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

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

Try a Gym Class for FREE!

Are you interested in group exercise classes in a small gym with a friendly atmosphere? If so, then one of the unique exercise classes at Fusion Gym may be the answer!

Fusion Gym offers 10 unique classes each week, designed to challenge you in different ways. All classes are suitable for both men and women at any level of fitness. Classes are free for members or can be attended on a pay-as-you-go basis for £8 per session with no reservation necessary.

Classes are run by our dedicated team of personal trainers and we offer a variety of classes from bootcamps to crossfit inspired classes. A full time table of classes can be viewed here. If you are interested, please email info@cheadlepersonaltraining.com or call 07855744607 and ask for Ben and I will arrange a FREE class for you and your friends.

Fusion Gym Class, personal training cheadle

 

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 at Fusion Gym

 

Fusion Gym’s specialist training facility is not your average gym, offering a unique training experience with a wide variety of interesting equipment, including the prowler, sled, monkey bars, 150kg tyre, battle ropes, punch bags and the 30ft rope (only for the brave)!

This all makes for a refreshing change from your average commercial gym and allow you to challenge your workout boundaries whilst having fun at the same time.

If the below looks like fun then get in contact today to arrange a FREE session with Ben Shuttleworth!

personal training at fusion gym

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

 

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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