mindset:  The Forgotten Aspect of Training

Struggling sticking to your meal plan? Not sure whether or not the results you’re seeing are normal? Wondering if you’re training and eating correctly? Unsure if those around you in the gym have some inside secrets you don’t know about?

If so, then this blog is designed for you!

When I started Iron Paradise Fitness, I wanted to do things differently to everyone else. I’m not your typical ‘meathead’ bodybuilder, throwing weights around, grunting and shouting my way through a workout. I think of myself as a normal guy that loves the gym and wants to share my knowledge on how to achieve the best results.

From the day I started my fitness journey, right through to the present day, I’ve always wanted to get a true insight into what my heroes and idols do on a daily basis with their diet and training.

Watching Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, and Mike Tyson fights with my father and brother, always made me want to rush out into the garage and bash seven bells out of the dirty, worn, tired looking punch bag that hung precariously from a mildly rotten beam in the ceiling.

More so than the fights themselves, I was drawn into the training aspect of the sport. I wanted to know what it really took to be a top level fighter. I would delve into any resource I could find to understand their training regimes and approach to diet.

I remember taking training tips from the Rocky movies, even going to the extreme of drinking raw eggs before a morning run around the village on a cold winter morning. Thankfully, I wouldn’t see many people while I was out as the bodily fumes I emitted must’ve been horrendous.

I soon progressed my interest from boxing training to bodybuilding, idolising Arnold Schwarzenegger, like millions of others around the world. When I watched Pumping Iron for the first time, I was hooked, and I new that bodybuilding is what I wanted to do.

These days, I’m also a huge MMA fan and am amazed and inspired by the variations in training approaches that such a demanding sport brings.

However, despite numerous magazine articles, YouTube clips, and all of the content available through modern day media, I’m still left feeling that we don’t get to truly understand the more human and emotional side of top level training and diet.

How do they feel with the reduced calories required during a cutting phase?
How do they deal with injury?
How do they deal with motivational issues?

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The Importance of Planning: Goal Setting for Success

The Importance of Planning:  Goal Setting for Success

It’s Saturday night and while the majority of the world is enjoying the Olympics on the TV, I’m stuck in the kitchen.

That’s right, it’s meal prep night. That twice weekly ritual of preparing lunches, dinners and snacks for the days and weeks ahead that I actually believe is the cornerstone of my success. I’m sure we’d all love to be Dwayne, The Rock, Johnson and have someone freshly prepare the day’s meals and deliver them to your desk at work. Sadly, the reality for most of us is very different and many of you reading this blog will no doubt be in the same boat as me. Whether it’s grilling chicken, steaming broccoli, or creating a fabulously nutritious meal for the days ahead, we all have one thing in common.

We’re planners.

And that’s what I want to cover in this article.

I want to share with you the importance of goal setting and planning, and how you can make changes to your daily habits that will put you on the right path to success. Whether you’re a fitness beginner or an advanced bodybuilder, there are always improvements that can be made, and this blog will contain some actionable information that you can put into practice, right now.

Let’s get started…

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