Healthy Brownie Recipe

Try this healthy brownie recipe for a guilt free snack, which is a tasty alternative to snack on during the day.

  • 150g mixed nuts (I like almonds, pecans and hazel nuts personally)
  • 150g dates
  • 1 tbs coconut oil
  • 50g good quality cocoa (I use Green and Blacks)

Blend together and pop on a baking tray, making sure you press it together to make sure its nice and compact. Then simply place in the freezer for 30 mins! Why not give this healthy brownie recipe a try?Healthy Brownie

Summer Gym Offer

Cheadle Personal Training in association with Fusion Gym have an amazing summer gym offer for all teachers, students or lucky people who have flexible working hours and want to get in shape this summer!

 

6 Week Offer Only £300!
– 2 PT sessions per week*
– Unlimited morning & evening classes
– BODYFAT testing
– Nutrition Advice

 

With nearly £200 off the normal price and access to 60 unique gym classes, contact infor@cheadlepersonaltraining.co.uk or 07855744607 for more details.
*All Personal Training sessions to be taken between 9am-3pm. Offer is available to both new and current members.

Summer PT offer

Protein Pancakes

As a personal trainer I absolutely love protein pancake, they make an ideal post workout snack. I been experimenting, trying to find my favourite recipe and sides to accompany this tasty little snack…After trying many different recipes I think the below is the best!

Ingredients:

25g Rolled Oats

1 Banana

1 Egg

1 Scoop of Whey Protein (Vanilla)

Pinch of Ground Cinnamon

Splash of Almond Milk

Instructions:

Blend the oats, banana, egg, milk, cinnamon and whey protein. Add some coconut oil to a frying pan and pour the mixture in once the pan is hot, fry for approx 1:30 (depending on heat) on each side and serve with natural or greek yogurt raspberries and strawberries (or any fruit of your choice) for a tasty and healthy snack.

protein pancake

March Monday Madness

Want to get in shape for summer and are available to train anytime on a Monday? Why not try a taster personal training package with two sessions for just £30 on a Monday.

Personal training sessions can be booked anytime on a Monday (subject to availability) and sessions will take place at Fusion Gym, a private training venue located in Stanley Green. There are no membership fees and no long term commitment! What’s more nutrition advice and body fat testing are all part of the package.

Offer is available throughout March 2016. For more information email info@cheadlepersonaltraining.com or call 07855744607 today!

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Fun with a Nutri Ninja

So I got a Nutri Ninja Slim for Christmas and the temptation has been to literally blend everything solid in the kitchen into pulp, much to my wife’s despair (and the kid’s amusement).

I’m not one for instruction manuals and prefer the trial and error approach to most things food related so I jumped straight in. The Nutri Ninja is a great little blend, that comes with two ‘shaker’ sized cup – so you can make and drink it straight away from the cup or store it for later. The slim version is a nice compact size and looks the part as well.

First on my list were protein pancakes, I used the recipe below and was very impressed with the results!

Ingredients:

25g Rolled Oats

1 Banana

1 Egg

1 Scoop of Whey Protein

Chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions:

Blend the oats, banana, egg and whey protein. Add some coconut oil to a frying pan and pour the mixture in once the pan is hot, sprinkle the chocolate chips on top fry for 1:30 on each side and serve. You can leave out the chocolate chips and instead serve with natural yogurt and blueberries for a healthier option.

nutri ninja slim

My Journey

Well what a difference a few years make. This time two years ago I had been sat behind a desk for over decade, was frequently over indulging and following a couple of bad football related injuries had pretty much gave up exercising. So I decided to do something about it…I hit the gym, changed my diet and as a result lost over two stone in weight.

I felt better than ever and decided I enjoyed training so much I wanted to making a career out of it so I’m now a fully certified personal trainer! If you are interested in making a similar change please feel free to get in touch.

Ben Shuttleworth PT, Cheadle Personal Training

Training for Ironman

An Ironman Triathlon is about as tough as it gets. This long-distance triathlon race consists of a grueling 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a staggering 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and then a full marathon 26.2-mile (42.2 km) run… in a row… without a break.

So how do you prepare for what is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world? Training for one these events requires months in some cases years of hard work and dedication to deliver the desired results. Luckily for me I am not partaking in an Ironman event, however I do know somebody who is and I was fascinated to discover what it took to prepare for the event.

Any endurance event, particularly one that covers over 140 miles, requires dedicating a serious amount of time to training, put simply the more time spent swimming, cycling and running consistently the greater improvement when the race comes around. That said some time spent in the gym to focus on some strength and core work can be built into any training schedule to help reduce the risk of injury.

Developing a training schedule around your own lifestyle is essential and will significantly increase adherence, support from family, friends and training partners can give you a massive boost and is often cited as one of the most important factors (basically get the husband/wife on-board first). Fail to prepare…prepare to fail, sometimes the best laid plans sometimes come to ruin, so always have a back-up so that you can adapt your training or nutrition to work around schedule.

No training training should ignore nutrition, it is vital to ensure you fuel your body correctly through grueling training sessions and allows your body to recover and adapt faster. Seeking advice or researching nutrition is therefore essential to ensure you understand what you are putting in your body and how to fuel it.

It’s far from easy, but with preparation and a bit of iron will, this true test of endurance can be completed.

ironman-swim

 

Why use a personal trainer?

The stereotypical image of a PT is that of an individual screaming at their client, pushing them to within an inch of their lives. The truth could not be further from this, most adopt a caring and non-judgemental approach that can help put a client at ease and make the whole experience an enjoyable one.

Not your average PT

Not your average PT

Personal trainers can help you in many ways and by listening to clients they can help to identify realistic goals and develop a plan to achieve them. Choosing to use a personal trainer is essentially investing in your own health and well-being and is suitable for everybody, take a look at some of the other reasons below in-case you are unsure on making the investment:

Mr Motivator
Ever struggled to stick to an exercise plan on your own? A personal trainer makes you accountable for you actions, meaning you are likely to stick to your plan. A PT is also accountable to you and can provide constant feedback during sessions to help you get through sticking points. Developing a positive client-trainer relationship is fundamental to increasing motivation.

All about technique
correct technique is vital to prevent injury and ensure you get the most out of any exercise. Having somebody to observe and instruct you will allow you to learn the correct way to execute exercises and be confident to do them by yourself.

The personal touch
All sessions are tailored to YOUR needs and goals! Want to run a marathon, lose weight for the big day or break through your plateau exercising on your own. A personal trainer can provide you with excercise programmes that are designed to help you achieve your specific goals whatever they may be.

Cut through the bull
An overwhelming amount of information exists on health, fitness and nutrition, from the latest fad diets to the current fitness craze. A personal trainer can provide you with accurate and safe advice based on accepted industry standards and help you sort the wheat from chaff.

Results
Probably the most important reason… You can achieve results you can’t get by yourself with a Personal trainer, by setting and adhering to achievable fitness and nutrition goals you will be amazed at what you can achieve.

If you are interested in personal training and nutrition advice why not get in-touch with Cheadle Personal Training.

Reasons to eat more broccoli

Broccoli is probably my favourite vegetable, it tastes great and contains a whole host of health benefits. As well as being high in fibre and helping to prevent arthritis, this versatile vegetable helps protect the heart cells from damage. If this is not enough to convince you, take a looks at some of the other benefits below.

Environmental protection
Helps fight toxins present in air pollution we are exposed to on a daily basis, bit like your own environmental protective suit, but without the downside of causing wide spread panic if worn in public.

Strong swimmers
Leads to improved fertility and makes you last longer, enough said really.

Boost recovery
Helps minimise delayed onset muscle soreness with a dose of Vitamin C. Meaning you won’t be walking with a limp days after exercise.

Help kick cancer’s arse
Helps to reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

Grey matters
The magnesium present in broccoli helps preserve memory, so it should boosting performance at work and stop you forgetting important dates.  More day-to-day occurrences can also benefit, such as remembering where you left the car keys or the kids… 🙂

Oh and they look like trees in the distance…
Managed to convince my kids to eat broccoli by telling them this, the downside is they now play with their food making very artistic ‘landscapes’ on the dining table.

eat more broccoli

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