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Brooklyn Fit Chick Interview with @Hollistic_Hottie of @NYSC 8

Brooklyn Fit Chick Interview:

New York Sports Club’s Amira Lamb

 Holistic Hottie

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

It’s been a while since I was given the chance to interview a fellow group fitness instructor when New York Sports Club told me that there was a Star Wars themed class in Brooklyn—I had to do find out the details. They are running a few promotions at New York Sports Club in case you want to check them out at  www.mysportsclubs.com

What is your name?

Amira Lamb

Where are you from?

I’m originally from Amherst, MA but have been living in Brooklyn, NY since 2001.

How many years have you been teaching?

I’ve been leading group exercise classes since 1994!

What classes do you teach for NYSC?

I teach BURN, Total Body Conditioning, Cardio Kickboxing, and a class based on the Star Wars movies called “Awaken Your Inner Force”.

What is the Star Wars Workout?

The workout came about after Disney/Lucasfilms contacted us at NYSC to develop a class based on the Star Wars movies. We bring elements like The Force, light sabers, and the athleticism of the Jedi into the fitness studio. We start class by tapping into “The Force” (which I would compare to energy or chi) with focused breathing and rhythmic dynamic movements. Then we do some light saber work including a face-off where the class is divided in two sections.

From here we move into 3 to 4 circuits that are time-based. Each circuit consists of 4 exercises. The first exercise incorporates the light saber such as the Chewbacca Chop. The second exercise is floor work using our own bodyweight as resistance and gliding discs such as the Padawan Push Up.

The third exercise is series of martial arts-based kicks. The fourth exercise in done for 90 seconds and it might be something like a Lightsaber Leap, Lightsaber Burpee, or Jedi Jacks. We actively recover from each high-intensity circuit by tapping back into The Force with focused breathing. To finish off the class we do Ab work with the lightsaber and then the Yoda Flow which is based on Tai Chi. The class was a lot of fun to develop!

How has the response been to it?

People love it and every class has been packed. The response has been so positive that we’ve extended the run of the class another two weeks at the New York clubs!

What is your favorite workout?
That is a really tough question to answer. I love strength training on my own because it’s almost meditative. It’s when I can completely focus on ME. I get to focus on how I want to strength and mold my body. It’s absolutely empowering. I also LOVE leading classes like cardio kickboxing and Total Body Conditioning because a lot of the time, I DO the classes with my class.

What is your advice to workout newbies to stay motivated?

Explore different workouts to see what YOU like. Find something that makes you feel fantastic physically and mentally. You want to find something that hooks you. Find something that you look forward to doing either because of how it makes you feel during or afterwards.

If you tend to stick to things when you have a “partner in crime” – find your workout partner, keep each other accountable and have fun with it.

If data is something that motivates you – the list of fitness apps and gadgets options is never ending. I’m a huge fan of the FitBit. For people who just want to up their activity level in the number of steps they take each day or week – you can create Challenges within the app with up to about 10 of your friends.

Thank you Amira! May the force Stay With You! You can follow her on her website here!

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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!)

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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 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 News & Notes: Wahlburgers, New Balance Gear & Rodney Yee in Central Park! 20

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes:

 “Book vs Movie” Podcast Episode “Jaws” & “Jurassic Park”

The Coney Island Wahlburgers

Plus: My Fun Times as a Fit Bottomed Girl Checking Out New Balance Gear &

Taking in Some Yoga with Rodney Yee (!!)

Just me and thousands of my fellow New Yorkers doing yoga in the park

Just me and thousands of my fellow New Yorkers doing yoga in the park

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Oh where oh where does the time go?  I don’t know about you but my August this year was very, very busy with work, teaching and a week-long visit from my mom (yay!) I had a wonderful time and as I type this post it is Labor Day which is one of those signpost holidays that signifies that summer will soon leave us.

Instead of being sad about letting my second favorite season (after autumn, of course) leave us until next year—I want to talk about some of the fun things I have been up to and am eager to hear how your summer has been unfolding. (Comment below!)

So, let’s get to it!

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 have just released two new episodes since we last “spoke.” First we uncover the 70’s classic Jaws (yes, it was a book first) and then we talked about Jurassic Park. I have embedded them below if you are interested in checking them out. Margo and I are planning out our fall schedule so if you have suggestions for us—mention them below in the comments!

 

Mom & I Meet a Wahlberg and it Was Wicked Fun: It’s been ages since my mother and I had some bonding time that didn’t include my family or siblings so I was thrilled when she decided to take an impromptu visit to New York. We had an amazing time including a visit to the Freedom Tower, taking in the latest production of The King and I (which is off the hook amazing,) strolled along the NYC Highline (which has a HUGE Lego exhibit) and finishing things off with a visit to Coney Island. (We really took the town!)

As luck would have it Mom and I arrived on the opening day of the Coney Island “Wahlburgers” which thrilled me to bits since I am a fan of the Wahlburgers Reality Show on A&E and love to try out a new burger joint when they pop up in my borough. Even though they had some kinks to work out with getting the burgers out in a timely fashion (the line went out the door!) it was still fun to watch Paul Wahlberg come out and greet fans. He is the brother of two famous Wahlbergs (actors Donnie and Mark) and the hardworking dude was so focused on his business that we saw him actually going out to clean the windows of the establishment (no slacker, he.)

If you are in Coney Island I say check them out and NOT Nathan’s Famous hot dog joint which has been around forever and is an institution but the quality I am sad to say has greatly declined over the years.

Here are some of our favorite moments from her visit. (And if you don’t already, follow me on Instagram at “BrooklynFitChick” and I will follow you back!)

 

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Metropolitan Museum of Art #nyc #museum #newyork #summer

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#wahlbergs @wahlburgers_ #coneyisland #paulwahlberg quite a wait here!

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Fit Bottomed Girls Articles: I am a proud NYC team member of the Fit Bottomed Girls which means I get invited to some nifty events from time to time. Recently I was given the opportunity to see the New Balance Spring & Fall 2016 collection for women and let’s just say I am swooning for some of these items. See them for yourself!

 

Did you know that New Balance hosts Girls Night Out events around the country? Basically, it’s a chance to work with a local fitness star and then socialize with your new fitness BFFs and I am definitely checking that out as soon as I can. Have you ever been to one?

And just to make you a little jealous of me—check out this wicked cute goodie bag I got from the event that was filled with New Balance gear—score!

 

Lolë White Tour: OMG—this was just about my favorite event I have attended in Central Park. Canadian yoga gear company Lolë is hosting events in both the U.S. and Canada wherein thousands of participants clad in all-white gear (to symbolize peace) practice yoga with top instructors in a show of togetherness and tranquility.

Now—anyone who knows me will tell you I am usually clad in dark colors as I feel with my size and complexion it is more flattering for me.

However, Lolë offered journalists their gear to wear to the event so off I went and you can see some of the amazing footage at this link from the event.

The best part? In one of the segments of the evening practice I was taught by yoga master Rodney Yee who is just about one of my favorites of all time. His Yoga for Beginners DVD is one of my “go-to” workouts when my hip flexors are really tight. I have a few images from that event as well.

 

Do you have a favorite yoga DVD?

That’s all for me this week. I will be back soon with magazine reviews, playlists, reviews and so much more. Let’s collectively say “goodbye” to summer and look forward to all of what Fall will bring us!

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What Did We Learn This Month? @Shape_Magazine with Ciara on the Cover! 21

 

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Shape

September 2015

Ciara photographed by James Macari

Ciara photographed by James Macari

Shape Cover Star for September 2015:

R&B pop star Ciara is on the cover looking fierce as she should because the woman worked out three hours a day for four months (really!) to lose the 60 pounds she gained after giving birth to her son Future in May 2014.

Now, the teacher & trainer in me wants to cry out ‘that’s too much stress on your body!” However—she is adult and that is her choice. So I will respect the fact she works in show business and has to look her best all of the time no matter what. (Oh patriarchal culture—be gone!)

Ciara likes boxing most of all for exercise and listens to entire albums and not singles for her workout playlist. (Madonna’s Hard Candy is a big favorite.) Her personal trainer is Gunnar Peterson who works with just about all of the biggest celebrities in the world.

I think this is my favorite shot of her inside the magazine.

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Fun fact about Ciara–she’s “only 5’7” tall. Everyone assumes she is over six feet but nay!)

What else is in this issue of Shape?

Versa Workout

Have you seen a piece of cardio equipment called the VersaClimber? You climb on and adjust the handles and resistance to get a full body workout in a short amount of time. Shape features a workout for the VersaClimber that can burn up to 370 calories in just 22 minutes.

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“Gear with Guts”

I am not exactly and “rough and tumble” kind of gal. (The thought of participating in a mud run terrifies me.) On the other hand,  I love toting around bad-ass looking gear and this page suited me just fine. The GoPro Hero camera in particular gives me the “I wants!”

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Brett Hoebel Workout

I don’t want to make y ’all jealous but I had the opportunity two summers ago to interview Brett Hoebel for Fit Bottomed Girls and he was really cool. Brett is a kick ass instructor (you probably know him best from The Biggest Loser) and he created a quick “do-anywhere” workout here that you can just knock out just about—well, anywhere.

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

  • “Breathe Your Way Better” Shape offers advice on how to gain more energy and mental clarity by learning to breathe better. (Yes, you just might be breathing incorrectly!)
  • “Play Dirty” So I may not been very rough and tumble but let’s say you are and you want to try an obstacle course run just for poops and giggles. You will need the check list on what to bring created in this feature to send you on your way.
  • “Get Slim Without the Gym” All sorts of outdoor workouts are featured in this section which covers sandy environments hilly places and those of you who are somehow surrounded by lots of stairs.

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

A I really enjoyed this issue as it had tons of workout pages and good advice. Win/win people!

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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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Ox Ox,

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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

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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,

BFC

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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”

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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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Brooklyn Fit Chick News” Strong Fitness Magazine, Fit Bottomed Girls Playlist & Book Vs Movie 37

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes:

Strong Fitness Magazine!

“Book vs Movie” Podcast News: The “Dad” in Field of Dreams Tweeted Us!

Fit Bottomed Girls Features: Tips for Your First Personal Training Session & a Classic Rock Playlist

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet photographed by Paul Buceta

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet photographed by Paul Buceta

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How hot is it by you? Today we are sweltering in NYC which is not helping my outdoor workout schedule but I am going to soldier on because that is what a fit chick does, oui?

Today I am going to talk about a few fun things and check in with you at the same time because I am in need of real motivation and advice from y ’all.

My workouts have been so “meh’ lately and I have not followed up on some of my goals for the year including increasing my flexibility and learning how to do a box jump. When my father passed away two months ago I have felt so much sadness that I am letting my health suffer. Not sleeping well and not really pushing myself to work harder. Have any of you experienced this kind of deep lack of motivation? Any advice you can give me?  I would love a fresh perspective on my fitness rut. Thanks in advance!

Now on to more fun things:

First I want to introduce to you all Strong Fitness Magazine which is the best glossy magazine devoted to women who really lift & workout. Their latest cover is up above and features Canadian CrossFit athlete Camille Leblanc-Bazinet looking mighty fierce both there an inside the magazine talking about her workout regimen.

Also in the July/August issue which I just received (as a courtesy from Editor in Chief Kirstyn Brown)

  • These yummy bacon recipes!
  • A feature on surfer Paige Alms
  • And a super tough core workout from Rita Catolino that you are going to have to check out for yourself! (Page 27)

As I said—this is a magazine for women who are serious about upping their PR game so if you are looking for “Flat Abs in Five Minutes” or come nonsense diet article you will not find it here. The pages are gorgeous and they feature top notch workouts. The only drawback is that it is a Canadian publication so you may have to go to Barnes & Noble or one of those fancy magazine shops to find it.

OR— you can order it digitally here!

In the meantime you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google Plus

Check them out and let me know what you think of Strong Fitness!

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes:

Book Vs Movie Podcast News: Margo Porras of She’s Nacho Mama’s Blog co-host the “Book Vs. Movie” podcast (that you can subscribe to via iTunes at this link) recorded our Field of Dreams episode last and we have been getting amazing feedback on it. In fact, Dwier Brown who played Ray’s dad (swoon!) even reached out to us on Twitter!

(Well—we kind of reached out to him and he politely responded but STILL!) You can follow him @dwierbrown and he also has a website www.dwierbrown.com.

Here is a photo of Dwier for your eyeball-seeking pleasure (you’re welcome!)

KCDB

With our next episode we are going back to the 1950s with Stand By Me from Stephen King (also known as the novella The Body)

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!

Fit Bottomed Girls Articles: As many of you know I am a proud “Fit Bottomed Girl” and contribute occasionally to the site with interviews, event recaps, playlists, et cetera. This past week I had two (count ‘em two!) featured on the site–What to Expect from Your First Personal Training Session and my top picks for a Classic Rock Workout Playlist.

The former will help gym newbies and the latter will inspire you so much you will want to lighter and hang out at a coliseum. Rock on!

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,

BFC

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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,

BFC

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