What Did We Learn This Month? @Shape_Magazine & Brooke Birmingham @babnotonadiet 0

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Shape

January/February 2015

Jada Pinkett Smith photographed by Jill Greenberg

Jada Pinkett Smith photographed by Jill Greenberg

Shape Cover Star for January/February 2015:

Jada Pinkett Smith (Gotham) who is in phenomenal shape and is my new inspiration to not slack off on my workouts this winter. The badass actress has a “hit it & quit it” attitude with the gym with just 30 minutes of cardio per session followed by a quick strength-training sequence that emphasizes high reps versus heavy weights.

You can check out some of Jada’s favorite moves inside the magazine, take a look!

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What else is in this issue of Shape?

“The Journey After the Journey”

What a delight it is to see my blogger buddy Brooke Birmingham inside Shape magazine! Brooke is just about the loveliest person you can ever meet which makes her amazing enough on its own. On top of that she lost 172 pounds through diet and exercise.

Brooke is in a round table discussion/article with other five other women who have lost a significant amount of weight (Dacia Root, Francelina Morillo, Ashley Donahoo and Heather McNally) and they talk openly about the wonderful and stressful changes that have happened since they began their weight loss journey. Very inspiring!

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“Dance Off the Inches”

I am a terrible dancer, like “Elaine from Seinfeld” bad , but I appreciate those who can do it well (like trainer Anna Kaiser of AKT in Motion studios) who demonstrates a few dancy/strength moves you can do on your own.

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“8-Minute Fat Blast”

Do you Tabata?  Beacuse if you do and you are looking for a new workout—try this one from Kathy Glabicky of Tread Tabata which you can do in record time. She uses a combination of treadmill and Plyo moves so take this page with you to the gym.

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“Slope Style”

Skiing is not my thing but something about ski gear says “yes” to me.

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“Hello, New Body”

The Biggest Loser was very smart to hire Jennifer Widerstrom because she is a kick ass trainer who wants women to aspire to be strong and not skinny. Here she gives her own, personal four week plan to get you in great shape without crazy equipment needs or a big time suck.

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

  • “Winter Sports Special” Shape looks into skiing and snowboarding and offers advice for beginners.
  • Camille LeBlanc Bazinet: The 2014 CrossFit champ offers her best advice on how you can reach your fitness goals.

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

A The January/February issues has some of the best workouts I have seen in a while. Plus, they were smart enough to feature Brooke Birmingham!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist “Rather Be” 50-Minute Playlist 2

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“Rather Be Ride”

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This playlist starts off with my new favorite song and features a few of my favorite stand-by tunes that get people motivated and keep them working. A few years ago an instructor I respected told me she never mixed “genres” of music in her classes as it is “too chaotic” and “jarring” for people.

This is NOT my attitude as I think that a class where every single music selection sounds exactly like the one before is the epitome of annoying. Give me different beats and voices and I am a happy camper. What are your thoughts on this? What kinds of music motivates YOU in class? I want to hear from you!

In the meantime—please enjoy this playlist I like to call the “Rather Be” ride.

  • Rather Be (featuring Jess Glynne): Clean Bandit

This is sweetest, most fun pop song in the world with the only thing marring it is the TERRIBLE name of the band. Clean Bandit? WTF? Not on board with that.

 

  • Hell: Teegan & Sarah

I consider this to be THE most perfect second or second to the last song in any workout. Listen and see if you can figure out why I make that assertion.

 

  • Elevation: U2

It’s been a while since the four lads from Dublin have been featured in my class and this tune in particular is one my absolute favorites from them. (Hope you are feeling better Bono!)

 

  • Youth Without Youth: Metric

Not exactly what this song is about but it has a great, steady build to it and I like using it to my class to add more energy to their movement.

 

  • Rebellion: Arcade Fire

This is the most perfect music to do a long and steady climb with that I think Arcade Fire wrote it just for that reason.

 

  • Times Like These: Foo Fighters

I always need my Foos to give me that extra push. (Hope my students aren’t sick of them!)

 

  • Another One Bites the Dust: Queen

The best part of playing this song in class is watching my students bop their heads to the bass beat—priceless!

 

  • Dark Horse (featuring Juice J.): Katy Perry

For some reason I just did not connect with Dark Horse when it first came out but I love it now.

 

  • Music: Madonna

This is a fantastic “sprinting” tune and the video (while kind of skeevy) does feature Sasha Baron Cohen as Da Ali G so there you go.

 

  • Believe in Me: Sloan

My one chance to see Sloan here in Brooklyn I was sick as a dog and it still pisses me off.

 

  • Seven Nation Army: The White Stripes

My friend Jennifer is the #1 super fan of Jack White and has flown around the world (at her husband’s expense!) to see him play live. In short, she lives the bets life in the whole world.

 

  • The Rain: Missy Elliott

One of my most favorite songs about rain ever (and there are tons of them, people!)

 

  • Habits: Tove Lo

My only quibble with this tune is that it gets so freaking LOUD at times that I have to run across the room to the stereo and take it down to an appropriate level for a cool down. (Fix that Tove Lo producers!)

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.

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Review: The @TriaBeauty Hair Removal System 0

Brooklyn Fit Chick Review: Tria Hair Removal System

My History with Bad Beauty Technology and My Newfound Love for Lasers!

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It’s been a while since I did a gear review so it was a wonderful surprise when the makes of the Tria Hair Removal Laser Precision followed with me after our meeting the Fitness magazine NYC conference. I dropped by their booth to talk about laser hair removal as I have had a few beauty-related mishaps in my life and wondered what made their product more effective and safe than other methods I have used to remove unwanted hair. Here is a brief history of hair removing and my weird/back luck coming into play:

  • Bleaching: I used to bleach my upper lip to this buttery shade which I thought was safer and cheaper than waxing and just as effective. This is without realizing that on my super fair skin a blonde hairy lip would look a bit odd in certain types of light. One day my friend’s adorable 5 year-old boy and I were hanging out at a backyard picnic when he leaned really close to me and said to everyone nearby “Guys—Margo has a mustache and it’s yellow!” Needless to say I dropped bleaching and turned to waxing my upper lip.
  • Waxing: Humiliated by the worthless bleaching I finally got up the nerve to try waxing and was very happy with the results. It became my regular bi-weekly appointment for a couple of years when one day during a treatment the beautician inhaled deeply, put her hand against her mouth and said “Oh my god—so sorry!” as she backed away from me. I had no idea what she was talking about until the next day when I saw that above my lip and under my nose were two horrific burns that made me look like I had a red, scaly mustache.

The real problem? I worked in retail at the time and it was during the holiday season. Let’s just say it I harder to sell high end boots and pumps with a scab-filled face. (Bye bye waxing!)

  • Gels: Back in the 90s there was a popular infomercial touting the benefits of “Nads”—an Australian product which worked as a wax but did not burn your skin. One of the models in the commercial made a point of losing her dreaded “hairy arms” with the use of Nads and that is stayed smooth for weeks afterwards. Voila! I was going to buy me some Nads and get rid of unwanted hair in my home while saving money on beauty salon visits. Win/win, right? Diligently I poured the goopy mess over my arms and proceeded to pull off each strip one at a time with a feeling akin to those “rub burns” mean kids would give each other at school. I mean OW, people.

While my arms looked smooth and hair-free they were also yellow and blue from bruising. I had ugly bruises going up and down each arm causing me to wear long sleeves in the middle of summer for several days which is quite uncomfortable. Lesson learned—no more Nads for me.

  • Threading: A few years I gave threading a try for my upper lip and brow area which is mostly successful except it almost always leaves me with pimples and red dots exactly where the grumpy thread-tition worked on me.

So you can see I was excited to learn about a hair removal system that is easy-to-use and will not cause bruises, burns or zits!

The Tria is amazingly easy to apply and I have been using it on my upper lip, under arms and right around my ankles where I get annoying dark hairs (shaving them has caused more than one awful cut in my lifetime.) The hair in those areas is definitely fading away and I am thrilled with the results so far. It retails for $299 which I know is a big investment but if you regularly pay for waxing or threading you may want to invest in a laser technology that is much more effective in the long run and won’t harm you.

Here is their official video so you can see how they work. You will want to buy one!

Hit me up with any questions you have about his product. I was not paid for this review and Tria did not manage the messaging of my post. (They did send me product for free but did not write or edit this post.)

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Brooklyn Fit Chick @WomensHealthMag DVD Giveaway Plus Meeting Bob Harper 11

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes

 “Book vs Movie” Podcast “Primary Colors” Episode is Ready!

My Fit Bottomed Girls “Pop Playlist”

My “I Met Bob Harper” Moment (Really!)

Plus: The Women’s Health “The Next Fitness Star Workout DVD Giveaway”

(Plus, My Interview with Emily Schromm!)

Enter to win this DVD!

Enter to win this DVD!

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I hope it is warmer by you because here in NYC I am fah-reezing!!!

Not kidding about that because my life is not like a Glen Frey song—the heat is NOT on in my apartment. (Oh ooh oh oh!)

So I am keeping this short and sweet today with my latest news, notes, tidbits plus, information about my newest giveaway–Women’s Health The Next Fitness Star DVD (three of you out there will win one!)

I have decided to cut back on my Vlog schedule as my life is getting very busy and I don’t want to affect the quality. (That sounds pretentious, huh? Sorry about that!)

With that in mind from now on I am publishing them every other week. So next Sunday you will see my face again. Promise!

Anyway, enough of my yakking and let’s boogie. (“This is Spinal Tap” quote for those savvy movie fans out there!)

  • Book Vs Movie Podcast: We are now hosted by Libsyn and you can subscribe to us at our new link on iTunes right here https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bookvsmovies-podcast/id954110320?mt=2. Our newest episode is all about the book/film Primary Colors and for the first time we have a real winner of “Book vs. Movie.” The embedded player is below so let me know what you think and hold on to your knickers because our next episode will be about Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl—squee!!! (Date to come soon!)

 

  • Fit Bottomed Girls Pop Playlist: Many of you know that I am a certified fitness instructor who loves putting a good playlist together (believe me—I sweat over every single song choice!) This past week I posted on Fit Bottomed Girls my choices for a 30-Minute Pop Intervals Playlist which I hope you will enjoy.
  • Oh Hey—I Met Bob Harper! Also this past week on behalf of Fit Bottomed Girls I went to a special event for Daily Burn and guess who I met? BOB HARPER y’all!! Bob was at the CrossFit gym in midtown Manhattan promoting his newest program “Black Fire” which I plan to try out online soon. Wee! I was lucky enough to meet Bob afterwards and ask him his best advice for box jumps and more. You will need to check in with Fit Bottomed Girls to see when my article will run (or just check back here because you know will I will for sure post it.)  In the meantime—enjoy this hot photo I took of Bob. (You’re welcome!)

Bob Harper

  • Women’s Health Magazine “Next Fitness Star” Emily Schromm: This week’s giveaway (that three of you out there will be lucky enough to win, by the way) is a workout DVD from this year’s winner of the Women’s Health—former Real World alum Emily Schromm. Emily was in the Washington DC season which I did not catch so I couldn’t ask her anything about it. Instead I was lucky enough to ask her questions about health and fitness which is what I really do care about. Here it is!
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Emily Schromm

Brooklyn Fit Chick Interview with Trainer Emily Schromm:

Who are your fitness heroes?

My fitness heroes have always been those badass women who never took no for an answer: Michelle Akers and Mia Hamm, my soccer idols. And Jackie Joyner Kersee, one of the greatest runners of all time who never let asthma stop her. I love seeing people go after what they love to do. That is so heroic to me.

What is your quick “go to” workout when you are crunched for time?

My FAVORITE go-to hotel workout is pairing stair runs with squats! For 15 minutes, I run up the stairs, do 10 squats, jog/waddle back down. If there are no stairs, I set a timer and for one minute do burpees, one minute rest for 5-10 rounds total.  It doesn’t take long until you are in a sweat and those arms are burning.

What is your favorite post workout snack?

I love mixing my whey protein powder with coconut water immediately after a workout. It immediately starts replenishing those muscles to make them stronger, because that is what BURNS fat, and keeps me from feeling sore the next day which then means I can get after it again!

What is your next fitness goal?

My next fitness goal is to make Regionals for The CrossFit Games, to finish my book Bacon and Skinny Jeans, and to continue to help change people’s lives through proper nutrition and exercise.

(Thank you Emily!)

So are you interested in winning a copy of Emily’s “Body Burn Series” DVDs? Well then, here are a few more details…

THE NEXT FITNESS STAR: BODY BURN SERIES with Emily Schromm, the country’s hottest new trainer and the winner of our 2014 The Next Fitness Star contest.

Schromm, 26, is a certified personal trainer in Denver, CrossFit coach and founder of Unleashed Fitness (and, yes, an alum of MTV’s Real World: Washington, D.C.).  Her physique is killer, but it’s her empowering attitude that really shines. When Emily screams at you to bang out one more rep, you do it for this major reason: Her brand of tough love doesn’t break you down; it brings out your true potential. Her effective routine is guaranteed to help check any body-shaping resolution off your list.  THE NEXT FITNESS STAR: BODY BURN DVD SERIES consists of compound moves work multiple muscle groups at once, blasting your core and building strong, toned muscle all over.

More information on the DVD and Emily is below. You can also watch the preview video here: http://www.2015thenextfitnessstar.com/2015thenextfitnessstar/index

Emily’s gut-it-out, grit-it-out, get-it-done workouts work your body with strength training, weight training, and cardio are all built into one so you do more in less time.

Blasting from one exercise to the next with little to no rest, you knock out as many reps as you can in 40 seconds or less. Long after your workout is over, your metabolism is still in over drive. You will blast through every high-intensity workout, fast-paced circuit, and explosive combination move, you’ll fire up your heart rate and push your body hard to help ignite fat burn and explode your metabolism.

ABOUT EMILY SCHROMM: Emily is a former MTV reality TV star turned fitness guru who believes she was put on this earth to inspire the world. She is a full-time personal trainer and CrossFit coach living in Denver, Colorado. Her background in NASM-certified personal training, CrossFit, and biology has allowed her to take her passion for helping people to a whole other level. Emily competes in CrossFit and uses the modifiable, race against-the-clock method to help people push themselves in and out of the gym. Her workout style focuses on functional fitness for every level that allows people to unleash their inner superhero. Her different approach to fitness is intense and out of the norm, but one that she thinks is for everyone. Emily says, “It not only works, it is contagiously fun!”

Women’s Health’s THE NEXT FITNESS STAR: BODY BURN SERIES WITH EMILY SCHROMM includes:

  • 25-Minute Body-Weight Bootcamp: This challenging workout is ALL bodyweight. Do it at home, without a gym, on the road, in a park…anywhere you want.
  • 20-Minute Flat-Belly Fix: It’s time to work those abs! This workout, comprised of 2 circuits of 3 moves each, is filled with Emily’s favorite moves that create a SOLID, functional core. Stay for the finale, there’s a fun little surprise at the end!
  • 15-Minute Fat Blaster: Lifting weights is how you get toned muscles, sexy shoulders and sculpted legs. Here, Emily will show you how lifting weights can also get your heart rate sky high, which is pivotal in fat loss. Getting stronger and burning fat, there is NOTHING better than that!!

{Just a note—Women’s Health magazine is not sponsoring this post and will ship the DVDs directly to the winners. This giveaway is only available in the Continental United States.}

If you want to win “The Next Fitness Star” 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 Next Fitness Star DVD @WomensHealthMag from @brooklynfitchik”
  • If you haven’t already—let me know you are subscribing to my You Tube channel

I will pick three winners at random on Monday, January 26, 2014 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

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What Did We Learn This Month? Health mag with @JenWiderstrom @goodhealth 2

 

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Health

January/February 2015

Jennifer Wilderstrom photographed by James White

Jennifer Wilderstrom photographed by James White

Health Cover Star for January/February:

I am not a Biggest Loser watcher as there are too many shows waiting in my DVR and on Netflix that will not watch themselves. However, I do love their newest trainer Jennifer (Jen) Widerstrom and philosophy “I’m not looking for dramatic results. I’m looking for consistency. Don’t sprint. Just be stable.” Yes!

Also the badass trainer’s thoughts on running “I hate it.” Me too!!!

Jen is a former American Gladiator (who joined the show on a lark) who was nicknamed “Phoenix” and owes her love of fitness to both parents who coached her. This issue she offers her own workout plus there is a 7-Day meal plan from the book The Biggest Loser Bootcamp: The 8_Week Get Real, Get-Results Weight Loss Program.

You can see Jen in action here:

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So what else is inside the January/February Health?

“5 Fresh Ways to do a Plank”

Health magazine’s yoga expert Kristin McGee offers a few variations on the plank which will work your core extra hard. Tried these out on my bootcampers this morning and they loved (hated) them all!

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“Get Firm in a Flash”

I like Tracy Anderson’s mat work but some of these look tricky to do, no?  They do offer a cardio effort in addition to toning.

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“Superior Posterior”

One of my favorite trainers, David Kirsch, offers these moves to help get your glutes in top shape.

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

  • “Your Butt: A User’s Manual” This is not just about workouts for the proverbial junk in the trunk. This features also talks about sciatica pain, pulled hamstrings and more that can happen when things go awry with your backside.
  • “What Top Heart Docs Tell Their Friends” What the top cardiologists advise their friends on how to stay healthy including not worrying about salt so much (just cut out processed foods) and the kinds of fish you need to eat.
  • “5 Problems a Doctor Can Miss” And then sometimes doctors miss things—like IBS, Fibromyalgia and Lupus. Yikes!

Follow Heath online at: www.Health.com

Overall Grade:

B Overall it’s a good issue but I felt like it was missing something. Not sure what, but it seemed a little light for me this month. Maybe in the next issue?

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog 106: Dog Bites, Fit Bottomed Girls, Box Jumps & a WW Giveaway! 10

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #106

The Weight Watchers “Ultimate Dance Party” Kit Giveaway

Plus: The Aftermath of the “Dog Bite” Incident of New Year’s Eve

“Book vs Movie” Podcast iTunes News,

Fit Bottomed Girls New Year/New Rear, New York Times’ “Front Row” Craziness

“Envizulaizing” Box Jumps with Jonny Goldstein

Enter to win this kit!

Enter to win this kit!

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It’s been over a week since my “dog bite/scratch” incident and my face is healing up very nicely. To get the full story just check out last week’s post plus I will give some details in the Vlog below. Thanks so much for all of the follow up and well wishes. You are all officially THE BEST.

Last week I also caught that nasty cold that has been hanging around Brooklyn so that was the big reason I could not film my Vlog last week. I was not embarrassed about how I look but could not promise a cough-free episode and ain’t nobody got time for that! So let me get though today’s news and then we will talk about this week’s new giveaway (Weight Watchers Ultimate Dance Kit.)

  • Book Vs Movie Podcast: We are now hosted by Libsyn which means the episodes will be edited down and (mostly) error-free from now on so be sure to subscribe to us at our new link on iTunes right here https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bookvsmovies-podcast/id954110320?mt=2 and stay tuned for our next episode—Primary Colors. Margo P. and I will talk about the Joe Klein book and the Mike Nichols We are always looking for suggestions so let me know what you would like for us to cover next!
  • Fit Bottomed Girls New Year/New Rear Challenge: Y’all know that I am a card-carrying, proud member of the Fit Bottomed Girls Every January Jenn, Erin & Co. create a month’s worth of challenges to get you excited about the new year and also tackle some long-held fitness goals. Be sure to check them out every single day and get 2015 off to the right start!
  • Exercises the Experts Ditched: Speaking of Fit Bottomed Girls—I am proud to day I wrote this feature asking the top fitness experts on the exercises they no longer do and what they do to replace them which you can check out here.
  • New York Times’ “Race to the Front Row” Article: This past Thursday my spin class students kept saying to me did you read about “the front row” in the New York Times? It’s a feature that basically talks about the cache of being in the front row for certain fitness classes. I am not a big fan of the teacher-worship culture that exists in the fitness world. The way I see it—some people want fans and some people want students. I want students and I hate the idea people are made to feel like garbage for not being good enough to be seen in a classroom that they paid upwards of $35 to attend. But, that is just me. What do you think? I really want to know!
  • Envizualizing My Next Fitness Goal (The Box Jump!) Going back to Fit Bottomed Girls again—I told the lovely Jenn that my big fitness goal is to perform rad box jump. She said “go for it!” and “get me the post by early March” so I guess it is time to get to work! So this past weekend at one of the gyms where I work Pongo Power we celebrated our first anniversary with a party that include a station with artist Jonny Goldsetin who helps people map out their goals with a mixture of talk therapy and an original piece of artwork from Jonny. Here is his “Envizualize” version of my first box jump. I think it is pretty neat! (Thanks Jonny!)

Jonny Goldstein

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

 

More Information about the Weight Watchers Ultimate Dance Party Kit Giveaway:

Burn Up the Dance Floor!

Weight Watchers Ultimate Dance Party Kit

 Weight Watchers, the world’s leading provider of weight management services, with the “Weight Watchers: The Ultimate Dance Party!” kit offers three complete dance workouts starring Ilyse Baker, a pair of one pound firming sticks, 10-week exercise tracker, 10 appetizer recipes and over $15 in savings on Weight Watchers products. This kit had previously only been available to members at meeting location centers. Beginning on December 16, 2014, anyone will be able to purchase it on Amazon and select retailers nationwide. The suggested retail price is $39.98.

 “Weight Watchers: The Ultimate Dance Party!” includes a DVD with three easy-to-follow dance workouts; the 20-minute Easy Grooves, 35-minute Cardio Club and the 45-minute Total Body Blast. The Bonus Breakdown step guide makes some of the more involved combinations less so. The one-pound firming sticks add resistance to help sculpt the arms. Instructor Ilyse Baker is based in Los Angeles where she teaches at Equinox, Blanks Studios, 360 Health and other locations, She is an AFAA Certified Fitness Instructor with a B.A. in Dance Performance and Dance Education from Point Park University.

{Just a note—Anchor Bay Entertainment is not sponsoring this post and will ship the kit directly to the winner. This giveaway is only available in the Continental United States.}

If you want to win the yoga kit featured in the Vlog above 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 Weight Watchers Ultimate Dance Kit by @anchorbayent 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, January 19, 2014 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

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What Did We Learn This Month? @WomensHealthMag with OMG Britney!!! 1

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Women’s Health

January/February 2015

Britney Spears photographed by Jeff Lipsky

Britney Spears photographed by Jeff Lipsky

Women’s Health Cover Star for January/February 2015: 

Stop the presses! It’s Britney Spears on the cover and looking as lovely as ever. The superstar is in the middle of a big Las Vegas contract with Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino (remember when Planet Hollywood was a thing?) and very busy taking care her growing boys Preston (9) and Jayden (8.)

To keep her truly amazing bod in shape Britney doesn’t feel the need to rely on pricey trainers or fad diets—she is rather self-motivated. At home Brit Brit has a full gym has a full gym at her disposal and she is quite disciplined in making herself do cardio & weights most days of the week.

On her “gym” days she is a big fan of Totally Drenched classes which is a combination of treadmill workout and circuit training and seems exhausting to me! Britney also swims laps and does power yoga when she can so let’s say she is NOT a slacker and move on.

 

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

15-Minute Workout “Plank On It”

Looking to amp up your plank routine? Well I love this one from David Kirsch which certainly challenged me!

(I really did this workout and liked it!)

(I really did this workout and liked it!)

Your Body on a Bender

Do any of you watch Real Housewives of Beverly Hills because Brandi needs to read this article, STAT!

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“The Next Fitness Star”

Women’s Health magazine picked their second “Next Fitness Star” and it is former Real World alum Emily Scromm. She looks adorable and appropriately badass here. I am giving away her first workout DVD soon so check back here to find out how to win!

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“Get Fit Tricks”

Simple tweaks to basic moves can bring amazing results–so do them!

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

  • “The Health Food That Isn’t?” We are all told to each more fish if we want to live longer but did you know that “fish fraud” is a thing? I really appreciated this feature!
  • “2015 It’s Gonna Rock” My 2014 was a big bucket of “meh” so I am taking these life hack lessons here by reporter Faye Penn to heart so I can see my mood improve.

Overall Grade:

A  Really good workouts and smart features make this my favorite magazine this month!

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

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Brooklyn Fit Chick: “The Dog Scratched at My Face” Post (A Lesson in Gratitude) 6

Brooklyn Fit Chick

 “Yep, A Dog Scratched My Face” Post

How I Spent My New Year’s Eve, Lessons on Gratitude,

Plus: My Goal to Be More Like Chris & Theresa in 2015

What up 2015?!

What up 2015?!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

So how was your New Year’s Eve? Mine was 99% supremely awesome. I spent it with great friends who live just around the block from me. Do you understand how amazing that is? I could (potentially) drink my weight in champagne and walk home in no time. Oh my, it started off so well.

There was drinking and merriment.

NYE

I wore party shoes (my Kate Spade statement heels)

Kate Spade shoes

I hung out with my homies

Me ans Christina 2

(It only looks as if there is a branch growing out of the top of my head)

(It only looks as if there is a branch growing out of the top of my head)

There was a floating shark

shark

“White Lines” by Grand Master Flash invaded the room…

dance

And then….as the clock struck 1 am and I decided to head home. But first I wanted to just pet the home owner’s doggie goodbye as I left and let’s just say…I might have zigged when I should have zagged because it seems as if I got just a little close too his sweet face for comfort as he took a swipe at me missing my left eye by thismuch.

Oh—and while I was cleaning out my wound one of my contacts fell out so I was half blind and trying to assess what just happened to me. (Only a nightmare I have been imagining since I got my first pair of contacts in the seventh grade.)

So this is where the gratefulness comes in—stick with me!

I am grateful because my friend Sage was right there when it happened. He is an ER doctor and made sure I was taken care of right away. He called the local hospital and insisted I get stiches. (I was blubbering about wanting to go home but my friends wisely put the kibosh on that.)

So my friends Chris and Theresa took me to the hospital in Sunset Park on New Year’s Eve which is an interesting night to be at an ER to say the very least. That sat with me until 5 am and kept me calm. We talked movies, music and podcasts when Chris reminded me that an awesome woman named Tina Fey has a scar on her face and it doesn’t stop her from doing anything she wants in her life.

At 5 am I took this selfie to show off my surgeon’s amazing stitching:

me Hospital

 

I tried to bribe the doctor with a $100 Amex gift card to get some Botox and fillers while we were at it but she explained they don’t keep those on had in the emergency room in Sunset Park. (Never hurts to ask!)

Since then I have been taking it easy on the couch and getting caught up for the next episode of the Book Vs Movie podcast (we are back with our first episode of the 2015 Primary Colors available for download on January 17th!)

Couch

I snuggled with my kitties Tennessee

T with me

And Sweet Sarah

Sarah with me

I have also been fighting a nasty cold at the same time so let’s just say I am currently NOT as pretty as a picture but I am still so damn grateful.

What am I grateful for?

  • I am grateful I have such good friends to hang out with on New Year’s Eve who can also handle an emergency.
  • I am grateful the dog didn’t take out my eye.
  • I am grateful the surgeon took her time to make sure my stitches were handled correctly.
  • I am grateful for Chris and Theresa for taking care of me with no thought to how long it would take and without really knowing the neighborhood we were driving in the middle of the night on New Year’s freaking Eve! (They have ensured very good karma for them in 2015.)
  • I am grateful for all of my friends and family who have been checking in on me.

And just so you know—me and the dog are super cool. He really is a good boy. I know it wasn’t personal.

But when people say let sleeping dogs lie—believe them!

Since then (has it only been 5 days? Wow!) I have taught five spin and two core classes so let’s just say I am a badass who will handle this obstacle. 2014 may have left me bruised and battered but I am determined to kick 2015 right square in the pants no matter what!

I am also thinking of how I am going to incorporate being more like Chris & Theresa from now on because they rock so freaking hard! (Those two crazy kids got engaged this past year so I am sending them a Mazel as well!)

I want to be the kind of person who deserves this much love and care when I am completely vulnerable. They have reminded me about the power of kindness so once again—I am grateful!

Next week I will be back with a fabulous Weight Watchers dance workout kit giveaway so stay tuned when I will post my Vlog again. I hope you understand—with a black eye and a runny nose I just did NOT feel like putting my face on You Tube just yet. Hand to god—next week for sure.

Coming up this week I will have my Tria review and my own personal look at the January Women’s Health magazine so keep checking back here!

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Ox Ox,

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What Did We Learn This Month? @FitnessMagazine with Demi Lovato! 0

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Fitness

January 2015

Demi Lovato photographed by Chris Fortuna

Demi Lovato photographed by Chris Fortuna

 

Who Is on the Cover of Fitness this Month?

Former Disney Teen Queen Demi Lovato who is about the most accomplished 22-year old I have ever read about in my entire life. Demi is on the road right now with a hyper successful singing career, is the brand ambassador for Sketchers, and has her own skin care line called “Devonne” by Demi. Oh AND she has her own line of hair extensions called Secret Color. (Whew!)

A few years ago things were not looking too good for Demi. Hospitalized for bipolar disorder and bulimia the young star was struggling with mental illness and her self-image. Thankfully she is on something of a health kick with exercise and clean eating being a priority for maintaining her positive mindset.

In her interview with Fitness Demi talks about her favorite workout tunes, how she motivates herself to get a sweat session going wn hen her motivation is low plus her advice for other young women struggling with personal issues.

 

What Do We Learn This Month in Fitness?

“Hot Arms & Abs”

This quickie workout from Barry’s Bootcamp trainer Noah Neiman will help you strengthen and tone your bod in record time.

arms workout 001

 

“Hot Stuff: The Goods We’re Obsessing Over Now ”

Fitness editors chose a whole page of the cutest fitness gear I can imagine. They all give me the “I wants!”

Hot stuff 001

 

Fitness Better Body Plan”

I love this workout from BFX Studio which uses their EMOM (Every Minute on the Minute) intervals. You can get a video to download onto your iPad by going to www.fitnessmagazine.com/digitalnow.

Better Body plan 001

 

And now the rest of this issue of Fitness:

  • “Stroke Your Metabolism” The Rowing machine is the new “hip” cardio workout to hit the gym and this sample workout will help you burn up to 500 calories an hour.
  • “On the Road to Diabetes?” Diabetes has affected far more friends and family members than I can count so I really want to get the word out there on what people need to look out for to stay healthy. This article highlights that diabetes can hit healthy & fit people as well so be on the lookout for the symptoms and just ditch the cheap sugar habit, people!

Overall Grade:

A- A few really good workouts and smart health stories always make me happy and the January issue did just that!.

You can follow Fitness magazine at www.fitnessmagazine.com

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Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes Plus, Top Workout Songs of 2014! 7

Brooklyn Fit Chick’s New Year’s Workout Goals

Plus:  Top Workout Songs of 2014 (and the Worst!)

This girl is ready for 2015!

This girl is ready for 2015!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I can’t believe this year is finally heading out the window and could not be more grateful to see it go. Not sure what you all have been through in 2014 but I have dealt with health issues, family issues and all sorts of stressful things that have made me feel a little less buoyant than normal. However, I will not allow the past to interfere with my future pleasure so today I am just talking about the good stuff and getting ready for the fabulousness that will be 2015!

First I will do a little housekeeping on the latest BFC things, the Book Vs Movie podcast update, my fitness goals for 2015 and then my picks for the best workout songs of 2014. So let’s do it! (The Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog to return next Sunday with a fantastic New Year’s/New You Giveaway!)

  • Book Vs Movie Podcast: Margo Porras of She’s Nacho Mama’s Blog and I are working our butts off to get our new website off the ground plus we are using a fancy podcast service called “Libsyn” to get it out to y’all without all of the drama of our previous service which shall not be named. To get ready start reading Joe Klein’s Primary Colors which was turned into a movie in 1998 and directed by Mike Nichols whom we sadly lost this past year. Read the book and/or watch the movie to prep and we will post the details on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/bookvsmovie?ref=br_tf

 

  • Tria Hair Removal System: Still using my fabulous Tria hair removal system and am so far impressed with the results. There is less hair growing around the back of my ankles and the side of my face which is making me very happy. I am also using it on my upper lip and underarms and will offer a full review in a week or so.

 

  • CrossFit Goal for 2015: As you may know I am a “Fit Bottomed Girl” who contributes to fitbottomedgirls.com. The gals at FBG asked me (BFC) if I had any fitness goals I want to accomplish and the first thing that popped in my mind was the box jump. I am terrified of performing a box jump but know that if I can overcome my fear—it will make me feel like a rock star to land a good one just once. Coincidentally a new CrossFit gym opening in Brooklyn (the largest n the borough) called Crow Hill Cross Fit (http://www.crowhillcrossfit.com/) and they said if I want a real trainer to teach me to box jump—then they have me covered. So THAT is going to my first fitness goal to tackle this year. (Stay tuned for updates on this!)

 

  • The Crow Pose: My second fitness goal is to perform a crow pose. I am not sure how I will manage it but it has been the one pose in yoga that vexes me and I just want do it once to know how great it feels. And then, hopefully, do it many times after that. I will let you know what steps I am taking to make this happen. (Wish me luck!)

 

And now for something completely different—the Brooklyn Fit Chick Top Workout Songs of 2014!

I have been churning out a couple of playlist each month for the last few years and think I have it down to science at this point. Today I am featuring the songs that made me want to work harder and inspired my students to give a little extra effort during class. So here they are in particular order:

KONGOS/ “Come With Me Now”

Technically I am cheating here because this song came out in Africa in 2011 but they were only introduced in the U.S. this past year so I am putting this in the 2014 column. “Come With Me Now’ has a fantastic hard-driving beat and always made people’s heads bop along to the music.

 

Mark Ronson (featuring Bruno Mars)/ “Uptown Funk”

Come on—what better song came out this year? Everything about it says move your butt and have some fun. A funky, modern masterpiece that makes you want to sing along and dance with abandon.

 

Avicii/ “Wake Me Up”

Swedish hotboy Avicii knows how to put together a tune and this one is just about scientifically proven to be THE MOST PERFECT warm-up number for any kind of class you teach. Seriously—I am his biggest fan now.

 

Dear Rouge/ “I Heard I Had”

This band is from Vancouver and they are winning all sorts of radio contest in Canada. “I Heard I Had” is about as great as a “second” song for a playlist as it gets. Download it now!

 

OneRepublic/ “Love Runs Out”

A foot-stomping favorite in my classes that always gets people into the best mood.

 

Taylor Swift/ “Shake It Off”

I don’t care about her dating life nor will I hassle her because she claims to be a New Yorker now (as if!) but damn this woman knows how to write a song that cooks! “Shake it Off’ is just about as perfect of a pop confection as it gets. Brava Taylor!

 

John Legend/ “All of Me” (Tiesto’s Birthday Treatment)

This is another perfect song for a warm-up that puts people in a good mood. Sweet, romantic and dancy—what is not to like about it?

 

And the worst workout song for 2014——-“Fancy” by Iggy Azalia

Someone told me Iggy Azalia would be THE big deal this past summer so I started including this dreadful song in my classes. A tuneless,annoying piece of tripe that make me want to gauge my eyes out with my thumbs. My take on Iggy Aazalia? NO. Thank. You!

But if you must hear it for yourself…

 

That’s all I have for today folks. I am so looking forward to all of the media reviews, playlist, Vlogs, giveaways and gear reviews for the new year. Let’s bring on 2015!!!

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