Why matching top quality training and nutrition matters
This year we’ve teamed up with Team GB hockey player Shona McCallin who turned to St Helen’s Farm after finding cows’ milk products caused her discomfort. Shona has shared with us a short workout to train your whole body and her thoughts on the importance of nutrition to achieve your desired training results below.
They say that our ‘abs’ are made in the kitchen. They say you can’t out-train a bad diet. Both statements I believe to be true because I’ve experienced it. No matter how hard you train or how consistently, you won’t get all the results you crave… unless you match top quality training with top quality nutrition. Sure, you’ll experience some change, but do you want just some benefits or do you want full blown results?
So, what does a top-quality training session look like when it’s combined with top quality nutrition? Here’s one example:
If your goal is to get strong, lean, burn calories, torch fat and feel good after a workout, it’s best to train the whole body rather than just your arms or just your legs. This workout is good for beginners and doesn’t take much longer than 30 minutes. This will hit the whole body and includes basic equipment that can be found in any gym.
Complete exercises 1a and 1b. Rest for 75 seconds. Then repeat. Rest for 75 seconds. Then start on exercises 2a and 2b taking 75 seconds rest between each set. Repeat for 3a and 3b, and finish with four sets of 4.
1a. Dumbbell Split Squat - 2 sets, 15 reps
1.b Press ups – 2 sets, 12 reps
2a. Dumbbell Row – 2 sets, 12 reps
2b. Goblet Squat - 2 sets, 15 reps
3a. Swiss Ball Roll Out – 2 sets, 15 reps
3b. Side Plank (both sides) – 20 second hold
4. 20 seconds sprint on bike/cross training/treadmill, 10 seconds rest x 4
It’s important to fuel well before this workout. If it’s a morning workout, I suggest my overnight oats recipe for breakfast. You can find it here.
If it’s an afternoon or evening workout, try this energy-boosting smoothie. Just pop all the ingredients below into a blender and enjoy:
1 ripe Banana
1 tbsp Cacao Powder
1 tsp Honey
100ml St Helen’s Farm Semi-Skimmed Goats’ Milk
75ml St Helen’s Farm Natural Goats’ Milk Yogurt
2-3 Ice Cubes (optional)
Read more about why Shona loves St Helen’s Farm’s products here.