Fit with Chris Jones
Ah, the beginning of another year. Motivation. Motivation is what WE NEED! RAAARGH! It’s so hard to sometimes find that ‘kick up the arse’ one often needs. Believe me, I’ve started to work out in the mornings again and it’s my boyfriend who’s the one leading me down to the gym like a zombie. The reason why I’ve done this is A, time – I like to be social and/or lazy in the evenings, so getting up an hour early to go to the gym seems so worth it. And B, testosterone levels are naturally high in the morning, so you do get more from your workout. Thanks, body!
I recently took up the MaxiNutrition 30 day Cyclone Challenge. The word ‘challenge’ is interesting, as it’s not like entering a Tough Mudder or other such hellish experience, but you’re challenging yourself, with the help of their nutritional expertise.
This sounds like a massive advert, but I saw this as an excuse to try something new while refocusing myself. Changing your diet can kick start changes in your body. Some take a little longer than others, but MaxiNutrition guarantees 30 days. It primarily involves stocking up and eating all the MaxiNutrition Cyclone you can take. Cyclone comes in the form of powder, bars and milkshakes.
I can say straight away that the bars aren’t great. They’re hard to eat. After one, I stopped having them. The tub of powder and the readymade shakes are a lot easier to stomach.
Cyclone, as a muscle building protein powder, really prides itself on is its inclusion of creatine as well as glutamine, zinc and HMB.
Creatine is a nitrogenous organic acid which happens naturally in the body to channel energy to cells within the body. It supplies your muscle fibres with oxygen and helps with resistance training. Therefore, building muscle. I tried creatine when I was a teenager and HATED IT. Mixed in with Cyclone, it’s very much tolerable but, again, don’t ‘OD’ on it.
Glutamine is an amino acid that occurs naturally in the body. It can help combat fat storage and bypass deposition normally made by insulin.
Zinc, as a supplement taken orally, can boost testosterone levels, which helps create lean muscle mass.
HMB helps prevent protein breakdown, so you get the most from your work out. When you exercise, your muscle fibres tear and rip. HMB helps to recover what was lost.
All THIS, in one milkshake is pretty good. In fact, it is marvellous. God, I’m sounding like a Holland & Barrett advert, but having all that in one shake is probably why Cyclone is the other side of “reasonably priced” but I honestly think it’s a good starting supplement for beginners.
During the 30 days, I kept my calories up and between the powder and the pre-made shake it was easy. I used the powder from the tub in the morning along with my breakfast and used a pre-mixed Cyclone Milkshake ten minutes after the gym.
My routine consisted of three weight sessions and one cardio a week.
It just took that initial thought process at New Year’s for me to attempt something new. Yeah, sure – they tap into the market at the right time of year, but if you look for the right thing and challenge yourself correctly, you can change up the way you move and work your body – and notice changes you want and deserve.