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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.

Oh you know. Just taking a yoga session with @rodneyyee @elenabrower in Central Park #yoga #nyc #centralpark #lolewhite

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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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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 & 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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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: 50-Minute Ride with Rihanna, In The Valley Below, U2 & More 23

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

Rihanna’s “Only Girl” Ride (50 Minutes)

Featuring My New Favorite Song: “Peaches “from In The Valley Below

In the Valley Below

In the Valley Below

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

My newest playlist leads off with one of my favorite performers right now—Rihanna. How amazing is she? When greeted by fans at the airport after a long flight, instead of hiding she poses for a series of fun selfies. The rest of the tunes here are a mixture of current and older tunes designed for a 50-minute interval cardio workout. (Or just put it on for any workout, really!)

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

  • Only Girl (In the World): Rihanna

I like this song for warm-up as it has a fun, clubby-type of vibe that gets the room in a good mood. (Mood is very important!)

 

  • Kid Icarus: Sam Roberts

If you are not familiar with Sam Roberts, he is a Canadian singer-songwriter who kicks serious ass.

 

  • Voices in My Head: The Police

OMG—the bass line on this song is seriously dope! I played this one last weekend for the first time in years and the class loved it.

 

  • Even Better Than the Real Thing: U2

I have such a distinct memory of Dana Carvey hosting the MTV Music Awards in 1994 and playing drums (as “Garth”) with U2 to this very song. (Oh 90s pop culture—how I miss you so…)

 

  • Kids: MGMT

This is one of those bands who recorded a fantastic first album and could not follow it up with a hit. Honestly I would have picked them to be the next Black Keys.

 

  • I’ll Stick Around: Foo Fighters

Me and my Foos go together like peas and carrots.

 

  • My Type: Saint Motel

If you are looking for something new that has a fun beat—try this one out from indie band Saint Motel.

 

  • Lost: Coldplay

I know people like to make fun of Coldplay or anyone who admits to liking their music but dammit—I love this song!

 

  • Outta My Head: Kylie Minogue

Whenever this tune is played if you can actually resist singing along than you are simply not human and indeed a robot monster.

 

  • Hey Ya! Outkast

I like this song for fast sprints and upping the energy level in the room

 

  • Stronger: Kanye West

Yes—he is an egotistical buffoon at times.  However, the dude knows how to write a hook something fierce.

 

  • Peaches: In the Valley Below

I am obsessed with this song! In the Valley Below has an amazing 70s mellowness with 80s techno vibe and supposedly the duo brews their own micro-beer!

 

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,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes: @USATodayHealth, @suzannecbowen Giveaway Plus Book Vs Movie “The Stepford Wives” 32

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes

USA Today Interviewed ME for an Article!

Plus:

Still Looking for a Deep Tissue Massage Therapist for a Story!

 “Book vs Movie” Podcast News (The Stepford Wives)

Plus: Enter to Win the “Barre Amped: Cardio Fun Giveaway” DVD Giveaway

 

Enter to win this DVD!

Enter to win this DVD!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How are you all doing? It’s Mother’s Day as I am typing this and I need to get on the horn with my mother ASAP but let me get through this week’s news & notes and my new giveaway the BarreAmped Cardio Fat Burn DVD! (Woo hoo!)

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes:

USA Today Quoted Me in a Feature on Streaming Workouts! Bring with the Fit Bottomed Girls has been one of the great pleasures of my career and last year I gave them my list of favorite online streaming workouts. Well guess what? USA Today found that article and contacted me to give me on take on online streaming workouts and why they are so popular (You can read it here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/05/10/streaming-fitness-videos/26865035/) Being a longtime fan of USA Today let’s just say I am  thrilled!!!

 I am STILL in Need of a “Deep Tissue Massage” Expert! I am working on a piece about what to expect from your first deep tissue massage and I need many 1 or 2 more experts who can offer tips & advice. Is this you or someone you know? Please leave a comment below if so! (Merci in advance…)

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 we just recorded one of our favorite episodes yet–The Stepford Wives. We had so much fun talking about the original novel, the 1975 film and the stinkeroo 2004 remake that starred Nicole Kidman and Bette Midler. (Our next episode will be Valley of the Dolls so get your caftans ready!)

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.

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

 

And now for the giveaway!

 

BarreAmped Cardio Fat Burn Giveaway: Have you ever tried Suzanne Bowen’s workout “BarreAmped?” Well I love this DVD for a nice cardio HIIT whenever I need something quick and can be done at home or on the road. Details below on how to win your own copy!  (This is not a sponsored giveaway and is only available in the Continental U.S.)

SUZANNE BOWEN FITNESS RELEASES NEW DVD

BarreAmped CARDIO FAT BURN

Panama City Beach, FL, February 4, 2015– Fitness and lifestyle expert Suzanne Bowen, creator of Suzanne Bowen Fitness (#SBF) www.suzannebowenfitness, a top streaming website for workout videos and nutrition advice, has just released her new BarreAmped Cardio Fat Burn workout on DVD (www.barreamped.com 84 minutes $19.99.)  Suzanne’s signature BarreAmped is a proven, results oriented, body shaping barre program that is a combination of dance, Pilates, yoga, and Bowen’s classical Lotte Berk training. It is Classic Barre meets Extreme Results.

BarreAmped Cardio Fat Burn takes participants to a new fitness level, elevating the heart rate to burn fat using high intensity intervals combined with body changing barre exercises. Viewers will do Tabata style workouts, longer cardio intervals, low impact fat blasts, and sculpting exercises to hit every main muscle and #ShakeToChange.

BarreAmped Cardio Fat Burn (84 minutes, $19.99) is divided into sections so viewers can do the entire full workout or mix and match the segments to change it up. The DVD has a two minute introduction; two minute warm up; extreme cardio fat burn (26 minutes); Cardio sculpt (17 minutes); Cardio core (17 minutes); and a twelve minute cool down stretch. The purchase of the DVD includes a free 1 month membership of streaming barre workouts at www.suzannebowenfitness.com .

As with all of her DVDs, Suzanne connects with viewers and leads the workout through a challenging, but doable workout segments in her encouraging and energetic signature style of teaching as she shows modifications and variations.

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If you want to win the BarreAmped Cardio Fat Burn DVD you must do the following (Continental United States only, 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 BarreAmped DVD @suzannecbowen from @brooklynfitchik”
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I will pick one winner at random on Monday, May 18, 2015 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

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What Did We Learn This Month? @WomensHealthMag with Cobie Smulders on the Cover! 22

 

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Women’s Health

May 2015

Cobie Smulders photographed by Eric Ray Davidson

Cobie Smulders photographed by Eric Ray Davidson

Women’s Health Cover Star for May 2015: 

Confession time—the one and only episode of How I Met Your Mother I ever viewed was the last one. Let’s just say I was terribly confused over the different characters and their motivations but thought the woman who played “Robin” was not only funny and but also a great actress.

Cobie Smulders is featured in the new The Avengers: Age of Ultron movie which I am pretty sure will make a few bucks over the next few weeks. Cobie posed for the cover of this issue less than two months after giving birth to her daughter (holy smokes!) and reveals in the magazine she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was just 25-years old (wow!)

Cobie is very heathy these days and appreciates her new life in New York City with husband Taran Killam of Saturday Night Live (!!) and her two daughters. She keeps in shape with Soul Cycle and Pilates and tries to enjoy a good serving of mac and cheese when she can.

 

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

15-Minute Workout “Step up to Sexy”

I know you might find this hard to believe but I know LOTS of people who still love cardio Step workouts after all of these years. Me—I think they are terrible for your knees and hips but the equipment can be very useful for other types of training and this workout from Amber Edwards of Equinox is pretty solid.

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Women’s Health Fitness Awards”

Women’s Health picked the best of the best in fitness gear including treadmills, trackers, tanks, ear buds. Water bottles, running shoes and sport bras—which is the one piece of equipment that most women neglect and drives me crazy! (You are tearing muscle fibers when you let them loose!)

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“Hang Tight”

You want to gain strength quickly—try a suspension workout. This one featured here is from Todd Durkin of Fitness Quest 10 gym in San Diego

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

  • “Having a Moment: Bone Broth” Most of my Paleo friends are insane for bone broth and show pictures constantly of their latest concoctions. Anyhoo—Women’s Health explains the benefits to bone brother in all of its glory here.
  • “Forces of Nature” I cannot believe it is May already and I have NOT made vacation plans yet. Well in this section you get 50 suggestions for healthy-type vacays you can enjoy either on your own or with a crowd.

Overall Grade:

A  I really like meeting Cobie Smulders, the workouts are top notch and the information is solid. Get the May issue!

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

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New Conference & Festival News! @TipsOfTheScale Conference and @Wanderlustfest Summer 2015 Dates 14

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes

Tips of the Scale Weight Loss Conference News (20% off Tickets to BFC Readers!)

2015 Wanderlust Yoga Festival Summer Tour Dates      

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

A couple of quick notes today about upcoming events that I thought you might be interested in……

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Tips of the Scale Weight Loss Conference: Very exciting news here! My podcast friend Sam Lomeli (his Tips Of The Scale podcast is a must-listen for me every week) will hold the first conference—the TipsOfTheScale Weight Loss Conference that will take place in Dallas, Texas May 15-16 (congrats Sam!) AND if you are friends with me you can simply use this link to get 20% off the ticket price–score! (Or use the code “bfc2015” at the checkout.)

The conference has lined up some interesting speakers including Rudy Gettinger whose reality show I just loved! If you can get to Dallas May 15-16 –be sure to check out “Tips of the Scales.”

 

Credit Priscilla Murphy for Wanderlust Festival

Credit Priscilla Murphy for Wanderlust Festival

2015 Wanderlust Summer 2015 Tour Details: Last year I went to the first Wanderlust Yoga Festival in Brooklyn and had many fun adventures including meeting THE Elena Brower (you can read all about it at my Fit Bottomed Girl post from the time.)

Well in 2015 the Wanderlust team is kicking it up several notches by inviting top notch talent to keep your toes tapping while getting your mind & body in shape.

YOGA:

  • Seane Corn
  • Shiva Rea
  • Elena Brower
  • Rod Stryker
  • Rodney Yee & Colleen Saidman
  • Sri Dharma Mittra

MUSIC:

  • Michael Franti
  • Thievery Corporation
  • Lake Street Dive
  • Lee Fields & The Expressions
  • The Barr Brothers
  • Rising Appalachia
  • MC Yogi

SPEAKERS:

  • Jason Brown: Former NFL player who walked away from a $37 million contract to create the First Fruits Farm, dedicated to feeding the hungry. www.firstfruitsfarm.org
  • Bill McKibben: World-renowned environmentalist and founder of 350.org
  • Graham Hill: Founder of Treehugger.com and Lifeedited.com
  • Seamus Mullen: Award-winning New York chef, restaurateur and cookbook author www.seamusmullen.com
  • Taylor Conroy: Disruptive social entrepreneur and founder of ChangeHeroes.org

The full roster of festival dates is as follows:

Snowshoe, West Virginia: June 5-7

Stratton, Vermont: June 18-21

Aspen-Snowmass, Colorado: July 2-5

Squaw Valley, California: July 16-19

Whistler, British Columbia (Canada): July 30-August 3

Tremblant, Quebec (Canada): August 20-23

For the complete lineup and ticketing information please visit http://wanderlust.com/summer-2015-lineup/

Got that? Now get your bags packed and go have some fit fun!

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