Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 90 New Podcast News!!! 1

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #90

The Two Margos Launch a Brand New Podcast: Book vs. Movie!!!

The Margos Announce New Podcast "Book Vs. Movie!"

The Margos Announce New Podcast “Book Vs. Movie!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

It’s here! Today is the day I can finally announce the BIG NEWS that I am partnering with the lovely & talented Margo P. of She’s Nacho Mama Podcast for our first podcast—Book Vs. Movie! Ta dah!

Yes! It is true. The two Margos are pulling our collective talents together to create a podcast devoted to two things that we both love—books and movies. We found this out a few weeks ago when we came back from the Fitbloggin convention which took place in Savannah this year. Margo & I get together every year after Fitbloggin to chat for an hour or so on her podcast to talk about what we loved (and didn’t love) whilst hanging out with our fitness peeps.

This year we wound up spending so much time talking about the John Brendt book (and later the Clint Eastwood film) Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil that it got me thinking—maybe Margo & I can co-host a podcast based on the two of us just chatting about books and movies? No kids, no diets, no workouts, no #justtrollin and no “how do I manage all of the facets of my life” kind of podcast. We are going to keep it fun and lively because dammit—we all deserve to have both in our lives!

So guess what?  We are going live this Friday, August 1st at 6 pm eastern time and then the link will be available online and on ITunes. Please check back with us either on our brand new Facebook page Book vs. Movie (which we encourage you to “like”) to get all of our latest news and to know what exactly we will be talking about for each episode.

For the Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil book you should be able to find it at your local library (it’s one of those sensations that will always be popular) but you can also find second-hand copies on Amazon.com for less than a penny (minus shipping and handling, of course.)

The Clint Eastwood film is available Amazon.com, ITunes and if you are a real cheapskate— the full movie is on YouTube.

We will be working out a schedule for the upcoming podcasts soon as we have SO many great ideas on what books & films we want to discuss in the future.

Now if you can stand my enthusiasm for this even more–here is my Vlog for this week (my 90th!)

 

Are there any book & Movies you want us to feature on our show? Leave a comment below.

Cannot wait to get started with this new adventure! (Power Margos!)

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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What Did We Learn This Month? Shape magazine with Jillian Michaels!! 5

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Shape

July/August 2014

Jillian Michaels photographed by Don Flood

Jillian Michaels photographed by Don Flood

 

Shape Cover Star for June/August 2014:

OMG! The one and only Jillian Michaels is on the cover and looking as fierce as always. Jillian turned 40 this year and is feeling pretty darn good about her life (and WHY not?) Inside the magazine she is butt naked and showing offer her strong physique. (Mrow!)

We also get the second-part of her exclusive Summer Shape Up plan if you want to try out her personal “Bodyshred” class on your own.

Jillian inside workout abs 001

 

What else is on the July/August issue of Shape?

Venus Williams

I am a proud ambassador for EleVen by Venus workout wear created by the incredible Venus Williams who has a degree in fashion design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Go Venus!

Venus Williams 001

“Float Your Boat”

Kayaking is such a wonderful way to enjoy the water and get in an excellent upper body workout. Here we get tips for a day of paddling from pro Christie Eastman.

 Float Your Boat 001

“Stay Toned on the Road”

If you are travelling this summer (and good on you if you are!) this workout created by trainer Mike Donavanik utilizes a chair & a wall to get in a perfect 15-minute workout.

Workout of the Month 001

 “Water Works”

Shape gives us a whole page of gear to help you spend a day splashing around in style. (The Astral water safe shoes give me the “I wants.”)

Watersports 001

“Hit Your Stride”

Elliptical training expert Annette Comerchero created “EllipFit” in Los Angeles and you can try her exclusive workout here.

Hit Your Stride 001
And now the rest of the best of this issue of Shape:

  • “Sunscreen Savvy” There is much more to sunblock and sunscreen than just lathering it on and hoping not to get burned. The best products for all outdoor activities plus how to apply them effectively.
  • “Brave New Workouts” Top fitness experts talk about trying all kinds of ‘scary” workouts from CrossFit to obstacle races to Krav Maga. (need to try that last one!)

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

A  The July/August issue is an action-packed magazine you can take to the beach and enjoy. See you in September Shape!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog 89: Big News, Cranky Fitness and Postcards from the Edge of Brooklyn 4

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #89

Super-Secret Project with a Fellow Margo, The Joys of “Cranky Fitness” and

My Super Brooklyn Postcard Extravaganza!

Could you use some postcard cheer?

Could you use some postcard cheer?

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I am filled with good news today and want to shout it out from the rooftops but alas, I must keep it under wraps for another week or so. (Ooh—how can I keep this to myself? I am dying to talk about it!) Hang on impatient friends and family—there is a new project I am working on with my fellow Margo of She’s Nacho Mama Podcastand we are both crossing our fingers and sending good Juju out to the world that it will be something that lots of folks will enjoy. Not just our usual yoga, Zumba, spinning, workout and “playout” crew but also those who love entertainment.

Entertainment? What kind of entertainment Margo?

I have already said too much! Wait right here until next my next Vlog post (my 90th!) next week to get all the details. (Dying to say something but must restrain myself…)

In the meantime I want to introduce you to a new friend of mine—Jan from Cranky Fitness. Jan used to be an attorney and family therapist but now makes her bones as a life & wellness coach (as well as an ACE-certified wellness coach) and Blogger whose motto is “Healthy Living is a Pain in the Ass!” (What is not to love about this woman?) Cranky Fitness is an excellent resource on all kinds of health, fitness & nutrition topics including a few of my favorites here:

Jan also won the bike seat from Terry Bikes (and me!) at Fitbloggin this year. Be sure to check her out!

And now for my “Super Brooklyn Postcard Extravaganza!”

Recently I participated with a group of fellow Bloggers to send postcards to one another as encouragement and to say “hello” to people we don’t get to see in person very often. This idea had me thinking about all of the times when my students and social media followers take the time out of their busy days to tell me that I make them smile. I get so bogged down with all of my projects and responsibilities that it frankly makes me a “cranky” mess at times. (I know—shocking news, right?)

On Sundays I teach three back to back classes (spin/spin/core) and I have to admit there are times when I say to myself “Screw it—it’s Sunday and I am working again? Grrr!” (Especially on a beautiful morning when I would rather be out on my bike—double grr!)

However every week I still keep going and get such a happy buzz from helping folks end their weekend on a healthy note.

Today one of my favorites said to me that she loves my 10:30 am core class so much she schedules the weekend around it. “My kids know not to make plans with me until after 11:30 when you are done.”

This made me so happy that I decided to send my own encouragement out to those in the world who could use it. Are you in the need of a little postcard cheer? Then be sure to post in the comments below and send me a note on Twitter (@brooklynfitchik) and I will personally send you a postcard from my lovely Brooklyn. Really!

Here are more details!

 

Got that?

I will collect names & addresses until midnight, Sunday, July 27th (eastern time.) Hope you all have an amazing week and I can NOT wait to tell you my BIG news!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: “Good Feeling” 50-Minute Playlist 7

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“Good Feeling” 50-Minute Ride

Flor Rida

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Its midsummer when I type this and I am in the mood to listen to good tunes that motivate me to work out indoors (the “summuh” heat in New York City is off the charts!) So today I collected music that will take you through a 50-minunte interval workout for either the treadmill or elliptical that will keep you in the mood to move.

Be sure to keep hydrated while you workout and as always—send me your favorite song suggestions!

 

  • Good Feeling: Flo Rida

I was not too familiar with Flo Rida before so let me know tell you what I have learned about him. He’s 6’3”, grew up in Carol City, Florida, attempted college twice before deciding to make his rap dreams come true and is a WWE fan. You’re welcome!

 

  • Valerie (featuring Amy Winehouse): Mark Ronson (featuring Amy Winehouse)

The 60s vibe is just so infectious and catchy. What a talent! RIP AW

  • Uprising: Muse

As much as I love listening to this band on my iPod everyone tells me you have to see Muse live in order to really appreciate them. So who is taking me to the show?

 

  • Walk: Foo Fighters

If you are wondering where the band name comes from—WW2 pilots would call UFO’s “Foo Fighters” because they did not know what else to call them and not look crazy. Got it?

Also—warning about playing this song in class as the volume goes CRAZY HIGH in the middle section. Still totally awesome but be aware of that.

 

  • Waterfalls: TLC

My favorite thing in the world is to tell my students to sing along to the chorus of Waterfalls because really what is more fun than that?

 

  • Please Don’t Leave Me: P!nk

This is one of the sweetest and saddest songs about thanking someone for loving you that I have ever heard.

 

  • Tell Me Baby: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Some people complain that they can’t tell one Red Hot Chili Peppers tunes from another one but I don’t care. If music is good—who cares if it is repetitive?

 

  • Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High: Arctic Monkeys

I think we have all had friends like this…or is it just me?

 

  • Feel Good Inc: Gorillaz

This song is fun to play when I want to incorporate sprints into the mix.

 

  • Pumped Up Kicks: Foster the People

If you listen to the lyrics of Pumped Up Kicks are pretty violent but the beat is so boppy and fun that no one ever seems to notice or care.

 

  • No More Drama: Mary J. Blige

I usually use this song for a slow climb and it’s another care where if you don’t feel the need to sing along you are officially a monster.

 

  • I Feel Love: Blue Man Group

True story—my friends Claudine & Keith would play this song over and over and over again for their eldest daughter when she was a baby because no other sound would soothe her.

 

  • Stay: Rhianna featuring Mikky Ekko

Patti Smith performs a lovely version of this song in her live shows.

 

That’s all I have today folks. Let me know about some of your favorite songs and radio stations. I am always looking for good tunes.

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 88: She’s Nacho Mama Podcast, Fit Bottomed Girls Spin Tips, Manhattanhenge & Momentum Giveaway! 19

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #88

She’s Nacho Mama Podcast, Tips for Indoor Cycling Classes, “Manhattanhenge”

Plus: Motivate Wrap and Foot Notes Shoe Charm from Momentum Giveaway

 Momentum Motivate Wrap

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

It has been quite a hot week in New York and I have been busier than usual in both my work life and “real” life but as always I am happy to do my weekly check-in with all of you. So instead of babbling on and on—let’s dive right in to this week’s news bits (which includes a giveaway & discount code from Momentum workout jewelry) and then head into this week’s Vlog (my 88th!)

  • She’s Nacho Mama’s Podcast: Power to the Margos! The lovely Margo of She’s Nacho Mama Podcast had me once again as a guest on her show to talk all about Fitbloggin in Savannah and it was a hoot! First of all we were both obsessed with The Pink House and Jim Williams who was the main subject featured in the non-fiction book Midnight In the Garden of Good & Evil (Kevin Spacey played him in the utterly forgettable Clint Eastwood film.) The two Margos talk about our daily exploits during the convention, our favorite meals, the hot weather, my messy hair, her ice cream-stained outfit and more in this rollicking hour. Thank you so much Margo for having me on your show!
  • Manhattanhenge: What is Manhattanhenge? Well basically there are only two nights each year where the sun sets along New York City and the sun aligns perfectly between the buildings. My awesome big brother Joe suggested we go together and we started at the Tudor City Bridge overpass on 42nd street which quickly became too crowded so he suggested we watch from the street. At first I played the role of his mother and scolded him for walking into traffic to get a better look. But soon enough we were both standing in the middle of the street getting our shot in. See!

 

Look, up in the sky! It's a sunset!

Look, up in the sky! It’s a sunset!

 

I have a video of the moment as well where you can hear me squealing with delight. It was just so cool!!!

 

  • Motivate Giveaway: Motivate was created by Amy Cochrane who wanted to offer workout lovers wearable jewelry to the gym (or on the road) to both inspire and look cool. Motivate has dozens of options for both colors and slogans you want to wear on your wrist (the Motivate Wrap) or shoe laces (Foot Notes shoe charm) and all of the work is top notch. Even better than looking great—they are SO comfortable to wear. You will not have something that feels scratchy or binding on your wrist and it will give just that hint of extra awesome when you need a little extra motivation.
  • I am hosting a giveaway on my Blog this week but if you are looking to order one on your own be sure to visit their website http://www.designsthatmoveyou.com/ and use the code GGS 158 to get an extra 15% off up until September 15, 2014. Score!

Motivate will send the Motivate Wrap and Foot Notes to the winner directly and did not pay for this post. They will handle all shipping and details about the winning items.

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

Be sure to follow Motivate at the following places:

facebook:  /designsthatmoveyou

twitter: @MomentumJewelry

pinterest: /momentumjewelry

instagram: momentumjewelry

 

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.
  • Post a comment on Twitter that says “I want to win the Motivate Wrap and shoe charm @momentumjewelry 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, July 21st at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck and enter as often as you like! (I suggest you use all social media outlets to up your chances!)

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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What Did We Learn This Month? Women’s Health magazine with Shailene Woodley on the cover! 2

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Women’s Health

July/August 2014

Shailene Woodley photographed by Tom  Schirmacher

Shailene Woodley photographed by Tom Schirmacher

Women’s Health July/August Cover Star:

I love Shailene Woodley. Not in that dopey “girl crush” way (an expression I loathe) but in a “wow—there is a genuinely nice human being who is using their fame to highlight important causes” kind of way. Shailene is a gal who likes simple things—food cooked in “their purest version,” using beets to not only eat but also as blush on her cheeks (really!) and living life out of one carry-on suitcase.

Shailene is having one heck of a summer as the star of The Fault in Our Stars which is sending the actress into superstar status around the world. She could walk around with a sense of entitlement and look down on others but instead one of her goals in life is to “be the best version of myself and be so kind and compassionate towards others.”

Honestly I could go and gush about her so more but just get the magazine and read about this fabulous young lady on your own. She is good people!

 

So what else is in the July/August issue of Women’s Health

15-Minute Workout “Run Faster, Get Firmer”

Summer’s here and we are all enjoying the cardio outside thing but many of us neglect weight training which can actually slow us down. Dr. Jordan Metzl (author of The Exercise Cure) provided this workout that uses bodyweight only (no equipment!) and can be done anywhere to supplement your cardio workouts.

15 Minute workout 001

 4 Moves: Insanely Toned Abs”  

Here we have a crunch-free workout from trainer Katie Mack (Peak Performance NYC) that you can perform three sets of on three non-consecutive days per week to get your core lean and strong.

4 no crunch ab moves 001

 “8 Ugly-Cute Sandals”

This is one trend I just can’t get behind. Not that I hate comfy sandals but I like “cute” things in my glossies.

8 Ugly Cute Sandals 001

 

Now for the pages that give the “I Wants!”

Women’s Health has collected several shopping pages in this issue that are making say “I want that!” for example:

“Get Outside”

There are tips for taking average of “free equipment” in your local park plus gear to keep you safe from the elements.

Hiking Gear 001

“Be Mindful”

I love me some yoga gear… (And the Oakley Energy Tank is tres adorable!)

Yoga Gear 001

“Run Better”

Okay—I am not a big runner but the Asics Abby Pocket Bra featured here is to die for!

Run Gear 001

The rest of the best of this issue of Women’s Health:

  • “Power Up Your Beauty Routine” Women’s Health collected the latest beauty products that will help with sun damage, tired eyes plus a souped-up dry shampoo I wish I had with me at Fitbloggin’ this year.
  • “Guide to Sex Toys” Pretty thorough I have to say…
  • “High Anxiety” Science shows that women are more prone to anxiety and acute fears than men.  (Um, is that a ladder you would like me to climb? No thank you.) If you have phobias that hold you back from enjoying life—check out this article.
  • “Vote for the Next Fitness Star” Women’s Health has narrowed down the finalists for their annual “Fitness Star” competition and you can meet them all in this issue.

Overall Grade:

A This issue made me happy!

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

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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What Did We Learn This Month? Fitness Magazine July/August Issue 2

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Fitness

July/August 2014

Fitness Magazine/Cover model Kathy Leutner photographed by Jeff Olson

Fitness Magazine/Cover model Kathy Leutner photographed by Jeff Olson

What Do We Learn This Month in Fitness?

 “Game Time”

Trainer Melissa Morin created Adult Summer Camp class for the New York Sports Club and offered a few workouts you can do to mimic “playtime” on your own. (Love the “Surfer’s Paddle” move!)

Express Workout 001

 

“Pump Up Your Run”

Fitness asked DJ Whoo Kid for his picks for a playlist that will help you fun faster and longer.

Run Playlist 001

 

 

“The Fit Girl’s Getaway Time”

Looking for a place to vacay that requires a little more out of you than some sunblock and a fruity cocktail? (That has to be true for someone out there, right?) Check out these ideas for taking your week off with some fun sweat sessions included.

Getaway Guide 001

 

 

“Amazing Abs”

Trainer Anna Kaiser is super-hot these days with a reputation for helping her students get long lean frames and here we get a few of her moves that target your abs.

Crunch-Free Abs Moves 001

 

And now the rest of this issue of Fitness:

  • “The Proper Way to a Plank” I teach these several times per week but am always looking for new ways to describe how to actually perform a plank. Check out this guide on page 99.
  • “Ace Your Race” Whether or you’re a hardcore runner looking to up your speed or a beginner looking tackle your first 5K—this guide will help you.
  • “Too Healthy For Your Own Good?” I know some folks have a hard time taking even one day off from their workout or veering from their diet in the slightest—but compulsive behavior can take over your thinking and cause bigger problems later. Signs on accessing how “addicted” you really might be.

 

Overall Grade:

A!  Throw this issue into your beach bag and stay inspired for the summer. (Go ahead and enjoy a fruity cocktail while you are at it!)

You can follow Fitness magazine at www.fitnessmagazine.com

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Super Duper Fitbloggin’ Recap Plus Vlog Post 87! 22

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #87

The Super-Duper 2014 Fitbloggin’ Recap!!!

2014 Night 1

This will make much more sense later on in the post.

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I am finally ready to put some of my thoughts down about the latest Fitbloggin’ convention (my fourth!) that took place in Savannah this year and offer myself advice for the next trip I take to the south. The days went by in a whirlwind and it was a great mix learning new skills and catching up with old friends.

I had a blast but let me make this absolutely clear—I would change some things if there were a chance for a “Savannah Fitbloggin’ Do-Over.”

  • Put “more” not less into the carry-on suitcase. It was so damn hot and humid in Savannah I mistakenly thought I could bring a couple of changes of wardrobe and be fine.  Soon enough, However, I was sweating my butt off and quickly ran out of options to wear to the multiple events held at the Hyatt. (Note to self—maxi dresses are a gift of the modern age.) If I had to do over there would be more options and less worry about saving space in the suitcase for souvenirs.
  • Bring a flatiron! It was over 90 degrees every day and high humidity so of course my hair had a freak-out. Managed to forget to bring a brush as well. (Also, never going to THAT salon on Fifth in Park Slope again for selling me a crap Keratin treatment!)
  • Pack the nice make-up: I brought along the usual “on vacation” drug-store mascara, eyeliner, foundation, etc. and every speck of it melted off my face in no time. Next time I haul my cookies down to Georgia I will remember to being the lotions and potions that work in any weather. (Think Sephora and not CVS beauty supply!)
  • Order some damn fried chicken! I somehow missed the opportunity to eat real southern fried chicken with gravy and biscuits. (Bad Margo! Bad! Bad!)

But other than that my time in Savannah was magical and I including a few of the highlights for y’all right here. (You’re welcome!)

Day 1:

I was happily surprised to find two of my Blogger friends on the same flight as me. Brooklyn Active Mama and Kimberly of Manifest Yourself greeted me at the Jet Blue gate which immediately got me in the mood for fun times and good vibes. Look how gorgeous we are!

 

Kimberly, Me and Schnelle at JFK airport

Kimberly, Me and Schnelle at JFK airport

I landed in Savannah and checked on Facebook to find out that Thea of It’s Me Vs. Me was looking for a lunchtime pal. I asked if she would be up for a good old-fashioned southern meal at The Olde Pink House and we were off to the races.

Many friends and acquaintances recommended I eat at “The Pink House” and color me grateful for that tip. This will forever be known as the spot where I first tried fried green tomatoes and watermelon gazpacho. Talk about NOM NOM good? Check out the photos to get an idea of how damn delicious it was:

Fried Green Tomatoes:

Fried Green Tomatoes

“BLT” Salad:

BLT Salad

After our meal we were given the opportunity to explore the rest of Pink House (which was originally built as a private residence in 1789) and were completely blown away with both the décor and the history.

Dining room:

Pink House Interior

At one time the Pink House was a bank and this was the location of their vault (which is now a wine cellar)

Bank Vault Wine Cellar

The “Pink House Pig” that I decided to call Oliver:

Pink House Pig

After our yummy lunch Thea and I headed over to the Gryphon Tea Room and were both gobsmacked at how lovely & charming the city is. So much so that I grabbed my iPad to take this video (apologies for not filming horizontally) to try and capture its essence—here it is!

 

Then we met up with the group for the prearranged tea time set up by “Losing Weight and Having Fun” Blogger Sarah:

Gryphon Tea

The Gryphon Tea Room was insanely beautiful and I was happy to join in the fun (sipping ice coffee because hot tea makes me gag.)

Gryphon tea 5

Whilst there I met up with my gorgeous roommate Christine of Dubya Wife (she brought a fancy hat and everything!)

Christine Gryphon

There were also pastries and yummy treats on display– however one of my lunch pals (who is of the British persuasion) described everything from the tea to the food as “upper crap.”  Can’t argue or agree with their assessment but to each their own, oui?

Gryphon tea 2

That day/night I stayed up until 2 am catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. It was fabulous and featured Legos! Yup–I got pretty drunk and stayed up WAY past my usual bed time. (Photographic evidence at the top.)

Day 2:

The next day I took the “Anti-Computer Body Workout” from celebrity trainer Ashley Borden who was kind enough to speak with me after class for my myriad of training questions. (Thank you Ashley!)

Me and Ashley Borden

One of the best things about the trip was meeting up with fellow EleVen by Venus ambassadors such as Brooke Not on a Diet (love this girl!)

Fitbloggin Team Venus 2

And once again with my Brooklyn bud Schnelle!

2014 Team Venus

From the Sweat Pink & Fit Approach I grabbed Becky Stifter for this shot (how adorable is she, by the way?)

Fitbloggin 2014 Golden Bear becky

Day 3:

I was terribly nervous that NO ONE would show up for my small group discussion How to Pitch Brands for Ambassadorships and Sponsorships that took place Saturday morning at the same damn time as 80s Zumba!! (Who scheduled this? Why do you hate me?)

However I was pleased as punch to see I had a full room waiting for my advice. It made feel great and very useful.

During my talk I used Terry Bicycles as an example of a brand I help with their social media. I enticed my group to show up with the promise that one of them would win this package if they stayed the whole time:

Fitbloggin 2014 Terry Bikes

Lo and behold “Crabby” at Cranky Fitness was my winner for correctly answering this trivia question: “Name two Brooklyn singing legends who went to the same high school together in the 1960s” (Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond, of course!)

She plans to enjoy her new seat rising around Provincetown soon.

Afterwards I was lucky enough to attend Katy Widrick’s How to Make a Media Kit discussion which was so inspiring. Thank you Katy! She even has an example of a press kit created in a Word document! Really!

Katy Widrick

And just like that I had to run off to the airport and catch my flight back home. It was a fun time and I am pleased to announce here that Fitbloggin 15 will take place this time next year in Denver—whoo hoo!!

NYC on the horizon

Wait–there’s more–check out more of my thoughts about Fitbloggin with my newest Vlog post now filmed in landscape!

 

One of my favorite souvenirs from Fitbloggin this year is my collection of business cards I managed to remember to ask for this year (Grrr–I missed getting them from all of the people I wanted!)

Business Card collection 001

So what were your favorite parts of Fitbloggin? What was your favorite session? Where did you eat? I want to hear it all!!!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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What Did We Learn This Month? Health magazine with Maria Menounos on the Cover! 8

 

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Health

July/August 2014

Maria Menounos photographed by James White

Maria Menounos photographed by James White

Health CoverStar for July/August

Maria Menounos

All I know about Maria Menounos comes from listening to her interviews with Howard Stern where the entertainment reporter says “nooooo-uh!” and “yes-uh!” constantly. Plus, she also has a fun/goofy laugh.  After reading this interview I now know that Maria has a reality show on Oxygen called Chasing Maria Manounos and just published her own diet book The EveryGirl’s Guide to Diet & Fitness.

In college Maria had at one point ate “competitively” to keep up with her guy friends and wound up gaining 40 pounds by her junior year. Then she noticed a sign for a Miss Massachusetts pageant with a $1000 entrance fee thinking spending that much money would give her to motivation to lose weight and fix her bad eating habits. She has kept the weight off 16 years later!

You can get a look-see at some of Maria’s favorite exercises here:

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So what else is inside the July/August Health?

“Good Morning Yoga”

One of my first events I attended as a Fit Bottomed Girl featured yoga star Kristin McGee and I was gaga for her right away. So sweet and down to earth! Here is her favorite morning yoga warm-up.

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“Tracy Tones You”

I love how Tracy Anderson mixes it up on the mat and create unique movements to work smaller muscles. Though some of these had me scratching my head but will try them out and see how they work.

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“A User’s Manual: Your Muslces”

Whether your muscles are sore, strained or cramping—Health shows how to take care of them in this feature.

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“The Right Running Show for Every Foot”

Looking for more speed or stability? Check out these running shoes to help every type of foot problem.

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

  • “What’s In her Beauty Bag” I love finding out what other women use for beauty products and here we get the beauty bag lowdown from Erin Andrews, Simone De La Rue and Wende Zomnir.
  • “The New Slimdown Truths” Think you can’t eat after a certain hour or all calories are equal? Guess again!  Health tackles the latest research on weight loss methods.
  • “Do You Need That Mammo?” Find out what age and how often you should schedule a mammogram here. (Over 40 years old—every one-two years!)

Follow Heath online at: www.Health.com

Overall Grade:

B I like this issue very much but wish there a couple of tougher workouts included. Maybe in September?

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog 86 Terry Bikes & MaxFlowSports Giveaway! 6

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #86

Fitbloggin 2014 & Terry Bikes Giveaway, Fit Bottomed Girls, Crunch B-Method

Plus: MaxFlow Sports “Low-Show” Socks Giveaway

You can win the seat or the socks--find out how!

You can win the seat or the socks–find out how!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Fitbloggin is happening this week and I have a million/jillion things to do before I leave so today’s Blog/Vlog must be brief. (I know I say that every damn week but this week especially so!)

However—that doesn’t mean I am going another week without a giveaway—au contraire! Today I am giving away a pair of super-comfy socks from MaxFlow Sports so let me get through the news items and then give some cool things away. Sounds good? Let’s roll…

  • Fitbloggin Small Group Discussion: Just another reminder that  Fitbloggin takes place this year in Savannah, Georgia from June 26-29th and I am leading a discussion—How to Pitch Brands for Ambassadorships & Sponsorships on Saturday, June 28th from 9:30-10:30 am. I know I am competing with some pretty compelling events including 80s Zumba (can’t believe I am missing that!) but if you drop by —you may just win a gift. (More details in the Vlog…)
  • Nourish Snacks in Fit Bottomed Girls: This past week I had my article about Joy Bauer’s Nourish Snacks post on Fit Bottomed Girls. If you remember from a few weeks ago I was lucky enough to meet Joy at a swanky event and have been getting weekly samples of Nourish Snacks (thank you Joy!) If you like healthy snacks you should check them out!
  • Crunch “B-Method” from Terri Walsh: Also this past week I was lucky enough to take a class from world-class trainer Terri Walsh at Crunch gyms featuring her new workout “B-Method” which applies her Active Resistance Training to one kickass workout. Basically she uses yoga blocks to give your core an extra challenge and I am thrilled to write about this more for Fit Bottomed Girls—stay tuned for that!
  • Terry Bikes Giveaway at Fitbloggin!  Back to Fitbloggin—I am giving away a Butterfly TI Gel Saddle from Terry Bicycles to one lucky participant at the small group discussion which is similar to what I ride.  Whether you cycle for sport or pleasure this seat will get you where you want to go comfortably. This past weekend I took my bike “Trixie” out to Coney Island for the annual Mermaid Parade (not wearing my padded bike shorts) and the Butterfly T1 Gel Saddle was my friend all day. You will definitely want one as well so get to my session if you are in Savannah!
  • My Top 5 Picks from Terry Bicycles: Just in case what other items you need from the Terry catalog you should check out my Top 5 Picks from Terry Bicycles.

Got that? Now on to this week’s Vlog and giveaway:

 

Here is some more information about the MaxFlow Sports “Low-Show” women’s socks:

-They have zone cushioning for comfort and blister prevention
-Mesh top for ventilation
-Superior moisture wicking
-Arch support to reduce foot fatigue and boost circulation
-Contoured Y heel for comfort and perfect fit, eliminating heel slippage
-Ultra-soft feel
-Enhanced stain release material from “sta-cool” yarns
-Single pair per pack

Got that? So if you want to win a pair of these babies you need to do the following:

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 the Low-Show Socks from @MaxFlowSports 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 Tuesday, July 1st at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. MaxFlow sports did not pay for this post and will send the winning item to the inner directly. Good luck and enter as often as you like!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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