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What Have We Learned This Month? @ShapeMagazine with Beyonce on the Cover!! 7

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Shape: April 2013

Beyonce photographed by Cliff Watts

Beyonce photographed by Cliff Watts

 

Shape Cover Star for March:

I don’t think I am ready for this jelly—cuz Beyoncé is on the cover of the April Shape—whoo hoo!

First of all, I am shocked to learn she is only 31 years-old. (What I mean by that is doesn’t it feel as if she has been around for ages?)

The long-legged diva talks to Shape about how she got back her killer curves after gaining 57 pounds during her pregnancy (whoa!) plus her intent on showing her daughter the importance of following your own passions and “do things that challenge” you to face your fears.

Here is a photo of the mighty one being fierce in heels.

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So what else is inside the March Shape?

 

“Workout of the Month”

I have a strong, passionate love/hate relationship with my foam roller so this feature on how to use them to both strengthen and lengthen my muscles was very useful. (Ouch!!) Trainer Ashley Borden designed the routine.

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“Swing Into Action”

I worked for a golf publication for a while and know how the swing can really work (or hurt) your back depending on how you do it. (I just wish golf clothes were sexier…)

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“2013 Shape Shoe Awards”

The editors of Shape put over 50 pairs of sneakers through their paces and picked their 14 best bets.

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“Ready, Set, Burn!”

L.A.-based trainer Mike Donavanik (who created the DVD Extreme Burn: Ripped) offered us this workout that can help you burn 2000 calories per week.

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“The Skinny on…Milk”

Just switched to Trader Joe’s coconut milk in my coffee and now I completely forget what it was like to have real cream with each sip. (Oh, who am I kidding? I will forever miss cream in my coffee but dairy is no longer my friend.)

Anyhoo—this helpful feature shows the pros & cons of all different kinds of milk type things.

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

  • “Chocolate Tonight!” Shape has a bunch of yummy-looking recipes here that feature the key ingredient of chocolate. Yes, please!
  • “Bag, You’re It!” I am so sick of my winter things including my big, black handbag so this story makes me all kinds of happy. (They show the best in Spring purses in all sorts of glorious colors.)
  • “Give Your Kitchen a Checkup” I have moving on my mind and the kitchen photographed on page 128 is my idea of paradise.
  • “Breathe Easy” Allergies are my sworn enemy so I read any and all articles about how to fight them.

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Overall Grade:

A  Have to say I really loved this issue. Shape has been on a roll lately!

Have you read the April Shape yet? What was your favorite article? Let me know!

Ox ox,

Brooklyn Fit Chick

(BFC)

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What Did We Learn This Month? @Shape_Magazine with Jennifer Love Hewitt on the Cover! 2

What Did We Learn This Month?

Shape: March 2013

Jennifer Love Hewitt photographed by Don Flood

Jennifer Love Hewitt photographed by Don Flood

Shape Cover Star for March:
Jennifer Love Hewitt and her insane curves are featured on the cover the March issue. In her interview Jennifer addresses the rotten things the media has said about her body over the years (which makes me insane—THIS woman was considered fat? Sheesh!)

Jennifer admits the hyper-focus on her weight made her self-conscious for a while but success is the best revenge of all as they say and she is flying high now with her Lifetime show The Client List.

If you are curious how she stays in shape—check out her routine based on her “Buti” classes from trainer Bizzie Gold (you read that correctly!) Check out her site here: (Link for Bizzie!)

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So what else is inside the March Shape?

“Workout of the Month”
So excited about these workout pages from the March issue! The moves here are from trainer Simone De LaRue whom I have written about for Fit Bottomed Girls a few months ago: (Fit Bottomed Girls link.)

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“Show Stopping Ads”
Shape’s Janet Lee offers great advice on how to get your core in tip top condition from what to eat, to the best workouts to try and finally—the steps to getting more zzz’s in your life.
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“Yoga, Our Way”
If you are looking to add more yoga to your life but were not sure which practice was best for you—well check out page 72 to find out!

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“Triple Play”
Jessica Matthews developed this routine based on using three different cardio machines at the gym that will help you burn more calories in less time.

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“Wacky, But it Works!”
Feel funny about using walking poles while walking outdoors or trying your hand at dribbling a basketball? Well don’t feel silly because these activities will help make your workout even more complete.

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And now the rest of the best of this issue of Shape:
• “Shop Once, Eat All Week” Shape shows us what you can make with just 20 ingredients on your shopping list. Really yummy recipes from author Melissa Lanz: The Fresh 20: (Amazon.com link.)
“Love Your Now Body” TLC’s Stacy London (What Not to Wear) is new to the Shape fashion team and I for one could not be more excited! And she is a fellow Brooklynite which makes her extra cool IMHO.
“Coolest Clubs in America” Did your fancy gym make the list?
“Head Off Headaches” I get some real pounders between my eyes sometime so this article will be most helpful.
“Medicine Cabinet: A Checkup” Most helpful guide for what to keep and what to toss from my bathroom cabinets. (Yikes—it was scary in there!)

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Overall Grade:
A! Once again they bring a really useful issue. Good job Shape!

Have you read the March Shape yet? What was your favorite article? Let me know!

Ox ox,
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What Did We Learn this Month? @Shape_Magazine with Jenny McCarthy on the Cover! 6

What Did We Learn This Month?

Shape: January/February 2013

Jenny McCarthy photographed by Nino Munoz

Jenny McCarthy photographed by Nino Munoz

 

 

 

Shape Cover Star for January/February: The cover star this month is Jenny McCarthy who will have her own late night talk show on Vh1 soon and is also a columnist with the Chicago Sun-Times. I am not her biggest fan for my own reasons but I won’t dwell on that here. Instead I will say that I love the workout featured inside which was created by Jenny’s trainer Mark Harari who is hella cute I have to say.

Jenny McCarthy & her Trainer Mark Harari

Jenny McCarthy & her Trainer Mark Harari

So what else is inside the January/February Shape?

“Cool Ways to Blast Calories” I have never been great at working out in the wintertime but these pages may make me change my mind. If nothing else—I want to hang out in a ski lodge by the fire. (My apartment is freezing right now!)

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“Spin to Slim” Shape asked Ruth Zuckerman of Flywheel Sports (a top-notch spin studio in New York City) came up with this routine you can do on your own. (photo)

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“6 Clues to Your Heart Health” Cardiovascular disease is the top killer of women and not enough of us are cognizant of this fact. Shape has the exclusive excerpt from Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum’s Heart Book on the six things you need to pay attention to in order to keep your ticker healthy. (photo)

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“Fast-Track to Fit” Jillian Michaels is back ladies & gentlemen and she offers us this butt-kicking workout based on Jillian Michaels Bodyshred.

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“Step & Repeat” Weeeee! Ms. Lorna Kleidman designed this workout based on her KettleX Step class which is based out of the Fitness Cell Collective in New York City. I have taken a class with Lorna and can verify her talents as an instructor. Now try this routine which requires a step and a kettlebell.

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“Katy Perry” Billboard’s most recent “Woman of the Year” recipient talks about how she keeps such a fabulous figure while she is on the road.

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

• “Your Skin, A to Z” Shape’s big beauty story rocks my world with all sorts of recommendations for lotions & potions that are good for your skin. (Good job picking out Juice Beauty by the way—they rock my socks off!)

“Intimate Appeal” I am a big believer in owning pretty underwear even if you are the only person who sees them. (Need to try out the brand Wocoal…)

• “Take That, Fat!” Simple (really simple) fixes to make your workouts more effective.

• “Give Your Desk a Check-Up” My desk is messed-up and gross right now. This article reminds me to get my crap together—stat!

“Help—I Can’t Sleep!” Having sleep issues on and off over the years—I always appreciate advice on how to get more zzz’s.

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Overall Grade: A! I have to hand it to Shape—they really brought the workout pages this month. Loved them all!

Have you read the January/February Shape yet? What was your favorite article? Let me know!

Ox ox,

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