Get On The Road To Blackbelt

Road to Blackbelt BJJ Journal Cover (hit link to buy now)

When you love something it’s hard not to talk to friends and family about it. When it comes to training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu this is almost certain once you’ve gotten a couple of sessions in and start to progress in the art. The art takes patience, concentration, dedication, a strong heart and drive to go hard every time you’re on the mat. To help you (old or new Brazilian Jiu-jitsu students, men and women) recall the memories of training, the techniques you’ve learnt and inspirational quotes gained along the way to blackbelt, we’ve have designed the perfect journal for you.

Note space is there to name the Professors and Coaches from around the world you’d like to roll with. Write down the goals you have for your session and tick them off with delight. With 100+ pages to take note of your training journey, this is the only BJJ Journal you’ll want to use and its available through the amazon website [Click Here].

Not like other journals, this book is designed for reflection and for you tolook over your journalling on a regular basis. Keep BJJ in your heart and mind, stay training for life and get your blackbelt the best way. The rush of rolling is amazing but to stay on the mat takes reflection, assessment and hunger.

Purchase your Copy of ‘Road to Blackbelt BJJ Journal’ [Here].

Revise Your Goals To Win The Race

Goal setting is the key to hitting your goals

We’ve previously spoken about SMART goals being the best way to plan out your goals in order to achieve what you set out to do. SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Agreed, Realistic and Time-Bound. When all of these components are in place you have a greater chance of achieving what you want because you’ve set goals that can be assessed in terms of how long it will be before you hit the target and/or what needs to change to stay on target.

Soon (God willing) we’ll reach January and with the new year comes new hope for many men, a chance to change their ways and get healthy. Whenever you start your journey and whatever your journey will look like it’s important you check back and review what your goals were to begin with. When you get into the groove of things and your training is going smoothly it can be easy to lose sight of your initial goal.

Revising a goal doesn’t necessarily mean changing it for something else. It could just be refining the goal taking into account your current situation and progress. This will recharge your desire to achieve what you set out to do. 

Today I was complimented on my physique but I know I have work to do when it comes down to nutrition. Being a husband and father often means quick meals to keep hunger at bay but this way of life isn’t sustainable, I have a weight-loss goal and it will take effort to achieve.

Know what you want to achieve, set a date as to when you’ll reach your goal, make sure its something you can stick to and achieve given the equipment and ability you have. You can stay accountable by telling family to check on you or someone you trust that will be real with you and help you stay on track. A weekly weigh-in is the perfect time to check on your progress, whatever works for you.

Our time in this life is decreasing with every breath we take, we are all heading towards that day that is inevitable. We can by the mercy of Allah azza wa jal make our time on earth that bit better by engaging in regular exercise and cleaning up our diet. Let this year end better than it started and get into the best shape of your life. For help in this get in touch via our contact link in the menu above.

Dad Can’t Run!

Let me cut to the chase and not waste any of your precious time that you value so much. I mean, you have a football game to watch, your work colleague leant you a magazine on how to do something technical and cutting edge with your new phone, what’s more important than that??

If you think back to your youth, what were the exercises, games and sports you enjoyed most? Maybe you weren’t the most sporting child in school but if you had to pick an activity to get your blood racing what would it be?

I’m getting to the end of my youth and as a husband and father I’m learning the importance of time and how a few quality moments with your family each day can blossom into happy, confident and healthy faces. Health and fitness is a part of my life and day-by-day it becomes a part of my family’s existence too. Just today my eldest child wrote a letter to me requesting for us to read a nutritional book from their kids collection.

Fitness and health is the realm of the youthful and those working to maintain their youth, stamina and good health on a general level. It’s a good thing that many people in the UK and worldwide are taking their health more seriously whether they’re worried about Covid19, the Flu or any other foreign body that may find its way into their bodily system or not.

Maybe you’ve not reached the prime of your youth yet, like the some of my fitness clients. If that’s the case you’re on point and early by reading this post because here is what I want to get at! As we age our desire for looking good decreases and we can tell ourselves all the reasons why we can’t do things. Over years of binge eating and extra hours sitting down we come to a realisation that we’ve let our once good health escape us.

If you’re a father reading this, you work in an office and you eat out or order food a few times a week pay attention! The greatest wealth you have is your health and if your children talk amongst themselves saying ‘Dad can’t run!’ You have some working-out to do. There are men of all ages getting into the best shape of their lives and there is no one physique type that shows good health. Your ‘’healthy’’ doesn’t have to be the same as anyone else’s, just get back on the horse, get training and live better than people thought you could. 

The exercises and/or sports you engaged in as a youth may be the perfect way to get back your fitness feet. Family time spent in physical activity isn’t time wasted. You’ll build bonds and learn about your family from another angle. Women nurture the future generations and Men have the job of guiding, protecting and providing for the youth. That means one needs to have knowledge (deen and dunya), strength and skills that will sustain his family. 

You’ve got goals, you’re tired of mockery and you’re ready to act. Criterion Fit are ready to help you in your goals so get in contact with us! When you live right your family will follow and society will also benefit. The time for change is now, we look forward to working with you.

Document Your Progress

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is a grappling art that has its origins in Japan. The evolution of the art is witnessed around the world and the community of BJJ practitioners is growing fast, even celebrities such as Russell Brand and Keanu Reeves have taken to the mat to learn the ground game art.

If you’re involved in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, been rolling for a few months it makes sense to start documenting your time on the mat with a journal. I’m big on writing as you may have noticed especially when it comes to charting progress and planning what comes next.

BJJ is a hard beast to control and due to this many men will end their journey without gaining a Blackbelt. The goal shouldn’t be to gain belts alone, the ability to defend against an attack, growing in confidence, learning humility are all aspects you can achieve through regular BJJ training.

Many journals focus on documenting techniques which is great if you still understand what was written 5 years down the line. For me, keeping a BJJ journal is about documenting the journey from Whitebelt (where I am now) to Blackbelt (where I wish to be one day).

Road to Blackbelt BJJ Journal – Cover

I’ve drawn up the perfect book for you to pick-up called ‘Road to Blackbelt BJJ Journal’ available on the amazon website. The key focus of this journal is to give you space to reflect upon your training sessions, to figure out what your strengths and weaknesses are, what you can do to improve your fighting and how you felt during each session. There’s space to write down quotes and the key techniques of the session as well as the goals you have for the day’s session such as ‘get 3 kimura locks today.’

Your BJJ needs to be treated with care if you intend to stay in the game long-term. To increase your ability to weather the storms that will come you’ll need to reflect upon the past at times in order to see what the future may bring of good. To get your copy of this 150 page journal click [Here].

I wish you all the success on your BJJ journey, train smart and drill hard. Hit the menu link entitled BJJ Journal to purchase your copy today!

Keys to Cool Part 2: Kettlebell Workout Session

Kettlebell Training with CriterionFit.com

You want to cool the fire rushing through your body. It’s been a long day in the big city, the last thing you’re thinking of is running on the treadmill for an hour, smoking and drinking is out the window, a cup of coffee will only have you awake for hours and you have more headache to look forward to at work tomorrow. Does this sound familiar? If yes, you’ll look really cool and you’ll really cool down after this spine chilling Kettlebell session brought to you by yours truly.

A Kettlebell, as I’ve previously said, is the one piece gym that every man should have access to at home. This workout is a slice of the pie – if you want more like this then look out for me eBook ‘Strength with Kettlebells’ coming soon God willing. 

Exercise as a way to quell frustration and anger has many benefits such as giving you more drive and desire to get in a top workout, expending calories if weight-loss is also a goal, expending energy that will likely encourage better sleep and ultimately you’ll reshape your body and increase good health.

After your session of training, if you’re still in a mood take some time to pray extra salawat and remember the creator that has given you this test. A time for reflection is important to see where we are going in life and what needs to change and so on. Eating food free of sugars and artificial additives is also a good idea. Try stretching after your training session, having a bath with Epsom Salt and then get an early night of sleep. When all of these steps are acted upon regularly you’ll find a lift in your mood God willing.

If this session has you sweating as I know it should and you want more of the high you get from this training style get in-touch and we can arrange regular online training sessions, just click [Here] for more information. My name is Abu Hafs Hanif of CriterionFit.com – the goal is to bring balance and good health to all men with an emphasis upon men with health conditions including obesity and mental ill health as well as the Black and Asian communities, of all ages. 

It just so happens to be Mental Health awareness day, if you’re going through a hard time as a man and you want to let out some fire do so in a measured way. Living is a great blessing that we will all likely only fully realise upon reaching the grave. Talk to a well learned doctor of the heart – a Scholar or Student of Knowledge. The heart is the King of the body, medication only does the job of suppressing the issue, a learned person can prescribe the actual steps that will revive your health, for those who reflect.

Here is the workout of your life! An hour of burn and a good night’s sleep, almost 100% guaranteed. Tell me what you think with a comment on Instagram or Twitter, thanks for your time and live long and strong.

You Need A Good Personal Trainer

Stop sitting around on your fitness goals and get a Personal Trainer

Once I was out of the school setting and making minimum wage holding down jobs – while I was still heading the advice of family to a degree I got myself a gym membership. But before that; I was greatly influenced by my environment. Growing up as a youth I’d sit with all the local boys since many of them were in my school or youth club. After school was a walk to the major shopping areas, bus rides to other schools and everything you can imagine impressionable young men fall into. 

At the same time I was looking for more to life which I did find in Islam later on but at that time the most I could manage when it came to my health and fitness was riding my bike once a month on the pavement like a young road man at best, attending a single martial arts class and never returning and a short sprint to catch a bus. 

The life of many men may sound similar to this, searching out answers and understanding through connections and experiences. The fitness world has an important role in our lives and serves a great purpose. For many, the gym is their chill place where they can focus on themselves, build themselves, shape their lives and go out into the world with the resolve needed to tackle the obstacles they’ve been reflecting on. 

Personal Trainers know how to use an array of fitness equipment you need for your journey – learn from the best.

I found the gym at a time where I was falling; I dropped my studies again and again, living the wild-life. My gym membership was burning a whole in my pocket because I didn’t know squat from a side lunge and I didn’t think to ask anyone. No doubt, there were Personal Trainers around and I was given an induction then told to roam free. I don’t want anyone to make that mistake!

Look at it like this; you spend £30+ a month on your gym membership, clothing, grooming so you don’t cause offence to the  other gym users. You also go out with friends to eat and chill, most likely the same friends you hit the gym with. How many of your friends have a gym programme that works and on top of that you’re all built differently thus need to work in different ways to achieve your goals. Buy a gym programme, cool – it’s low cost but better than that is the Personal Trainers time, the PT you see helping those other people that look something like a phenomenon like LL Cool J told the world.

PT’s are well versed in the effect resistance has on the body, how you can accelerate weight-loss through different styles of training and how exercise can make you feel good and look like a stunner. Fitness training, nutrition coaching and helping Men like you achieve their goals is what I do. My religion is the focal point of my life and our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) gave his Companions many directions and advice on how to live in a healthy manner. Working with me, we’ll surely talk about his example.

My name is Hanif of Criterion Fit, I’m a student of Personal Training and highly recommend you seek out a PT because you’ll save so much time and get to the goal you want. Paying for a PT is an investment in yourself not an extra bill to pay. If you want to live long and strong with a body that can fight off any virus, climb higher and hit that bit harder, seek a PT.

Road to PT’ing: Certified Suspension Trainer

Suspension Training pushing you to the limit with your own weight.

Over the past weekend I completed my Suspension Training course and it was an eye opener for me. I’m not a finished article when it comes to fitness; many fitness trainers and personal trainers feel the pressure to perform and show just how capable, strong, fast and good looking they are. I hope I don’t fall into the trap of trying to please the people while neglecting areas of my life that are in need of attention.

Suspension Trainers are convenient, compact and great for the man that wants to get his fitness training sessions in at home or in the office. Connecting the system to a closed door and frame, the harness sits tight and securely. Using your own bodyweight and adjusting your positioning as it relates to the harness will increase or decrease the ease of the exercise you undertake.   

Being able to use your own bodyweight during exercise is a great way to train and work on your balance, coordination and strength to some degree. The system was created by Randy Hetrick, a businessman and former Navy Seal which should go to show how useful this style of training can be when you have limited equipment but a desire to work on your health and fitness.

Coupling this training with the use of kettlebells will garner you a lot of rewards in your physique, cardiovascular health and your mental health because the two together will push you to your limits. If you would like to learn more about Suspension Training and would like me to coach you at home or work, get in touch with me to discuss your goals.

Criterion Fit – we have various digital products and services to help men like you reach and attain the levels of fitness they so badly desire. Health is a great blessing many only start to appreciate after illness sets in so avoid getting hit unexpectedly and join us to get into the best shape of your life so far.

Beauty And The Beast In The Making

There’s nothing wrong with a man taking care of his looks, I hope we can all agree with that as men. Just like you’d expect your wife to beautify herself for you, likewise, a man should do those things that make his wife pleased to call him her husband. A man should aim to dress well and smell amazing with good manners and a strong frame that can handle any given situation.

Being a ”Gym Beast, Rat, Monster, Shark” or however you put it doesn’t mean you have to be a Gym ****head. It means you kill the weight’s the cardio machines, the suspension training setup, the pull-up bar and on and on. You motivate the other gym users to push harder and hit those goals they’re chasing.

If this is your first time on this site thanks for you time. My name is Hanif and I’m a student of Personal Training and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu from London. I design gym programmes and offer advice on weight management as well as sport nutrition consultations.

For some time I’ve been using this gym programme (‘He’s a Monster’) myself and I’m pleased and confident enough in the design to share it with you. A 3 day split that works your upper body and your legs, if you’re relatively new to gym training or have had a couple of years experience this programme will be very useful. You can always double it up to have a 6 day plan with one rest day. I’d recommend new gym users to train 1-day on 1-day off.

You’ll find taxing and testing reps and sets as well as tempo’s that will shock your system into growth mode. If you have weight increase goals (muscle mass) I’d be happy to talk to you and discuss how we can work together to help you bulk up while using this programme or a bespoke plan designed to your needs.

Let your wife or future wife be proud of what a good man you are, strong and brave. Physical strength is always worth having in your catalogue of skills, abilities and attributes. This eBook is short and easy to understand in a no fluff layout that will get you the results you want when used regularly.

You’re the beast, the monster. You’re also the answer to the needs of your community with care and concern for others, a real man in a time where real men are harder to come by than small helium canisters in the street. Being a monster means you were built different not built less capable so keep beastin’ and download your copy [Here] for £3 – our early bird offer.

Road to Black Belt: Acknowledging Wins

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art I started training in because I understand that a man should know how to defend himself, his family and the community in which he lives in from people upon evil. When I started my gym training it was all about feeling better, reducing stress and getting stronger while learning something new. BJJ is a different kind of learning to the strength training gym environment. I recommend both forms of training because of the growth achieved through both pursuits however different they may seem.

When it comes to BJJ it’s important to constantly reign in your ego because you’ll get checked by men smaller than you and bigger than you. The gentle art is ever growing in the UK and world-wide and by the decree of Allah ta’ala a BJJ gym has opened up in South West London, Grapplers Den. I’ve been rolling with the GD team over the last 4 or 5 years inconsistently but more recently I’ve gotten into a rhythm and have been awarded my first stripes on my White belt.

Getting a stripe was a major win for me which I’m grateful for and I hope that this post will encourage you to go hard and achieve what you’ve been working at. Giving up on something is the best course of action in things that aren’t beneficial – we’d all agree on that. When we’re talking about something that is a skill, an art or an experience like BJJ we have to decide on if the benefit outweighs the harm. Yes in BJJ you get bashed about, wounded, pride shutdown but if you manage to pluck up the courage to return you’ve got grit and determination. That being the case, after your session you should acknowledge your win.

Defending those in need is honourable, working with your hands is honourable, patience and perseverance in good are also the same – honourable. As a muslim it is important that one gains an understanding of their religion, yes, but its also important for a man to be a man and be able to defend those in need. When I roll I’ve met young and old men that realise the importance of strength and maintaining good health. Before BJJ I was all about training for health which is good. Today added to my desire for good health is the power to work when needed. In Islam we define wisdom as doing ‘the right thing at the right time.’ If I have no strength then I’ll not be able to act when needed in a physical way.

If you started this year with the desire to get active but that day is yet to arrive don’t hesitate to get in touch. If you’ve only managed a couple of training sessions but have all the fitness clothing you need don’t hesitate to get in touch. We all start our fitness journey from different places and that’s fine, we all have our own stories and struggles. I’d like to hear your story and work with you to the point you can acknowledge your wins, big or small they all add up!

Thanks to Professor Javid and Assistant Coach Yahya for acknowledging my efforts over the time I’ve been rolling with more consistency. As I said, we all have a fitness journey and struggles, I’m not perfect, I’m practising, I make mistakes but the more we work the better we get. Get active!

Hit the contact button – top right! We can discuss your fitness goals and help you achieve great things this year and every year bi’ithnillah.

Road to PT’ing: Certified Kettlebell Trainer

Strength with Kettlebells

Nothing worth having comes easy and that’s real talk. I’m a step closer to completing my Personal Training course after being certified as a kettlebell trainer. The training sessions brought to mind the reasons why I got into training in the gym. I felt in the zone training and pushing myself to learn new skills. Helping people is something I enjoy doing as long as the ends and means are good. Writing gym/home gym plans is my way of helping my local community and connecting with clients around the world.

I met a group of great people striving to better themselves and achieve personal goals and that’s what the fitness world should be about. The days were long and sweaty but I enjoyed myself and came out with a certification that means I can train YOU with the use of kettlebells, utilising a number of techniques and exercises to meet your fitness goals. 

I’m working on an ebook entitled ‘Strength with Kettlebells’ and I have also devised an introductory kettlebell training programme lasting 4 weeks. Each week will bring about new exercises for clients to attempt and master, we also discuss topics around kettlebell training including its history.

Knowing what I know today after completing the training I could only recommend kettlebells as the one piece of fitness equipment all men should own. I’d also recommend them to the youth starting out training because you can use them for weight loss goals and strength/muscle size goals.

Many of my clients prefer to train at home to avoid the testing scenes of the local gym. The convenience of kettlebells in that they take up little space which is a plus. To increase the difficulty of using kettlebells you need only increase time under tension, increasing the eccentric phase of your lift and there are many more possibilities and ways to incorporate kettlebells into your training sessions.

Our kettlebell training programme will be offered as face-2-face (London only) or online sessions. If you’re stuck for space and want to train at home or you want to learn some new strength training skills to mix into your programme we can help you at prices that don’t break the bank or your posterior chain.

[CLICK HERE] for more details on our introductory kettlebell training programme.