What Did We Learn This Month? Fitness magazine September 2014 0

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Fitness

September 2014

Carrie Tivador photographed by Jeff Olson

Carrie Tivador photographed by Jeff Olson

What Do We Learn This Month in Fitness?

“Om Body”

Yoga guru to the stars Bizzie Gold (honestly—how much do you LOVE her name) demonstrates some of her favorite power yoga moves which you can do just about anywhere.

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“Change Your Terrain”

Fitness had the experts chime in on what changes you need to make for trail running vs. pounding a flat pavement plus, a workout to “boost balance and core strength.”

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“Hot Stuff”

A super fun shopping page filled with bright things that gives me the “I wants.”

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“Boost Your Burn”

If you are looking for “full body supermoves” than be sure to check out this workout from the folks at Soho Strength Lab that will help get your heartrate up while several muscle groups at once.

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And now the rest of this issue of Fitness:

  • “Happy Everest After” Writer Melissa Arnot talks about her world travels (which includes FIVE trips to Mount Everest) and how marriage has affected her view of herself and relationships in general.
  • “Action Figures” Eight women are featured here who get “paid to get fit” including an acrobat, “sweat tester” and a “snow queen.” Really!
  • “Weight Loss Confidential” Think your life will be perfect once you lose the extra weight? Guess again as real peeps talk about what can really happen to your body after a dramatic weight loss.
  • “Toots, Poops and Other Oops” Directly from this article “a woman’s colon is longer and has more twists and turns than a man’s…’ so guess what they are talking about here!!!

 

Overall Grade:

A  The perfect way to welcome new adventures in the fall is to check out the September issue.

You can follow Fitness magazine at www.fitnessmagazine.com

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Giveaway: BarreAmped DVDs 17

Brooklyn Fit Chick Giveaway!

BarreAmped and BarreAmped Boot Camp DVD by Suzanne Bowen

Barre Amped

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Who out there is in the mood to actually win something today? Woo hoo! Today I have two different workout DVDs from the fabulous Suzanne Bowen who trained at the legendary Lotte Berk Method studios in NYC. Suzanne later took her practice to Nashville creating her own line of studios helping all sorts of women (even a few A-list celebrities) to get into shape by focusing on proper form and alignment.  Today I have two DVDs of her latest work to offer as a giveaway: BarreAmped & BarreAmped Boot Camp (www.barreamped.com.)  This is not a paid post and the DVD will be sent directly to the winner.

Here are the main details:   

Panama City Beach, FL – Fitness expert Suzanne Bowen, creator of Suzanne Bowen Fitness has just released two new signature BarreAmped workouts on DVD. BarreAmped is a proven, results oriented, body shaping barre program that is based on dance, Pilates, yoga, and Bowen’s classical Lotte Berk training. BarreAmped is taught in over 50 studios worldwide with over 330 instructors certified to teach the program around the world. Now, on DVD, Suzanne Bowen, with the help of her two trainers who provide modifications, take viewers through this results oriented program in the privacy of their own home, or on the go, with the help of the streaming workouts on her website www.suzannebowenfitness.com.

In BarreAmped (91 minutes, $19.99) viewers will experience Suzanne Bowen’s motto #ShakeToChange as they follow her along in this powerful, focused program described as classic barre meets extreme results. The DVD is divided into five segments that produce great results with low-impact, mind-body connecting moves. Segments include: Introduction, Warm Up, Light Weight Work, Thigh Work, Seat Work, Mat Work, and Stretch.

BarreAmped BOOT CAMP (80 minutes, $19.99) takes it up a notch with low impact interval fat blasters that have helped hundreds of people worldwide burn fat and lean out as Suzanne combines classic barre with low-impact, non-punishing cardio intervals. Segments include: Introduction, Warm Up, Arm Work, Thigh Work, Seat Work, Core, and, Stretch.

In both DVDs, Suzanne leads viewers through the challenging, but doable workout segments that can be done by segment individually, mixed and matched, or done all together for one complete BarreAmped and/or BarreAmped Bootcamp fat blast to #shaketochange and be the best they can be #yourbestnotperfection.

Both DVDs include a bonus tutorial to help achieve safe and effective results quickly. The DVDs are available at www.suzannebowenfitness.com and each DVD purchase includes a complimentary one-month trial membership to Suzanne Bowen Fitness (#SBF) for Suzanne’s on-demand streaming workouts.

About Suzanne Bowen

Suzanne Bowen is the founder of Suzanne Bowen Fitness (SBF) and the creator of BarreAmped, based on classic technique, a neutral spine, and a solid foundation of alignment. She began her fitness career over thirteen years ago at the original barre studio, New York City’s legendary Lotte Berk Method studios. It was there that she was classically trained as a top instructor.  She moved from New York to Nashville where she opened a studio and expanded her clientele to include top Nashville stars.  Her company, Suzanne Bowen fitness, (SBF) embodies the best of combining mind, body and spirit to live a healthy lifestyle. She helps people build a foundation and encourages them to be their best form of excellence. She currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children, and maintains her home and studio in Nashville.

If you want to win this giveaway you must do the following (Continental United States, please!)

  • Post a comment below (on this post) letting me know you are interested.
  • Send a comment on Twitter and say “I want to win the two BarreAmped DVDs from @suzannecbrown and @brooklynfitchik”
  • If you haven’t already—let me know you are subscribing to my You Tube channel

I will pick one winner at random on Tuesday, September 2nd at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

Until next time…

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New “Ventura Highway” Playlist! 5

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“Ventura Highway” 50-Minute Ride

Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

This week’s playlist is a mixture of old and new styles of music for a 50-minute cardio workout that works well for indoor cycling, outdoor running and the elliptical. The pace is a mixture of easy resistance and a fast cadence to slower climbs requiring more muscle endurance.

Be sure to keep hydrated while you workout and as always—send me your favorite song suggestions!

  • Venture Highway (Deepsky’s Blizzard in L.A. Remix): America

I have used this song as a warm-up before and it always makes me feel happy. The mixture of dreamy orchestration mixed with the 70s hit makes me want to wear a poncho and stare at the stars at night.

  • Anything, Anything: Dramarama

OMG—I freaking love this song from the early 80s. The band broke up in 1994 but got back together after appearing in VH-1’s Bands Reunited.

  • Rumble and Sway: Jamie N Commons

This cute British boy is just 25 years old but rocks like an old blues artist.

  • Supersoaker: Kings of Leon

This song always makes me want to run faster and work harder. Perfect for sprints or running intervals.

  • Once in a Lifetime: Talking Heads

By far my favorite version of one of the best tunes of all freaking time!

  • Tongue Tied: Group Love

If you need something fun and poppy after a big mean climb.

  • I am One: Smashing Pumpkins

My inner 90s warrior chick luvs this band and this song in particular.

  • Blow Me One Last Kiss: P!nk

I think I have a problem when it comes to P!nk because if I do not hear her every single day—my world seems boring.

  • Tusk: Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac released a double album after their smash Rumors called Tusk and it contains exactly two decent songs on it. Can you guess the other one?

  • Bodysnatchers: Radiohead

This is a little gem from their In Rainbows CD you were allowed to pay whatever you wanted for it at the time.

  • Use Me (Live): Hootie & The Blowfish

Yes, I picked a Hootie song because this cover of Bill Withers’ hit kicks serious ass!

  • Love Runs Out: OneRepublic

Not sure why they do not have a space between “One” and “Republic” but I do like this tune.

  • That’s the Way: Led Zeppelin

The “Gods of Thunder” could write pretty ballads and this one always puts me in a good mood.

That’s all I have today folks. Let me know about some of your favorite songs and radio stations. I am always looking for good tunes.

Until next time…

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What Did We Learn This Month? Shape magazine’s September issue with Brooke Burke-Charvet 2

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Shape

September 2014

Brooke Burke-Charvet photographed by don Flood.

Brooke Burke-Charvet photographed by Don Flood.

 

Shape Cover Star for September 2014:

Brooke Burke-Charvet is on the cover and the 43 year-old mom of four is excited to start her new venture Caelum athletic wear (she teaches “Booty Burn” classes in her hometown of Malibu.) She looks totally amazing by any measure but especially after all of her recent heath and career woes.

First, Brooke was rather rudely dumped by the producers of Dancing with the Stars competition show that she had been a part of for several years (“going in a new direction” is how they explained it to her over the phone while she was carpooling her kids around–sheesh!)

Then the sh*t got real…

In short, Brooke had Hashimoto’s disease for over ten years and took medicine to help her manage her hypothyroidism. Over time she discovered a lump which turned out to be thyroid cancer and she had a thyroidectomy. (Yikes!!)

Brooke is currently feeling better than ever and shows off a few of her favorite “Booty Burn” moves inside this issue of Shape:

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What else is in the September issue of Shape?

“Trail Moves”

Orthopedist John Muyan, M.D., director of sports medicine at Maimonides Medical Center (in Brooklyn!) offers these exercises which help strengthen the muscles that are challenged most when running on “uneven surfaces.”

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“Big Time”

I rarely wear my heart rate watch anymore but the batch featured on this page look pretty damn cool!

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 “Hit The Trail”

Shape picks the best (and cutest) gear to take on your next hike outside.

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“Super-Sculpters”

I really, really liked the band workout featured here by trainer Rachel Piskin of ChaiseFitness.

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“On Your Feet”

Suzanne Bowen of Barre-Amped Boot Camp DVD created this low impact walking workout that takes only 30 minutes to do and will build your leg strength.

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And now the rest of the best of this issue of Shape (A little lean this month…)

  • “Word of Mouth” The best new products on the market for oral care.
  • Sofia Vergara: Looking smoking hot in the back of the magazine.

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

B+ The workouts featured are all great but the fashion pages left me wanting more. Just sort of “meh” for me this month but I set a high bar for Shape so let’s look out for October!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 93: Best Online Workouts, Terry Bikes, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and a Kickboxing DVD Giveaway! 8

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #93

Best Online & Streaming Workouts, “Book vs. Movie” Podcast Episode 3 “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” Terry Bikes Shop-arama

Plus: Martial Fusion Cardio Kickboxing DVD Giveaway

 

Enter to win this DVD today!

Enter to win this DVD today!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

This past week has been filled with bad news, sadness and things that just enrage me but I will not burden you all with any of that ugliness. Instead, I just want to focus on good things and offer you my newest giveaway—Martial Fusion Kickboxing Cardio Blast DVD. So let’s just dive in with the good stuff, shall we?

  • Best Online & Streaming Workouts: I had another article featured on Fit Bottomed Girls this past week–Best Online & Streaming Workouts. I do the research and found all kinds of workouts offered for every budget from free (most of us can afford that one!) all the way up to $500 for a Hollywood Elite-friendly gym that creates some serious hard bodies. When you get a chance—check it out and let me know what you think!
  • Book vs. Movie Episode 3: The incredible Margo P. She’s Nacho Mama Podcast and I have recorded our latest episode of Book vs. Movie podcast where we talk about both the novella and film Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote. Wait—you didn’t know that the famous Audrey Hepburn movie was based on a book? Yes it was and let me tell you something—both are very different from each other. If you have some time—click on the link and take a listen. We are hoping to have them available on Stitcher and iTunes soon (fingers crossed!)

Also—please make sure to ‘like” our Facebook page. (Thank you!)

  • Terry Tent Sale!! As you may know I am a Terry Bikes Fitness Ambassador but what you may not know is that this coming week at their Burlington, Vermont headquarters they are holding a Terry Tent Sale. On Friday, August 22 (10 am – 7 pm) and Saturday, August 23 (10 am – 2pm)  you can shop for “great deals on Samples and Seconds of women’s cycling apparel, bicycle saddles for men and women, dresses, shorts, pants and other cool stuff from major outdoor brands.” And if you really want a good deal spend $10 (to benefit LOCAL MOTION) and catch the Early Bird savings. Wish I could go but I will be there in spirit.
  • Martial Fusion Kickboxing DVDs: Check out the Vlog below to see/hear all of the details for my workout DVD giveaway Martial Fusion Kickboxing Cardio Blast featuring Sensei Guillermo Gomez who is wicked handsome and is a 4th Dan in Aikido with over 25 years of martial arts training in numerous places around the globe, including China’s legendary Shaolin Temple. (Martial Fusion will send the winner their DVD and did not pay to be featured on this blog.)

Now on to this week’s Vlog and giveaway details!

 

Now here is some more information about Martial Fusion: Cardio Blast DVD:

Burn Major Calories, Strengthen Body and Mind With

New “Martial Fusion™ Kickboxing” DVDs

Miami, FL –Fourth degree Aikido black belt Sensei Guillermo Gomez packs about an hour of “Cardio, cardio, cardio, strength and flexibility,” into his new “Martial Fusion Cardio Blast Workout” DVD. Why waste an hour on a treadmill when kickboxing burns more calories, tones the abs from all angles and keeps the mind engaged? Geared to leave the user both relaxed and energized. This fast paced, easy to follow kickboxing routine blasts calories while toning and slimming the whole body. It sells for $14.95 on http://martialfusionfitness.com/ Gomez’s best selling DVD, “Martial Fusion Kickboxing CardioBurn”, is also $14.95 on the site.

“Martial Fusion Cardio Blast Workout” thoroughly covers kickboxing’s foundation moves (the basic punches and kicks) and puts various combinations together so the intensity varies throughout the fast-paced hour. The workout is filmed completely in English and has a little extra Spanish flavor to add spice. Participants are one on one with Gomez in a boxing ring setting. No equipment is needed.

According to Gomez, “Martial arts enable us to reach for higher grounds. One of the main principles of Aikido is to  learn how to flow. My workouts are intended to let users feel what it is to have that sense of flow and connection with what is right for you. Not only does it get you through the workout, it can change your approach to everything. While we’re moving our bodies with kickboxing, we’re also engaging our mind and our spirit. We become more open to finding new ideas and energies that might be more natural for us.”

“Martial Fusion CardioBurn” is the best selling DVD in the Martial Fusion series. This non-stop full hour workout offers more of a fitness studio setting with two women working out along with Gomez. Like “Cardio Blast” it will burn hundreds of calories, build endurance, muscular strength, mental focus and will challenge all the muscles of the core. It also uses no equipment or props.

Sensei Guillermo Gomez is a fourth degree black belt in Aikido certified by Hombu Dojo of Tokyo and the International Aikido Federation. He has over 25 years of experience training in, and teaching, martial arts, all over the world, including the Shaolin Temple.   He has certified over 1000 fitness experts in Martial Fusion Cardio Kickboxing in more then ten countries. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Gomez is based in Miami and teaches Cardio Kickboxing at Equinox, Coral Cables. Gomez also runs Aikodo Miami. He has presented at numerous international events and industry conventions worldwide like Italy’s Rimini Wellness, London’s Multitrax, Washington’s DCAC, New York City’s TSI Summit, Montreal’s CIELO Studios, Mexico’s Acapulco Fitness, Spain’s YPD Camp, AIC Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Mexico City and participated at The World Combat Games in Russia. Gomez’s teachings range from martial arts training, zen meditation, qigong, weight loss, self-discipline, health, wellness, relieving anxiety and stress, conquering fear, overcoming obstacles and challenges, developing focus, balance, awareness and inner-peace. For more information, visit http://martialfusionfitness.com/, https://www.facebook.com/senseiguillermogomez

http://cardiokickboxingworkouts.com/

If you want to win this giveaway you must do the following (Continental United States only, please!)

  • Post a comment below (on this post) letting me know you are interested.
  • Send a comment on Twitter and say “I want to win Martial Fusion Kickboxing from @martialfusion and @brooklynfitchik”
  • If you haven’t already—let me know you are subscribing to my You Tube channel

I will pick one winner at random on Monday, August 25th at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

Until next time…

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What Did We Learn This Month? Women’s Health September 2014 Issue! 8

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Women’s Health

September 2014

Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting photographed by Jeff Lipsky

Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting photographed by Jeff Lipsky

Women’s Health Cover Star for September 2014: 

Am I the only person in the world who has never seen one episode of The Big Bang Theory? I guess so because it is one of the most popular sitcoms on TV right and the stars of the show just got HUGE raises according to Entertainment Weekly so what am I missing out on, people? Should I check it out?

Anyhoo— Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting has been on the show for eight seasons and is now married to pro tennis player Ryan Sweeting. Inside the magazine she talks about boosting your self-confidence, making quick decisions, “instant attitude swaps” and her complete devotion to all things pertaining to Jennifer Anniston.

In spite of super-busy the comedienne tells Women’s Health she is ready to get into the mommy-making business as soon as possible while also starring on the hit show (tough life!)

Kaley also stars in the Fall Fashion Guide in the back of the magazine which you can see here.

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So what else is in the September issue of Women’s Health

15-Minute Workout “Build a Hotter Body…”

Pat Matheny of SoHo Strength Lab in NYC created this “reverse pyramid” workout where you perform the hardest part of your workout at the beginning in order to build “mental momentum” and “finish strong.”

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 Fire Up Your Hidden Fat Burners”  

Expert trainer BJ Gaddour offers workouts for often neglected muscle groups (hips and shoulders) which can help increase fat burn and intensify your planks, squats and lunges.

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 “Grab a Hold of a Hotter Body”

If you are interested in rock climbing but think you need to get into shape for it—try these moves from expert climber Michelle Pollmeier.

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Fall Style Guide page that gives me the “I Wants!”

Women’s Health has several pages devoted of all of the fall trends and I like just about every damn thing on this page. (Now who is treating me to a shopping spree?)

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And now the rest of the best of this issue of Women’s Health:

  • “The Untold Dangers of Lyme Disease” Women’s Health takes a deep look at Lyme disease and manages to scare the hell out of. (Yikes!)
  •  “What Wealthy Women Know” Advice from women who know how to earn (and save!) big bucks so we can all get out of debt. (Yes, please!)
  • “I Survived a Violent Attack on Vacation” Once again—this magazine know how to get my attention! (Plus, tips to stay on while on holiday.)

Overall Grade:

A While I am most certainly NOT excited to leave summer behind—this issue has enough to keep me happy until September shows up. (Why, oh why must the summer go?)

You can check out Women’s Health online as well: www.WomensHealthMag.com

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 92: Next “Book Vs. Movie” Pick, Big News from Fit Bottomed Girls and “Learning to Breathe Fire” Giveaway 7

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #92

“Book vs. Movie” Podcast Episode 2 Details, Congrats to a “Soon-to-Be” Fit Bottomed Mama!

Plus: Learning to Breathe Fire by J.C. Herz Giveaway

You can win this book!

You can win this book!

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

This past week flew by in a whirl for me. I am starting a new job soon (on top of everything else I do) plus it seems that all of my friends wanted to hang out with me lately which is amazing (of course) but also a bit tiring! In the spirit of my fading ability to stay awake today in am going to try and keep things short and sweet this week while also letting you know about my groovy new book giveaway: Learning to Breathe Fire by J.C. Herz. Let’s get to it, shall we?

  • Book vs. Movie Episode 2: As you may already know—the lovely Margo P. of She’s Nacho Mama Podcast and I have launched our first podcast Book vs Movie. Last Friday we recorded the second half of our two-part dive into both the film and the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Now, let me just say this before you listen to it—Margo’s line faded out at first so I have to vamp the first few minutes. I mean I really, really had to vamp and it made me just a wee bit nervous. DOH!

So please give it a chance and forgive me if it sounds a bit “off” at first because once we get our rhythm we really hunker in because we go WAY into depth about all thing pertaining to Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil (honestly—we could qualify as experts now!)  If you are our friend—please make sure to ‘like” our Facebook page. (Thank you!)

Also—just to set you up for our next podcast—we are going to review the book & novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s so be sure to get ready for it! (Lots of changes between print and screen here so we will surely have a fun, juicy discussion.)

  • Fit Bottomed Girls BIG NEWS: I am so freaking excited to spread the good news that my pal Jenn who is the creator of Fit Bottomed Girls is pregnant with her first child! (As Carla Birnberg would say—“throws confetti!”) So please join me in saying “congratulations” to this soon-to-be very fit bottomed mama! (Love you Jenn!)
  • Learning to Breathe Fire: The Rise of CrossFit and the Primal Future of Fitness Giveaway: Check out the Vlog below to see/hear all of the details for this week’s book giveaway. (I also have them listed below!) The book comes courtesy of Crown Archetype books who did not pay for this post and will send the winning entrant the book directly.

Now on to this week’s Vlog and giveaway details!

 

Now here is some more information about Learning to Breathe Fire:

LEARNING TO BREATHE FIRE: The Rise of CrossFit and the Primal Future of Fitness

BY J. C. HERZ

A fascinating account of CrossFit’s origins, explosive grassroots growth, and emergence as a global phenomenon

When it comes to CrossFit, observers of the red-hot workout regimen tend to fall into two camps: true believers and those who can’t imagine what would possess someone to push that hard. Or, as journalist J. C. Herz puts it, for some people it’s a “lightning bolt: this is what I’ve been searching for. The rest think it’s a sign of mental illness.”

But there’s no denying that CrossFit has recently exploded in popularity, and become one of the world’s most fascinating sports subcultures. Today there are over 7,000 CrossFit gyms (or “boxes”) in dozens of countries, and millions of devoted participants—including elite special forces and first responders, along with plenty of regular Joes and Janes. In her new book, LEARNING TO BREATHE FIRE: The Rise of CrossFit and the Primal Future of Fitness (Crown Archetype; $25.00; On Sale June 3, 2014), Herz delves deep into this “insane fitness cult,” vividly bringing it to life. In rich and riveting detail, she explores the science behind why CrossFit works, as well as the people who champion it and the fierce spirit that fuels them.

Herz traces CrossFit’s rise from a single underground gym in Santa Cruz to a global movement, going behind the scenes with the founders, star competitors, and everyday enthusiasts whose lives have been transformed by the training. Fusing action-packed sportswriting with riveting psychological profiles, she introduces readers to unforgettable characters such as CrossFit founder Greg Glassman, never-say-die Masters competitor Jerry Hill, and two-time Games champion Annie Thorisdottir—recently dubbed “the fittest woman on the planet” by Vogue. The characters in LEARNING TO BREATHE FIRE run the gamut from surfer chicks to Navy SEALS. But they share an underlying ethos: they are willing to seek and endure discomfort, and their intense physical trials forge powerful group bonds. In the CrossFit parlance, “It never gets easier. You just get stronger.”

Modern-day stoicism, the ability to endure unpredictable adversity, is the key to CrossFit’s transformative power. Herz explains that traditional gym equipment, like the Stairmaster and the elliptical, is designed for minimally taxing, low-intensity, and passive exercise. By contrast, CrossFit workouts—called WODs (Workouts of the Day)—are known for their variety and intensity. They combine many different fitness elements, including gymnastics, sprints, and weightlifting, in an ever-changing fashion, forcing the body to adapt. Think of a WOD as a timed obstacle course meant to mimic what any of us might be called on to do in an emergency situation. The results are concrete and measurable, as CrossFitters find themselves doing things they never dreamed of being able to do, whether it’s a single pull-up or a 15-foot rope climb.

LEARNING TO BREATHE FIRE also takes readers inside the excitement and drama of the annual CrossFit Games, which began as an informal throwdown on a California ranch and has evolved into a televised global event—a veritable Olympics of fitness. Designed to be a true test of human physical capacity, the Games are filled with competition, camaraderie, and superhuman feats of strength and endurance. Herz taps in to that fervor, chronicling the grueling challenges and spotlighting elite athletes as they battle it out in the arena.

As the Games demonstrate, CrossFit draws heavily on ancient forms of athletic ritual. It taps into the primal human experience and the power of the pack. We are geared to form tribes and spring into action as “first responders.” The experience of pushing our physical limits connects us to ancient hunters and warriors. In LEARNING TO BREATHE FIRE, Herz brilliantly connects the old and the new.

Got that?

If you want to win this giveaway you must do the following (Continental United States, please!)

  • Post a comment below (on this post) letting me know you are interested.
  • Send a comment on Twitter and say “I want to win Learning to Breathe Fire from @jcherz and @brooklynfitchik”
  • If you haven’t already—let me know you are subscribing to my You Tube channel

I will pick one winner at random on Monday, August 18th at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

Until next time…

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Giveaway: “Strong is the New Skinny” by Jennifer Cohen 10

Brooklyn Fit Chick Giveaway!

Strong is the New Skinny by Jennifer Cohen

You can win a copy of this book!

You can win a copy of this book!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

So are you ready to win something fun today?  I am so excited to present this week’s giveaway–Strong is the New Skinny by Jennifer Cohen which will be released by Harmony Books in September. That’s right—you can actually win a copy of this excellent book a whole month earlier than anyone else. Actually—two of you out there will win a copy. Score!

(Harmony Books will provide the books to each winner directly and did not pay for this post.)

Here are the main details:

Health and wellness expert Jennifer Cohen is ready to change the conversation about women’s fitness. Thanks to a long overdue cultural shift, women are no longer interested in starving themselves to be rail thin. Instead they want to look and feel strong. Women are increasingly turning to hard-core training regimens like CrossFit, Tough Mudder, and P90X, over kinder, gentler yoga and Pilates workouts. Instead of eating like rabbits, they want to eat like cheetahs and use food as fuel. Forget damsels in distress—women want to be superheroes. Strong is sexy. Strong is powerful. And best of all, strong is achievable.

In her new book with Stacey Colino, STRONG IS THE NEW SKINNY: How to Eat, Live, and Move to Maximize Your Power (Harmony Books; Trade Paperback Original; On Sale September 16, 2014), Jennifer Cohen lays out a multipronged plan to help readers become strong from the inside out—nutritionally, physically, psychologically, and emotionally. Their message is both clear and empowering: it’s time to embrace what your body can do, not just how it looks.

Whether you’re just getting started or training for a physical challenge, STRONG IS THE NEW SKINNY gives you all the tools you need to become leaner, fitter, and stronger. It offers a reality-based diet, lifestyle, and fitness program (the “SINS” plan, for short) so you can:

  • Maximize your potential, as well as your energy, vitality, and power.
  • Strengthen your arms, back, core, and legs—and crank up the difficulty when you’re ready.
  • Train for a challenge by learning how to climb ropes, do box jumps, and do a perfect pull-up.
  • Torch fat with a series of heart-healthy workouts that take as little as ten minutes.
  • Kick-start your body with the Strong Seven—seven days of seven power foods.

Jennifer Cohen is a trainer, writer, studio owner, and successful health and fitness entrepreneur. A regular contributor to Health.com and Forbes, she is also the fitness ambassador for Weight Watchers and has a series of bestselling DVDs with them. She has developed fitness programs for leading health clubs, and works with celebrities and top executives to incorporate fitness and nutrition into their lives. Stacey Colino is an award-winning writer specializing in health, fitness, and psychology, and a certified group exercise instructor and Spinning instructor.

If you want to win this book (remember, there are TWO winners this week) you must do the following: (Continental United States, please!)

  • Post a comment below (on this post) letting me know you are interested.
  • Send a comment on Twitter and say “I want to win Strong is the New Skinny @therealjencohen and @brooklynfitchik”
  • If you haven’t already—let me know you are subscribing to my You Tube channel

I will pick two winner as at random on Tuesday, August 12th at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Harmony Books will send the books to each winner and did not pay for this post.

Good luck and enter as often as you like!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 91: Book vs Movie Podcast News, Venus Williams, & More 0

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog: Episode #91

“Book vs. Movie” Podcast Ep 1 (&2!), “Blonde Vegan” Goes Rogue, Venus Williams and The Greatest Dance Clip of the Week

Plus: Jennifer Cohen Strong is the New Skinny Preview

Giveaway arriving soon!

Giveaway arriving soon!

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How are you all doing today? I have so much news to talk about today that I can hardly contain myself so I will just dive right in with the highlights and then preview for my next giveaway—Strong is the New Skinny by awesome trainer Jennifer Cohen. Wee!

  • Book vs. Movie Episode 1: So excited to announce that Margo of She’s Nacho Mama Podcast and I have launched our first podcast Book vs Movie. Last Friday we aired our first episode talking about both the film & movie version of Midnight In the Garden of Good & Evil (Kevin Spacey played him in the utterly forgettable Clint Eastwood film.)  We had a total blast and lost all track of time so we are recording part 2 this very week. Our hope is to get a few episodes in the can so we can have them available in iTunes. If you are our friend—please listen to us online at Blog talk radio in the meantime and please ‘like” our Facebook page. Check out my Vlog below to find out our next book/movie choice. (Hint, hint—get your little black dress ready for fun!)

 

  • The Blonde Vegan Changes Her Tune: I am NOT a vegan and happily get my protein from sustainable responsible meat vendors but I also follow a great many Vegan people on Facebook & Twitter as they are usually animal lovers and I am a fan of the furry critters.  Anyhoo—I was fascinated by the following post by Blogger Jordan of The Blonde Vegan who is absconding from the meat-free/pro-juicer lifestyle as it is causing her to suffer from Orthorexia which is a type of eating disorder where a person has an obsession with being “healthy.” To the point that they are not living happiest lives. I am not doing her justice (sorry Jordan!) please just read her post!

 

  • Eleven by Venus: So last week I had a very cool thing happen where I got to meet many of my fellow ambassadors for Venus Williams’ fashion/fitness line EleVen by Venus via a conference call and guess who was on the line with us—VENUS!!! I was so gaga when she greeted us that I squealed like a child. We had a special advanced look at their upcoming winter and spring collections and let’s just say my bank account is going to take a hit from it!

 

  • Jennifer Cohen Skinny is the New Strong Giveaway: Check out the Vlog below to get a gander at this week’s giveaway which will go live tomorrow. Skinny is the New Strong is a fitness book from rock-star trainer Jennifer Cohen and it does not even go on sale until September but you can win a copy from me—stay tuned for the details coming tomorrow.

 

  • The Greatest Dance Video of the Week:  I don’t know about you guys but I love me some Buzzfeed.com to check out the latest silly clips on the Internet that I should nto miss and this one featuring a “90s” tribute dancer is one of the best things I have seen in a long time. Pump up the jams people!!

Now on to this week’s Vlog!

 

Got that? So tomorrow I will post the full details of the book giveaway—good luck! Thanks so much for checking back here!

Until next time…

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What Did We Learn This Month? Oxygen magazine with Lori Harder on the cover! 0

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Oxygen

August 2014

Lori Harder photographed by Cory Sorensen

Lori Harder photographed by Cory Sorensen

What Do We Learn This Month in Oxygen?

“Your Way to Harder Shoulders”

Cover star Lori Harder talks about her online Bliss 6-Week training program in the August issue of Oxygen and the fact that she lives every single day with a clear intention of what she plans to do that day.

Lori, by the way, has awesome shoulders and shows some of her favorite moves to keep them looking amazing.

 Burpee and Pushout 001

“Pumped-Up Planks”

I always say that planks are one of best exercises for your core but also one of the most boring. Take a gander here at a couple of suggestions to kick your next set up a notch.

Pumped Up Planks 001

“6-Weeks to a Superb Chest”

Oxygen asked author Myatt Murphy, CSCS, to create a chest workout to maintain balance and strength.

Chest Workout 001

Kettlebell Workout

Kettlebells (when used properly) are excellent for helping build muscles and burn calories in a short period of time. Master trainer Alex Isaly created the circuit featured inside the magazine.

Kettlebell workout 001
“Bosu Sundial”

Going back to the whole “let’s fancy up those planks” thinking—check out this Bosu sundial!

Bosu Sundial 001

And now the rest of this issue of Oxygen:

  • “Time Your Carbs Right” The best time to eat all sorts of carbs including fast-digesting, low-digesting and fibrous.
  • “Age is No Brainer” Incorporating  the best habits for your age range to keep you strong and healthy.
  • “Stagger to Perfection” I don’t see the word “perfection” that often in subject headlines but this staggered-set home workout is pretty great.
  • ‘Be Sun Savvy” The best gear to take along for an outdoor walk in the summer. (Go for it!)

Overall Grade:

B+ Good workouts but the issue was a little thin/lacking for me. Maybe next month they will come back to kick butt?

You can follow Oxygen magazine at www.Oxygenmag.com

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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