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The simple thing about Crossfit

For most S&C coaches, Crossfit is a taboo subject. It’s about time we got over that. When it exploded in popularity 6 or 7 years ago, most of us were horrified by the number of “Crossfit fail” compilations that appeared all over the internet. Now it’s had time to establish itself as a dominant force within the fitness industry, it would be nice to think that a few things have changed. As I’m currently touring Crossfit gyms round the world (#crossfitworldtour if you didn’t know already), I hope I can provide a little unbiased perspective.

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Start Smiling!

Lots of people talk about “just wanting to be happy”.  I’m not going into anything deep here, I just want to mention the easiest first step towards daily happiness and something you can do anywhere, anytime.  SMILE!  Actively smiling can positively effect your mood and make you happy!

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Adaptability part 2: The Athlete (and a few coaching principles to live by)

In the last post (part 1), I tried to highlight the importance of being adaptable as an S&C coach by illustrating some examples and exercises based on my experiences.  Mostly this was focussed around adapting to technical coaches.  In this post I’m going to focus on the athlete and try to illustrate that whilst theoretical case studies are great at university, in the real world nothing ever goes perfectly to plan and physical development is a messy non linear process.

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Homemade Avocado Bread (It’s Amazing!)

Everyone’s scared of bread these days, personally I love it!  For those of you who want a delicious alternative to conventional bread or are just looking to try something new, here’s a “gluten free”, “dairy free”, “soya free”, “paleo”, “vegetarian” and any other food fashion trend you follow, simple recipe you can make at home.  I promise this recipe really is awesome and the reason there’s only 1 photo is because it got devoured before I had a chance to take another!

Ingredients :

  • IMG_12332 ripe avocados
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of almond flour
  • 1/2 cup mixed seeds
  • 1 tbls chia seeds
  • large splash of olive oil
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1/3 avocado seed (ground)

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Protein-Packed Vegetable Curry (Black Bean and Lentil)

It’s great to have a high protein diet when you train a lot and have an active lifestyle.  But that doesn’t mean you need to eat meat every meal or even every day!  I’m gradually shifting towards a mostly plant based diet.  One day I may get to full vegetarian or even vegan.  Anyway this recipe is packed full of protein, contains no meat and is totally delicious.

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  • 1 tin black beans
  • 1 cup pre soaked lentils
  • 1 courgette
  • 1/2 aubergine
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1/2 red onion
  • handful of spinach
  • handful of raisins and apricots
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • tbsp fresh mint
  • thumb ginger
  • chillies
  • turmeric
  • curry powder
  • paprika
  • yogurt

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Roasted Cauliflower and Parsnip Soup

Homemade soups make for great nutritious meals and snacks.  And by far my favourite way to make soup is by roasting the veg first!  I’ve got a few decent soup recipes that will be appearing on this site soon, first up though is this delicious roasted cauliflower and parsnip soup, garnished with fresh mint and pomegranate seeds.  Give it a go and let me know what you think.

Ingredients:

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  • 3/4 cauliflower inc leaves
  • 3 large parsnips
  • 1 red onion
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • olive oil
  • almond milk and water for consistency
  • seasoning: black pepper, chilly salt and paprika
  • garnished with fresh mint and pomegranate seeds

Serves 6-8 people

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Nutrient Dense Meals #2 Beetroot Pancakes

Beetroot is one of the most underrated “super foods” out there!  It has numerous health and performance benefits such as the lowering of blood pressure and improving muscle oxygenation during exercise (aerobic energy system) that come as a result of its high nitrate content.  So what better way to start the day than eating it for breakfast and you won’t find many tastier ways than as part of this pancake recipe!

Ingredients:

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  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 banana

  • 1 medium beetroot

  • small thumb of ginger
  • 1/2 avocado seed
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 scoop protein (optional)

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Circuband: Simple, Versatile & Effective

I need to share something that I honestly believe is a fantastic and highly useful product!  I believe that everyone from elite athletes to anyone just looking to include some healthy exercise in their life could benefit from this.

Basically it is a high quality resistance band with attachable handles.  The possibilities for exercises are endless.  You can take it anywhere with you due to it’s compact size and light weight.  Thus it’s perfect for elite athletes and everyday warriors alike to use either in the gym or on the road.

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Nutrient Dense Meals #1 Spiced Up Scrambled Eggs

If you’ve ever spoken with me about nutrition, you’ll hopefully know that I believe micronutrients (vitamins & minerals) are just as, if not more important than macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates & fats). I believe in nutrient dense meals as a key to healthy living and optimising performance.

As often as I can I will try to share some of the methods I use to increase the beneficial nutrient content of my meals.

First up – Scrambled Eggs! I eat eggs almost everyday for breakfast.  They are a great source of protein and healthy fats. They’re also quick and easy to prepare in the morning.

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