IN SEARCH OF INSPIRATION…

As a study in ‘fitness innovation’, I went to “the UK’s number one fitness, sport and nutrition exhibition”, Body Power Expo, at the Birmingham NEC. The place was vast, welcoming about 40,000 visitors a day; but when I was there it seemed they all came at once – it was absolutely rammed! Cue wall-to-wall stalls promoting old and new fitness products alike, supplements, training equipment, clothing and needless gadgets. Most of the people working there were half naked, oiled up and looked like they’d just come back from a 6month holiday in the Sahara. A few familiar faces were seen as well including WBFF Pro Fitness Model Shaun Stafford (pictured to my right, above), British Grand Prix Open Champion Shawn Rhoden, Mr Olympia James ‘Flex’ Lewis, and Ronnie Coleman. I went a bit shop-crazy and here are some of the inspiring goodies I brought back home, which are helping to flavour my fitness ethos at the moment!

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1) “KoKo Dairy Free” Coconut Milk – it’s cholesterol-free, loaded with calcium, vitamins B and D, plus it boasts fat levels matching that of semi-skimmed milk, with a micro 27 calories per 100ml! But I intend to use it for cooking as most importantly, it doesn’t separate under heating – perfect! Other than that it’s freshly pressed from coconut milk (completely free of lactose, cow’s milk protein, soya & gluten). It tastes great and I might just add a few drops to my protein shakes – which normally only consist of water – for some (much needed) extra flavour!

2) “Purition” – an awesome new supplement company based in the UK who pride themselves on using exclusively natural ingredients – this is an ethos that really chimes with me, and complements the core message of ‘Fitness On Toast’. Some of their inputs are such healthy buzz-foods as chia seeds, flaxseed, almond meal, linseed etc. and their labelling is crystal clear. After sampling the range (a few times), I bought back a few 500g pouches of the ‘BODYPRO PROTEIN & FIBRE SUPER-SHAKE’ which is low-GI (manages sugar release through the day), gluten free (doesn’t bloat), is high in protein (42.3g per 100g), high in fibre (16.7g per 100g), high in BCAA’s (renders your protein more readily absorbed by the body during digestion), with no added sugar, no artificial flavouring or preservatives, GM-free, caffeine-free, and a naturally rich source of Omega 3. Finally, if I may say so myself, it’s very tasty – especially the pistachio flavour – yumm!

3) “PROMIXX Vortex Mixer“- No, not a piece of DJ kit, but a take-to-the-gym ‘protein shaker’ which has a battery-powered motor, and small plastic blades, so you don’t have to actually do the shaking! I’m not sure I necessarily need this or will in fact use it but at the time I thought its was great…

4) WALK energie – A Hungarian development on the trusty treadmill, I tried it out briefly and it’s definitely tough – the work involved in motorising the treadmill is all done by you! Rather than letting a motor get it moving for you, set it on a high incline (mimicking hiking), with regular squats thrown in just for some endurance-based fun!

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