What Did We Learn This Month? @goodhealth Health magazine Jordana Brewster on the cover!

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Health: June 2013

Jordana Brewster photographed by Matt Jones

Jordana Brewster photographed by Matt Jones

Health Cover Star for June:


Jordana Brestwer

Honestly, I do not know how a woman can be more beautiful than Jordana Brewster. I mean—it is almost spooky how lovely she is, no? Anyhoo, I have soooo many friends who will be psyched to see the Fast & Furious 6 star on the big screen once again.

She is the daughter of a Brazilian model so we know where she gets her good looks!

So what else is inside the June Health?


“The New Golden Rules of Sun Protection”

The latest and best products for skin care against the summer rays are featured here. (I am a BIG fan of the Vichy spray on sunscreen by the way!)

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“I Want My Great Legs Back!”

I guess Health is assuming many people have lost their great legs? Anyhoo—here we get products to make your legs look tan (without laying out in the sun) and exercises from Harley Pasternak (author of The Body Reset Diet.

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“Modern-Day Health Woes, Solved”

We live in an age where women are expected to wear high heels all of the time, wear earbuds way too loud and often and have a hard time going offline and just relax. I know this article spoke to me!

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“Your Aching Head: A User’s Guide”

I don’t know about you guys but I can get POUNDERS between my eyes on a grey, rainy day so I always appreciate this kind of information.


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“Stringer, Slimmer Arms”

Yoga goddess Kristin McGee shows how to strengthen and shape your arms with a few yoga poses.

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

  • “Sneak Peak” A feature on the brightest (and cutest) new sneakers on the market.
  • “Nigella’s Secrets to Delicious, Healthy Eating” The British chef (Nigella Lawson) talks about how to cook lighter fare with tons of flavor. Her newest book is called Nigellissima.
  • “Food Can Make You Feel Better” Here they talk about foods that can pleasantly affect your mood.
  • “Can You Think Yourself Well?” How often is illness mind over matter? Hmmmm?

Follow Heath online at: www.Health.com

Overall Grade:

B+ I still need more workout pages in my healthy lifestyle magazines but this was a big improvement from their last issue. .

Did you see the new Health magazine? What was your favorite section? Are you going to see Fast & Furious 6?

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What Did We Learn This Month? @FitnessMagazine June Issue Review #FitFluential

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Fitness: June 2013

Ford Model Demaris Lewis photographed by Ture Lillegraven

Ford Model Demaris Lewis photographed by Ture Lillegraven

What Do We Learn This Month in Fitness?

“Torch Calories Fast”

Kira Stokes (creator of the Stoked 360 class/Reebok Sports Club/NY) gives us this workout which you perform as a circuit twice in ten minutes 2-3 times per week to help get your heart rate up and burn calories.

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“Lighten Your Stride”

If your sneakers are a bit too light and causing your legs more strain from running—Irene Davis Ph.D., director of Harvard Medical School’s Spaulding National Running Center, can show you how to “lighten” your running stride.

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“Wow Abs Now!”

Mahri Relin (creator of the Body Concepts Method) offers us a few moves guaranteed to work your core to the max.

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And now the rest of this issue of Fitness:

  • “Can You be Fat but Fit?” Can you be considered technically over your ideal weight and still be healthy?
  • “Spring Chicken” Yummy recipes ideas using my favorite protein.
  • “Sunsational” The best of the best new sunscreens on the market that will not leave a “goopy mess.” Sold!
  • “Truth or Bare” Writer Alice Oglethorpe tried out naked yoga and we learn about her experience doing some sun salutations in the buff. Oof!

Overall Grade:

A- Really great workouts throughout the issue plus lots of great recipes make me a happy fit chick!

You can follow Fitness magazine at www.fitnessmagazine.com

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What Did We Learn This Month? @WomensHealth Sexy Elsa Pataky on the Cover!! #fitbloggin

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Women’s Health: June 2013

Elsa Pataky photographed by Jason Ierace

Elsa Pataky photographed by Jason Ierace


Women’s Health Cover Star for June 2013: 

Spanish actress Elsa Pataky is starring in the sure-to-be smash Fast & Furious 6 and in real life she is married to hunky actor Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers.) The very fit thespian admits she is essentially “addicted” exercise and loves to keep in top condition with a combination of strength training, martials arts, yoga and Pilates.

When not working out or acting, Elsa is a mom to a toddler daughter, is working on a documentary about children around the world and is planning on writing a book with her trainer Fernando Sartorious. (Whew!)


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


“The No-Sweat Zone”

Women’s Health gives us this lunchtime workout that will help you burn calories without looking like a sloppy mess afterwards. This particular one comes from LA-based trainer Holly Perkins and should take 20 minutes tops.


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Your Body on Ice Cream”  

This is going to be my first dairy-free summer and articles like this remind me I am going to have moments of loss and regret. (Damn, I love my Softee cones!)

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15 Minute Workout

This month’s “15 Minute Workout” comes from author Nicole Glor (The Slimnastics Workout) which will get your cardio in in record time.

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“Sneaky Places Stress Shows Up”

Is your hair falling out?  Do you have a twitchy eyeball? Does your stomach bother you from time to time? It might be stress trying to get the better of you so watch out!

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“What Grill Master Know”

Summer means bringing out the grill which makes my heart soar. Here we get advice from the grilling masters.

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“6 New Sun Care Secrets”

The best of the new lotions and potions to protect your skin in the summertime are featured in this feature.

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

  • “Beauty Awards Winners!” Women’s Health picked the latest and greatest in makeup, skin care, hair care and all that makes me a happy product junkie.
  • “Cut Above the Rest” The swimsuits featured in this story made me want to lay out on the beach and sip on a fruity drink. (So cute!)
  • “I Get a Running Start” I am one of those folks who does not “get” running. Never, EVER enjoyed it and do not understand people who do. Women’s Health asked the running experts out there to give advice to the running-challenged.
  • “Do the Next Best Thing” I enjoyed this beauty/health story that gives you short cuts when you can’t do what you know you SHOULD do every day.  


Overall Grade:

A! My favorite read this month so far. Good job Women’s Health!

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

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like)” with Michael Franti, Metric, Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5 & More


“I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like)” Playlist

50-Minute Intervals Ride


Michael Franti

Michael Franti

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I have been looking for new tunes to try out in my classes and am rather happy with this playlist which mixes some newer releases with a couple of classics.

This is a 50-minute interval ride with several quick segments that will give a nice fat burn. Enjoy!

  • I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like): Michael Franti

I am calling this the song of summer for 2013. How much more joyful can a tune be, people?!

  • Mrs. Robinson: The Lemonheads

The lead singer (Evan Dando) was considered a big heartthrob in the 90s. (Oh the 90s—how I miss you!)

  • I Want To Take You Higher: Sly & the Family Stone

Sly Stone is famous for being something of a kook but his music totally kicks ass so who cares? (This particular clip is pretty damn amazing!)

  • Synthetica: Metric

I have been featuring them for weeks and for damn good reason—they write killer songs!

  • Radioactive: Imagine Dragons

There are only two climbs in this set and this is what we play for the first one.

  • Let Me Entertain You: Robbie Williams

OMG—I had the biggest crush ever on this guy. Swoon!

  • Wakeup Call:  Maroon 5

This is my favorite song of theirs.

  • Blister in the Sun: Violent Femmes

I have my classes do some quick “out of the saddle” runs with this one.

  • You Get What You Give: New Radicals

This is just about one of my favorite songs of all time and think it is perfect for this time of year—with graduations coming up and all. (The second “climb” song by the way.)

  • Everlong: Foo Fighters

The fighters of foo are perfect for any spin class really.

  • Please Don’t Leave Me: Pink

This is the sweetest & saddest love song that is set to the happiest beat–ever. I had a student leave my room in tears recently because of the lyrics! True story.

  • City of Blinding Lights: U2

We do some long out of the saddle runs with this song and I think it is one the best U2 have written .

  • Take a Picture: Filter

The singer, Richard Patrick (whom I have a big crush on,) wrote this after getting in trouble for being drunk and naked on a plane. It was just before 9/11 so people used to have more fun in the skies!

So what do you think of my list? Remember to send me your favorite tunes in the comments below.

Until next time…

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Fitness “Meet & Tweet” Recap! @FitnessMagazine @roccodispirito @DrJAshton @FitBottomedMama

Fitness “Meet & Tweet” NYC

Highlights of Blogger Extravaganza Including:

Top Editors from Fitness, Dr. Jennifer Ashton and Rocco DiSpirito

Plus, More Fit Bloggers Than You Can Shake a Stick At!


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Hey All!

Recently I enjoyed a day of fun, fitness, health and good cheer with some of the most amazing people in the Blogosphere with Fitness magazine’s second annual “Blogger Meet & Tweet” which was held this year at the fancy, schmancy Mercedes Club in New York City.

Throughout the morning we were treated to some interesting panel discussions featuring Fitness editors along with celebrity guests for a variety of topics.

Check out the view!

We were treated to a lovelier than expected day where we sat outside and got our collective learning on.
Fitness editor in chief Betty Wong was on hand to greet all Bloggers plus send us off to collect our loot (more on THAT later.)

Betty Wong

Betty Wong

There was a panel discussion featuring the top Bloggers in health & wellness including:

This panel discussion was moderated by Fitness digital editor Christine Griffin and provided all sorts of inspiration for us would-be money making Bloggers. (Not that I do it for the money…)

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In fact, Erin even though Erin I work for the same company (I am a NYC contributor to Fit Bottomed Girls) this was the first we chance we got to give each other a hug. (Hey again Erin!)

Me and Erin Whitehead FBM

I think my favorite segment was when Fitness health editor Lisa Haney talked about women’s health issues with Jennifer Ashton, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. http://www.jenniferashtonmd.com/ who was ready to discuss everything from Angelina Jolie’s decision to get a double mastectomy to the importance of birth control pills. She was so interesting!

Dr Ashton and Me

So, of course, I had to run over and get my picture taken with her. (Just so you know I am 5’ 7”—this woman is a TALL drink of water!)

Also on hand were The Biggest Loser trainer Brett Hoebel who talked about the latest trends in “extreme fitness” and celebrity makeup artist Sarah Lucero who showed us how to stay gorgeous in the upcoming summer, sweaty months.

My favorite part of the day was watching my friend Mariette of Namaste Mari get totally gaga for Rocco DiSpirito. How cute do they look together by the way?

Mariette and Rocco

The “Meet & Tweet” was the perfect chance to catch up with friends like Jess,  Erica Sara, Patty Aziaga and my home girl Toni of Running Living Loving (below) as we are all too busy running around and never have time to catch up in person.

(Two Long Island chicks just hanging out, know what I mean?)

Toni and Me

So did I mention the goodie bag?

Well here is what it looked like coming home:

Goodie Bag

And this is how it looks when I tried to go through it:

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Among the items I received that day:

Whew! It was quite a day and I can NOT wait until next year so I can see what Fitness has in mind for us humble Bloggers.

And remember, you can be sure to check out Fitness magazine at www.fitnessmagazine.com

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 37: Featuring @FitnessMagazine @KOSSCorporation and @ZaynaBostonBody Giveaway! #fitblognyc #Fit4Life

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog: Episode 37

Featuring: Fitness Magazine “Meet & Tweet” Quick Recap, KOSS Headphones for Women and the Boston Body Barre DVD Giveaway

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

This has been an exceptionally fast, busy and fun week for me and I have so much to express that I can’t keep it to just one post. So today I will give you all a brief recap of my latest happenings and then will go into more details throughout the week with separate postings for different topics. Sounds good? Excellent! So let me get right to what I am talking about in my Vlog this week (it includes a nifty giveaway!)

Featured on my Vlog this week:

  • My favorite moments from the Fitness magazine “Meet & Tweet” event which took place this past Thursday at the Mercedes Club in NYC and completely rocked my world. I will go into greater detail later this week with a full recap of my takeaways from the event but my personal favorite moments include:
  • My first week with my new KOSS headphones with two new products (The FitSeries) that are designed by women (including Olympic champion Dara Torres!)

Now let’s check out today’s Vlog post!

Here is the press release for Boston Body Barre Sculpt Express:


Reshape Your Body with This Pilates and Barre Fitness Program…

(Boston, MA) Award winning Pilates expert and owner of five Boston Body Pilates studios, Zayna Gold, best known for her ability to engage and connect with her students, has just released her newest DVD in the Boston Barre Series: “BOSTON BODY BARRE: SCULPT EXPRESS” (60 minutes, $20 www.bostonbody.com .) Viewers will reshape their body with this fun and effective workout as they get sculpted, toned and lean. Done two to three times a week, viewers will watch their bodies become stronger and appear leaner and more graceful. Sculpt Express will firm buttocks, flatten the tummy, and create long lean legs, while leaving viewers to feel energized and refreshed.

Boston Body Barre: Sculpt Express is the second in the Boston Body Barre DVD series. Zayna instructs and leads a fun, unique class that combines traditional ballet moves with Pilates, stretching and cardio to tone, lift and sculpt the body. Viewers can do the entire 60 minute workout, or they can isolate shorter segments to concentrate on sculpting the thighs, waist, buttocks, arms, and tummy. Zayna leads the workout as she demonstrates deep toning isometric exercises for conditioning, elongating and firming, to re-sculpt the body. Modifications are shown for all levels.

ABOUT ZAYNA GOLD: Zayna Gold is the founder and co-owner of Boston Body Pilates and Boston Body Barre with five locations in the Boston area. Zayna is the creator of the Balanced Body Barre training program. She travels the world to instruct other Pilates’ professionals in the Balanced Body Barre education program. Zayna was awarded the “Next Pilates Instructor” by Pilates Anytime in 2011 and is a visiting instructor on www.pilatesanytime.com . Since 1989, Boston Body has been known for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere for all fitness levels. Great instructors are the key to Boston Body’s success. For the past 20 years, Zayna has enjoyed teaching them how to inspire and retain clients while maintaining a unique style to elevate their training to the next level. Zayna is certified by Stott Pilates and Power Pilates and is faculty for Balanced Body Education, Anatomy in 3-D and Boston Body Barre. Boston Body has been awarded Top Domestic Site for Balanced Education since 2008. Zayna has been seen on TV and is a contributor to national newspapers and magazines. www.bostonbody.com

Here is clip of Boston Body Barre Sculpt Express:

If you are interested in winning Boston Body Barre Sculpt Express (Continental U.S. Only!) Please do the following:

  • Post a comment on my Blog below (very important!)
  • Tweet out your interest in this giveaway to me at my Twitter handle @BrooklynFitChik (note the spelling!)
  • Also Tweet out to @ZaynaBostonBody

I will randomly pick a winner next Monday, May 27th at Noon (Eastern) and contact them directly. Good luck!!

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What Did We Learn This Month? @BicyclingMag @MandFHers @PreventionMag #fitbloggin

What Did We Learn This Month?

Recaps of Bicycling, Muscle & Fitness Hers and Prevention

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

My magazine stacks are getting sky high but I am determined to get these out to you people so hang on to your knickers everyone and let’s get to it!

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Bicycling: June 2013

  • “Eat to Ride” Bicycling editors offer tips on how to survive all of those summer rides by fueling properly.
  • “Aprés Ride” French for ‘after’ ride and this page is all full of fun items for guys and gals after a day on the road.
  • “Feed Your Thirst” Foods that are “water-rich” and will help you stay hydrated all day.
  • “City Guide: Washington DC” Oooh, I have had a yen to travel to our nation’s capital lately and this guide made me all kinds of curious about riding there.
  • “Senseless” I feel very strongly about everyone wearing their helmets wherever they ride (even on grass!) but I was not aware of the fact they do not protect you from concussions. Ruh oh! Get on that safer helmet makers!!
  • “Lift Off” Have you heard about biking trips where they take you up a mountain and you basically live the high life the whole time? Anyone want to take me along? I will be a quiet roommate—I promise!
  • “Up to Me” As an instructor I am all about getting my students to climb and strength train on the bike and this article reminds me why I love heading up the hills outside the classroom as well.
  • “The Gold Standard” The eight “Extraordinary Bikes” of the year as chosen by the editors of Bicycling.

Check out Bicycling online here: www.bicycling.com

Muscle and Fitness Hers

Muscle & Fitness Hers: May/June 2013

  • “Must-Try Move… Strong, Beautiful Back” Advice on how to make your back sex-ay and strong from Alicia Harris Ross (IFBB Figure Pro,) Dana Linn Bailey (IFBB Physique Pro) and Jelena Abbou (IFBB Figure Pro.)
  • “Pear-Shaped Peril” Being pear-shaped can be dangerous to your health if you do not watch what you eat. (Check out page 34 for more information.)
  • Yeshaira Robles: Here we get a day-in-the-life of the IFBB Bikini Competitor who has an adorable daughter and a boyfriend with guns the size of watermelons.
  • “The Secret to a Killer Core” IFBB Bikini Pro Jessica Plaxson is the star of the pull-out workout for your abs and back. (She is also on the cover suckas!)
  • “Ridiculously Healthy Burgers” These recipes made me go ‘nom nom’ out loud.
  • “Hello Gorgeous Glutes” You want to raise your booty a little higher? Try out these moves from IFBB Figure Pro Larissa Reis.
  • Drita D-Avanzo: Thank you Muscle & Fitness Magazine Hers for featuring my favorite “Mob Wife” in your publication. She is a shoe-throwing badass and I love her!

Check out Muscle & Fitness Hers online here: www.muscleandfitnessher.com

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Prevention: May 2013

  • “The Unexpected Face of Depression” Men’s depression can be misdiagnosed as an anger management issue. The signs of depression to look for with the men in your life.
  • “In Her Right Mind” Holy sh*t! This article about a Harvard scientist who came back from an almost completely debilitating stroke. A must read!
  • “New Ways to Beat Osteoperosis” It takes more than calcium to make strong bones—check out this feature to find out what you need to do to stay healthy and strong in your bones.
  • “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Skin Care” Advice on how to keep your skin safe in the summer season.
  • “Your Transformation Challenge” Prevention gives you a 4-week (28-day) plan to get you as healthy as possible with trainer Chris Freytag as their resident expert.
  • “Is This What is Eating You?” The South Beach Diet creator Dr. Arthur Agaston talks about gluten intolerance and the “hidden danger of grains.” (His newest book is called The South Beach Diet: Gluten Solution)
  • “Get Moving, Get Better” When your joints are aching it can be easy to tell yourself to slow down and not work out so hard. However, experts are finding out that your ailing knees could benefit from a tough workout.

Check out Prevention online www.prevention.com

So that is all I have for today folks. Have you read of these magazines this month? What did you think? Let me know!

Until next time!

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What Did We Learn This Month? @goodhealth Health mag with Jewel on the cover #fitblog

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Health: May 2013

Jewel photographed by Matt Jones

Jewel photographed by Matt Jones

Health Cover Star for May:



Jewel is stretching her artistic muscles by portraying June Carter Cash in the Lifetime TV movie Ring of Fire (check out a preview link here!) When she is not on the road playing music or acting you can find Jewel and her family on her ranch in Texas where she likes to just hang out and watch Iron Chef on TV.

Jewel is known for her great curves which she embraces thoroughly. “Our bodies are our bodies. And they’re beautiful whether you’re more hippy, or bosomy or you’ve got a belly,’ says the  songstress.

Here is a photo of Jewel with her husband Ty Murray and totally adorable son Kase.

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So what else is inside the May Health?


“What Doctors Don’t Tell You (but Should)”

Dr. Danielle Ofri (a general Internist based in New York City) talks about how to get the most out of your doctor’s visits. Plus, the reason you need to get a check-up every year and the signs your physician is not giving you the right amount of attention.

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“Do Trendy Diets Work?”

Every week there seems to be a new juice cleanse to try out or sweaty workout that will help you drop pounds in a flash. Which of the new trends will actually bring long-lasting change? Check it out here.

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“10 Ways to Look Great This Summer”

Summer sweat doesn’t have to interfere with your beauty—work with it using these tips and tricks.

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“Your Hormones: A User’s Guide”

The new thing to look into these days is hormone levels as they can affect your weight, skin, mood—just about everything. Learn all about hormones here!


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“Dance Yourself Slim”

Dancing with the Stars pro Cheryl Burke created this salsa-based workout to help you shimmy yourself to good health.


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

  • “Get Gorgeous While You Sleep” The latest beauty products that work overtime and overnight to get you looking lovely by the morning.
  • “Fix It With Fitness” Some of the most common ailments (including sleepiness and back pain) can be eased with the right workout. Check out what you should do here.
  • “Your Healthy Gardening Guide” I have a black thumb but maybe I should take the advice from the editors of both Health and This Old House in this feature.
  • “Allergy-Proof Your Day” Ugh—this season I need to read as many of these articles as I can. Grrr.

Follow Heath online at: www.Health.com

Overall Grade:

B Really lacking in workout pages this month. What gives Health?

Did you see the new Health magazine? What was your favorite section? Are you a Jewel fan?

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vintage Post: “Why I Always Wear a Helmet” #nationalrideyourbiketoworkweek

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vintage Post:

“Why I Wear a Helmet” (2010)

Hi Gang!

Having just found out that this is National Ride Your Bike to Work Week—I wanted to repost something I wrote three years ago and is a subject close to my heart—the reason I always wear a bike helmet.

Thanks for letting me take this trip down amnesia rode once again!

First—here is a picture of my bike along with the two (count ‘em two) bike helemets I own. Never do I leave the apartment for a ride without putting one of them on. Never!

My two bike helmets plus a partial view of my Pee Wee Herman doll!

My two bike helmets plus a partial view of my Pee Wee Herman doll!

Growing up, my generation did not bother with helmets, elbow and/or knee pads or enforced adult supervision. We were the latch-key, forgotten generation who boldly (and often stupidly) embraced dangerous activities without a second thought.

Anyhoo, way back when I was the rare tenth-grader who craved responsibility & structure and actively looked for an afterschool job but was too young to legally be hired anywhere. So I took my sincerity and youthful optimism and volunteered as a “Candy Striper” at the Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital in Malvern, PA. (Shout out!)

For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about—Candy Stripers were young gals who were basically interns for hospitals and available to help out the hospital staff by handing out magazines, taking patients on their daily walk, playing cards, and pretty much do whatever the nurses ordered–  ahem, I mean asked us to do.

If you are wondering why they were called Candy Stripers, it was because our bitchin’ uniforms that resembled a candy cane (from Getty Images)

A really sexy look I have to say...

A really sexy look I have to say…

Ugh, the memories are coming back now. This is probably the least flattering uniform for any profession. (Shudders)

Back to my story, my wing held the head-trauma patients and my job (which I took very seriously) was to hang out with them in between their doctor’s appointments and rehabilitation sessions. That could mean playing board games, watching TV, walking around the hospital grounds or as with my favorite patient–listen to records. (Records—yes, CDs were on the market but the hospital could not afford a “boom box” to play them.)

The patient whom I remember most clearly (and therefore was my favorite) was named Alice and she was 17-years old, had a boyfriend and a driver’s license which automatically made her seem cool as shit to 15 year-old me. Alice was very a beautiful girl and her parents described her as a “handful” on the count of her habit of sneaking out of the house to take midnight rides with her boyfriend who owned a motorcycle. (The coolness just kept piling on!)

Why was Alice a patient in the head trauma unit? From what I was told, one day while going on an actual parent-approved date, Alice’s boyfriend hit a wet patch of leaves which caused his cycle to slide under a car (he was uninjured) while she was flown (head-first) right into the sidewalk. Without a helmet. In essence, Alice woke up one day as a “normal” high school senior and by that afternoon was left with the intellectual ability of a nine-year old.

A nine-year old with fits of temper and terrible headaches. Her short-term memory was practically nil; in fact I had to continually introduce myself to her for months. Alice’s muscle coordination was compromised to the point where at the end of the day she would develop a noticeable limp and her right shoulder would stoop down into her chest.

Alice loved to listen to music and thought I was the coolest person ever because I was always bringing “new” records during my shift. Actually I only owned three but she could never remember what I brought the week before so as far she was concerned, I was a musical Santa Claus!

After several months of weekly visits, Alice was finally getting to the point where she would remember me, my name and the day I was due to be there. She would jump around and grab my arm excitedly when we would have the rec room to ourselves for “record time!”

Hands down her favorite was “Journey’s Greatest Hits” and her favorite song was their ballad Who’s Cryin’ Now. As soon as the last guitar note would fade away she would shuffle over, pick up the needle and play it again. And each time her eyes would be closed as she listened very carefully to the beginning notes of the piano.

This happened so often the doctors, nurses, janitors and patients would take turns pleading with me and Alice to “please, please play another song!” To this day, I have a clear image of a young girl desperately trying to remember the lyrics and clapping clumsily off beat to the magic that was 80’s Journey.

Almost six months to the day she was admitted to the center Alice had a seizure and was transferred to another facility. I was desperate to find out her condition but no one could offer a conclusive prognosis.

This completely threw me off because up until that time I thought doctors and hospitals had the answers for every ailment and injury imaginable. When I questioned her physician about her chances of ever getting better he shrugged his shoulders and said “Who knows? It’s a head injury.”

As he walked past me he added “You never want two things kiddo: you never want to be burned and you never want a head injury. All bets are off with either one.” Never forgot that.

Please promise me you will always wear your helmet as well.

Ox ox,



Brooklyn Fit Chick


Twitter: @BrooklynFitChik

PS: This one’s for you Alice—wherever you may be.

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog & Giveaway: @getjackblack Jack Black Dry Down #fitbloggin

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 36

Featuring: The “Dry Down” Jack Black Giveaway



 Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Today, as I am typing this post, it is Mother’s Day so first want to wish all of you Moms out there a “Happy Day” and thank you for your service to mankind. I am a mother of two furry babies and could not imagine all of the work involved in raising a real-live human being so kudos to all of you who date to try. (Except for that mother in Park Slope who asked me to explain to her 4 year-old son he was not allowed to join in the adult fitness classes because “he doesn’t really listen to me.”) You Madam, needn’t have bothered.

Today I am aiming for a super, quick Vlog cast and announcing my latest giveaway. So let’s get to gettin’, shall we?

Featured on my Vlog this week:

  • The Fitness magazine “Meet & Tweet” event set for this week in New York City.
  • The second most important book in my life right now: VJ: The Unplugged Avdentures of MTV’s First Wave I bought this for my kindle two days ago and cannot stop myself from reading and rereading it. If you have any affection for 80s MTV—you will love this book. By the way—for those of you who do read it, a woman names Liz Nealon is mentioned fondly several times as a well-respected colleague of the former VJs. She happens to be a friend of mine with some of the best stories in the world. Really!
  • I forgot to mention (dammit!) that the author of the VJ book is Gavin Edwards in the Vlog post. (Sorry Gavin Edwards!) Here is a link to all of his fun, pop culture and music-based books. Amazon.com: Gavin Edwards. He is a great writer—you should check out his work.
  • The most important book to come out in the last week or so is the third from my very best friend Deborah Rae Cota The Traveler (available in paperback and on Kindle & Nook!)  Deborah and I have been friends for over 20 years and she loves to write about fantastical beings with incredible powers and her story telling is top notch. So after you get the MTV book go out and support and independent author who kicks serious ass!
  • My giveaway of Jack’s Dry Down Friction-Free Powder which I know some of you runners and cyclists would LOVE to get your hands on.

Now let’s check out today’s Vlog post!

Here is the official information about Jack’s Dry Down Friction-Free Powder:

Jack’s Dry Down™ Friction-Free Powder

Introducing Jack’s Dry Down™, a friction-free powder that prevents chafing and enhances comfort during workouts. Ultra fine and talc-free, the formula quickly absorbs moisture, to offer exceptional protection from friction and irritation. Containing Lavender, Pure Corn Starch and Organic Green Tea to soothe and refresh skin, Jack’s Dry Down™ provides refreshing comfort in the most demanding environments. Perfect for today’s active lifestyles, Jack’s Dry Down™ provides southern comfort when it’s needed most.

The PureScience® formula locks in nature’s best – using healing botanicals, vitamins and certified organic ingredients and formulated without parabens, sulfates, fragrance or colorants. Products are cruelty-free, vegan and dermatologist-tested.

Key Ingredients:

–       Pure Cornstarch: Starch from the corn grain; offers exceptional moisture absorption.  The silky, refined texture helps prevent friction for maximum comfort

–       Organic Green Tea: Derived from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant; a potent antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties

–       Organic Cucumber:  A nourishing fruit with natural moisture-binding, moisture-regulating and anti-itching and refreshing properties

–       Lavender: A botanical with anti-bacterial and soothing properties

Pre/Post Workout:

–       Use prior to workout or sports to enhance comfort and protect body’s sensitive areas from chaffing and irritation

–       Use anytime for superior natural protection from moisture, all day-dryness and long-lasting freshness

Price:  $18.00 (6 oz shaker canister)

Availability: Jack’s Dry Down™ Friction-Free Powder is available at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Sephora.com, Saks Fifth Avenue and at www.getjackblack.com


If you are interested in winning Jack’s Dry Down (Continental U.S. Only!) Please do the following:

  • Post a comment on my Blog below (very important!)
  • Tweet out your interest in this giveaway to me at my Twitter handle @BrooklynFitChik (note the spelling!)
  • Also Tweet out to their twitter account @getjackblack

I will randomly pick a winner next Monday, May 20th at Noon (Eastern) and contact them directly. Good luck!!

Ox Ox,


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