Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes: Yoga in Times Square, BFF Playlist, Top NYC Bike Rides & More 17

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes

Yoga in Times Square (Really!)

“Book vs Movie” Podcast News (The Help and Less Than Zero)

The Fit Bottomed Girls “BFF” Playlist

My Top Bike Rides in NYC (Terry Bikes)

Me getting my "om" on in Times Square!

Me getting my “om” on in Times Square!

Hey Gang!

The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of activity between work, life and you know—trying to fit in a fun activity or two. My summer has been a little too busy for my taste but I am hoping things will settle down soon and I can better about staying in touch. So let me tell you about a few things happening in my world and then I want to hear what is going on with you!

Without further ado—let’s get to this week’s main post!

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes:

Yoga in Times Square (For Reals!): June 21, 2015 was declared the world’s first “International Day of Yoga” with fabulous Zen-like events taking place around the globe including the annual Summer Solstice in Times Square which I covered a few years ago for Fit Bottomed Girls. It was so magical that when I had the chance to once again go into the middle of NYC and do some yoga on a hot summer afternoon—I jumped at it.

It is indescribable the feeling of trying out the mountain pose or a backward bend and being in the middle of one of the most celebrated places in the world. Somehow in the heat, humidity, car noises and usual tourists rambling about we were able to find a peaceful place in our minds. I wish I had taken more photos but I was just so caught up in the moment that I only have these to share with you. Next time you will all just have to out here with me to see it for yourself!

Did you celebrate International Day of Yoga? Where were you and what classes did you take?

 Times Square Yoga 3

Times Square Yoga

Book Vs Movie Podcast News: Margo Porras of Shes Nacho Mama’s Blog co-host the “Book Vs. Movie” podcast (that you can subscribe to via iTunes at this link) had planned to record our first “80s” era episode with the classic Less Than Zero when Amazon Prime decided to NOT ship her DVD in time (grrr.) Have no fear—we will record that podcast very soon because we are both DYING to talk about Andrew McCarthy and James Spader but it gave us an opportunity to turn to the vaults.

Soooo we decided to go back to our archives and release a past episode where we discussed The Help. (Many people have asked for this one!)

Did you read/see The Help? What did you think of it? I have the link below if you want to check it out for yourself.

We are planning our next episodes so if there are any books & movies you want us to cover—feel free to comment below!

 

Fit Bottomed Girls Playlist: I am lucky enough to write for Fit Bottomed Girls and this past week they had their annual “BFF” (Best Friend Forever) celebration where they talked about how amazing (and much needed) a BFF is on our lives ( I certainly love mine!) So I put together the BFF Workout Playlist and wanted to ask you—what song reminds you of your BFF? What would you add to my list?

Terry Bikes Ambassador: Those of you who know me know that I am a woman who loves her bike and try to ride it as often as I can. Terry Bikes makes the best riding gear for women who are serious athletes and the cutest (and appropriate) streetwear for ladies who like to look effortlessly chic on a bike. Being their Brand Ambassador means I get to try out new gear form time to time which is THE BEST! In return I write them some Blog posts form time to time and in this one I talk about my favorite places to ride in NYC.

Where do you go bike riding?

That’s all for me this week. I will be back soon with magazine reviews, playlists, reviews and so much more. Stay in touch!

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Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: 50-Minute “Superlove” Ride with Avicii, Lenny Kravitz, Foos, Gaga & More 29

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“Superlove” Ride (50 Minutes)

DJ Avicii

DJ Avicii

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I am continuing my delve into club/dance music which is just slightly outside my comfort zone but Swedish DJ Avicii puts together such fun, catchy “warm-up” tunes. I love “Hey Brother” and “Wake Me Up” so when I heard he recorded with Lenny Kravitz—I downloaded the song right away and decided to trip around the last couple of decades to being you this playlist. You’re welcome!!!

Let me know what you think of it and remember—I need song suggestions, always.

  • Superlove: Avicii & Lenny Kravitz

I love how the song seems to ebb and flow– making it a perfect warm-up for getting my students used to being on the bike. I have them match the beat with their peddling but it also works for any kind of group fitness class.

 

  • Fire Sign: The Gossip

Beth Ditto is a fierce singer and this tune really gets the room pumping with energy. (True story—the original drummer left the band to be a midwife!)

 

  • I Gotta Feeling: The Black Eyes Peas

The beat here is fun, happy and builds in joy as you move along which is just about perfect for any workout playlist.

 

  • Sweet Disposition: The Temper Trap

Sometimes you want your class to fall into a trance and just the music flow…this song does that very nicely from this Australian band.

 

  • Clocks: Coldplay

I know there are people out there who hate Coldplay and complain anytime they are played on the radio but I love them and this song always makes me want to go on long climbs and think about life.

 

  • Rope: Foo Fighters

How committed is singer Dave Grohl to rocking out as hard as possible? The dude broke his leg falling off stage and stayed until the show was finished!

 

  • Telephone: Lady Gaga and Beyoncé

I wish these two would record a whole album together—this song just cooks!

 

  • Breathe: The Prodigy

My inner 90s rock goddess loves hearing this band anytime and this particular tune is perfect for sprinting.

 

  • Holiday: Green Day

I cannot believe this band has been together so long that they are now in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. (I am OLD!)

 

  • Never Let You Go: Third Eye Blind

Third Eye Blind is best known for their druggie anthem “Semi-Charmed Life” but I really like this song so much more.

 

  • Complicated: Avril Lavigne

If it has been a while since you heard this one from Avril—go back to it. She did some might fine songwriting here and she was just 16 years-old when she recorded it.

 

  • Ordinary World: Duran Duran

This may be my all-time, most favorite Duran Duran song of all time after “The Reflex” and “Girls on Film.” (Though “Planet Earth” is pretty amazing as well… (Use this one as your cool down, of course.)

 

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,

BFC

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What Did We Learn This Month? Shape Magazine With @JessicaAlba @Honest 18

 

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Shape

June 2015

Jessica Alba photographed by James Macari

Jessica Alba photographed by James Macari

Shape Cover Star for June 2015:

Jessica Alba is on the cover and is basically taking over the world with her eco-friendly products company “Honest” that is worth an estimated $1 billion! Jessica began her company (funded partly by her earnings as a top movie star) just three years ago and thinks a billion seems kind of puny compared to what she feels is truly possible in the marketplace.

If you are wondering how she stays in such amazing shape even though she admits to hating exercise—try 105 degree yoga sessions with light weights.

(Must try that workout soon!)

What else is in this issue of Shape?

Surfer Workout

A few weeks ago I took a ride out the Rockaways and spent some time admiring the surfers take on the Atlantic Ocean. If you have ever tried to surf you know it is an activity that will challenge your balance and core strength.

Trainer Adam Rosante offers this workout to help you get ready to “hang 10” or whatever it is those crazy surfing people do on those boards!

 Shape mag Surfer Workout 001

“Cycle in Style”

As a cycling freak this page gives me a big case of “the happies.”

Shape mag Cycling Gear 001

“Tone All Over”

You know I will be stealing some of these workout moves from celebrity trainer Autumn Calabrese into my next core classes. Think strength moves that help you bust through any plateaus going on in your fitness routine.

Shape mag Tone all Over 001

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

  • “Go Outside and Ride!” Shape gives you the lowdown on road, mountain and trail riding to get you back on your bike.
  • “Pump Up Your Run” If you are getting burned out from your usual running routine they have some options here to get you motivated all over again. (Now go run!)
  • “Active Adventures” If you want to fit in an outdoor exercise while on your next vacation—try out some fun suggestions here.

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

A Overall we have a good summer read here!

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Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick @BlinkFitness Giveaway! (NYC Area-Only) 24

Brooklyn Fit Chick “Blink Fitness Giveaway!”

Enter to Win a Free One-Year Membership

(Open to the New York City Area Only, Sorry!) 

Project:  Blink 116th Architect: N/A Stylist:  Brice Gaillard Location:  New York, NY

Project: Blink 116th
Architect: N/A
Stylist: Brice Gaillard
Location: New York, NY

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Today I am giving away a very cool gym membership to one of you lucky readers who happen to live near a Blink Fitness gym. What is Blink Fitness? Well it is about one of the cheeriest gyms you will probably ever see in your life! (See the photos above and below)

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But who ARE they?

Well, here some facts about Blink Fitness:

They were founded in 2011 with more than 35 locations throughout New York and New Jersey and have created an affordable, high-quality experience with memberships that begin at only $15 per month. (WOW!!!)

Blink Fitness’ moto is “Mind Over Muscle” with a friendly staff, a spacious environment that is also colorful and clean. In addition to that, Blink’s “Feel Good Experience” includes the following for every member:

  • Blink Members will always be greeted by enthusiasm and treated with respect
  • Blink designs gyms that are open and bright
  • Blink uses a color palate that is scientifically proven to have a positive effect on mood
  • Blink has an “everyone cleans” philosophy (well—the staff cleans, not the members!)
  • Blink selects music to create a motivating environment

Each club has over 100 pieces of the best cardio equipment on the market and at least 50 pieces of strength-building equipment.

Plus—they have a one-on-one training program called “Happy Hours” but get this—they also offer 30-minute sessions which start at as low as $27. (YES! I have always wanted to get a quick personal training session to fit into my sometimes crazy schedule!)

They also offer some group classes including a “Boost Camp” which starts as low as $10 per class.

You can follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

So if you live in the NYC area you are eligible to enter to win a free year’s membership to Blink! (Be sure to check out where they currently have locations to see if it will work within your lifestyle.)

  • 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 @blinkfitness giveawayfrom @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, June 15, 2015 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck! Blink Fitness will then work with the winner of the giveaway to figure out the membership details)

Just out of curiosity–when you are looking for a gym what are the most important qualities you are looking for? What makes the difference for you? Price? Location? Overall vibe? Let me know!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes: EleVen by Venus Discount, the FBG 00’s Playlist and “Valley of the Dolls!” 33

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes

“Book vs Movie” Podcast News (Valley of the Dolls)

My Fit Bottomed Girls “00s” Playlist

Eating Chocolate to Lose Weight Exposed as a Bogus Study

EleVen by Venus Discount for My Peeps (Meaning You!)

 

Venus!!!

Venus!!!

Hey gang!

I am slowly getting back into the blogging groove but I wanted to just poke my head in and say “hi” and rest assured I will have the giveaways back on my Blog soon.

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes:

Book Vs Movie Podcast News: Margo Porras of Shes Nacho Mama’s Blog co-host the “Book Vs. Movie” podcast (that you can subscribe to via iTunes at this link) and this past weekend we recorded a super fun episode talking about Valley of the Dolls. I have the link below if you want to check it out for yourself. If you have any interest at all, please be to check out our new website (www.bookversusmovie.com) “like” us on our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @bookversusmovie. (Thank you for letting me plus!)

We are planning our next episodes so if there are any books & movies you want us to cover—feel free to comment below!

 

Fit Bottomed Girls Playlist: Recently I was feeling nostalgic for the early 2000s and asked my editors at Fit Bottomed Girls if I can create a playlist (link here) devoted to the “flip phone” decade and this is what I came up with (hope y’all like it!)

The “Chocolate Diet Hoax”: Science journalist John Bohannon was tired of reading badly researched medical studies and “wonder diet tips’ get media attention so when he was approached by a German TV producer to come up with a fake story (how eating chocolate actually aids in weight loss) he jumped right on board. Sadly the very phony report was picked up by top publications around the world including Shape and Prevention.

Bohannon has a Ph.D. in molecular biology and once participated in a sting operation showing some “open-access journals” will publish any story for a fee.  You must check out this interview on CBS News where he really lets the reporters he really feels about most of the health & wellness articles in the press. (He is NOT a fan)

Now My “Big EleVen Discount” for Y’all

Most of you are aware of Venus Williams and her amazing tennis career but did you know that she is also an amazing fashion designer? Well she is and studied at the fashion program at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale to learn about pattern making and merchandising her own fitness brand.

You can check out her workout collection EleVen by Venus but some of my new favorites include her Ndebele Spring Collection which includes this yummy top (Ready to Play tank)

Spring collection top

As well as her Summer Fleur du Monde collection and this gorgeous “double cross” tank.

Summer collection

The best news is this—if you are interested in shopping from the collection you can receive a 10% discount using the following code at checkout “Team11MargoD” You’re welcome and happy shopping!

Well that is all for me today. I will be back soon with playlist, magazine reviews, giveaways and so much more coming soon.

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Ox Ox,

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