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Nutrition, travelling & holiday's.

Nutrition, travelling & holiday's.

Nutrition, travelling & holiday's.

Its a problem we all come across once in life, we find ourselves in the groove with our nutrition and training but unexpectedly get a work trip, a weekend away or even a full blown holiday. But what's the best way to tackle these?

For the purpose of this blog we are going to carry on as if you haven’t reached your goal yet, you still have a wee bit of fat to lose or that competition is just around the corner. However if your one of the lucky one who has dieted for this break away then go & enjoy yourself, there is nothing more satisfying than smashing your goals and reaping the rewards.

So what little tips and tricks can we follow when travelling to stay on our goals.

1. As mentioned above, tracking our macros. Even if you don't already tracking for the few days or week your away can help you stay accountable and on track.

2. Preparation, there's an old saying Proper Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance (Also known as the 6 P's to my rugby club) there is so much prep you can do before a trip. If your staying domestic you could prepare lunches and breakfasts, you can research or quickly look into healthy restaurants and menu options as well as prepare snacks and plenty of water to fill those gaps.

3. Next is education, this is the most powerful tool in any situation. Educate yourself on the right foods to be eating, educate yourself on your daily intake and how to balance your calories as well as this you yourself will become more confident & self aware.

4. Finally avoid process and fatty foods, it seems like the easiest one but is probably the hardest. No one wants to be the guy ordering salmon or swapping their chips for sweet potato while all their friends are doubling their burgers and adding cheese to everything. But at the end of the day these small changes will go a long way.

With all that being said at the end of the day you do you, if you end up having some burgers and fries or a couple takeaways then it doesn't really matter. As long as you know when you return you can flick that switch and return back to smashing it then go and enjoy yourself.


Damian Buck

Crossfit L1/BTN Academy Nutritionist


Skills pay the bills

Skills pay the bills

Skills pay the bills a wise coach once said……or maybe that was just me.

So you’ve been training for 6 months, 1 year, 5 years and still haven’t hit that 1 skill, that 1 skill that is holding you back, annoyingly? Or maybe if you’re human like me you still have many skills you would love to learn?

What have you tried?

For how long?

How many times?

What guidance if any have you sought?

It could be you’re 1st double under, push up, pull up, toes to bar, ring muscle up bar muscle up or maybe you are looking to improve the confidence in movements?

Skills are neurological- powered and learned with the brain, regardless of type! They need to taught and learned with consistency at a low heart rate, repeating of a motor pattern so you’re brain can control the muscle firing with electrical impulses!

We are electro-mechanical creations. The brain must think first what the body can physically do.

We’ve been through this process, frustration and pattern of attempt and fail ourselves and in doing so have crafted our new service for you.

Skills accelerator groups

Personal training groups capped at 4, lessons taught over 4 weeks of 1 hour with homework, progressions and a program to follow to accelerate you’re learning 5 to 10 times.

This group with its own coach, video feedback, pre and post testing.

WHAT GETS RECORDED, GETS IMPROVED is our saying!

The group of 4 reduces the cost from our usual price for 1:1 of £160 and saves you £60

Would you pay £100 for 4 1:1 sessions, group accountability and feedback, a training program and reduce your learning time by 5-10 times?

Hell yeah!

If this is you, please simply leave us your details on this form and we’ll do the rest.

https://www.crossfitulysses.co.uk/skills

Ben

CEO/Head Coach/L1 CrossFit trainer/ L3 Personal trainer/L2 Weightlifting Coach

Team Ulysses

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Genetics loads the gun but it's your environment that will fire it.

Genetics loads the gun but it's your environment that will fire it.

Genetics.

Genetics loads the gun but it's your environment that will fire it.   


Disclaimer.... I am in no way a health professional or am I qualified in any aspect of fitness or nutrition, so please remember, this is just my opinion based on my environment and research I’ve been doing. 

Yes, you might of inherited your mamas "fat" gene.  But ultimately you make the choice if you'll let that gene be dominated by the foods and environment around you. Health professionals will tell you that disease runs in families, but diets also run in families..... 

Let's put it another way...  My mam made the most amazing bread, pasties and pies, which she learned from her mam, which she learned form her mam and I, in turn made the most amazing bread, pasties and pies.  These 'family recipes' have been passed from generation to generation to generation. The family meals that my Nana’s Nana used to make are also the meals that I used to make. That is, until I decided to end the cycle!

The foods people ate in the early 1900's were perfect for them with rations and no fridges etc.  They ate a good "hearty meal" of things like pie and veg most nights and even moped up the gravy with homemade bread. But that was the diet back then and it suited most people's lifestyles.  Back in the day, desk jobs were few and far between, most people worked hard and didn't snack on crisps and chocolate. Also, there wasn't a takeaway on every street and things like GMO's and packaged foods didn't exist back then either. In the early 1900's flours didn't get bleached and meats hadn't been pumped full of man made products and antibiotics. Nothing was processed and everything was made fresh daily.

Today's products are advertised as healthy, but if you look at the packaging, they are full of nasty little surprises, like genetically modified organisms, sugars, E numbers and preservatives, the list goes on. Most of today's food is man made. Most of our diets, no matter how healthy the packaging says it is, is not really good for us. Cancer, diabetes, obesity and a lot more are all on the rise and a lot of these things can be prevented by diet and lifestyle.

Some people can eat a million parmo's a week and it doesn't affect their weight, yet others only have to look at a McDonald's advert and they put on three pounds. See, genetics at its finest.

Although I don't recommend eating a million parmo's a week or McDonald's either. I do recommend you take a long hard look at what you are eating and if these foods are contributing to making these genes dominate how your body works, acts and looks then the only thing for you, is to do something about it. The longer you let these genes dominate, the harder you'll have to work to correct them. 

But most importantly, get off the couch and exercise. Those dominant "fat" genes can be tricked into submission by exercise and correct nutrition.  

So I'm not saying you can't enjoy good hearty foods that your nan used to make, however my suggestion is to not mix them with today's current foods. Don't eat that pie and then have a pizza later in the day. But If you are going to have pie then make it yourself. Make all your meals from scratch and always try to eat vegetables with every meal. Check the ingredients in the things you're using and if you have to have processed food then keep them to an absolute minimum. 

If you are like me and struggle with your weight, then the best thing to do is exercise.  I found a love for CrossFit and it's honestly been one amazing journey. CrossFit Ulysses has shown me how I can manipulate my body into doing exercise and find it fun. It's gave me a focus, it's gave me goals and it's helped me shift unwanted weight. CrossFit works for me. But if I'd of researched nutrition years ago I probably wouldn't have to work so hard to shift my unwanted, unhealthy weight and I'd have the body of a goddess and maybe a few ab's too!

I now know what foods work for me and what foods hinder my journey. I try not to eat processed things and if I'm caught off guard and have to, then I check out the ingredients and labels for the things that are unnecessarily added. Calorie count, write a food diary do what works for you, but don't just think it's in my genes and I can't do anything about it.

Yes I like pizza, yes I like chips and crisps and I definitely like chocolate. I'm never going to exclude these from my diet forever, but I do try to limit them as much as possible. Moderation and consistency are vital if you want to lose weight and/or maintain weight loss, get strong, fit and healthy.  

Think about your food, think about your exercise, think about your health.

Don't worry if you fall off the healthy train from time to time, we all do. Just remember to get back on it asap.

Much love Yvonne.  xx

Yvonne Osborne

Customer Service/Admin Manager

Team Ulysses


Strolled down the garden like an absolute boss

Strolled down the garden like an absolute boss

I'm an old(ish) bloke and like all blokes I still think I'm 23. And as my kids will testify (because I've been going on about it and boring them stupid for years) I used to be a good runner, used to be a good triathlete, used to be a (half) decent footballer etc etc, yaaaawn.


I've tried many times over 20 years to get back into running but always broken down with some injury or other, so it was a cycle of run/get injured/get fat.


I stumbled upon a programme on Amazon Prime called 'Killing the fat man'. The more I watched it the more I thought "This is me this is". I searched  Google for a local CrossFit box and found CrossFit Ulysses. Anyway...


The first time I walked into CrossFit Ulysses I was REALLY nervous but at least half a dozen people said "Hiya" and they weren't meatheads looking resentful that I might have the audacity to use their bench or something. Even the ones that looked like they 'might' be meatheads are just really strong, really helpful guys.


The foundations were both brutal and brilliant. My running, rowing and all the cardio stuff was OK but god my weedy cardioman arms were totally creamed. My wrists and back wouldn't bend and I was in all sorts of hellish pain trying to squat with an empty bar. All the coaches said it'd be fine.. I didn't believe them.. Not then anyway.


As everyone knows, the first rule of CrossFit is to go home and talk about it non stop even though you might at first think that you can't hack it. My daughter Ellie suffered the verbal diarrhea the worst, I was watching the 2017 games on telly and she decided to try it which was great obviously, because which competitive Dad doesn't want to get whupped by his kid? 🙄 No really, I love it. And now we've been joined by her boyfriend Kurt,  two of her mates and her mates Mam, which is testament to the family vibe at the Ulysses box.


The coaches were bang on by the way. My wrists stopped screaming, I went to a couple of weightlifting classes to work on technique. They were invaluable because any newbie WILL get psyched out in their first couple of classes, you're just staring around lost, like you're 4 years old and you've lost your mam somewhere in Skegness market.


OK so we mentioned I'm old(ish). Yes, I get aches and pains most of the time, but you get them anyway when you get past 50. Where I used to get an ache because I'd slept funny, or stretched too far to turn the bath taps off I now get an ache because I've done 105 x 24 kg kettlebell swings and 105 wall balls in quarter of an hour (Tuesday 6am). Or alternatively thrown about 3000+kg of weights around in a heavy session, which is well worth the aches I can tell you.


You want a practical example of what CrossFit can do for you? I have a big garden, I used to carry a 50 litres bag of compost (22kg in weight) from my car up to the top of the garden hugging it like a baby and having to rest thanks to my weedy arms. Last week I chucked a bag on each shoulder and strolled up the garden like an absolute boss. And seriously, I was genuinely buzzing.


The fact is that you either use it or you lose it. Whatever your age CrossFit will definitely make you use it and even 8 months on I still can't get over feeling my guns after a workout, 40+ years of running and biking never gave me these babies. 💪🏻


If you've thought about CrossFit, stop thinking and just have a bash, it's just great fun along with the pain and I promise you that the people at CrossFit Ulysses are equally as awesome.