Over the last number of weeks there has been a lot of change in my world, so I have been neglecting my studies. As a result I had to put a number of hours into my Personal Trainer course yesterday. Like many of the previous sections, a lot of it came naturally to me. I covered training loads, periodization (areas I have personally dabbled in over the years) and nutrition. Nutrition is proving really enjoyable and although I'm familiar with a lot of what's been said, it's great to cover these areas again. Recently, Remie has begun making homemade Paleo Granola. It is absolutely delicious and is increasing my protein intake which is essential as my Ironman Training load increases. I have just 13 sections left to complete and then I'll have my final exams. That reminds me, I need to re-test for my lifeguard certificate this summer. Busy times. If anyone wants to talk about training plans or nutrition please drop me a mail. This isn't just study for me I love this stuff so even if it's just for a chat, lets have it. - Phil
OK so last weeks post was not sufficient enough as we did not include quantities so thanks for all the Twitter messages on that. The problem here folks is that Rem and I don't really use quantities when putting together this flapjack recipe. We just sort of lash everything and it works. However, this week we paid extra special attention to how much of everything we used (yeah right) and have those quantities for you below. We mix our shopping up between Supervalu and Lidl. Supervalu is where we get the tasty stuff and Lidl is great just for filling the recipe. So without any further delay, here are our quantities. This amount gets me through a week. Remember at the moment I am getting about 10hrs of training done per week so to a normal person this may last longer. :)
We hope this delights your taste buds. It only takes about 30mins to put together and really tides me over in work between meals for the week. Last week we blended our own Almonds as we were all out. Remember to butter up the bottom of your trays. Once the oil, honey and nut butter is liquefied pour it over the chocolate, banana and oats and voila, pop it in the oven.
So every Sunday we rustle up a box of these delicious and healthy homemade flapjacks. On a normal week they get me through the work week and tide me over between meals. On a heavy training week they are gone by Wednesday. They taste incredible and are loaded with protein. A few people had asked me what the ingredients were. I thought I'd add this post to the ISSA section as I cover nutrition in it and the Ironman Journey section is getting busy. If anyone has ideas of their own for great flapjacks or other healthy snacks, do send them across.
-Dark Chocolate (80%)
Ok so the certification programme is going fine, but that's as far as its going, just fine! I have a close friend who warned me that the opening chapters were heavy and he wasn't lying. So far I have covered 5 units and let me tell you Christmas is not the time to try and work through this kind of material. Anyway, I don't know how I got through my Journalism BA all those years ago but certainly, the discipline needs to be improved.
Having said all that, I have completed the Quizzes so far with results that speak for themselves. I did not consult the text book during any of these and am trying to get a quiz done each Sunday (as you will see below this fell badly apart during Christmas so I paid for that tonight). Its demanding but I'm trying to get through it. Learning lots about the human body at present and what all those years of rugby have done to my poor joints and muscles. I will try to pay more attention to this section of the website going forward.
Ok, so I have nailed my colours to the mast. Aside from making the initial decision to become certified as a personal trainer with ISSA, this is the first major step I have taken in following that goal. As I work a 9-5 office job, I will be studying for my certification in my spare time. Health and Fitness is a real passion of mine so this does not bother me in the slightest. However having only 24hrs in a day whilst also training for Ironman may prove challenging.
Anyway, the website will not be going live 'til January but I thought it'd be nice to start populating it in advance and really showing my intentions and commitment to this new move from an early stage. I'm excited to be going after this award and look forward to putting it up on the wall as soon as I have completed it. I plan to update this section of the website as regularly as possible with a mix of the following:
And anything else that comes to mind during the course of it all. I hope you enjoy reading about it.