Tradie Stereotypes

Fit Tradie gang, Happy festive season! Who the hell is this, I hear you guys ask? Solid point… It has been a while between drinks with the Fit Tradie family and for that, we apologises. But as we always say – Distance makes the heart grow fonder… Or something like that, right? (Didn’t quite work for Sash though…. oooooo touchy subject but how about you get a tea spoon of cement big fella and harden up).

What a time to post though – We are currently typing this while pumping the Christmas tunes throughout FT-HQ (Fit Tradie Head Quarters, for those of you playing at home). Sash is sitting in his Christmas underwear drinking (Healthy, yet still very alcoholic) egg nog while Chris is dancing around the fire place roasting marshmallows…. We did quickly realise that we are not in America, and in fact it is summer, so we put the fire out and just ate cold marshmallows… Good chat.

So what is this blog about? As the title eludes too, we are crushing Tradie Stereotypes (And no we don’t mean we are walking around to random utes on the street, pulling out stereos and jumping on them) We mean those stereotypes of us tradies eating meat pies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

After reading some read hot statistics from www.serviceseeking.com.au we new we couldn’t miss out on shooting out some positive statistics about the construction industry, some that even surprised us!

Smoking: You absolute legends are nailing it (tradie pun intended) in this department (Although there is always more that we can do) 74.72% of tradies don’t smoke and 16.60% of those of you that do, only smoke 1 per day. Which personally we think is one of the most positive changes in the health and wellbeing of our industry.Funny-Quit-smoking-Memes-1 We should note that if you do want to give up smoking there are plenty of avenues you can go down. Quit line: 13 7848 and you may be surprised that the government has done some good (Disclaimer: All the FT family believe the government is doing a great job and if they were to give us a government grant to help expand Fit Tradie, we would not be angry at it….) But in all seriousness, their website for quitting smoking is great and has plenty of options, from getting a “Quit Coach”, through to troubleshooting options and plenty of tools and resources to help you kick the habit! Check it out here: http://www.quitnow.gov.au/

Tunes onsite: Another shock to us – Tradies are still loving talk back radio. Old Alan Jones is still getting a start on site! And although Nova and today FM are still the preferred choice on the airwaves, 19.91% of tradies are listening to podcasts while at work, which is extremely tech-savvy of you guys! We can only assume that everyone is holding their breath, waiting for both Chris and Sash to get a start with either Nova or Today FM to kick off their own show, so we can have 100% conformance on the one radio station… No pressure Nova/Today FM… But seriously, contact our manager….. Or us.. Ok, just contact us, now…. Right now. The only thing you need to know is that we can talk more showbags than the Royal Easter Show.

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Chris and Sash career change? http://www.fittradie.com.au

Kale Prevails:

 

(You bet your sweet pippy that rhymed – you are welcome.) An unsurprising one to us, but the stats are officially in! 84% of the tradie world prefer a healthy packed lunch from home, with only 16% of us admitting to still eating takeaway onsite. Now like the FT team always preach – it is all about balance. Have that Friday “buy day”, have that quiet schoo-ey’ on a Friday arvo, but clearly you guys are all over it with your kale salads and zucchini fritters during the week! Please note if you were a part of this survey – Putting a kale leaf on top of your four n twenty pie does not constitute a “Healthy lunch”… But well played if you do that!

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Nice try, mate… http://www.fittradie.com.au

 

Bored of stats? So are we, but we believe this is an extremely important blog to show all the non-tradie-FT-blog-readers, what we already knew, the industry is changing for the good! Fit Tradie wants to be one the leaders in continuing to promote this transformation of the industry! So to help us do that – please make sure you share this post, talk to your friends about FT, or even just randomly drop the Fit Tradie name when you are out at dinner (weird… but why not?) To help us become the leaders of this industry shift!

Until next time Tradies… keep it tight and bright!

– Sash and Chris –

Quote of the week: Call up your local radio station and tell them you want Chris and Sash on your airwaves… Its not a quote… but you should still do it… 😉

Video of the week: A classic one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbpNLUFg6gc Shit Tradies Never Say…

Fit Tradie Challenge: Send us a video of your healthy “Kale prevails” smoko/lunch and we will post it on our social media with a shout out to you and your awesome lunch!

Statistics are from ServiceSeeking.com.au from a survey of 1,700 users of tradie marketplace, www.serviceseeking.com.au  It should also be noted the below snapshot of there website:

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Any website that has promotional photos of a guy squinting to see the camera, a pregnant women doing weights and someone hiding within a bunch of clothes hanging up – you can trust! In all seriousness – great website – jump on it!

Lady Tradies – A Call to Arms!

Evening Fit Tradies… hope you’re all having a fantastic week and ready for an absolute cracker of a weekend! This week we talk about ‘Lady Tradies!’ As a quick show of hands – hands up if you’re a bloke in the construction industry…. Righto now hands up if you are one of our much needed ‘Lady Tradies’? As you can see, the number of men putting their hands up significantly outweighed the number of women!

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Please note this photo has nothing to do with the blog but it’s a deadest ripper!

A good friend of Sasha’s, Vanessa ‘Crollsy’ Crolls from RendezView, published a piece on this by Dr Karen Struthers earlier in the year which talks about women in the construction industry as well as a trade skills shortage (Link to Article). It goes on to talk about a whole pool of untapped talent in the young women of Australia and speaks about the fact that female tradies represent around two per cent of the construction industry. It’s not a bad read if you’ve got a spare 5 minutes (or 45 minutes if you’re slightly illiterate and have an IQ less than a toaster like Sash and Chris).

Now Fit Tradies, let’s look at this from the following point of view – ‘What would happen if there were no women in the Construction Industry?’. We interviewed a range of people at the ‘Rubbery Dub’ [Pub] and below are some key findings from our investigations:

  1. Innovation would be dangerous – In the Construction Industry, innovation is strongly encouraged. Innovation (if done correctly) can not only increase efficiency but can also reduce, if not eliminate, the risks of certain tasks (hierarchy of control everyone… you’re welcome). If the Construction Industry was purely made up of men, then we would see innovation of a different kind (see below).

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Trimming a Hedge has never been so easy!

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No scaffolding? No Worries!

Now although these images still portray elements of innovation, they also make way for significant risks to both the user and those around them.

  1. Productivity would decrease – As we all know, when a group of men get together then group mentality can kick in and anything can happen. Try this particular tradie for example…

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Don’t get me wrong, we think this bloke is hilarious and we’re spewin we didn’t think of it earlier, however probably not the most productive use of time.

  1. Practical Jokes would be on the rise – Everyone likes a good old practical joke and in construction both men and women can be innovative in their approach. As an example we want you to watch the following video and tell us what you notice:

MUST WATCH – CONSTRUCTION AT ITS FINEST

There are a few items to note: 1. Classic construction humour and we deadset pissed ourselves; 2. Some dangerous yet good ideas in there; 3. We have discovered our Fit Tradie challenge of the week (Try and skull a beer (low carb) whilst on the end of a wacker packer without spilling it); and 4. Everyone in this video is male!

  1. Design resolution would be dubious at best – Have you heard the expression ‘Did you have a boy’s look?’ This loosely applies to men in the construction industry and the on site resolution of design issues. Exhibits A and B below:

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Design Resolution… CAN that! (Ok that was bad but we had nothing else)

Now to wrap all this up Fit Tradies, this is not to say that men in the construction industry are all like this and vice versa… this was just a way to bring a bit of humour to a topic that hopefully makes you ask the question:  how many lady tradies do you know compared to blokes in the industry? I think we’d all admit that having a few more Fit Tradie Ladies can only be a good thing!

In light of this Fit Tradie is putting out a call to arms to all you ladies out there contemplating joining the construction industry… come get a slice of the merchandise and based off the above you may save a few lives along the way!

Until next time Tradies… keep it tight and bright!

– Sash and Chris –

 

Quote of the week: ‘Fit Tradie Digs Equality more than an Excavator’… Righto we realise this wasn’t our best material but it’s a Friday and we are in dire need of a ‘Pigs Ear’ (Beer).

Video of the week: MUST WATCH – CONSTRUCTION AT ITS FINEST

Fit Tradie Challenge: Try and skull a beer (low carb) whilst on the end of a wacker packer without spilling it.

Recipe time: FT Bangers and Mash!

Fit Tradie Family,

Happy Saturday! I hope everyone is enjoying there winter morning, as much as we are! We know Chris loves a classic Canberra’s frosty morning- this is actual footage of him walking to work each day: https://youtu.be/lRLQJMCOCx8

So to get you guys feeling a bit warmer on the insides – Our favourite nutritionist and our self-proclaimed-superstar-of-all-things-nutritony (we may have made that up…) has come up with another absolute CRACKER of a recipe for us: FT Bangers and Mash! #DroolFaceEmoji Take it away Jenn Jenn!

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Name: Bangers n’ Mash

Time to prep: approx. 40 minutes to cook (15mins prep time)

Ingredients: A few

To cook: Oven does half the work for you

Rating: “I want that sausage in and around my mouth” – Sash… (FT Does not endorse this statement….)

Beverage to accompany: Surely a glass of red… (Loaded with a heap of antioxidants!… but only ONE glass, team!)

Ingredients

  • Lean sausages –  we went with lamb and rosemary
  • Your choice of greens
  • Sweet potato
  • Potato
  • Garlic clove or powder
  • Smooth, light/lowfat ricotta
  • Onion
  • Olive oil
  • Gravy mix – aim for reduced sodium variety

Method

  1. -Oven bake sausages- depending on size, approx 40mins at 190Deg Celcius
  2. GETTING MASH STARTED: when the sausages are half cooked, that’s the cue to get going on the mash. Peel and chop up sweet potato and potato in a 2:1 ratio. Potato helps keep it fluffy as sweet potato can get waterlogged. Place in boiling water with garlic and boil till cooked, turn off heat but keep warm until the snags are done.
  3. GRAVY: slice onion and sweat in a frypan with a little olive oil. Make gravy according to packet instructions and add the made up gravy to the cooked onions, stir and set aside but keep warm.
  4. GREENS: place greens in a microwaveable dish, cover with something that will allow for steam to escape, add a little water and ‘steam’ for 3mins.
  5. FINISH MASH: while veg is steaming, drained cooked potatoes and mash through a large table spoon or two of the low fat ricotta. Keep mashing until combined and fluffy.
  6. SERVE: Remove excess oil from the baked sausages with paper towel. Plate up with the gravy, veg and mash and serve with cracked pepper.

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CUT. IT. OUT. JENN! You have made me want dinner at 8:30am in the morning!

So there you have it Fit Tradie-ers, another winter warmer, to make your lips go flipity-flop!

Until next time Tradies…Keep it tight and Bright!

– Sash and Chris –

Saying of the week:                        “I want that sausage in and around my mouth”

Video of the week:                       https://youtu.be/lRLQJMCOCx8

We’re Back with Fit Tradie Fashion Tips!

Righto Fit Tradies, calm your farm… we hear you and yes we are SORRY! Sorry that we’ve been on holiday living it up and leaving you all high and dry! And by holiday we mean work and by high and dry we mean staying low and sinking a heap of froff (low carb of course). We realise we’ve been off the radar for some time however being builders what do you expect… I’ll give you the hot tip it’s not on time and under budget! In either case, we’ve got a wet day on site and WE ARE BACK BABY!

Wet Weather

Current Site Conditions

How have you all been? **INSERT AWKWARD SILENCE* Great, excellent…GOOD CHAT!

Now we know not all of you are ‘ridiculously good looking’ fashionistas like Chris and Sash (please refer to the below non-doctored image of the two of them) so to get everyone back into the groove we thought we’d put together a few tips to help you with ‘Fit Tradie Fashion’.

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So Hot Right Now!

Picture this: It’s a Friday, you’ve finished work for the day and you’re covered in shit (literally if you’re a plumber)… you go home in your HQ One Tonner, have a ‘Craig Gower’ (Shower), spray on your ‘Sex Panther’ and wonder on over to your wardrobe to have a ‘Captain Cook’ (look) and think… ‘what threads am I going to wear tonight that will allow me to assert a degree of authority yet still allow enough mobility to do the mud worm on the DF (Dance Floor)’… Never fear because ‘Fit Tradie Fashion Tips’ are here.

(For definition of a mud-worm go 25 seconds in… will change your life https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysUn1KfAo-U)

 

5 Fit Tradie Fashion Tips

  1. Don’t Overcook it!

In the fashion world, I’d say go for gold…. However, being a Fit Tradie, less is more and we’ll give you two reasons: 1. If you dressed like this bloke on a job site you’d cop more shit than a sewage works; and 2. There is no doubt that this bloke has overcooked it.

Less is more

What?! Too Much?

Imagine being at the Disco with ‘Summer Rain’ playing, then casually strolling up to an empty DF (Dance Floor) and trying to do the Rodeo Clown in this clobber… in the words of Rex Kwondo ‘FORGET ABOUT IT!’

  1. Don’t undercook it!

If there is one thing your mother would have told you (and Sasha’s mum continues to reinforce this to him) is that you can never be over-dressed. However, on the opposite end of the scale you can definitely be under-dressed. When going to an event or a function and it says ‘smart casual’ on your invite – this means that in most instances a Mankini is off limits… unless of course it’s under your ‘bowl of fruit’ (Suit) and it’s your party trick for later in the night.

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Very Niiiicee!

So, Fit Tradie’s when going out and debating whether to throw a set of pants on the ‘getaway sticks’ think of Fit Tradies Fashion Tips and don’t undercook it.

  1. No Steel Caps outside of the work site!

As you are all aware us Tradie’s are impartial to going out in our steel reinforced toes and seeing what heavy objects you can drop on your toes until you forget one day that you are actually wearing a set of RM’s and bust your toe…but that’s for another day! The two main reason we don’t want to wear our steel caps after work are as follows:

Main reason: You get kicked out of the local leagues club after 6:00pm if you are wearing steel caps and nobody wants to be booted (pardon the pun…but you are welcome) mid parmigiana!

Secondary reason: You will end up looking like Kanye West in his Timberlands!

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Left his Steel Caps on… Hence the Dirty Look!

While we are on Kanye can we please just make special mention of his latest shoes due for release any day. Is it just us or they look more like a pair of New Balance $20 specials from Kmart!

Kanye Shoes

Of course i’ll pay $200 for them when i can get them from Kmart for $20!

So as much as we love our main man Kanye, some things (almost all things) Kanye does, ONLY Kanye does #FitTradieRuleofThumb

  1. Ranga is in!

This is no more evident than our good friend Ed Sheeran who is taking the Ranga community to the next level!

Ed Sheeran

It worked for Ed!

So to all you Fit Tradie Ranga’s out there – we salute you! For all those non-ranga-Fit Tradies: look at dying your hair, not only does it immediately give you the ability to play the guitar, but you will also be on point in the fashion world. Don’t forget to have some fun with it as well, like old mate below:

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NAILED IT!

  1. Don’t Dress Like an Accordion

We’d like to think this one is self-explanatory however for clarity please refer to the below image. If Chris and Sash dressed like that they’d have to kick their own arse.

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Accordions are out!

So again, do yourselves a favour and don’t dress like a musical instrument. In the Tradie circles this can often be frowned upon unless you’re dressed up as a Led Zepplin Guitar playing ‘Whola Lotta Love’.

Well Fit Tradie’s there you go… 5 of the best right there! I don’t know about you guys but it felt good to get one away (the blog that is). Chris and Sash are back baby… you know it!

With all this being said we didn’t want to leave our Fit Tradie’s with all these amazing tips and no additional fruit to use it. So, to help all you Fit Tradie’s with getting some new threads we have teamed up with Jeanswest to give all Fit Tradie readers a discount for all purchases from their online store.  Details to follow on our Instagram Page (fittradie).

 

Looking forward to talking showbags again soon and don’t forget to throw up some comments on our comments page!

Until then Tradies…Keep it tight and Bright!

– Sash and Chris –

 

Quote of the week: ‘Oh my goodness… did that guy just do the mudworm? What a legend!’

Video of the week: The mudworm 25 sec in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysUn1KfAo-U

Fit Tradie Challenge: Get yourself onto the Jeanswest website and grab some clobber to look prim and proper… details of Fit Tradie specials to follow!

 

It’s Pie-Time (with a bit of dead horse)!

We hope everyone is well and are as pumped as Sash and Chris are about this weeks Almost-Winter-Warmer-Recipe by our superstar nutritionist Jenn Jenn! I know, I know, we can hear all the people in the northern parts of Australia/hemisphere saying “Mate, it doesn’t bloody-well get cold here! What are we going to do with this delicious Almost-Winter-Warmer-Recipe, when we are sweating like Sash on a dance floor?!” All very valid points Fit Tradies – and to that, Sash and Chris have proposed you do the following: Follow the whole recipe, until you get to the step of cooking the meat and putting it in the oven. Instead of cooking meat and placing in said oven – place in freezer for 3 hours. Boom! Summer-cooler-recipe! *insert smirking emoji face*…. Now unfortunately Sash and Chris have zero idea when it comes to food preparation and the need for a hygienic recipe, which is thoroughly cooked… Which could be why they were both a tad under the weather after wearing raw chickens on their heads to a costume party… (this did not actually happen and no raw chickens were injured in the making of their costumes….) But seriously, they are about as knowledgeable about food prep as they are good looking… Not to mention, Jenn has made it clear that you should not under any circumstances listen to either one of those idiots, nor substitute the oven with a freezer….

Anyway – to the recipe! Welcome the one, the only, our favourite lady besides Chris’s baby (pretty proud of that rhyme actually…) Jenn Jenn!   

‘Blue Sky’ with a bit of ‘Dead Horse’!

As the Honey Badger would say when referring to a try, there’s nothing like getting a bit of Meat (‘Meat Pie’ – try). what better way then combine your typical Aussie Servo Snack and a bit of health then Fit Tradies Healthy Meat.

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Time to prep: 15 mins

Ingredients: more than usual – but the effort is worth it!

Servings: 12 small pies – 6 larger individual serve pies

To cook: 1hr for filling. 25 mins to brown in oven

Rating: 5 mouth-watering-emoji-faces out of 5!

Beverage to accompany: Chris’ irish heritage is coming out with a suggestion of a Guiness. If you can’t quite stomach that meal-in-a-can, a heavier beer such as an IPA would go delightfully. Note: Our healthy-legal-department also suggests; water…

Ingredients:

Pie Filling

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 500g trimmed, cubed meat (we used beef chuck steak)
  • 1 medium brown onion diced
  • 3 sticks of celery diced
  • Handful of mushrooms diced
  • 1 medium zucchini diced
  • 1 medium carrot diced
  • Filo pastry – can use short crust or puff, but filo contains less saturated fats
  • Spray vegetable oil

Gravy Mix

  • 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt reduced instant gravy powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt reduced beef stock powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic power (or 2 fresh cloves crushed)
  • ½ teaspoon Mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1-2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • 500ml water

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Mashed Potato topping – also a great way to use up left over mashed potatoes!!!!

  • 4-6 medium washed potatoes – don’t peel
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder or 2 cloves of fresh
  • ½ cup of milk
  • Paprika OR Black Pepper for sprinkling

Method

Note: will need pan or pot with a lid. When filling is almost cooked, preheat the oven to 200∘C.

  1. Brown meat and onion in a large pan on medium to high heat. Once cooked through, add in diced veg and cook until zucchini starts to soften and fall apart.
  2. Mash: Boil water, add in garlic and diced, unpeeled potatoes. place the potatoes into cook while you carry on with the next step. Once cooked through, drain and set aside. Jenn’s note: If you are super precious with your mashed potatoes, feel free to waste your time peeling them but leaving the skin on increases fibre content!
  3. Place all dry gravy mix ingredients into a jug, slowly add in small amounts water and mix so no lumps form. Once completely mixed, add half the gravy mixture to the pan and stir for a few mins then add in remaining liquid. Place lid on the pot/pan and reduce heat to low and cook for 45mins to an hour. Stir occasionally as gravy will thicken and you don’t want it to catch on the pan. Taste gravy as it thickens and adjust seasoning if required. Filling will be done once the mushrooms and zucchini has disappeared and meat is tender.
  4. To the mashed potatoes, add in milk and mash.
  5. Lay out 4 sheets of filo pastry. Spray each layer with vegetable oil, and form a single stack of pastry sheets. Cut into squares big enough to fill the muffin tins, being careful to not rip the filo pastry. Fill each muffin casing with the pie filling and top with mashed potato. Sprinkle with paprika or cracked pepper and bake in the oven will pastry is flaky and brown on the edges. Serve with your favourite sauce at your next gathering or with a side salad for a fun dinner alternative.

Nutritional information (based on the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating for an Adult)

  • Good source of lean protein – when meat is trimmed
  • Almost 1 serve of vegetables per small pie – serve three with side salad that fills ½ of your plate and you would be close to meeting your daily vegetable target! Whaaaaaat???
  • added fibre when potatoes aren’t peeled
  • Aim for reduced salt stock and gravy powders

There you have it team! Another absolute cracker from Jenn! You can all officially walk into the smoko room and say “I’m going the healthy option today guys” and still whip out a meat pie!

Coming up in the next few weeks Chris and Sash have some how managed to rope in more people to interview, convinced Jenn it is a good idea to not leave these two pork chops and continue to share her awesome recipes AND they look into how to get rid of Chris’s official dad-bod! (Good luck lads!)

Until then Tradies…Keep it tight and Bright!

– Sash and Chris –

Quote of the week: “That’s not a pie, This is a pie!”

Video of the week: Worlds hottest meat pie!

Fit Tradie Challenge: We want to get you guys involved! Post your best pic/selfie, giving Fit Tradie a shout out while either exercising or cooking one of our de-lish recipes (make sure you tag us) and we will pick one to go up on our socials in the coming week!

Fit Tradie interview time!

Hello Fit Tradie team! We hope everyone is having an absolute hornswoggler of a day (is that even a word)! This week we are introducing a new section to the flog (Fit Tradie blog) – Fit Tradie interviews! Although the boys seem to think this section of the blog was created due to there extremely professional interviewing ability, it is in fact namely due to their lack of ability to have anything interesting to say. Not to mention that there are way more interesting people than Sash and Chris out there (although they don’t seem to think so…)

So, without further ado – our first interview, we were lucky enough to be spoilt for choice with not one but TWO people – a power couple in the Canberra Tradie AND fitness scene, Fit Tradies good friends: Nathan Tait and Capri Cross:

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3, 2, 1 anddddd FLEX! Nathan Tait and Capri Cross

Welcome Guys! Thanks for having us – we are massive fans of Fit Tradie and think you guys are the ducks nuts! (Ok…so we added that last part… but the rest of this interview is 100% Nathan and Capri!) 

Ok, so for people who haven’t heard of the power couple “Napri” (Ok, so we made up that mash of names up too… But we think it will stick!) lets do some quick hitters, so the readers get to know you a bit better:

Full Names: Nathan Tait/Capri Cross

Ages: 31/26

Occupation/s: Bricklayer and Supplement store owner/Furniture maker

Company names (Brick laying/ supplements/Joinery): Bace Bricklaying Pty Ltd/ Prodigy Performance Nutrition

Awards for body building: 3x Mr Physique Act, 2016 Mr Physique National Champ

Any other awards: American National Rugby league champs 2012/ 1st in getting Nathan Tait to propose

Righto Taity, no need to brag mate (and good work Capri!)! Alright, lets get into this:

1. Thanks heaps for taking the time to sit down with Fit Tradie! So you are both tradies, when did you kick off in the construction industry? 

Nathan: I started laboring with my old man in 1999 in school holidays for a bit of extra cash and continued through till present, picked up a uni degree in secondary teaching in PD/H/PE and Cert 3 in Personal training along the way too.

Capri: I was interested in design and tech at school, am part way through an industrial design degree at uni and wanted to take some time off in 2015 to get a little more hands on and am nearly finished my furniture building apprenticeship.

2. Now Taity, you have your own Brickies business, when did you take the plunge into starting your business? Do you have a company slogan? i.e. we lay em, you pay em? in 2013 i decided to form my own company. don’t have a promotional slogan as such but try and endorse the slogan “there are no problems just solutions” to my employees and apprentices.

3. Any tips for tradies looking at starting their own company? Give it a crack! Make sure u have enough money saved to pay your men and finally don’t do anything you wouldn’t do on your own house.

4. Capri, what made you decide to get into a trade? I always wanted to have a hands on job. When I went to uni I realized that they only teach you theory and how to design things on the computer. That was too boring for me so I took some time off to learn the hands on side. I could never go back to a desk job.

5. Taity, You have managed to not only run a sups business and a brickies company, but you also decided to do body building amongst all of this! Do you ever stop?! And secondly do you enjoy wearing male g-strings? Haha, yeah. Always enjoyed playing rugby league and the gym was a big part of that, so when i retired i still loved the gym so bodybuilding seemed like a logical progression and a way to satisfy my competitive streak. Secondly only on special occasions, they make me feel pretty haha (just jokes)

6. Sure you are joking mate…. So, Sash and Chris have been talking, and with you now Being Mr Physique – Australia, surely you would just never put a shirt on?! Have you ever used your chiseled features to get something for free, i.e a cheeseburger? (Remember your better half is sitting next to you, mate…) Haha, if only it were that easy. I do stay shirtless as much as i can, purely for comfort reasons lol, the best I’ve done out of it has been the odd free drink when out on the town.

7. It must be tough doing a trade, early mornings etc., and still manage to keep a strict regime at the ‘kath and kim’ (gym)/ eating? it can be mate, but helps when you have a gem of a missus like Capri. She does most of my meal prep weeks in advance so I just have to pull meals out of the freezer to take to work and hit the gym consistently. My business partner, Cam, at the shop is a nutritionist and handles my dietary requirements and I see an expert trainer at Real Fit gym for my weights programming. I’ve tried to organise myself so I can focus on managing my businesses and putting in the hard yards at the gym!!

We couldn’t agree more Taity, I mean, when Sash and Chris were competing with you, they were doing the same thing…

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This may or may not be an accurate portrayal of what actually happened…

Taity: That is horrible lads…

8. Not sure what you mean Taity… Anyway –  what would your top 3 tips be for someone that is doing a trade and also wanting to get into body building? Organise your food, have a specific training program and listen to your body so you rest and recover to avoid injury

9. Capri, Fit Tradie loves how the construction industry is becoming more and more diverse! #GirlPower! Do you have any tips/comments for women reading this, who are keen to get into a trade? If you really want to do it then start. I know it is hard to find someone to employ you but women can be so beneficial. We have patience and small hands. I do get told that I shouldn’t be doing this job or that I’m a liar when I tell someone what I do for work but it just fuels my passion even more.

10. Being both tradies, who fixes things around the house? Is it a 50/50 set up, or does Capri put you to shame? 

Taity: that would have to be Capri, I lack the patience and time, who am I kidding, she’s just better at that stuff lol

Capri: I need him to lift heavy stuff and for the extra hands, the rest I do. Gotta get use of those guns. 

11. Who is the chef in the house? 

Taity: this is more of a 50/50, i like to think my meals turn out better though

Capri: I’m the chef mainly. I do smoko’s and lunch’s and bulk meals to freeze. Nath can cook though. Naked with just an apron on. I call him Nathan Oliver. He’s not just looks.

Funny you say that Capri… We some how managed to get a couple of sneaky photos of said, Naked Chef…

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Cut. It. Out. Mate! But seriously, we would both turn for you…

12. Capri, how hard is it living with a bloke that eats 45 servings of food each day? Its good and bad. It reminds me to eat regularly but having to stop every couple of hours to eat gets frustrating at times.

13. Do you ever spike Taitys food with a heap of sugar?! Sugar isn’t the scary thing. It’s if his food isn’t weighed to the exact gram. So if he shits me I’ll put a lil less of something and mess with his gains.

14. If things weren’t busy enough last year, you also managed to get engaged! Congratulations! Taity, how did you propose big fella?! By the way – we’ve been trying to call you but you’re always engaged! (That’s was horrible lads…) mate just like wedding planners there are proposal planners these days too!! I had a look at the packages they offered and picked out the parts I liked and made it happen. I did it after I won my last comp, had the flashest room at the park Hyatt booked on Sydney harbour, our favorite song playing in the room, champas on ice, rose petal path leading to the bed where they spelt out “will you marry me?” and two ‘Mr & Mrs” embroided robes (i was pretty confident lol) to wear and relax for the evening.

15. Cut. It. Out! You big romantic, you! So Capri, how do you think he went?! He did so well. I thought he would never be able to surprise me but he did. He thought I had a heart attack because I froze. He could have had a flash mob though… 

16. So, what’s next in Capris Tradie life – Do you want to kick off your own company? We are about to buy a house so I’m so excited to be renovating it.  Other than that I’ll be happy to be able to continue learning new stuff in a new job when I move back to Canberra 

17. You love the gym almost as much as Taity, what is your favourite part about going to the gym?  I need to get stronger for work. Building strength is my main goal. Also Nath beat me in too many wrestling matches so that’s my motivation. I’ll get him one day. 

You guys have been awesome! Thank you so much for taking the time to hang out with us – we have our final “Fit Tradie Quick-hitters” to finish on – and then we will let you get back to lifting heavy things and cooking naked, together!

 CAPRI:

  1. What do you love about being a tradie? No desk, being outdoors
  2. What do you hate about being a tradie? Toll on the body
  3. What is your favourite exercise at the gym? Stiff leg deads
  4. Favourite food: Mmm whole pizza to myself
  5. Favourite movie: Prefer shows…Narcos!!
  6. Favourite song to work out to? Don’t have one but ‘I’m sexy and I know it’ reminds me of Nath
  7. Favourite brand of tool (Beside Taity): Damn, Hilti
  8. If you didnt have a gym to go to, what would be your go-to excercise around the house? Cleaning up after Nath. Yoga or sit ups.

TAITY: 

  1. What do you love about being a tradie? being outdoors
  2. What do you hate about being a tradie? book work
  3. What is your favourite exercise at the gym? barbell shoulder press
  4. Favourite food pizza
  5. Favourite movie: blood sport (JCVD is the man!!)
  6. Favourite song to work out to flo rida, my house
  7. If you didnt have a gym to go to, what would be your go-to excercise around the house? push ups

Well there you have it Fit Tradie team! Don’t forget to check out Prodigy Nutrition next time you are in Canberra at: Hibberson St, Gungahlin, 0262417736. Or check out the website and order online at: prodigynutrition.com.au

Until then Tradies…Keep it tight and Bright!

– Sash and Chris –

Quote of the week: “Male G-Strings make me feel pretty…”

Video of the week: You haven’t flexed, until you have flexed until you pass out…

Fit Tradie Challenge: This is one of Chris’s favourite/most-hated memories of playing competitive basketball: Californian sprints Click on the link and check it out. Find yourself an outdoor court (you could even do it on a football field and mark out with some cones or jumpers etc.) Fit Tradie wants to see you to do 5x of these, with a 90 second break between. If you struggle to run the whole way – jog, walk, what ever you can do to make it through! Ensure you guys are warming up and stretching before and after!

Organising Your Panties…. Sorry PANTRY (Part 2)

Happy Friday Fit Tradies OR as we like to call it… FROFFY FRIDIES! Before we get into it, we want to apologies to all of our followers for being off line BUT we have exciting news! After 20 hours in labour and Chris standing there like a spare part, his beautiful wife Rhi has given birth to their first ‘tin lid’ (kid) Charlotte Grace Parlin Weir. Born on 28 February 2017 at a whopping 45kg and 6 feet 2 inches tall she is absolutely gorgeous, healthy and happy (please note these figures are quite loose and require further clarification but cannot be too far off the mark)! She obviously gets her looks from her mother as Chris has a head that would make an onion cry (like a kicked in bicky tin). In saying this Chris and Charlotte did get a cheeky selfie and there are some similarities…

CW and Charlotte

The resemblance is uncanny!

Alright Fit Tradies enough of the baby business it’s time to talk shop again. Continuing on from our last blog we want to finish our spiel about organising your pantries… an absolutely riveting topic we know. But that’s what Fit Tradie does. We take a shithouse topic and make it as exciting as a 1st birthday party at McDonalds.

To recap on Part 1… handy tips include taking everything out of your pantry, check use by dates, clean your shelves, if it’s growing unnecessary limbs probably best to throw it out and Chris Weir was getting shredded like Swiss Cheese (refer below)!

CW Massive

One thousand and one!

Righto… Part 2 and it’s over to Jen to talk about 3 shelf tips to help you make fast meal choices! Take it away Jenn!

Thanks guys! You two are so handsome…I honestly can’t believe how intelligent, wise, funny and muscly you guys are! Seriously, did you two get hit by a truck because you are both so massive! Ok, ok…its still Chris and Sash, but handing over right meow (did you just say meow? – Supertroopers?)… here’s Jenn!

 Thanks for finally giving me to keypad guys. As the gentlemen said (and I use the term gentlemen very loosely), to finish off we talk about 3 shelf tips to help you make fast meal choices!

  1. Think long shelf life

 This will be your saviour. We promise! Even when you don’t have the time or care factor to duck into your local grocery store, having a well-stocked pantry or freezer is what is going to save your soul.

Pasta, rice, plain Asian noodles, wraps, taco shells to use as meal bases. Aim for Wholegrain and preservative free where possible.

Tinned items; corn, tomatoes/tomato paste, beetroot, beans, pineapple etc. aim for unsweetened and no added salt varieties. These can be used to pad out salads. Tinned tuna and tinned salmon make for fast protein sources too!

Dust off up the old spice rack! If the idea of slicing and dicing onions and garlic brings tears to your eyes, just don’t do it. There is nothing wrong with the humble dried and powdered spices. Just look on the back of the pack to make sure it is 100% of the stated product to avoid nasty levels of salt. Lightly dusting your cut of meat, pterodactyl burger or adding them in recipes in place of fresh produce will have you creating delicious food and far less washing up. Dried herbs, onion, garlic, paprika, mustard powder and chilli powder are a great place to start experimenting.

Meal starters: Mexican spice mixes, salsa, curry pastes, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, oyster sauce etc, are all great to use to get a meal started (hence the name), just add meat, fresh veg and wallet (or whatever they say… I just realised I said wallet but I think you get the gist). Check for correct storage once opened as many products need to go in the fridge.

Frozen items; frozen fish (crumbed or not), plain pizza bases, frozen veg in 500g bags or single portion packages can help create fast dishes in very little time. In most cases, in the time it would have taken you to get your way in and out of the supermarket, you could have a meal prepared and enjoyed that was already at home in your freezer. Don’t forget that some products can be frozen once opened! Things like Wraps and shredded cheese is perfect for the freezer, with just those two items you are half way to making yourself a pizza!

  1. Defrost meat without getting that slimy grey microwave funk

 Buying meat in bulk and portioning it out into single serves with zip lock bags is a perfect way to get organised, but I get a lot of people telling me they often have frozen meat in their freezer that was probably there from when Paul Keating was in office because they never think to defrost it in time or they hate how the microwave turns a good cut of meat into a slimy, grey warm stinky mass of chewiness so they just leave it in the back of the freezer to collect icicles. Boy do I have a hot tip for you!

This is my fool proof ‘dammit I forgot to take meat out to defrost but I am hungry now’ hack that is going to save you so much time and money! Take meat you want to eat now, out of the freezer, if it’s not already in a zip lock bag, place it in one or tightly tie it up in a plastic bag so it is semi water tight. Place meat into a deep container of some kind. Boil the kettle and cover ziplocked meat with the hot water and leave for 10mins. Depending on the amount of meat and the size of the container, you might need to top up the hot water once or twice, but it will gently defrost the meat without cooking it. REMEMBER FOOD SAFETY: any meat defrosted in this method, must be cooked within 2 hrs of defrosting, and must not be refrozen.

  1. Think fresh and fast – Just like this bloke below

Fast Freddy

You won’t do it?!

Don’t underestimate the magic of the prewashed and pre-prepared salads in the chilled section of your grocery store. If you avoid eating fresh veggies and salad because you find cutting it up laborious, there are now heaps of fresh items to choose from on the chilled shelves! Ideas like shredded slaw, pre mixed salad leaves, cut up veg to snack on and there are even cut op roasting veg ready to go in the oven to bake.

Until next Flog (Fit Tradie Blog) Tradies, do yourselves a favour and watch this video (https://youtu.be/sH09aajiV9o). Have a ‘Captain Cook’ (look) and get your laughing gear going!

Next Flog (Fit Tradie Blog): We talk to some of our Fit Tradies out there and get their take on life!

Until then Tradies…Keep it tight and Bright!

– Sash and Chris –

 

Quote of the week: ‘Did you just say Meow?’

Video of the week: https://youtu.be/sH09aajiV9o

Fit Tradie Challenge: Try not to laugh at the above video!