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Exercise Order Iron Paradise Fitness Training Nutrition Articles

Exercise Order: Does It Matter For Hypertrophy?

Here's All You Need To Know About Exercise Order And How To Structure Your Training To Build Muscle

You're reading this because you want to build muscle. And in the process of creating your training programme, you question if exercise order really matters. In this article, you'll get the answer to that question, as well as the science behind it.

The truth is, exercise order is an important, yet under-appreciated variable in any training programme. While it's not as important as exercise selection and progressive overload, it's something not to be ignored.

Get exercise order wrong and you can compromise your ability to lift more weight and do more reps. So, there's an argument to say exercise order could be a limiting factor on progressive overload, if not considered.

If you're guilty of meandering from machine to machine, doing whatever you feel like, then STOP!

Take 5 minutes to read this article. It's going to save you the frustration of wondering why you're never making progress, month after month.

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Is It Ok To Workout With Sore Muscles?

Is It Ok To Workout With Sore Muscles, Or Are You Doing More Harm Than Good?

Should you workout with sore muscles? This is the question you'll get the definitive answer to in this article.

To some, training with soreness is a badge of honour. The bro "code of the road." After all, if you're not sore ALL the time, do you even lift, brah?

So is a workout with sore muscles something you have deal with?

Sink a few 'man-up' pills, a little 'pull yourself together' juice, and just do it? Or is there another way? A smarter way to train?

Here's what you're about to discover in this article.

  • Why soreness isn't the only marker of recovery.
  • What to do if your programme says to train, but every muscle is sore.
  • How to adjust your programme if you decide not to workout with sore muscles.

So if that sounds like the information you're looking for, read on.

But promise me to read the whole thing. Don't be tempted to skip around to the juicy bits. Because, trust me, if this article have orifices, knowledge juice would be gushing from them all.

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Mini Cut Guide Iron Paradise Fitness Training And Nutrition Articles

Mini Cut Guide: How To Build Muscle And Stay Lean

If You've Ever Wondered How A Mini Could Help You Stay Lean While Building Muscle, You Need To Read This Article

"What the hell is a mini cut? It sounds like more bro-science BS."

If that was your initial thought, hold up. Because a mini cut could be the muscle building Holy Grail you've been searching for.

After spending what seems a lifetime trying to lose body fat, your attention turns to building more muscle. And that means more calories, and potentially an increase in body fat. So naturally you're wary of the process. Putting on fat sounds like a bad idea, right?

But, if you want optimal results, it might be necessary. So the idea of keeping body fat in check while you sculpt some perfect pecs and gorgeous glutes, is pretty appealing.

And so enters the mini cut.

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No Energy To Workout? The 4 Reasons You're Too Tired To Train

4 Reasons You Have No Energy To Workout And What You Can Do About It.

You're fucked. The tank is empty and you're running on fumes. Simply put, you have no energy to workout. But you NEED to train. After all, your goal of building a leaner, healthier body won't materialise sat on your butt watching Netflix Box Sets. So you drag your limp, almost lifeless carcass to the gym. Trudging from machine to machine with all the excitement and fervour of a limp, wet lettuce.

So how can you address the issue? Work is stressful. And keeping all your plates spinning at once, feels like an impossible task. Efforts to train 3-4 times a week seem like a work of fiction, Neil Gaiman would be proud of.

But there's light at the end of the energy-less tunnel.

Often, the reason you have no energy to workout is not because you're lacking a special supplement, it's something far more basic. But that's a good thing, because basic things are easy to resolve. So, in this article, you'll discover the 4 main reasons you have no energy, and more importantly what you can do to rectify the situation.

Here's what you'll learn;

  • Why your desire to train hard is leaving you with no energy, and creating barriers to success.
  • How over-looking the basics of nutrition results in lack-lustre, ineffective workouts.
  • Why no energy to workout can point to a more fundamental concern that needs attention.
  • What supplements can be beneficial if you still have no energy, despite addressing the basics.

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Total Body Workouts Iron Paradise Fitness

The Top 8 Reasons To Do Total Body Workouts

8 Reasons Why Total Body Workouts Can Help You Optimise Muscle Growth And Burn Fat In A Fun, Time-Efficient Way.

You might think total body workouts are an ineffective way to achieve your body goals.

Since time immemorial, you've been conditioned to believe hammering a specific body part into submission is the best (and only) way to train.

But full body workouts can be one of the best workouts splits for building muscle and losing fat in a time-efficient way. Often requiring less overall time commitment than more traditional ways of training, they can be the perfect fit for your time-crunched schedule.

In this article, you'll discover 8 reasons why a total body workout might be the simple, effective solution you've been searching for. And, if you stick around to the end of the article, you'll be able to grab a free 4 week beginner's training programme, designed around optimal total body workouts.

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Training To Failure Iron Paradise Fitness

Does Training To Failure Build More Muscle?

Should You Be Training To Failure To Build Muscle, Or Do You Need To Avoid It?

Training to failure seems like a no-brainer. You're at the gym to train hard, so pushing yourself to the limit makes perfect sense. After all, if you don't train to failure, did you even workout?

Scan the gym floor and you'll see clear evidence to reinforce your belief.

The most ripped and jacked guys, screaming "ONE MORE REP" at each other, as iron and sweat clash together in a sea of testosterone. And it's not just the guys. The ladies are in on the action too, thrusting and squatting their way until booties are punished into submission.

Intimidating to say the least. But do you have to do the same? Is training to failure how you build muscle and get in shape? Or is there another way?

In this article, you'll find the clarity you need.

By the time you've finished reading, you'll know whether or not to trust the dude coated in so much fake tan, he looks and smells like rich mahogany.

Here's what you'll discover:

  • The logic of training to failure and the research supporting it.
  • The issues with training to failure and why it limits muscle growth.
  • Why you might not even be training to failure, anyway.
  • When should you train to failure?

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Reach Your Fitness Goals In 7 Easy Steps

Reach Your Fitness Goals In 7 Easy Steps. What Starting Iron Paradise Fitness Taught Me About Building Your Best Body Ever

You might think building your best body ever has nothing in common with  starting a business. But you'd be wrong. In fact, there are clear parallels to be drawn. So here's 7 things I learned from starting Iron Paradise Fitness that might help you reach your fitness goals.

Nothing worth doing is easy. Be that building muscle, losing weight, or following your passion in the fitness industry. One thing I've learned over the years is that being successful is not simple.

Having the will to reach your fitness goals, or any goal for that matter, takes more than desire. That inner drive is important, but you need more.

You see, reaching your fitness goals requires a multi-faceted approach, including skills you might not have.

The journey will be tough. And harder than you ever thought. WAY harder.

But despite all the challenges, obstacles, and trip wires, achieving your goals is never a bad thing. And those trials and tribulations only make victory taste that much sweeter.

The road to sculpting a leaner, healthier, and stronger body can seem daunting from the outset. There's so much to think about, from how many calories to eat, through to what to do in the gym. And it can feel incredibly overwhelming. Like a dark cloud hanging over your head. So, this article will give you a little clarity, reduce the overwhelm, and help you focus on what's important in reaching your fitness goals.

So let me guide you through how these 7 steps built the foundations of Iron Paradise Fitness. And how they can be the build the foundation of your best ever body.

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Meal Frequency Iron Paradise Fitness

Does Meal Frequency Matter For Fat Loss And Building Muscle?

Do More Meals Stoke The Metabolic Fire? Does Fewer Meals Lead To Muscle Loss? Here's Why Meal Frequency Doesn't Matter That Much

The notion that increased meal frequency boosts metabolism and stokes the metabolic fire has been around for a while. It's part of fitness folklore. And no doubt, it's been advice you've either followed, or been told is gospel.

And on face value, it seems pretty logical. Eating and digestion requires energy, which means a boost in metabolism. So if you do it more frequently, then your metabolism should sky-rocket. Couple that with keeping a lid on hunger, through increased snacking, and as long a you're in a calorie deficit, progress should be faster.

The same goes for building and preserving muscle. Bodybuilders have been eating to the schedule of a new born baby, since the dawn of time. Cramming protein down their neck to avoid the dreaded muscle breakdown.

But what's the truth? Does meal frequency really matter this much? Or is it all a little overblown and not worth thinking about?

Here's what you're going to discover in this article.

  • Why the old school view of meal frequency is dead.
  • When meal frequency NEVER matters and when it MIGHT matter.

You'll also find an optimal, evidence-based, strategy for building muscle too. So if you like the sound of THAT, it's time for you to scroll down.

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Lose Weight Over 40 Iron Paradise Fitness

The Best Way To Lose Weight Over 40

Is Losing Weight Harder As You Get Older? And What's The Best Way To Lose Weight Over 40?

As you get older, things seem tougher than they used to. Waking up in the morning with more creaks, bangs, and pops than ever before. Joints aching after an over-zealous workout. And, of course, the eternal struggle to lose weight. But why is it so much harder to lose weight over 40? Is there something you need to adjust or tweak with your nutrition? Or is it simply the case that Mother Nature's a bitch?

As I approach 40 myself (38 at the time of writing) I'm becoming increasingly aware that my body isn't quite what it used to be. I'm not ready for the scrap heap yet, and I'm not sizing up my 6' x 2' wooden box, but I'm conscious of the need to adjust.

And you may well be in the same, slightly-battered boat. Maybe wondering why it's so hard to lose weight over 40. So, in this article, you'll get the answers you need.

Here's what you're going to find out over the next few minutes;

  • Why your metabolism is working against you and what you need to do about it.
  • How inactivity could be your worst enemy.
  • The role of hormones and how they make it more difficult to lose weight over 40.
  • The fundamentals of optimal training and nutrition for the over 40's.

So if this sounds like what you need, put the pipe, slippers, and zimmer frame to one side. Because you're not done yet. I'm going to show you there's still plenty of life in the old dog. And hey, you might still be able to show these youngsters a thing or two.

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How To Track Your Workouts To Keep Getting Stronger

Here's The Best Way To Track Your Workouts So You Can Keep Getting Stronger And Build More Muscle

When it comes to building muscle and sculpting a leaner, healthier, stronger body, you need to workout. But that's not enough. You'll need to get progressively stronger over time, as well. So knowing how to track your workouts is important. After all, if you don't track anything, how will you ever know if you're improving? So in this article, you'll discover why and how to track your workouts in the best way possible.

"What gets measured gets managed." Ever heard that before? A famous phrase from Peter Drucker.

And it's a great philosophy to live by when it comes to health and fitness.

Tracking calories and step count might help you better manage energy balance.

Track your weight and other key measurements and you can objectively judge how much progress you're making. They're all very logical approaches, right?

But when it comes to tracking workouts, one of two things often happens.

Either you won't track anything at all, and simply end up doing whatever you feel like on the day (which is usually endless bicep curls or glute kickbacks). Or you'll disappear up your own ass with a fancy spreadsheet that takes longer to update, than the workout itself.

So what exactly is the best way to track your workouts? Let's dive in to the Why, What, and How and get you the answers you need.

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