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!

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Survival of the Resolution

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It’s only just February so I’m going to say it anyway…Happy New Year lovely readers. Isn’t New Year great…those 365 fresh pages waiting to be filled up with new adventures, stories and experiences… Oh and some fitness fun, of course.

Hands up if you made a New Year’s resolution to up your fitness game, get into fitness and improve your health? And now hand’s up if you have stuck to your resolutions now the January chapter is over? It’s one of those things we all do…myself included. We set so many goals for ourselves in a time of pressure for constant self-improvement and it can all feel a little overwhelming usually resulting in giving up before you really get going.

So this is where I come in with some survival tips for making the most of your training ventures in 2015 which I hope will help you on your journey…

Do something you ENJOY! Consistency is key when it comes to training and trying to do something regularly which you simply don’t enjoy very much means you’re less likely to keep it up… There are so many options out there as individual as you are and you mustn’t be afraid to PLAY and try things outs… have FUN!!

FOCUS your goals and don’t overwhelm yourself. I am a sucker for making a really long list and then struggling to know where to start so this is something I am also working on in 2015. Give yourself two to three fitness goals to attack and this should help you to stay on track. When working on your goals remember to enjoy the PROCESS and celebrate achievements as you go…

Being ACCOUNTABLE to someone can really help on those days you struggle to find motivation. If you have a friend who also wants to train, agree times in the week to work out together…encouragement, support and maybe a touch of competitiveness could be just what you need. There is also the option of hiring a Personal Trainer to kick your butt and help you to really step out of that ‘comfort zone’ – It can also be a positive way of beating plateaus and ruts.

FIT KIT is my weakness. There’s nothing better than a super slick pair of leggings to get me in the mind set for training like a warrior – It’s the lycra effect. Investing in great training gear can give you a real boost and it’s also a lovely reward for yourself…feeling good is really important. Some of my favourite brands for kit (not just for girls) include: fizzYcaL, lululemon, Adidas, Primavera and GymLuxe….Check them ouuuuuuut

Whatever fitness journey you are on this year, I hope it is a journey full of fun, tonnes of sweat, great achievements, goal smashing and some wicked lycra… Go forth and conquer and when you do, give yourself a massive high five!!!

2015…Lets.Do.This

For personal training or advice: frankie@frankieholah.com

Website: frankieholah.co.uk

All Hail Kale

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I love a crisp… not going to deny it! So when I tried out making a healthy option and they tasted amazing, I was pretty darn happy…*crunch*

Obviously I want to spread the scoff-tastic joy!

So without further ado, here is the recipe and method!

Kale Crisps for the win…💚 My new obsession and perfect healthy snack —————————————– 1. Tear the kale off the thick stems 2. Rinse 3. Pay until dry 4. Spread in a single layer on the baking tray 5. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of olive oil over the kale… You don't want to drench it 6. Rub into the kale to make sure it's covered 7. Pop into the oven – pre heat to approx 120• 8. Cook for roughly 15 mins – you want the leaves to be nice and crispy and not burnt 9. Pop in a bowl and add rock salt if you desire 10. SCOFF!!! —————————————– #healthyeating #healthysnacks #kale #greens #kalechips #instahealth #fitness #vegetables #cooking #instafood #foodinspo #foodies #fitfam #frankieholah #health #recipe #instarecipe #howto #fitnessfood

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What will you need:

1 Bunch of Kale – the best stuff is from the market in bunches, but if all else fails, then bagged is fine

2 tablespoons Olive Oil

Pinch of rock salt

Baking tray

Oven

How do you make them: (preheat the oven to approx.120 degrees)

1. Pull the leaves off the large stalk (if bagged you won’t need to do this part)

2. Rinse the kale

3. Pat dry

4. Spread the kale out in a single layer on the baking tray (they cook more evenly like this)

5. Sprinkle Olive Oil over the Kale (you don’t want to drown them in oil)

6. Rub oil evenly into leaves to ensure crispy-ness

7. Pop in the oven for around 15-20 mins – It’s best to keep an eye on them and turn the tray if the leaves on the edge start to brown…

8. Take out of the oven when all of the leaves are nice and crispy, pop in a bowl and sprinkle some rock salt over for flavor… you can also add spices if you fancy an extra kick!

9. 1,2,3 SCOFF!!!

I will be uploading more recipes every week to make your tummy happy!

Up next will be a fave Autmun/Winter 2014 soup…so on trend…

Enjoy xx

Frankie goes to…Amsterdam

Street Workout

Woohoo!!! The participants for the first ever female Street Workout World Championships have been chosen, and guess what…I will be representing the UK…Yikes!

To say I’m a little nervous is an understatement but I am also extremely excited, not only to take part but also meet so many other strong women from all over the World who are a part of the Street Workout community.

It is such a positive step to create an event like this just for women and I know the weekend is going to be a melting pot of inspiration. I am genuinely honoured to be a part of the competition and can’t wait to show the world what us girls have got!

The next month will see a whole lot of training and it feels really great to have the next goal set… *determined face on*!

Follow Pull Ups & Peanut Butter and be a part of the journey!.

I’d like to send a big shout out to the fabulous Vanna Chiovanna, 24sevenbarz and the WSWCF for hosting and also to all of the other competitors… can’t wait to see you there!

Salute!

x

Warning: scoffing may occur

Last week I posted a pic of some peanut butter bites that I made so I thought, what better place to reveal the recipe than here… In all their peanut butter glory…

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To make a batch of 8 (depending on how big you make them) the amounts below should be plenty…

– 5 heaped tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter – I only use Meridian as it’s my favourite and in my opinion the BEST
– 2 table spoons of runny honey
– 2 eggs
– 2 handfuls of pumpkin & sunflower seed mix
– Stir all of the ingredients together until thick and tacky
– Roll the tablespoon scoops into balls
– Flatten out on a baking tray and paper
– Bake for 12 mins at 180 degrees

Voila – delicious peanut yummies for your tummies!!

Let me know how you get on… These are great for pre and post training and you can add whichever seeds you want…

Enjoy!!!

Ps: who would like my new raw energy ball recipe? Tasty alert