Brooklyn Fit Chick Wins Cool Yoga Mat from @Reebok & @TaraStiles 31

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!)

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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

 

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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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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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Brooklyn Fit Chick Interview with @WomensHealthMag Editor @AmyKellerLaird 21

Women’s Health Bans “Bikini Body” from Their Cover Lines!

The Brooklyn Fit Chick Interview with Editor in Chief Amy Keller Laird

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Well just as 2015 was coming to a close I discovered to my delight that Women’s Health magazine was banning demoralizing cover lines such as “Get a Bikini Bod” and “How to Drop Two Sizes in Two” weeks and I for one could not be more elated about this bit of news. (Check out the full announcement at this link)

I come from a magazine background and have been in those meetings where people try to decide what cover lines will catch a potential buyer’s eye better than the other. Do we promise “Slimmer is 10 Days’ or you can “Drop 10 in 10 days?” Not only are they deceptive but they set you up to feel like a failure for not being able to do just that in the prescribed amount of time.

This Blog started out mainly reviewing the fitness magazine but there have been many times over the years because I just could not put up the covers of the magazines which offered health & fitness goals that were just not physically possible. I branched out which is a good thing but I am a magazine gal at heart and hope more of them will follow this lead!

When I checked out the Women’s Health announcement on Twitter it made me whoop with joy and knew that I just had to interview Editor in Chief Amy Keller Laird to find out how and why they are taking this bold step.

Amy was kind enough to answer a few questions for me before the New Year’s holiday weekend and here they are!

(Let me know what you think in the comments below!)

What inspired you to make this declaration?

This past year there has been such an awesome cultural movement toward female empowerment. Just being on social media, you can see that women think about weight loss and fitness differently than they used to—it’s not about everyone having to be thin or the same size or the same shape. It’s about being the best version of yourself.

As a magazine that promotes health and wellness, we wanted to make sure we weren’t falling back on old cover lines that no longer resonate. So we did a survey of our readers, and it verified our thinking.

Listen, does this mean we’re no longer doing stories on how to lose weight healthily or how to sculpt toned abs? Absolutely not. We will still have stories on those topics—it’s about how they’re framed, and getting rid of any subconscious shaming language.

What has the response been so far?

Beyond amazing. From nutritionists to trainers to all kinds of women, there have been thousands of “likes” on social and hundreds of appreciative, supportive comments. Lots of use of the word “awesome.” Or my personal fave response on Twitter from one woman: “Fucking awesome.”

Are you making any New Year’s resolutions for 2016?

Well, I finally pretty much gave up soda in 2015 (props to flavored seltzer water!). In 2016, I need to be more mindful of separating from my devices when I’m around my kids and actually focus on the QT with them!

What is your favorite workout?

Weight circuits with a trainer, or dancing at 305 Fitness. I need other people around for motivation!

Who is your dream cover star for 2016?

Gwen Stefani and Emma Watson

Thanks Amy!

You can reach out to Amy on Twitter @amykellerlaird and Women’s Health on Facebook.

That’s it for me today.  I will be back soon with magazine reviews, playlists, reviews and so much more. Let’s hear it for an exciting 2016!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick’s Top 10 Workout Songs of 2015!!! 10

Brooklyn Fit Chick’s “Top 10 Workout Songs of 2015!”

Plus: Favorite Radio Stations to Check Out Online

 

The playlist liked by man and kitties alike.

The playlist liked by man and kitties alike.

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As 2015 starts to move out the front door (and don’t let it hit you on the ass on your way out, Mister!) I am reflecting on the various playlists I have created throughout the year.

First a little explanation—I have fantastic taste in music. This is a proven fact and not the declaration from a conceited person. Everyone tells me they love my classes mostly for the tunes I curate into playlists. It’s expensive, time consuming and a total hassle to create a new 50 minutes that will (hopefully) impress my students and I thrill in it.

There are instructors who buy their music from an outside company and do not bother with creating their own playlists, I do not judge because all of the prep it takes to design each class, staying informed of the trends and keeping up with the fitness certifications equals several hours that you will not be paid.

Instructors are not compensation for prep work so if someone does this full time for a living—I give them a pass. I only teach 10 hours a week and I work from home so I can be a little more particular about what I bring to each hour I teach.

Today I want to give a shout out to the following online radio outlets that provide me with the tapestry of music I now bring to all classes.

The Peak FM (Westchester, NY): This is my “go-to” each morning to get the best of new and classic rock with some Adelle thrown in for good measure. Morning DJ “Coach” is my guy that gets me through my first cup of coffee and the “10 at 10” is splendidly done. When that is done I start to switch around on the Internets.

Radio Alice (San Francisco, CA): I went to college in the Bay Area (San Jose State specifically) and I like to keep up with the news there while also finding new tunes. “Sarah & Vinnie” are a good morning show team and because of Radio Alice I discovered P!nk, The Weeknd and Drake which I would never catch on rock stations. (Win/win, people!)

KFOG-FM (San Francisco, CA); One of my favorite stations in the whole world which almost went off the rails a few years ago with a horrible morning show change debacle (don’t even remind me of that garbage!) However, they are now properly back to basics with Renee, “No Name” and Irish Greg in the mornings. They also have their own “10 at 10” hosted by Annalisa who has sublime taste in music.

WLIR FM (Internet Station): WLIR was THE station to listen to in New York when I was a kid as they played all of the current “New Rock” plus classics of 80s New Wave thrown in. They are online only now with very, very few commercials and a mish mash playlist that includes JR JR, Beck, Avicii, Foo Fighters and then thrown in gems like T’Pau’sHeart & Soul” (an underrated classic IMHO.)

The Peak FM (Vancouver, BC): In my soul I am Canadian girl from Toronto who loves The Tragically Hip and Kids in the Hall but my favorite station from Toronto no longer plays online for Americans (boo!) I now depend on The Peak in Vancouver to give my rock fix with a Canuck flavor. Because of them I learned about Dear Rouge and Matthew Sweet. Great stuff here!

Sirius Satellite Radio: I don’t own a car so I listen to this online to catch Howard Stern (though his celebrity interviews are so looooong and boring now) and listen to the variety of channels they offer here. You can really dive deep into what your musical interests are with Sirius and some of the talk shows are fun as well. (But I understand if you do not want to pay the fee each month.)

WXRT FM (Chicago, IL): This is without question my favorite station in the world with an incredible catalog of music for the offering. In any one afternoon I can catch Prince, Bonnie Raitt, The Beatles, Adelle, Michael Franti, Pink Floyd and Depeche Mode. I am constantly finding new music from these guys & gals and feel such sadness when the Internet is down and I can’t listen to them. (Though the weather reports from there remind me that NYC cold is really not that cold at all!)

What are your favorite stations to listen to for inspiration?

Top 10 Workout Songs for 2015:

So now is the time to get to what I stated in the headline for this post—my favorite workout songs for 2015. I present them to you in no particular order. All of them got positive responses from my students and keep me motivated when I work out on my own.

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

“Hotline Bling” by Drake

 

(I also love this version with 2015 Internet superstars Duchi and Lilice)

 

I Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd

 

The Wolf” by Mumford & Sons

 

Adventure of a Lifetime” by Coldplay

 

Ship to Wreck” by Florence & The Machine

 

“Congregation” by Foo Fighters

 

“Worth It” by Fifth Harmony

 

“My Type” by Saint Motel

 

“2 Heads” by Coleman Hell

 

“Shut Up & Dance” by Walk the Moon

 

Oh well, that’s it for me today.  I will be back soon with magazine reviews, playlists, reviews and so much more. I hope you have a wonderful last week of 2015!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick News: Book Vs. Movie Podcast, Top Songs of 2015 and Piriformis Syndrome 14

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes End of 2015 Special!

 Book vs Movie Podcast Episodes: “The Devil Wears Prada” & “Fried Green Tomatoes

Call-Outs for Top Songs of 2015

Advice for Piriformis Syndrome

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Simply cannot believe 2015 is coming to a close and while I am trying to make sense of a year which had far more “lows” than “highs” I wanted to take the time to say ‘”thank you.”  Thanks to every single one of my readers who check out my Blog and make comments. It is SO appreciated.

I discovered my voice while working on “Brooklyn Fit Chick.com” four years ago and have made some of the greatest friends in the whole world in the Blogosphere. I am looking forward to all of the new lessons you have to teach me in 2016 and hope I can make a positive impact in your life as well.

If nothing else—I promise to make you giggle from time to time!

As I get my last few posts written for 2015 allow me the chance to talk about a few news & notes going through my brain right now.

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 this past year we really kicked serious butt with the downloads. (As Homer Simpson would say—woo hoo!) And believe me when I tell you that hardly anyone I personally know (except for my mother) listens to us so that is pretty damn cool!

Our two top episodes so far are Gone Girl and The Outsiders. 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!)

In the meantime, here are our last two episodes talking about The Devil Wears Prada and Fried Green Tomatoes. (Our next one will be Waiting to Exhale and will come out in early January.)

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Top Songs for 2015:

Many of you know already that I am a fitness instructor with a passion for putting together the “just right” playlist for each class. I feel as if it is my chance each hour to not only enable good health for a fellow human being but to also get to be a DJ with a captive audience. (I have some control issues to work out…)

My students know that if they want to treat me to a present at the holidays an iTunes gift card will do nicely. I post my personal playlists on this Blog as frequently as I can plus I create them for Fit Bottomed Girls with special themes ranging “Madonna vs. Lady Gaga” to Halloween.

This week I plan to post my picks for the top songs of 2015 and am curious which ones would be on your list? What new tunes did you really dig this year? Here is my handful to start:

  • I Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd
  • “Hotline Bling” by Drake
  • The Wolf” by Mumford & Sons
  • Adventure of a Lifetime” by Coldplay
  • Ship to Wreck” by Florence & The Machine

Let me know your picks for 2015 in the comments below!

Piriformis Trouble:

Last month I told you all that I was having hamstring issues from all of my years of cycling. Unfortunately it looks as if it is a little worse than that. In fact, my symptoms are indicating that I have Piriformis Syndrome which is (if I can be a little crude here) a pain in my butt. This occurs when the piriformis muscle compresses on your sciatic nerve causing a radiating pain down the leg.

It hurts when I sit or lie down for too long and getting out of bed in the morning (if I forget to sleep on a heating pad) is a chore.

Ibuprofen and my BelleCore Body Buffer are my new best friends.  I have been instructed to foam roll as often as a I can and to sit and roll on two lacrosse balls to undo that knot in my muscle twice per day. Icing it down helps a bit as well but every time I see wooden or metal chair my inside my inner voice says “oh sh*t!”

It makes me a bit grumpy to be slowed down in any way but I know that if I do things correctly now it will pay off in the long run. My question for y ’all is if any of you have been through this can you give me your best advice?  I am eager to try just about anything at this point. Thank you in advance!

Oh well, that’s it for me today.  I will be back soon with magazine reviews, playlists, reviews and so much more. I hope you have a wonderful last week of 2015!

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Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: Featuring Eminem, The Weeknd, JR JR and More! 15

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“Gone” Playlist (50 Minute-Ride)

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How on earth did a whole month go by without me creating a new playlist? Sheesh! You know how it is—Thanksgiving shows up out of nowhere and the next thing you know there are gifts to buy, breads to bake and multiple holiday cards to send. It’s a wonder I was able to sneak one in this past week but I did just that (patting herself on the back.)

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!

  • Gone: JR JR

The band’s PR rep got in touch with me via my work for Fit Bottomed Girls where I am compiling a peppy/upbeat playlist to post sometime in January.

Those of you who actually know me would not exactly call me “peppy” (spastic, yes but not peppy.) However, this song just got under my skin and I decided to use it in classes this past weekend and everyone loved it. So there you go!

 

  • Welcome to Paradise: Green Day

For every class I teach I make sure  the “second” song is a butt kicker to get everyone in gear and to really get their collective heartrates up. This song might just be a wee bit too fast but, so what? It works!

 

  • Mass Romantic: The New Pornographers

One of my favorite Canadian bands really cooks with this playful tune that has a jangly sound. (I like me some jangle!)

 

  • Adventure of a Lifetime: Coldplay

I know there are Coldplay haters that exist in the world but I don’t give a rat’s butt about any of them. They know how to craft music  that will make you want to move and bop your head to the beat. #teamchrismartin

 

  • Lose Yourself: Eminem

True story—the gym’s stereo broke over this past weekend and I had to use a little boom box in a big room to teach my classes.  That in and of itself was bad enough, but having to play this amazing song by Eminem with a low volume almost killed me! You need volume to really raise the roof with this one. (Truth)

 

  • The Wolf: Mumford & Sons

Thee is nary a banjo in this one from the British band that really rocks it out here.

 

  • 2 Heads: Coleman Hell

Another Canadian (Thunder Bay, Ontario!) on my list and this one DOES indeed use a banjo with amazing results on his song here.

 

  • Can’t feel My Face: The Weeknd

ANOTHER Canadian (Toronto!) and this is his biggest hit in the U.S. so far. Just try to listen and move to the beat—it’s impossible!

 

  • Price Tag: Jessie J

I love this song because it mixes unbridled optimism with a fun /not-posh British accent.

 

  • Cannibal: Silversun Pickups

The Silversun Pickups write songs that are so hard charging and excellent that they are virtually all perfect for high speed sprints and intervals.

 

  • Please Don’t Leave Me: P!nk

Alecia Moore (P!nk’s real name!) writes some of the sweetest ear candy in the whole world and this romantic song always gets to me.

 

  • Time to Pretend: MGMT

Whatever happened to this band? Does anyone know?

 

  • Song for Someone: U2

Some people groused about getting a whole free album downloaded (for free!) into their iTunes accounts by one of the biggest bands of all time. (First world problems, people!) I on the other hand think it’s one of their best efforts and this song in particular is beautiful.

 

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

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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What Did We Learn This Month? @WomensHealthMag with Natalie Dormer on the Cover! 11

 

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Women’s Health

December 2015

Natalie Dormer photographed by Eric Ray Davidson

Natalie Dormer photographed by Eric Ray Davidson

Hi All! I have been crazy busy lately and not able to get into my monthly reviews but am turning that around as of today. So let’s get it started!

Women’s Health Cover Star for December 2015: 

One of the problems I have with cover interviews sometimes is that I just have NO idea who the person is so the motivation to read the whole thing can wane.

Sooo confession time…I am not a fan of Games of Thrones. Trust me when I say I have tried several times to watch but I can never keep track of the various characters or why I should love or hate them. (Fargo is my one show that has a labyrinth of a plot I can follow.)

Also it takes place in a time and place that feels unbearably stark and depressing to me. Much respect to those who are big fans but this is one show I am taking a pass on.

Anyhoo—actress Natalie Dormer is from the show as well as a recurring role in the Hunger Games movies and reading her interview she sounds like a super cool chick. Dormer is a super fit gal who loves running and is in fact training for the 2016 New York City Marathon on behalf of the charity “Team for Kids” (Go Natalie!)

She also practices yoga as often as she can and hikes in crazy places like Peru’s Inca Trail and Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro. (Wow!)

That’s all I have for this part so let’s keep on moving, shall we?

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

Home Bar

Leave it to the Irish girl to love the story about booze the most but after attending so many holiday parties lately I realize I need to up my home entertaining game. The suggestion for a cocktail making tray filled with goodies is really appealing.

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“15-Minute Workout: Go With the Flow”

If the holidays are driving you crazy (please tell me I am not the only one!) then try this 15-minute yoga workout from Yogalosophy author Mandy Ingber. You will be achieving your chi in no time!

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“Let’s Do This!”

Idalis Velazquez offers several options here to create a quick workout that you can do a la carte. I love workouts that are both quick and effective and this section does the trick for me!

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Gift Guide

The annual holiday gift guide is FILLED with page after page of goodies that give me a big case of the “I Wants” including this Handcase Desktop Pillow. I wish it was invented back when I was in high school and tried to nap in study hall! (It must work great on a plane as well. Ooh, how I would love this for me next red eye flight…)

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Also, the gift guide features these DOPE Vincent Camuto boots making me most happy.

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

  • “One Bowl Wonders” I love eating out of a bowl but I get so sick of soup. Not only is it never filling but it also doesn’t have much nutritional value so l liked the recipes featured here. Might make some amaranth this weekend as a matter of fact!
  • “James McEvoy” Really short interview here with the dreamy Scottish actor who says his favorite city would be a combo of NYC and Montreal (me too!) and his favorite song to sing in the shower is ‘Ship to Wreak” by Florence + the machine (me too!) So it appears we are perfect for each other. (A girl can dream, right?)
  • “Where’s the Beef” Going meatless can help you lose weight and boost your life expectancy. But can it also raise your anxiety and depression levels? Women’s Health takes a look at new research on vegetarianism and mental health issues.

Overall Grade:

A-  Great issue filled with so many workouts and shopping pages it made my day!

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

(If you are reading this on a different site or a different feed than Brooklyn Fit Chick, it has been taken without permission.)

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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The “Cup Of Life” 50 Minute Playlist with Ricky M., Fifth Harmony, Drake and More! 29

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“The Cup of Life” (50 Minute-Ride)

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

It’s new playlist time and today’s was inspired after reminiscing with a friend about the time we watched Ricky Martin kick serious butt at the Grammy Awards in the late 1990s. You will see what I am talking about below where I list all of my favorite songs to play in my classes this past week.

It’s a mixture of old and new tunes that I hope get you in the mood to work a little harder or will just make that workout more tolerable with some good music!

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!

  • The Cup of Life: Ricky Martin

Just try to listen to this and NOT want to move your booty. It’s impossible!

 

  • Synchronicity I: The Police

This song has an old school 80s New Wave meets rock n’ roll feel that really helps to accelerate the mood and feeling in the room. Like THE perfect second song to play in any workout.

 

  • Worth It: Fifth Harmony

One of those tunes that always makes me want to sing along and declare my worth—which sky high, people!

 

  • Machinehead: Bush

If I have to pick a favorite decade for music it would have to be the 90s and this song reminds me of my younger days when I would play it at full blast while tooling around California.

 

  • You Get What You Give: New Radicals

The term “one hit wonder” has a negative connotation but how many people even have that great one hit even in them much less get to produce it? This song feels like it could be the perfect graduation day tune and always gives me the “happies.”

 

  • Diamonds: Rhianna

I am a little late to the Rhianna party but damn she makes some great music!

 

  • Wake Up Call: Maroon 5

The song is pretty darn great but the video that features my favorite heartthrob Jeremy Sisto—wow!

 

  • The Hand That Feeds: Nine Inch Nails

Trent Reznor knows how to write heart pumping techno meets heard rock music that will make you want to kick it into a higher gear.

 

  • First: Cold War Kids

I love this song for climbs using a ton of resistance or a big incline on the treadmill.

 

  • Hotline Bling: Drake

This is a song I literally cannot get out of my head. And when I use it in my classes my student bop their heads to the beat in the most adorable way. Priceless!

 

 

Bonus version of Hotline Bling  with a cat!

 

  • O.B: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

If you are looking for a fun, catchy tune to take on a few last sprints—try this one for sure. You will thank me later!

 

  • Empire State of Mind: Jay Z & Alicia Keys

Quite simple THE best song about New York ever though I admit that Billy Joel comes a close second.

 

  • All You Favorite Bands: Dawes

Love this for a cool down song and am grateful I teach in a dark spin room most of the time because when this gem from Dawes comes on over the speakers,  I get  super weepy.

 

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

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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