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April 19, 2021

Discovering the woman behind HollyActive


Holly Davidson lives and breathes fitness. Having worked as a personal trainer for over ten years, Holly is passionate about passing on her knowledge to each person she trains. Author of two health and fitness books, Holly's expertise lies in Yoga, HIIT Training, Strength and Conditioning, Suspension training (TRX), Kettlebells, Boxing, Weight loss and dietary management and Mobility. She is also sister to Sadie Frost, designer of the Frost London Yoga Wear range, Together, they've collaborated on a 20 minute daily fitness video. We interviewed Sadie in ‘In conversation with Sadie Frost about Frost London' and now have also had the pleasure of interviewing Holly.

How has your passion for fitness and nutrition led you to becoming a black belt kick boxer, yogi and vegetarian?

I think I would say becoming a black belt, yogi and vegetarian led to my passion for fitness and nutrition. I’ve been vegetarian my whole life and from a young age, was passionate about food and eating a healthy well-balanced diet. I was 17 when I started kick boxing and yoga, so pretty young and that definitely inspired me and created a lifetime of passion for fitness.

What is the link between fitness, nutrition, physical and mental health for you?

If you are taking care of all of those things, making sure it’s balanced and nothing too extreme, you feel strong from the inside out. It keeps you calm, energised, happy, content. Day to day struggles are easier to cope with.

How long have you been a vegetarian and what is your favourite meal?

All my life. Oh wow, that’s hard. On a cold winters day, a steaming hot bean and vegetable stew with a warm loaf of sourdough fresh from the oven.

Can you share with us some of the joys and challenges of being a personal trainer?

It’s the most rewarding job, seeing what a positive impact exercise and good nutrition can have on a person: watching people become strong and confident, seeing how it changes so many aspects of their lives. I honestly can’t think of many challenges, maybe the only challenge is being self employed, so you don’t get paid for any time off or when you are sick (good job I’m never sick! I haven’t taken a day off for illness in 13 years). It means it’s hard to say no and take time off. It’s only in the last few years I’ve realised how important it is to take proper holidays. I took the whole of August off this year, heaven.

How do you help people enjoy exercise more and fall in love with being active?

I find out as much as I can about the person, what exercise they enjoyed at school or at college. Do they enjoy sports or doing things solo? I find out their fears and concerns. Then I make sure I keep the workouts varied. Learning new skills and always mixing things up. And then it’s all about encouragement and support and it’s amazing how people fall in love with exercise.

From your personal experience and observations, how do the fast-paced lifestyle and pressures of modern society adversely affect health?

We are all trying to do way too much. There is an overload of stress and stimulation from the moment we wake up. Especially living in a city. Stress can hit people in so many ways and is something that’s easily overlooked as we continue to just do more. That’s why I love getting out into the countryside and slowing everything right down.

How did you come to create a 20 minute daily fitness video with your sister Sadie Frost and what do you both bring to the collaboration?

We both brought our many years of experience: mine with working with hundreds of clients and knowing what the key elements are to having an achievable, fun and successful workout. Sadie has had lots of back problems (and so does a very high % of the population) so we knew the importance of incorporating back health into the workout. We wanted something that you can easily incorporate into your day that wasn’t intimidating but also got results.

What would you say to anyone right now reading this and wishing they were fitter and more active?

Stop waiting for the “perfect time” to start. it doesn’t exist.

Instead focus on one thing you can do right now and build on that.

It can be as simple as, 100 more steps than yesterday, starting the day with a 10 minute stretch or doing our 20 min workout.

Don’t overthink it, don’t over complicate it.

Just start.

If you'd like to find out more about Holly and her work, visit www.hollyactive.com.

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