Are you wearing the right sports bra?

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After putting the Berlei sports crop through its paces this summer, I had a fantastic response to the blog post ‘Berlei Knows Breast’. However, it did highlight an issue; most women aren’t wearing the correct sports bra for the type of training they’re doing and that most of us aren’t sure exactly what to look for when shopping for a sports bra in the first place. So, I decided I’d like to help out my ladies…

Damage to your breasts is irreversible – yes, irreversible! Yikes…This damage inevitably leads to sagging as breasts aren’t muscle…we all know we don’t want sagging! A good sports bra can reduce movement by up to 83%!

Whether you’re a AA or a GG you NEED to wear a sports bra for training. Lets be honest…none of us want our breasts to sag so lets beat the bounce in style!

Rosalind Strach, Lingerie Designer, has the following tips for finding your ideal bra:

  • Warning! Your sports bra will feel considerably tighter than your normal lingerie… that’s the point!
  • For DD and above, avoid low cut and thin straps. The raised neck lines and thicker straps are designed like that for a reason….support support support!
  • If possible, go to a specialized sports bra shop and get fitted. Otherwise, buy a few sizes and TRY ON!
  • Make sure the level of impact is relevant to the exercise/sport you’re participating in. Yoga and pilates will be lower impact than sprints and circuits.

Your breasts can move up to 9cm during exercise and they do so in a figure of 8 motion if unsupported. That is between 400-600g of weight bouncing around…even if you’re in the smaller B-C cup range, this still applies…

Here’s my compact guide to a selection of sports bras out there at the moment. Some of these I own and wear myself and the styles for larger bust sizes have been recommended by friends and clients coming in at DD-GG.

Low –  Medium impact

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Catalyst Activewear, Lunar Crop – This is a low impact bra in such a flattering style and seriously yummy pop colours. The fuschia is a favourite of mine and I tend to wear it for yoga or day to day layered under a soft vest. Style details are a feature for Catalyst Activewear and this crop doesn’t disappoint – £47 (Available from November – sign up here to get exclusive information about the launch of this luxury sustainable brand)

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Adidas, Techfit – This is a medium impact bra, so ideal for exercise such as walking, weight training, yoga & Pilates. I wouldn’t run in this bra as it doesn’t offer enough support. Very comfortable though and the racer back is always a flattering look. For the larger bust size this style may not be supportive enough but always try on to make sure – £22

High Impact

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Berlei Sports Crop – As reviewed in ‘Berlei knows Breast’, this bra had to be in the selection as it’s my go to. The sports crop is perfect for high impact training including HIIT, sprints, circuits, burpees and much more. Sizes go up to a 38DD, so it’s a good option for larger busts if you prefer non-wire – Currently on offer at berlei for £21 – maybe I’ll bag another one!

Panache FrontPanache sports bra Now available in a J cup, this bra is award winning. The wide cut straps and silicon wrapped wire make for added comfort and the sleek design means that it doesn’t just reduce bounce, it adds style too. This bra does come in smaller sizes but is highly recommend for those with a larger bust. There is also a non wire style as well. Available at stockists including Bravissimo – £40

Running

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Shock Absorber Run Bra A classic sports bra especially for runners. I wore this bra for the London Marathon and would highly recommend it. Sizes go up to 38G so this is also a great option for bigger busts. The double fastening back offers incredible support and the seamless inner means no friction. Available at stockists including Wiggle – £26.99

Berlei awardBerlei Running Underwired – Last but by no means least, this award winning sports bra has been tested by athletes, runners and also, me. I was surprised that I found this bra so comfortable, as I prefer a non wire but to put it bluntly, the boobs don’t move and it looks great too! With the wider, padded straps and moulded cups for a natural fit, this bra is a dream to wear. If you prefer, the straps can also be worn crossed over at the back and sizes go up to 38FF. Oh and they’re currently on offer at berlei.com – £22 (what are you waiting for?)

Ladies, whatever your bra size, sport or workout style, make sure you look after your breasts, because lets be honest, they’re fabulous!

I hope this helps you in the hunt for the right sports bra – let me know if you find a style that works for you!!

Love, health and happiness,

Fx

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Adidas Eyewear Shoot

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I got straight back into fitness fun mode after my holiday last week by shooting for Adidas Eyewear. Along with the lovely Lunges&Lycra, Julia Lundin and Fitness on Toast, I put the new eyewear through its paces on Parliament Hill… It was a great morning!

The ‘whipstart’ and ‘wildcharge’ frames blur the lines between sport and lifestyle, so whether you are running, cycling, skiing or simply off for a coffee at the weekend they will fit in perfectly with their style and amazing technology…

Check out the video below…Ending the week on a high…yay!

Enjoy…

The whipstart and wildcharge frames are available for purchase from today at Pro:Direct Running

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Legging Lust

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The love I have for leggings is real and as my daily fitness uniform, they create the base of my outfit and have a become a bit of a feature of my day to day look… closely in line with sunglasses. It definitely makes getting dressed for work fun… they can reflect my mood, the season or be completely functional, especially on those cold winter mornings. There are only a few pairs which can hold up against hours outdoors throughout December…

I get asked regularly where my leggings are from and so I decided to go through the ever expanding collection and share just some of my favourites with you. With a couple of the brands the exact pattern may not currently be available but I have provided links so that you can shop all their latest collections…

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Now I know how seriously us girls take leggings, so my mini reviews will always be honest… Life’s too short to wear things you don’t love and it’s important to know what will work for you and make you feel super woman bad ass when you slip them on…

frankie_leggings_boom_aTully Lou – These neon and mesh beauties most definitely turn heads wherever I go. They are not for the faint hearted but are extremely comfortable and flattering with a low waistband and sexy paneling. As a shorty I have to tuck the bottoms cleverly, but that’s just short girl problems…I love them! Just be careful of those fingernails putting them on and taking them off. Seriously fun to wear! Available to buy at HipandHealthy

frankie_leggings_boom_bH&M – I’m impressed with the H&M sportswear range. These are definitely my go to basics especially if I am roughing about in training. In the more affordable price range at £14.99 I don’t mind getting these bad boys a bit dirty. They’re not technical clothing but they are cut beautifully with flattering detail and a mid – high waist band. I’m sure they’re supposed to be capri, but on my legs they come to my ankles. The colours and prints in the latest collection fit perfectly into a fitness wardrobe.

frankie_leggings_boom_cGymluxe – A favourite British brand of mine, the Deco leggings are a key piece in my wardrobe. The fabric offers muscle compressing qualities and the high stretch with sweeping mesh give that signature luxe look. The plum colour is just perfect for the new season! The leg length is very generous on these, so if you’re a shorty you may want to get them taken up or tactically tuck. Seriously sexy, stylish leggings! Enter FRANKIE10 at the checkout for a 10% discount when you shop online – The new collection is landing soon and not to be missed.

frankie_leggings_boom_dPrimavera – If you are looking for tropical vibes in your workout wardrobe, look no further than Primavera Fitness. The leggings are super soft and hug your body in all the right places while still being extremely durable. The Afro Chic pair have a lower waist band, however there are other designs to suit everyone. I mainly wear my leggings for yoga, but the occasions they have been through HIIT training they felt amazing. Inspired by samba, nature, sun and sea the prints are guaranteed to add zing to your outfit – LOVE! Enter FRANKIE01 at the checkout for 10% discount when you shop online.

frankie_leggings_boom_eCatalyst Activewear – A brand that looks this good on while also saving forests is a winner in my books. For every meter of fabric going into their clothes, Catalyst fund The World Land Trust to buy a meter of forest. As well as this their leggings are a dream to wear and the colour…oh the colour! The red is on point and there are more to choose from too. Extremely flattering waist band, great length and the material is super snug and doesn’t lose shape at all. My pair are a bit too thick for summer training but I will be rocking them a lot now that the season’s changing. A MUST have!

frankie_leggings_boom_fPrana – “A brand should give much more than it takes from the world” Another beautiful ‘environmentally conscious’ company making gorgeous leggings. Prana leggings are so soft and comfortable, with yoga at the heart they are perfect for my practice and I tend to save them for that and relaxation. As well as comfort, they are incredibly well cut and the patterns are so pretty! I wear the capri, but they also have full length online – Definitely worth checking out the latest collection.

frankie_leggings_boom_gOnzieI discovered Onzie in Story Coffee when I asked the lady wearing them where they were from. It trns out that she was the London distributor (The brand is Aussie)…and the rest they say is history. It’s no secret that I love some mesh so me and these leggings were destined to be together. Another yoga focused brand, they are extremely soft with a wide waist band and the leg length isn’t too extreme (I only have to tuck them under half an inch) The cut of the mesh is extremely stylish and slick. I wear mine off duty too… J’adore!

I do love to talk leggings – I hope the info on each brand is helpful…With a new season upon us, I feel some style updates will be on the way!

If you have any fave brands you’d like to share, please leave a message in the comments! I always love discovering new leg wear!

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She Does: City Is My Playground

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Second in the ‘She Does’ series, I headed to Brick Lane to try my hand at City is My Playground with its founder Nicola Cher Geismar. We were quite literally flexing in, on and around the City!

Nicola started City Is My Playground as a creative way to stay strong after suffering a knee injury which meant she could no longer take part in break dancing. She realized that her environment, the City of London was the perfect backdrop of things to climb on, balance on and explore in a unique way. I’ll never look at a doorway in the same way again!!

After a warm up to prepare our bodies for the urban challenges ahead, we kicked off the session with some lamp post scaling, obviously… I mean is there any other way to get acquainted with this new style of training?! Once I’d got the hang of the foot placement and grip I could try out the static hold which, apart from looking pretty cool, is a challenging move….hello shoulders!!

From here it was a case of ‘what can we do with this?’. A doorway is no longer just a doorway and a telephone exchange box is no longer just a telephone exchange box, it’s a workout and a chance to improve your strength in a whole new way.

The joy is in the creative opportunities all around us if we just open our eyes and our minds…City is My Playground nails this idea!

After a great afternoon of City flexing tuition, I’ve got some new outdoor moves to add to my repertoire and I’m sure I’ll be spotted hanging from a lamppost very soon….South London, watch out!

fizzYcaL was there to capture the experience so check out the footage to get a real feel of the vibes…

Nicola runs workshops called Flex in the City and you can follow her journey and check out her bloomin’ impressive moves and flexing adventures at @Cityismyplayground

Guaranteed urban fun times!

No Gym? No problem!

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With a bit of imagination, it is possible to create a workout wherever you are and have some fun in the process. The majority of my workouts are either park based or home based. Come rain or shine I can keep fit, predominantly using just my own bodyweight and it’s FREEEEEEE!

If you open your mind and use what’s around you, the possibilities are endless. No excuses, just get outdoors and use your environment. Here are some ideas…

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Bus stop tricep dips. Simple & effective. Try 3-4 sets of 10-12 reps

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Nice little space to get some squats in off the main street – That’s right, I parked my toosh there – such a rebel! Try 4 sets of 15 reps

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Not just a bike rack…Perfect for practicing your chin up game. If you’re not quite there yet, these racks are perfect for incline press ups too. Try 3 sets of 6-8 chin ups or 3 sets of 12 incline press ups

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NB: This road was partially closed…I am not telling you to step into the road and do press ups (LOL) BUT, this is an anywhere, anytime kind of exercise. Try 3 – 4 sets of 15 reps

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I couldn’t help myself – Bit of straddle half planche fun

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And don’t forget to have a good stretch when you’ve finished your workout

London has so many exciting spaces to train in, so get outdoors (especially now that Spring has sprung), explore and soon you’ll be viewing the city as your gym!

Big shout out to fizzYcaL for the images – Check out their website for awesome fitness inspiration and streetwear

Happy training x

 

Luxe Life

 

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Leggings are my favourite and my fitness focused lifestyle allows me to wear them pretty much every day… So, when a Gymluxe shaped parcel arrived on my door mat you can imagine the excitement and how quickly the packaging was torn open revealing the new Deco leggings in plum (yum). Naturally, I put them straight on and pranced around the house, eyeing them up in the mirror from all angles.

I’m already a huge fan of this awesome British Brand and wear their Diamond Cut leggings a LOT. They’re just so sexy. The main difference for the better with the new design, is that Gymluxe have now improved the technology of their leggings to provide more muscle compression as well as greater coverage. With a really nice moderate to high waistband they hug you all the way from top to ankle.

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And now on to that famous paneling…This new shape is just all kinds of sleek and has certainly caused a few double takes in the park while training my clients. It is super flattering and I am all for a bit of tasteful skin flashing when it comes to kit. The plum colour is definitely a welcome tone in my workout and off duty wardrobe…On days off it’s perfect with my leather jacket and Nike blazers for relaxed weekend style.

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Now, I wore these beauties a lot last week and to date they have been put through prancing (obvs), full days training clients, knees & bum on the floor, hill sprint training, bar training, a weekend with my god son and Saturday shopping. So far, so good, so sexy…

I think you can tell I’m LOVING them!

If you are feeling the Deco vibes, you can shop at GYMLUXE and receive 10% off when you use the code FRANKIE10 at the checkout…discount dreams!

A big thank you to fizzYcaL for shooting the Deco in action

Love, health & happiness

x

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