HEARTCORE IN KATE SPADE NEW YORK !

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I’m regularly asked what classes I love in and around London, and we’re totally spoilt for choice here! Given that variety is one of life’s multiple spices (and also keeps the attitude towards training fun and fresh), I’ll typically try a couple of new classes on a monthly basis, which I thought I’d start to share with you here. I’m kicking it off with a session at Heartcore, a 55-minute dynamic pilates class which I tried this weekend in the heart of St Johns Wood. I’m wearing all Kate Spade New York in these pictures, a couple of super cute pieces from of their Beyond Yoga  activewear collaboration! Click MORE to see my full take on the class, the clothes and the rest of these images!
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DELICIOUS FISHCAKES!

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It’s 2016 & we all lead time-pressed lives! To cater for the time-poor yet health-rich reader of FitnessOnToast, here’s a relatively quick and easy, nutritious and full-flavored little dish. These fish cakes feel like real, indulgent ‘comfort’ food, but are more like a Jedi mind trick. I served mine with a kale and quinoa salad, but they can also be served in a bun if you fancy a fish burger! It’s a great dose of protein and omega fatty acids along with an infusion of a flavoursome hit, right when you need it! Click MORE for the full recipe… (more…)

ADIDAS AMBASSADOR + ULTRABOOST UNCAGED!

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Back in January 2015, I was thrilled to join my friends at adidas for the global launch of the UltraBOOST, which has since become the hottest casual running shoe in the world! Now, 18 months on, they’ve developed generation 2.0, the UltraBOOST Uncaged; a new and improved version which is a reaction to the way it was being custom modified by enthusiasts! As a self-confessed shoe fiend; I feel privileged to have been one of the first to road-test these as part of my ambassadorship with the company.

Growing up I was relentless in pleading with my parents for a pair of trainers! So, when I finally got hold of my long sought after Stan Smiths, I would cherish them and wear them every single day, until they were falling apart, but I didn’t care.  I’m now working with the brand I have loved and admired from such a young age, and as corny as it may sound it really is a dream come true. I’ve always been heavily into sports and living a healthy life, and to work with a company with such a strong, complementary ethos is quite unbelievable! To me, adidas represents a passion for sport – functionality, style, quality; it speaks of so much heritage whilst constantly innovating and delivering new technology to further the athletes out there! Massive thank you to the adidas team for allowing me to channel my innermost excited 8-year-old sporty self! To kick off, this post is a collection of thoughts on the new shoe, as well as some pictures we shot on the marvellous Croisette in Cannes, along which I ran every morning to put my pair (in Ray Red camo) through their paces!
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WHY DO I WRITE THIS BLOG?

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Last week, I read a super thought-provoking short article in the British Airways Business Life magazine about Simon Sinek’s ‘Why, How, What’ thesis, which rose to prominence in his celebrated TEDx talk. In short, it’s 3 simple questions which the best companies and politicians in history could/can compellingly answer without ever being asked. The answers unveil their raison d’aître with total honesty and validity, and I feel it’s important to try and do the same. Whilst Fitness On Toast remains my passion project, and I’m certainly no politician, I wanted to explain not just the What and How, but share my ‘Why‘… The driving force behind me putting myself outside my comfort zone almost every day. For those who want to read it (which I recognise won’t be everyone), this post is an open and genuine distillation of my drive and ethos. Click more to see it all! (more…)

MAKE YOUR OWN FRO-YO TREAT!

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Whilst summer hasn’t quite made it to the UK yet amidst the bizarre confusion of seasons and temperatures currently making up our climate, I’m still hopeful! In fact to show my intent, I decided to make my own home-made Frozen Yoghurt Ice Creams which on a hot sunny day will go down an absolute treat. ‘No hot days in sight’? ‘This is England Faya’? Don’t worry, as it turns out they’re equally yummy on cold rainy British summer’s days when maybe you’re just in need of something delicious nonetheless! (Better to make believe its summer than the alternative!) This recipe is so quick and easy, and best of all it doesn’t rely on any refined sugar to taste so great; rather, it’s berries and fruit that provide all the delicious sweetness here, as well as a multi vitamin hit! Click MORE below to see how you can whip up your own batch, as well as getting the outfit details from this Jaeger look!

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BTS: COMPETITIVE SAILING!

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You might remember this post from my recent trip to Barbados as I learn to sail ahead of Cowes Week in August, where I’ll be competing with team Helly Hansen! Whilst trying to figure out my Spinnakers from my Schooners, I was under the expert guidance of Team Concise‘s Captain, Ned Collier Wakefield; an award-winning, record-breaking professional ‘Competitive Offshore’ Sailor, who I thought would be perfect to tell the story of the physical and psychological challenges, as well as the fitness requirements of doing his job full time! Click more to see our interview together, and see if it can persuade you to dip your toe in the water, so to speak :)
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ORGANISE YOUR GOALS!

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There are two types of people; those with meticulously curated diaries full of bespoke post-its and colour-coordinated appointment notes, and then there are the disorganised others. For years I drifted aimlessly in the latter camp, but writing this blog forced me to upgrade my ‘planning skills’ alot, and I’ve learned a few things along the way, which I’m sharing in this post! If organisation doesn’t come naturally to you and you find yourself overwhelmed when considering the wiry tangle of chaotic strands that make up life – don’t panic, it can be done and hopefully these tips will help you! As I’ve seen with Personal Training clients over the years, organisation will categorically help you to succeed in reaching your fitness goals. Click MORE to see how I choose to approach organisation, with my top 5 tips! (more…)

SWEET POTATO BROWNIES!

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If, like me, you have a bit [i.e. a lot] of a soft spot for chocolate, this one’s for you! But it’s a little different to normal; this chocolate brownie employs the delicious and textural wizardry of sweet potato, the low-GI, complex carbohydrate foodstuff which seems to pop up all over Instagram as chips and/or crisps. If you’re thinking ‘Hmm, Faya that sounds kinda bizarre and most probably not very tasty‘, I promise that you’d never guess it used sweet po as its main ingredient! In a shocking twist of fate, the potato lends itself prodigiously to this recipe; it’s naturally flavoured with a gentle sweetness and once churned up with the other natural and wholesome ingredients, the slightly softened texture is literally perfect for the application! Click MORE to get the ‘how to’ so that you can whip up a batch asap! (more…)

RESET FOR SPRING WITH GARNIER!

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The eagle-eyed amongst you might have spied that I recently took over the @GarnierUK Instagram a couple of weeks ago as part of the fun of joining their team of super inspirational women! Apart from hosting some epic competitions, I was really keen for the takeover to showcase a few different practical tips to help you be the healthiest version of you and reset for springAs ever, I always try to emphasise small but lasting changes to help clients feel good about themselves, and discuss them all in a little more detail below with my top 12 tips! I’ve also put some thoughtful care into compiling my ‘Custom Recovery Bundles’ which included some awesome Garnier essentials for Hair, Skin, Body & Sun – the lucky winners are announced in the post! Click MORE to see it all :) (more…)

BENEFITS OF A STRONG SKELETON!

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Every one of us will inevitably suffer a natural degradation of bone density as we get older; if we’re mindful of this, it’s possible to take some pretty smart measures to strengthen our skeletons now, which fit right in alongside our normal everyday fitness goals. This post highlights my top 5 ways to exercise and care for yourself in order to promote bone strength; what we can eat, and what we could avoid in order to help build a strong skeleton that’ll last us through life!

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