What Did We Learn This Month? Health magazine with @AliSweeney @goodhealth 3

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Health

March 2014

Alison Sweeney photographed by Brian Bowen Smith

Alison Sweeney photographed by Brian Bowen Smith

Health Cover Star for March:

Alison Sweeney

Alison must have an exhausting schedule because the married mom of two young kids somehow manages an acting career (Days of Our Lives,) hosting the popular (and controversial) The Biggest Loser for NBC, plus she is now publishing her second novel—Sacred Scriptless which comes out this summer.

In this interview Alison talks about her advice for making time for fitness (“…it’s so much cheaper to take care of your body now than to pay the health bills later”) and shows off a few of her favorite workout moves.

 Alison Sweeney in Health magazine 001

So what else is inside the March Health?

“Tracy Tones You”

I completely disagree with Tracy Anderson’s directive that women use hand weights no heavier than 3 pounds as she is not “a fan of the potential long-term damage heavier weights can do to your body.” (Seriously?)  I DO, however, love her high rep moves that work smaller muscles. So that take that for what you will and by that I mean grab a 5-pounder and go kick some ass!

Tracy Anderson in Health magazine 001

 

“A User’s Manual: Your Blood”

LOVE this article that talks about all kinds of issues that can arise from the health of your blood from anemia to bruising to energy level—very important.

Your Blood 001

“Staying Injury-Free”

The best exercises you should do in order to keep your muscles and joints in good order from trainer Michele Olson PhD.

Injury Free in Health magazine 001
And now the rest of the best of this issue of Health:

  • “Bullseye! Younger-Looking Skin” This horrible winter weather is wreaking havoc on my skin so I looked over this feature with a keen eye.
  • “Old-Time Cures Are New Again” How Bengay, prunes and ginger can heal what ails you.
  • “Is It Too Late for a Baby?” Nice to read a fertility article that ISN’T meant to scare the hell out of women!

Follow Heath online at: www.Health.com

Overall Grade:

A Great issue with several helpful pages and even a few workout pages—yay!

 

Until next time…

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What Did We Learn This Month? @OxygenMagazine with Nicole Wilkins 2

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Oxygen

March 2014

Nicole Wilkins photographed by Robert Reiff

Nicole Wilkins photographed by Robert Reiff

 

What Do We Learn This Month in Oxygen?

 

“Bringing Her Abdominal Game”

Cover model Nicole Wilkins (2013 Olympia Champion) talks about her workout program (unfortunately, due to injuries she had to drop out of this year’s Arnold Sports Festival,)  pre-show superstitions and her secret love of cheesy romance novels.

Nicole also shows us some of her favorite ab moves including the V-Up (see below.)

 V Up from Nicole Wilkins in Oxygen mag 001

“Power-Up Sprints”

If you are looking for an indoor treadmill workout that features uphill sprints (Not me, I get tired just thinking about that!) this plan will help you build muscles and torch calories.

Power Sprints Oxygen Magazine 001

“The Only 7 Moves You Need for Fab Abs”

Oxygen asked top trainers and coaches for their best tips for getting your core in ab-fab shape.

Turkish Get Up Oxygen magazine 001

“4 Weeks to Lean Thighs and a Tight Butt”

Thankfully we have a badass model (Tamara Haddad) who has real muscles to show these moves created by Rachel Cosgrove.

Lean Thighs Workout Oxygen magazine 001

And now the rest of this issue of Oxygen:

  • “Arnold Essential Kit” You want to compete at “the Arnold?” You better look at page 67 and then work it!
  • “Fuel Up, Feel Great” the latest new food products on the market going after the healthy eater.

Overall Grade:

B Lots of good workouts here but some of the other features were less than interesting to me.

You can follow Oxygen magazine at www.Oxygenmag.com

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 73: Unruly Students, Terry Bikes & @jessicasmithtv DVD Giveaway!! #sweatpink 10

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #73

Dealing with Students, My Fit Bottomed Girl Post and The Terry Bicycles Catalog

Plus: My Jessica Smith DVD Giveaway!

Walk ON

One of two Jessica Smith DVDs you can win!

One of two Jessica Smith DVDs you can win!

 

Hey there! Hi there! Hi there!

You know what they say about the month of March? It comes it like a lion and lout like a lamb. Hopefully that is true (well the leaving quietly part) because we are set to get YET ANOTHER winter storm here. (Wah!!!!!!)  I know I have said this before but this weather is completely unacceptable. Can we veto it somehow? Just vote it out of office so that from now on we have kind of a chilly autumn that gradually turns into Spring?

I am going to work on this but in the meantime-here is my Vlog post for the week featuring the following:

  • I talk about learning to say goodbye to wonderful students and handling the more challenging ones (would love to hear feedback from other instructors out there on how you deal with “rule-breakers.” True story—I had a student today use her cell phone three times in my class this morning! Honestly—where do people learn their manners? However—my day ended today with one student giving me her own “mix CD” because she likes the music I use in my classes. Aw!

 

 

  • The newest Terry Bicycles catalog is out and is filled with pages that give me the “I wants.” Be sure to sign up for their online mailing list to get the latest steals and deals!

 

Jessica Smith Workout DVD Giveaway

I have a fantastic giveaway this week—two brand-new DVDs from ace trainer Jessica Smith! Jessica has been featured in all of the top women’s health magazines and is a You Tube star who lost 40 pounds on her own and is passionate about helping others get healthy. Her latest offerings are: Barre Fitness with Jessica Smith and Walk On with Jessica Smith. Wanna hear more about them?

Newest Fitness DVDs from YouTube Star Jessica Smith Reflect Fans’ Requests

Miami, FL – February 25, 2014 – Ever hear of anyone crowdsourcing their workouts? The two newest DVDs from fitness expert, author and popular YouTube star Jessica Smith came about from the requests she received most often from her social media followers. “Walk On: Strength & Balance” and “Barre Fitness” are available now on DVD or download from Amazon and http://jessicasmithtv.com/shop/.  Because her fans asked, the DVDs were shot in real time; one take each. Just like a live class, there was no stopping to catch a breath or freshen up the makeup. Likewise there was no retouching on the packaging. The DVDs are perfect for all fitness levels. This is Smith’s second walking DVD. Her first, “Walking for Weight Loss, Wellness and Energy” has been her best seller. “Barre Fitness” draws from Smith’s years as a professional dancer and as a student with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre program at Fordham University. The two new DVDs are $14.85 each; downloads are $13.95 each. Smith’s website, http://www.jessicasmithtv.com, has been recognized as one of the best sites for free workouts by Shape.com, Glamour and MoneyCrashers.com.

“Walk On: Strength & Balance” offers the option of walking barefoot or in sneakers. It includes two 30-minute workouts. Strength & Stretch integrates high intensity interval training with strength exercises to burn calories and sculpt the entire body. Light weights are recommended but optional. Fusion Walk is a shoes-optional, endurance walk that weaves ballet, Pilates and kickboxing-inspired moves. It begins with a few minutes of easy footwork to awaken the muscles that are often ignored yet heavily relied upon when walking. Smith is joined in these workouts by her mother and a friend.

“Barre Fitness” offers three 20-minute workouts: Cardio Ballet, Barre Burn and Floor Barre. These graceful, ballet-inspired workouts tone, sculpt, stretch and challenge the whole body. Moves like passé, chasse and even the curtseys at the end of each program will be familiar to those with a ballet background. Smith will bring out the dancer even in those who have never tried ballet before. No barre is needed but light hand weights, a chair, mat and pillow or mini-ball are recommended.

Jessica Smith began her fitness career over 13 years ago after losing over 40 pounds on her own. In addition to her BA in Communications from Fordham University, Jessica has certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, the International Sports and Conditioning Association, Powerhouse Pilates (in both mat & reformer method), Martial Fusion and Johnny G’s SPINNING™ Program. She currently teaches for EQUINOX Fitness Clubs in Miami. She is also the co-author (with esteemed health and fitness writer Liz Neporent) of “The Thin in 10 Weight Loss Plan” (Sunrise River Press, 2012). Recently named one of Sharecare’s “Top 10 Online Influencers,” Jessica is a monthly contributor to SHAPE.com and a regular content contributor for LIVESTRONG.com, SparkPeople.com and ivillage.com. See more at www.jessicasmith.tv, YouTube, @jessicasmithtv and 10 Pounds Down on Facebook.

Got that? So 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.
  • Send a comment on Twitter and say “I want to win the @jessicasmithtv DVDs from @brooklynfitchick”
  • If you haven’t already—let me know you are subscribing to my You Tube channel

I will pick one winner at random next Monday, March 10, 2013 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck and enter as often as you like!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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