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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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New Journal! Introducing the TrainRite Compact Fitness Journal

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I was working on a new journal format completely based upon the feedback from my users over the past year. Again, thank you all who took the time out to give me feedback and allow me to create the best product for you. I’m thankful for all of the positive feedback I continue to receive for my traditional TrainRite Exercise and Fitness Journal. 🙂

So here it is: the TrainRite Compact Fitness Journal  – a truly collaborative effort from people like you. 

New Features:

  • Compact. Somehow more compact than the original, this version is also more a ‘traditional’ book shape making it strong and sturdy
  • More sets. Many of you animals wanted more than 4 sets per exercise as in the first journal, so you’re in luck – this book’s got 5!
  • More logging for cardio or classes. This version has 3 spaces per workout for cardio or other non-weight training activities.
  • We like notes. A space for notes! ‘Nuff said.

And as always…

  • No frills, no wasted pages.
  • Waterproof cover and backing
  • 10 exercises per workout
  • 90 workouts worth of logging
  • A planning chart for creating 12 unique workouts that is always with you

Want one? Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | eBay | Etsy

2 MONTH SHRED CHALLENGE: WEEK 1 COMPLETE

Just a quick update (full results here):

Well, after one week I don’t expect to see much of a change, so here’s a quick summary.

I followed my workout plan down to a tee, and did 3x5Km runs on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Friday, you’ll notice, is also leg day for me… causing the run to be a little on the slow side (poor hammys!).

At mealtime I did fairly well too – adjusted to the side-plate portion size and tried to avoid just piling high instead. This needs work haha. Luckily much of my meals have been veg and chicken so I don’t feel so bad. Here’s another example: shallot, mushroom, and herb scrambled eggs with tomato and avocado. So good.

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Saturday Cheats: glass of Red, and mom’s Rhubarb pie. Def worth it!

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Adjustments: I don’t think I felt anything need fine tuning quite yet. I may not run on Friday’s and shift the days to Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday… it’s really awkward to run right after a leg workout!

Results: I’m not expecting any real results photos-wise, but my weight did drop. This is NOT a typical drop, likely due to me cramming as much dirty food in my face as I could right before I embarked on this journey!

Starting Weight: 176.2lbs

Week end: 171.8lbs

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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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