Vibram’s got the Sole Factor

Vibram – probably best known for their five finger trainers, have opened Vibram Sole Factor. Based near Old Street, they now provide a unique service to repair or customize your shoe with its own type of sole, depending on the desired performance and personal taste…

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I have always been an advocate of ‘a shoe worth wearing is a shoe worth repairing’ and Vibram have just upped the game… With a real focus on improving the performance of a shoe, you can take in pretty much any style from classic leather to Converse and the team of elite cobblers will discuss how you wear the shoe and the best sole for the job. The logic goes like this; Converse are traditionally for a basketball court and so the design isn’t necessarily as durable for everyday wear on concrete – switch up the sole and you have a shoe that will perform better and last you longer with none of the style lost. Your  work shoes have a leather sole which gets worn down quickly and in the wet, they slip…replace with a ‘more grip’ sole and your shoes become far more effective as well as looking good.

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When I visited, I took a pair of my boyfriends favourite New Balance trainers (with very worn down soles) to test out the theory. A week later, I picked them up with a brand new bright Vibram sole and a rebuilt heel – essentially they have been given a new lease of life and they look great!

Two things that I like about Sole Factor, aside from having a refreshed pair of kicks

  1. In a world focused so hard on consumerism, more ‘make do and mend’ going on is a great thing, and if we can start looking at making what he have and love last longer, it’s not only better for the environment, but also kinder on our pockets.
  2. The focus at the Vibram Academy is to train and raise the profile of cobblers… These guys and girls are experts at their craft and it’s a skill which deserves the elevation and respect that Vibram are promoting.

This new store is most definitely full of sole (see what I did there?) and worth checking out if your shoes are in need of a refresh or upgrade…

You can find them at 215 City Road, London, EC1V 1JN

Thank you to Dust PR for inviting me to the launch day!!

 

 

Frankie x

 

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Fabulous Calisthenics

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As a lover and coach of Calisthenics, it’s really great to see that the interest in and coverage of my favourite training style has increased so much over the last couple of years. From the positive impact it has on peoples training, to the incredible work it’s helping to do in communities around the world, it remains a real passion of mine.

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Recently I was asked to write some content for an article about Calisthenics ‘The Ultimate Summer Workout’ (which can be done all year round) and I was really happy to see it featured in Fabulous Magazine (The Sun On Sunday) at the end of July. A key focus in the piece was increasing female participation and destroying the myth that ‘it’s not for us ladies’ or ‘you’ll get big arms’. Well, I can assure you, it is for us and your arms will look amazing for it!!

On a personal note, involving more women in fitness has been a primary motivation since becoming a trainer, so to be able to provide exercise ideas, with the goal to help people get started on their own Calisthenics journey is pretty exciting.

Check out the article below (My name is just above the featured exercises *whoop*) Also, big shout out to my friend and trainer Nadia Al-Bazaz for her featured quotes in the article!! Girl Power all the way…

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Coming up – Summer run down – what I’ve been up to and what is still to come!!

Hayfever Hacks – The Natural Method

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Itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing…and no I haven’t got a cold. Summer is ‘officially’ here which brings with it, my nemesis…HAYFEVER!!

Growing up in the countryside I never had a problem, but living in London, working in parks and add to that, pollution levels, my symptoms have definitely got worse over the last two years.

Most advice will point you in the direction of the chemist, but in my bid to beat the pollen attack this year, I decided to stay away from ‘traditional’ tablets and instead, opt for natural alternatives. With good nutrition you can make huge improvements…

If you spot me in the park snacking on capers and necking black coffee you will now understand my reasoning, even if I do look a little nuts! Girls gotta do what a girls gotta do…

Go forth and experiment the natural way…!

1. Black Coffee: Has to be caffeinated! Coffee is a natural anti histamine and helps to relieve some of the symptoms quickly while you’re on the go. Now it’s warmer I’ve been opting for an iced version but be sure to drink plenty of water as well so you don’t become dehydrated.

2. Capers: Yes, that’s right…Capers. Get your snack on as these bad boysIMG_5120 are loaded with quercetin. They help to regulate the secretion of histamine which is what makes you sneezy and itchy. Quercetin is also an anti inflammatory and powerful antioxidant. I would opt for the less salty/vinegary version.

3. Onions: Also high in quercetin especially the first layer. Munch raw if you can bear it or just make sure there’s plenty in your meal.

4. Lemons/Apples/Garlic: Upping your intake of antioxidants and bioflavonoids help to improve your immune system. It is advised to start loading up a month before the time you suffer the most but it can’t hurt to keep good levels in your diet now. Homemade lemonade anyone?

5. Avoid: Dairy and grains – they aggravate hayfever as they stimulate the production of mucus. Dairy milk alternatives include almond milk (unsweetened), coconut milk or soya.

If all of the above fail, get yourself to the nearest shop and stand under the air con – yes, I was in a bad way the other day and dashed into Topshop for some relief…Maybe retail therapy helps as well? I’ll research that one and get back to you…

To all you sufferers, I hope this is helpful and if you know any other good natural remedies, please comment below as these are simply my top 5.

We can survive this!

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Join the Tribe

034_WUS_19_06_14_IMG_1712 Last month I wrote a piece titled ‘Reclaim your Body’ – The message? To live healthfully and not chase the next fad or trend; to celebrate in your uniqueness, whatever your shape or size and to train and eat well, not because you hate your body but because you LOVE your body!

This is something I feel very strongly about when it comes to female fitness and health; with so many mixed messages, unrealistic images in the media and weight loss pills flying about, so many people I speak to, simply feel lost in it all!

As I am writing this, there is a report on the radio about a young girl who tragically died from taking too many diet pills. This upsets and angers me…Firstly because people are creating these toxic & dangerous pills to sell and secondly because a young girl has become so insecure about her body at a young age that she felt she had to take extreme measures which cost her, her life.

Something needs to change and I want to affect positive change as directly as possible in the hope that it can make a difference to the way that women see and train their bodies… 032_WUS_19_06_14_IMG_1707 055_WUS_19_06_14_IMG_1835 So, as I head into chapter two of my freelance PT life, I am excited to launch Frankie Holah’s Bootcamp.

From the beginning of June in South London, you will be able to attend female only sessions based around using your own bodyweight to help improve your fitness and health…. Whatever your shape, size or fitness level, come and join the tribe, get empowered and reclaim your body!! 027_WUS_19_06_14_IMG_1622 Locations will include Brixton and Clapham with morning and evening sessions available – If you would like to come along, please register your interest by emailing frankie@frankieholah.com and keep an eye on my social media @frankieholah for confirmed days and times!!

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Valentine’s Edition

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For all those lovers wanting to celebrate Valentine’s Day a little differently this year or for those who want to burn off the heart shaped chocolates, I have put together a short video with Mr fizzYcaL, of some exercises you can take on with your other half.

You know what they say… Couples who train together, stay together! And in the process there will be plenty of laughter & sweating…oh and even more of an excuse for a romantic bubble bath afterwards!

So, what are you waiting for, check out the video below, get your best lycra ready, grab your lover and get your sweat on…

As we don’t want any injured lovers, please make sure you warm up before starting your workout and if you are unsure about any exercise please check out the pointers below.

Press Up & Clap: Assume press up position facing your partner. If you are new to press ups or not able to stay in full press position you can bend your knees but don’t cross your ankles. Keep your core engaged and lower your chest as far as you can towards the floor

Pistol Squat: Stand facing your partner but slightly off to the side of each other. Hold each others wrist and bend the knee nearest to your partner keeping the other leg straight. As you come back up, focus on pushing through the standing heel and really squeeze your glutes aka bum muscles. If you can’t get all the way down, go as far as you can and come back up. Keep yourself and your partner upright by pulling on their arm.

Piggy Back Carry: Just like the school days. Make sure you let your partner know when you’re jumping on and if you’re the base, keep your knees slightly bent. Hold on tight whether you’re being carried or carrying… If you’re not quite strong enough to carry your partner then they can simply give you some resistance by holding your waist or shoulders as you walk and trying to pull you back.

Abs Circles: The key to this exercise is keeping your core engaged throughout. If you can’t quite straighten your legs, bend at the knee slightly but keep your body at 45 degrees and your core tight.

Press & Push: Partner on the base make sure you keep your arms nice and straight and strong and lower your partner with control down towards your chest as far as you comfortably can.Keep your core tight and push back up to the starting position. Partner on top (hehe) keep your arms nice and strong as well, straighten your body so that your core is engaged and your back is straight. Bend at your elbows and press down as low as you can then push back to the starting position.

Whether you’re getting sweaty with your partner or not, I wish you a lovely Valentine’s Day….This year lets make it about presence over presents!

MWAH xxx

Carrie Bradshaw of Fitness?

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So Brixton Bugle paper have only gone and given me a monthly column *excited face*

I’ll now be channeling my inner Carrie Bradshaw and musing monthly on all things fitness, with the aim of providing readers with some no fad hints, tips and advice to help them inject a bit of Frankie into their workouts and lifestyle…

If you’re in the local area, grab your copy and have a read… Next edition will be out at the beginning of November…

Now where did I put my Manolos?