What Did We Learn This Month? The “Men’s” Edition is Back! @MensFitness @MensJournal @Men’sHealthMag 5

What Are the “Men’s” Teaching Us This Month?

Recaps of Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health and Men’s Journal

Hey there! Hi there! Ho There!

It’s been way too long since I have done this but it time to get our “Men’s” on with my recaps of the latest Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health and Men’s Journal. Whoo hoo!  I love checking out what the dudes are into right now and I think these are some fantastic magazines we are checking out today.

In the past I have been asked to pick a favorite among the three but I refuse to do that today. (I’m all about the magazine love guys!)

So without further ado—let’s get to the “Men’s”-style recapping, shall we?

Jason Statham photographed by Steve Shaw

Jason Statham photographed by Steve Shaw

Men’s Fitness: February 2013

  • Jason Statham: I am not sure what happened to me but I am now almost completely attracted to baldies and this is one, sexy bald dude. My friend Missy will agree with me that putting Jason Statham on the cover was an excellent idea.  (Swoon!) Thank you Men’s Fitness!
  • “Hybrid Lifts” Combining two exercises is called a “hybrid” and here the editors describe the clean/front squat/push press, deadlift/shrug and RDL/bentover row/high pull explained.
  • “Don’t Choke”  If you have a problem with freezing up when you need to perform under high pressure situations—learn from the pros in baseball, basketball and soccer on how to handle the stress of big moments.
  • Christian Slater: My friend Pam is the biggest Christian Slater fan of ALL TIME and is right now so excited to read he is this magazine.
  • “The MF Home Gym Guide” I know these home gyms (perfect for the outdoor, office or garage) are supposed to male-focused but I want them for myself!
  • “Unlock Your Full Potential” This article is all about how to boost your HGH (Human Growth Hormone) levels.

You can check out Men’s Fitness: www.mensfitness.com

Liam McIntyre photographed by Ture Lillegraven

Liam McIntyre photographed by Ture Lillegraven

Men’s Health: February 2013

  • Liam McIntyre: The Australian actor is entering his second season of Spartacus and is a graduate of a ‘gladiator boot camp.” He is also super-hot. Mrow!
  • “The Mayor Will Save You Now” Cory Booker (the Mayor of Newark, NJ) is one of the most famous elected officials in the country with a reality show under his belt and over a million Twitter followers. He was also gaining a great deal of weight on his 6’ 3” frame from stress eating so Booker put himself on an exercise & fitness plan to lose over 40 pounds since last summer. Check out how he did it here.
  • “Flatten Your Belly” Tips for how to use the cardio machines at the gym to burn the most fat.
  • “What Would Houdini Do?” Advice for handling all sorts of hairy situations from a deer hitting your car to your friend passing out from too much booze.
  • “The Best and Worst Cities for Men” Men’s Health exclusive survey finds out the best places in the U.S. for men folk to live with the top being Boise, ID; San Jose, CA and San Francisco, CA.
  • “You’re Doing it Wrong” If there is any sentence that enrages me quickly it’s that one. Name me on woman who says she loves being corrected by her man and I will call her a wimp to her face. But this article was very helpful and informative. So I will let it go THIS time Men’s Health.
  •  “The 8-Hour Diet” Now this is something I can get behind! Scientists are finding that our modern “24/7” lifestyle is playing havoc on our waistlines and that restricting the amount of time you allow yourself to eat (all meals within 8 hours total during the day) will help keep fat at bay.
  • “When Your Feelings Turn Fatal” Controlling your mood and how you handle stressful situations will help you live a longer and healthier life. Tips on how to do just that.
  • “Seven Test of True Strength” Men’s Health created their own physical test for you to try at your fancy new home gym (you have one of those—right?) These seven moves will show how fit you really are!

Check out Men’s Health online: www.MensHealth.com

Josh Brolin photographed by Mark Seliger

Josh Brolin photographed by Mark Seliger

Men’s Journal: February 2013

  • Josh Brolin: My former roommate Diana interviewed Josh over ten years ago for a cheesy TV movie he appeared in and said he was by far the sweetest guy in the world who treated her better than any of the other actors on the set. Therefore, I am always in support of Josh Brolin’s films and the magazines that are wise enough to feature him.
  • “Obama and the Environment” Men’s Journal offers their advice to the POTUS on how to solve some of our more pressing environmental issues.
  • “A Hoop Dream Come True” Serge Ibaka grew up in the Republic of Congo and saw some pretty horrifying things in his lifetime. Nowadays he is a top NBA player with a celebrity girlfriend (Keri Hilson) but he still makes sure to volunteer for UNICEF in his native Congo every summer. Nice guy, this Sege!
  • “The Shark Wrestler” The movie Jaws has forever ruined me for sharks but apparently they are important to the ocean environment and Eric Ozolins is just the guy to help them out off the coast of Texas’ Gulf Coast. I loved reading this article but my favorite quote has too many “F” words so you are going to read it for yourself and see why it is so awesome.
  • “The Newest Faraway Places” Holy smokes could I use a vacation in a faraway place with sand and such. Some of the newer hot vacay spots mentioned here are Itacaré, Brazil and Olympos, Turkey.
  • “The Runaway Mogul” What a great read! Loved this so much. Tom Freston was in charge of MTV for over 25 years and after he was fired—decided to take over Bono’s charity and is now doing all kinds of do-gooder stuff all over the globe. Good on Tom Freston!
  • “The Master of Disaster” Bob Bea is one of the top experts in the world on “engineering failures” and believe me—he is one busy dude. Try not to get too scared as Men’s Journal lists “America’s Most Vulnerable Places.” (Gulp!)

 

Check out Men’s Journal online www.MensJournal.com

So there you have it today—my recaps of the “Men’s” mags. Have you read any of them yet?  Which one was your favorite? Let me know what you are reading these days by posting below. Thanks!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

Brooklyn Fit Chick

(BFC)

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Post #20: The “almost tipped the camera over episode” with @Fitmapped @WomensHealthMag @STOTT_PILATES 6

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 20

Fitmapped comes to NY & LA, Women’s Health magazine search for  “The Next Fitness Star” & 

My Giveaway of Stott Pilates: Basic Pilates Volume 2 DVD

Stott Pilates Beginners

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Hi all! How are you? Today I am full of viv & vigor as I get out today’s post for your viewing/reading pleasure. I have my latest Vlog post (where I almost knock the damn iPad off the shelf!) plus details of my newest giveaway. Today I am giving away one copy of Stott Pilates: Basic Pilates Volume 2 that one lucky person can win today.

Anyhoo—today I am presenting episode 20 of my Vlog where I talk about the following things:
Fitmapped: I am a brand-new ambassador for this app which is pretty damn cool. This is a free iPhone app where you can check out the best gyms & studios in NYC and Los Angeles (for now—they are expanding quickly to other markets in the U.S.) If you want to learn how to win a whole box of KIND bars while using Fitmapped—check out the details here: http://www.fitmapped.com/blog/2013/calling-all-kind-lovers/

Women’s Health: One of my favorite healthy lifestyle magazines is looking for the next fit superstar, in fact the contest is called “The Next Fitness Star.” http://thenextfitnessstar.com/  OMG! You guys have to try out for this!!
My latest Pilates DVD giveaway—Stott Pilates: Basic Pilates Volume 2. Stott Pilates is the premier brand of Merrithew Health & Fitness and has been a leader in Pilates for over 25 years now. They have a special “Mindful Movement” event in New York coming up which you can check out at this link: http://www.merrithew.com/events/25th-anniversary/world-tour/new-york#Details

So please take a moment to check out my Vlog now:

Here is more information about the DVD I am giving away:

STOTT PILATES: Basic Pilates Volume 2,” is a follow-up to the best-selling Volume 1 addition and is led by Moira Merrithew. The workout is great for beginners and outlines the Five Basic Principles of STOTT PILATES, clearly demonstrating the Merrithews’ contemporary approach to Pilates. This 30-minute routine includes classic moves as well as unique twists like the “Hundred”, done from a kneeling position. Requiring only a mat, the DVD invigorates and energizes while improving one’s muscle tone, strength and flexibility.

Here is a clip from You Tube so you can get an idea about the visual look of Stott Pilates videos:

If you are interested in getting a copy of this DVD (Continental U.S. only please!) you need to do the following three things:
• Post a comment on my Blog below.
• Sign up for my You Tube channel (if you have not done so already!)  • Tweet out your interest in this giveaway to both @BrooklynFitChik and @STOTT_PILATES

I will randomly pick a winner next Monday, January 28th at Noon (Eastern) and contact them directly. Good luck!!
Ox Ox,
BFC
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What Did We Learn This Month? @OxygenMagazine @PreventionMag @MandFHers #Fitblog 6

What Did We Learn This Month?

Recaps of Muscle & Fitness Hers, Oxygen and Prevention

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How is your 2013 going so far? I am doing quite well thank you very much. (You are so sweet to ask!)

I have a stack of magazines to recap here and I am itchin’ to get right to it. So why don’t we just dive right in? Here are my latest recaps of the January & February health and wellness magazines.

Amanda Latona photographed by Tom Corbett

Amanda Latona photographed by Tom Corbett

Muscle & Fitness Hers: January/February 2013
“Must-Try Moves for…Serious Calorie Burn” IFBB Bikini Pro Ruthie Harrison, IFBB Fitness Pro Tanji Johnson and IFBB Figure Pro Candice Keene offer their favorite cardio circuit workouts.
Ellen Hollman: The Spartacus actress has to keep in top shape as she does her own stunts (yikes!) Favorite workouts are P90x Ab Ripper, MMA, Bikram yoga and running in the California sunshine. Sundays are her lucky fun-days with one sodium & noodle-rich meal to enjoy.
“Cozy Workout Wear” I still have a shopping bug left over from Christmas and this page is full of outdoor gear that give me the “I Wants.”
“Get an Awe-Inspiring Butt” Can’t say my bask side has ever inspired awe but IFBB Bikini pro (and January/February Muscle & Fitness Hers cover model) Amanda Latona’s routine looks like it might give me the glutes of my dreams. Whoo hoo!
“Yoga for Fit Chicks” Loved this story! IFBB Bikini Pro Bethany Cisternino shows how a few Vinyasa poses will help strengthen and lengthen your muscles.
“Lose Pounds with Plyo” A Tough workout created by IFBB Bikini Pro Tawna Eubanks will help you kick the winter blues and gain muscle.
“12 Health Ways to Wake Up Chicken” Great ideas to jazz up one of my favorite proteins.

Check out Muscle & Fitness Hers online here: www.muscleandfitnesshers.com

Tosca Reno photographed by Stewart Volland

Tosca Reno photographed by Stewart Volland

Oxygen: February 2013
• Tosca Reno: Oxygen puts the awesome and amazing Tosca Reno on the cover and holy wowza! This woman is 53-years old, people! Tosca writes about the importance of taking a day off from the gym once in a while to get your head and body back in line when you start to feel your workouts fail you. (I just love her!)
“Trim Inches All Over!” An excellent allover workout that uses bands.
“Your Muscle Up Meal Plan” The diet part of Oxygen’s ‘Best Body” series features yummy recipes of “clean” foods like Cranberry Breakfast Mug and Scrambled Egg White Pizza.
“Boost Your Heart Health” The latest research on how keeping your relationships healthy will help keep your ticker in shape as well.
“Stronger Than Ever!” Here we get a butt-kicking workout that utilizes kettlebells.
“Shrink Your Belly” Oxygen offers an abs express program will help get your core in top shape.
“The Buddy System” Tosca Reno and Rita Catolino (“Coach Rita”) share their workout (Rita trained Tosca for a competition) that used weighted plates and helped Tosca win first prize (spoiler alert.)

Check out Oxygen online: http://www.oxygenmag.com

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Prevention: January 2013
“3 Cold Treatments That Really Work” Remember when we didn’t have a Stephen King-like flu scaring the crap out of us? Well think back to those days and read this article on how to fight off cold symptoms.
“Get Slim Without the Gym” Prevention reviews a few home workout DVDs: Zumba Gold, Tara Stiles: This is Yoga, Denise Austin: Fit in a Flash and Kettlebell Kickboxing Scorcher Series.
“The Beauty Ingredient to Avoid” Prevention informs us about the potential health hazards. Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and diethyl phthalate (DEP.)
“I Reversed My Osteopenia with Exercise” Sara Robbins offers her own true story about losing 50 pounds and reversing the bone-weakening disease.
“Problem Solved: Irritable Bowel Syndrome” If you suffer from IBS using everything from hypnosis to antibiotics to “all-natural” ideas.
Prevention: Let’s Outsmart Diabetes” Prevention will devote one story each month in 2013 to little changes you can make to reduce your chances of getting Type 2 Diabetes. Good on them!

Check out Prevention online http://www.prevention.com
So that is all I have for today folks. Have you read of these magazines this month? What did you think? Let me know!

Until next time!

Ox ox,
Brooklyn Fit Chick
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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog #19 My Hair! The Flip Camera Winner! New Tony Chiodo Book Giveaway! 6

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 19

The Latest Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 19: The Supermodel Emme, What the Heck is Going on with My Polar Watch & My Giveaway of FEEL GOOD FOOD by Tony Chiodo

FEEL GOOD FOOD by Tony Chiodo, Hardie Grant

FEEL GOOD FOOD by Tony Chiodo, Hardie Grant

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Hi all! Sorry for the delay with this video as I was having issues with Blogging yesterday and it took up my whole afternoon. Grrrrr!

Anyhoo—today I am presenting episode 19 of my Vlog where I first talk about my hair (which is one of my most pondered things in my life) plus the following things:

•   Supermodel Emme whom I follow on Twitter (@EmmeNation) sent me a copy of her latest book Life’s Little Emergencies: Everyday Rescue for Beauty, Fashion, Relationships and Life. Thanks Emme! (Get your own copy here.)

•    My Polar watch that was returned without fixing my light. (Grrr again!)

•    The EatSmart Precision Scale that currently rocks my world: (Amazon.com link here..)

•    My latest super-groovy book giveaway—FEEL GOOD FOOD: Wholefood Recipes for Happy, Healthy Living by Tony Chiodo.

Check it out now!

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 19

Here is more information about the book I am giving away:

FEEL GOOD FOOD: Wholefood Recipes for Happy, Healthy Living By Tony Chiodo

Chef Tony Chiodo’s journey through cooking and food has been an exciting and evolving global tour. From Italy to Australia to the Far East and America, Chiodo hungered for culinary knowledge and set out on a quest to hone his skills in some of the world’s most impressive restaurants. However, a myriad of health concerns too serious to ignore set him upon a new path. Chiodo began to examine what he was eating and how the foods he ate could be playing a major role in his poor health. This awakening launched him on yet another culinary journey: one that explored the relationship between food and health.

Chiodo traveled to Japan to discover the clean and simple flavors of its cuisine and coupled with his introduction to Zen meditation, shiatsu, and aikido, soon found that this way of living and cooking and eating had powerful healing qualities and a beneficial effect on his body. Chiodo served up fresh, vibrant wholefoods at his restaurants, using organic and biodynamic ingredients, and combining the traditional flavors and dishes of the Mediterranean with the health-supportive foods and principles of Asian cooking. It is this cooking philosophy which is at the heart of Chiodo’s new cookbook FEEL GOOD FOOD: Wholefood Recipes for Happy, Healthy Living.

Chiodo begins with an introduction to cooking with wholefoods by starting with the basics of organic and biodynamic foods. He then moves on to show home cooks how to stock their wholefoods pantry with essential ingredients like grains and noodles, beans and lentils, nuts and seeds, and savory and sweet seasonings.

Next come his delicious recipes, including for breakfast, he serves up Hot Corn Cakes with Apple and Raisin Sauce and Tofu French Toast with Lemon Walnut Syrup. Chapters on soups and salads provide recipes that are ideal for lunches or first courses, such as Lemony Leek and Cauliflower Soup; Cream of Pumpkin and Coconut Soup; Couscous, Chickpea, and Avocado Salad; Fennel, Greens, and Orange Salad; and Soba Noodle Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing. The chapters on grains and beans and lentils showcase Chiodo’s love of global flavors: Quinoa, Beetroot and Almond Pilaf; Carrot and Buckwheat Patties with Cranberry Chile Chutney; Persian Red Lentil and Olive Casserole; and Warm Spiced Chickpeas in Orange Tahini Sauce.

Although Chiodo does talk about the advantages of a vegetarian diet in the introduction, he also provides healthy seafood and meat dishes. His Spiced Fish Fingers with Lemon Mayo and Whole Chicken and Mushrooms Braised in Soy are sure to become weeknight favorites for the entire family. The chapter on soy and pasta offers vegetarian alternatives using tofu and tempeh as well as a variety of pastas, and features recipes that can even convert the most avid carnivores with Baked Lemon and Sesame Tofu Steaks, Spaghetti with Broad Bean Pesto, and Penne with Pumpkin and Walnut Crema. Chiodo loves his greens and devotes a chapter to quick and easy vegetable side dishes like Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Miso Dressing and Baby Beets and Beet Greens in Horseradish Salsa.

And, desserts are also a part of a wholefoods diet. “When I was a child,” says Chiodo, “Desserts were a very special comfort food – and since then nothing has changed.” Carrot, Cardamom, and Coconut Cake; Baked Silken Chocolate Tart; Steamed Pear, Date, and Ginger Couscous Cake; and Apple and Cranberry Pudding with Orange Syrup will satisfy any sweet tooth yet have a place with a well-balanced, healthful diet.Tony Chiodo has created a brilliant cookbook and the recipes in FEEL GOOD FOOD live up to the title of the book: fresh ingredients, clean flavors, and nourishing dishes that are sure to leave anyone who eats them feeling good.

About the Author: Tony Chiodo worked as an apprentice at Mietta’s in Melbourne, Australia with Jacques Reymond before studying at the Italian Institute of Traditional Cuisine in Milan and working in some of Italy’s top restaurants. He first became interested in natural foods while studying Ayurveda and yoga abroad, and after a stint at Wild Rice Wholefoods Café, he embarked on his own wholefoods adventure with Café Angelica in Kew, Melbourne. Tony is a qualified macrobiotic and wholefoods teacher, inspiring others to integrate natural foods into their daily lives through his Eating Well classes and regular articles in The Age’s ‘Epicure’ and Australian Natural Health. His recipes have appeared in Vogue Entertaining + Travel, Vogue Living, and Australian Gourmet Traveler. To see more of Tony’s recipes and health tips, please visit www.eatingwelldaily.com.au

If you are interested in getting a copy of this book (Continental U.S. only please!) you need to do the following two things:

•    Post a comment on my Blog below.

•    Tweet out your interest in this giveaway to @BrooklynFitChik

I will randomly pick a winner next Tuesday, January 21st at Noon (Eastern) and contact them directly. Good luck!!

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist “Feelin’ Alright” with Fave Radio Stations the @Shazam App 7

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S WORKOUT PLAYLIST

“Feelin’ Alright” Playlist (50-minute Ride)
The online radio I listen to every day plus the super-groovy music app Shazam.

Sarah and Tennessee

(A picture of my cats “Feelin’ Alright” because they are too damn cute not to show off to the world!)

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

It’s been a while since I put up a playlist so I today I present one that I think will rock your socks off. (Or just give you some ideas for tunes to add to your MP3 player.)

Students have commented on my “eclectic” song selections which I take as a supreme compliment. The fact is I plan put together all of my classes carefully so that music swings, wails, bounces, grooves and more. Every single song must work with the others in sound, pace, mood, male vs. female voice and more.

In fact, my playlists are so unpredictable that people try to guess how old I am (not saying) and where I am from. Some of the things I have heard from my students:
• “You have GOT to be from Boston to know that band!” (I’m not.)
• “Are you from Detroit?” (Nope.)
• “Did you really see Nirvana in concert? (Yes.)

But my favorite was the time a dude who looked like a typical 20-something Brooklyn hipster (complete with handlebar mustache) whisper to me slyly “Please tell me you are a Canadian, too!” (Sorry—born and raised in the U.S.)

As a consultant I work a great deal from home and like to have music keep me company. Unfortunately most stations in the New York City region suck BIG TIME so I usually listen online (when Time Warner is not screwing with my Internet) to get any good, new and interesting music.

I wanted to give a “shout out” to a few of my favorites today:
• 107.1 “The Peak” Nyack, NY: http://www.1071thepeak.com/  I get up every morning and put them on first thing as I apply my makeup. Great selection of adult alternative rock and Caroline Corley is my favorite radio personality out there right now. (Hey Caroline—Gordon Downie is MY boyfriend!)

“Alice at 97.3” San Francisco, CA: http://radioalice.cbslocal.com/ Midday here I listen to “Sarah & Vinnie” live from the West Coast to get my daily dose of celebrity gossip plus they play all of the popular (and current) songs people seem to like. Normally I hate “hit” music but occasionally they play something that makes me really happy. I have to know what the kids like amIright?

104.5 KFOG San Francisco, CA: http://www.kfog.com/ They used to be my favorite station in the world but the morning show has been busted up so I just check in from time to time. I would say it is also adult alternative rock station as well but a bit on the mellower side.

“The Edge” Toronto, Ontario: http://www.edge.ca/ I have a strong, passionate and innate love for Canada (as well as most Canadians) plus head-banging “alternative rock” music and this station is my secret fix. I am convinced no women listen to them but I still just love The Edge to death. Fearless Fred in the afternoons is my main guy.

WXRT-FM Chicago, IL: http://wxrt.cbslocal.com/ Not to oversell it but this is now my favorite station in the whole wide world and when their internet stream doesn’t work I want to bawl my eyes out. They play everything from The Who to Fiona Apple to Paul Simon to Feist to Led Zeppelin. If you do nothing else—check them out today and let me know what you think. (DJ Frank E. Lee rules my word by the way!)

Please feel free in the comments to send me links to your favorite stations. I am always on the lookout for good music!

When I do find songs that I like, I reach for my iPhone and Shazam the hell out of it. This app can identify songs and artists by some sort of magic system and I would be lost without them. I seriously do not know how it works but if you want to learn more about the Shazam app (there is a free & a paid version) check them out here :http://www.shazam.com/

I was contacted by Shazam and they offered me the following quote which I think works well with my ride today. (I am getting to the playlist—be patient!)
“We all have a soundtrack to our lives – music to drive to, read or study to, and, of course, work out to. In fact, studies have shown that music can really help your motivation when you’re exercising, helping you train faster or longer. ”

Will Mills, Director of Music and Content

Go and check out Shazam’s Blog if you want ideas for more songs. They are NOT paying me to talk about them. It’s an app I have happily paid for and just wanted to pass along for your information.

And now—on to today’s playlist!

Feelin’ Alright: Joe Cocker
I love every single thing about this song and think it has such a wonderful build in energy that is really makes for the perfect warm up tune. (Though sometimes I picture John Belushi doing an imitation of him and it makes me giggle.)

Everybody Talks: Neon Trees
This is the fastest damn song I have heard in a while and people seem to love it.

Just Like a Pill: Pink
This is one of those songs I learned from “Alice 97.3” that has been around for ages but did not fly in my radar before. (I think I have a crush on Pink now. She is so damn cool!)

Who Loves You: Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
If you get a chance to see “Jersey Boys” do so. It will have you obsessed with Frankie Valli music.

• Zombie: The Cranberries
God, I just love this song to death and it is perfect for a long climb.

…Baby One More Time: Britney Spears
The one and only song from her I really care about.

She: Green Day
Excellent, fast-paced tune to get people in the mood to move fast.

Gold Guns Girls: Metric
One of my favorite bands that I am dying to see live (please come back to New York!)

No Light, No Light: Florence & the Machine
When I put this on I blare the living hell out of it. Florence RULES. Period.

Icky Thump: The White Stripes
For some reason Jack White has been occupying my thoughts. Hmmm….

Time to Pretend: MGMT
Another “perfect climb” song that gets everyone in the mood to add more gear and work harder.

Stompa: Serena Ryder
A new favorite tune that came into my world through The Edge in Toronto.

Unknown Legend: Neil Young
The “Grandfather of Grunge” writes some of the most beautiful songs in the world and this one is one of my favorites.

So what do you think of my list? Do you have any suggestions? Please feel free to send me your suggestions!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,
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What Did We Learn This Month? @goodhealth with OMG Jennie Garth! #FitFluential 5

What Did We Learn This Month?

Health magazine: January/February 2013

 

Jennie Garth photographed by Andrew Macpherson

Jennie Garth photographed by Andrew Macpherson

Health Cover Star for January/February:

OMG! It is Kelly from 90210! Jennie Garth, people! Honestly this is the first time in months where I squealed happily when I saw the celebrity featured on the cover. Great job Health!

Jennie is 40 years old of awesomesauce and you can read all about her right here: http://www.health.com/health/article/0,,20657806,00.html

Oh, just get the magazine (like I did!) and be happy to see her all over again. Jenny is working with pal Luke Perry on new projects but in the meantime I am going to enjoy this clip:

So what else is inside the January/February Health?

“Best Shape of Your Life”

Celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson and Ashley Koff, R.D. created this plan to help actress Molly Sims lose 50 pounds of post-baby weight. I always love getting ideas for moves from Tracy and she doesn’t disappoint here.

Using every single one of these moves in my classes...

Using every single one of these moves in my classes…

“Soft Skin in Winter? Believe It!”

As I am typing this I am fighting the urge to scratch my elbows off. My skin is very dry & scaly being my point. (Need to read this beauty story…)

Not my arm.

Not my arm.

“Retro Diet Tricks That Work”

Some old school items (grapefruit and cottage cheese) are coming back in fashion for those who want to eat healthier and watch their waistline. They lose me with the rice cake mention, however. (Blech! Who really eats those things still?)

Bad rice cake! Bad! Bad!

Bad rice cake! Bad! Bad!

“Your Heart: A User’s Guide”

Your heart is terribly important and so many women neglect it until it is too late. Read this article and take care of your ticker!

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“Beyond Donuts: Diet Mistakes We All Make”

The picture of these pastries is making me nuts. I have been (mostly) grain-free for months. I honestly can’t think about anything else now.

This picture is making me drool.

This picture is making me drool.

“7 Easy Ways to Kick Start Your Metabolism”

To keep your metabolism in gear (so you can eat all day and not starve yourself, people!) just follow these tips. A few of them being:
• Lift First, Cardio Second
• Include Intervals
• Guzzle Water

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“Live Long & Strong”

One of my goals in life is to be a cute old person and 101 year-old Ruth Kobin (and the other fabulous people featured in this story) give me hope I will be adorable in my twilight years. Ruth takes a walk after lunch every day and applies makeup every morning. (Me too!)

My new hero.

My new hero.

And now the rest of the best of this issue of Health:
“All Day Energy, Every Day” Winter can make you feel blah and run down. Here are some ideas to put some spring in your step. (Get it? Spring…in your step? Oh never mind.)
“Breathe Easier All Season” Dry elbows are not the only that plague me this time of year. My messed up sinuses go through the ringer and I was not sure what I can do about it. This article really helped. Thanks Health!
“25 Best Beauty Perk-Ups You’ll Love” I love my beauty stories and this one hit the spot. Really!
“What to Eat Now” Yummy ideas on what to match with the plain old roast chicken. Nom nom!

Follow Heath online at: www.Health.com

Overall Grade:
B+ I got my workout pages back—thank you Health! You listened to me! Now keep it up!

Did you see the new Health magazine? What was your favorite section? How awesome is Jennie Garth on a scale of 1-10? A hundred—right?

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What Did We Learn This Month? @SELFmagazine Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco! #fitfluential 3

What Did We Learn This Month?

SELF: January 2013

Kelly Cuoco photographed by Ben Watts

Kaley Cuoco photographed by Ben Watts

SELF Cover Star for January:

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley stars in the sitcom The Big Bang Theory (I have never seen it—should I check it out?) who is a big-time animal lover (just rescued her third pit bull—good on you Kaley as well as a spinning fanatic. (SELF doesn’t mention which studio she likes but it sounds like Soul Cycle to me.)

Check out Kaley’s “Theories on Life” right here at this link from Self.com

So What Else is in the January SELF?

“Look Dope on the Slopes”

I have not been on a pair of skis in almost 15 years but if I could wear something super-cute (say, one of the outfits below) you would see me covered in snow right away.

Groovy ski gear!

Groovy ski gear!

“Power Up!”

According to SELF readers, a whopping 93% of them need help raising their energy levels (changing my diet upped mine people—just sayin’…) Here we get advice on all kinds of ways to charge your own batteries.

Power Up 001

“Butt & Gut”

Ooh—I liked these pages! If you have an exercise ball handy I suggest you try out these moves from trainer Bernie Zurella of Gold’s Gym in. Zurella is a former kickboxing fighter and Army drill sergeant who has a waitlist for folks who want to take his “Butt and Gut” class.

Here is a link for his workout as well: http://www.self.com/fitness/workouts/2013/01/firm-your-butt-in-six-moves-slideshow?intcid=trail1218#slide=1

I ripped out this page to steal ideas!

I ripped out this page to steal ideas!

“Jump Start Diet (JSD)”

SELF has a six-day diet plan which includes one ditch day (which is why the model below is seen with ice cream, I guess?) Developed by Patricia Bannan, R.D. (Eat Right When Time is Right) you can sign up online to try the JSD and win prizes at self.com/jumpstart.

Jump Start Diet 001

“10-Minute Tone UP”

All you need is an exercise band to do these moves from Alexander Kaufman, creator of P.E.P.P.E.R. (Practical Exercise Personally Planned Equals Results) in New York City.

Inside workout 001

The Rest of the Best of the January SELF:

  • “Trapped at Work” A new year can mean a whole new beginning job-wise. If you are ready to make a career change—check out this article before you begin making the big leap.
  • “Why A.M. Exercise Rules…” I know for me—if I don’t exercise out of the way first thing in the morning I can wind up losing motivation as the day wears on. If you need advice on how to get your butt out of bed in A.M.—check out page 46.
  • “Feed Your Face” I love my beauty stories and this one is filled with “trendy nutrition boosters.’ LUV!

Overall Grade:

A- If you are looking for some 2013 motivation—check out SELF!

Have you read the January SELF yet? What was your favorite feature?What are your favorite winter workouts? Post a comment when you can!

You can check out SELF online at: www.Self.com

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode Featuring “More Skin,” “The Diet Show” & @BLMark, a Groovy Yoga Gear Giveaway, & More! 1

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 18

The Latest Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog featuring a Super-Fantastic Beginner Yoga Gear Giveaway, The “Biggest Losers” on The Diet Show, a Groovy Scale from Eat Smart

(Also, Undermining Comments from Well-Meaning Friends)

 

WW yoga kit array

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

 

I have a really cool beginner yoga giveaway today that features a “Yoga Beginner’s Kit” from Weight Watchers and an Intro to Yoga DVD that I am so excited to offer today.

 

First, I need to give a shout out to Mark Pinhasovich (follow him on Twitter @BLMark) who was a winner on TV’s The Biggest Loser and is now one of the stars of an amazing show held at Stage 72 in New York called “The Diet Show.” It features funny & entertaining monologues from several BL competitors from the past including Tara Costa, Alfredo “Frado” Dinten and Erik Chopin plus we get a bit of old-school hilarity from comic Jeff ““The Fat Rat Bastard” Pirrami (I was lucky enough to hang out with his wife & daughter at the show) as well as a stripped down essay from model Krista Hays (really!)

 

You can get more information about The Diet Show here: http://stage72.com/?p=394

 

And now—here’s this week’s Vlog which features my new yoga gear & DVDs giveaway, a groovy Digital Scale from the folks at EatSmart Products plus the well-meaning but kind of condescending remarks I heard over a holiday meal about my healthy lifestyle. Oh–and my sister advised me to “show more skin” so I obliged. 🙂

 

 

Got that? Okay here are the details first for the yoga DVD:

 

New ‘ELEMENT: INTRO TO YOGA” DVD is the Perfect Place to Start!

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Doesn’t it seem like there are more yoga studios than nail salons lately? In fact, the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association reports that participation in yoga is up 16.8% for the past two years. People who may have previously been afraid to invest the energy, time and money to give it a go, now have a simple option so that they may experience the many benefits of yoga for themselves. The new “Element: Intro to Yoga” DVD will be in stores and on Amazon.com from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Not only does it provide an easy way to begin a yoga practice right at home, it also offers an intermediate practice to grow into. Each practice is about thirty minutes long.

 

The “Element: Intro to Yoga” DVD is the newest offering from this best-selling mind/body DVD brand. It’s designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to yoga so that one may begin at any level and continually progress. Instructor Tamal Dodge’s fundamentals program moves step-by-step through the basics of yoga breathing, foundation postures, and short vinyasa flows. His intermediate sequence introduces the next stage of postures, offering more challenging versions of fundamental poses, and flowing through a series of full sun salutations. Both of these programs will build strength and tone muscle while they improve balance, increase flexibility, aid in relaxation, and allow anyone to begin realizing the positive impact that yoga can have.

 

No props are needed for these programs aside from a yoga mat though a yoga block may be helpful. As with all “Element” DVDs, this was filmed in a lush, tranquil location overlooking the ocean.

 

Raised in Hawaii on his family’s yoga ashram, Tamal Dodge began teaching yoga at the age of 16. He is the co-founder of The Yoga Collective, one of the largest yoga studios in the Los Angeles area, and is the owner/director of the Tamal Yoga School, a national yoga certification program. When he is not teaching at his studio or school, Tamal spends much of his time touring the world to share the benefits of yoga with people of all ages. His goal is not only to help people become physically fit but ultimately happier and more fulfilled. A talented composer and musician, Dodge composed the soundtrack and played most of the instruments on the DVD. He works with several celebrities including Cheryl Hines of “Suburgatory”.

 

Here is a clip from You Tube so you can see for yourself how great it is:

 

And here are the details for the Yoga Starter Kit from Weight Watchers:

 

Introducing Weight Watchers® Fitness Kits!

Beverly Hills, CA – Weight Watchers, the world’s leading provider of weight management services, and Anchor Bay Entertainment, a leading provider of fitness videos, are joining forces to make fitness more fun and more accessible to everyone. Three fitness kits will be available in mass merchants and on www.walmart.com beginning December 29, 2012. Each kit includes a workout DVD and all the fitness equipment needed along with a 10-week exercise tracker.

 

“Yoga Starter Kit” is the perfect way for anyone to dip their toes in and see why yoga has become so popular. The modifications shown for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels allow you to start where you are and try new variations as your experience level advances. The kit includes a comfort-sized yoga block and woven cotton strap along with the tracker and DVD. These props assist in stretching, help modify exercises for varying degrees of flexibility and are used to tone muscle. Sara Ivanhoe has been teaching yoga for over 15 years. According to Ivanhoe, “It can be difficult for someone new to fitness to maneuver a full sun salutation, for example, because you’re moving up, down and back up again. I took that out of the equation by making a standing routine and a floor routine, each 30 minutes long. My goal is to get everyone used to the basics first and build from there. Each practice will leave you feeling strong, energized and balanced.”

 

Awesomesauce! So what do you need to do in order to win?

 

If you are interested in getting a copy of this DVD & the Yoga Starter Kit (Continental U.S. only please—sorry to my Canadian Peeps!) you need to do the following three things:

  • Post a comment on my Blog below.
  • Sign up for my You Tube channel (if you have not done so already!) http://www.youtube.com/my_videos?feature=mhee
  • Tweet out your interest in this giveaway to @BrooklynFitChik and @AnchorBayEntFit

 

I will randomly pick a winner next Monday, January 14th at Noon (Eastern) and contact them directly. Good luck!!

 

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Happy New Year 2013! 2012–See Ya! 0

Brooklyn Fit Chick New Year’s Day 2013 Extravaganza!!!!

Today we celebrate 2013 with a new attitude, new goals, a new favorite word and my new theme songs!

Margo and Sarah

(Me & Mah Boo Working on Our 2013 Goals)

Hello 2013!!

As my friend (and brilliant author) Jennifer Gilmore (Jennifer’s amazon.com page) said so well today: “Goodbye 2012—don’t let the door hit you on the ass on the way out!”

Don’t get me wrong—I am not bitter about 2012 but it has been a particularly rough year for my close friends and family. I mean like terrible diseases, hurricanes, robbery, divorce, bankruptcy, multiple surgeries, layoffs and ass hats for clients kind of activity happening in a mere 12 months and would try the patience of Gandhi.

So long 2012—we have had our fun times too and met some super-cool new people but I am more than happy to send you off to a faded memory.

Last night, the biggest party night of the year, I was in bed with a head cold thinking of my New Years resolutions (photo above) and the word I kept coming back to was “finished.” I want to spend 2013 finishing things I have started. Trying that business plan competition one more time until I get the “just right” idea, putting together the standing bike stand so I can ride at home (I bought the damn thing last Christmas!), learning how to properly use my podcast equipment so I can get that out there (two years on my resolutions list) and all of the other things I overlook in my apartment that I know need to get done and yet I turn a blind eye to it.

Enough—it’s time to finish what I started! So that is my word and challenge for 2013. If I knew how to needlepoint I would frame the word “finish” and put it over my desk. (My birthday is March 29th if any of my crafty friends out there need an idea on what to get me!)

In the meantime I am putting it on my wipe board, taking a picture and printing it out. I am going to remind myself every single damn day that when I finish what I start—the accomplishment I feel is incredible.

Finish

Now on to the new “theme songs…”

Here are my 2013 theme songs to get me over any personal/professional/family B.S. in the coming months:

“No More Drama” Mary J. Blige: I resolve to fly above the fray when the drama levels cranks up in my life. “No more tears. No more pain. No more drama in my life.” Indeed.

“I Love Myself Today” Bif Naked: If you are not aware of this song or the totally amaze-balls Bif Naked then start off with this song. “I’ve had enough. Spit-shine my soul. I’m gonna get up. And out. And out of control!!” Yup.

“I Don’t Feel Like Dancing” Scissor Sisters: On my darkest days I will make sure to put on this tune and remember that it next-to-impossible to dance and cry at the same time. “So I’ll play along when I hear that special song. I’m gonna be the one who gets right!”

So enough about me—what about YOU? What will your “one word” focus be? What will be your theme songs? Let’s do this whole 2013 thing as a team!

Together we can accomplish anything!

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 17 with Flip Camera Giveaway and @FitBloggin Mentions! 19

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 17

The Latest Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog featuring a Flip Camera Giveaway, The MILF Diet Book Giveaway Plus, My Struggle to Remain Coherent While Recording on Cold Medicine!

(Also, scroll below the video for my 2012 “Thank Yous”)

That's my cat T!

That’s my cat T!

You can enter to win this Flip camera but not the cat—sorry about that!

 

Happy New Year!!!

As I am setting up this post, it is New Year’s Eve and all I can think about is what happened in my life in 2012 (both good & bad) plus all of the wonderful things I am looking forward to doing, seeing and experiencing in 2013. Before I get to my list of what I am most thankful for this past year—I would like to start with my last Vlog post for 2012 which includes my newest giveaway (a Flip camera!), my current MILF Diet book giveaway plus my upcoming posts planned for the week.

 

My cats do not make an appearance this time but I am bit loopy on cold medicine so that is always fun to check out!

 

 

Got that? Okay here are the details of the Flip camera giveaway. All you need to do is post below and let me know what you would film for your Vlog posts and I will pick one winner at my discretion next Monday, January 7th at Noon eastern time.

 

The contest is open to residents of the Continental U.S. plus I am opening it up to the wild and wacky residents of the Great White North!! (Yes, that means YOU too can win my beautiful Canadian readers!)

 

Those who post to my Twitter feed will get extra consideration @BrooklynFitChik. Also—if you have not signed up for my You Tube channel (BrooklynFitChick1)—you might want to do that as well (hint, hint!)

 

Finally—I want to leave you today with all of the things I am grateful for from 2012:

  • Going “Paleo” and switching to a whole/non-packaged foods. I have a couple of friends who still can’t seem to understand why (even after all of my Blogging about the health benefits I have gained) I went on this supposedly “strict” program but in addition to losing almost 20 unwanted pounds since last December—I now have a new appreciation for food as a fuel source. This is no small thing people! (Yes—even a teacher can learn a new lesson from time to time!) Also, kudos and “merci” to Keri Olkjer at http://fitviews.blogspot.com/  for her extra encouragement and all of the information she offered without a bit of hesitation. Thanks Keri!
  • The amazing, wonderful, inspiring and unforgettable Fitbloggin conference in Baltimore this past year. Special thanks to everyone I met there including Roni Noone, Carla Birnberg, Steve Gray, Robby Lamb, Christine Assaf, Toni Church, Emmie Sandford, Jack Sh*t (unfortunately, I do not know his real last name!) Tara Martin, Meegan Dowe, Joise Maurer, Kelly Olexa, Brandi Koskie, Dr. Mary, Sheryl Yvette, Sue O’Lear, Susan Ito, Mark L. from The Biggest Loser and so many more than I can’t name in just one Blog posting.  I bought my tickets for this coming June in Portland and if I can afford it—you will see me there for sure!
  • My best friend in the world—Deborah Cota. Deb is a nonstop source of love and support for me and I just wanted to take the time to thank her for all that she does for me. If you want to find about Deb’s awesome books—check out her Blog The Kindred here: http://www.dantechronicles.com/default.html
  • My new friend Marrliee Wilson of Halifax, Nova Scotia who after only knowing me a few short weeks spent hours of her time trying to teach me how to record a podcast. (I will make it happen in 2013 Marrilee! Promise!) Thank you for being such a warm and wonderful source of advice and unconditional support. You are a true gem!
  • Jenn & Tish of Fit Bottomed Girls for (especially Jenn!) not only offering me the opportunity to be their New York City eyes and ears BUT ALSO for sending me virtual hugs and high fives when I need them. You are both exemplary.
  • Finally, I want to take the time to say how grateful I am to each and every one of you who take the time to read my Blog and watch my Vlog posts (especially you Missy Barnum, Toni Church and Jennifer Mitchell of the Fitness Bloggers group on Facebook who always give me their time and incredibly useful feedback. You are the best!) It means the world to me to know that there are people out there who are joining me on this journey to get healthy and feel good for the rest of my life. Let’s do this together gang!!

 

Well—that is it for today. Be sure to come back in 2013 for all of the health, fitness, food and pop culture you can handle in one blog. Big hugs and kisses to all of you. (“Mwah!”)

Ox Ox,

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