Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 57 Talking About Guilty Pleasures, the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders “Making the Team” (CMT) & Jaybird Wireless Earbuds 28

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 57

Featuring: Finding a New Guilty Pleasure and Introducing My Super-Groovy Jaybird Wireless Ear Buds Giveaway

You can win these!

You can win these!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I am on a bit of a time crunch this week so I am keeping my post short and sweet this week. However, what I am lacking in verbiage I am more than making up for with a fantastic giveaway for one of you lucky readers. Best news of all—this giveaway is open to residents of both United States and Canada—whoo hoo!!

So let me dive into my one big topic I want to discuss today (guilty pleasures) and then I will offer the details for the Jaybird Freedom Sprint Secure Fit Wireless Buds that retail for $129.

It’s been quite the week in news I must say. First we had a fit blogger/trainer who was accused of being a bully by posing with her three young boys and saying “What’s Your Excuse?” in her photo.

THEN Kate Middleton showed off her lean frame three months after giving  birth by swatting around a volleyball (that’s what it is called, right?) in high wedge heels. Honestly, what the hell kind of pressure are we putting on ourselves when images like this keep showing up in the media!

I am sensitive to how women are portrayed in the media and am so grateful for all of my fellow bloggers who write about living healthy lives and not obsessing about thinness or good looks. Which leads me to my guilty pleasure…

“What Makes for a Guilty Pleasure?”

Generally my attitude is whatever makes you happy (and doesn’t hurt anyone else) enjoy it thoroughly and do not worry about what others think. Life is too short! However, we all have a “thing” we like and enjoy but know we probably shouldn’t. That even though it may be harmless—it doesn’t make our life better and we most likely would be much better off without it.

This past week one of my secret favorite shows, The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team (DCC) aired an episode that filled me with sadness and made me finally “break up” with them.

Background: The DCC has been on the air for a few seasons now and basically it is a reality show that follows a group of young women who try out to make the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders team. The stakes are pretty high for these gals. If you make the team you are considered a rock star in the Dallas-Fort Worth area (and to a world of football-loving dudes) and get to travel the world making appearances. But you MUST fit in the uniform. And buy fit—I mean you BETTER be tall and skinny. (Sorry—the DCC coaches say “toned” instead of skinny but we know what they mean.)

I have never been a cheerleader and would always rather be participating in the game than watching on the sidelines.  But I really admire the tenacity of these women to show up for an audition against hundreds of able competitors and dance their hearts out to make it.

This past week focused on a contestant named Vivian who was petite and gorgeous. She could dance like a disco diva and had a smile that can light up a room.  Vivian was also a  fan favorite who was voted into training camp by a legion of online Dallas cowboys devotees even though the overseers of the DCC training camp labeled Vivian as “stumpy” and felt she should lose 8 pounds before being able to properly don the uniform. Honestly folks—I do not get it. This is Vivian (in the center):


How gorgeous is she? I work out every day and I do not have a flat tummy like that! I know the world isn’t fair and the standards for the DCC are very strict but watching Vivian get cut from the squad broke my heart. I think I am going to have to stop following this show.

Sooooo, now I am in need of a new guilty pleasure. What do you watch to make your eye-holes happy and your brain just bubble with delightful non-activity? Send those suggestions my way! (Please!)

And Now My Super-Duper Jaybird Wireless Ear Buds Giveaway:

So are you NOW ready to win some ear buds? This week’s giveaway is a pair of headphones from Jaybird and the contest starts from Sunday, October 20, 2013 and will end Monday, October 28, 2013 at NOON eastern time.

Note—I am NOT being paid by Jaybird to host this contest. This is my gift to you my loyal readers and You Tube audience—you’re welcome!



Here are the details about the winning item:

  • Freedom Sprint is tuned with emphasis on sub-bass, while reducing the listener fatigue ranges of mids and extreme treble. The result, warm thumpy beats that let you crank up the music without experiencing listener fatigue common in extended headphone use during lengthy workout sessions at higher volume levels. Keep your music motivating you, not distracting you. Eliminate listener fatigue.
  • On-ear controls offer quick, confident commands so you can focus and get the most from your workout. Get in – get out.
  • Freedom Sprint offers an enhanced microphone and microphone chamber design for clearer calls.

Got that? Now, in order to win a (United States & Canada only!) you must do the following:

  1. Post a comment below (on this particular blog post).
  2. Tweet out your interest by saying “I want to stay fit with @JayBirdSport Freedom Sprint headphones from @BrooklynFitChik”
  3. Use the hashtag “POWERYOURPASSION”
  4. Subscribe to my You Tube channel here (let me know if you are already subscribed!)

Enter as many times as you like! I will pick the winner next Monday, October 28th at NOON eastern time and contact them directly. Good luck!



Until next time…

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What Did We Learn This Month? @WomensHealthMag @CarrieUnderwood November Review! 5

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Women’s Health: November 2013

Carrie Underwood photograohed by Jeff Lipsky

Carrie Underwood photographed by Jeff Lipsky

 Women’s Health Cover Star for November 2013: 

Carrie Underwood whom I just discovered as a kickass singer whose songs are now completely filling up my iPod. Not to sound like a total rock-centric snob but I never really “got” country/pop before but I am becoming a big fan of hers. (Honestly—Before He Cheats totally rules!!!)

Carrie keeps in shape by sticking with a vegan diet and working out as often as she can on the road. She  also loves animals and took care of a stray dog last year. (Yay! Carrie!)

Carrie “Favorite Things” include:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Ezekiel Bread
  • Better’N Peanut Butter
  • Hot Yoga

 So what else is in the November issue of Women’s Health

“15-Minute Fat Blaster”

B.J. Gaddour, CEO of produced this workout which can be done in 15 or 30 minutes should you want a quick butt-kicker.

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 Take Yourself for a Ride”  

Have you thought about taking a spin class but wasn’t sure on how to set up your bike? Try out this articles which features tips and a workout plan from Soul Cycle instructor Stacey Griffith.

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 “The New Tome-At-Home Pilates”

The amazing Brooke Siler of re:Ab Pilates studio in New York shows how adding bands can really add to your Pilates workout. Brooke is the author of The Women’s Health Big Book of Pilates.

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“The Flat-Tummy Foods”

The foods you eat that can help with belly bloating as well as  the stuff that will make you feel like you have a beer gut all of the time.

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“Supermarket Stars”

The next time you hit the grocery store—bring along this guide to find out the healthiest options for:

  • Fitness Fuel
  • Recovery Foods
  • A.M. Kick-Starters
  • Grab-and-Go Eats
  • Lunchtime Picks
  • Caffeine Champs
  • Supper Shortcuts
  • Nibbles and Noshes
  • Flavor Boosters
  • Sweet Successes

(Great—now I am hungry…off to look for nibbles to nosh…)

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

  • “Sneakers Go Chic” Women’s Health shows how fashion and comfy shoes can go together.
  • “You’re Sick—Now What?” Whatever your sickly symptoms—look at this guide on how to get on the path to wellness ASAP. (And if you are really, REALLY sick—keep your butt home and away from the rest of us! Sheesh!)
  • “Thanksgiving with a Twist” Healthy and tasty Turkey Day recipes are featured here
  • “I Survived Being Stabbed” Women’s Health has this personal essay from Angela Champagne-From who really did live through an attack on her life by a knife-wielding, would-be kidnapper in a Minneapolis garage. Whoa!!
  • Naya Rivera: The Glee star models in a fashion story that is all about yummy knits and clothes that give me the “happies.” (I love autumn ware!)

Overall Grade:

A  Really strong issue with beauty, fashion and lots of workout advice. Loved!

You can check out Women’s Health online as well: 

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Brooklyn Fit Chick “Back It Up” Playlist: Indoor Cycling/Running Playlist #sweatpink 6


“Back it Up” (50-minute Ride)

The Prodigy

The Prodigy


Hey there! Hi there! How there!

My newest playlist is a mix of styles, tempos and genres that I hope will get you motivated either on the road or the treadmill. Let me know what you think of it!


  • Back It Up: Caro Emerald

The 32 year-old Dutch singer just announced her first pregnancy and will go on tour later in 2014. Congrats Caro!


  • Mother Mary: Foxboro Hot Tubs

This band is a side project for the members of Green Day. Not sure why they didn’t include this on American Idiot but I love this song.

  • Uprising: Muse

I hear these guys kick serious ass live.


  • Supersoaker: Kings of Leon

After a few years of weird stories including a pigeon poop incident the popular band is band with this fast tune.


  • The World I Know: Collective Soul

This song was popular the year I moved to New York and always reminds me of walking around my new neighborhood in wonder.


  • Wake Up Call : Maroon 5

I cannot ignore the charisma of Adam Levine any longer…


  • Times Like These: Foo Fighters

When I am in the mood for sprints the Foos always get my heart pumping.


  • Tusk: Fleetwood Mac
  • If I were to totally change my look it would be to resemble Stevie Nicks just as she appears in this video. Right down to the perm-y hair and baton! (Special shout out to Solid Gold fans as well!)


    • Firestarter: The Prodigy

    I saw The Prodigy live and they freakin’ ruled!


    • The Rain: Missy Elliot

    “Beep, beep. Who’s got the keys to the jeep? Vroooom.”


    • Award Tour: A Tribe Called Quest

    90s hip hop!


    • Recovery: Frank Turner

    I am in love with this song. Love, love, love.


    • What Goes Around: Justin Timberlake

    And then we cool down….


    That’s all I have today folks. Let me know about some of your favorite songs. I am always looking for good tunes.


    Until next time…


    Ox Ox,


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    Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 56: Talking about Jody @Truth2BeingFit, “Loser Gurl” and a Review of “The Vegucation of Robin” #sweatpink 5

    Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 56

    Featuring: Jody of “Truth 2 Being Fit,” Dealing With Internet Trolls, Teen Bullying,

     Plus: A Review of The Vegucation of Robin by Robin “Ophelia” Quivers

    Robin Quivers Book


    Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

    How are you fine people doing today? As I type this Blog post it is Sunday morning and I am staving off a slight hangover. Normally I teach three back-to-back classes at this time but last night I celebrated a weeeee bit too much at my friends Christina & Tom’s wedding (kudos kids!) So with the quiet of my apartment and the promise of scrambled eggs & bacon for brunch in my future I am writing out my weekly post and getting ready to film my Vlog. You’re welcome!

    So let me get through a bit of housekeeping before we dive into today’s segment.

    Affordable Care Act: I am STILL trying to sign up for the Affordable Care Act. Oy vey! I managed to create a Login the first day but have not been able to get on to the site and actually sign up for anything. This is most frustrating but I will remain optimistic and persistent. And, of course, I will take you along the journey with me. (Have any of you been able to sign up yet?)

    Spark People Activity Tracker: I was asked by none other than Miss Nicole Nichols herself to try out the new Spark people Activity Tracker and I have to admit that I cannot figure out how to get it to sync with my computer. Doh! If any of you can help me –please let me know. I want to review for next week! (Thanks in advance!)

    Now on to This Week’s Vlog Items:

    Truth 2 Being Fit: If you are not familiar with the amazing Jody of the Truth 2 Being Fit Blog you should check her out now. Jody is a super fit lady in her 50s who has a build that would put most 20-somethings to shame! Jody believes in eating healthy and taking care of yourself every single day and I am a big fan of her Twitter feed and her Instagram photos “Truth2BeingFit.” Jody had two exceptionally great posts lately that I wanted to share with you:

    • Are You Fat? Is This Fat?: Jody takes a look at internet trolls and their messed up comments that they leave on posts through Twitter and Instagram
    • Behind Closed Doors: Aren’t you sick and tired of people blaring out their health declarations over the Internet on how they never eat “ANYTHING BUT REAL FOOD” or that they “CRUSH EVER EXCUSE NOT TO WORKOUT EVERY SINGLE DAY.” There is a fine line between being encouraging and condescending. Between offering inspiration and being a braggart. None of us are perfect behind closed doors and no one assumes we are so why the pretense? Why make people feel bad because they failed to “crush” an excuse? Anyhoo—read this post and tell me what you think!

    Teen Blogger Ally Del Monte. Wowza! This post from Ally Del Monte (aka “Loser Gurl”) broke my heart. Ally has been dealing with taunts and awful remarks about her weight for years (she has Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis) but a few weeks ago her world took a very dark turn when I friend of her attempted suicide.  Ally Blogs and Vlogs about her experience here plus you can read more about this remarkable woman with this feature on her from (We need more Ally’s in the world!)

    And Lastly:

    My Review of “The Vegucation of Robin” by Robin Quivers (The Howard Stern Show.)

    Heavy sigh—where do I begin? I guess at the beginning. About twenty years ago “The Howard Stern Show” was introduced to the Bay Area (where I went to school) and I have been listening to Howard, Robin, Fred, Baba Booey and the rest of the gang most weekday mornings ever since. My favorite segment of the show is “The News” where Howard and Robin talk about what is happening in the world and generally goof on dumb celebrities, corrupt politicians and the everyday silliness of life.

    I have to say that as much I as I adore Robin and would not want to listen to the show without her—she loves to spout off about her latest New Age findings that have absolutely NOTHING to do with science or reality. Over the years I have heard her espouse the medical wonders of coffee enemas, the Master Cleanse, psychic shaman in foreign lands and “detoxing.” And honestly, my attitude is if it makes you feel better than more power to you. But do no assume all people will have the same results following your plan.

    Recently Robin dealt with an incredibly scary cancer scare (you can read about it here) and had to work remotely from home for over a year while she was attended to by  the expert staff at Memorial Sloan Kettering. (Trust me—if you get cancer—that is where you want to be treated. They are simply the best.)

    Thankfully she is now in remission but it coincides with the release of her book The Vegucation of Robin: How Real Food Saved My Life. This is a book she has planned for years and it speaks to her belief (at the time) in the Vegan lifestyle and all of the recipes contained within.

    Well, here are a few of my problems with the book:

    • She promotes colonics which has absolutely NO HEALTH BENEFITS WHATSOEVER. Honestly, after all of these years she is still promoting this crap (pardon the pun.) If she was so clean and detoxified from it—then why did she get cancer?
    • Her complete mistrust of doctors and “Western Medicine” when the very reason she is alive is because Howard made her see cancer specialist at Memorial Sloan Kettering. The woman is a former nurse but did not visit with a gynecologist for several years. A regular checkup might have caught the cancer much sooner had she bothered to take care of herself sensibly.
    •  She still promotes the horrible, awful, contemptible “Master Cleanse” which basically starves the body of nutrients for weeks and then encourages binge eating once you are “detoxified.” This stuff is utter f***ing nonsense and she knows it but is too proud to say she was wrong. (Bad advice that can exasperate an eating disorder, Robin!)
    • Robin does not eat many of the recipes in her book because she now follows and grain-free, soy-free and fruit-free diet on top of being a vegan. (Honestly—if you do not completely follow the lifestyle contained in the pages you should not promote the book.)

    Whew—that is a lot for me to type out today. Check out my Vlog below for a little more about my thoughts this week:


    Thank you all as always for taking the time to listen to me. And let me know your thoughts about body image, celebrity

    Until next time…

    Ox Ox,


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    What Did We Learn This Month? Health Magazine with Jessica Alba on the Cover @goodhealth 2

    What Did We Learn This Month?

     Health: October 2013

    Jessica Alba photographed by Marc Baptiste

    Jessica Alba photographed by Marc Baptiste

    Health Cover Star for October:

    Jessica Alba

    Jessica Alba is on the cover and not only is she is an insanely beautiful woman, popular “green living” author and successful actress (you can see her in the upcoming Machete Kills) but she also runs her own eco-friendly lifestyle business—The Honest Company (

    On top of all of that she seems incredibly sweet as well. Check out Jessica’s cover shoot video here:,,20735365,00.html


    So what else is inside the October Health?

    “Meet Your New Solemate” (Should that be one-word instead? Please advise!)

    I can never have enough sneakers on hand and this story features the best & most useful for runners.

    Meet Your New Solemate 001


    “Get a Superstar Body”

    Health asked the top celebrity trainers how us commoners can look like an A-Lister. Said trainers are David Kirsch, Michelle Lovitt and Harley Pasternak.

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    “The Three Supplements You Needs the Most”

    If you are considering adding vitamins and supplements to your daily regimen—read this article first.

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    “Your Hair: A User’s Guide”

    Having problems with thinning hair, dry scalp or graying? (I have soooo many grays.) Be sure to check out this feature that will address all the things could stress you tresses.

    Hair 001

    “Should I Try CrossFit?”

    The super popular program is the bane of my Instagram account (how people can post more photos of their WODs than I do of my cats is startling) but I must admit I am curious to give them a whirl. So if you are in the market to try out CrossFit as well—check out this issue of Health first.

    CrossFit 001
    And now the rest of the best of this issue of Health:

    • “Grab it Now…Winter Squash” Yes, please! (Anyone want to cook my dinner tonight?)
    • “What Kind of Ager Are You?” I love my beauty stories and this one was of big interest to me. (I am a “splotcher” by the way.”)
    • “Your Healthy Fall Gardening Guide” If I didn’t possess a black thumb and actually had a yard I would be ALL over this. (Show of hands for those who want to plant a garden for me?)
    • “Breast Cancer Breakthroughs” October is breast cancer awareness month so all of the women’s magazines have features about this horrible disease. (Keep hopeful for a cure someday!)


    Follow Heath online at:

    Overall Grade:

    B- I am greedy for workouts Health. Where, oh where are they? Bah!

    Ox ox,

    Brooklyn Fit Chick


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    Brooklyn Fit Chick Newest Fit Bottomed Girl Post: Trying Out Fitness Classes in NYC! 0


    Trying  Out Physique 57, Moksha Yoga NYC, The Fhitting Room and Bari Studio

    Bari Studios: SoHo

    Bari Studios: SoHo


    Check out my latest NYC fitness studio reviews from Fit Bottomed Girls here:

    Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 55: Celebrating @SparkPeople @thecoachnicole @kickstarter @camillacooks 8


    Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 55

    Featuring: Trying to Sign Up for the Affordable Care Act, The Spark Activity Tracker, The Na-Mat-Se Yoga Mat Holder on Kickstarter,

     and the “Power Hungry: The Ultimate Energy Bar Cookbook” Giveaway


    Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

    This week I have been deep in “online mode” trying to sign up for the Affordable Care Act every single day since last Tuesday. You read that correctly—I have tried every single day for the last week and have yet been able to sign up for health care. Have any of you had trouble as well? I was able to create a Log In but cannot actually use this log in to –you know LOG IN! Most frustrating but I am going to remain optimistic and not panic unless the problem remains for another week. If any of you have been successful—please let me know!

    Other than not being able to sign up for the ACA—my week has been pretty damn great so let me talk about it for a quick minute!

    • One favorite trainers in the world Coach Nicole Nichols of Spark People got in touch with me to ask if I would like to try out their new activity tracker and of course I said “yes”! This week’s plan is to take it out for a test drive and report to y’all on what I think about it.


    • Over on Kickstarter I happened across a very interesting project that aims to help yogis keep their mats clean and flat—the NA-MAT-SE yoga mat holder. If you are interested in helping a new yoga company get off the ground, be sure to check them out here.


    • I may have some fun news to announce in a week or so about a new brand ambassadorship on the horizon for a certain bike-loving blogger you follow. Stay tuned!


    • Camilla Saulsbury the creator of the healthy food blog Power Hungry while also being a writer, recipe developer, fitness trainer, endurance athlete and holds a Ph.D. in sociology (frightening!) Camilla has written a a new book called Power Hungry: The Ultimate Energy Bar Cookbook and you can enter to win a copy by following the rules below. Good luck!


    Now onto this week’s Vlog post:


    Here is more information Power Hungry:


    by Camilla V. Saulsbury

    $16.95; 152 pages; paperback; September 2013


    Moms on the go, home chefs, casual and endurance athletes, it is time to shed your life of sugary, junk-packed energy bars. Sales of energy bars have seen incredible growth, with more than $700 million in sales in the last decade, according to Men’s Health Magazine.  Camilla V. Saulsbury’s new cookbook, Power Hungry® challenges store-bought snacks with delicious recipes, giving sports enthusiasts and foodies alike a chance to create nutrient-rich, healthy energy bars at home.  These recipes are 100% soy-free, and highly adaptable to gluten-free and vegan diets, making them a great option regardless of your diet restrictions.

    Saulsbury has a PhD in Sociology, with specializations in food studies and health, and brings her expertise to the kitchen with her energy bar recipes. She’s also spent the last twenty years immersed in the world of fitness—from teaching yoga to Pilates, spinning, and kickboxing, Saulsbury is the perfect combination of noted cookbook author, health and wellness expert, and athlete. She’s also a mom, so she understands that a healthy snack needs to appeal to picky eaters as well.

    Power Hungry® boasts over 150 pages of gorgeous recipes, guaranteed to be kid-friendly, nutritious, and delicious. With chapters such as Super-Natural Knock Offs, Activity Bars, Endurance Bars, Protein Bars, and Raw & Almost Raw Bars, you’ll be sure to find bars you’ll make again and again. Plus, a comprehensive pantry section has all the essential information you’d want on those good-for-you ingredients.


    Imagine, being able to craft your own delicious bars with flavors like:

    • Salty-Sweet Trail Bars
    • Morning Maple Bars
    • Flax Your Muscles Bars
    • Quinoa Chia Apricot Bars
    • Black Bean Protein Brownies
    • Green Tea & Ginger Bars
    • Greek Yogurt Muesli Bars
    • 5-Minute Protein Truffles
    • Carrot Cake Action Bars
    • Sticky Sesame Energy Bars with Raw Chocolate Drizzle


    Whether you’re training for a triathlon, packing a lunchbox, or just need an afternoon pick-me-up, you’ll find recipes you’ll love—and a nutritious treat to boot.

    About the Author

    Camilla V. Saulsbury is a writer, recipe developer, fitness trainer, endurance athlete, and creator of the healthy food blog, Power Hungry. She also holds a PhD in Sociology with specializations in food studies, health, and medicine. She has been featured on the Food Network, Today, Good Morning America Health, QVC, and in multiple publications including the New York Times, Cooking Light, Southern Living, Clean Eating, Cosmo Girl, Food Network Magazine, and Pilates Style. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, she currently lives in Texas with her husband and son.


    Got that? Now, in order to win a copy of this book (Continental U.S. only!) you must do the following:

    1. Post a comment below (on this particular blog post).
    2. Tweet out your interest to me (@brooklynfitchik) and Camilla Saulsbury (@camillacooks)

    I will the winner next Monday, October 14th at NOON eastern time and contact them directly. Good luck!

    Until next time…

    Ox Ox,


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    What Did We Learn this Month? @Shape_Magazine with @kellyrowland on the Cover! 6

    What Did We Learn This Month?

     Shape: October 2013

    Kelly Rowland photographed by Nino Munoz

    Kelly Rowland photographed by Nino Munoz


    Shape Cover Star for October:

    Kelly Rowland is on the cover and she is showing off her buff bod that comes courtesy of her bad-ass trainer Jeanette Jenkins. The two partnered on a workout DVD Sexy Abs Cardio Sculpt that you can catch a glimpse of  here:

    Check out these core moves with Ms. Rowland playing the role of model.

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    “Pump it Up”

    Try these moves from Crunch trainer Carol Johnson (“Stiletto Strength”) to get your legs and core in top shape for your sexy heels. (Like my new Kate Spade’s pumps!)

    Leg workout 001

    “Power Those Miles”

    Strength training exercises from ACE exercise physiologist Mark Kelly Ph.D. that will help all of you runners gain power.

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    “Julianne Moore”

    The flawless actress and author will star in the remake of Carrie this month and I CANNOT WAIT to see it.

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    “Suited to Cycle”

    OMG—I love this page that is filled to the damn brim with cute cycling gear! (Be still my beating heart.)

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    “Get Ready to Row!”

    Rowing is catching on in gyms across the country. Try this workout from LA-based trainer Jay Blahnik that will increase your upper body strength and will get your heart pumping.

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    “Hot Wheels: Burn 650 Calories Per Hour”

    If you want to get shapely legs while enjoying the great outdoors—get on a bike dammit! (Cycling has changed my life so I am a bit of an evangelist…) Before putting pedal to the metal check out these tips from APEX Coaching expert Neal Henderson.
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    And now the rest of the best of this issue of Shape:

    • “1-Move/3-Ways Push-Up” Shape asked trainer Jay Cardiello to show how to work your way up to an awesome push-up.
    • “The Skinny on Bulk Candy” Candy—–yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum. (page 104)
    • “Juice Joints” Are you into juicing? Check out the reviews here for some of the best-known juice joints in the U.S.

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    Overall Grade:

    A  Lots of great workouts , beauty & fashion stories and yummy recipes. This issue made me smile.


    Ox Ox,


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    What Did We Learn this Month? @SELFmagazine October Issue with @lucyhale on the Cover #sweatpink 3

    What Did We Learn This Month?

     SELF: October 2013

    Lucy Hale photographed by Dewey Nicks

    Lucy Hale photographed by Dewey Nicks


    For those of you keeping score, I “broke up” with SELF magazine a few months ago and all of my reasons were stated in my “cri de coer” post this past September. After being a loyal reader for many years I felt that the new look and editorial was aiming too young and low brow. That they were reaching so far to appeal to 20-somethings that they forget about their core reader loves health & fitness and wants to add to their knowledge base.

    Well I have to admit that the October issue is a vast improvement upon the last few issues (I have not reviewed SELF since May) and I am happy to feature them on my Blog. Woo hoo! Now, keep it up SELF! Don’t make me shun you again!


    SELF Cover Star for October:

    Lucy Hale

    I have NO idea who she is but for some reason I follow actress Lucy Hale on Instagram. (She seems totally cool and adorable by the way.)  Lucy’s trainer (Bryna Carracino) keeps the Pretty Little Liars star in shape with a series of “static holds” which you can see below. Her personal record for a chaturanga is two minutes seven seconds which is pretty damn impressive!


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    So What Else is in the October SELF?

    “I Have a Strong, Athletic Body. I Wish I Loved It”

    Here we get an essay from badass squash champion Ivy Pochoda who works hard to stay in shape but gets rude comments about her “mannish” legs. I want to give her a hug and let her know she is a phenomenal woman and not to give in to the body-shaming haters. (Screw them! You are awesome & fierce!)


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    “Master Class”

    CrossFit Coach Megan May shows how to perform a righteous dead lift.

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    “Shopping Special”

    SELF started the whole “pink ribbon” campaign for breast cancer awareness many moons ago and every October they feature “pink” items that will benefit cancer charities. So get to shopping!


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    “Trainer to Go”

    World class trainer David Kirsch shows a few different exercises you can do in a plank position. (Plan on using these in my core classes soon!)


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    “How Did I Workout Without This?”

    Awesome “high-tech gear” that pro football players use are featured on this page and that makes me happy. (Because I love football. Go Niners!)

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    “23 Minutes”

    Say you truly only have a half hour at the gym to workout—these moves from Sean Begley of Plus One Fitness will help you get your sweat on in a minimum amount of time.

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    The Rest of the Best of the October SELF:

    • “Fat Talk. Old Talk” Recently I have been thinking more about the “O” word and how much I hate it when people my age or much younger use it to describe themselves. Nice to read an article about I from someone far more eloquent than me! (Writer is Erin Bried)
    • “Do I Really Have to Stop Eating Bacon?” Good god I hope not! In the October issue we get “Women’s Cancer Handbook” which talks about which “bad habits” you need to nix to ward off disease.

    Overall Grade:

    B Big improvement over the last few months and I tore out many pages to keep on file which is always a good sign.

    You can check out SELF online at:


    Ox Ox,


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    Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 54: Talking About What to Look Forward to in October @kmaecags @CG_Confections 2

    Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 54

    The “Brooklyn Fit Chick 5 Things to Forward To in October” Edition

    NYC F/N Pop-Up Event, Against All Grain by Danielle Walker, Fitwalker Classes, Balega Socks

    & the Affordable Care Act (Yikes!)


    Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

    It’s a new week and I am getting excited about October. Why? Mainly because I will be officially ending my second Paleo/Whole 30 challenge on October 1st –can I get an Amen?!

    This time was so much easier for me than last year as I mainly do live a Paleo/Primal lifestyle and keep grains and dairy out of my diet. However, this past summer I felt as if I indulged a bit too much in red wine, fruity drinks and fattening meals and wanted to “right the ship” so to speak. So the past 30 days I have lived completely Paleo and abstained from all processed foods, dairy, sugar, grains and alcohol. The one vice I have not given up is coffee but you do NOT want to see me without coffee. I refuse to go without my caffeine fix in the mornings and will not apologize for that.

    And now here we are—on the cusp of October with beautiful, crisp weather and a season of delights to look forward to over the next few weeks. So today I just wanted to give a shout-out to all of the things I am looking forward to this coming month.

    Brooklyn Fit Chick 5 Things to Look Forward to in October:

    • NYC F/N Pop-Up Fitness Event: My awesome fellow Sweaty Betty Claudette Wilkins of the amazing gluten-free treats Cavegirl Confections will be joining two of her fellow badass fitness babes @jazzythings and Krissy Mae Cagney ( for a popup fitness event  (F/N Popup Event) to take place in NYC from October 25-27. There will be bootcamps in Central Park and healthy cooking classes in hell’s Kitchen—cool! Click on this link to get more details and purchase tickets;  I plan to drop by if that gives you any encouragement!


    • Danielle Walker “Against All Grain”: After finishing my Whole 30 on September 30th (boo-rah!) I plan to now enjoy some yummy recipes from Danielle Walker’s newest cookbook Against All Grain.


    • Fitwalker class at Superstar Gym in Tribeca: In the next few weeks I am putting together a group of NYC fit chicks to join me for a Fitwalker class at Superstar gym here in NYC. What is Fitwalker you ask? Well I am going to write about them in full for Fit Bottomed Girls but try to imagine taking a cardio/body sculpting class on a treadmill that you have to power on your own. That’s right—there is no electricity to power the machine—just the power of your legs to get it in motion. (If you are a fit blogger in NYC—let me know if you want to take a class with me at Superstar gym!)


    • Balega Socks: The good people at Balega sent me a few items to try out (they are well-loved in the running community of their blister-free socks) and I can’t wait to road test them on my bike this coming weekend. Bring it!


    • Signing up for the Affordable Care Act: Like many folks—my employer decided to not provide health insurance options for instructors who teach less than 30 hours per week so I now need to sign up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act. If you need more information—try the official Affordable Care Act web site. (Hoping there is no government shut down…)


    Now onto this week’s Vlog post:


    Okay—that is it for me today. Talk to you all next week where I hope to have my giveaways back in motion. Later!

    Ox Ox,


    Brooklyn Fit Chick

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