World Power Show

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As summer approaches, the year is starting to hot up with fitness events and I am excited to have been asked to attend The World Power Show as a featured blogger. The event, taking place July 2nd-3rd at the Excel Centre London, looks set to include a seriously diverse line up; from Parkour, to Bodybuilding, Powerlifting to Calisthenics, and I’m really looking forward to witnessing some serous skills and trying out new training styles over the weekend.

As a calisthenics enthusiast and coach, a highlight of the event for me is going to be the first World Power UK Calisthenics competition (hosted by BarMob) and to top it off, one of the biggest names in the game, Frank Medrano is making his first UK appearance as a judge.

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I won’t be entering the calisthencs comp myself, but I will definitely be hitting the bars at some point over the weekend…it would be rude not to especially as I’m hoping to bump into friends and faces from the community.

If you have ever wanted to try out calisthenics, please come along and give it a go….there will be plenty of us about to show you the ropes so don’t be afraid to say hi get on the bars! !!

To get more of an idea of the line up, with names being announced each week, head to the The World Power Show website and keep an eye out for the interview with yours truly coming soon. I’ll make sure I post it up on here too.

During the build up to the event and over that weekend I’ll be covering the action, so stay tuned for more info, interviews and videos coming your way!!

Last but not least, the World Power team have kindly given me a 20% discount code for any of you lovely readers wanting to join us for a weekend of fitness fun… You can book here and use WPSDESP at the checkout…

Hope to see you there…

 

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Second SKIN

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I’m very lucky to receive some gorgeous kit to try out and I only feature what I genuinely like and wear so that I can give you, my lovely readers, real life reviews and information.

Leggings are an item especially close to my heart, so when the new SKINS A400 Starlights arrived, I whipped them out of the box and went straight out for a run in the sunshine.

SKINS isn’t a new brand for me; I trained for, and ran The London Marathon (2012) in my first ever pair, so its been great to see and feel the latest design features for this compression wear!

With Marathon training in full flow for a lot of people, what you wear to take on the distance is an important part of the journey. These are a wicked piece of kit to look into for compression technology, support given to your muscles and also aiding recovery post training. They really worked for me when I was putting in those long miles.

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However, these slinky beauties are definitely not just for running. I’ve put them through their paces with some bodyweight, calisthenics and HIIT training as well as stretchy yoga time. The fit and feel work across the board!

Features I am loving:

The construction – These leggings are built for support and the fit is fantastic as well as  flattering, which, lets be honest, is pretty important. I love the paneling on the legs and the fit on the back of the waistband scoops beautifully into your lower back….ladies, I’m sure you’ll agree that when a waist band sits in the right place, it just works! A lovely touch!

Reflective fun – …for safety!. There are 360 degree reflective patterns on the leggings so you light up wonderfully if you’re running in the dark. When a flash of light hits them, you know! And the patterns are nicely done too…

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Leg length – As a shorter human, this is something I struggle with a lot when it comes to leggings. There’s usually a foot or so of extra material that I cleverly have to tuck away. In the case of these SKINS, the leg length works on me. I literally tuck the hem slightly so that my ankles show a little more. Major plus for little legs.

Now lets be honest, not every product can be perfect. Even though it doesn’t stop me loving these leggings, the only slight negative for me is that they are a little see through at times, when bending, stretching and squatting. My advice is to be selective about the undies you wear with them…maybe save those polka dots for another day.

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For me, these are the kind of leggings I put on and feel like a super hero in… even back in 2012 they made me feel ready to kick ass on my run and after the 26.2 miles, they also helped the recovery process (after they’d been washed, of course)

If you bag a pair or already have them as part of your fit kit, I hope they make you feel like a super hero too!!

For more info and to check out these and other styles available, check out SKINS.

 

 

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F The Fads

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February is the so called month of love and my question to you is: are you still in a loving relationship with your health and fitness  resolutions or was it more like a month long fling which left you unsatisfied and wanting more?

To be clear, I am not a fan of the fad (and that’s putting it lightly) Health and fitness for me and those who I train is, or is turning into a long term relationship (oh yes, things are serious); it’s something you invest yourself and your time in, not simply a month of detox tea and sit ups.

Throughout January in particular, we are bombarded with all the detoxes, celeb workout DVD’s, shakes, diets, lotions and potions predominantly promising super health and abs on abs in a matter of weeks.

The catch here however, is that the majority of these fads are not sustainable and most likely won’t benefit you in the long term. These are the flings and they require less investment but in the end you break up with them.

The ultimate goal is to live and move healthfully well into our later years; so I propose LOVE

LOVE the skin you’re in and train and nourish your body not because you hate it but because you LOVE it

Find an activity you LOVE to do and which makes you happy…

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And finally learn to LOVE the journey. No relationship is easy and there will be times that you struggle and times you need to adapt, but when it comes to the health and fitness relationship that you LOVE, there is one thing for sure, you always get out what you put in!

 

 

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Coming up on the blog: A review for those runners and legging lovers out there… Stay locked in.

For enquiries, please contact Frankie@frankieholah.com

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It’s Monday, go get ’em…

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Monday mornings for me mean a 5:20am start… Monday mornings for my client mean a 6:15 training session lasting 60 minutes…

We’re all human and so the sound of the alarm that early is sometimes a struggle; but by the time I’ve peeled myself from the goose feather, got myself dressed and out of the door, the morning rolls nicely from there. This amazing weather has helped a great deal too, as the sky is bright blue, the sun is shining and it’s lovely and warm -yay!

The early start has become a routine for both me and my client, which means her training schedule is consistent helping a huge deal with achieving the results she’s looking for and getting into a positive routine. A (slight shortening of her name) hasn’t missed a beat since she started and after a sweat session she generally leaves smiling (even if it’s through gritted ‘get me out of here’ teeth – ha) and heads home for a healthy brekkie.

Ta da….Consistency is key. It helps create a habit to get  up, get active and kick-start your day

Those early starts or getting to training after work can feel like a massive struggle, but hands up if 9/10 you feel looooooads better for it – it lifts our mood, it boosts our metabolism and it sets our mind up for the challenges of the day ahead or helps release the tension from a day at work…redefine that time as a treat to yourself and your body!

So, your Monday Motivation is to start your week with something positive, whether your training is a power walk in the sunshine after work, a class, a park session or a swim, take that time and TREAT YOURSELF…I promise you, the endorphin high is worth it!

When it comes to reaching your goals in training, the quote below is a favorite…so whatever your goals are today, this week or this month, start strong!!!

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Happy Monday everyone….go get ’em!!

POW!!