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!!

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.

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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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Get off the scales…

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I don’t own a set of scales!

You can’t weigh happiness with scales, you can’t weigh confidence with scales and you can’t weigh bad ass skills with scales…

When I get asked how much I weigh I usually reply ‘The most I’ve ever weighed’. So what does a number on the scales mean? Well, it’s Frankie + Gravity… Bones, water, fat, muscle, peanut butter – everything basically!

If I didn’t know anything about my body I might panic and think that I must instantly lose weight as I’m heavier than I used to be. But here’s the thing. Increased or maintained weight doesn’t always mean something terrible, as we are often made to think. Want to know why? Muscle weighs more than fat and takes up less room on your body. When you train, your body fat should decrease and your lean muscle mass should increase. So the little number blinking up at you on those darn scales can often be misleading.

If tracking progress through measurements is your thing, then I’d advise sticking to a good old tape measure and taking progress pictures. Even if they make you cringe at first, you will thank yourself when you start seeing results. There have been many occasions a client doesn’t believe the amazing progress they’ve made until you place pictures side by side and notice all of those significant changes…achieved through their own hard work!

So, if you are tempted to step on a set of scales, remember this before you do…and then walk away from them. You are more than a number on a screen… You are the sweaty morning workouts that you always feel better after finishing, you are the hard-earned sub thirty minute 5k, you are the one extra rep you didn’t think you could do… And guess what… None of the happiness or pride you feel can be measured on weighing scales.

And to be honest until, they say ‘Well done Frankie – that was a bad ass workout and you look super strong and healthy’ I ain’t buying a set!

Be more than a number!

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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Reclaim your Body!

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Ladies it’s time to take our power back and reclaim our bodies. With Summer around the corner, let’s make it the season of the Warrior Woman!

For too long we’ve been sold the wrong message about what female fitness is. The simple truth is, it’s about health, strength and dedication. Happiness, confidence and the body you deserve are just the great by products.

When it comes to fitness, there’s an athlete in all of us and it’s definitely time for her to shine. We need to train her well, feed her well and treat her well – The rest and recovery matters as much as the sweat and reps.

It is so easy to be hyper-critical of our bodies with so many photoshopped and filtered images flying around, which makes it even more important to remember that we’re all unique in shape and size. Not only should we celebrate this, but our baseline objective should be to live healthfully and not for the next fitness fad or trend.

Throughout my training journey, experience has shown me that I am happiest and healthiest both in mind and body, when my goal is not based on achieving a look, but running a faster time than last week or adding one more pull up than I thought possible. Nothing beats that feeling of achievement and when you are making progress and enjoying what you do, the rest just follows…

So, whatever your fitness level and whatever your shape, train to suit what YOU want to achieve, with YOUR health and happiness at the heart and in a way that YOU enjoy.

Train and eat well not because you hate your body but because you LOVE your body!!! Channel that inner Warrior Woman!!!

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