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Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes May-ish 2016

A Year Later After Dad

Cell Phone Rudeness

Fit Bottomed Girls Latest Hits

 

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Um, Where Did the Month Go?

I know I say this every few weeks but wow, where on earth does the time go? It’s been almost 6 weeks since I put down some news and notes on this here Blog. Why so long?

Yes, I have been busy which is a good thing. But I realized that on May 16th it was the first anniversary after losing Dad.

It’s been a tough year for sure and we all miss him terribly. I am still wondering if this is a horrible dream sometimes.

However, I have been lucky to have some of the greatest group of friends who have given me love and support at this difficult time. All I can say to them is “thank you.” And I hope any of you reading this post are as lucky as I am to have the support.

If you are ever unsure on what to say when someone experiences a loss and figure it is best to not say anything at all (in order to avoid saying the “wrong” thing)—let me just tell you one thing. All you ever have to say is “I am sorry for your loss.” Trust me—it does the job fine.

My family is in all kinds of states right now as to how they are handling the news one year later. Mom has decided to go a dream vacation to France and I couldn’t be happier for her. (Wish I could have tagged along, but oh well.)

Anyway—I had other things happen this past month so let us get to it, shall we?

Cell Phone Abusers

Do any of you have problems with students using cell phones in class? I feel as if it gets worse every year and I am not sure how to handle it any more. We have signs all over the place and I make an announcement at the beginning of class and yet I still get the occasional mobile phone scofflaw.  How do you all handle this or how does your gym handle this if you are not an instructor?

Fit Bottomed Girls Hits:

As some of you know—I am a NYC contributor for the popular fitness Blog Fit Bottomed Girls and this month I have had some articles featured there including:

  • An awesome Tabata workout from Nikki Metzger, Women’s Health Magazine Next Fitness Star who gave me her favorite kick-butt routine.
  • I was lucky enough to meet two Olympians who will compete at the Summer Olympics—Gabby Douglas and Dana Vollmer! I wrote this piece for Fit Bottomed Mamas and each brought their moms to talk about how their maternal guidance helped them to become ace competitors. Both were just about as nice as you can imagine.

Next month I will post yet another interview I recently had with an Olympian! (Hint—she plays soccer.)

Whew–that’s it for me today!  I will be back soon with magazine reviews, playlists, reviews and so much more. Happy soon-to-be Summer everyone!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick: “Smooth Sailing” Playlist Featuring Prince, Black Eyed Peas, Foos & More 15

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“Smooth Sailin’” Playlist (50 Minute-Ride)

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“Dearly beloved

We are gathered here today

to get through this thing called life.”

As I am writing this playlist out I can’t help but think about how many super-amazing people have died this year so far including:

  • Prince
  • David Bowie
  • Lemmy
  • Garry Shandling
  • Glenn Frey
  • Doris Roberts
  • Alan Rickman
  • Michelle McNamara (truecrimediary.com)

2016 is turning out to be a brutal year but I am going to try and keep it light and breezy with this week’s mix of tunes from different decades to hopefully get your heart pumping and your booty shaking. Thanks so much for checking out my Blog.

Let me know what you think and remember—I need song suggestions, always. So be sure to post them in the comments below!

Thanks!

  • Smooth Sailin’: Leon Bridges

I first heard this song tearing down the highway on Route 17 in Santa Cruz and can’t seem to get it out of my head. I love the beat and how truly groovy it makes me feel.

 

  • Fire: Jimi Hendrix

One of Prince’s biggest guitar heroes is Jimi Hendrix so I felt like including him in today’s warm-up would be what the Purple One declare as “groovy.”

(No decent videos for this one, sorry!)

  • We Go the Beat: The Go-Go’s

Every single time I play this song it makes me want to watch Fast Times at Ridgemont High all over again (in the best possible way.)

 

  • I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man: Prince

This is by far my favorite prince song of all time and the 6-minute version contains a smokin’ hot guitar solo. (But the 3 ½ minute version is perfect for spin classes.)

 

  • Boys Wanna Be Her: Peaches

When I want to get the most out of my students with the HIIT (High Intensity Intervals) I put on some Peaches and make them move. Works every time.

 

  • Freedom! ‘90: George Michael

Key and Peele’s Keanu movie has me all kinds of excited because it features them, cute cats and music by George Micheal. Win/win, people!

 

  • Safe and Sound: Capital Cities

If there is a bouncier and more fun tune that exists—it will be too damn much for me.

 

  • Everlong: Foo Fighters

I love this song just as much now as I did when it came out 20 (!) years ago.

 

  • I Gotta Feeling: The Black Eyed Peas

Have yet to reach maximum number of times I can listen to this song in a week. Once again—I am a sucker for bouncy and fun.

 

  • Black Gold: Soul Asylum

Speaking of artists from Minnesota—this band is always a treat to see live if you ever get the opportunity.

 

  • Never Let You Go: Third Eye Blind

Probably mentioned this before—but this is my favorite Third Eye Blind song. Not the big hit about meth heads that goes on at least one minute too long.

 

  • Bamboleo: Gipsy Kings

Supposedly there is an English version of this out there in the world but for my money—the Spanish version kicks ass!

 

  • Steal My Sunshine: Len

A perfect little cool down song from this one-hit wonder by from this group from Canada.

 

That’s it for me this time. Now go out there and get your own workout in!

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes: Getting More “Zen” in My Life, AFFA Certs and Podcast News 11

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes April 2016

Gaining More Zen In My Life, Looking for AFAA Certs, Fit Bottomed Girls Articles, and “Book Vs. Movie” Rocking the iTunes the Charts

Look at Us! Top 300 out of many, many thousands!

Look at Us! Top 300 out of many, many thousands!

                                                                                       

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A Busy Margo is an Unwell Margo:    

I hate people who complain how busy they are. It’s a major pet peeve of mine.  Like, “please feel sorry/be jealous about how much I have going on in my life.” It’s obnoxious and not helpful at all.

Of course, life can get really complicated at times and say during tax season you will be super-pressed for time getting your forms and receipts together. Or during the holidays getting your gifts ready and prepping for travel with the family will leave you feeling stressed. But people who constantly humble/brag how busy they are make me want to scream. (Does anyone else remember the Michael Jackson/Janet Jackson song of that name?)

Well, lately I have been struggling with being overscheduled and having too many things due at once. I try to be cheerful about it when I describe my days/weekends to people but lately I have been finding it very hard to relax in the evening. I will start pacing my apartment when my work day is done (I work mostly from home) and if the weather is decent I will run an errand to get some air. Most mornings I teach fitness so I don’t need an extra workout.

Then a friend recommended I try meditation which has been a bugaboo for me for many, many years. I have an “unquiet” mind that struggles to find focus and frankly I am getting sick of it. I want to learn to meditate and hopefully I will learn to relax and take better care of my mental health.

Soooo, I am pleased to announce that I am going to be making monthly installments to a new site called Fit Bottomed Zen where I will discuss the latest in mediation trends and will give updates on my progress. Wish me luck and if you have any advice for how I can get more “Zen” in my life, please leave tips/suggestions below.

Anyhoo, back to my life the past few weeks…

AFAA credits:

Are any of you fitness instructors? Do you have the same struggle as me to get in your credits every two years to keep your certification? Mine just expired and I now have to fit in so many online classes to get my credits in. Are there any courses you recommend I take? I was thinking pre-natal and post-menopausal women would be good for my group fitness certification (taking care of different generations of women!)

Have YOU taken any classes from AFAA or IDEA lately that you think was extra cool/helpful—please let me know! I am struggling to fit it into my busy schedule! (Hardy Har Har)

Fit Bottomed Girls Hits:

As some of you know—I am a NYC contributor for the popular fitness Blog Fit Bottomed Girls and this month I have had some articles featured there including:

Book Vs Movie Podcast News:

Margo Porras of She’s Nacho Mama’s Blog and I co-host the “Book Vs. Movie” podcast (that you can subscribe to via iTunes at this link) and after 15 months worth of shows and struggling to find our way in a male-dominated world. Well guess what—we are in the top 300 podcast for TV & Movies!!! (Out of a hundred thousand if that gives you any perspective.) We are very excited about this milestone and we are also looking for suggestions for book/movie adaptations. So if you have any suggestions—please let me know in the comments below or email us at bookversusmoviepodcast@gmail.com

Whew–that’s it for me today!  I will be back soon with magazine reviews, playlists, reviews and so much more. Happy Spring Everyone!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: Featuring The Killers, Dear Rouge, P!nk, TLC and More! 31

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“Raiding the iPod Classic” Playlist (50 Minute-Ride)

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My collection of iPod Classics on my shabby-chic desk. You’re welcome!

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Coming up with a new playlist on a frequent basis is one of the most stressful parts of my job. When I started out I played everything I liked and figured my students would just learn to dig my eclectic tastes. Over time I have learned to tailor my workouts and playlist to a broader audience so that it is not always “the Margo show.” (Big lesson to new instructors out there—play the whole room!)

When my mind runs out of ideas for songs to play in class it is time to power up the four old iPod Classics that I will never throw away even though their collective battery power barely lasts an hour. The iPod classic is now something of a relic as it seems that the marketplace demands for electronics that serve multiple functions. Why have an iPod AND an iPhone? Just have your calendar, photos, email and music in one place makes life so much easier, right?

The thing is—I love the iPod classic because all it does for me is contain my audio files in one place.  I have thousands of songs and podcasts waiting in one easy to scroll screen. (Hate touch screens for song shuffles!)

It never takes messages or runs out space because it only serves one function. When I groove around Brooklyn with my iPod, I enjoy my music without any beeps or dings or buzzes to remind me of text messages or retweets.

My mistake was that I used them solely and not CDs in my classes (which though they are old-timey contain THE best sound for music IMHO) which quickly wore the “classic” down (you can’t replace the battery in those Apple products!)  I reckon I went through an iPod classic every two years which is expensive and wasteful.

Currently I have a collection of them in a drawer in my office. It’s the same drawer that holds the cat treats so whenever I take them out to recharge (which can be an overnight task for one of them) my Tuxedo cat goes nuts until I give her some “Greenies.”

I decided to take all four of them out and do some digging into past playlists with names like ‘If So Ride,” Classic Ride Climb” and the truly cringe-worthy “One Hit Wonder Ride” when I thought themed classes were going to be “my thing.” (Shuddering at my hubris right now—yeesh!)

However, in the middle of my “way too many 90s and white dudes songs” are some real gems that I completely forgot about and I went through and cherry picked a few to reintroduce to my classes. (Hence the name—the “Raiding the iPod Classic Ride.”)

Let me know what you think and remember—I need song suggestions, always. So be sure to post them in the comments below!

Thanks!

  • Tuesday Morning: The Pougues

This band is about as Irish as it gets which is always a good thing to me and this song in particular is so lush and enjoyable that it starts the ride off in a joyful place.

 

  • I Heard I Had: Dear Rouge

Once again—I am doing everything I can to make this Vancouver band break it big in America so I can see them live in New York. (I have your back Dear Rouge!)

 

  • Battleflag (Radio Edit): Lo Fidelity Allstars

This song was used a few times in the show ER in the 90s to very creepy effect (remember when Dr. Carter was stabbed by the schizophrenic in that crazy episode?!) There is also version and the real version with tons of MFs in it depending on the kind of room you teach.

 

  • I Will Wait: Mumford & Sons

I love how I Will Wait builds in energy (and banjos!) as it moves along.

 

  • Wishing it Was: Santana with Eagle-Eye Cherry

I use this one for a slow climb with heavy resistance and tell me students if they feel sexy listening to it—that’s totally okay. Then I enjoy watching them all sway their shoulders to the beat.

 

  • Lose Control: Missy Elliott and Ciara

Remember at that Super Bowl half time show that started with Katy Perry who was totally upstaged by Missy Elliott? Me too!

 

  • Spaceman: The Killers

For really fast sprints and intervals—you can hardly do better than this one from The Killers.

 

  • The Step and the Walk: The Duke Spirit

I loved this band SO much and have no idea what happened to them. Do any of you have an update?

 

  • South Side: Moby and Gwen Stefani

This song goes right into the dreamy pleasure center in my brain….

 

  • Paralyzer: Finger Eleven

Do you think the name of this band has a dirty double-meaning? Hmmmmmm…

 

  • No Scrubs: TLC

Not only is this song great because TLC sings it but also Kandi Burrus of the Real Housewives of Atlanta wrote it. (Love my Real Housewives…)

 

  • Raise Your Glass: P!nk

Found this one on one of the old iPods and it made me happy right away. The students today loved it as well!

 

  • Wish You Were Here: Radiohead

This version is so completely dope that is blows my mind every time I hear it. Hope it makes your day as well.

 

That’s it for me this time. Now go out there and get your own workout in!

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick “Ventura Highway” 50-Minute Workout Playlist Featuring: Foos, Eminem, Gaga and more 22

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“Ventura Highway” (50 Minute-Ride)

50 Minute Playlist Including a Cool Version of "Ventura Highway"

50 Minute Playlist Including a Cool Version of “Ventura Highway”

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Whenever putting together a playlist for one of my classes I truly struggle with the warm-up song as it sets the tone for the workout. A few years ago I came across this amazing remix of America’sVentura Highway” and love to figure out new ways to introduce it to my classes.

So today’s playlist is a mixture of old and a new tunes designed to get you working out in a good mood.

Let me know what you think of it and remember—I need song suggestions, always. So be sure to post them in the comments below!

Thanks!

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

I love how it has a California/Trance kind of vibe to it and it always starts the class off in a trippy mood.

 

  • Shake it Off: Taylor Swift

Is there any more joyful song than this one by the woman who travels in squads? I am not into collecting friends like that but she sure knows how to write a hit!

 

  • Rumble & Sway: Jamie N Commons

This tune has a fun, bouncy swing to it that makes me happy.

 

  • Saint Cecelia: Foo Fighters

This song mixes two things I love—the name Cecelia (because I am an old-school Irish girl) and the Foo Fighters (because I am also a total rock chick.)

 

  • Spiderwebs: No Doubt

Does anyone else miss Gwen Stefani and the dudes from No Doubt? Their music was so damn great!

 

  • Once in a Lifetime: Talking Heads

When I take my students on a heavy climb in cycling classes or to do a series of lunges in bootcamp—I prefer a heavy song with a strong beat. This one from the Talking Heads does the job nicely. (I prefer the live version.)

 

  • Without Me: Eminem

The funny thing about Eminem is that he seemed so important at the time and that we would miss him when he took time off from his career. Not so much for me but I do love some of his music still.

 

  • Butterfly: Crazy Town

I love me some early 00s pop hits like Butterfly reminds me of my younger days.

 

  • Let Forever Be: The Chemical Brothers

For high intensity drills (HIITs) I like songs that have a powerful feel to them and The Chemical Brothers are masters of that stuff.

 

  • Tusk: Fleetwood Mac

In spin classes I love to guide at least one out of the saddle climb with heavy resistance and then finish with a run up the rest of the hill. “Tusk,” which has the U.S.C marching band propelling the music helps give it a majestic feel.

 

  • Poker Face: Lady Gaga

My favorite version of Lady Gaga is the edge dance diva and this is one of my favorite hits by her.

 

  • Use Me: Hootie & the Blowfish

For the final climb (or floorwork depending on the class) I like to out this Bill Wither’s classic on and ask the class to guess the band. It’s a hoot (pardon the silly pun) to watch them try to figure it out!

 

  • Simple Man: Lynrd Skynrd

I am a “dyed in the wool” city gal at my core but man do I love me some southern rock and this band always makes me smile.

 

That’s it for me this time. Now go out there and get your own workout in!

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Interview with @Hollistic_Hottie of @NYSC 7

Brooklyn Fit Chick Interview:

New York Sports Club’s Amira Lamb

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It’s been a while since I was given the chance to interview a fellow group fitness instructor when New York Sports Club told me that there was a Star Wars themed class in Brooklyn—I had to do find out the details. They are running a few promotions at New York Sports Club in case you want to check them out at  www.mysportsclubs.com

What is your name?

Amira Lamb

Where are you from?

I’m originally from Amherst, MA but have been living in Brooklyn, NY since 2001.

How many years have you been teaching?

I’ve been leading group exercise classes since 1994!

What classes do you teach for NYSC?

I teach BURN, Total Body Conditioning, Cardio Kickboxing, and a class based on the Star Wars movies called “Awaken Your Inner Force”.

What is the Star Wars Workout?

The workout came about after Disney/Lucasfilms contacted us at NYSC to develop a class based on the Star Wars movies. We bring elements like The Force, light sabers, and the athleticism of the Jedi into the fitness studio. We start class by tapping into “The Force” (which I would compare to energy or chi) with focused breathing and rhythmic dynamic movements. Then we do some light saber work including a face-off where the class is divided in two sections.

From here we move into 3 to 4 circuits that are time-based. Each circuit consists of 4 exercises. The first exercise incorporates the light saber such as the Chewbacca Chop. The second exercise is floor work using our own bodyweight as resistance and gliding discs such as the Padawan Push Up.

The third exercise is series of martial arts-based kicks. The fourth exercise in done for 90 seconds and it might be something like a Lightsaber Leap, Lightsaber Burpee, or Jedi Jacks. We actively recover from each high-intensity circuit by tapping back into The Force with focused breathing. To finish off the class we do Ab work with the lightsaber and then the Yoda Flow which is based on Tai Chi. The class was a lot of fun to develop!

How has the response been to it?

People love it and every class has been packed. The response has been so positive that we’ve extended the run of the class another two weeks at the New York clubs!

What is your favorite workout?
That is a really tough question to answer. I love strength training on my own because it’s almost meditative. It’s when I can completely focus on ME. I get to focus on how I want to strength and mold my body. It’s absolutely empowering. I also LOVE leading classes like cardio kickboxing and Total Body Conditioning because a lot of the time, I DO the classes with my class.

What is your advice to workout newbies to stay motivated?

Explore different workouts to see what YOU like. Find something that makes you feel fantastic physically and mentally. You want to find something that hooks you. Find something that you look forward to doing either because of how it makes you feel during or afterwards.

If you tend to stick to things when you have a “partner in crime” – find your workout partner, keep each other accountable and have fun with it.

If data is something that motivates you – the list of fitness apps and gadgets options is never ending. I’m a huge fan of the FitBit. For people who just want to up their activity level in the number of steps they take each day or week – you can create Challenges within the app with up to about 10 of your friends.

Thank you Amira! May the force Stay With You! You can follow her on her website here!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Wins Cool Yoga Mat from @Reebok & @TaraStiles 32

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes February 2016

Winning a Yoga Mat from Reebok & Tara Stiles!!

Fit Bottomed Girls Latest Articles Talkin’ HIIT Workouts

and Lower Ab Moves

Plus:

 “Book vs Movie” The Perks of Being a Wallflower

 Reebok Yoga

 

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I am one of those people who love to complain how I won exactly one trophy when I was a kid. It was by the local Fire Department and they asked for kids in my grade to paint something that would speak to fire prevention. My family was big into camping at the time so I create a pastiche to forest fires which earned me first place which felt great!

(Here I am with my usual tennis shoes and messy hair.)

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After that sweet win—personal victories have escaped me. I have won on teams and as part of a group effort but those solo prizes have been few and far between.

Never a winner when my Blogger peeps have a giveaway and I have entered almost every sweepstakes from Shape and SELF magazine with no results except SPAM emails from affiliate advertisers.

You know that game where you have to guess the number of jelly beans in a jar in order to win the prize?

What are the odds a person actually picks the actual number of beans and winds up coming in second because it was a two-way tie decided by a coin toss? (Me at the age of ten and I have NEVER played one of those games since then. It still stings to think about it…)

Well my luck change recently when I noticed a tweet from Reebok which had a photo of yoga goddess Tara Stiles signing a yoga mat. The tweet asked “what would you do if you won a yoga mat signed by Tara” and I quickly wrote back that I would finally learn how to perform a crow pose.

Well guess what? My lucky streak is starting to happen in 2016 because I received the following tweet:

Reebok Tweet

 

Yippee! The mat arrived in two days and this cat lady is very happy with the design!

Reebok Yoga Mat Cat

Now I just need to learn how to do the crow pose—LOL! Any advice for a crow pose-fearing yoga newbie– leave them in the comments below and hopefully I will be able to nail it sooner than later! (Will post pictures of my progress!)

Thanks so much Reebok & Tara! You really made me feel special. (My cats are enjoying laying on it, by the way!)

Fit Bottomed Girls Hits:

As some of you know—I am a NYC contributor for the popular fitness Blog Fit Bottomed Girls and this month I have had some articles featured there including:

  • A 30-minute HIIT workout that will rock you like a hurricane! In this one I combine High Intensity Intervals of cardio busts with weight bearing moves to get an intense workout in a short amount of time. In case you are wondering about my credentials—I am a certified personal trainer from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and have my group fitness certification from AFAA and try every workout myself before I hit the publish button. Let me know what you think of it!
  • Lower Ab Movies: I also reach out to my favorite health & fitness peeps with their best advice for different kinds of workouts and in this one they offer their favorite lower abs moves to lose the tummy pooch.

Book Vs Movie Podcast News:

Margo Porras of She’s Nacho Mama’s Blog and I co-host the “Book Vs. Movie” podcast (that you can subscribe to via iTunes at this link) and after being on the over a year our numbers keep going up and up. For example—in December we had the most downloads in our history happen and then in January we went up 50% over that which is totally insane but we are having so much fun with it.

Our newest episode was suggested by a fan—Perks of Being a Wallflower which we both love. I have it here if you want to listen to it but I also want to know what your favorite book to movie adaptions are and what we should cover next. Merci in advance!

 

Oh well, that’s it for me today.  I will be back soon with magazine reviews, playlists, reviews and so much more!!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Notes: SoulCycle and Target Team Up, Rachel Platten, Fit Bottomed Girls and More! 28

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes: January 2016

“Soul Cycle & Target Team Up (with a Music Star!)

Fit Bottomed Girls Latest Hits

Plus:

 “Book vs Movie” Podcast Minnesota Public Radio Interview!

Rachel Platten singing "Fight Song" at SoulCycle x Target

Rachel Platten singing “Fight Song” at SoulCycle x Target

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January is just flying by me and for those keeping score—I am still keeping my New Year’s resolution and trying to learn all of my student’s names with the Name Tag Challenge. Every single week I am feeling more confident in my ability to remember them and I can feel a difference in how students are reacting to one another by learning each other’s name. It makes for a more convivial environment and what is not to love about that?

The last couple of weeks have been busy for me with writing this Blog and some other work I have been up to so let’s get to it, shall we?

SoulCycle X Target Tour:

I had the pleasure recently to take place on the opening night of the SoulCycle x Target in New York City which is part of a ten-city tour across the U.S. where you can enjoy free SoulCycle classes thanks to Target. Click on the link before to find out how you can sign up for the remaining dates here:

January 29-31: Atlanta, Denver and Nashville

February 5-7: Minneapolis and Los Angeles

When I arrived at the NYC class who did I spy with my little eye but Miss Nicole of Fitfulfocus.com and I grabbed a quick picture of us:

Me and Nicole!

Me and Nicole!

The ride was pretty incredible with three top notch instructors and a DJ playing behind them on an elevated stage. After a 45-minute sweat session we were treated to the Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” when all of a sudden the singer herself took the stage—really! I quickly jumped off my bike and grabbed this photo of her in action.

Rachel Platten

Rachel Platten

Overall it was a very fun experience and I wish I could have had you all there with me!

Fit Bottomed Girls Hits:

As some of you know—I am a NYC contributor for the popular fitness Blog Fit Bottomed Girls and this month I have had a whole bunch of articles featured there including:

Along with those features I have my very first workout on there as well which you can find right here (you’re welcome!)

Hiit workout

Book Vs Movie Podcast News:

Margo Porras of She’s Nacho Mama’s Blog and I co-host the “Book Vs. Movie” podcast (that you can subscribe to via iTunes at this link) and we are started to get some media attention which is so nutty but awesome at the same time. Last week I had my first live radio interview with Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Central Time” which is an afternoon talk show.

Did you know that there will be 19 movies coming out this year that are based on books? Well I talk about the upcoming film season plus a few of my favorite (and least favorite) book to movie adaptations plus I took a few calls from listeners which made me nervous but ultimately I think it turned out well!

You can listen for yourself here (it only takes 18 minutes!)

Our newest episode is “Psycho” by the way which you can also check out.

 

Oh well, that’s it for me today.  I will be back soon with magazine reviews, playlists, reviews and so much more. Keep warm and dry folks (we are getting tons of snow here!)

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: “Bowie & Mercury Ride” 50 Minutes of Awesome 15

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“Bowie & Freddie” Playlist (50 Minute-Ride)

Bowie and Mercury

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

As I write this post it has been exactly a week since we lost David Bowie and just a few days since Alan Rickman took his acting genius to the big stage in the sky. These are sad days my friends but I refuse to let that stop me from putting a little nostalgia into my playlists to show these amazing artists the respect they are due.

So today I have just one song featuring one of my faves by Bowie and the incomparable Freddie Mercury (who should also still be with us, dammit!)

Let me know what you think of it and remember—I need song suggestions, always. So be sure to post them in the comments below!

Thanks!

  • Best Look Lately: Dear Rouge

If you are looking for a fun, upbeat song to begin your workout—this one by Dear Rouge (a married duo from Alberta) will do very nicely.

 

  • Ch-Check it Out: Beasite Boys

Adam MCA Yauch is gone too! (Life is most unfair, is it not?)

 

  • Pumped Up Kicks: Foster the People

Here we have another peppy tune that people always seem to enjoy when I play it in class.

 

  • Synthetica: Metric

I am an American on a mission to get this Canadian band the recognition they deserve. Buy their music, people!

 

  • Ghosts: Ladytron

If you are not familiar with Ladytron they are a rock, new wave, synth, techno, alternative band from Liverpool that does tons of remixes for big stars all the time. Listen to them!

 

  • The Pit: Silversun Pickups

I love this band for their hard charging music that is perfect for doing fast intervals and sprints.

 

  • Get the Party Started: P!nk

This song has that “everyone in the room is immediately on board” kind of quality to it. In other words—it is always a winner.

 

  • Tell Me Baby: Red Hot Chili Pepper

I use this song for high intensity drills (HIIT) because the Peppers music is perfect for that sort of thing,

 

  • Under Pressure: Queen & David Bowie

They should BOTH still be with us, dammit!

 

  • Family Affair: Mary J. Blige

This number by Mary J. Blige is another “room winner” that gets everyone in a good mood.

 

  • Stronger: Kanye West

I like to finish with a big climb and Kanye, though just a tad egotistical, knows how to create a beat that will keep you motivated.

 

  • I and Love and You: The Avett Brothers

For the cool down music The Avett Brothers always do nicely. Why they didn’t just name this one “Brooklyn Take Me In” confounds me but “I and Love and You” is kind of memorable. I guess…

 

That’s it for me this time. Now go out there get your workout in!

 

Until next time…

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Brooklyn Fit Chick News: The “Name Tag Challenge,” “Waiting to Exhale” and a Piriformis Update! 27

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes New Year’s Resolution Special

“The Name Tag Challenge”

Plus:

 “Book vs Movie” Podcast Episode Waiting to Exhale”

Unleashing My Inner Star Wars Geekiness

Update on My Piriformis Issue

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

It is 2016 and the only New Year’s Resolution I could muster up was to address a problem that has plagued me most of my life–the complete inability to remember people’s names RIGHT AFTER I have just been introduced to them. It’s a serious issue for me because as an instructor I meet new people every day.

Some introduce themselves to you at their first class and it sticks for the few weeks they attend. (Those people always disappear sooner than later!)

For me the problem is the unassuming regulars who spend a few hours a week with me and there is never a formal introduction. We just nod and say “hello, good morning, goodbye” and “have a great weekend!” and I try and tell myself that “it is NOT weird to ask their name at this point” but I chicken out each time.

I don’t want to come across as egocentric and not caring about the people just quietly go about the business of working out. So this year I decided to do something about it once and for all.

My 2016 New Year’s Resolution is to get to know the names of my students by bringing actual name tags to class to pass around to every one in attendance. Every single one which means I get a few exasperated eye rolls and whiny “but you already KNOW my name!” from some folks but mostly the results have been incredibly successful.

People usually say something along the lines of “aw—that is so sweet!” and cheerfully go along with it

Not only have I managed to start the process of remembering so many names but the students themselves feel like they know each other better. There is more of a sense of fellowship and belonging during my classes now which makes my NYC/Cynical heart grows a thousand times bigger each hour.

My plan is to keep this as part of my regular teaching regiment and will let you know how it goes. Here is how our sweaty spin room looked this past Saturday.

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How do you remember other people’s names? Are you changing anything about how you teach this year?

Book Vs Movie Podcast News//We Are #270!

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Margo Porras of She’s Nacho Mama’s Blog and I co-host the “Book Vs. Movie” podcast (that you can subscribe to via iTunes at this link) for over a year now and we are at #270 on iTunes chart out of over 25,000 TV and film podcasts which is pretty damn cool.

If you have any suggestions for us on your favorite book to movie adaptations, leave a comment below and/or at our Facebook Page. (We are always looking for ideas!)

The best thing tome come out of this podcast lately is working with people whose shows I admire including Dana Buckler of How is This Movie who had me on his show to talk all things Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

If you have any interest in the topic check it out and let me know what you think. And how do you feel about the lack of Rey merchandise on the market? (It’s a travesty in my opinion!)

In the meantime, listen to our latest episode talking about Waiting to Exhale. (Enjoy!)

 

Piriformis Trouble:

So after several weeks of dealing with a severe case of Piriformis Syndrome which is when the piriformis muscles (deep inside the glutes) compresses on the sciatic nerve causing a radiating pain down my right leg.

Sleeping on a heating pad, Ibuprofen and my Belle Body Buffer were my coping mechanisms and I was not seeing any improvement until one of my Facebook fans got in touch with me and recommended I try a few new stretches to my routine including a leg pull with a yoga strap which made the pain go away that very night.

Really! I have been pain-free and following this program every night since.

These are the images she sent to me which are not great quality but if you or anyone you know needs help with a similar issue—let me know! Happy to spread the love and help.

Second strech for Piriformis

Streches for Piriformis

Oh well, that’s it for me today.  I will be back soon with magazine reviews, playlists, reviews and so much more. Here’s to a 2016 that will help us all remember names and be pain-free!

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