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Miss Muffet knows the importance of protein
Little Miss Muffet was into whey, Jack Sprat avoided fat and Jack and Jill got their cardio training just right. Point being, what if some nursery rhymes were actually songs made up about characters in training. And these memorable rhymes are a way to help us stay motivated with our own training. Now before you call for the men in the white coats, check out our findings.

Grand Old Duke of York

The Grand Old Duke of York was also a hardcore drill sergeant who would march and run his ten thousand men into the ground with repeated hill climbs and hill descents. Running up and down hills and military drills are two really tough types of exercise, which are excellent for improving stamina and building physical and mental strength.

Jack Sprat

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Watch your fat intake and go for lean cuts of meat instead
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Jack Sprat could eat no fat. His wife could eat no lean. Actually it doesn’t matter about his wife’s diet; the point here is Jack Sprat was also a bodybuilder and although he usually ate a lot and drank whey protein shakes to achieve his required protein intake, there were times when he enforced strict discipline on himself. Nearing competition, Jack could eat no fat and would incorporate other techniques to enhance his muscle definition just before going on stage. His wife would order a fat shake and cheer him on.

This Little Piggy

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It's survival of the fittest!
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This rhyme is really about the survival of the fittest and how staying motivated and focused with training can bring about improvements to your physical and social profile. It tells the story of five flatmates (played by toes) that are all different sizes and enjoy or endure differing fortunes. The biggest toe went to the market (to stock up on fresh fruit, vegetables and fish in order to sustain his training schedule with six small meals a day). The two middle toes (both lean and strong and into MMA) are either resting their muscles with sleep or eating too. However the smaller toes are pretty idle, not eating enough and are emotionally unstable and tend to break down and run off. Nothing a focused exercise schedule and healthy diet couldn’t fix.

Miss Muffet

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Miss muffet knows the importance of protein intake
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So Miss Muffet was a female bodybuilder — one of the first. She didn’t have a gym so she bench-pressed logs in the forest, which was a hassle with all the insects. Great thing about Miss Muffet was she was well clued up on her diet and consumed high levels of protein from curds (casein) and whey. It was actually meant to be: sat on her tuffet, eating her curds and whey protein, but it didn’t rhyme. The message to eat lots of protein wasn’t lost though.

Jack & Jill

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Hill springs will help you lean out
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So Jack and Jill were into cross-country racing and regularly ran up hills. When they needed to step up the training to be ready for competition, Jack would come up with ideas to make the training harder. Unfortunately running down a hill with a pail (bucket) of water was one of his more foolish ideas and he basically fell and cracked his head. The message here is don’t risk your physical well-being with ill-considered routines. Be aware of your physical limits and seek professional advice if you want to intensify your training.

Humpty Dumpty

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Keep trim, or end up like poor old Humpty...
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Exercise combined with a balanced diet can work wonders. Whether you want to tone up or beef up, it’s simply about getting your food intake working with your physical output in the gym or wherever else you train. Humpty Dumpty serves as a warning about the perils of not keeping in shape and allowing your calorie intake to far exceed your energy requirements. Not only did he fall off a wall, he was so overweight that all the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t even get him up. They were properly tired though after a session with The Duke of York. Okay — we realize it’s a weak theory, but if you’re focused and tuned into training, then you tend to find the workout potential in everything.

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