Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog 105: Podcast News, The Word’s Strongest Coffee & a Yoga Kit Giveaway! 3

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #105

“Book vs Movie” Podcast Revamp News,

Tria Hair Removal System Tryout, Death Wish Coffee, “Space Cadets” in the Classroom

Plus: The Element Yoga Kit Giveaway!

Enter to win this yoga kit!

Enter to win this yoga kit!

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Can you believe there are only two weeks left in the year? Where did all the time go? I have been thinking about all of the events that happened in my life in 2014 and I am grateful to embark on a new year with so many new possibilities. So what I am I excited about this week? Check out just a few things that are making me happy right now.

  • Book Vs Movie Podcast: If there is someone I am grateful for this year it is Margo Porras of She’s Nacho Mama’s Blog as she had the guts to try and start a podcast with me on a moment’s notice. Well “Book vs. Movie” is now going to a new home and we are going to be producing it ourselves (with a big amount of help from Libsyn.com) with a new logo, website—the whole kit and caboodle. Here is our first properly edited episode, coming up in January (a few short weeks away!) we will begin our first episode of the New Year talking about 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. Get ready to get political!

  • Tria Hair Removal System: I will give my full review in two weeks but I so far really like my Tria hair Removal System which is showing signs of working well for me. The places where I had some funky hair issues (including my upper lip—embarrassing!) It is very convenient and does hurt at all. Do any of you remember that horrible product Nads? Where your put that goop on your arms and it hurt like hell? Not true here but as I said I am giving a full review in two weeks.) NOTE: Tria sent me the product for free but the review and opinions are my own.

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  • Death Wish Coffee! Thanks to my new Fitbloggin friend (and Secret Santa!) I have a pound of Death Wish coffee to greet me every morning. This is supposed to be the “world’s strongest coffee” and my 7 am spin class tomorrow will find out if this is truly the case. (Thanks again Danielle!)
  • Space Cadets in The Classroom: I am asking my fellow instructors out there—do you have a space cadet in your classroom. Someone who just zones out and barely pays attention to anything happening in the room? My instinct is to just leave them alone. Have you ever dealt with this issue? Sometimes fellow students remark about it but I have never confronted the person about it. Is that the best thing to do? Let me know what you think!
  • My Newest Giveaway—A Yoga Extravaganza! If you ready to start practicing yoga but not sure how to begin then have I got the giveaway for you! The Element Beginner Yoga Kit which includes three yoga DVDs, a set of yoga blocks and a yoga strap can be yours. But you MUST follow the rules in order to win! (Continental U.S. Only!) Read below for the details.

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

More Information about the Element Yoga Complete Kit Giveaway:

Element: YOGA Complete Kit 

Everything you need to tone your entire body, increase flexibility, melt away stress, boost energy levels and experience the many benefits of yoga. Filmed in a serene garden overlooking the Pacific Ocean, these three DVDs will cultivate strength, flexibility, confidence and clarity.

YOGA BASICS with BONUS POWER YOGA: In Yoga Basics you will experience detailed, step-by-step instruction of 10 basic postures which are the perfect foundation for any yoga practice. Also included as a bonus is a full-length Power Yoga program. This practice will burn calories, tone and firm muscle, improve flexibility and leave you feeling revitalized.

YOGA FOR BEGINNERS: This unique beginner yoga sequence will teach you yoga breathing, show you how to link the breath to movement and make it easy to follow through a full range of yoga poses that will tone, strengthen and stretch your body. You will notice results from your very first practice.

YOGA FOR STRENGTH & FLEXIBILITY: These two complimentary programs are specially designed to build strength and flexibility in the body, mind and spirit. The invigorating Strength practice offers total body conditioning with powerful sequences that tone all major muscle groups, build endurance, cultivate mental focus and increase energy levels. The gentle Flexibility practice unravels tension patterns in both the body and the mind by linking the breath to simple flowing movements that will provide a total body stretch, increase range of motion, enhance agility, help reduce risk of injury and ease all forms of movement.

{Just a note—Anchor Bay Entertainment is not sponsoring this post and will ship the yoga 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 beginner yoga 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, December 27, 2014 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: “Wake Me Up” Avicii, Bruno Mars, Foos & More 2

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“Wake Me Up” (50 Minutes)

Avicii

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Sometimes I look at an old playlist and it will feature a song or two that just don’t move me anymore. Know what I mean? In fact those now dreaded songs will drive me crazy enough to scrap said playlist from my iPod Classic and start over. (Why, oh why, did I not think to buy two of them last year? They go for almost $900 now!)

So today’s playlist is completely suck-free (IMHO) and it will get you good and sweaty when you hit the gym. You’re welcome!

  • Wake Me Up: Avicii

Normally I am not a big fan of “club” or “house” music but dammit if this Swedish dreamboat knows how to write the PERFECT warmup tunes. Try this one for yourself and tell me if it doesn’t get you into the mood to move.

 

  • Since U Been Gone: Kelly Clarkson

Admittedly I am a little late to the party here but Kelly Clarkson is a fantastic singer and whoever picks her tunes for her—bravo!

 

  • All the Small Things: blink-182

Just about everyone in the room songs along when I play this in my classes and the video is sublime.

 

  • The Pretender: Foo Fighters

If you know me then you know that I need me some Foos on a regular basis.

 

  • Sunday Morning: k-os

K-os is a Canadian musician that needs to catch on here in the States. Anyhoo—this song is fun for running out of the saddle sprints.

 

  • Get Up: James Brown

A really complicated man (to say the least!) who was also incredibly talented, James Brown is his best and funkiest here.

 

  • Dancing With Myself: Billy Idol

My inner 80s kid still loves Billy Idol. LOVE!

  • Uptown Funk: Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars

Is there any better new song out there right now? It can’t be possible. And if Uptown Funk doesn’t make you want to go dancing—then you have no soul.

 

  • Love Interruption: Jack White

My super weird crush on Jack White continues at a feverish pace…

 

  • Heavy Metal Drummer: Wilco

Wilco is always on my iPod and this is my favorite song by them.

 

  • Starships: Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj is a bit of an individualist and this is her anthem to those of us who like to outside the mainstream.

 

  • The Perfect Life: Moby with Wayne Coyne

This is one of those long “majestic” climb tunes that helps to end the road on a high note.

 

  • Fade Into You: Mazzy Star

A really nice 90s gem that is perfect for cooling down, love Mazzy Star!

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 Vlog Ep 104: With @HilaryDuff @TriaBeauty @LeslieWalks Nameste Mari Workout! 21

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #104

Hilary Duff Fans Rule!

Tria Hair Removal System Tryout

A Kick-Ass Metabolic Workout from Namaste Mari

Plus: Leslie Sansone “Walk off the Fat Fast” DVD Giveaway

Enter to win this DVD!

Enter to win this DVD!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How is everyone? I have been terribly busy lately and did not have the proper amount of time to get to my Vlog postings so please accept my apologies for slacking in that area. As I said a couple of weeks ago, life has a way of interrupting our best laid plans. Between work, the Blog, the podcast and then dealing with healthcare (insurance) issues I have not had the downtime to focus on giveaways and newsy things I wish to discuss—but today I am back! I have a few news and notes and then we will get right into this week’s giveaway.

So away we go….

  • Hilary Duff Fans: Up on my Blog right now I have a review of the December Health magazine with Hilary Duff and in it I described a (sort of) meeting I had with the Duffster when she was a teen queen. Well her fans have done me a solid and have been retweeting it like pros. Thanks to all of you Duff fans my numbers went through the roof. Thanks gang! You truly are SUPER fans!
  • Tria Hair Removal System: This past October I met with some of the folks from Tria who had some nifty at-home laser treatments for hair removal. I have spent an embarrassing amount of money on threading treatments and waxes which left my skin red, ruddy and did not seem to help the issue. So guess how excited I was when they picked ME to try out the Tria Hair Removal Laser Precision system on my own. Wee! I have been using it for a few weeks now and I will give a proper review next month but so far I am really impressed it.
  • My Girl Namaste Mari: One of my favorite people in the world is Mari from Nameste Mari and each Wednesday she gives you a kick ass workout. This week’s really made me sweat so I asked if she would let me post it here and she said yes! Check out this video which includes an appearance by none other than her adorable cat Zen (I love that boy.)

  • Leslie Sansone Walk Off Fat Fast: If you are looking for a low impact workout that will help get your heartrate up and shape those muscles then you need try out Leslie Sansone and her Walk at Home fitness program. This week’s giveaway is one copy of her DVD Walk Off Fat Fast and is available to one lucky winner in Continental U.S. (Check out a clip here!)

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

 

More Information about the Leslie Sansone Walk Off Fat Fast DVD giveaway:

Leslie Sansone’s Newest DVD,

 “JUST WALK: WALK OFF FAT FAST”

Offers 20, 30 and 40 Minutes Walks!

Beverly Hills, CA – Got 20, 30 or 40 minutes to invest in your health and happiness?  Follow Leslie Sansone’s easy steps and the fat burning pace in her newest DVD,  “Just Walk: Walk Off Fat Fast”. America’s #1 Walking Expert has created three new, unique fat burning, mood-lifting walks that fit any schedule. This DVD will be available in stores and on Amazon beginning December 2, 2014 for a suggested retail price of $14.98.

The three walks get progressively more challenging making them perfect for beginners while still offering a challenge for more seasoned walkers.  The first walk is The 20 Minute Easy Burn. Classic moves like side steps and taps, and the comfortable pace, make for a solid starting point. The 30 Minute “Big Burn” engages a few more muscles and a slightly quicker, but certainly manageable, pace. The 40 Minute Super Burn includes more upper and lower body toning while maintaining a brisk, fat burning pace. In all three walks Sansone is joined by a lively group ranging from a new mom to a gorgeous 80-year old woman. All three programs are designed to leave walkers energized vs. exhausted.

For 25 years, Leslie Sansone has taught people of all ages how to get fit, stay fit and feel better about life. She has 70 million walk fans, and counting. What started as a few classes in her fitness center, has grown into the #1 walking program in the world, having sold over 15 million DVD’s to date.

About Leslie Sansone

Leslie Sansone is a nationally recognized fitness expert, and creator of the Walk at Home program. She believes that our bodies were made to move and we can walk our way to health and wellness. She contributes her time, her expertise, and financial support to health organizations including the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, American Diabetic Association, and MDA. She served on the Leadership Council for IDEA and holds eight certifications including the prestigious American College of Sports Medicine and Cooper Institute: Group Exercise Leader. Sansone was chosen to be one of three keynote speakers for the 2008 American College of Sports Medicine National Fitness and Health Summit. This year she was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame.

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

If you want to win the Leslie Sansone DVD 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 @LeslieWalks DVD 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, December 22, 2014 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

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What Did We Learn This Month? @Goodhealth Health Magazine with Hilary Duff! 0

 

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Health

December 2014

Hilary Duff photographed by Cliff Watts

Hilary Duff photographed by Cliff Watts

Health Cover Star for December:

So have I ever told you guys about my Hilary Duff story? Ten years ago I was working for a teen magazine that is sadly no longer with us (RIP YM!) and once we had the teen queen on our cover.

Hillary was promoting her first album and had a big time CD signing at Virgin Records store in Times Square to celebrate. (Oy, that sentence seems so antiquated now!) Anyhoo– my colleague and I took a stack of magazines over with her smiling face on the cover to see if we could possibly get them autographed for the staff at YM.

I suppose we should have known better than to think we could just show up and say “Hi, we work at a magazine. Can we meet Hillary?” In fact—her security team kept us quite a bit away from the Duffster as she was being greeted by thousands of screaming fans (more than a few crying at the very sight of their teen idol.)

When we were finally able to get a close up look at the star we were told the line was closed and that Hilary had to leave right away. Let’s just say a few young fans were rather heartbroken and the energy changed from super exciting to rather stale and depressing in no time.

The one cool thing that happened though was that a NYC cop yelled out he was a big fan and Hilary leapt over to pose for a few photos with him for the fans who could not get an autograph which I thought was rather sweet.

I will also say my friend and I were worried about the teen star as that up close you could see how tired she was and terribly thin as well. Like scary skinny.

So it makes me so happy to see her now as a fully functioning adult (a mom nonetheless!) looking so happy and healthy inside the magazine.

Anyhoo—Hilary has a new show coming out in January called Younger and it is being produced by Darren Star who only created Sex & the City, people!

So yay Hilary!

Now, what else is inside the December Health?

“Sweat When You’re Sick”

If there is one question I get this time of year as an instructor it’s “hey—can I workout with a cold?” Well I will tell them all to check out the new Health magazine and find out for themselves. You can see it here, however!

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Health Holiday Gift Guide

Of all of their holiday picks for this season I like this page the most. (And I need to get that trigger point foam roller!)

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“I Want Killer Legs”

Yoga diva Kristin McGee shows us why she has some seriously nice gams.

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15 Minutes to a Better Body

Tracy Anderson, official FOG (Friend of Gwyneth), demonstrates some neat core moves you can do just about anywhere when you only have 15 minutes to fit in a workout.

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

  • “Your Breathing: A User’s Manual” I have about every single nasal issue you can imagine so I appreciated this article which talks about all sorts of breathing issues.
  • “Thinner by Dinner!” I am a little obsessed with body shapers and some of the brands featured here look good and are affordable. (Win/win)
  • “Too Many Scans?” Know what to ask your doctor the next time you are scheduled for a CT scan.

Follow Heath online at: www.Health.com

Overall Grade:

B + I liked the gift guide very much and the health features but the workouts were lacking for me. See you next month Health!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Vacay… 4

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Brief Vacay

Plus Latest Book Vs Movie Podcast News, Tria Hair Removal and the Brooklyn Rock N Roll Marathon

This girl is taking a Vlogging/Giveaway break for a few days. Cheers!

This girl is taking a Vlogging/Giveaway break for a few days. Cheers!

Hey there! Hi There! Ho There!

How are you gang? Me? I am fine and dandy but my schedule is just a bit tight right now and I could not get it together for a Vlog post this week. Horrors! I swore when I started this venture that I would never miss a week NO MATTER WHAT. But guess what? Life has a way of moving in on your great plans and throwing them right back into your face while saying “HA!”

However, next week for sure I will be back and up and running. In the meantime I have just a couple of news items for you:

  • Book vs Movie: Our little podcast had our latest episode and here it is Book Vs Movie: Bridget Jones’s Diary. Margo P. and I are launching it on a new website and using a whole new platform to deliver in January so stay tuned for even more fun stuff. Yay!
  • Tria Hair Removal Laser Review: I am in the middle of trying out a new product, the Tria Portable Laser Hair Removal and so far I am loving it. It’s going to be a three-month trial but I will give you more details next week on my Vlog.
  • Running: So I am considering running the Brooklyn Rock & Roll Half Marathon in October and wanted your advice, when should I start training? Please send em your best tips!

Okay–so I will still be here this week for magazine reviews and a possible new playlist. After this week my schedule should hopefully open up and I will be back to Vlogging and giveaways. (Promise!)  Thank you so much for being so understanding.

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What Did We Learn This Month? @WomensHealthMag with Lauren Cohan of The Walking Dead 2

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Women’s Health

December 2014

Lauren Cohan photographed by Tom Svhirmacher

Lauren Cohan photographed by Tom Schirmacher

Women’s Health Cover Star for December 2014: 

Are you a fan of The Walking Dead? Well then you are in luck because star Lauren Cohan is on the cover of this issue and talks about life in the Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia where the show is filmed. Lauren is a gal who was born in New Jersey and grew up in London so she was raised to be adaptable.

She doesn’t give away any secrets about the show but admits playing a badass has put her in the best shape of her life. When filming most meals consists of fish and vegetables and she is putting together her first healthy living cookbook. Can’t wait to give away that one on my Blog when it is published… (Big hint to Lauren’s PR team!)

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

15-Minute Workout “Roll With It”

There are few things I love more than my foam roller—really! You have tight muscles, back pain or knee pain? Just roll it away and Lauren Roxburgh (a wellness coach and fascia/alignment expert) who created a safe & effective workout using one of them at home.

Foam Roller Workout

The Only Thing I Want for Christmas  

This is not a joke—all I want for Christmas is this Drybar Big Hair Don’t Care Holiday Kit that is featured in the magazine’s gift guide. Any takers?

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“The Circle of Life”

LOVE this page which shows the proper length of time you should own certain gym items. (Looks like I need to switch out some sports bras…)

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“Push Back Workout Obstacles”

Super handsome trainer Adam Rosante is all over the media these days with a new book (The 30-Second Body) coming out in March. Here he offers a few exercise suggestions for those of us crunched for time this holiday season. (I plan to try this out tonight!)

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

  • “Does Shanelle Gabriel Look Sick to You” What’s it like to have a disability/pain issue that people can’t see. (My good friend Marilee taught me about this!)
  • ‘Lose Your Mind to Boost It” The whole point of this piece is that you need to lose the meaningless and painful memories from your life in order to get over your own particular obstacles.

Overall Grade:

A  Lots of great workouts and a FABULOUS gift suggestion just for me is making me happy this month.

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

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Brooklyn Fit Chick News: @RunRocknRoll Brooklyn Half, Belly Dance DVD Giveaway & More 19

Brooklyn Fit Chick Weekly Notes

Rock N Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon Announcement (I May Sign Up for this One!)

Fitbloggin Secret Meeting in NYC

“Book Vs Movie” Podcast News

Plus: Belly Dance Workout DVD Giveaway

Enter to Win This DVD!

Enter to Win This DVD!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Since this is a holiday weekend I have decided to keep things short and sweet and get to the good stuff right away. Next week I will be back with a new Vlog when I can promise to NOT look bloated from too many holiday meals. Well, maybe I can’t promise THAT but I will be here no matter what. Pinkie Swear!

Anyhoo—let’s do it!

  • Rock n Roll Half Marathon Brooklyn Announcement: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon has been announced for next October (2015) and will begin at Barclay’s Center and finish in Prospect Park. All kinds of top notch musicians and bands will be playing along the route and that may be the one thing to get me excited about a run. So this means there is a half marathon taking place right in my backyard. I can walk there and walk home. So what I am really saying is—I am thinking of signing up for this half marathon even though I am crappiest runner in the word. Are any of you out there interested in joining me? Let me know and we will get a training schedule going on. Really! I mean it. Please think about signing up with me (pretty please!)
  • Fitbloggin NY Meet Up: This coming Saturday, December 6th at 2 pm will be the time and date for NYC (tri-state) area Fitbloggin’ peeps to get together. If you belong to the secret group on Facebook you know the place we are meeting. If you don’t but still want to join send me an e-mail and let’s chat. brooklynfitchick@gmail.com
  • Book vs. Movie “Bridget Jones’s Diary” If you want to try out a new podcast that is NOT Serial be sure to check out Book vs. Movie podcast where Margo P. (aka “She’s Nacho Mama”) and me will talk about Bridget Jones’s Diary. The drop date will be this Friday, December 5th in the evening and will be available on iTunes and Sticher. We are SO excited about this book and film and think it is perfect for the upcoming holiday season. In the meantime feel free to “like” our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. (Namaste!)
  • Belly Dance DVD Giveaway: This week I am offering the Element DVD Belly Dance Workout as my giveaway with dance expert Jacqui Lalita. Check out the clip below to get an idea on what you can win.

 

More Information about the Element: Belly Dance DVD giveaway:

COULD BELLY DANCING BE THE BEST ANTI-AGING, STRESS RELIEVING WORKOUT? NEW “ELEMENT BELLY DANCE” DVD MAKES IT EASY TO LEARN AT HOME!

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – According to professional dancer and instructor Jacqui Lalita, “Belly dance has been hailed as the dance of longevity because it has so many healing benefits. It is thought to improve circulation, digestion, maintain healthy joints and a strong lower back. It’s a truly empowering practice that builds self-confidence, relieves stress and adds joy to our lives.” Lalita stars in the new “Element: Belly Dance” DVD coming to stores and Amazon for $14.98 (suggested retail price) beginning December 2, 2014 from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Lalita makes it easy for anyone to learn the basic steps right at home with the Foundation segment. She then links the steps together into two dance workouts. As with all Element DVDs, “Belly Dance” was filmed in a lush, tranquil location overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Belly Dance Foundation covers the most commonly used moves like belly circles, hip drops and undulations. The Slow and Sensual Belly Dance Toning program is 23- minutes of graceful linked steps and arm movements. Belly Dance Burn is more energetic 21-minute program made up of two fiery belly dance combinations and a playful drum solo. The programs are designed to appeal to women of all fitness and ability levels. They tone muscles and improve flexibility.

Jacqui Lalita teaches belly dancing workshops, dancer retreats and teacher training sessions all over the United States and the world including Egypt, Turkey and Bali, With over 13 years of teaching experience,  she began her study of Oriental dance at the Mid Eastern Dance Exchange in Miami later joining their faculty. She is originally from Rhode Island.

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

If you want to win the Weight Watchers Stability Ball 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 Belly Dance 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, December 8, 2014 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

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What Did We Learn This Month? @Shape_Magazine with @JulianneHough December Issue 2

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Shape

December 2014

Julianne Hough photographed by Don Flood.

Julianne Hough photographed by Don Flood.

Shape Cover Star for December 2014:

Julianne Hough (Dancing With the Stars) is a busy gal who tours with her equally famous brother Derek, and is creating a show with him called Blackpool which will be a ballroom dancing drama. In addition to her dancing & singing career Julianne acted in the Footloose reboot and (my personal favorite) the “so bad it is good” Safe Haven. (Get it on Netflix if you ever have the chance. She is fine in the part but the script is amazingly cheesy and awesome!)

The multi-hyphentate is also a workout fiend who keeps in top shape by getting at least 8 hours of sleep per night, eating healthy and dancing as often as she can (even on top of her two-hour shows!)

When home in Los Angeles she prefers works with professional trainer Astrid McGuire and you check out some of their workout in the pages of the December issue.

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What else is in this issue of Shape?

“Long and Lean”

Sadie Lincoln is the founder of barre3 studio (there are over 70 locations!) and she offers to Shape a few exercises she prefers to keep her muscles “long and lean.”

 Barre Moves Shape Magazine 001

Shape Gift Guide:Tone Up Fast”

I literally want every single item from this page. Every. Single. Item. (Who is going to be my Secret/Awesome Santa this year?)

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 “Flat Abs Fast”

Every day it seems I reading more and more about New York City-based trainer Adam Rosante who has a book coming out in March called The 30-Second Body. Here he gives us his favorite moves to get your abs tight.

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“Jump to a Hot Body”

If you ever want to watch me make a total fool out of myself—ask me to demonstrate the proper way to jump rope. I am sort of a deranged 4th grader when it comes to skipping rope and would rather NOT do it at such a high level.

However, I know it is a fantastic workout and this program developed by Punk Rope creator Tim Haft looks like it would whip anyone into fighting form,

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

  • “How Can I Ramp Up Results to Get Toned Fast?” If you are looking to get your strength training up a notch—try out these tips from Shape expert Jay Cardiello.
  • “Pretty in Picturs” Good tips on how to take better selfies.
  • “Sneaky Health Threat: Your Vacuum” Did you know that Hoover can “spit bacteria and dust back into the room?” Well, you do now. (Cleaning out mine right now.)

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

A The December issue brought it big-time with the good workouts and useful information. Plus, the gift guide was tops!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 103: Jarvis Cocker, “Text Neck,” “Spin Thighs” Bunk Plus Weight Watchers Stability Ball Giveaway! 18

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #103

Jarvis Cocker “I’m Still Here”

Tracy Anderson’s “Spin” Bunk, The Scourge of the “Text Neck”

Bridget Jones Diary on Book Vs Movie Podcast

Plus: Weight Watchers Stability Ball Kit Giveaway!

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How are you all? Are you good? Me? Thank you for asking—my week started out a big bucket of suck and ended kind of “meh” for me.

Have you ever attempted a challenge and then thought “Can I really be this lame?” I had an unfortunate encounter with someone that I don’t want to dwell on too much but let’s just say their demeanor towards me was the cherry on top of the sh*t sundae that is 2014. Yep, this year has not been that great for me with tons of personal stuff going on that I don’t like to expose to you fine people.

Yet every day I get out of bed and keep working on goals. I have an idea I want to manifest in my life. It’s been tougher than I expected but I WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN. It may take another year of ten years but I am going to bring my dream to life! Whenever I feel broken down, ridiculed, humiliated I remind myself that hell—I am STILL HERE. This is my theme song sung by Jarvis Cocker (written be Stephen Sondheim) and I want to share it with any of you out there that could use a boost (You’re welcome!)

 

Okay now that we all feel empowered; let’s get on to this week’s news and giveaway!

  • Wobble Board Self-Challenge: This is my third week using my Go Fit wobble board whenever I am checking e-mails at my desk. I have a standing desk which I know is better for me than sitting all day but I still tend to stoop over and my posture is suffering.  Overall my experience is that the Wobble Board has been an excellent way for me to proprioceptively challenge my body while still getting work done. Win/win! (No one paid me to say this by the way. I bought it with my own money and this is my true opinion.)
  • Tracy Anderson—the “No Certification Owning Celebrity Personal Trainer” Thinks Spin Classes Make Bulky Thighs: If you know me—you know I have some issues with Tracy Anderson and her offbeat ideas on training and nutrition. First the woman instructs her female clients should never use a weight heavier than 3 pounds because it will give create big arms. (Seriously.) She also sold a diet program a few years ago which was in essence promoting deprivation. Now she is telling the Daily Mail that Spin classes will make you gain weight! This is utter nonsense and it makes me crazy. I will include a sample of her “Dynamic Eating Plan” that was supposed to help you lose weight and detox (another word I hate.) Take a look at it for yourself and tell me if this would satisfy you after working out for her recommended 60-90 minutes per day EVERY DAY!

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Let me confess that I do rather enjoy her mat routines (leg lifts) even though they kill me. She is an interesting choreographer and seems to really put a great deal of effort of trying to make the old look new which is not easy.  However, her fitness advice is not always backed by science so keep that in mind when reading her pronouncements.

What else do I want to talk about today?

  • Do You Know About “Text Neck?” Also from the Daily Mail is this article talking about how poor posture and stooping your neck down to check your phone will add up to 60 pounds of pressure on your neck! That is not good in case you are wondering. Compensations like this can cause major health issues so please take the time and make sure your head and neck are in proper alignment throughout the day!
  • Key & Peele’s Aerobics Challenge: For all of you who love the 1987 clip of the Crystal Light Aerobics Championship that hit the internet this past week you have to check out this hilarious (and very dark) spoof from Key & Peele which is accurate down to the use of the music.
  • Book vs. Movie “Bridget Jones’s Diary”: So what book are we tackling next on the Book vs. Movie podcast? Margo P. (aka “She’s Nacho Mama” and me will talk about the hit book that came out in 1995 (!) plus the beloved film starring initially controversial choice Renee Zellweger so get your granny panties ready for a good chat. (Podcast drop date to come soon!) In the meantime feel free to “like” our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. (Namaste!)
  • Weight Watchers Stability Ball Kit Giveaway: Do you want to win a Weight Watchers Stability Ball Kit? Well then check out the Vlog below and find out how to win! (Continental U.S.only)

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

 

Have a Ball with New Weight Watchers® Fitness Kit!

Beverly Hills, CA – Weight Watchers, the world’s leading provider of weight management services, has two workout kits coming for all fitness levels from Anchor Bay Entertainment. “Weight Watchers: Pick Your Spot Stability Ball Kit” will be available late September 2014 at Wal-Mart stores and www.walmart.com.  This brand new kit includes a stability ball, pump, DVD starring fitness expert Lisa Wheeler and more. It has a suggested retail price of $39.98.

The DVD included in the “Weight Watchers: Pick Your Spot Stability Ball Kit” contains four different 10-minute segments each targeting a specific area of the body; the belly, butt, thighs and the upper body, including the arms and shoulders.  Beginner, intermediate and advanced modifications are demonstrated throughout. Three to five pound dumbbells may be used during the upper body segment by those who feel ready for that challenge. Menu options let users easily program the segments in any order they’d like. The warm up and cool down segments are automatically added. The premium anti-burst, 7P-free stability ball is easily inflated with the hand pump that is included. The kit also includes a 10-week exercise tracker, 10 dessert recipes and over $15 in savings on Weight Watchers products. Instructor Lisa Wheeler has a B.A. in Dance and Theatre and is certified by NASM, ACE and AFAA. She is the national creative program manager of group fitness at Equinox and lives in New York City.

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

If you want to win the Weight Watchers Stability Ball 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 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, December 1, 2014 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: “Shut Up and Drive” Ride! 4

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“Shut Up and Drive Ride”

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“Yo Margo! Let’s hang out at the Barclay Center!”

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I love putting together playlists. The ability to be a coach while also indulging in my “secret DJ” side has brought me so much indescribable joy in my life that I could honestly when I hear a student say “I just love your music!” (Heart is beating faster and spirit is now soaring!)

So when I started to post them up on this here Blog I just sort of wanted to place to just PUT them. I honestly did not expect anyone to actually pay attention but have crazily formed relationships with instructors all over the world who have added some of my favorite tunes to their class playlists.

It makes this Fit Chick so happy to introduce Metric and Dear Rouge to other instructors and now I am asking YOU to send me your favorite song suggestions. Bring –em on and let us all dominate the world with one playlist at a time!

Let’s Go!

  • Shut Up and Drive: Rhianna

Rhianna is sort of a new obsession for me. I am just digging her style and grooving to her tunes as often as I can. This is a fun one to play at the top of the class to get their attention and get them focused on a high energy workout.

 

  • I Heard I Had: Dear Rouge

I am sort of obsessed with this duo from Vancouver who won a ton of radio competitions in the Great White North. Now I need to help them break big here in the States!

 

  • Swamp: Talking Heads

This is my opportunity to get just a wee bit self-indulgent and play one of the my favorite songs form one of my favorite concert films (Stop Making Sense) of all time.

 

  • I Will Wait: Mumford & Sons

Normally I am not a “banjo” kind of gal but this song is fun to get people moving their butts faster to keep up to the beat.

 

  • No Church in the Wild: Kanye West & Jay Z

I love, love, love this song so much and appreciate the Frank Ocean singing along with Kanye and Jay Z pretending to be bad asses.

 

  • Jingo: Santana

Okay gang—if you need a song to rev people up and push them—try this one from Santana that features a tribal drum beat that is off the hook!

 

  • Butterfly: Crazy Town

No idea what this song is even about but it is pretty damn great!

 

  • Chelsea Dagger: The Fratellis

I just got turned on t this band from Scotland and this tune makes me want to pump my fist in the air (in a good way, of course.)

 

  • Gold Guns Girls: Metric

This is another Canadian band I am determined to make more famous—one class at a time.

 

  • Poker Face: Lady Gaga

It’s been a while since I featured the shy and bashful LG in a playlist so why not today? (If you get a chance—go to You Tube and look up Christopher Walken reading the lyrics to Poker Face—it’s a gem!)

 

  • Tonight Tonight: Smashing Pumpkins

I like to use this song for a climb that finished with a big flourish—try it and see for yourself!

 

  • Heart is a Drum: Beck

A really dreamy tune and perfect for a cool down from the cooler than ever Beck.

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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