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

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

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!)

Hiit workout

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

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

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…

Ox Ox,

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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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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

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 23

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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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

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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Ox Ox,

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