Griffen Fitness

  • Win tickets! Foodies Festival competition
    Studio Happenings
  • Easy Healthy Seasonal Recipe: Homemade Apple Crisps
  • Article of the Month: A Long Hot Soak... With Epsom Salts
  • And Finally... Danny MacAskill's Latest Clip


Greetings healthy people,

What a busy time year it is! Personal Training capacity is nearly fully booked and loads of events coming up and even a competition, so without further ado:

The Foodies Festival winter edition is coming up at the EICC 25 – 27 November. For your chance to win one of five pairs of tickets, simply This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your favourite cold-weather (relatively healthy) indulgence. Short recipes welcome!

Pop up pet photography
Bring your dog along to the studio for a Pawsome Portrait on Saturday 19th November.  Kim Smith of Barking Cat Pet Photography will be offering mini photo sessions for a donation to Animal Rescue Crew.  ARC is a small volunteer-led Scottish charity that supports the rescue, neutering, care and rehoming of stray and abused dogs in Constanta, Romania. Each mini session will include a custom designed digital greeting card and 2017 calendar. More info at www.BarkingCatPetPhotography.com/Pawsome-Portraits    

My new favourite live music venue, Leith Depot, is branching out hosting a Wellness Day on the afternoon of Sunday 20th November. Fitness pug Coco and I will be premiering the ‘fitness for misfits’ concept. Intrigued? Check out the Facebook page. Entry by donation.

This That and The Other Pop-Up Shop returns for a special festive edition on the weekends of 26 / 27 November and 3 / 4 December. With a diverse selection of ceramics, plants, seasonal wreaths and decorations, the arts, handmade crafts and other delights, it’s a relaxed way to do your Christmas shopping and support local makers.

Testimonial of the Month:

"During the many years I've known Tracy she has always conducted herself with professionalism, energy and a passion for excelling at what she does. I know I can trust that she will care for anyone she works with and inspire them to be the best they can be" - Kirsten Lord, founder and Director of The Physio Centre, shared on LinkedIn.  

Easy Healthy Seasonal Recipe: Homemade Apple Crisps

What to do with a glut of apples? Make apples crisps of course - they're fab to snack on during the day, or if you're out for a long hike or run. And they're easy.

homemade apple crisps

Some apples, cored
Juice of half a lemon

- Preheat oven to a very low temperature (between 60 - 100 degrees C)
- Squeeze the half lemon into a jug of cold water.
- Slice cored (not peeled) apples into thin slices.
- Pop into lemony water for a few minutes (water to cover).
- Arrange on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and bake until crisp. Check from time to time and turn over after a bit.
- The lower temperature the oven is, the longer the process but the better the crisp.
- Allow to cool and store in an air-tight jar. Or eat.

Article of the Month: A Long Hot Soak... With Epsom Salts

I’m a big fan of a relaxing warm bath after a hard day’s exercising. No ice baths for me, no siree (although a localised cold compress to any minor niggle aids recovery). In my warm bath is poured copious amounts of bubbly or salty stuff. Traditionally bath salts are used to mimic the pH of hot springs and the mineralisation of the water that’s bubbled through the earth. I used to use Radox muscle soak. Upon checking the ingredients on the box, I discovered that they are simply NaCl (regular salt) and Sodium Sesquicarbonate (a ‘double salt’) with some nice smelling and coloured stuff. Crucially, missing a number of minerals.

The mineral Magnesium (Mg) is used in many enzymatic reactions in the body, including energy production and a deficiency can lead to fatigue, mood swings, muscle soreness and spasms. You can get Mg through many foods including nuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds and green vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, kale). Here’s a really good article by Aberdeen nutritionist Chris Fenn.

Magnesium is readily present in many raw foods, but in an era of processed food (with valuable minerals processed out of it) it is sometimes lacking. In addition and it’s absorbed from the earth that these plants grow in, intensive farming reduces the amount of Magnesium found in many foods. Instead of supplementing with Mg orally, you can simply soak in it and it will be absorbed through the skin.
Soaking in a warm bath of Epsom salts is an excellent way to absorb Magnesium and other minerals and ease tired muscles. It can also help ease colds, and relax the body after a hard day.

After an invigorating workout, pick up a 1.5kg bag of Espsom salts from the studio for only £4. Relaxation guaranteed.

And Finally... Danny MacAskill's Latest Clip

Scotland seen through the eyes of hugely talented trail rider Danny MacAskill. A must-see 6 minute clip, for the puddle and hay bale stunts. 

Have a happy and healthy November,

Tracy :)