Not Just Any Old Gym Bag: JimBag Interview (& competition)

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Born and bred in Manchester this Northern brand is taking over – with it’s play on words and array of colours from monotone to neon, this practical yet stylish bag is everywhere. Next time you’re walking down the high street or visiting your gym keep an eye out for this up and coming brand, I bet you’ll see at least one!  I recently caught up with founder Anthony to see where his inspiration came from and what else is in store for the brand.

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The (not-so-secret) Secrets of Healthy Living

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‘What’s her secret?’

That question is often asked of the fit and healthy. I’m sure you’ve heard it before, and I’m more than certain you’ve asked it once or twice too (I know I have). But is there really a secret?

If you’re reading this I’m sure you’ve already figured out that there’s not some secret magic pill that gives Kayla Itsines her rock hard abs, or Sam Briggs her engine. No, it’s simply down to a good work ethic and a thirst to succeed. 

Read on for my Top 10 not-so-secrets:

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Top 5 healthy snacks on the go

I always try to promote eating real food, and where possible making your own from scratch. A boiled egg, half an avocado or an apple with peanut butter are all great snacks, but sometimes there just isn’t enough time to prep these things or we need something a bit more discreet with no fuss – or maybe we just really fancy a cheeky little treat. Whatever the reason there are now some nutritious, delicious pre-packaged snacks on the market that won’t stand in the way of you and your goals.

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Chocolate Protein Milkshake

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There’s nothing better than a ice cold chocolate milkshake after a tough workout- am I right? If you’re nodding in agreement then I’ve got the perfect recipe for you. Full of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats, this shake will help you recover and keep you going until your next meal.

For this shake I tried a new protein powder from the guys over at Whey Ahead. Whey Aheads proteins are certified organic and from grass-fed cows & raw superfood rather than artificial ingredients.

You can tell that the protein is a higher quality as it doesn’t have that over processed, highly sweetened taste that most other bog standard protein shakes have. Instead the flavouring is much more subtle making them ideal for use in smoothies and other recipes.

For the below recipe I used Whey Aheads Peruvian Chocolate protein powder which is full of seriously nutritious superfoods such as lucuma, cacao and carob powder – a pretty impressive list if you ask me.

So, what do I need?

  • 1 small frozen banana
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein
  • 1 tbsp maca (optional)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp nut butter
  • 2 heaped tsp cacao powder
  • dash of vanilla essence
  • 1 cup milk of choice (I used almond milk)

What do I do?

  1. Throw all of the ingredients into a blender and pulse until fully combined
  2. Pour into your favourite glass, sprinkle with some cacao nibs, add a straw or two and you’re good to go!

As always, make sure you’re following me on Instagram and Twitter and tag me in any of your creations – enjoy!

My First Crossfit Competition: The Rainhill Trials

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A couple of weeks ago (and yes, I am only just recovering) I took part in my first Crossfit competition – The Rainhill Trials. So far the only ‘competitive’ Crossfit I’ve done is the in house competitions we hold at our box, so in a bid to push myself out of my comfort zone in 2016, I entered on the off chance and put it to the back of my mind. I’d completely forgotten I’d entered when a month or so later I got an email through to congratulate me on getting a slot… cue the nerves!

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Top 5 Mothers Day Gifts for the Fit & Healthy Mum

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Its the run up to Mothering Sunday and you’re still stuck for what to buy the number one lady in your life? Gone are the days when a homemade card and breakfast in bed cut it for showing her how much she actually means to you? Then here’s my Top 5 gifts for the Fit and Healthy Mum to help you on your way.

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Top Tips: How to track your progress


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Whenever anyone embarks on a new journey in life they throw themselves into it head first, full of motivation and nervous excitement, with a mind to succeed. The problem is, we often find that these feelings start to fade as we feel our goals are being pushed further and further away.

This is especially the case when it comes to health and fitness, whether we want to lose weight, hit a new PB, gain confidence or increased energy. That’s why it’s important to continuously set short term and long term goals, and more importantly to make sure we keep track of our progress.

You may feel that climbing Mount Everest is more of a reality than losing those last few pounds, or that your dreams of getting that first pull up are a distant memory (Yes, I’m speaking from experience here!), but you may actually be closer than you think.

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Rose & white chocolate raw cheesecake

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‘Roses are red, violets are blue, make this cake, it’s too good to be true!’

It’s started. The countdown to Valentines day. In seven days time there will be lovers everywhere staring dreamily into each others eyes across the dinner table. If you’re one of those people who loves to celebrate Valentines day, you’ll no doubt be looking for something extra special to make for your ‘one’.

Now this recipe might not be for everyone but if like me, you and your partner absolutely adore the fragrant taste of rose, then you’ll both love this cheesecake. With its light & creamy texture that won’t leave you feeling weighed down and full.

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My Crossfit Gym Bag Essentials

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Anyone who does Crossfit knows that a Crossfitters gym bag is generally 10x heavier than a regular gym goers. With what seems like a different pair of shoes to go with each exercise and a piece of protective clothing to cover almost every inch of the body, carrying your gym bag around on a daily basis can feel like a workout in itself.

I personally try to streamline my gym bag where possible but when double unders or squats can be sprung on you at a moments notice its essential to be prepared (anyone who knows me, probably sees me run to and from my gym bag on several occasions during a session).

So what is actually in my bag?

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