What Did We Learn This Month? @goodhealth Health mag with Sophia Bush on the Cover! 17

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Health

September 2015

Sophia Bush photographed by Matt Jones

Sophia Bush photographed by Matt Jones

Health Cover Star for September:

Chicago P.D. star Sophia Bush is on the cover and though I haven’t caught that show yet I remember her from One Tree Hill from over ten years ago.  AND I can mention actually getting to meet her then because of my job with YM magazine (a now much-missed teen publication) at the time.

Anyway, Sophia is 33 now and credits her 10-minute morning meditation to keeping her sane and even recommends an app called “Headspace” to help with this which I downloaded right away. (It’s neat!)

She lost her ex-boyfriend Google executive Dan Fredinburg when he trekked to Mount Everest and there was an earthquake during his climb. This experience has been completely devastating for Sophia and made her realize how precious life is.

Sophia relies on the aforementioned meditation and her morning 2-mile runs to keep centered.

Apropos of nothing else I really love the Alexander Wang dress she is wearing on the cover…

So what else is inside the September Health?

“Yoga for Killer Arms”

Yoga and Pilates instructor Kristin McGee demonstrates how to perform a proper chaturanga to strengthen your upper body. (It took me months to figure out how to do these at first.)

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“Your Better Leg (and Butt!) Plan”

Gwyneth’s favorite fitness guru, Tracy Anderson, is a regular in the pages of Health and she is famous for complicated leg lifts with multiple (and I mean multiple) reps that will leave you begging for mercy. This page will give you just that.

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“Coconut Oil Hacks”

I am one of those annoying coconut oil evangelists who will regale you with how many purposes it serves in my life but check out this page and read it for yourself. You will thank me later. (You’re welcome!)

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“Love All”

I am not a very good tennis player but LOVE the outfits and some of the items featured here can be worn to any workout. Win/win, people!

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

  • “Your Memory: A User’s Manual” It is my goal to improve my ability to memorize and remember things. (Like knowing exactly when my mother is planning to visit which I screwed up by 24 hours this morning. True story!) I found that these pages give great tips on how to do just that. (Yes, I will work to apply them.)
  • “60 Beauty Breakthroughs” I love me some beauty stories and here we have new products for skin care, body lotions, make-up, nail colors and hair care. Love!
  • “5 Reasons You’re Always Hungry” I used to have a ravenous appetite after starting a new diet and would want to just eat non-stop. Anyhoo—if you have that issue they have advice here on how to stop the munchies from taking over your life.
  • “9 Probiotic Foods You Have to Try” Included here are Kvass, sauerkraut, kefir and my sister’s favorite thing in the world—kombucha!

Follow Heath online at: www.Health.com

Overall Grade:

B+ There are some smart features in this issue which I appreciate but I was hoping for at least one complete workout to take away.

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What Did We Learn This Month? @WomensHealthMag with Khloe Kardashian 15

 

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Women’s Health

September 2015

Khloe Kardashian photographed by James White

Khloe Kardashian photographed by James White

Women’s Health Cover Star for September 2015: 

Confession time—I have never seen one episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. I know they are insanely famous for…um, going to places well-dressed? I am also aware as a social media person that all of the K’s (Kim, Kourtney, Kendall; Kylie, Kris and the Women’s Health cover gal Khloe) have millions of followers on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.

Brands pay them for every retweet, repost and shout out whilst they traverse the globe in an array of outfits.

Yet I have NO idea how to differentiate any of the girls except for Khloe who is taller and tougher looking than the rest of the K’s. She always looks fierce and ready to have a great time or kick ass at any moment.

Something tells me Khloe and I could be friends so I am happy to hear how she gets healthy. The woman looks amazing on the cover (not a stick figure and sculpted) and I want to give her a chance.

The first page of the interview I could not read because they printed it with a wheat field background. Look for yourself!

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(Hmm, the scan seemed to do the trick. If you can’t read your copy just scan the page I guess!)

But the rest of the interview taught me that after her father passed away when she was a teenager she turned to food and alcohol to cope. The press has teased her for years for being a big girl and it messed with her self-image. Working out helps Khloe manage her stress levels and maintain a positive outlook.

Inside the magazine she offers some of her favorite workout moves from her trainer Gunnar Peterson. (Check it out here)

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

“Urine Trouble” (See what they did there?)

All kidding aside this is a helpful chart for any urinary tract issues you may have in your lifetime.

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“15-Minute Workout: Blast Your Upper Half!”

A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to take a class with Ashley Borden at Fitbloggin in Savannah and was impressed with her ability to relate to the crowd. She loves teaching and fitness so I am happy to help promote her workout featured in this issue.

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“Sneaks on Fleek”

Marathon season continues the next few months so if you are looking for some new gear—check out this page. (Now will someone please tell me what the heck “fleek” means and why I should” be “on” it? Merci in advance!)

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“Hot Fall Fashion”

The September issue is a flip one where one half is all about fitness and the other is all about fall fashions. According to Women’s Health culottes will be making a comeback?

What do you think of that? I love the 70s aesthetic but these not long or short pants leave me confused.

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

  • “New Rules of the Weight Room” Rule number one should be “Do NOT answer your cell phone in class!” Someone did just that this past Saturday and I am still steaming about it. #rude
  • “Your Body on Antioxidants” What the hell do they actually do anyway? Find out in this issue on page 88.

Overall Grade:

A-  Great issue with good workouts though once again I want more of them!

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

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: “Ray of Light” Ride with Madonna, P!nk, Foos, Gwen Stefani & More 23

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“Ray of Light” Ride (50 Minutes)

Madonna

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I like Madonna fine. She’s great and is far braver and more hardworking than I am for sure. However, I get in trouble sometimes with my friends who are Madge super fans when I explain that some of her music is just so damn stinky. (Remember True Blue or the dreadful remake of American Pie? No. Thank You.)

I put Madonna’s music into my personal “Law of the Thirds” (The Doors and The Red Hot Chili Peppers are also in this category for me.)

{Margo’s Law of the Thirds = Artists whose creative output is 1/3 brilliant, 1/3 ordinary and 1/3 garbage.}

The Madonna songs I hate drive me insane but her top work (Like a Prayer, Take a Bow, Music and in particular Ray of Light bring indescribable joy into my life. Her high efforts are so damn amazing that I wanted to start of a playlist with my favorite version of my favorite song by Madonna to prove I am not a hater. (Really!)

The rest are a mixture of older and new tunes that make a perfect interval workout playlist (in my not so humble opinion.)

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!

  • Ray of Light: Madonna

If you do not own the William Orbit Liquid mix of this song—than get it right now and play on high volume. It will rock your world completely!

 

  • Mother Mary: The Foxboro Hottubs

Not familiar with Green Day’s “garage band side project?”  Well now is the perfect time to check out this video and tell me what you think. I like that it is high energy and feels very madcap.

 

  • Get the Party Started: P!nk

Linda Perry (of 4 Non Blondes fame) is one of the top songwriters and record producers in the business and she wrote this fun tune for P!nk.

 

  • Ship to Wreck: Florence + The Machine

This new song by Florence + The Machine is my new favorite for speed drills and in my regular life as well. It cooks!

 

  • Connected: Stereo MCs

This British band wrote some fun dance tunes back in the early 90s and this one in particular is my favorite when I want to use a heavy resistance climb.

 

  • Walk: Foo Fighters

I love me some Foos in my workouts and this song makes me want to workout harder and then get weepy afterwards at the same time. Pay attention to the lyrics here because they will help you get overcome any fears you may be dealing with in your life.

 

  • Hollaback Girl: Gwen Stefani

The “dirty’ version is more fun to play out loud in class but I will leave that decision up to you.

 

  • Firestarter: The Prodigy

Some people are scared off by The Prodigy’s look but I have to say when I put this on for sprints my students just book it on their bikes.

 

  • Monkey Tree: Mother Mother

This song is from a Canadian indie band because y’all know how much I love my Canadians!

 

  • Crabbuckit: K-Os

Speaking of Canadians–my favorite Canuck Hip Hop artist is K-Os and this is his best song ever.

 

  • Love Runs Out: OneRepublic

Love, love, love playing this in my classes. People just bop their heads to the music which amuses me greatly.

 

  • Ring of Fire: Social Distortion

My favorite cover of a Johnny Cash song by one of the most underrated rock bands of all time. Period.

 

  • The Drugs Don’t Work: The Verve

I love ending a class with a mellow rock ballad and this is 90s songwriting at its finest.

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick News: Periscope, “Stand By Me” Book Vs Movie and a “Big Hair” Bands Playlist 28

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes:

 “Book vs Movie” Podcast Episode “Stand By Me”

The Lure of “Periscope” Calls My Name (Bye Bye Vlogging!)

Fit Bottomed Girls Playlists: “Big Hair Bands” and “Summer Workout”

 brooklynfitnesschickBIKE_0701

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

The summer is flying by here and I am just starting to get back into my fitness groove. In fact, I taught one of my best classes in my entire life this morning and it made me feel more like my old self again. (Dad would have been so proud!)

Important background information coming up here…

On Sundays I teach three back-to-back classes (two spins and core training) and by the time that last cool down is over– I am finished both mentally and physically. It’s not the workout (really) that is so taxing on my body. (I modify so I can instruct & correct my students.)

However, being  “on” and inspirational for three straight hours while also dealing with the usual nonsense that can happen while teaching a class is SO tiring at times.

For example the mic not working or students arguing over “the fan” or the AC being broken AGAIN—grrrr.

Truthfully, many Sundays before I teach that third class (10:30 am core training) a part of me wants to run away and go home. Just to sit down and think alone for a minute. (Guess I am truly an introvert!)

And with all of the stresses of the past year (and today in particular)–I had the “Run Margo Run” thought.

That’s when I decided the best strategy would be to  “fake it ‘til you feel good” and give them more of my energy and attention than normal. To work them harder and better and just pretend it was the greatest time in the world. (Really!)

Guess what? It worked! By the time we were done one of the students yelled out “you mean it’s over?” We were all having so much fun and I mixed it up sufficiently that I felt good about what I was doing and they felt an hour fly by in a workout flash. Win/win, people!

So what are your tricks to get yourself psyched up when you are not especially feeling your best? Tell me everything!

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes:

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 just recorded our first year anniversary episode with the 1986 classic Stand By Me which you can check out on the link below. We had a blast recording it. (Spoiler alert—we loved both!)

Have you seen the film lately? I had on reaction to it when I was a teenager and another one as an adult. In fact, the grownup Margo wants to adopt all of the characters and raise them as her own just to protect them from their home lives. Sort of a Dowager Countess set loose in the Stephen King world.  Anyhoo-let me know what you about it.

 

With our next episode we are taking on Jaws (yes—it was a book first!)   Margo and I are also planning our next few episodes so if there are any books & movies you want us to cover—feel free to comment below!

 

Periscope-ing my Life Away: Do y’all know about the new app Periscope which allows you to broadcast live from your phone just about anything you want?

As long as you can aim your camera at what you want to show (and, of course, have Wi-Fi access) your own little cable/satellite/channel is yours and good to go.

For many years I have developed my You Tube channel and dutifully uploaded videos every single Sunday. However, it was becoming too time consuming and I was losing my mojo with it.

With Periscope though I can just turn on my phone and start chatting away. I am going to post some of my favorite post-workout tips, motivational speeches, magazine reviews, ideas for playlists and even giveaways with it very soon. Don’t know where to find me on it? Well just download the app and look for @BrooklynFitChik (Note the spelling!)  I will keep my best videos in my profile plus I promise to follow any of you looking to build your numbers.

Part of the fun with Periscope is that you can interact with your friends in real time as they leave messages for you while you are live broadcasting. I checked out a red carpet event recently and it was a hoot to watch it live!

So what are you waiting for? Join me in the Periscope universe.

Fit Bottomed Girls Articles: I am a proud “Fit Bottomed Girl” and I (really, really try) to contribute to the health & fitness site as often as time permits. (Though I am ashamed to admit how often I beg for an extension on the deadlines (Sorry FBG!)

This past week I had two (count ‘em two!) playlists featured on the site- the “Big Hair” Bands playlist and one to take on your vacation workout (or the workout you do on vacation. (Should you do those things while on holiday. I do not but I know some of you are very dedicated to your schedules!)

And if you would rather just play outdoors versus doing an actual workout on vacation I wrote this feature —13 Vacation Activities That Burn 300 or More Per Hour.. You’re welcome!

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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Ox Ox,

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