What Did We Learn This Month? @FitnessMagazine March 2014 Issue 0

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Fitness: March 2014

Kathy Leutner (Click Models) photographed by Jeff Olson

Kathy Leutner (Click Models) photographed by Jeff Olson

 

What Do We Learn This Month in Fitness?

 “Arms Race”

I love these moves from Andrea Rogers of Xtend Barre that will shape your arms. My shoulders were burning after I tried this circuit

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“Love It!”

I love my beauty stories and the Venus compact razor and Philosophy Mineral Makeup featured here give me the “I Wants.”

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“Hot Stuff”

After weeks of wearing snow boots nonstop this photo of cheerful-looking sneakers made me realize Spring is indeed around the corner.

Hot Stuff 001

 

“The Flat-Abs Formula”

Fitness asked top trainers to give their favorite moves for abs. This page featuring balance ball moves from Josh Fly of Chelsea Piers made me go “hmmm.” Especially the “Rolling Pin” as it looks super tough. (Just for my advanced core students, I guess?)

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And now the rest of this issue of Fitness:

  • “Power Combos” Loved this story about women who made new friendships while trying new workouts.
  • “Quickie Calorie Crushers” Benjamin Hendrickson of Chelsea Piers offers his “get-fit time-savers” including saving your stretching routine for bedtime and a “turbo circuit” you can fit in quickly during your busy day.
  • “Don’t Go There” Paula Derrow takes on the subject of weight gain after getting married and how she learned to speak about touchy subjects with her husband.

Overall Grade:

A-  Lots of good information in the march issue plus lots of pages to rip out and try at the gym!

You can follow Fitness magazine at www.fitnessmagazine.com

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: “Crystal Vases” 50-min Ride P!nk, Gwen Stafani, Green Day, Nicki Minaj 8

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“Crystal Vases” (50-minute Ride)

Nicki Minaj

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Is it cold enough for you? (West Coast peeps can just shut their collective pie holes, by the way. We get it—it’s nice there. Now stop bragging about it on Facebook!)

Anyhoo I finally got around to creating a new playlist and it received kudos over the weekend by my picky students. It’s a mixture of old & new tunes and I hope you all enjoy it. (Now enough of the Polar Vortex crap!)

 

  • Crystal Vases: The Last Royals

I love this song to use as a warm-up as it is fun and poppy sounding. However—try tot to focus on the lyrics as they are rather, um, depressing.

 

  • Hell: Tegan and Sara

My fondness for Canadians continues with this duo who write some really catchy pop-rock tunes.

  • Get the Party Started: P!nk

If you need a go-to that is guaranteed to get the whole room into a groove—try this one from P!nk. Cuz it rules!

 

  • World Turning: Fleetwood Mac

I love Lindsey Buckingham and this one is one of my all-time favorites from his early days in Fleetwood Mac.

 

  • Midnight City: M83

This is one of those slow, climb-type of songs that reminds me of 80s New Wave music.

 

  • Hollaback Girl: Gwen Stefani

Personally, I prefer the version where she curses…B A N A N A S! (Don’t worry, this video is clean.)

 

  • I Don’t Feel Ike Dancing: Scissor Sisters

If there is a happier sounding song in the world—I have yet to find it.

 

  • Brain Stew: Green Day

Give me some crunchy-sounding guitars just about any day of the week, thankyouverymuch.

 

  • Holding on for Life: Broken Bells

The first time I heard this song I was convinced it was Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon singing as the Bee Gees. Love it though I know nothing about this band.

 

  • Machinehead: Bush

Are they names after the President(s?) Does anyone know the answer to that?

 

  • Starships: Nicki Minaj

Once again—I prefer the dirty version of this tune. (NSFW! Really!)

 

  • Stars: Moby

For some reason Moby seems to write the perfect songs to use for “climbs.”

 

  • Changes: David Bowie

“Time may change me, but I can’t change time.”

 

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

Until next time…

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 71: “Ultimate Booty Workout,” The Biggest Loser Kerfuffle, and 5 “Retired” Songs 16

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 71

The “Let’s Giveaway Ultimate Booty Workouts” Edition

Plus: The Biggest Loser Controversy & 5 Songs I Have “Retired”

Booty Book cover

 Hey there! Hi there! Hi there!

ULTIMATE BOOTY WORKOUTS

One of my favorite Blogger buddies is Tamara Grand of Fit Knit Chick. Tamara is busy wife, mother, pet lover (fellow cat lady!) and personal trainer who specializes in helping women in their 40s & 50s get into shape. You have probably deduced from the name of her Blog she is also a bit of a knitter and likes to figure how to make beautiful things with yarn and a little imagination.

Tamara’s first book is the Ultimate Booty Workouts: Exercises to Build, Lift and Sculpt an Amazing Butt from Ulysses Press and I am picking one winner to receive a copy of it (Continental U.S. and Canada only.) You need to check out the clip down below to find out how to win. (I am a little chatty today so jump on down there if you do not have the patience for a little ranting.)

THE BIGGEST LOSER

So, have any of you heard about a certain TV show called The Biggest Loser? Well in case you have been studying the back & forth of the Woody Allen, Dylan Farrow, Mia Farrow, Moses Farrow and Ronan Farrow nightmare instead here is the rundown of the best links for The Biggest Loser Finale/Salute to Disordered Eating & Thinking:

So I guess we should all finally admit that this show is NOT about getting healthy and is in fact a corporate-sponsored spectacle that found a way to make money fat-shaming a willing group of people desperate to save their lives?  See, you create footage of people throwing up into potted plants, stumbling on treadmills and breaking down in tears due to exhaustion and it is okay. Because this is how you cure obesity! And it doesn’t matter if the same things happen each season—because we will keep repackaging it like it is new!

NBC doesn’t care about health & wellness—ratings will always be king to them. Ratings and profit share are of top interest to every network and NBC in particular taking branding of The Biggest Loser to top restaurant chains and getting them to pay millions for the chance to sell to their audience.  The sheer number of sponsors on the program and the lack of high-priced actors make this program a money maker. (I could never get through an episode of The Biggest Loser because of all of the damn commercials throughout the show that already had advertisements!)

And I am sure the winner had dollar signs in her head the whole time. Can you blame her? Who couldn’t use $250,000? Would you willingly lose a quarter million dollars over a few pounds? I would have done the same damn thing if I thought I could get that small. (How the hell doesn’t she have loose skin, by the way? Anyone?)

She certainly isn’t a villain, a victim or a stooge—she is a competitor. I give Rachel a pass. She went on a game show and won the whole shebang.

Let’s just hope we never see it get to this level again. (Shuddering at the very thought of it.)

My point is we cannot find salvation for the obesity epidemic by a profit-driven entertainment company. They will always look to make it sensational and forget about the whole “let’s help people really in dire need right now.”

(Whew! I am done with this one. Let’s move on, shall we?)

FIVE SONGS I HAVE “RETIRED”

Putting together playlists for my classes (and let’s be real—for you guys as well!) is one of the joys of my life. I decided to go back to some older ones to see if maybe I should bring back some songs I have forgotten about over the years. This brought me face to face with several songs that used to appear regularly in my classes that I eventually dropped altogether. I still like them all for listening but for teaching—I am officially done with the following five tunes…

  • Sexy Back: Justin Timberlake (Listened to this one way too many times to appreciate anymore. Love JT but with this one I am dunzo.)
  • Single Ladies: Beyonce (OMG–I loved this song when it first came out but I damn it got annoying. And I am a huge B fan. )
  • Sweet Child of Mine: Guns N Roses (This used to be a song that rocked everyone socks off but I have to admit—it’s classic rock now and some people just can’t take it. I got sick of seeing some of my student’s faces get all grumpy for the whole six minutes. Love it in my personal life but in classes—nope.)
  • Give it Away: Red Hot Chili Peppers (I love most of their music for fast sprints—but this tune is just a tough slog for me. Too repetitive and loooooong. About a minute and half too long.)
  • Freedom 90: George Michael (I did this to myself. I played it so many damn times over the years I lost all of my joy for it. And this was one of my favorite songs of ALL time. So I am letting George go for a while.)

So are there any songs you used to love and now have to retire from your workout playlist? Let me know.

In the meantime– let’s get on to this week’s Vlog post:

 

ULTIMATE BOOTY WORKOUTS:

Exercises to Build, Lift and Sculpt an Amazing Butt

Tamara Grand

Every woman wants a sexy backside. Introducing Ultimate Booty Workouts, a new all-levels fitness program targeted to tone and perk your butt with easy-to-follow exercises and step-by-step pictures!

Strengthen your glutes and feel the burn with the Basic Glute Bridge. Target those pesky inner thigh muscles with Pliés and Goblet Squats.

 

The targeted programs in this book will have your booty toned and perky in no time. Plus, these workouts will help your glutes and hamstrings:

  • Accelerate fat loss
  • Improve posture
  • Decrease, back hip & knee pain
  • Tighten & tone abs

ABOUT TAMARA GRAND

Tamara Grand loves in beautiful British Columbia, Canada with her husband, three children, a ginger cat and a stash of hand-dyed yarn. She works as a BRRPA Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor and is armed with a PhD in Biology.

I insist that you follow Tamara as well. It will do your body good!

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Got that? So if you want to win you need to do the following (Continental United States & Canada only, please!)

  • Post a comment below (on this post) letting me know you are interested.
  • Send a comment on Twitter and say “I want to win the @fitknitchick_1 #bootyworkout from @brooklynfitchick”
  • If you haven’t already—let me know you are subscribing to my You Tube channel

This is my own special giveaway and I am not being paid to offer it. I will pick one winner at random next Monday, February17th at NOON eastern time and contact them directly. Good luck and enter as often as you like!

Until next time…

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What Did We Learn This Month? Women’s Health Mag @WomesnHealthMag 3

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Women’s Health

February 2014

Heidi Klum photographed Rankin

Heidi Klum photographed Rankin

Women’s Health Cover Star for February 2014: 

German supermodel and longtime Project Runway host Heidi Klum is on the cover and featured inside. Turns out Heidi had about a dozen jobs to deal with every day including designing her own line of sneakers for New Balance which she shows off in the magazine—very cute!

She also shares a story about accepting an Emmy award while being a bit tipsy on champagne (she imbibed with co-winner Tim Gunn—lucky gal!)

 

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

15-Minute Workout “Sculpt a Knockout Body”

I like this workout from UFC Fighter Mike Dolce and plan to use in my bootcamp classes very soon.

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 Beautify Your Back”  

Women’s Health states that “skin-baring season” is arriving soon—LMAO! Anyhoo, the workout moves featured here will help make your back strong.

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 “Getting in Shape is Child’s Play”

Tapping into the fun part of your workouts can help make the time go by faster is the point here.

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

  • “Genius Diet” The best foods to eat that will make your brain say “thank you!”
  • “We Survived a Bear Attack” Women’s Health talks to two women who had a rather interesting experience while taking a trip to the mountains in Nova Scotia. (Note to self—do NOT go into the woods without Bear Spray!)

Overall Grade:

I was not as enamored with this issue as I am usually with Women’s Health. I am sure next month will knock my socks off, however.

 

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

Until next time…

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog 70: My Super, Duper 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook Giveaway! #21dsd 29

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 70

Featuring: My Super, Duper 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook Giveaway!

21 DAY COOKBOOK COVER Jan30

 

Hey there! Hi there! Hi there!

It has been a wild and wooly in the fitness blogosphere—whoa! First we had this rather, um—interesting personal essay from Jen Polachek who talked about her internal struggle when facing a “fairly heavy set black woman” who dared to enter her yoga class on the supposedly woman-friendly site XO Jane. I am NOT kidding—read it for yourself here: OX Jane 1.

The first response I noticed came courtesy of the beautiful & talented Erika Nicole Kendall of the Blog The Black Girl’s Guide to Weight Loss. Nicely done, Erika.

If you are looking for the perfect rebuttal in addition to Erika’s than you can hardly do better than to check out the incredible Pia Glen who wrote this on XO Jane. Both managed to peel away the icky layers of pseudo self-awareness of Polachek’s personal essay which for some reason was featured in the “It Happened to Me” page—usually dominated by sad or scary stories.

Anyhoo—this story has been discussed to the nth degree so let’s just move on to a couple of fun news items and then talk about my FAB giveaway—yes?

  • I am going to be speaking at Fitbloggin this year! Tickets are on sale NOW so get them while you can. (We will be in Savannah this year—whoo hoo!)
  • In case you missed it—Terry Bicycles announced my ambassadorship on their site here. Very excited about this partnership!
  • My writing chops are going to get a workout with my soon-to-be regular contributions on SweatGuru.com. (Whoop!)

And now, on to this week’s big giveaway!

21 DAY SUGAR DETOX COOKBOOK

The New York Times best-selling author Diane Sanfilippo, BS. NC has written some of my favorite Paleo books including Practical Paleo and The 21-Day Sugar Detox and is an all-around cool chick (and animal lover!) in addition to being the writer of some kick ass recipes.

If you are looking to find ways to get refined sugars out of your diet without starving yourself or losing your energy—you need to read her newest book The 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook.

If you want to win a copy today, keep on reading to find out what you need to do. (Disclaimer alert: I received a copy of The 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook for giveaway from Victory Belt publishing and was not paid to offer to my readers.)

I love this cookbook and have been having a ball making some yummy (and healthy) versions of some of my favorite foods including Shepard’s Pie which you can see below. (This is a new favorite recipe for me!)

 

Nom Nom!

Nom Nom!

So, enough of my dawdling and let’s get on to this week’s Vlog post:

 

Here is some information about The 21-Day Sugar Detox Diet Cookbook:

The 21-Day Sugar Detox Companion Cookbook Now Available!

Diane Sanfilippo, Author of the Bestselling books Practical Paleo and the 21 Day Sugar Detox delivers complete cookbook to accompany her highly acclaimed detox program

Essex Fells, NJ (December, 2013)—Diane Sanfilippo has yielded marked success with her revolutionary New York Times bestselling book, The 21-Day Sugar Detox: Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally and now she delivers another masterpiece—The 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook.  The cookbook is a companion guide to Sanfilippo’s customized program that has helped tens of thousands of men and women naturally break free from the sugar strong hold to help them live a more healthy and balanced life.

The 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook boasts more than 100 new recipes for any program level.  These delectable recipes come straight from the kitchen of Sanfilippo and are all grain, gluten, legume, dairy, and sugar-free. The book also contains 21-day simple and straightforward meal plans, “yes”, “no” and “limited” food lists and tips and tricks that will keep you on the road to success.  Recipes include easy-to-follow breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and “sweet treats.”  These mouthwatering creations will keep you satisfied as your cravings for sugar and carbs disappear.

Sanfilippo is Certified Nutrition Consultant and has dedicated her life to helping others change their eating habits to achieve optimal health.  Through her extraordinary bestselling books Practical Paleo and The 21-Day Sugar Detox (and now) The 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook, Sanfilippo has helped people worldwide become more educated about food choices, take action against sugar dependency and do it in a way that’s not only sustainable, but enjoyable.

Sample Recipes Include:

  • Breakfast Sausage and Biscuit Sandwich
  • Butternut Squash Pancakes
  • Artichoke and Lemon Chicken with Capers
  • Asian Ginger Flank Streak
  • Pizza Frittata
  • Sunbutter Brownies
  • Nutty Cinnamon Crumb Cake and more!

More information on Sanfilippo’s complete 21 Day Sugar Detox program can be found online at http://the21daysugardetox.com/, along supplemental resource guides, continuing online education and informational videos done by Sanfilippo herself.

The 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook can be found in stores nationwide, including at Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and independent retailers, as well as online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

ABOUT DIANE SANFILIPPO

Diane Sanfilippo holds a BS from Syracuse University and is a Certified Nutrition Consultant who specializes in blood sugar regulation and digestive health. She is The New York Times Bestselling author of Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle and The 21 Day Sugar Detox: Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally and writes for her popular health blog www.balancedbites.com, teaches nutrition seminars nationwide and has a top-rated weekly health podcast in iTunes, “The Balanced Bites Podcast. Practical Paleo and The 21-Day Sugar Detox are published by Victory Belt Publishing.

ABOUT VICTORY BELT

Victory Belt Publishing Inc is the world’s leading publisher in health and fitness books, producing a host of New York Times bestsellers, including The Paleo Solution, Practical Paleo, The 21 Day Sugar Detox, Against All Grain,  It Starts with Food, and Dark World. Started by Erich Krauss, a New York Times bestselling author, Victory Belt Publishing Inc is an author-friendly publisher geared toward producing the highest quality books on the market. Victory Belt Publishing has worldwide distribution, and its titles have been translated into dozens of languages. The company has the highest ratio between books published and New York Times bestsellers. Victory Belt Publishing‘s main office is located in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, please visit www.victorybelt.com.

 

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  • Post a comment below (on this post) letting me know you are interested.
  • Send a comment on Twitter and say “I want to win the @balancedbites #21dsdcookbook from @brooklynfitchick”
  • If you haven’t already—let me know you are subscribing to my You Tube channel

This is my own special giveaway and I am not being paid to offer it. I will pick one winner at random next Monday, February 10th at NOON eastern time and contact them directly. Good luck and enter as often as you like!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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What Did We Learn This Month? Health magazine @goodhealth 4

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Health: January/February 2014

Julia Mancuso photographed by Matt Jones

Julia Mancuso photographed by Matt Jones

 

Health Cover Star for January/February:

Julia Mancuso

Who dis? Julia is a gold medal winning Alpine skier who is getting ready to compete in the winter Olympics. Julia keeps herself in fighting shape wit “a lot of yoga and Pilates, the Nike Training Club app and her “lucky underwear.’ The last one is her own joke—she is not a superstitious person by nature.

Good luck Julia!

 Julia Mancuso 001

So what else is inside the December Health?

“6 Top Fitness Myths—Busted”

Health helps us “exercise smarter” by talking about all types of myths and legends in the workout world including the efficacy of crunches and whether or not weights will bulk you up (they won’t, by the way.) M

 Six Fitness Myths Busted 001

“Tracy’s Total Body Tone-Up”

I know that Tracy Anderson’s diet and fitness tips are not exactly a favorite of most trainers and health professionals, myself included.  (I mean—she asserts that indoor cycling and using dumbbells  heavier than 3 pounds will bulk a woman up—sigh. )

However,  I absolutely LOVE her floor workouts and this one is pretty darn good.

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“Your Metabolism: Lower Back”

I really appreciated the advice given here on how to protect and strengthen your lower back and think it is especially helpful to fitness professionals.

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“Life Lessons from Olympic Stars”

OMG you guys—the Olympics are coming!!! I can’t wait but in the meantime this article talks to members of the U.S. team about their individual motivation.

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

  • “Track? Trail? It’s All Good” Burrr—it’s too cold to talk about running outside!
  • “Winterize Your Skin” Tips and tricks to keep your skin glowing in this insane Vortexy-y weather.
  • “Easiest Home Detox Ever” My shameful secret? I love the smell of chemicals including bleach. I know I need to cut back on them so this feature may help me go a bit greener when cleaning at home. (Like I do THAT often! Ha!)
  • “Body Clues You Shouldn’t Ignore” February is heart health awareness month so the editors of Health want you to know the symptoms is something wrong with your ticker.

 

Follow Heath online at: www.Health.com

Overall Grade:

B+ Could have used a few more workout pages but there was lots of good information included in this issue so I am happy.

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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What Did We Learn This Month? @Shape_Magazine with Petra Nemcova on the Cover! 2

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Shape: January/February 2014

Petra Nemcova photographed by Nino Munoz

Petra Nemcova photographed by Nino Munoz

 

Shape Cover Star for January/February 2014:

Petra Nemcova: Petra is a supermodel who survived a tsunami in South Asia in 2004 and ultimately lost her boyfriend during the disaster. Petra spent years of her life in recovery from her multiple injuries and decided to use her experience to serve others in need.

Petra created the Happy Hearts Fund to rebuild schools around the world that have been affected by natural disasters. Yay Petra!

In her down time, Petra keeps in shape by following the Physique 57 workouts including this one developed by co-founder Tanya Becker (see below.)

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“Stress RX”

Fitness can help us all learn to relax and relieve stress. These moves from Jill Miller RX Series will “ease tension and cultivate calm”

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“Upward Trend”

The thought of climbing a wall indoors scares the living daylights out of me (fear of heights combined with vertigo, folks) but it is an excellent workout and will help build strength & balance. If you want to learn how—try these tips from expert Angela Payne.

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“Climb High”

Okay, so I do not climb but this gear is co cute—I might want to wear them anyway!

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 “Basic Training”

Old-school workouts (think PE class back in the 8th grade) from trainer Jay Cardiello.

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“Fast Track”

Loved these workouts from trainer Michael Olajide, Jr. who has a Sleekify series that seem pretty damn neat according to these pages.

Sleekify Shape Magazine 001

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

  • “Game On!” Fantastic winter Olympics coverage. (Can’t wait for the games!)
  • Erin Andrews: The football media maven talks about how she stays in shape while reporting from the sidelines.

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

A-    Tons of great workouts here that will help keep you inspired all winter long.

B-   

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 69: “Blogger Brunch” Goodie Bag Giveaway! @SweatGuru @MaxFlowSports #giveaway 28

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 69

Featuring: NYC Healthy Bloggers Fit Brunch, My First Formal Headshot and a “Sweat Guru+” Giveaway

NYC Fit Bloggers Brunch!

NYC Fit Bloggers Brunch!

 

Hey there! Hi there! Hi there!

How are you all doing? Since my incident of vertigo (BPPV) a couple of weeks ago I have been feeling much better (thanks so much to all of you who checked in with me. I really appreciate it.) The key when you are dealing with this type of an ailment is to learn to enjoy life’s little victories. Such as “Hey—I managed to lie back in the washing station chair at the salon and not get dizzy!”  And “Ooh, I can reach down and tie my shoe laces without falling over—cool!”  I have no idea if I will “tumble” again but I if I do—the next time I will not be as scared because and will know what the hell is going and treat the symptoms.

I have not had taken any kind of medicine (over-the-counter or prescribed) in over a week and the exercises I have found on You Tube (particularly this one from As Dr. Jo) have been most helpful. It still makes me nervous to think about teaching core moves on my back (in a supine position)—but I am getting stronger every day and will be back to my old self soon.

Anyhoo—I actually had a fun week starting with my NYC Blogger Brunch held in my apartment-whoo hoo! It’s been hella cold out here and I was worried people would bail out of the schlep to Brooklyn but we had a few brave & hearty souls come by. You can read an excellent recap here from my friend Cassandre of Losing in the City (sorry my cat scared you!) And while our conversation was private (we may have gossiped just a wee bit…) it was fun, light-hearted and full of reciprocated love.

Next time I host I will do a better job of getting the word out on Facebook (I realized I left some pretty groovy friends off of the first invite by accident—dammit!) But if you want to win your own goodie bag form the event just hang on and I will give you the details below.

First I want to thank the following Bloggers for making the trek:

We ate piles of good food, laughed our butts off, tried out the Da Vinci BodyBoard that I reviewed for Fit Bottomed Girls, and I gave away goodie bags! Want to know what they got? Get ready to watch this clio and then find out how you can win!

Also, this past week I had my first official headshot done since…hell I have NO idea when I last sat for a portrait but one of my excellent student is an ace photographer and he managed to “catch my essence” pretty well. His name is Victor Giganti and is based here in Brooklyn. I think this shot is my favorite—what do you think?

 

Photograph by Victor Giganti

Photograph by Victor Giganti

 

In the meantime—here is this week’s Vlog post:

 

 

You can win this stuff!

You can win this stuff!

 

Got that? So if you want to win a goodie bag featuring the Sweat Guru bag & pink laces, a headband from MaxFlowSports, plus the food stuffs described you need to do the following.

  • Post a comment below on letting me know you are interested.
  • Send a comment on Twitter and say “I want to win the @BrooklynFitChik and @SweatGuru goodie bag!”

This is my own special giveaway and I am not being paid to offer it. I will pick one winner next Monday, February 3rd and contact them directly. Good luck and enter as often as you like!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Giveaway! “Next Fitness Star” DVD from @WomensHealthMag @StacieJClark 7

Brooklyn Fit Chick DVD Giveaway!

WOMEN’S HEALTH MAGAZINE’S FIRST EVER FITNESS DVD SERIES

Tighten + Tone Your Entire Body with “Next Fitness Star” Competition Winner Stacie Clark

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

It’s a snow day here in New York City and I (like many people out there I am guessing) will choose to workout at home tonight rather than deal with the ice & snow. So if you are in the market to try out a new DVD (or how about winning one?) then check out my giveaway for this week.

I am giving away to one random winner (who follows my rules below) the Women’s Health The Next Fitness Star: Power Sculpt Series with the magazine’s first winner of their annual “The Next Fitness Star” competition–Stacie Clark. (Disclaimer: Women’s Health is providing the giveaway item and this is not a paid sponsorship.)

Here are the details of the DVD:

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Tighten + Tone Your Entire Body with “Next Fitness Star” Competition Winner Stacie Clark

January 8, 2014—New York, NY—Women’s Health Magazine, the fastest-growing international women’s lifestyle and wellness magazine, today announces the launch of the NEXT FITNESS STAR:  POWER SCULPT DVD SERIES with certified trainer Stacie Clark ($27.95, http://www.dvd.thenextfitnessstar.com/pr).

The NEXT FITNESS STAR: POWER SCULPT SERIES, produced by parent company Rodale Inc., will feature four original workouts developed by Stacie Clark designed to combine strength training and cardio into a super-efficient routine that doesn’t leave one second wasted.  Each method is proven to not only rev up your metabolism, but it will keep you elevated and burning calories throughout the day. The POWER SCULPT method is based on timed intervals, with the goal to improve and expand upon each workout—increasing one or two more reps of an exercise, using heavier weights, or moving to the harder modification on a move.

Stacie Clark was discovered by Women’s Health through a nationwide search for “The Next Fitness Star.” Among thousands of applicants, she was awarded the title live on NBC’s TODAY to develop this original DVD series appear in the Jan/Feb issue of Women’s Health and be a new face of fitness for the brand.

The POWER SCULPT SERIES includes:

  • 10-Minute Belly Melt: Designed to target your entire core, this workout consists of 10 exercises performed for 60 seconds each. You’ll get the “six-pack” effect, and you’ll feel great.
  • 15-Minute Speed Shred: Tighten, tone and torch your entire body.
  • 20-Minute Metabolic Boost: It’s all about timed-interval supersets. The result? Maximize your time, burn fat and tone all over.
  • 30-Minute Total-Body Blast: We’ll alternate between upper and lower body moves, keeping your heart rate up to maximize calorie burn and build lean muscle. Bonus for you? A strong core & butt burner to complete the workout.

 

“It won’t be easy. You’ll work hard. You’ll push yourself to your limit,” says Women’s Health Fitness Star, Stacie Clark. “But we’re in it together and when done with POWER SCULPT, you will feel stronger, more confident and be one step closer to having the body you’ve always wanted.” Fashion director-turned-certified athletic trainer, Stacie Clark, 40, knows exactly what it takes to work toward a goal and succeed. With over 15 years of experience in fitness and athletic development from youth to adult, Clark’s focus is on individual and group training, encompassing the fundamentals of functional bodyweight training and athleticism  including agility, balance, coordination, strength, speed, stamina, power, and flexibility.

WOMEN’S HEALTH NEXT FITNESS STAR: POWER SCUPLT DVD SERIES

Available at www.thenextfitnessstar.com; TWITTER/Facebook @womenshealthmag

 About Women’s Health: (www.womenshealthmag.com) Women’s Health propels 22 million consumers into action, providing the motivation and the inspiration for them to make instant, positive changes in their lives.  Launched in October 2005 and published 10 times a year by Rodale Inc., Women’s Health has quickly grown into a multimedia brand that includes branded books, mobile applications, and renowned events. The magazine has received numerous industry accolades including the 2011 ASME National Magazine Award in the category of General Excellence in Fashion, Service, and Lifestyle and was also nominated for the ASME of General Excellence again in 2013; included on Adweek’s annual Hot List two times and is nominated for a third in 2013; and was named Advertising Age’s 2009 Magazine of the Year and also listed among their 2013 A-List winners. For more up-to-the-minute information, visit www.womenshealthmag.com and get instant updates via Twitter (@WomensHealthMag) and Facebook (Women’s Health Magazine).

 

Here is a clip where you can learn more about Stacie:


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In order to win this DVDs (Continental U.S. 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 win @StacieJClark @WomensHealthMag DVD from @BrooklynFitChik”

I will randomly pick one winner on Monday, January 27th at NOON eastern time and contact them directly. Good luck and enter as often as you like!

Until next time…

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What Did We Learn This Month? @FitnessMagazine February Issue! @FitnessMagazine 1

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Fitness: February 2014

Erin Wyatt: Wilhelmina Models photographed by Ari Michelson

Erin Wyatt: Wilhelmina Models photographed by Ari Michelson

What Do We Learn This Month in Fitness?

 

 “Reboot Your Life”

Fitness features 18 apps that will help you improve your fitness regime, healthy eating goals and help “de-clutter” your life. (Love the Nike+ Training Club by the way!)

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Fitness Better Body Plan”

If you let your New Year’s resolutions slide and want to get healthier and more fit now, you can try this four-week workout plan created by Sylwia Wisenberg that looks pretty bad-ass.

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“Watch & Burn”

Okay—it is fa-reezing out there (silence Californians!) so working out with a DVD is sometimes the best option. Fitness picks their “ten best” of the year.

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“Hang Tough”

I love suspension training and TRX is an excellent option if you are interested in trying it out for yourself. (I should disclose that I am TRX certified, by the way!)

 

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And now the rest of this issue of Fitness:

  • “Beat The Clock Beauty” How to get even more gorgeous in less time each day.
  • “Make Over Your Metabolism” Over 60% of Americans have challenging metabolisms that can cause weight gain and sluggishness. Try these tips here if yours is not behaving.
  • Fitness Healthy Food” Fitness looks at the best packaged food options at the market to keep you healthy. (Hey, we can’t always be cooking, right?)

Overall Grade:

A- Go out and get your own copy!

You can follow Fitness magazine at www.fitnessmagazine.com

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

Brooklyn Fit Chick

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