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I’m on vacation!

Happy New Year to All! Thanks for checking out the TrainRite website 🙂

Just to give everybody a heads up; whether you’re a regular here, or you’ve found the my site through a listing on Amazon, eBay, or Etsy…. I’m OUT!

It’s -24C here in Toronto, and that’s just about my threshold.

I’m on vacation until January 16th, 2015,  so I’ve temporarily closed all listings for TrainRite Fitness Journals. If you’re looking to place an order, no worries I will reactivate all listings on the 16th, and will return to normal shipping times. (Did I mention I typically ship SAME DAY?!). So you can wait until then, or you can email me directly at: admin@trainrite.ca. I will check these periodically, and alert you upon my return!

Thank you all for an exciting and successful 2014!

-Matt Cronin

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My 2 Month Shred Challenge

So recently I decided to start a 2 month shred challenge for myself, to try and cut down some of the extra weight I’ve put on this spring. I tend to… how you say…. “eat like an asshole” when I decide to have dirty cheat meals, and then these easily turn into “cheat weekends”. Recently I’ve had a lot going on so these have been pretty abundant.

Last November I did a 6-week challenge, and my reward was our family Christmas trip to Mexico. That challenge was really effective, I cut down to 158lbs with some great definition – I was really pumped with the results. I didn’t really take any photos for that challenge, as it’s somewhat out of my comfort zone. Also, our travel agency unfortunately cancelled the trip via email on Boxing Day (Canadians – never book with Nolitours!!), so I didn’t feel any satisfaction for of it. This time I’ll be posting weekly “selfies” to showcase the results I’m seeing. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’ve come out of my shell a bit with the photos.

The Rules:

–          Generally a low carb, low sugar diet. On run days I’ll have a higher carb intake (usually through oats and fruit)
–          Nothing with added sugars (this includes dried crans and sweet rice cakes)
–          No breads, pasta, rice
–          Snacks: fruit on run days only, vegetables otherwise
–          3 runs per week
–          6 workouts per week
–          Meals on side plates only
–          No alcohol
–          No snacking on almonds as I get out hand with these. I’ll use them as part of meals only.
–          Any cheating will be fessed up to

Workout Plan:

I’ve just begun a new workout routine utilizing my TrainRite logbook. Love this thing; I never have to think about what I have to workout each day – I did all the pre-planning. I actually began this regimen a while back, but due to a neck injury and illness I never got into the full swing of it. Now that I’m 100%, I’ll use it for the entire 62 days. 6 days a week and one rest day. Here’s the breakdown:

Sunday: Rest Day
Monday: Lats/Bis
Tuesday: Legs/Core
Wednesday: Chest/Tris
Thursday: Various*/Core
Friday: Legs/Shoulders
Saturday: Back/Core
* “Various” refers to exercises that use a multiple muscle groups, or muscles I couldn’t classify with the other days

Cardio:
3 runs per week – Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday (generally quick 5km runs)

Supplements:
–          Protein shake immediately before and after workouts
–          5grams Creatine on workout days (taken with the aforementioned protein)
–          10grams BCAAs, daily
–          Daily men’s multi vitamin
–          Daily fish oil

Exceptions:
–          1 Cheat item per week (NOT a whole meal)
–          1 alcoholic drink per week
*I’ll adjust any of these that I deem effective or not as I go.

Keeping Track:
Call me lazy, but I’ve found that the best way for me to track my results are weight and photos. A lot of people do measurements, but I don’t really think it’s necessary for me. Does anyone else have a method they’ve used before?

So here we go! Today is Day 1 of my challenge. This time I have a trip booked Aug 11th, which gives me 62 days. The last challenge I did was extremely strict, this time I’m going to give myself a few rewards along the way.

If you have any comments or suggestions I’d love to hear them! I’ll keep track of my progress here, but I’ll also post weekly updates.

Thanks for tuning in!

Day 1: Monday, June 10, 2013

Weight: 176.2lbs

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My favourite breakfast on run days – Overnight Oats

My favourite breakfast on run days - Overnight Oats

Here’s a quick breakfast I have about 3 times a week: Overnight oats! I’ll post the recipe under the “food!” section of my blog, but it’s comprised of: oats, protein powder (Cellucor’s Peanut Butter Marshmallow is my personal favourite), chia seeds, ground flax, almond milk and banana.