Training Archives - Page 3 of 4 - Iron Paradise Fitness

Category Archives for "Training"

From Jabba To Jedi: The Ultimate Jedi Workout And Meal Plan

The Ultimate Jedi Workout And Meal Plan

Becoming a Jedi isn't easy. Typically, progressing from Padawan to Jedi Master will take years. Fuck that! You haven't got time to do handstands in the mud and watch rocks floating around all day. You want to do this at hyper speed. Roger Gold Leader. So let's fast track you to Jedi status with the Ultimate Jedi Workout And Meal Plan.

And here's a quick breakdown of your training:

  • I: The Phantom Deficit
  • II: Attack Of The Macros
  • III: Revenge Of The Swole
  • IV: A New Hope
  • V: The Weight Strikes Back
  • VI: Return Of The Jacked Jedi

Your Jedi Workout Won't Be Easy

On the surface Star Wars seems like a classic tale of good triumphing over evil. But the reality is a little different.

Case in point, our hero, Luke Skywalker. Put yourself in his shoes for a second.

First off, your Aunt and Uncle get brutally burned alive at the behest of your own Father.

Then you get attacked in a bar just because some dude with a crushed nose and fucked up face didn't like the look of you.

Despite all that, you selflessly travel half way across the galaxy to rescue a Princess, only for her to call you a midget (what a bitch). But you decide to be the bigger man. So you do the heroic thing by rescuing her, getting the kiss you deserve, only to find out later she's your goddamn sister. WTF?

Then your Dad disintegrates your mate. After which he tries to blow you up in your X-Wing... Admittedly, you were trying to blow up his house, so maybe you deserved it.

And that was all in the first film.

We haven't even gotten to the Yeti attack, spending the night snuggled up in the intestines of a snow camel, or the fact your Dad attacked you again. Only this time chopping your fucking hand off. MOTHERFUCKER! (one way to lose weight I suppose).

So I can't help but think all this could've been avoided if Luke was just absolutely JACKED!

Being a Jedi is no walk in the sand pit. You've got to be prepared for the grit, hard work, effort, and the incest. Well...maybe not the incest, but you get what I mean. Don't expect your path to Jedi Master to be easy, you've gotta work for it.


Think Of Me As Your Obi Wan

I'm going to assume you've navigated here through space and time and aren't 100% familiar with who I am. So let's change that right now, I'm Simon. Some people call me Si, others Simon James (but that's usually my Nan).

Jedi Workout Iron Paradise Fitness

I chose to keep my shirt on for this pic, contrary to the online fitness coach code. But hey, I did tense the fuck out of my arms to make them look massive. Anyway, I once was a young Jedi wannabe that couldn't get the body he dreamed of.

But I managed to figure it out, without having to resort to Jedi mind tricks. And I definitely didn't get lured to the Dark Side of fad diets and BS supplements.

And the great thing is, I'm able to coach people to achieve equally awesome bodies with my proven approach.

But, for now, let's get back to your training and your Jedi Workout And Meal Plan. Although first, let's talk mindset.


Get Out Of The Jabba Mindset

Right now you feel a little more Jabba than Jedi. Am I right? Spending your free time watching Ultimate Rancor Massacres Season 14 on Netflix while having a busty maiden feed you.

Not exactly the picture of health.

First things first, you need to break free from your negative mindset. It might be driven by past failures and pitfalls you've disappeared down in the past. The Blue Milk Diet was never going to be sustainable, was it?

You see, quick fixes are always going to be there. Preying on your desire to speed the process up and rid yourself of the negative feelings you're experiencing. But the truth is, they're not sustainable. What happens when you want to wine and dine your favourite Princess. Or maybe a scruffy-looking Nerf-herder wants to take you out on date night. What will you do then? Decline?

Thought not... What you need is a way of eating to suit your lifestyle. One that fits seamlessly into how you want to live your life. And compliments your badass Jedi Workout Programme.

So let's do just that.


Episode I: The Phantom Deficit

Losing weight and getting in shape isn't complicated. It's hard. Just not complex.

Everything comes back to a calorie deficit... "What's that?" I hear you cry. Allow me to fill you in.

What you eat and drink will almost always contain calories, which is simply a measurement of energy. And your body needs that energy to move and keep you alive. Not to mention fuel your tough Jedi Workout Programme (more on that later).

But here's the thing.

If you have more calories than you need, you'll gain weight. So you'll end up a little more Jabba each day. And we don't want that.

On the flip side, if you have less calories than your body needs, you'll lose weight. Jackpot! That's one a million kid.

Taking that nutritional epiphany into consideration, you've failed to lose weight in the past for one of two reasons.

You Weren't In a Deficit

Despite thinking you were eating well, you still ate too much. All the Bantha Meat-Feast Pizzas were pretty calorie dense. Bottom line, you weren't in a calorie deficit. Don't believe me? Ask Master Yoda.

jedi workout that is why you fail iron paradise fitness

Your Diet Wasn't Sustainable

The other reason you failed in the past could be down to an unsustainable approach. Feasting on one quarter portion for the whole day isn't exactly a life worth living (just ask Rey). Plus after you lose weight and come to eat normally again, you lack the knowledge to stop your weight bouncing back up.

These definitely aren't the diets you're looking for...

Jedi Workout Star Wars Iron Paradise Fitness

How To Create A Calorie Deficit

Here's the good news. Creating the elusive calorie deficit is pretty easy. In fact, I made this handy little guide for you. I'll leave you to wrap your head around it. But feel free to ask me any questions.

With your deficit in place, sticking to it becomes your absolute priority. Because if you do, you'll be sculpting a Jedi physique in no time.

And if you ever hear someone say a calorie deficit isn't the way to lose fat... send in the cavalry.

Jedi Workout Calorie Deficit Star Wars Empire


Episode II: Attack Of The Macros

Macros (short for macronutrients) is a fancy term for protein, carbs, fat, and alcohol. Yes Alcohol counts as it gives you energy. Although, don't plan on getting all your calories from booze. After all, kissing your sister stone-cold sober is one thing, so who knows what happens after a few too many Bocce Coffees...

All of the food that provide you with energy (ie calories). If you want to get into the detail, check this article I wrote here.

For now we'll keep things high level.

Some people get hugely hung up about macros. They see it as an opportunity to eat like they're at an 8 year old Padawan's birthday and still lose weight. But you aren't going to get to Jedi Master status thinking like that.

And truth be told, you don't need to focus on macros all that much. Let me explain...


Protein is the logical start point for your Jedi Meal Plan. It's going to help you feel fuller for longer, preserve muscle, and maybe build a bit too. All in all, it's worth paying some attention to.

So whether you want to gnaw on Ewok drumsticks or chow down on Taun Taun steaks just make sure you get c.1.8-2.7g/kg each day. You can even have a few glasses of your favourite blue milk. Because there's nothing wrong with a little dairy either.

If you ever make your way to the Milky Way (it's a galaxy far far away) here's a quick reference guide of some protein options they have available.

Jedi Workout Protein Sources Iron Paradise Fitness


Fat makes you fat, right? WRONG.

Calories make you fat. Jabba just hasn't got his energy balance equation right.

You don't need to fear fat. The Dark Side isn't flowing through the veins of your favourite stilton cheese. In fact, you need fat for general health and to stay alive. But beware...

There are good and bad fats.

Good fats you should focus on are foods such as avocado, olive oil, and nuts.  These are your Jedis of fat.

And don't forget that fish oil too. Those Omega 3's are pretty damn awesome.

Trans fats are the Sith Lords of the fat world.

Trans fats are like the Emperor Palpetine of fat.  These guys are the leaders of the Dark Side.  Typically, artificially created, they’re most commonly found in packaged snack food, baked goods, and cookies etc. Although many companies are getting wise to the fact people want to avoid them and have adjusted ingredients accordingly.

How much?

As a start point I would recommend calculating your fat requirements based on 20-25% of total calories (as a rough guide).  This is going to give you the minimum amount of fat your body needs to stay healthy and carry out the functions it needs to.

You can have more, but you need to bear in mind that there are 9 calories per gram, so more fat in your diet will quickly eat away at those calories, leaving you less calories for carbs and less food (in terms of volume) overall.


Carbs makes you fat, right? That's why you should do Keto... WRONG.

Calories make you fat. We covered that one already... Keep up.

Despite what the nutritional Sith Lords will tell you, carbs aren't the Dark Side either. Keto works because it creates a calorie deficit. There's not much more to it than that.

And let’s dispel one other myth while we're at it.  It’s become trendy to be gluten free in the belief that it’s miraculously healthier for you.

This is totally not the case.

Unless you have a specific intolerance there’s no need to be THAT guy or girl.  

When you hit that artisan coffee shop in Mos Eisley, don’t spend 20 minutes interrogating the staff.  Just order your BLT (Bantha, Lettuce, and Tomato) sandwich, Alderaan Blend espresso, Naboo Peace Crisps and enjoy them. The gluten is fine.

But what about the insulin?

Carbs spike insulin and shut off the fat burning process. Or at least that's what some galactic-sized moron would have you believe. Let's not waste any more time on this one. Here's a 1 minute video to give you the REAL truth. Time to force choke the zealots once and for all.



Once you've spent the day shooting Womp Rats in your T-16, there's nothing better than kicking back and have a couple of brews with your buddies in the local Cantina Bar. But are those innocent drinks actually killing your Jedi Training?

The answer is maybe... But they don't have to.

You see, those drinks have calories. And if you've learned anything so far, it's that calories matter. So you need to account for them. Fail to do that and you'll find Jabba-like status quickly returns.

Bottom line. Enjoy a drink if you want to, especially when you blow up a couple of Death Stars. Just keep it under control.

And don't forget not to drink and fly. Those X-Wings are expensive.


The Bottom Line On Macros

Macros don't matter as much as you might think.

Focus on calories and protein. Then do what you want with the rest.

Because as long as you have your calories in check, the rest is down to your personal preference. And don't let a Keto zealot tell you otherwise.

Jedi Workout Vader Carbs Iron Paradise Fitness

Episode III: Revenge Of The Swole (a.k.a your Jedi Workout)

Calorie deficit in place and macros in check it's time to move this thing up a notch and go Hyper Speed.

That's right, it's time to make you all swole with your very own Jedi Workout. No more getting pushed around in Cantina bars. And no more Princesses thinking you're not up to scratch. Follow the Jedi Workout as I've laid it out, and you'll be able to drag an X-Wing out of a Dagobah bog with your bare hands in no time.

First let's start with the traits of a good Jedi. A young Padawan needs to concentrate on overall development. Mind and Body in unison as you progress through your training. The flips and summersaults come later. Master Yoda will teach you those.

What you and I are talking about here is the foundations of being the most sculpted Jedi in the galaxy.

Your first workout looks something like this...

Jedi Workout - Workout A

Jedi Workout Iron Paradise Fitness

Here's a few Jedi Training Videos for those exercises. After all, I want you to do them right. An injured Padawan is no good to anyone.

Jedi Workout A: Chest Supported Machine Row

Exercise Cues:

  • Pull shoulder blades back to start exercise.
  • Imagine driving elbows into the ground
  • Pull back until upper arm is in line with torso

Jedi Workout A: Machine Shoulder Press

Exercise Cues:

  • Keep lower back pressed into the seat
  • Brace core throughout the exercise
  • Press straight up and stop just before elbows lock out

Jedi Workout A: Chest Machine Fly

Exercise Cues:

  • Set your starting position by imagining trying to grip a pencil between your shoulder blades (maintain this position throughout)
  • Focus on bringing biceps across your chest
  • Bring the handles in front of you to the point where you are able to maintain shoulder blade position

Jedi Workout A: Goblet Squat

Perform by my trusted Jedi friend.

Exercise Cues:

  • Assess how low you should squat by performing the movement without weight first
  • Depth should be to the lowest point where form can be maintain (no rounding of lower back / butt)
  • Drive through heels
  • Stop just short of knee lock out

Jedi Workout A: Leg Extension

Exercise Cues:

  • Create stability in your pelvis by pulling your body down into the seat
  • Use a controlled movement to initiate the rep
  • Raise to the point of full knee extension
  • Lower the weight in a controlled way

Use the force and put maximum effort into those exercises and you'll be well on the way to Jedi Mastery. But this is just the start of your Jedi Workout Programme. There's more to get your hands on. And you can get full access to the full Jedi workout here (for free). Plus, you get a handy workout tracker and instructional videos.

Believe me... It IS the workout you're looking for.

Episode IV: A New Hope

This is it. You've got all the components of what it takes to be the most badass Jedi ever known. You have a new opportunity to achieve the awesome body that's cruelly eluded you in the past. An opportunity that represents a New Hope...

Who knows, you could be the one to bring balance to the force.

So now's the time to focus on getting your mind right. Because this journey is not going to be smooth sailing (sorry to break it to you). And strength of mind is a trait every good Jedi needs to have. Mental agility is just as important as physical.

It's time for you to master The Force.

You see, there'll be times when you feel like giving up. You'll feel as though you're falling back into your old ways as if they were the jaws of the Sarlaac Pit Monster, sucking you back in.`

Resisting temptation is a priority. And you need to learn to manage your frustration. Because if you don't, you'll find yourself in the clutches of The Dark Side.

And the best way to do that is with 3 things.

Clear Goal

Understanding what you want to achieve, why you want to achieve it, what might get in your way, and how you'll deal with those challenges.


You need the plans to the Death Star. A structured approach to firing your fat loss proton torpedos and blowing that shit to smithereens.

Consistent Action

The Rebellion (against fat and being out of shape) can't succeed with flakiness. It needs consistent action. This isn't like shooting those womp rats back home. This is serious shit. Get committed and take action, CONSISTENTLY.

And to help you navigate your way to mastery of The Force, here's a tutorial video to walk you through it step by step.


Episode V: The Weight Strikes Back

At some point on your journey to becoming a Jedi, you will feel the frustration of the scales. Your Jedi Workout Programme is going well and you feel like your Jedi Meal Plan is on point. But for some reason your weight is all over the place. And you can't figure out why your progress is stuck, like it's frozen in carbonite.

In my experience as a Jedi Master there's a few things at play. And most of them aren't your fault.

Your weight fluctuates for a bunch of different reasons. However, I'm going to keep this simple and boil it down to the Top 5.


When you're in a calorie deficit the energy stored in your muscles (glycogen) starts to get depleted. This is normal...don't panic.

Depending on food choices you make day to day, some of your energy stores will get replaced. Think of it as refuelling the hyperdrive cells of the Millenium Falcon. But here's the thing.

For every gram of this energy, your body will store 3 grams of water. Again, nothing to worry about, it's perfectly normal. Although, it does mean your scale weight may go up even if body fat is coming down.


The food you eat weighs something. And the weight of the food you eat will vary day to day (even if calories stay the same). So one day you could just have a little more undigested Ewok steak in your belly than you did yesterday.

But bear in mind (not an Ewok pun) if calories are managed you're still losing fat and have nothing to worry about.


We all do it, even Queen Amidala sits on the porcelain throne to curl one out. And I'm sure you've had those days when your deposit is a lot less magnificent than normal. So a fluctuation in scale weight could go up or down based on how regular you are.

Consequently, fibre is a key thing to focus on. Because the more regular you are, the healthier your digestion will be. And you might have less fluctuations on the scale.

Here's a handy video to show you 9 ways to get more fibre in your diet.

Water Retention:

Sometimes you feel puffier than Nien Nunb (that's Lando's Co-Pilot by the way). And it makes you feel a little bloated and unhappy. More importantly, it's causing your weight to be more erratic than your average Pod Race. So what gives? And how can you get water retention under control?

Now, there's a specific Jedi text on managing water retention. For now, I’m going to summarise the key reasons water retention may be happening. Although this is not a complete list and some may not apply to you. So go here if you want to read the full opus.

1. Increase in salt intake

2. Decrease in potassium intake

3. Imbalance between salt and potassium levels.

4. Increased stress

5. Lack of sleep

6. Not enough water

7. Overtraining

8. Lack of exercise (shouldn't be an issue with your Jedi Workout in full swing)

How To Control Water Retention

Quite frankly, there's more aspects to water retention than you can shake a light saber at. So for now let’s focus on a few things you can do to reduce variability in water weight changes.

Firstly, you can look at your nutrition. For example, balancing salt and potassium levels. Ideally getting between 3-5g of each.

Drinking enough water is also pretty simple. Just drink until your pee is clear.

After that, you’ve got the training side of things. And you just need to be sensible here. A balance between couch potato and killing yourself in the gym is all you need. Your Jedi Workout Programme should be challenging you, not killing you.

Finally, optimising your lifestyle is possibly the more tricky aspect to control. After all, it's a hard life being a Jedi. The stress of your Dad trying to kill you at every turn is a challenge to say the least. But getting a consistent sleep pattern will certainly help. As will a reduction in stress levels, if achievable.

Monthly Cycle:

Lastly on the Top 5 we have the monthly cycle. And no, I'm not talking about those leisurely rides around the street of Bespin. This is for the lady Jedi's in training. Gents, you can skip on to the next section. Ladies, it's just me and you on this one.

Typically, you’ll see greater variability in water retention when Estrogen and Progesterone hormones levels change more significantly.

And from the diagram below, you can say that's just before ovulation and part way through the luteal phase. So be prepared for some big variations in scale weight here.

Jedi Workout menstrual cycle Iron Paradise Fitness


And it’s because of this variability why I wouldn’t recommend comparing weight on a daily basis. It would make more sense to look at your average across the week.

Furthermore, it would make even more sense to compare that weekly average to the weekly average at the same point in last month’s cycle.

This would give you a truer reflection of your weight and fat loss progress.

So it would be a better practice to record your weight regularly, ignore the fact your weight fluctuates daily, and look at progress objectively over a longer period of time.


Episode V: The Return Of The Jacked Jedi

And so we come to the end... Well almost. Because now's the time for you to complete your training. And to do that, I'm going to give you two options.

Option 1: Walk The Jedi Path Alone

If you apply the teachings of this sacred Jedi text, you will succeed. And to do that, download your free Jedi Kickstarter Pack, which includes your Jedi Workout Programme, Jedi Workout Tracker, and guide on how to calculate how many calories you need to lose weight and look great.

But it will take time.

Option 2: Accelerate Your Journey To Jedi Mastery

Having your own Master Yoda to guide your training, create and update your Jedi Workout when you need it, and take the uncertainty out of nutrition is the fast track to becoming a leaner, stronger, healthier Jedi. It's like installing a fat loss hyperdrive.

So if you want to skip straight to results, book your ticket to speak to Master Yoda right here.

Yoda Jedi Workout Iron Paradise Fitness

But for now, all I'll say is... Keep living the Lean Life and use the force.

Get Back On Track After Christmas Article Cover Iron Paradise Fitness

5 Tips To Get Back On Track After Christmas

Planning on letting loose this Christmas? Make sure you're ready to get back on track, FAST! 

Whether your Christmas indulgence is a 1 day, 3 day, or week long affair, you'll want to get back on track, right?... Well here's how...

Let's fast forward in our little fitness time machine and assume Christmas is over.

In fact, by the time you read this, Christmas might be a distant memory.

Right now, you desperately want to shed the Christmas pounds. And you feel like you need a detox after drowning in alcohol, chocolate, and turkey for a week.

But how do you free yourself from your Christmas coma and get the wheels back on track?

Read on my friend and find out the answer.

Continue reading

Ultimate Bodyweight Workout Article Cover Iron Paradise Fitness

Ultimate Bodyweight Workout

The Ultimate Bodyweight Workout You Can Do Today With Zero Equipment.

Can't make it to the gym? No problem. This bodyweight workout has everything you need to build a great body. And there's not a dumbbell or barbell in sight...

Not everyone can make it to the gym. I get it. Whether it's the pressures of family life, work life, or otherwise, sometimes it's just not an option. So a bodyweight workout can be the next best thing.

But it's difficult to know what to do, right?

Well, in this article you're getting a whole host of great exercises you can pull together for a great bodyweight workout. And you can adjust everything to sort your experience and skill level.

So dive right in and start creating your own killer workout.

Continue reading

Sets And Reps Article Cover Iron Paradise Fitness

The Ultimate Guide To Sets And Reps For Building Muscle

The Ultimate Guide To Sets And Reps For For Anyone Wanting To Maximise Every Workout …

At some point in time you’ve pondered the question, ‘How Many Sets And Reps Should I Be Doing?” In fact, it’s hands down one of the more frequent questions I get asked. So it seemed an appropriate topic for an article.

Gym folklore would have you believe it’s 1-3 reps for strength, 8-10 reps for building muscle, and 12-15 reps for endurance. But is this all bro-science, or is there some truth to it? And what's the bro-science law on sets?

After all, there’s some things the bros do get right. Albeit they wrap it up in a veil of chest-thumping hyperbole, which leaves you doubting if it’s more horse shit.

So is bodybuilding folklore backed up by research?

It’s time to dig into this one and find out…

Continue reading

Workout when sick article title

Should You Workout When Sick?

Should you workout when sick? Or is rest the best medicine?

workout when sick blog pic

When you're sick it's sometimes difficult to know when to train and when to back off and rest. Because you don't want to fall behind with your training. And you certainly don't want to undo all that good work with your diet. So should you workout when sick, or curl up in your bed and forget the gym? In this article, I'm guiding you through the 3 rules I live by.

First off. And probably most importantly let me say this. I am no doctor, so what do I really know about giving medical advice? Nothing is the answer to that! So this is just me telling you what's worked for me over the years and what rules of thumb have worked for me. But if you’re in any doubt, then always consult your doctor before smashing yourself stupid in the gym.

And with that out of the way, let's crack on with the main part of the article. 

Should you workout when sick, or should you rest?

Should you power through your illness, man up (or woman up), and stick to that programme, so you don’t fall behind? Or should you take a rest, put your feet up, grab the Ben & Jerry’s and mope around for the next 7 days?

Continue reading

1 Build Muscle Fast Blog Pic

Build Muscle Fast: Your 5 Step Solution

Build Muscle and get a six pack. The two most common goals of people starting out on their fitness journey. But how do you actually make that first one happen?

Well, if you're searching for the answer to that question then reading this article means you can end that search for good.  Because this is your ultimate training and nutrition guide to build muscle fast. 

First of all, let me congratulate you. Because starting on the journey to improve your physique is awesome.  Whether you're a complete newbie or have been going to the gym for years, taking your physique to the next level is only going to bring you a ton of benefits.  Not only will you look better, you'll feel better and enjoy all of the long-term health benefits that come with it.  To put it another way, if you build muscle you're going to be irresistible to the opposite sex and goddamn it you're gonna feel good about it. Of course, I'm joking on that last point (kind of).

Sometimes Google doesn't have the answer...

And now you've made the decision to build muscle and look all sorts of awesome, you're trying figure out how the hell to actually do it. Google normally has the answer to all of the world's questions, so naturally this is your start point. But, this time Google isn't the saviour you'd hoped for.  You find endless pages of articles and YouTube videos that seemingly have the miracle solution. But which one do you pay attention to?

And then there's the supplement companies and magazines. Pick up the latest copy of any one of the dozens of glossy magazines adorning the shelves and you'll find about 50 different ways of training to build muscle.  In addition to that, you'll also find an equal number of adverts pitching the latest pill or powder with the claim that you'll build muscle faster than ever before!  Sounds almost too good to be true right? And 100% of the time it is!

So in this article, you're going to get real, actionable advice that will mean you WILL build muscle in the fastest and most effective way possible.

What's the article going to cover?

Over the next few paragraphs you'll discover:

  • How much muscle you can expect to build, naturally and how long it might take.
  • The right approach to your training.
  • The right approach to your nutrition.
  • The importance of recovery.

And, as usual, it'll all be backed up scientific research and real world experiences.  So you'll rest assured that these techniques work.

So let's dive into the detail, get you the answers you're looking for, and start to build muscle fast.

Continue reading

Iron Paradise Fitness Get Abs Fast Blog Pic

How to Get Abs Fast: Your 5 Step Solution

Everyone wants to get abs fast. But what's the best way to get that shredded look? Well, this is your ultimate training and nutrition guide that has all the answers. 

With the summer holiday season rapidly approaching it's almost time to hit the panic button.  You've been sweating your way through workout after workout for the last few months.  And you've been subjecting yourself to a diet of bland flavourless food.  But the elusive six pack hasn't materialised.

Frantically, you type the words 'Get Abs Fast' into Google and hit 'Enter'. And what does Google throw back at you? First off, cool sounding blog titles, like "10 Secrets for a Razor Cut Core" and "The 10 Minute 6 Pack Workout" fill your screen.  And you scroll down a little further and even see a YouTube video called "How to Get a Six Pack in 1 Week".  Surely this is the answer, right?

Sadly, these articles are often misleading and overhyped and ultimately lack the fundamental principles of what it REALLY takes to get abs fast.

So in this article, you're going to get real, actionable advice that will mean you WILL get that shredded look.

What's the article going to cover?

Over the next few paragraphs you'll discover:

  • The most common mistakes and how to avoid them.
  • The right approach to your training.
  • The right approach to your nutrition.
  • How much cardio you should be doing and what type.

And, as usual, it'll all be backed up scientific research and real world experiences.  So you'll rest assured that these techniques work.

So let's dive into the detail and get you the answers you're looking for.

Continue reading

Fasted Cardio Iron Paradise Fitness Blog

Fasted Cardio: What Is It & Does It Work?

Fasted Cardio: The ultimate way to accelerate fat loss, or not worth getting out of bed for?

Fasted cardio is one of those things that's been around forever.  It seems to have trickled down from the exercise regimes of Pro Bodybuilders to the workout routines of regular Joe's like you and I.  And like most topics related to fitness, there's a group of people that'll shout its benefits from the hilltops and an equal amount on the other side of the fence seeking to decry it and drag its name through the gutter?

So who's right?  Is fasted cardio your secret weapon to achieve that shredded look in the fastest way possible, or are you just wasting time and better off staying in bed?

Continue reading

The Ultimate Shoulder Workout in 5 Steps

It’s time to give those stubborn delts the cold shoulder with the ultimate shoulder workout.

If you want to build shoulders that fill out your t-shirts and make you look great on the beach come summer time, then you’re going to want to follow the training principles and workout in this article. Because this is the ultimate shoulder workout for a reason. It WORKS!

So grab a protein shake, put your feet up and relax as we dive into what’s going to make those shoulders pop and what’s going to turn those flat shapeless delts into surefire cannonballs.

Without doubt a great set of shoulders completes your physique. You can work hard on your chest, back, and arms as much as you like, but without a decent set of delts, you’re going to look out of proportion.

And I’m going to take a wild guess that you’re reading this article because you’re struggling to make your shoulders grow.  Am I right?

Well, it may be of some small comfort to you that you’re not alone. In fact, it’s a common problem amongst both beginners and even more advanced lifters. Shoulders can be stubborn. And seeing significant progress can be a painful process.

Delts are like the calves of the upper body!

Click to Tweet

No matter how hard you hit them, they just don’t seem to respond like your other muscle groups. I bet you’ve got less issues building your chest and arms, that’s for sure.

So, you find yourself doing more and more exercises. And more and more sets. And what feels like a billion reps. But has that approach brought you results? I’m guessing not.

So what’s the solution?

Continue reading
blood flow restriction article

Blood Flow Restriction Training: Does It Really Work?

Can blood flow restriction really lead to muscle growth?

When it comes to new forms of training I'm probably one of the most skeptical people out there.  And the concept of blood flow restriction training initially got my standard reaction. Because, based on past experience, I'm naturally dubious of a new crazy rep scheme that appears in some fitness magazine. Or a fad diet that an actor is screaming from the Hollywood hills about, because it helped him or her get shredded for their latest movie. To me, it alls falls into the category of waist trainers and Herbalife products.  It all just sounds too good to be true.  And you know what 99% of the time it is.

So with that in mind, when I first heard that there was a method of training involving blood flow restriction, my immediate thought was that this automatically falls into the 99% category.  I had visions of neanderthal bodybuilders getting tips from local drug users about the best way to make those veins pop.

But what if I told you that there's some truth in in it?  What if I was to tell you that my initial thoughts were completely wrong?

What if I was to tell you that the process of blood flow restriction can actually have a positive effect on muscle growth? And the theory is backed by the scientific research?

You'd be interested right?  Well this blog is going to fill you in on all the details and guide you through what it is and how to use it to further enhance your training.

I'm going to show you why Blood Flow Restriction Training (BFR) is actually in the 1%.

Continue reading