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WHEN SANTA HITS THE GYM! (MY XMAS ‘FITNESS GIFT’ WISHLIST)

Faya Fitness On Toast Christmas Wishlist Compilation Present Gift Ideas

Dear Santa, I’ve been really healthy (almost) all year and I intend to be next year as well; after a festive wander through Harrods, here are my 18 top fitness gift ideas that’ll certainly help keep me on track through 2014; including some clothes, trainers, workout equipment, healthy food & drink and other gym knick-knacks. The sort of thing any fitness freak like me would love to open in just a fortnight’s time! ;) Faya x Continue reading

GO FUNC YOURSELF !!!

Functional Training Weights Gym Girl

Over on the Daily Hiit, my latest workout post has just been published. It’s a ‘functional training’ session that you can do with minimal equipment (but maximal dedication)!  Check it out over at the following link:

http://www.dailyhiit.com/hiit-blog/hiit-workout/full-body-workout/go-func-yourself/

Faya  :) x

 

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HIIT BACK !!!

GAPGAPI’ve just had my latest ‘Back workout’ published over on The Daily Hiit’s blog today (link below). I wrote it because I wanted to emphasise the importance of training our backs, which so often get overlooked for the more glamorous cousins, Abs. It’s such an important way to maintain conditioning for the body through our lives, focussing on an area that bears so much of the load, and for some people, threatens to give up at any moment! See my easy back workout at the Daily Hiit.

Also I took some shots of my ‘back’ stretching routine in the beautiful Rose Garden in Regent’s Park which are worth a view :)

IT’S ALL HERE: http://www.dailyhiit.com/hiit-blog/hiit-workout/back-exercises/back-it-up/

Enjoy,
Faya x

 

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HIIT THE TRX !!!

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GAPCheck out my newly published post over on the Daily Hiit, which they’ve made their ‘Featured Post’ (at least for now :) ) which demonstrates a nice & easy full body workout you can do in the park, now that it’s summery outside, using nothing other than a TRX and your own body as a ‘weight plate’! Happy tuesday morning, now go get fit! Faya x

See the full post here:  http://www.dailyhiit.com/hiit-blog/hiit-workout/full-body-workout/making-trx/

 

 

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“IS THAT HOW YOU ROLL ???”

These days you’ll find ‘Foam Rollers’ in pretty much every gym, generally in the ‘stretching mats’ area. This is great news as it suggests we ‘exercising types’ are becoming more aware of the importance of taking time to stretch, which helps us to stay flexible and prevent injury (as you might remember from my previous post on stretching, here).

WHAT DOES IT DO & HOW DOES IT WORK ???
I had key-hole surgery on my knee a few years ago and my doctor recommended I use a foam roller, as it’s a fabulous tool in the physiotherapy industry – it massively helped my recovery by encouraging correct and supple muscular rebuild. By applying pressure using your own bodyweight on sore spots, it’s a kind of self-accu-pressure technique (self myofascial release) – or simply a nice self-massage! Manipulating the soft tissue will support and massage muscle groups whilst improving balance, stabilisation, flexibility and core strength. It’s a valuable part of any workout and I recommend incorporating it in a warmup (to help increase blood flow, and relieve muscle tightness to encourage better training) and likewise in a cool-down (to flush out toxins and help soften muscles for faster recovery).

They are available in different densities from relatively soft foam, to high-density rollers that are like granite. The more accomplished, athletic and muscular the user, the more dense the roller should be. Try out a few different ones and see which one’s for you. Work your way up from the softest as a beginner. If one of this blog’s goals is to share great tips that help you train smarter, this intermediate Foam Roller from Myprotein (which provides unlimited self-massage for under £15) comfortably ticks that box!!

HOW TO USE IT ???
This collection of pictures I shot in Regent’s Park below should help to demonstrate some of my favourite exercises with this training aid. Try to target the areas that are more tender, then roll them out to release & decrease some of the over-activity. It can be hard work and can even border on being painful or uncomfortable, much like stretching. It’s important to distinguish between a moderate level of discomfort and a discomfort that can lead to injury – your body will tell you this loud & clear! Below are just a handful of many exercises to try!

Wearing: Grey cotton leggings from H&M, white canvas Converse, MyProtein cotton woman’s hoodie in black

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SET THE STAGE !!!

Last weekend, I went to a training workshop led by the inspirational Michelle Brannan – a Fitness Coach and IFBB Professional athlete. Along with 14 other girls, I chose Michelle’s ‘Stage Preparation workshop’, hosted at the exclusive UP fitness club in Mayfair. The session was all about educating girls on what it means to compete, covering such subject matter as training and food, dieting down, choosing a show, posing, stage presentation, make up/Tanning/Suits/Shoes. Michelle has entered and won several competitions including winning ‘Ms Bikini Amateur Olympia 2011′ and being awarded ‘Pro’ status in less than a year of competing with UKBFF – so when she offers some valuable insight into what it takes to get results and win a competition, I took notes!

After 3 hours in the class, I left with new inspiration and renewed motivation – frankly all I wanted to do was to hit the gym for a huge leg session! If nothing else, this was a boost to the focus for my training – seeing how structured and regimented the top level athletes behave towards their workout ethic was a big motivational kicker! Competing clearly takes a lot of determination and self discipline, but it can be done, by putting together a realistic and specific plan tailored to your body that covers both nutrition and training. There’s no reason why you should fail, and that counts for training at any level.

Of particular value for me, was the way that Michelle promotes a balanced lifestyle. It’s not about unsustainable and unhealthy exertion / restraint – rather that training often and eating healthy should be a daily commitment. That is completely the point of what I’m trying to communicate on this blog, so it really struck a chord. Getting (& staying) in shape for a summer holiday, a shot, or a competition, and then throwing it away afterwards (what I call ‘yo-yo training’), is no good for the body or mind. Instead, Michelle’s way is a lifestyle choice all year round – for her, there’s no ‘off season’. But clearly, for any competition there’s a time to be serious and a time to relax a little. Michelle seems to have got the balance just right :) Check out some of her competition pics here. Faya x

INNOVATE TO MOTIVATE !!!

 
I had a wander in Harrods this weekend and came across this shiny fitness contraption, who’s proper name is the Technogym Kinesis

As an aside; to keep the motivation-factor high (and the boredom-factor low!), I love seeking out new fitness-related concepts, be it the latest equipment, a new ‘group exercise class’ or even some novel ‘superfood’ hitting the supermarket shelf! In short, innovation = motivation! However full-on your workout may be, sometimes we all need a bit of variation and inspiration, and regardless of how many years you’ve been training, there’s always something new to learn and take away from a different experience. I regularly have a look around the gym to see what other people are up to and whether there are any exercises I haven’t encountered – then I steal them if they’re any good!

Back to Harrods’ newest toy, the Kinesis. It’s the highest expression of designer gym furniture. It’s only 1sq metre in size. It’s fitted with three handgrips. It operates in total silence. It facilitates over 200 different exercises that target all muscle groups. There’s an electronic dial to gradually & precisely increase the resistance. Each arm has three pivots that the cable slides through, allowing smooth movement in all directions. I think that if I were to have one of these at home, I’d use it to build strength, increase flexibility and improve my posture – amongst many other applications. And all for just £8,980!!! Oh well, it was fun to play with!