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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? Shape Magazine With @JessicaAlba @Honest 18

 

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Shape

June 2015

Jessica Alba photographed by James Macari

Jessica Alba photographed by James Macari

Shape Cover Star for June 2015:

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

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

(Must try that workout soon!)

What else is in this issue of Shape?

Surfer Workout

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

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

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“Cycle in Style”

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

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“Tone All Over”

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

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

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

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

A Overall we have a good summer read here!

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What Did We Learn This Month? @Shape_Magazine with Kate Hudson on the Cover @fabletics 25

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Shape

March 2015

Kate Hudson photographed by Nino Munoz

Kate Hudson photographed by Nino Munoz

Shape Cover Star for March 2015:

OMG—have you checked out Kate Hudson’s abs? Wow! The 35 year-old actress added entrepreneur to her list of titles after creating the incredibly cute workout line Fabletics. Kate is a big fan of exercise and has lately been replacing her Pilates/Yoga routines for TRX and boxing to mix things up.

She also own her own chickens and eats her very own eggs most mornings. Kate also believes in enjoying that glass of wine and life’s little treats in moderation. (Can I switch lives with Kate Hudson?)

What else is in this issue of Shape?

“Look Hot from Every Angle”

I am a core instructor and am always needing different moves to teach my students and keep them engaged. I loved this workout from Madison Doubroff of Bionic Body in Hermosa Beach, CA.

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“Speed Sculpt with Sand”

One of my big goals is to integrate sand bags into my classes and when I finally do (let this be my public statement!) I will steal every single one of these exercises from the Elimin8tor workout from Equinox.

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“Quickie Metabolism Boost”

Who doesn’t want a metabolism boost? Here is a 20-minute workout filled with tough intervals that will torch calories and keep you motivated during this hellishly long winter.

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“Essentials That Make a good Run Great”

I am not much a runner but when I see gear like this GPS watch from Timex IRONMAN ONE GPS which will set you back 400 clams (yikes!) it makes me want to actually, you know–run.

The Asics bra they also feature is so terribly cute but might be a little too low-cut for me. (Does anyone else have an issue with bras that show too much cleavage?)

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“9 Moves to a Knock-Out Body”

To be totally honest—I tried kick boxing several times and always hated it because I never feel like I am having fun with it. However, after reading this article where Shape talked to several experts in the field I am rethinking this whole thing. Plus, the workout featured looks like a total butt-kicker!

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

  • “A Week of Fitness Fashion” Shape puts together a week’s worth of totally cute workout outfits that will keep you inspired to go to the gym.

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

A- What can I say? I liked this issue–it was good!

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What Did We Learn This Month? @Shape_Magazine & Brooke Birmingham @babnotonadiet 20

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Shape

January/February 2015

Jada Pinkett Smith photographed by Jill Greenberg

Jada Pinkett Smith photographed by Jill Greenberg

Shape Cover Star for January/February 2015:

Jada Pinkett Smith (Gotham) who is in phenomenal shape and is my new inspiration to not slack off on my workouts this winter. The badass actress has a “hit it & quit it” attitude with the gym with just 30 minutes of cardio per session followed by a quick strength-training sequence that emphasizes high reps versus heavy weights.

You can check out some of Jada’s favorite moves inside the magazine, take a look!

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What else is in this issue of Shape?

“The Journey After the Journey”

What a delight it is to see my blogger buddy Brooke Birmingham inside Shape magazine! Brooke is just about the loveliest person you can ever meet which makes her amazing enough on its own. On top of that she lost 172 pounds through diet and exercise.

Brooke is in a round table discussion/article with other five other women who have lost a significant amount of weight (Dacia Root, Francelina Morillo, Ashley Donahoo and Heather McNally) and they talk openly about the wonderful and stressful changes that have happened since they began their weight loss journey. Very inspiring!

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“Dance Off the Inches”

I am a terrible dancer, like “Elaine from Seinfeld” bad , but I appreciate those who can do it well (like trainer Anna Kaiser of AKT in Motion studios) who demonstrates a few dancy/strength moves you can do on your own.

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“8-Minute Fat Blast”

Do you Tabata?  Beacuse if you do and you are looking for a new workout—try this one from Kathy Glabicky of Tread Tabata which you can do in record time. She uses a combination of treadmill and Plyo moves so take this page with you to the gym.

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“Slope Style”

Skiing is not my thing but something about ski gear says “yes” to me.

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“Hello, New Body”

The Biggest Loser was very smart to hire Jennifer Widerstrom because she is a kick ass trainer who wants women to aspire to be strong and not skinny. Here she gives her own, personal four week plan to get you in great shape without crazy equipment needs or a big time suck.

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

  • “Winter Sports Special” Shape looks into skiing and snowboarding and offers advice for beginners.
  • Camille LeBlanc Bazinet: The 2014 CrossFit champ offers her best advice on how you can reach your fitness goals.

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

A The January/February issues has some of the best workouts I have seen in a while. Plus, they were smart enough to feature Brooke Birmingham!

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What Did We Learn This Month? @Shape_Magazine with @JulianneHough December Issue 2

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Shape

December 2014

Julianne Hough photographed by Don Flood.

Julianne Hough photographed by Don Flood.

Shape Cover Star for December 2014:

Julianne Hough (Dancing With the Stars) is a busy gal who tours with her equally famous brother Derek, and is creating a show with him called Blackpool which will be a ballroom dancing drama. In addition to her dancing & singing career Julianne acted in the Footloose reboot and (my personal favorite) the “so bad it is good” Safe Haven. (Get it on Netflix if you ever have the chance. She is fine in the part but the script is amazingly cheesy and awesome!)

The multi-hyphentate is also a workout fiend who keeps in top shape by getting at least 8 hours of sleep per night, eating healthy and dancing as often as she can (even on top of her two-hour shows!)

When home in Los Angeles she prefers works with professional trainer Astrid McGuire and you check out some of their workout in the pages of the December issue.

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What else is in this issue of Shape?

“Long and Lean”

Sadie Lincoln is the founder of barre3 studio (there are over 70 locations!) and she offers to Shape a few exercises she prefers to keep her muscles “long and lean.”

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Shape Gift Guide:Tone Up Fast”

I literally want every single item from this page. Every. Single. Item. (Who is going to be my Secret/Awesome Santa this year?)

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 “Flat Abs Fast”

Every day it seems I reading more and more about New York City-based trainer Adam Rosante who has a book coming out in March called The 30-Second Body. Here he gives us his favorite moves to get your abs tight.

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“Jump to a Hot Body”

If you ever want to watch me make a total fool out of myself—ask me to demonstrate the proper way to jump rope. I am sort of a deranged 4th grader when it comes to skipping rope and would rather NOT do it at such a high level.

However, I know it is a fantastic workout and this program developed by Punk Rope creator Tim Haft looks like it would whip anyone into fighting form,

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

  • “How Can I Ramp Up Results to Get Toned Fast?” If you are looking to get your strength training up a notch—try out these tips from Shape expert Jay Cardiello.
  • “Pretty in Picturs” Good tips on how to take better selfies.
  • “Sneaky Health Threat: Your Vacuum” Did you know that Hoover can “spit bacteria and dust back into the room?” Well, you do now. (Cleaning out mine right now.)

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

A The December issue brought it big-time with the good workouts and useful information. Plus, the gift guide was tops!

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What Did We Learn This Month? @Shape_Magazine with Sofia Vergara on the Cover! 1

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Shape

November 2014

Sofia Vergara photographed by Marc Baptiste

Sofia Vergara photographed by Marc Baptiste

Shape Cover Star for November 2014:

Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara is on the cover and is showing off her curvy body that she keeps in shape with the help of a MegaFormer machine which I wish I could afford to do more often. (Seriously—it is the toughest workout I have ever done.)

If you want to do your own makeshift version of the MergaFormer workout, grab a set of bands and try the exercises featured below.

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What else is in this issue of Shape?

“Straight Talk”

This past year I have been on a self-improvement kick and have been actively working on getting my posture back in alignment. I really liked this feature on exercises to strengthen your back plus tips for proper form.

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“Take The Chill Off”

This page of cold-weather workout gear gives me a big case of the “I wants”–especially the Patagonia Dimensions Jacket!

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“Meet Your Match”

Just because summer is gone doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a game of tennis. If you are looking to try it out at an indoor court—this article will give you the basics to start. Plus—a complete of all of those tennis terms that I pretend to know when watching the U.S. Open (score!)

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“Road Test: Clean Machines”

I love my beauty stories and am always in the market for a new sonic cleanser so this page gave me inspiration for my next trip to Sephora!

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“Super Sculptors”

Included in the November issue is a workout using the Ugi Ball which is a “squishy” medicine ball and looks really fun.

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“Refresh Your Workout”

I am in the “pro” camp when it comes to the Bosu balance trainer and I am digging this move to kick the “knee-though” move up a notch.

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

  • “Killer Calorie Burner” Personally know that I need to incorporate more pulling exercises than pushing ones to better my posture and the rower would fit the bill perfectly. Here we get a perfect workout to try on your own from trainer Annie Mulgrew of CityRow in NYC.
  • “Talk Turkey” The first time I had to carve up a Thanksgiving bird was kind of a disaster and I wish was able to use this useful guide on how to do just that from Chef Judy Joo on page 112 of this issue.

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

A The November issue has a variety of good workouts featured plus, I liked the gear pages as well.

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What Did We Learn This Month? Shape magazine’s September issue with Brooke Burke-Charvet 2

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Shape

September 2014

Brooke Burke-Charvet photographed by don Flood.

Brooke Burke-Charvet photographed by Don Flood.

 

Shape Cover Star for September 2014:

Brooke Burke-Charvet is on the cover and the 43 year-old mom of four is excited to start her new venture Caelum athletic wear (she teaches “Booty Burn” classes in her hometown of Malibu.) She looks totally amazing by any measure but especially after all of her recent heath and career woes.

First, Brooke was rather rudely dumped by the producers of Dancing with the Stars competition show that she had been a part of for several years (“going in a new direction” is how they explained it to her over the phone while she was carpooling her kids around–sheesh!)

Then the sh*t got real…

In short, Brooke had Hashimoto’s disease for over ten years and took medicine to help her manage her hypothyroidism. Over time she discovered a lump which turned out to be thyroid cancer and she had a thyroidectomy. (Yikes!!)

Brooke is currently feeling better than ever and shows off a few of her favorite “Booty Burn” moves inside this issue of Shape:

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What else is in the September issue of Shape?

“Trail Moves”

Orthopedist John Muyan, M.D., director of sports medicine at Maimonides Medical Center (in Brooklyn!) offers these exercises which help strengthen the muscles that are challenged most when running on “uneven surfaces.”

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“Big Time”

I rarely wear my heart rate watch anymore but the batch featured on this page look pretty damn cool!

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 “Hit The Trail”

Shape picks the best (and cutest) gear to take on your next hike outside.

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“Super-Sculpters”

I really, really liked the band workout featured here by trainer Rachel Piskin of ChaiseFitness.

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“On Your Feet”

Suzanne Bowen of Barre-Amped Boot Camp DVD created this low impact walking workout that takes only 30 minutes to do and will build your leg strength.

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And now the rest of the best of this issue of Shape (A little lean this month…)

  • “Word of Mouth” The best new products on the market for oral care.
  • Sofia Vergara: Looking smoking hot in the back of the magazine.

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

B+ The workouts featured are all great but the fashion pages left me wanting more. Just sort of “meh” for me this month but I set a high bar for Shape so let’s look out for October!

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What Did We Learn This Month? Shape magazine with Jillian Michaels!! 5

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Shape

July/August 2014

Jillian Michaels photographed by Don Flood

Jillian Michaels photographed by Don Flood

 

Shape Cover Star for June/August 2014:

OMG! The one and only Jillian Michaels is on the cover and looking as fierce as always. Jillian turned 40 this year and is feeling pretty darn good about her life (and WHY not?) Inside the magazine she is butt naked and showing offer her strong physique. (Mrow!)

We also get the second-part of her exclusive Summer Shape Up plan if you want to try out her personal “Bodyshred” class on your own.

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What else is on the July/August issue of Shape?

Venus Williams

I am a proud ambassador for EleVen by Venus workout wear created by the incredible Venus Williams who has a degree in fashion design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Go Venus!

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“Float Your Boat”

Kayaking is such a wonderful way to enjoy the water and get in an excellent upper body workout. Here we get tips for a day of paddling from pro Christie Eastman.

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“Stay Toned on the Road”

If you are travelling this summer (and good on you if you are!) this workout created by trainer Mike Donavanik utilizes a chair & a wall to get in a perfect 15-minute workout.

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 “Water Works”

Shape gives us a whole page of gear to help you spend a day splashing around in style. (The Astral water safe shoes give me the “I wants.”)

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“Hit Your Stride”

Elliptical training expert Annette Comerchero created “EllipFit” in Los Angeles and you can try her exclusive workout here.

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

  • “Sunscreen Savvy” There is much more to sunblock and sunscreen than just lathering it on and hoping not to get burned. The best products for all outdoor activities plus how to apply them effectively.
  • “Brave New Workouts” Top fitness experts talk about trying all kinds of ‘scary” workouts from CrossFit to obstacle races to Krav Maga. (need to try that last one!)

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

A  The July/August issue is an action-packed magazine you can take to the beach and enjoy. See you in September Shape!

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What Did We Learn This Month? Shape Magazine with Ivanka Trump on the Cover 2

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Shape

May 2014

Ivanka Trump photographed by James Macari

Ivanka Trump photographed by James Macari

Shape Cover Star for May 2014:

Ivanka Trump is on the cover and looking fantastic. The busy mom of two kids is a Wharton School grad who just happens to be the Vice President of Development and Acquisitions for the Trump Organization. (Before you yell “nepotism” understand she worked for other companies before joining her father’s office and is known for being hard working and down to earth.)

Ivanka is also a judge on Celebrity Apprentice and credits her mother’s work ethic for making her eager to be both a mom and a professional.

She keeps in shape with regular spin classes and a few mat moves created by her trainer Rhonda Malkin which you can see here:

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What else is on the May issue of Shape?

“Mix Masters”

I want just about everything on this page but especially the Soul Transform Headphones. (Can someone hook a fit chick up?)

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“Have a Ball”

If you are looking for a new workout to try at the gym—check out this soccer-inspired circuit from trainer Scott Piri of Team Expos in Los Angeles.

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“Blaze a Trail”

Summer is finally in our sites and I for one want to go for a nice long hike in the great outdoors. Professional rock climber Katie Lambert offers her best advice to keep safe while enjoying nature live and in person.

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 “Upward Bound”

And if you need some new gear for your hike…check out this selection!

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Shape Summer Shape-Up”

Hey, have you heard of Jillian Michaels? She has a pretty neat workout in this issue.

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

  • “London Calling” Editor in Chief Tara Kraft Lowenstein has moved on to a new life in London with her brand new husband. Good luck in the UK Tara!
  • “Here Comes the Sun” Believe it or not you need to change out your sun lotions every year in order to make sure your skin is safe. Shape has a great selection here for all types of skin types.
  • “Get Phone Smart” Sure we all love our cell phones but they can also be dangerous (stop texting and walking, people!).

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

A  I liked the articles and the workouts in the May issue!

Until next time…

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