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Personal Best

2016-01-15 00:00:00

Issue 19 of Personal Best

Issue 19 of Personal Best

Fitness, Football and Feminism!

Sometimes women don't quite get the recognition they deserve. At Style PB we think women are amazing; strong, powerful, intelligent, curious, ambitious, beautiful, the list goes on. So when we had the opportunity to highlight the amazing talent of one of England's Women's Footballers we jumped at the chance. Laura Coombs is a midfielder who is ruling the footballing sphere with hard work and determination. Read our interview with her on page 3 to find out her thoughts on how to get more girls into football and what it feels like to play for your country. Read it and then attend a women's football game!


If you have a chance this month pop down to The Lomax in Chelsea for our pop-up shop. Treat yourself to some new stylish kit and try out their signature classes. I'm loving their new Supple Circuit Class. Ideal if you're training for the marathon as the class incorporates foam rollers and we all know what that means! No pain no gain! Give it a go and then treat yourself to a smoothie and maybe a sweet snack from The Grill cafe. If you order from Style PB in the next month and you live in London, we'll be popping a Lomax surprise into your order too!



As always please get in touch with comments, thoughts or ideas! I love hearing from all the amazing #StylePBwomen out there! Natalie, Style PB *


Interview with Laura Coombs

How did you get in to women's football?

I played from a young age for a local boys team which I absolutely loved, at the age of 11 I had to join a girls team as at the time girls couldn't play with boys post age 11!  I was picked up by my local 'centre of excellence' which was Charlton Athletic and the rest as they say is history! .

What is the greatest challenge you face as a sportswoman?

A big challenge for me was the year before I became a professional for Chelsea.  We were semi professional but still trained everyday, so I worked two jobs around training, around 36 hours a week, it was quite tiring at times and I struggled to perform how I knew I could because of that, so it was a very frustrating year for me.

Best moment of your career so far?

2015 was a very special year for me and had some fantastic moments with Chelsea, I also made my senior England debut however one day that still tops it all was in July 2009, when I was involved in the England u19s team that won a gold medal at the European Championships.

Your typical training day and diet?

A typical day for me includes a football training session in the morning for 90mins, with cardio and technical aspects and then a gym session in the afternoon 2 days a week also.
My diet generally is : Breakfast: Porridge with honey and fruit
Lunch: King prawn salad with sweet potato fries
Snack: A Nutri bullet concoction
Dinner: Steak with veg and potatoes

What woman/women inspire you in your life?

I think Serena Williams is an amazing woman; she is so strong and such a natural athlete, I think she could have been elite at any number of sports.  I also love that she is so confident with her body.

Can you describe what it feels like to play for your country?

Every time I have played for England it has felt special, to know you have been selected because you are one of the best for that position is a real confidence boost and it allows me to go out there with no fear.  I love playing against different players and countries because every game is a new challenge and the tactics may change completely game-to-game.


How can we encourage more young girls to start playing football?

I think this will come with further success in the women's game, also female role models in the public eye are massively important.


What are your aspirations for women’s football?

I really hope that within the near future the England national team can win a major tournament, as given the boost and publicity a Bronze medal at the 2015 world cup did for women’s football in this country, I can only imagine the growth a gold medal will achieve.



Your favourite pieces on Style PB?

I have two favourite pieces, which I LOVE!  They are the black Charlie Cohen track pants and the lilac Striders Edge T-shirt.  They are both so comfy to workout in and give me a flattering shape whilst I am doing it!

Follow Laura on Twitter: @Lauracoombs91
Follow Laura on Instagram: @ LCOOMBS91

1

Charli Cohen

Saber T-shirt
Navy,
£140.00


Shop now

Fitness, Football and Feminism!

Sometimes women don't quite get the recognition they deserve. At Style PB we think women are amazing; strong, powerful, intelligent, curious, ambitious, beautiful, the list goes on. So when we had the opportunity to highlight the amazing talent of one of England's Women's Footballers we jumped at the chance. Laura Coombs is a midfielder who is ruling the footballing sphere with hard work and determination. Read our interview with her on page 3 to find out her thoughts on how to get more girls into football and what it feels like to play for your country. Read it and then attend a women's football game!


If you have a chance this month pop down to The Lomax in Chelsea for our pop-up shop. Treat yourself to some new stylish kit and try out their signature classes. I'm loving their new Supple Circuit Class. Ideal if you're training for the marathon as the class incorporates foam rollers and we all know what that means! No pain no gain! Give it a go and then treat yourself to a smoothie and maybe a sweet snack from The Grill cafe. If you order from Style PB in the next month and you live in London, we'll be popping a Lomax surprise into your order too!



As always please get in touch with comments, thoughts or ideas! I love hearing from all the amazing #StylePBwomen out there! Natalie, Style PB *


Interview with Laura Coombs

How did you get in to women's football?

I played from a young age for a local boys team which I absolutely loved, at the age of 11 I had to join a girls team as at the time girls couldn't play with boys post age 11!  I was picked up by my local 'centre of excellence' which was Charlton Athletic and the rest as they say is history! .

What is the greatest challenge you face as a sportswoman?

A big challenge for me was the year before I became a professional for Chelsea.  We were semi professional but still trained everyday, so I worked two jobs around training, around 36 hours a week, it was quite tiring at times and I struggled to perform how I knew I could because of that, so it was a very frustrating year for me.

Best moment of your career so far?

2015 was a very special year for me and had some fantastic moments with Chelsea, I also made my senior England debut however one day that still tops it all was in July 2009, when I was involved in the England u19s team that won a gold medal at the European Championships.

Your typical training day and diet?

A typical day for me includes a football training session in the morning for 90mins, with cardio and technical aspects and then a gym session in the afternoon 2 days a week also.
My diet generally is : Breakfast: Porridge with honey and fruit
Lunch: King prawn salad with sweet potato fries
Snack: A Nutri bullet concoction
Dinner: Steak with veg and potatoes

What woman/women inspire you in your life?

I think Serena Williams is an amazing woman; she is so strong and such a natural athlete, I think she could have been elite at any number of sports.  I also love that she is so confident with her body.

Can you describe what it feels like to play for your country?

Every time I have played for England it has felt special, to know you have been selected because you are one of the best for that position is a real confidence boost and it allows me to go out there with no fear.  I love playing against different players and countries because every game is a new challenge and the tactics may change completely game-to-game.


How can we encourage more young girls to start playing football?

I think this will come with further success in the women's game, also female role models in the public eye are massively important.


What are your aspirations for women’s football?

I really hope that within the near future the England national team can win a major tournament, as given the boost and publicity a Bronze medal at the 2015 world cup did for women’s football in this country, I can only imagine the growth a gold medal will achieve.



Your favourite pieces on Style PB?

I have two favourite pieces, which I LOVE!  They are the black Charlie Cohen track pants and the lilac Striders Edge T-shirt.  They are both so comfy to workout in and give me a flattering shape whilst I am doing it!

Follow Laura on Twitter: @Lauracoombs91
Follow Laura on Instagram: @ LCOOMBS91

1

Charli Cohen

Saber T-shirt
Navy,
£140.00


Shop now