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    ICONIC Interview With UFC Fighter Clay Guida

    ICONIC Interview With UFC Fighter Clay Guida

    Clay Guida, is one of the most popular MMA lightweights in UFC history. A professional competitor since 2003, Guida also formerly competed for Strikeforce, the WEC, King of the Cage, and Shooto. He was the inaugural Strikeforce Lightweight Champion.  Clay's nickname “The Carpenter” is all about his ability to outwork opponents in the Octagon! We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Clay for a little Q&A!

    How long have you been doing mixed martial arts (MMA)?

    I started fighting MMA before I started training in 2004.

    What made you want to do what you are doing? What’s your story? 

    I started fighting by accident. I went to watch my big brother Jason make his professional debut, and I jumped in to replace an athlete that dropped out last minute. I fought on 1 hours notice and never looked back.  Here we are almost 20 years later still having fun and competing.

    What has been your favorite fight in UFC so far? 

    I have several favorite fights but I’ll give you two.  

    1. My STRIKEFORCE LW Title fight was 25 minutes of wrestling and cardio against a highly touted opponent.
    2. My UFC debut which we won by submission of the Night!!!

    Why ICON Meals? What makes us different? 

    ICON has set the bar in the meal prep world. Their team is professional and the products speak for themself. Fresh, healthy, delicious and always at your doorstep. They’ve been life savers during training camp and fight week!!! ICON MEALS 4LIFE!

    What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

    1. Be helpful and kind to others. 
    2. In life, just like in sports, live everyday, and play every play like it’s your last, because you just never know.

    Who is your biggest inspiration? Why?

    The sport of wrestling along with my parents and family inspire me to do great things! I came from a small village, while my parents worked 2 jobs to provide a better life for me. They got us in sports and being from a small town I forced myself to have bigger dreams of competing at the highest level in sports!!!

    How do you balance your UFC career and life demands?

    The balance is simple for me…I’m constantly traveling, fishing, and going to professional sporting events, and live music with family and friends so I can focus once I’m in training camp. 

    What do you want your legacy to be? How do you want to be remembered?

    I want to be known as the most exciting fighter, that gives the underdog hope! If you out-work everyone, you’ll always have a chance to be successful!!!

    I want to be known as the athlete that leaves the crowd on their feet and wants to see me compete for 1 more round!!!

    What is your current focus? Any plans for the future?  

    My current focus is to stay as active as possible in the UFC, and show the world we keep improving with age and experience.

    Plans for the future are to continue building our fishing guide service “gillzandthrillzwithguida” and start another wrestling club in South Florida with my buddies and brother.  FISHINGISLIFE WRESTLINGISLIFE 

    What are your favorite ICON Meals? Or favorite thing about ICON Meals?

    Every single ICON Meal is my favorite!!! Haha

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    ICONIC Interview With UFC Fighter Kevin Holland

    ICONIC Interview With UFC Fighter Kevin Holland
    Kevin "Trailblazer" Holland is an American professional mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the Middleweight division for the UFC. A professional since 2015, Holland has also competed for Bellator MMA, King of the Cage and Legacy Fighting Alliance. We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Kevin for a little Q&A!

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    Restraint-Bias

    Restraint-Bias
    Restraint-bias. Per Wikipedia: “The tendency for people to over-estimate their ability to control impulsive behavior.” Impulse can be summed up with a simple explanation, essentially it’s when you say you’re committed to doing one thing but your impulses causes you to do something else. A bias is a shortcut our brain makes without our permission. While there’s nothing inherently WRONG with impulsive behavior, if it conflicts with rational decision making, you might find yourself often feeling defeated and that you can’t stick to your goals. 

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    How To Calculate Your Sweat Rate

    How To Calculate Your Sweat Rate

    It’s pretty common knowledge that proper hydration is important for your general health. Most of your body is made of the stuff, and we simply need to drink enough every day. The Mayo Clinic recommends 15.5 cups of fluid a day for men, and 11.5 cups for women (that includes all fluids, 20% of which come from food).

     

    When you’re exercising though...things get a little more complicated. Sweat’s our way of regulating body temperature, and the more you sweat the quicker you become dehydrated. Knowing how much you sweat makes adequate rehydration much easier.

     

    ICON Meals Sweat Rate

    Learn Your Sweat Rate

    Sweat rate measures how much water leaves your body while you’re exercising. Next time you exercise, do these steps to calculate it:

     

     

    1. Head to the bathroom and empty your bladder.
    2. Find your initial weight — weigh yourself in as little clothing as possible.
    3. Write down the ambient temperature.
    4. Go through a 1-hour exercise routine, recording any fluid intake.
    5. After your routine, towel off any sweat and weigh yourself again in the same clothing as before. This is your final weight.
    6. Convert weight loss to fluid ounces or milliliters. (1 lb = 16 oz = 454 ml)
    7. Add fluid lost to fluid consumed during exercise to find your hourly sweat rate at that temperature.

     

    Average people sweat 27 – 47 oz/hr during exercise, but sweat rates as high as 125 oz/hr have been recorded (that was Alberto Salazar while training for the 1984 Summer Olympics). It’s important to remember that climate affects sweat rate. Temperature, humidity, and airflow are all important variables to consider.


    Once you know your sweat rate, you’ll know exactly how much water to replenish during your exercise!


    Besides water, post-workout you’ll want protein to help your body repair and regrow your muscles. Snacks like our Wag Bars are the optimal choice.

    Staying in Shape When Life Feels Too Busy by Travis Just

    Staying in Shape When Life Feels Too Busy by Travis Just

    How does bodybuilder and entrepreneur Travis Just stay in shape when he’s running a business, traveling, and raising twins? That’s the #1 question he gets — and here’s his answer:

     

    Make Health A Priority

     

    Great health is a major priority for Travis, and he devotes time to it! Without good health, everything else in life suffers. Who cares how much money you make if you can’t enjoy the benefits of your hard work — vacations, quality time with family, doing hobbies you love, etc…

     

    Travis Just (TravelingWithTrav) Working Out - ICON Meals

     

    It Gets Better

     

    The problem is most people quit working on their health before they feel and see life-changing results. At the beginning of a get-healthier journey it sucks. It’s super hard and everything hurts and you’re sacrificing “good food” while everyone around you eats whatever guilty pleasures they want.

     

    Here’s the thing though:

     

    When you push through the suck and get to the place I’m talking about, everything changes. Your desire for unhealthy food is viewed differently. Your taste buds change. You actually look forward to “treat meals” weekly and savor every single bite.

     

    Travis Just Healthy Eating - ICON Meals

     

    Planning Makes Perfect

     

    Plan, plan, plan. It’s all about having your food ready to go! When we’re scrounging for food at the last minute, we almost always make worse choices than if we had something prepped and ready to eat. ICON Meals has turned our world upside down when it comes to planning and being prepared for our crazy busy lifestyle.

     

    No Excuses

     

    Get rid of the excuses! I used to yoyo diet every few months — I’d eat super clean, work out like crazy and feel great, and let myself roll back down the hill to start over again. Ugh. It’s easy to get caught in this trap. Why do we care what out-of-shape people think, as if they have what we want anyhow? 

     

    I finally decided years ago to live how I want. I realized most people gave me a hard time about how I eat because they were uncomfortable eating poorly around me.

     

    We get one body and one life. Live it the way you choose.

     

     


     

    Follow Travis Just and his family on IG at @thehomeless_millionaires and @travelingwithtrav

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