What Did We Learn This Month? Fitness Magazine with Serena Williams!! 2

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Fitness

May 2014

Serena Williams photographed by Jeff Olson

Serena Williams photographed by Jeff Olson

 

What Do We Learn This Month in Fitness?

 

Fitness Cover Star for May:

Serena Williams! I cannot begin to tell you how happy it makes me to see one of the Williams sisters on the cover. Serena is fierce competitor who has overcome illness and injuries that laid her out for over two years to become the number-one world ranking tennis champion.

The secret to her success is pretty simple—she uses of her on-court personae. The Serena that plays tennis is tough, single-minded, focused and in her own words “just not nice.” Which she says is about three hours of her day. The rest of the time she is a self-described “class clown” who enjoys karaoke, silly pranks and is eager to learn Korean in time for the next Summer Olympic games.

Best thing I learned in this interview—one of Serena’s favorite songs is Maneater by Hall & Oats. How great is that?

 

“Express Workout”

You just need a box to work out on for this circuit created by Adam Kant of Intrepid Gym in Hoboken, NJ.

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Fitness Better Body Plan”

Trainer Tiffany Rothe created three 15-minute workouts that utilizes your body weight (and a towel!) to get a quick overall workout you only need to fit in three times per week to get results.

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“Eat Your Water”

If you are looking for tasty ways to get more water in your diet—this chart will help!

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“Data Crunch”

Fitness looks at the latest in portable tech gear to track your workouts to help you decide which one is right for you. (I personally love my SparkPeople Activity Tracker.)

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And now the rest of this issue of Fitness:

  • “Bad Habits Gone Good” Sometimes what seems to be a “vice” can really be good for you such as chocolate—yum!
  • “The New Milky Way” The lowdown on moo juice alternatives including coconut, almond, soy and hemp milk.

Overall Grade:

A!  This issue made me all kinds of happy. Go get it!

You can follow Fitness magazine at www.fitnessmagazine.com

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What Did We Learn This Month? Health magazine with Christina Hendricks 0

What Did We Learn This Month?

Health

May 2014

Christina Hendricks photographed by James White

Christina Hendricks photographed by James White

 

Health Cover Star for May:

Christina Hendricks

OMG—I love Mad Men and Joan Harris is one of my favorite characters on the show. She looks beautiful inside the magazine but the actress doesn’t really say all that much about being healthy. Well, except that Christina replaces Greek yogurt for some high-fat dairy items and prefers yoga pants to sweats.

(Inside the magazine she wears a smashing white suit from Armani that should have been the cover IMHO.)

Moving on…

 

So what else is inside the May Health?

“Swim in Style”

Health offers some really cute ideas for swim suits that make me think summer might actually arrive sooner than later. (Yippee!)

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“Tracy Tones You”

Tracy Anderson gives her favorite “thigh and butt-blaster” moves that I am sure will tire the hell out of me but make my legs look great. (I do love her mat work.)

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“A User’s Manual: Your Urinary Tract”

Women have more urinary issues than men and therefore need to be extra careful about potential issues such as UTIs, incontinence and interstitial cystitis.

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“Get on a Roll”

As a fit chick who loves her bike this feature made me all kinds of happy with the latest gear for cyclists and exercise tips from trainer Michelle Lovitt that specifically address biker issues. (My friends at Terry Bikes made the cut!)

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

  • “We Lost the High-Tech Way” The latest weight-loss apps are tested out by real women (and not editors) including those Spark People, Weight Watchers online and My Fitness Pal.com to see how well they work under real-life conditions.
  • “New Sensitive Skin Solutions” As someone who has bouts of rosacea—these articles are always of interest to me.
  • “The Secret to a Serious Calorie Burn” I am not much of a runner but for my students who are I am going to recommend they read this article about how increasing their pace can improve their overall fitness level (including metabolism!)

Follow Heath online at: www.Health.com

Overall Grade:

B This was overall a good issue but a little light on features that grabbed my interest and made me go “ooh!” Maybe next month?

 

Until next time…

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What Did We Learn This Month? Women’s Health magazine May 2014 with Sofia Vergara 6

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Women’s Health

May 2014

Sofia Vergara photographed by David Burton

Sofia Vergara photographed by David Burton

 

Women’s Health Cover Star for May 2014: 

Is there any woman sexier than Sofia Vergara? Seriously—the woman steams up every scene she is in on Modern Family and I have never seen a bad picture of her. The Columbia native (and TOP earning actress on television) talks to Women’s Health about all kinds of sexy subjects including business time with her fiancé Nick Loeb and her advice to women to keep their partners interested “…don’t walk around the house with no bra and your t**s hanging out.”

Okay…..well, maybe she isn’t a delicate flower but at least she doesn’t give boring quotes in magazines!

 

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

15-Minute Workout “Flat-Belly Yoga”

Looking for some yoga moves that will help with belly bloat? Try these from the Women’s Health Big Book of Yoga. (Get you om on, people!)

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 45 Instant Health Upgrades”  

Women’s Health teamed up with the hosts of The Doctors for simple health tips for women to boost their “mind, body and spirit.” Includes these upgraded workout moves from Dr. Ian Smith that can be done quickly and take your routine up a notch.

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 “Don’t Let an Injury Take You Down”

Right now as I am typing this post I am dealing with a strained back and tight hamstrings so this article talking about rehabbing while getting back into fighting shape is helpful.

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“Something to Remember”

I forget why I scanned this page….hmmmm. in the meantime—check out these tips on how to remember names. (I’m Margo by the way—and you are?)

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

  • “What Every Working Woman Should Know” Women’s Health talks about the joys and perils of working part-time (beyond making way less money.)
  • “Special Cooking Section” There are several pages here of yummy recipes including one for Lamb Souvlakia that looks divine.
  • “Train Outside!” Tips for kayaking, paddleboarding, beach volleyball and more.

Overall Grade:

A-    Lots of good stuff in this issue—check it out!

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

Until next time…

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog 78: Fit As a Pro DVD Giveaway, Mud Run Tips, Bullets Over Broadway and More 10

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #78

Bullets Over Broadway, 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook Review, Top “Mud Run” Tips Plus:

Soccer Star Lauren Sesselmann’s “Fit As a Pro” Workout DVD Giveaway

Fit As a Pro DVD Giveaway (Lauren Sesselmann)

Fit As a Pro DVD Giveaway (Lauren Sesselmann)

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I am so happy to check in with all of you but must admit my brain has third degree “Spring Fever” and going outside is my only cure. So today I am keeping everything short & sweet while offer a 2-for DVD giveaway for one of you lucky readers. So let’s get to it!

  • Bullets Over Broadway:  I am a big fan of splashy Broadway shows plus think Bullets Over Broadway is one Woody Allen’s better films from the 90s so I was very eager to check out the musical version his show starring Zach Braff in his Broadway debut. (Never watched Scrubs so I was not too familiar with his work.) I would say that it is a very good (but not great show) with some outstanding performances. I do not predict this one will be around for long which is a shame.

 

 

 

 

  • Ryka: This week I was invited by Ryka to check out their upcoming sneaker collection for Fall 2014 and was very impressed with their use of memory foam and cushioning in their shoes. Ryka has won tons of awards over the years as a top sneaker brand that exclusively serves women as their customer base. Ryka even gave me a pair of “Devotion” sneakers that I have been wearing non-stop and absolutely LOVE. (Thanks Ryka!)

 

  • Fit As a Pro DVD Giveaway: Soccer superstar Lauren Sesselmann has her own series of ten-minute workout DVDs that will get you in awesome shape in no time. This week I am giving away two of latest titles 10 Minute Full Body Workouts and (my favorite!) 10 Minute full Body Workouts for Small Spaces (so you can work out just about anywhere, people!) I will have links to clips below plus details on how you can enter to win. (Continental United States only, please!) Fit As a Pro will send the DVDs directly to the one winner selected and did not pay for this post or promotion.

Now let’s get to this week’s Vlog:

 

Clips from Lauren Sessermann’s DVDs:

 

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.
  • Post a comment on Twitter that says “I want to win Fit As a Pro DVDs @lsesselmann 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, April 21th (Earth Day!) at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck and enter as often as you like!

Until next time…

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What Did We Learn This Month? Shape magazine with Naomi Campbell @Shape_Magazine 2

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Shape

April 2014

Naomi Campbell photographed by Nino Munoz

Naomi Campbell photographed by Nino Munoz

 

Shape Cover Star for April 2014:

Ultimate model diva Naomi Campbell is on the cover and looking very sexy (43 years old, people!) Naomi is the Executive Producer and cohost of the show The Face which sounds similar to America’s Top Model but I would never say that directly to Ms. Campbell as she is famous for a short temper. (I used to work for Conde Nast and let me tell ya—I have some gooood Naomi Campbell stories!)

Anyhoo, after 28 years in the business Naomi is now doling out her best advice for staying happy & healthy plus she shows us a few of her favorite yoga poses. Check them out here!

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What else is on the April issue of Shape?

“Striking a Balance”

Check out the blue disc the model is balancing on. I have one of these and plan to use it more often with my client training. (Workout featured here created by trainer Kim Truman)

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“Meet Your New Cardio”

Here we get a series of high intensity exercises (Plyometric) from Equinox trainer Lashuan Dale that will get you an overall excellent workout in under 25 minutes.

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“Hit the Floor”

Tips for performing three basic Pilates moves from Brooke Siler of re:AB Pilates.

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 “2014 Shape Shoe Awards”

If you are looking for new trainers, shoes for Zumba or the best walking sneakers on the market—check out this issue first.

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

  • “Track Stars” A review of three new fitness monitors by Shape editors.
  • “Survive Hormonal Swings in Style” Perimenopause symptoms (insomnia, hot flashes, low libido) can occur up to a decade before menopause begins and you can combat them with the tips here.
  • “Women Who Shape the World” Shape honors women who are changing the world for the better including Angelina Jolie, Sara Bareilles, Iman, Sara Blakely, Ellen Gustafson, Diana Nyad, and Mary Barra.

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

A  Love all of workouts here plus there are useful health-related stories as well. Great issue!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: “That’s Not My Name” 50-Minute Ride Ting Tings, Rhianna, Muse 6

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“That’s Not My Name” (50-minute Ride)

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Today I want to start off with a song that every once in a while becomes an earworm in my brain. It’s just so damn catchy and fun that I can’t think of a reason to NOT play it.

Anyhoo—I hope you like this mix today of the old and new. This is a 50-minute interval ride of varying in tempo and mood from song to song. Hope you enjoy it!

 

  • That’s Not My Name: The Ting Tings

I dare you to NOT sing along to the chorus—it’s damn near impossible!

 

  • Pon de Replay: Rhianna

Rhianna is a new obsession for me. I have been downloading her music like crazy lately.

  • Fixed to Ruin: Sam Roberts

Sam Roberts has been very popular in Canada and looks like he might be taking off here as well. This is from his last album and is my favorite from him by far.

 

  • Runnin’ Down a Dream: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

The video for this song still kind of freaks me out but I love playing it super loud!

 

  • Zombie: The Cranberries

The Cranberries bring out my inner “Irish Badass” to the fore.

 

  • Gold Digger: Kanye West (with Jamie Foxx)

I played this on Sunday morning and one of my students said “What was that Ray Charles song you played today?” I told him it was actually Jamie Foxx singing and that there was a BIG difference between the “clean” and “explicit” version.

 

  • Supermassive Black Hole: Muse

This was the first hit from Muse that made me pay attention to them.

 

  • Glory and Gore: Lorde

Some people get annoyed by Lorde but I think she is really interesting.

 

  • It’s All Been Done: Barenaked Ladies

Funny Canadians signing catchy music brings out the “happy” in me.

 

  • The Passenger: Iggy Pop

“Singing La La La La La La La!” (Don’t mind me while I dance around my apartment right now…)

 

  • Pony: Ginuwine

Outside of the annoying spelling of his name—this song is so much fun to play in class and the metaphors to silly to not enjoy thoroughly.

 

  • Porcelain: Moby

My favorite DJ in the whole wide world (Dave Morey) would play this song on KFOG all of the time and said that it went “right to the pleasure center” of his brain. Not a bad way to end a ride—right?

 

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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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog 77: Self’s new editor, X-tend Barre Bklyn, Sweat Guru and Runner’s World Giveaway 19

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #77

SELF Gets a New Editor, My 20-Minute Indoor Cycling Workout for Sweat Guru, X-Tend Barre Brooklyn Heights Studio,

Plus: The Runner’s World Big Book of Running for Beginners Giveaway!

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 Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How are you all doing? I am fine and dandy in spirit but my right hamstring is sprained, strained or just in a bad mood because my leg is not feeling well. Will start with the foam rolling soon but first I need to get out this post for all of you today. You’re welcome! Just a couple of quick notes today and then on to my weekly giveaway—and away we go! (Quoting Billy Eichner here.)

  • SELF magazine is changing y’all:  So it looks like a week after enduring terrible press after “Tutu-gate” (look it up online—SELF & Tutus and check it out for yourself if you do not know what I am talking about) editor in chief Lucy Danziger is out and in her place SELF has hired Joyce Chang from Cosmopolitan magazine to take over the reins. I am withholding all judgment until I read her first “real issue and will also hold off on any full reviews of SELF until then. (The magazine business is rough, folks!)

 

  • 20-Minute Indoor Cycling Workout: I am a Sweat Pink ambassador and am lucky enough to write for their Blog www.sweatguru.com This past week  posted my first workout for them– a 20-minute indoor cycling routine. Please let me know what you think of it because I am totally new to writing these things out!

 

  • Xtend Barre Brooklyn Heights: This past week I was lucky enough to try out my first Xtend barre workout in their new Brooklyn Heights studio. Will give you more details when my article is ready on Fit Bottomed Girls.

 

  • Runner’s World Giveaway: This week I am giving away a copy of Big Book of Running for Beginners which comes courtesy of the folks at Runner’s World magazine. I am giving away one copy this week and Runner’s World (who did not pay for this promotion) will send the winning item directly to the randomly picked winner (chosen by me.) Continental U.S. only!

 

Now let’s get to this week’s Vlog:

 

Okay—here are more details about this week’s giveaway.

GET FIT WITH THE RUNNER’S WORLD BIG BOOK OF RUNNING FOR BEGINNERS

In Bookstores April 8, 2014

Running is one of the simplest and most effective want to lose weight, live longer, gain confidence, and relieve stress.  Learn everything a beginner needs to know to lace ‘em up and hit the pavement with the latest book from Rodale Inc.’s Runner’s World magazine.  The Runner’s World Big Book of Running for Beginners (April 8, 2014; ISBN 978-1-60961-537-6; 266pgs; Paperback; $21.99) provides all the information neophytes will need to take their first steps.

 

The Runner’s World Big Book of Running for Beginners helps readers foster a healthy lifestyle with aides such as:

  • Five training plans to start walking, start running, run nonstop, run faster, and run longer
  • No-fail weight-loss strategies
  • Ideas for meals and snacks to eat before you run, on the road, and after you’re done
  • Injury-prevention tips including a guide on which pains to run through and which pains demand surrender
  • Inspirational stories from people who used running as a tool to lose weight, stop smoking, overcome illness and heartache, and manage chronic pain

 

Whether starting from scratch, or trying to reclaim a long-lost sense of vitality, The Runner’s World Big Book of Running for Beginners has all the information a newbie needs to start a healthier and happier life.

 

About the Authors

JENNIFER VAN ALLEN is a special projects editor for Runner’s World and a running coach certified by USATF and RRCA.  She manages The Starting Line, an online training program for beginners.

BART YASSO is the author of My Life on the Run and is the chief running officer at Runner’s World.

AMBY BURFOOT, Runner’s World editor-at-large and winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon, has run more than 105,000 lifetime miles (and counting).

PAMELA NISEVICH BEDE is a sports nutrition expert and co-owner of Swim, Bike, Run, Eat!, LLV, a nutrition consulting firm.

 

About Runner’s World

Rodale’s Runner’s World, the largest and most influential media brand in the running space, is the essential guide for everyone who runs. The brand provides all runners—men and women, from beginners to hardcore marathoners—with the advice and information they need to pursue their goals, the inspiration and entertainment they crave, and a sense of authentic community they won’t find anywhere else. Runner’s World is everywhere its readers and customers are—in print, online, on-screen and on the ground. Through authentic events such as the award-winning Runner’s World Challenge, the Runner’s World Half & Festival (www.RWHalf.com), and the Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half & Festival (www.HHHalf.com), Runner’s World editors forge deep connections and have meaningful interactions with our readers as an organic part of the running community. Runner’s World publishes 18 international editions: Argentina (March 2014), Australia/New Zealand, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States. For digital updates, visit www.runnersworld.com, Twitter (@runnersworld), Facebook (Runner’s World Magazine), as well as the brand’s mobile apps.

 

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 Big Book of Running for Beginners @runnersworld 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, April 14th at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck and enter as often as you like!

Until next time…

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What Did We Learn This Month? Women’s Health Mag With Shakira! @WomensHealthMag 4

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Women’s Health

April 2014

Shakira photographed by Jeff Lipsky

Shakira photographed by Jeff Lipsky

Women’s Health Cover Star for April 2014: 

Sexy songstress Shakira is on the cover this month and she looks purrrfect! She is a judge on The Voice (a show I have never seen) and she plans to out-think Blake Shelton this season. (I know him!)

Staying in shape after giving birth to her son Milan in January 2013 meant trying new sports such as basketball and tennis. Shakira also “worked her tail off” with trainer Anna Kaiser and you can see some of her workout here:

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

15-Minute Workout “Win At the Power Ball”

This Dynamax medicine ball looks really cool (I want one!) and this workout from trainer Jessi Kneeland from Peak Performance NYC is a keep IMHO.

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 Spoiler Alert!”  

Catchy headline for an article that shows you how long certain foods & condiments should stay in your pantry or fridge. (I always need a reminder on this kind of stuff!)

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 “Light on Your Feet”

The weather is getting lighter & brighter so why not get a pair of new sneaks to really get in the mood to play outdoors again?

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“Perks of Fab Backside”

I didn’t know having a “fab backside” would have anything other than perks, but oh well. The workout here from trainer Holly Perkins is pretty damn great!

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

  • “The Health Threat That Sneaks Up Silently” Women’s Health talks about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
  • “Your Body on Motion Sickness” As someone who has had bouts of vertigo—this resonated with me.
  • Beauty Bonus: Shakira is on the back cover as well with a special beauty trends feature.

Overall Grade:

A  This is a great issue so be sure to check it out!

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

Until next time…

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What Did We Learn This Month? Fitness magazine April issue @FitnessMagazine 5

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Fitness

April 2014

Model Carolinne Rosso photographed by Jeff Olson

Model Carolinne Rosso photographed by Jeff Olson

 

What Do We Learn This Month in Fitness?

 “Express Workout”

One of my favorite classes I tried out for Fit Bottomed Girls was at the Simone De La Rue studio “Body by Simone.” Check out Simone’s killer moves here that will get your legs into strong & sexy shape.

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“The Ultimate Lean Routine”

I have been hearing all about the Pure Yoga and the “sweaty mix” of their PXT classes and in this issue they feature moves from PXT that utilizes gliding disks and hand weights to make you strong and lean. Me likey!

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“Fit to be Tied”

Spring means outdoor running again (yay!) so check out this guide on the best sneakers for all kinds of activities.

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“Play Dirty!”

Personally I have yet to try a mud run but apparently most of the participants are women (go figure!) Muderella trainer Miriam Wasmund offers tips on surviving your first time running with the muddy folks.

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And now the rest of this issue of Fitness:

  • “Juice It Up” Juicing is a trend that refuses to go away so writer Jessica Girdwain looked into how to get the most out of those popular drinks.
  • “Crank Up the Cardio” Jim Karas’ newest book The Ultimate Diet Revolution will give you great ideas on how to use High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) that will get you healthy in record time.
  • “Pretty Amazing” The latest beauty gear that will help troublesome skin woes, whiten teeth, and more.

Overall Grade:

A  This issue has good workouts, excellent information and a few great beauty stories. Me likey!

 

You can follow Fitness magazine at www.fitnessmagazine.com

Until next time…

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 76: Bike Spring Cleaning, SELF & A Warning for Bloggers, Plus Giveaway of Functional Cross Training 19

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #76

Spring Cleaning for Your Bike, SELF magazine’s “Tutu” Kerfuffle and My Brand-New

 Functional Cross-Training Book Giveaway!

Functional Cross Training

Functional Cross Training

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

It’s the day after my birthday when I post this and no I will NOT tell how many spanks I should have received but let’s just say I remember the 80s–mmmkay?

My mood is a little better this week than last which might be because the temperature is above 40 degrees or maybe I was just in a bit of a funk. Let’s just say I am trying to embrace the new season that is finally arriving and ready to kick some ass again. So let’s get to it, shall we?

Today I want to talk about getting your bike ready for the spring, the “inadvertent” mess-up that is the April issue of SELF magazine and my groovy new book giveaway Functional Cross Training (three copies folks—your odds are good to win!)

  • Terry Bikes/Bicycling Magazine: As the fitness ambassador for Terry Bicycles (their first!) I am happy to forward along my latest Blog post for them which talks about Spring Cleaning for Your Bike. Leah Flickinger from Bicycling magazine gave me the tips and I cannot WAIT to get out on the road again. Be sure to follow Leah on Twitter as well as @BicyclingMag.

Also—you can enter to win a $500 Cycling Wardrobe from Terry Bicycles now until April 16th and you need to do is fill out one easy form, so go for it!

  • SELF magazine had the ‘Worst Week Ever!” Oy vey. Where do I even BEGIN here? In case you have not heard about this debacle (all of the best links are here by the way) SELF magazine asked Monika Allen if they could print a photo of her and her friend running in a race wearing tutus as they story was about running with tutus. Monika is a running coach who raises funds for Girls on The Run of San Diego with her own tutu business Glam Runner. Well it turned into a slam piece where SELF essentially mocked Monika and her friend Tara Baize for wearing tutus while running because, um– they think it is a “lame” trend.

The comment was/is juvenile, myopic and out-of-date with what is actually happening in the running world. “How dare you be different from me? We are SERIOUS about running here!”

Here’s the rub—Monika had brain cancer at the time of the run. She was in the middle of chemotherapy treatments and the photo they used of her in the Los Angeles marathon was the first time she felt healthy enough in about a year to run a full marathon. That’s right, she had a tumor in her head and she ran a marathon. Suck on that haters!

Monika asked the editors to explain their actions. After getting no response from them she did the wise thing and went to her local press. Let me tell you—the word “tutu” took off all over the Twitter and Facebook right afterwards.

Long story short (honestly—the link I sent before will give you a fuller picture) SELF’s editor in chief Lucy Danziger did the right thing by offering a heartfelt apology. (Though it is certainly not worse because Monika had cancer. It’s bad all on its own because it was a mean comment—period.)

I have not done a full post on SELF in several months because frankly, there was not enough content that deserved a full review. What I will do with my April 2014 issue is toss it directly into the recycling bin unread. I will feature SELF again when they prove themselves worthy of the trust of all of the women working hard to get healthy.

 

  • My Functional Cross Training Giveaway: This week I have three copies of Functional Cross Training from Brett Stewart & Jason Werner which is published by Ulysses Press. Whoo hoo! Scroll down below for all of the details on how you can win. (Note—Ulysses Press will send the book directly to each winner and they did not pay for this promotion!)

Now let’s get to this week’s Vlog where I talk all about this plus my warning to Bloggers everywhere when dealing with the media.

 

Whew! Are you ready to hear more about Functional Cross Training? (Three copies are being given away, people!)

The Revolutionary, Routine-Busting Approach to Total-Body Fitness

Introducing Functional Cross Training, a new step-by-step guide that brings together a wide range of cutting-edge techniques, including plyometrics, intense circuit training, weight lifting, and gym-free bodyweight exercises.

Whether your goal is to drop a few pounds, build muscle, increase your running speed, or a little bit of everything, Functional Cross Training offers six progressive programs that will push you to your full potential and get you the body you’ve always wanted.

With 100 unique exercises (plus easy-to-follow photos!), you’ll transform your body and perform like you never thought possible.

“This book is the workout partner that you’ve always wanted,” explains author Brett Stewart. “The only thing that’s between you and achieving your fitness goals is taking the first step and getting started!”

About the Authors

Brett Stewart is a certified personal trainer, a running and triathlon coach, and an endurance athlete who lives in Phoenix, Arizona. An avid multisport athlete, Brett has completed dozens of triathlons, marathons, ultra-marathons, and obstacle races. His books and fitness tips can be found at 7weekstofitness.com. Jason Warner is an ISSA Certified Strength Trainer, fitness and sports enthusiast, ultra-marathoner, triathlete, CrossFitter, and overall Olympic-lifting nut. Jason coauthored Ultimate Jump Rope Workouts and 7 Weeks to 10 Pounds of Muscle. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with his wife and three kids.

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 Functional Cross Training @triphx and @ulyssespress 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, April 7th at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck and enter as often as you like!

Until next time…

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BFC

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