Fall Fitness – Tips for an active Autumn/Winter

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Moving into a new season, especially Autumn/Winter is a transition which isn’t always an easy one. The days are getting shorter and darker, the temperature is dropping and motivation levels can be low, especially now that the clocks have gone back.

But… it’s also a great time of year to reflect on where you are on your fitness journey, even if you’re only just starting out. Where would you like to be in your training when the daffodils start popping up and there’s blossom on the trees? Believe me, if you start now and work through the colder months you won’t regret it come Spring/Summer ‘16.

With some tips to help you through, let’s fight the urge to curl up every evening on the sofa, or snooze the alarm in the morning… getting out from under your duvet when it’s cold is a struggle (I’m a PT who loves her bed), but the rosy cheeked achievement of being bad ass and completing your workout makes it all worthwhile…

Tips for Autumn/Winter training…

Shake up the routine – If you’ve been meaning to try that dance class or fancy a bit of Animal Flow, find a session and give it a go. Alongside your training programme, shaking up the routine could be the perfect way to stay motivated throughout the colder months ahead and you might just find something you really love. Don’t be afraid to try something new, just move, play and enjoy!

Sweat in style – The right training gear is key and a great excuse to buy some gorgeous kit for the new season. All motivation is good! I would recommend bagging yourself a thicker pair of leggings (you too boys), some thicker or longer trainer socks and layers for your top half. As you get sweaty you’ll probably want to peel off, but post workout it’s really important to be warm!

My fave brands for keeping warm and stylish include:

fizzYcaL1fizzYcaL – An independent brand close to my heart, with a mission to celebrate every day fitness heroes, fizzYcaL also sell amazing quality fitness wear for men and women. I live in the hoodies and jumpers at the moment. In the depths of winter they are perfect for training in and during autumn they make for the perfect pre and post training layer.A workout wardrobe MUST have.

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FinisterreBase layer heaven right here. I wear this merino wool T for both training myself and when training clients – It keeps me warm and cool in equal measure and the fit is fantastic. You know what I mean ladies, nice and long in the body, flattering sleeves, great neck line. Also, definitely worth checking out their knitwear for casual style…serious lust!!

Catalyst2Catalyst Activewear – Affordable luxury active-wear in the most delicious colours and fabrics. The leggings not only keep me warm but they also add that much needed pop of colour on a winters day. The fabric is totally opaque and the quality and fit is exceptional – Catalyst is a small, independent business with a huge impact! And for each metre of material they use, a metre of rainforest is saved…Sustainable style right there!

Cashmere hat& Other Stories The best £39 I’ve spent in a long time – this cashmere beauty is so soft and warm and also looks great. Again I wear it to keep warm while training clients and in the depths of winter it stays put on my head as I peel off other layers. There’s nothing like a bit of luxury when you’re out in the cold… tip: leave on the radiator for extra snuggliness!!

Now rock that Autumn/Winter ’15 style!

Group workout sessions – Training with a group is great motivation at any time of year but if you need that extra push during the colder season and the buzz of other people getting their sweat on alongside you, it’s the perfect time to find a group. If you’re in South London, I run female only Bodyweight training & Calisthenics classes at Studio B on Brixton Hill – You can find all the information @frankieholah online or contact frankie@frankieholah.com to register – #JoinTheTribe

Stay Hydrated – Even when it’s cold you still need to stay hydrated, especially if you’re training! Our bodies are approx. 70% water so stay topped up. Herbal teas are a great option if you can’t always face cold water… Fresh ginger tea is really warming and as well as being super tasty, it’s also great for boosting your immune system and aiding muscle recovery after a workout. I love to hit Nour Cash & Carry on Electric Avenue, Brixton for ginger joy and much more yummy goodness!

The time is now…Happy sweating!

Psssst: Coming up soon on the blog – ‘How to look after your body outside of training’ & a sports massage discount for you lovely readers! Be sure to follow the blog and be the first to know more…

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Train About Town

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On Tuesday night I joined a group of thirteen bad ass women and we took to the streets of East London to Train about Town!

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Lead by the Mancunian Motivator, Terminator that is Jane Anderson, the one hour session was filled with squats, slaloms, sprints and planks of joy… Kicking off at the Lexie Sport pop up store in Old Street station we got warmed up and headed off on our trail with cheers of enthusiasm, much to the commuters confusion.

The goal of Train About Town was to show that you don’t need to be holed up in a gym to get fit – the city can literally be your gym and your playground if you let your imagination run free.

So now you can look at a flight of steps and think ‘Ahhh they’re not just any steps, they’re the steps of destiny…’
Sprints, lateral squats, press ups, squat jumps – so much potential and so much fitness fun to be had!

Barclays bike stands? Or a Slalom session… The possibilities are endless!

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After East London had Witnessed the Fitness it was time to head back to Lexie where we were greeted with goodie bags of delight, stashed with Vita Coco and Bounce Balls for refueling our bods.

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Thank you to Lexie and Jane for hosting a fabulous evening of fitness… I can’t wait for the next session!!

Check out the Lexie range for gorgeous fitness wears… I bagged myself a vest which I LOVE!!

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Winter Warriors

Here is my latest column from The Brixton Bugle…
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As you’re reading this column you’re probably on the tube (is the person next to you reading over your shoulder?), sat in a cafe (maybe Rosie’s?) drinking a coffee, or curled up at home on the sofa…And it’s probably pretty nippy and/or dark outside…am I about right?

As the winter months close in and the days get shorter, darker and colder, it is very easy to get de motivated when it comes to training, especially if you’re outside. In the morning that snooze button gets pushed and after a long day at work that session you planned in the park is looking less likely…

Even as a PT, leaving my cocoon of goose feather warmth at 6am can be as much of a struggle for me , and training is my love and my job…Because of said chosen job I am outdoors most of the day in all weathers training myself and clients (the wind and rain across Brockwell Park is no joke) and this has made me think carefully about how I can encourage you lovely readers to keep up the training even if the time of year and weather is against you…

So here are my ideas for staying motivated during the winter months and hopefully help you avoid that pesky January 1st panic…

1. Get the right kit – It makes all the difference, really! I recently purchased a coat which will probably be what keeps me alive this winter – best purchase I could have made. If you’re cold or wet you’re not going to enjoy what you’re doing which means you’re less likely to keep it up. Invest in a good base layer and build from there. It doesn’t need to cost you the earth and it’s a great opportunity to bag yourself some new kit…who doesn’t love new kit hu?!

2. Join a club, group or get a PT – Whether you’re new to training or a fitness bunny, this is a great way to get into it alongside other people who are also out training hard in the winter. Whether it’s running club (Brixton Blog *cough cough*), boot-camp, or private sessions, you benefit from encouragement and company all of which are great incentives to keep going back regularly. It is also a nice safety blanket when it’s dark…safety first, safety second people!!

3. Play – Yes, play… We don’t do enough of it and forget to have fun with fitness. It’s not all reps and sets you know! This Winter, find time to play and try something new which challenges you, scares you or is simply something you’ve always wanted to try…Out of your month take a week to experiment. Parkour, Calisthenics, Gymnastics, Aerial Yoga or something as simple as a game of football with friends… whatever it is just go and move and enjoy. Don’t think about anything but what you’re doing right then and there…Be imaginative!

4. Post workout treats – Not that you shouldn’t do this in the Summer too, but in the Winter, that bubble bath, that massage, that delicious dinner after training just feels and tastes so much better when you’ve come back in from in the cold. Skin and joints get hit hard in the cold too, so don’t forget to soak, rub and eat…Pamper that body (that includes you too boys)!!

On the winter training note, I’m off to the park…if you spot me in a seriously snuggly coat and trademark bright leggings give me a wave.

I’d love to see your training snaps – Tag me on insta @frankieholah and #frankieswinterwarriors