Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes: Yoga in Times Square, BFF Playlist, Top NYC Bike Rides & More 15

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes

Yoga in Times Square (Really!)

“Book vs Movie” Podcast News (The Help and Less Than Zero)

The Fit Bottomed Girls “BFF” Playlist

My Top Bike Rides in NYC (Terry Bikes)

Me getting my "om" on in Times Square!

Me getting my “om” on in Times Square!

Hey Gang!

The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of activity between work, life and you know—trying to fit in a fun activity or two. My summer has been a little too busy for my taste but I am hoping things will settle down soon and I can better about staying in touch. So let me tell you about a few things happening in my world and then I want to hear what is going on with you!

Without further ado—let’s get to this week’s main post!

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes:

Yoga in Times Square (For Reals!): June 21, 2015 was declared the world’s first “International Day of Yoga” with fabulous Zen-like events taking place around the globe including the annual Summer Solstice in Times Square which I covered a few years ago for Fit Bottomed Girls. It was so magical that when I had the chance to once again go into the middle of NYC and do some yoga on a hot summer afternoon—I jumped at it.

It is indescribable the feeling of trying out the mountain pose or a backward bend and being in the middle of one of the most celebrated places in the world. Somehow in the heat, humidity, car noises and usual tourists rambling about we were able to find a peaceful place in our minds. I wish I had taken more photos but I was just so caught up in the moment that I only have these to share with you. Next time you will all just have to out here with me to see it for yourself!

Did you celebrate International Day of Yoga? Where were you and what classes did you take?

 Times Square Yoga 3

Times Square Yoga

Book Vs Movie Podcast News: Margo Porras of Shes Nacho Mama’s Blog co-host the “Book Vs. Movie” podcast (that you can subscribe to via iTunes at this link) had planned to record our first “80s” era episode with the classic Less Than Zero when Amazon Prime decided to NOT ship her DVD in time (grrr.) Have no fear—we will record that podcast very soon because we are both DYING to talk about Andrew McCarthy and James Spader but it gave us an opportunity to turn to the vaults.

Soooo we decided to go back to our archives and release a past episode where we discussed The Help. (Many people have asked for this one!)

Did you read/see The Help? What did you think of it? I have the link below if you want to check it out for yourself.

We are planning our next episodes so if there are any books & movies you want us to cover—feel free to comment below!

 

Fit Bottomed Girls Playlist: I am lucky enough to write for Fit Bottomed Girls and this past week they had their annual “BFF” (Best Friend Forever) celebration where they talked about how amazing (and much needed) a BFF is on our lives ( I certainly love mine!) So I put together the BFF Workout Playlist and wanted to ask you—what song reminds you of your BFF? What would you add to my list?

Terry Bikes Ambassador: Those of you who know me know that I am a woman who loves her bike and try to ride it as often as I can. Terry Bikes makes the best riding gear for women who are serious athletes and the cutest (and appropriate) streetwear for ladies who like to look effortlessly chic on a bike. Being their Brand Ambassador means I get to try out new gear form time to time which is THE BEST! In return I write them some Blog posts form time to time and in this one I talk about my favorite places to ride in NYC.

Where do you go bike riding?

That’s all for me this week. I will be back soon with magazine reviews, playlists, reviews and so much more. Stay in touch!

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Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: 50-Minute “Superlove” Ride with Avicii, Lenny Kravitz, Foos, Gaga & More 29

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“Superlove” Ride (50 Minutes)

DJ Avicii

DJ Avicii

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I am continuing my delve into club/dance music which is just slightly outside my comfort zone but Swedish DJ Avicii puts together such fun, catchy “warm-up” tunes. I love “Hey Brother” and “Wake Me Up” so when I heard he recorded with Lenny Kravitz—I downloaded the song right away and decided to trip around the last couple of decades to being you this playlist. You’re welcome!!!

Let me know what you think of it and remember—I need song suggestions, always.

  • Superlove: Avicii & Lenny Kravitz

I love how the song seems to ebb and flow– making it a perfect warm-up for getting my students used to being on the bike. I have them match the beat with their peddling but it also works for any kind of group fitness class.

 

  • Fire Sign: The Gossip

Beth Ditto is a fierce singer and this tune really gets the room pumping with energy. (True story—the original drummer left the band to be a midwife!)

 

  • I Gotta Feeling: The Black Eyes Peas

The beat here is fun, happy and builds in joy as you move along which is just about perfect for any workout playlist.

 

  • Sweet Disposition: The Temper Trap

Sometimes you want your class to fall into a trance and just the music flow…this song does that very nicely from this Australian band.

 

  • Clocks: Coldplay

I know there are people out there who hate Coldplay and complain anytime they are played on the radio but I love them and this song always makes me want to go on long climbs and think about life.

 

  • Rope: Foo Fighters

How committed is singer Dave Grohl to rocking out as hard as possible? The dude broke his leg falling off stage and stayed until the show was finished!

 

  • Telephone: Lady Gaga and Beyoncé

I wish these two would record a whole album together—this song just cooks!

 

  • Breathe: The Prodigy

My inner 90s rock goddess loves hearing this band anytime and this particular tune is perfect for sprinting.

 

  • Holiday: Green Day

I cannot believe this band has been together so long that they are now in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. (I am OLD!)

 

  • Never Let You Go: Third Eye Blind

Third Eye Blind is best known for their druggie anthem “Semi-Charmed Life” but I really like this song so much more.

 

  • Complicated: Avril Lavigne

If it has been a while since you heard this one from Avril—go back to it. She did some might fine songwriting here and she was just 16 years-old when she recorded it.

 

  • Ordinary World: Duran Duran

This may be my all-time, most favorite Duran Duran song of all time after “The Reflex” and “Girls on Film.” (Though “Planet Earth” is pretty amazing as well… (Use this one as your cool down, of course.)

 

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…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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What Did We Learn This Month? Shape Magazine With @JessicaAlba @Honest 18

 

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Shape

June 2015

Jessica Alba photographed by James Macari

Jessica Alba photographed by James Macari

Shape Cover Star for June 2015:

Jessica Alba is on the cover and is basically taking over the world with her eco-friendly products company “Honest” that is worth an estimated $1 billion! Jessica began her company (funded partly by her earnings as a top movie star) just three years ago and thinks a billion seems kind of puny compared to what she feels is truly possible in the marketplace.

If you are wondering how she stays in such amazing shape even though she admits to hating exercise—try 105 degree yoga sessions with light weights.

(Must try that workout soon!)

What else is in this issue of Shape?

Surfer Workout

A few weeks ago I took a ride out the Rockaways and spent some time admiring the surfers take on the Atlantic Ocean. If you have ever tried to surf you know it is an activity that will challenge your balance and core strength.

Trainer Adam Rosante offers this workout to help you get ready to “hang 10” or whatever it is those crazy surfing people do on those boards!

 Shape mag Surfer Workout 001

“Cycle in Style”

As a cycling freak this page gives me a big case of “the happies.”

Shape mag Cycling Gear 001

“Tone All Over”

You know I will be stealing some of these workout moves from celebrity trainer Autumn Calabrese into my next core classes. Think strength moves that help you bust through any plateaus going on in your fitness routine.

Shape mag Tone all Over 001

And now the rest of the best of this issue of Shape:

  • “Go Outside and Ride!” Shape gives you the lowdown on road, mountain and trail riding to get you back on your bike.
  • “Pump Up Your Run” If you are getting burned out from your usual running routine they have some options here to get you motivated all over again. (Now go run!)
  • “Active Adventures” If you want to fit in an outdoor exercise while on your next vacation—try out some fun suggestions here.

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

A Overall we have a good summer read here!

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Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick @BlinkFitness Giveaway! (NYC Area-Only) 24

Brooklyn Fit Chick “Blink Fitness Giveaway!”

Enter to Win a Free One-Year Membership

(Open to the New York City Area Only, Sorry!) 

Project:  Blink 116th Architect: N/A Stylist:  Brice Gaillard Location:  New York, NY

Project: Blink 116th
Architect: N/A
Stylist: Brice Gaillard
Location: New York, NY

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Today I am giving away a very cool gym membership to one of you lucky readers who happen to live near a Blink Fitness gym. What is Blink Fitness? Well it is about one of the cheeriest gyms you will probably ever see in your life! (See the photos above and below)

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But who ARE they?

Well, here some facts about Blink Fitness:

They were founded in 2011 with more than 35 locations throughout New York and New Jersey and have created an affordable, high-quality experience with memberships that begin at only $15 per month. (WOW!!!)

Blink Fitness’ moto is “Mind Over Muscle” with a friendly staff, a spacious environment that is also colorful and clean. In addition to that, Blink’s “Feel Good Experience” includes the following for every member:

  • Blink Members will always be greeted by enthusiasm and treated with respect
  • Blink designs gyms that are open and bright
  • Blink uses a color palate that is scientifically proven to have a positive effect on mood
  • Blink has an “everyone cleans” philosophy (well—the staff cleans, not the members!)
  • Blink selects music to create a motivating environment

Each club has over 100 pieces of the best cardio equipment on the market and at least 50 pieces of strength-building equipment.

Plus—they have a one-on-one training program called “Happy Hours” but get this—they also offer 30-minute sessions which start at as low as $27. (YES! I have always wanted to get a quick personal training session to fit into my sometimes crazy schedule!)

They also offer some group classes including a “Boost Camp” which starts as low as $10 per class.

You can follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

So if you live in the NYC area you are eligible to enter to win a free year’s membership to Blink! (Be sure to check out where they currently have locations to see if it will work within your lifestyle.)

  • 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 @blinkfitness giveawayfrom @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, June 15, 2015 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck! Blink Fitness will then work with the winner of the giveaway to figure out the membership details)

Just out of curiosity–when you are looking for a gym what are the most important qualities you are looking for? What makes the difference for you? Price? Location? Overall vibe? Let me know!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes: EleVen by Venus Discount, the FBG 00’s Playlist and “Valley of the Dolls!” 32

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes

“Book vs Movie” Podcast News (Valley of the Dolls)

My Fit Bottomed Girls “00s” Playlist

Eating Chocolate to Lose Weight Exposed as a Bogus Study

EleVen by Venus Discount for My Peeps (Meaning You!)

 

Venus!!!

Venus!!!

Hey gang!

I am slowly getting back into the blogging groove but I wanted to just poke my head in and say “hi” and rest assured I will have the giveaways back on my Blog soon.

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes:

Book Vs Movie Podcast News: Margo Porras of Shes Nacho Mama’s Blog co-host the “Book Vs. Movie” podcast (that you can subscribe to via iTunes at this link) and this past weekend we recorded a super fun episode talking about Valley of the Dolls. I have the link below if you want to check it out for yourself. If you have any interest at all, please be to check out our new website (www.bookversusmovie.com) “like” us on our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @bookversusmovie. (Thank you for letting me plus!)

We are planning our next episodes so if there are any books & movies you want us to cover—feel free to comment below!

 

Fit Bottomed Girls Playlist: Recently I was feeling nostalgic for the early 2000s and asked my editors at Fit Bottomed Girls if I can create a playlist (link here) devoted to the “flip phone” decade and this is what I came up with (hope y’all like it!)

The “Chocolate Diet Hoax”: Science journalist John Bohannon was tired of reading badly researched medical studies and “wonder diet tips’ get media attention so when he was approached by a German TV producer to come up with a fake story (how eating chocolate actually aids in weight loss) he jumped right on board. Sadly the very phony report was picked up by top publications around the world including Shape and Prevention.

Bohannon has a Ph.D. in molecular biology and once participated in a sting operation showing some “open-access journals” will publish any story for a fee.  You must check out this interview on CBS News where he really lets the reporters he really feels about most of the health & wellness articles in the press. (He is NOT a fan)

Now My “Big EleVen Discount” for Y’all

Most of you are aware of Venus Williams and her amazing tennis career but did you know that she is also an amazing fashion designer? Well she is and studied at the fashion program at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale to learn about pattern making and merchandising her own fitness brand.

You can check out her workout collection EleVen by Venus but some of my new favorites include her Ndebele Spring Collection which includes this yummy top (Ready to Play tank)

Spring collection top

As well as her Summer Fleur du Monde collection and this gorgeous “double cross” tank.

Summer collection

The best news is this—if you are interested in shopping from the collection you can receive a 10% discount using the following code at checkout “Team11MargoD” You’re welcome and happy shopping!

Well that is all for me today. I will be back soon with playlist, magazine reviews, giveaways and so much more coming soon.

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Brooklyn Fit Chick: “The Toughest Post I Have Written Yet” 41

Brooklyn Fit Chick

“The Most Difficult Post So Far”

Dad

Dad

Hey All.

Right now as I type this Blog post it is a beautiful (almost) summer day and I should be drinking tequila and hanging out with my friends for a Memorial Day bash.

Instead I am sipping wine with LOGO-TV’s Facts of Life marathon playing in the background trying to comprehend the last 10 days.

Last Saturday (May 16th) my mother called to tell me my father suddenly passed away. He was at a wood turner’s convention in Provo, Utah (an event he enjoyed for many years) when he did not show up for breakfast. His friends went to his room where they found him on the floor.

It took the coroner a few days to get back to us but he basically fainted, fell and hit his head. He died very quickly at the age of 74.

Funnily enough I had a conversation a few days before with a friend about how in life we show up alone and we leave this world the same way.

However, I would never imagine that for either one of my parents. They were always together, attached at the hip as they say. But that is exactly what happened to Dad—he was alone in his final moments.

After 50+ years Mom had to wait for a week to get his remains.

I was and remain in shock over this news. My father is just gone.

I will never hug him again or regale him with stories about annoying parents and their spoiled children who belong to my gym.

We won’t quote Mel Brooks movies or talk like Fredo from The Godfather (“I’m not stupid—I’m smaaaaart!”)

He will never send me “What’s App” videos with his favorite restaurants in Sparks, Nevada or his newest art works again.

Joe Donohue is no longer here.

It’s only been ten days and people tell me it gets worse before you ever feel like yourself. (If you ever really do.)

Friends have been amazing and kind at this time in my life.

I am raw, emotional, vacant, resigned, “stabby,” resilient and sanguine at any moment you try to reach out to me.

I have no idea if I am behaving properly.

A misdeed enrages me and a thoughtful note makes me weepy.

Yesterday I finally had to GET OUT and leave this apartment for more than an hour to go on with my annual pilgrimage to Far Rockaway, NY.

My bike "Trixie"

My bike “Trixie”

 

The bagel shop I bike out to is exactly 15 miles from my apartment and feels like a whole other world.

My father was from Far Rockaway and could not wait to leave when he graduated from high school. It’s never been clear to me why he hated it (and New York in general) so much but he has never had a sentimental attachment to this city.

Joe Donohue was open-minded and enjoyed (nay—revered) friendliness.

Far Rockaway is cloistered and remote. It’s filled with cops, fireman and teachers. It’s an Irish Catholic enclave that never made him feel “at home.”

He felt restricted there. My father who resembled every beat cop on Law and Order wanted to be around people who were curious about the world around them and did not decorate their homes with shamrocks and crosses.

“Marg—why do you want to go all the way out there?” he would ask me.

I would simply say “the Gil Hodges Bridge.”

Every single time I cross it on my bike “Trixie” (which you are technically NOT allowed to do) thrills me to bits.

Me—the total acrophobic who can’t even see someone on a ledge or watch a movie where heights are involved without getting nauseous will cross a bridge with a narrow passageway that is over traffic and has a small railing to keep you centered.

As I venture from Brooklyn into Queens I can see the ocean all around me. The city is fading behind and I can hear people on boats laughing on the Jamaica Bay.

Nothing else matters and all of my worries fade as I move one peddle stroke at a time with the wind in my face and the cars and city busses roaring below.

It makes zero sense that I find any of this pleasurable but there you go.

Riis Park Beach (Far Rockaway)

Riis Park Beach (Far Rockaway)

 

Yesterday I had an image pop into my head as I peddled furiously to Led Zeppelin blasting in my ears.

It’s me at six years-old insisting my father teach me to ride a bike without training wheels.

He held the bike seat as I struggled to gain my balance and coordination. It was a failure and I became totally mad and frustrated with myself. (Basically me learning anything for the first time, by the way.)

How come all of the kids on Clinton Street can ride a two-wheeler and not me? I’m smart AND a tomboy! This should be like a duck taking to water.

Every day I struggled on my own after dinner until one day it just clicked. I got on that purple bike with the streamers and a banana seat while zipping around like a rock star.

Soon enough I went around the block with that BIG hill. It was the best feeling in the whole world!

Racing home I ran up the driveway and yelled for my dad to come out and watch me. He and my mom applauded as my inner bike goddess was roaring to life.

I still remember how proud he was of me and how he smelled when I gave him a tight hug.  (Soap and Old Spice, always.)

Now I must figure out a way to move about the world without him.

This is scary to me but as I crossed that bridge yesterday I knew this is something I am going to have to work out on my own.

I WILL figure it out someday.

That is certain.

Until then, I just need to keep my balance and keep peddling…

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Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: 50-Minute Ride with Rihanna, In The Valley Below, U2 & More 23

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

Rihanna’s “Only Girl” Ride (50 Minutes)

Featuring My New Favorite Song: “Peaches “from In The Valley Below

In the Valley Below

In the Valley Below

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

My newest playlist leads off with one of my favorite performers right now—Rihanna. How amazing is she? When greeted by fans at the airport after a long flight, instead of hiding she poses for a series of fun selfies. The rest of the tunes here are a mixture of current and older tunes designed for a 50-minute interval cardio workout. (Or just put it on for any workout, really!)

Let me know what you think of it and remember—I need song suggestions, always.

  • Only Girl (In the World): Rihanna

I like this song for warm-up as it has a fun, clubby-type of vibe that gets the room in a good mood. (Mood is very important!)

 

  • Kid Icarus: Sam Roberts

If you are not familiar with Sam Roberts, he is a Canadian singer-songwriter who kicks serious ass.

 

  • Voices in My Head: The Police

OMG—the bass line on this song is seriously dope! I played this one last weekend for the first time in years and the class loved it.

 

  • Even Better Than the Real Thing: U2

I have such a distinct memory of Dana Carvey hosting the MTV Music Awards in 1994 and playing drums (as “Garth”) with U2 to this very song. (Oh 90s pop culture—how I miss you so…)

 

  • Kids: MGMT

This is one of those bands who recorded a fantastic first album and could not follow it up with a hit. Honestly I would have picked them to be the next Black Keys.

 

  • I’ll Stick Around: Foo Fighters

Me and my Foos go together like peas and carrots.

 

  • My Type: Saint Motel

If you are looking for something new that has a fun beat—try this one out from indie band Saint Motel.

 

  • Lost: Coldplay

I know people like to make fun of Coldplay or anyone who admits to liking their music but dammit—I love this song!

 

  • Outta My Head: Kylie Minogue

Whenever this tune is played if you can actually resist singing along than you are simply not human and indeed a robot monster.

 

  • Hey Ya! Outkast

I like this song for fast sprints and upping the energy level in the room

 

  • Stronger: Kanye West

Yes—he is an egotistical buffoon at times.  However, the dude knows how to write a hook something fierce.

 

  • Peaches: In the Valley Below

I am obsessed with this song! In the Valley Below has an amazing 70s mellowness with 80s techno vibe and supposedly the duo brews their own micro-beer!

 

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…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes: @USATodayHealth, @suzannecbowen Giveaway Plus Book Vs Movie “The Stepford Wives” 32

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes

USA Today Interviewed ME for an Article!

Plus:

Still Looking for a Deep Tissue Massage Therapist for a Story!

 “Book vs Movie” Podcast News (The Stepford Wives)

Plus: Enter to Win the “Barre Amped: Cardio Fun Giveaway” DVD Giveaway

 

Enter to win this DVD!

Enter to win this DVD!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How are you all doing? It’s Mother’s Day as I am typing this and I need to get on the horn with my mother ASAP but let me get through this week’s news & notes and my new giveaway the BarreAmped Cardio Fat Burn DVD! (Woo hoo!)

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes:

USA Today Quoted Me in a Feature on Streaming Workouts! Bring with the Fit Bottomed Girls has been one of the great pleasures of my career and last year I gave them my list of favorite online streaming workouts. Well guess what? USA Today found that article and contacted me to give me on take on online streaming workouts and why they are so popular (You can read it here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/05/10/streaming-fitness-videos/26865035/) Being a longtime fan of USA Today let’s just say I am  thrilled!!!

 I am STILL in Need of a “Deep Tissue Massage” Expert! I am working on a piece about what to expect from your first deep tissue massage and I need many 1 or 2 more experts who can offer tips & advice. Is this you or someone you know? Please leave a comment below if so! (Merci in advance…)

Book Vs Movie Podcast News: Margo Porras of Shes Nacho Mama’s Blog co-host the “Book Vs. Movie” podcast (that you can subscribe to via iTunes at this link) and we just recorded one of our favorite episodes yet–The Stepford Wives. We had so much fun talking about the original novel, the 1975 film and the stinkeroo 2004 remake that starred Nicole Kidman and Bette Midler. (Our next episode will be Valley of the Dolls so get your caftans ready!)

If you have any interest at all, please be to check out our new website (www.bookversusmovie.com) “like” us on our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @bookversusmovie.

We are planning our next episodes so if there are any books & movies you want us to cover—feel free to comment below!

 

And now for the giveaway!

 

BarreAmped Cardio Fat Burn Giveaway: Have you ever tried Suzanne Bowen’s workout “BarreAmped?” Well I love this DVD for a nice cardio HIIT whenever I need something quick and can be done at home or on the road. Details below on how to win your own copy!  (This is not a sponsored giveaway and is only available in the Continental U.S.)

SUZANNE BOWEN FITNESS RELEASES NEW DVD

BarreAmped CARDIO FAT BURN

Panama City Beach, FL, February 4, 2015– Fitness and lifestyle expert Suzanne Bowen, creator of Suzanne Bowen Fitness (#SBF) www.suzannebowenfitness, a top streaming website for workout videos and nutrition advice, has just released her new BarreAmped Cardio Fat Burn workout on DVD (www.barreamped.com 84 minutes $19.99.)  Suzanne’s signature BarreAmped is a proven, results oriented, body shaping barre program that is a combination of dance, Pilates, yoga, and Bowen’s classical Lotte Berk training. It is Classic Barre meets Extreme Results.

BarreAmped Cardio Fat Burn takes participants to a new fitness level, elevating the heart rate to burn fat using high intensity intervals combined with body changing barre exercises. Viewers will do Tabata style workouts, longer cardio intervals, low impact fat blasts, and sculpting exercises to hit every main muscle and #ShakeToChange.

BarreAmped Cardio Fat Burn (84 minutes, $19.99) is divided into sections so viewers can do the entire full workout or mix and match the segments to change it up. The DVD has a two minute introduction; two minute warm up; extreme cardio fat burn (26 minutes); Cardio sculpt (17 minutes); Cardio core (17 minutes); and a twelve minute cool down stretch. The purchase of the DVD includes a free 1 month membership of streaming barre workouts at www.suzannebowenfitness.com .

As with all of her DVDs, Suzanne connects with viewers and leads the workout through a challenging, but doable workout segments in her encouraging and energetic signature style of teaching as she shows modifications and variations.

Facebook: Suzanne Bowen Fitness

Twitter @suzannecbowen

Instagram @suzannebowenfitness

If you want to win the BarreAmped Cardio Fat Burn DVD 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 the BarreAmped DVD @suzannecbowen from @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, May 18, 2015 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

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Ox Ox,

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What Did We Learn This Month? @WomensHealthMag with Cobie Smulders on the Cover! 22

 

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Women’s Health

May 2015

Cobie Smulders photographed by Eric Ray Davidson

Cobie Smulders photographed by Eric Ray Davidson

Women’s Health Cover Star for May 2015: 

Confession time—the one and only episode of How I Met Your Mother I ever viewed was the last one. Let’s just say I was terribly confused over the different characters and their motivations but thought the woman who played “Robin” was not only funny and but also a great actress.

Cobie Smulders is featured in the new The Avengers: Age of Ultron movie which I am pretty sure will make a few bucks over the next few weeks. Cobie posed for the cover of this issue less than two months after giving birth to her daughter (holy smokes!) and reveals in the magazine she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was just 25-years old (wow!)

Cobie is very heathy these days and appreciates her new life in New York City with husband Taran Killam of Saturday Night Live (!!) and her two daughters. She keeps in shape with Soul Cycle and Pilates and tries to enjoy a good serving of mac and cheese when she can.

 

So what else is in this issue of Women’s Health

15-Minute Workout “Step up to Sexy”

I know you might find this hard to believe but I know LOTS of people who still love cardio Step workouts after all of these years. Me—I think they are terrible for your knees and hips but the equipment can be very useful for other types of training and this workout from Amber Edwards of Equinox is pretty solid.

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Women’s Health Fitness Awards”

Women’s Health picked the best of the best in fitness gear including treadmills, trackers, tanks, ear buds. Water bottles, running shoes and sport bras—which is the one piece of equipment that most women neglect and drives me crazy! (You are tearing muscle fibers when you let them loose!)

sports bras Womens Health mag 001

“Hang Tight”

You want to gain strength quickly—try a suspension workout. This one featured here is from Todd Durkin of Fitness Quest 10 gym in San Diego

TRX workout Women Health Mag 001

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

  • “Having a Moment: Bone Broth” Most of my Paleo friends are insane for bone broth and show pictures constantly of their latest concoctions. Anyhoo—Women’s Health explains the benefits to bone brother in all of its glory here.
  • “Forces of Nature” I cannot believe it is May already and I have NOT made vacation plans yet. Well in this section you get 50 suggestions for healthy-type vacays you can enjoy either on your own or with a crowd.

Overall Grade:

A  I really like meeting Cobie Smulders, the workouts are top notch and the information is solid. Get the May issue!

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

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Brooklyn Fit Chick News Plus @Pure_Barre Giveaway: @drillfitnessnyc @HungryGirl & more! 42

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes

“Book vs Movie” Podcast News (The Stepford Wives)

Drill Fitness Studio (NYC)

Meeting “The Hungry Girl” at the StarKist Event

Looking for a Deep Tissue Massage Expert!

Plus: Enter to Win the “Pure Barre” DVD Giveaway

Enter to win this groovy package!

Enter to win this groovy package!

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Happy spring everyone! It makes me so happy to finally experience warm weather and sunshine after months of the cold and dreariness of winter not wanting to leave my part of the world. Ask anyone on the east coast and they will say that this year our weather has been less than desirable and kind of sucky most of the time. Yet today it all feels like a lifetime ago and for that I am grateful. This week I have some quick news & notes plus a cool Pure Barre DVD giveaway so let’s get to it, shall we?

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes:

Book Vs Movie Podcast News: Margo Porras of Shes Nacho Mama’s Blog co-host the “Book Vs. Movie” podcast (that you can subscribe to via iTunes at this link) and our next episode will be The Stepford Wives which will “drop” next weekend. If you have any interest at all, please be to check out our new website (www.bookversusmovie.com) “like” us on our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @bookversusmovie. (How is THAT for a hard sell?)

We are planning our next episodes so if there are any books & movies you want us to cover—feel free to comment below!  We love getting ideas from “the people.”

Drill Fitness NYC: As a fitness instructor it is always a privilege to take classes from my peers to learn how I can do my job better while getting in a kick ass workout. Recently (whilst on assignment for Fit Bottomed Girls) I was lucky enough to try out this chic new studio in Tribeca called Drill Fitness where they mainly teach spin & bootcamp-style classes. They have one of those fancy spin rooms with stadium seating and monitors so you can see your progress up on the screen. I say check it out for yourself!

I plan on including them in a roundup of new studios around NYC so feel free to share your suggestions for me in the comments below!

The Time I Saw “The Hungry Girl” at the StarKist event: This past week I attended a StarKist tuna event where they unveiled a few of their newest flavors coming out in the fall. (My favorite is Bacon Ranch—yum!)

Upon arrival I noticed the really cool nostalgia items from StarKist:

Starkist stuff

The evening’s super special guest star was none other than Lisa Lillien aka The Hungry Girl whom I caught taking a selfie with “Charlie” himself!

Starkitst Lisa Lillien

Lisa was there to promote her brand new “The Hungry Diet Cookbook” and yes indeed I snagged a signed copy! (Thanks Lisa!)

I Need a “Deep Tissue Massage” Expert! This is call-out for help! I am working on a piece about what to expect from your first deep tissue massage and I need an expert to give me tips & advice. Is this you or someone you know? Please leave a comment below if so! (Merci in advance…)

Pure Barre Pure Results DVD Package Giveaway: Are you both a fan of barre workouts but can’t seem to get to the local studio as often as you like? Well then you are in luck because this week I am giving away a groovy package from Pure Barre Results to one lucky reader. (This is not a sponsored giveaway and is only available in the Continental U.S.)

This is what you can win!

Pure Results Two DVD Package (including a pair of Pure Barre’s signature sticky socks, double tubing, and one year HD streaming access to both workouts) – $64.95

Details:

Achieve “Pure Results” at home or on the go! This package includes two DVDs, each featuring a 60 minute complete Pure Barre workout designed to tone and strengthen each major muscle group in your body, including arms, thighs, seat, and abs. You will also receive a pair of Pure Barre’s signature sticky socks, double tubing, and one year HD streaming access to both workouts.

You will access your streaming workouts from the “my videos” link in your account profile on the Pure Barre online shop. These videos will show up in your account automatically after you successfully checkout. You will be able to view these on any of your devices, so long as you have an internet connection and access to a browser to view and play.

Total retail value of this package is $181.80 so you are receiving more than $115 in savings! Equipment Recommended: Exercise mat, set of light weights between 2-5 lbs, double tube, stable support surface to utilize lightly for balance.

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If you want to win the Pure Barre DVD Package 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 the Pure Results package @Pure_Barre from @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, May 11, 2015 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

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