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Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes Vlog 109

“Book vs Movie” Podcast The Godfather

“Smoking Hot Bob Harper’s Black Fire Workout”

The Art of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Plus: The BarreAmped Cardio Fat Burn DVD Giveaway

 

Enter to win this DVD!

Enter to win this DVD!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

It’s winter here in Brooklyn but my spirits are bright. As some of you may know—my sweet Tuxedo cat “T” has had some behavioral issues which I have had to address. So far she is responding well to her medicine which is a big relief for me. Dealing with the chaos of her health issues has caused me to look at my life in a very direct way (which is not my favorite thing, for sure.)

I have decided that I have been inviting unrest and anxiety into my life and need to shut it down NOW. I will go into it later in the Vlog but let just say—it is never too early to begin “Spring Cleaning!”

So in today’s “News & Notes” a few things happening in my life and in the Vlog I talk about how you can enter to win a very cool DVD. Yes—you have to actually watch the Vlog in order to have a chance to win. I will keep short & sweet—promise!

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes/Vlog 109:

  • Book Vs Movie Podcast News: Margo Porras of Shes Nacho Mama’s Blog and I are having a ball working on our podcast “Book Vs. Movie” and our next episode should be pretty amazing—The Godfather! If you have never read the book from Mario Puzo you need to right away. It is a HOOT and a holler. In the meantime would you be so kind as to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @bookversusmovie? Also, let us know which books & films you would like us to cover! (Merci!)
  • Smoking Hot Bob Harper: I am lucky to call myself a “Fit Bottomed Girl” who gets to cover special events in New York City on behalf of them (score!) A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend a workout created by Bob Harper for Daily Burn.com and wrote all about it in this post right here. Let me say this—the man is as super sexy in real life as he is on TV. (Swoon!)
  • “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo: Several events in my life over the past year or so have made me terribly stressed and anxious so it was with great interest to me when my good friend recommended this Marie Kondo book as a way to find more peace and serenity in my everyday life. Kondo is a “Japanese Cleaning Consultant” who advises people to surround their homes with things that bring them joy. If you look at any item in your place and it does not give you “joy” (say a pair of ill-fitting jeans or a picture of someone you no longer care about) then you need to just let it go. I took her advice quite literally by giving away over 90% of my CD/Music collection in one fell swoop. I am not working through my bedroom and throwing old socks and crummy yoga pants with absolute glee. I recommend highly you get this book!
  • Barre Amped “Cardio Fat Burn” Giveaway: This week I am giving away a totally amazing DVD from ace instructor Suzanne Bowen (suzannebowenfitness.com) and if you want to win you have to actually view my Vlog post below because I am giving a special instruction that you need to follow in order when you post a comment. This giveaway is not sponsored and is open to the Continental U.S. only (Sorry Canadians!)

Now on to this week’s Vlog and giveaway details:

 

More Information about the Suzanne Bowen “Barre Amped” Giveaway: 

SUZANNE BOWEN FITNESS RELEASES NEW DVD

BarreAmped CARDIO FAT BURN

Panama City Beach, FL, February 4, 2015– Fitness and lifestyle expert Suzanne Bowen, creator of Suzanne Bowen Fitness (#SBF) www.suzannebowenfitness, a top streaming website for workout videos and nutrition advice, has just released her new BarreAmped Cardio Fat Burn workout on DVD (www.barreamped.com 84 minutes $19.99.)  Suzanne’s signature BarreAmped is a proven, results oriented, body shaping barre program that is a combination of dance, Pilates, yoga, and Bowen’s classical Lotte Berk training. It is Classic Barre meets Extreme Results.

BarreAmped Cardio Fat Burn takes participants to a new fitness level, elevating the heart rate to burn fat using high intensity intervals combined with body changing barre exercises. Viewers will do Tabata style workouts, longer cardio intervals, low impact fat blasts, and sculpting exercises to hit every main muscle and #ShakeToChange.

BarreAmped Cardio Fat Burn (84 minutes, $19.99) is divided into sections so viewers can do the entire full workout or mix and match the segments to change it up. The DVD has a two minute introduction; two minute warm up; extreme cardio fat burn (26 minutes); Cardio sculpt (17 minutes); Cardio core (17 minutes); and a twelve minute cool down stretch. The purchase of the DVD includes a free 1 month membership of streaming barre workouts at www.suzannebowenfitness.com.

As with all of her DVDs, Suzanne connects with viewers and leads the workout through a challenging, but doable workout segments in her encouraging and energetic signature style of teaching as she shows modifications and variations.

www.suzannebowenfitness.com, www.barreamped.com

Facebook: Suzanne Bowen Fitness

Twitter @suzannecbowen

Instagram @suzannebowenfitness

If you want to win the BarreAmped DVD featured in the Vlog you must do the following (Continental United States only, please!)

  • Post a comment below (on this post) letting me know you are interested. (Watch the video to know what to write about there!)
  • Send a comment on Twitter and say “I want to win the BarreAmped DVD @suzannecbowen from @brooklynfitchik”
  • If you haven’t already—let me know you are subscribing to my You Tube channel

I will pick one winner at random on Monday, March 9, 2015 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

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Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog 108: YogaLean Giveaway, Love Yo’ Self Playlist & Tips of the Scale Podcast & More 43

 

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes Vlog 108

“Book vs Movie” Podcast High Fidelity,

My Fit Bottomed Girls “Love Yo’ Self” Playlist,

How I Keep My Gym Clothes Smelling Good (Tape Genes.com) & Tips of the Scale Weight Loss Conference

Plus: The YogaLean Book Giveaway!!

 

You can enter to win a copy of this book! Keep reading to find out how!

You can enter to win a copy of this book! Keep reading to find out how.

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How are you all doing? I know it has been ages since we have seen each other but it seems as if my desire to have a “drama-free 2015” is a little off base as my sweet cat T is ill and I have been worried about taking proper care of her. I detailed it in a post last week but she has had behavior/neurological issues that we are treating with anti-anxiety medicine and she is responding well so far. At the four-week (Feb 28th) we will know better how she is doing. Keep her in your thoughts!

Anyway—it is FREEZING in the city right now so I am keeping myself busy indoors which includes getting back into the Blogging and Vlogging world and I have tons to discuss—so let’s get to it shall we?

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes:

  • Fit Bottomed Girls “Love Yo’ Self” Playlist: I know that Valentine’s Day has come and gone but that doesn’t mean you do not have permission to demonstrate a little self-love and care throughout the year! I wrote this “Love Yo’ Self” playlist for Fit Bottomed Girls to give you all a little musical inspiration to do just that whenever you need a boost. So put some of those tunes on your player and have fun!
  • How to Keep Your Gym Clothes Stink-Free: My good friend Brandi asked me and a few fellow blogger pals our favorite tips for keeping gym things stink-free and you can read about it here! (TapGenes.com)
  • YogaLean Book Giveaway: The giveaways are back and this one is pretty amazing (I must say!) Beth Shaw (President & Founder of YogaFit) has a book out called YogaLean that is filled with yoga poses and yummy recipes to help you lose weight, tone up and live your healthiest life possible. (Follow them at YogaLean) This giveaway is only open to the Continental U.S. so—sorry Canada, Alaska and Hawaii residents! Details in the Vlog below.

Now on to this week’s Vlog and giveaway details (forgive me but I conflated like Brian Williams and mixed up the number for my Vlog. This is #108 for sure!)

 

More Information about the YogaLean Giveaway:

YOGALEAN

Poses and Recipes to Promote Weight Loss and Vitality-for Life!

By

Beth Shaw

Fitness guru and founder of the YogaFit training program Beth Shaw shares her revolutionary approach to better health in YOGALEAN: Poses and Recipes to Promote Weight Loss and Vitality-for Life! (Ballantine Books.) Beth shows readers both how to achieve and maintain their optimum weight by developing what she calls a Lean Consciousness. The ultimate path to whole-life wellness, Lean Consciousness is uniquely designed to work from the inside out, taking into account every reader’s size and shape, and customizing a program that fits with their personal goals.

Inside, Beth breaks down her easy-to-follow holistic program with…

  • Yoga poses that promote a lean physique, strengthen your core, and increase energy
  • The basics of yogic philosophy and the revolutionary space clearing and gratitude exercises that will help boost your weight loss
  • Cardio and weight-training workouts to complement your yoga, refine your physical strength, and ward off disease
  • Easy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks that will help you burn fat more efficiently
  • Stress-reducing and clarity-enhancing daily meditations
  • A one-week jumpstart plan outlining precisely what to eat and how to exercise your body and mind

As the creator of the largest yoga school in North America, Beth has helped thousands of people get in shape and sustain a healthy weight. YOGALEAN combines those years of training experience with simple yogic lifestyle principles for a truly unique plan that anyone can follow.

{Just a note—Random House is not sponsoring this post and will ship the book directly to the winner. This giveaway is only available in the Continental United States.}

If you want to win the yoga kit featured in the Vlog above you must do the following (Continental United States 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 YogaLean by @bethshawyoga from @brooklynfitchik”
  • If you haven’t already—let me know you are subscribing to my You Tube channel

I will pick one winner at random on Monday, February 23, 2015 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

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Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Weekly News & Notes: The Latest on Fitness & Shape magazines 19

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes

                                 “Book Vs. Movie” Podcast Ep. “Gone Girl,” the “Power Rock Climb” Playlist, Fitness Goes Digital-Only and the TipsOfTheScale Weight Loss Conference Announces Dates!!

Fitness Goes Digital

Fitness Goes Digital

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How are you all doing today? I have a whole bunch of news & notes to get you folks today and I will not waste a minute getting it to you. Don’t worry—the Vlog is back next week with a whole new giveaway!

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes

  • Book Vs Movie Podcast: For those of you who are not familiar with it my friend Margo Porras of Shes Nacho Mama’s Blog and I co-host a podcast called “Book Vs. Movie” and you can subscribe to us on iTunes with this link https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bookvsmovies-podcast/id954110320?mt=2. Our newest episode was all things Gone Girl (have you heard of it?) and boy did we have fun time dissecting both the film and the novel! The player is embedded below for your listening pleasure. Hope you like it!

 

  • Fit Bottomed Girls “Power Rock Climb” Playlist: One of my favorite “jobs” (honestly, I would do it for free cuz I have so much with it!) is coming up with playlists for the Fit Bottomed gals and this week I picked my favorite “Power Rock” songs to get me in the mood to climb a million hills. Let me know what you think of it!
  • Fitness Magazine Goes Digital: About ten years ago I was lucky enough to be in charge of publicity for YM, Fitness and Child It was the best job in the world and I was so proud to work for all of those brands. Well I am sad to say that Fitness magazine has been folded and will now be digital-only. The publisher of the magazine (Meredith publishing) bought Shape magazine (!) and now they will combine their audience. What does this mean? If you have a subscription to Fitness magazine, starting this May you will be getting Shape magazine instead. If you already get both? I have no idea! Fitness will now exist in digital format only at www.fitnessmagazine.com. Very sorry to hear that Fitness is closing but most of the staff will not remain on digital and all of their great content can still be found online. (Whew)

That’s all I have for today—keep checking back for news, reviews and playlists aplenty! Be sure to check back on Sunday, February 8th for my next Vlog post and giveaway!

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Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog 106: Dog Bites, Fit Bottomed Girls, Box Jumps & a WW Giveaway! 10

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #106

The Weight Watchers “Ultimate Dance Party” Kit Giveaway

Plus: The Aftermath of the “Dog Bite” Incident of New Year’s Eve

“Book vs Movie” Podcast iTunes News,

Fit Bottomed Girls New Year/New Rear, New York Times’ “Front Row” Craziness

“Envizulaizing” Box Jumps with Jonny Goldstein

Enter to win this kit!

Enter to win this kit!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

It’s been over a week since my “dog bite/scratch” incident and my face is healing up very nicely. To get the full story just check out last week’s post plus I will give some details in the Vlog below. Thanks so much for all of the follow up and well wishes. You are all officially THE BEST.

Last week I also caught that nasty cold that has been hanging around Brooklyn so that was the big reason I could not film my Vlog last week. I was not embarrassed about how I look but could not promise a cough-free episode and ain’t nobody got time for that! So let me get though today’s news and then we will talk about this week’s new giveaway (Weight Watchers Ultimate Dance Kit.)

  • Book Vs Movie Podcast: We are now hosted by Libsyn which means the episodes will be edited down and (mostly) error-free from now on so be sure to subscribe to us at our new link on iTunes right here https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bookvsmovies-podcast/id954110320?mt=2 and stay tuned for our next episode—Primary Colors. Margo P. and I will talk about the Joe Klein book and the Mike Nichols We are always looking for suggestions so let me know what you would like for us to cover next!
  • Fit Bottomed Girls New Year/New Rear Challenge: Y’all know that I am a card-carrying, proud member of the Fit Bottomed Girls Every January Jenn, Erin & Co. create a month’s worth of challenges to get you excited about the new year and also tackle some long-held fitness goals. Be sure to check them out every single day and get 2015 off to the right start!
  • Exercises the Experts Ditched: Speaking of Fit Bottomed Girls—I am proud to day I wrote this feature asking the top fitness experts on the exercises they no longer do and what they do to replace them which you can check out here.
  • New York Times’ “Race to the Front Row” Article: This past Thursday my spin class students kept saying to me did you read about “the front row” in the New York Times? It’s a feature that basically talks about the cache of being in the front row for certain fitness classes. I am not a big fan of the teacher-worship culture that exists in the fitness world. The way I see it—some people want fans and some people want students. I want students and I hate the idea people are made to feel like garbage for not being good enough to be seen in a classroom that they paid upwards of $35 to attend. But, that is just me. What do you think? I really want to know!
  • Envizualizing My Next Fitness Goal (The Box Jump!) Going back to Fit Bottomed Girls again—I told the lovely Jenn that my big fitness goal is to perform rad box jump. She said “go for it!” and “get me the post by early March” so I guess it is time to get to work! So this past weekend at one of the gyms where I work Pongo Power we celebrated our first anniversary with a party that include a station with artist Jonny Goldsetin who helps people map out their goals with a mixture of talk therapy and an original piece of artwork from Jonny. Here is his “Envizualize” version of my first box jump. I think it is pretty neat! (Thanks Jonny!)

Jonny Goldstein

Now on to this week’s Vlog and giveaway details!

 

More Information about the Weight Watchers Ultimate Dance Party Kit Giveaway:

Burn Up the Dance Floor!

Weight Watchers Ultimate Dance Party Kit

 Weight Watchers, the world’s leading provider of weight management services, with the “Weight Watchers: The Ultimate Dance Party!” kit offers three complete dance workouts starring Ilyse Baker, a pair of one pound firming sticks, 10-week exercise tracker, 10 appetizer recipes and over $15 in savings on Weight Watchers products. This kit had previously only been available to members at meeting location centers. Beginning on December 16, 2014, anyone will be able to purchase it on Amazon and select retailers nationwide. The suggested retail price is $39.98.

 “Weight Watchers: The Ultimate Dance Party!” includes a DVD with three easy-to-follow dance workouts; the 20-minute Easy Grooves, 35-minute Cardio Club and the 45-minute Total Body Blast. The Bonus Breakdown step guide makes some of the more involved combinations less so. The one-pound firming sticks add resistance to help sculpt the arms. Instructor Ilyse Baker is based in Los Angeles where she teaches at Equinox, Blanks Studios, 360 Health and other locations, She is an AFAA Certified Fitness Instructor with a B.A. in Dance Performance and Dance Education from Point Park University.

{Just a note—Anchor Bay Entertainment is not sponsoring this post and will ship the kit directly to the winner. This giveaway is only available in the Continental United States.}

If you want to win the yoga kit featured in the Vlog above you must do the following (Continental United States 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 Weight Watchers Ultimate Dance Kit by @anchorbayent from @brooklynfitchik”
  • If you haven’t already—let me know you are subscribing to my You Tube channel

I will pick one winner at random on Monday, January 19, 2014 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

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Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick: “The Dog Scratched at My Face” Post (A Lesson in Gratitude) 6

Brooklyn Fit Chick

 “Yep, A Dog Scratched My Face” Post

How I Spent My New Year’s Eve, Lessons on Gratitude,

Plus: My Goal to Be More Like Chris & Theresa in 2015

What up 2015?!

What up 2015?!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

So how was your New Year’s Eve? Mine was 99% supremely awesome. I spent it with great friends who live just around the block from me. Do you understand how amazing that is? I could (potentially) drink my weight in champagne and walk home in no time. Oh my, it started off so well.

There was drinking and merriment.

NYE

I wore party shoes (my Kate Spade statement heels)

Kate Spade shoes

I hung out with my homies

Me ans Christina 2

(It only looks as if there is a branch growing out of the top of my head)

(It only looks as if there is a branch growing out of the top of my head)

There was a floating shark

shark

“White Lines” by Grand Master Flash invaded the room…

dance

And then….as the clock struck 1 am and I decided to head home. But first I wanted to just pet the home owner’s doggie goodbye as I left and let’s just say…I might have zigged when I should have zagged because it seems as if I got just a little close too his sweet face for comfort as he took a swipe at me missing my left eye by thismuch.

Oh—and while I was cleaning out my wound one of my contacts fell out so I was half blind and trying to assess what just happened to me. (Only a nightmare I have been imagining since I got my first pair of contacts in the seventh grade.)

So this is where the gratefulness comes in—stick with me!

I am grateful because my friend Sage was right there when it happened. He is an ER doctor and made sure I was taken care of right away. He called the local hospital and insisted I get stiches. (I was blubbering about wanting to go home but my friends wisely put the kibosh on that.)

So my friends Chris and Theresa took me to the hospital in Sunset Park on New Year’s Eve which is an interesting night to be at an ER to say the very least. That sat with me until 5 am and kept me calm. We talked movies, music and podcasts when Chris reminded me that an awesome woman named Tina Fey has a scar on her face and it doesn’t stop her from doing anything she wants in her life.

At 5 am I took this selfie to show off my surgeon’s amazing stitching:

me Hospital

 

I tried to bribe the doctor with a $100 Amex gift card to get some Botox and fillers while we were at it but she explained they don’t keep those on had in the emergency room in Sunset Park. (Never hurts to ask!)

Since then I have been taking it easy on the couch and getting caught up for the next episode of the Book Vs Movie podcast (we are back with our first episode of the 2015 Primary Colors available for download on January 17th!)

Couch

I snuggled with my kitties Tennessee

T with me

And Sweet Sarah

Sarah with me

I have also been fighting a nasty cold at the same time so let’s just say I am currently NOT as pretty as a picture but I am still so damn grateful.

What am I grateful for?

  • I am grateful I have such good friends to hang out with on New Year’s Eve who can also handle an emergency.
  • I am grateful the dog didn’t take out my eye.
  • I am grateful the surgeon took her time to make sure my stitches were handled correctly.
  • I am grateful for Chris and Theresa for taking care of me with no thought to how long it would take and without really knowing the neighborhood we were driving in the middle of the night on New Year’s freaking Eve! (They have ensured very good karma for them in 2015.)
  • I am grateful for all of my friends and family who have been checking in on me.

And just so you know—me and the dog are super cool. He really is a good boy. I know it wasn’t personal.

But when people say let sleeping dogs lie—believe them!

Since then (has it only been 5 days? Wow!) I have taught five spin and two core classes so let’s just say I am a badass who will handle this obstacle. 2014 may have left me bruised and battered but I am determined to kick 2015 right square in the pants no matter what!

I am also thinking of how I am going to incorporate being more like Chris & Theresa from now on because they rock so freaking hard! (Those two crazy kids got engaged this past year so I am sending them a Mazel as well!)

I want to be the kind of person who deserves this much love and care when I am completely vulnerable. They have reminded me about the power of kindness so once again—I am grateful!

Next week I will be back with a fabulous Weight Watchers dance workout kit giveaway so stay tuned when I will post my Vlog again. I hope you understand—with a black eye and a runny nose I just did NOT feel like putting my face on You Tube just yet. Hand to god—next week for sure.

Coming up this week I will have my Tria review and my own personal look at the January Women’s Health magazine so keep checking back here!

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Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick News: @RunRocknRoll Brooklyn Half, Belly Dance DVD Giveaway & More 19

Brooklyn Fit Chick Weekly Notes

Rock N Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon Announcement (I May Sign Up for this One!)

Fitbloggin Secret Meeting in NYC

“Book Vs Movie” Podcast News

Plus: Belly Dance Workout DVD Giveaway

Enter to Win This DVD!

Enter to Win This DVD!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Since this is a holiday weekend I have decided to keep things short and sweet and get to the good stuff right away. Next week I will be back with a new Vlog when I can promise to NOT look bloated from too many holiday meals. Well, maybe I can’t promise THAT but I will be here no matter what. Pinkie Swear!

Anyhoo—let’s do it!

  • Rock n Roll Half Marathon Brooklyn Announcement: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon has been announced for next October (2015) and will begin at Barclay’s Center and finish in Prospect Park. All kinds of top notch musicians and bands will be playing along the route and that may be the one thing to get me excited about a run. So this means there is a half marathon taking place right in my backyard. I can walk there and walk home. So what I am really saying is—I am thinking of signing up for this half marathon even though I am crappiest runner in the word. Are any of you out there interested in joining me? Let me know and we will get a training schedule going on. Really! I mean it. Please think about signing up with me (pretty please!)
  • Fitbloggin NY Meet Up: This coming Saturday, December 6th at 2 pm will be the time and date for NYC (tri-state) area Fitbloggin’ peeps to get together. If you belong to the secret group on Facebook you know the place we are meeting. If you don’t but still want to join send me an e-mail and let’s chat. brooklynfitchick@gmail.com
  • Book vs. Movie “Bridget Jones’s Diary” If you want to try out a new podcast that is NOT Serial be sure to check out Book vs. Movie podcast where Margo P. (aka “She’s Nacho Mama”) and me will talk about Bridget Jones’s Diary. The drop date will be this Friday, December 5th in the evening and will be available on iTunes and Sticher. We are SO excited about this book and film and think it is perfect for the upcoming holiday season. In the meantime feel free to “like” our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. (Namaste!)
  • Belly Dance DVD Giveaway: This week I am offering the Element DVD Belly Dance Workout as my giveaway with dance expert Jacqui Lalita. Check out the clip below to get an idea on what you can win.

 

More Information about the Element: Belly Dance DVD giveaway:

COULD BELLY DANCING BE THE BEST ANTI-AGING, STRESS RELIEVING WORKOUT? NEW “ELEMENT BELLY DANCE” DVD MAKES IT EASY TO LEARN AT HOME!

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – According to professional dancer and instructor Jacqui Lalita, “Belly dance has been hailed as the dance of longevity because it has so many healing benefits. It is thought to improve circulation, digestion, maintain healthy joints and a strong lower back. It’s a truly empowering practice that builds self-confidence, relieves stress and adds joy to our lives.” Lalita stars in the new “Element: Belly Dance” DVD coming to stores and Amazon for $14.98 (suggested retail price) beginning December 2, 2014 from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Lalita makes it easy for anyone to learn the basic steps right at home with the Foundation segment. She then links the steps together into two dance workouts. As with all Element DVDs, “Belly Dance” was filmed in a lush, tranquil location overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Belly Dance Foundation covers the most commonly used moves like belly circles, hip drops and undulations. The Slow and Sensual Belly Dance Toning program is 23- minutes of graceful linked steps and arm movements. Belly Dance Burn is more energetic 21-minute program made up of two fiery belly dance combinations and a playful drum solo. The programs are designed to appeal to women of all fitness and ability levels. They tone muscles and improve flexibility.

Jacqui Lalita teaches belly dancing workshops, dancer retreats and teacher training sessions all over the United States and the world including Egypt, Turkey and Bali, With over 13 years of teaching experience,  she began her study of Oriental dance at the Mid Eastern Dance Exchange in Miami later joining their faculty. She is originally from Rhode Island.

{Just a note—Anchor Bay Entertainment is not sponsoring this post and will ship the Belly Dance DVD directly to the winner. This giveaway is only available in the Continental United States.}

If you want to win the Weight Watchers Stability Ball Kit featured in the Vlog above you must do the following (Continental United States 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 Belly Dance by @anchorbayent from @brooklynfitchik”
  • If you haven’t already—let me know you are subscribing to my You Tube channel

I will pick one winner at random on Monday, December 8, 2014 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

(If you are reading this on a different site or a different feed than Brooklyn Fit Chick, it has been taken without permission.)
Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 97: The New SELF Magazine, Twitter Chats, Hot Yoga Tips & “Green Smoothie’ eBook Giveaway 0

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #97

Tips for Your First Hot Yoga Class, the New Look of SELF, Book Vs Movie Twitter Chat

Plus: Skinny Green Smoothies eBook Giveaway!

You can win this eBook!

You can win this eBook!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

This week I want to talk about “Hot Yoga Tips,” SELF magazine’s new direction, my first Twitter chat and a cool smoothie eBook that you can win today. Let’s get to it!

  • Hot Yoga Tips Fit Bottomed Girls: I attended my first hot yoga class last year at Modo Yoga NYC and loved how much longer and leaner I felt afterwards. (Though the heat is murder on my frizz-tastic hair!) Anyhoo—the experience gave me the inspiration to write Tips for Your First Hot Yoga Class for Fit Bottomed Girls and I appreciate any Tweets and shares y’all can give me for it. (Thanks in advance!)
  • The New Look of SELF: Last March the editor in chief of SELF was fired which was unpleasant for everyone involved. So the folks at Condé Nast decided that their only fitness-centric pub should go in a whole new direction with former Cosmopolitan Executive Joyce Chang. Chang does not have a health/fitness editorial background so she has given SELF a makeover which you can read about at Fashionista, Jezebel and BET. The October issue features a beautiful model on the cover (Joan Smalls) as they celebrate “The Best Bodies in the World.” It’s very—um, fashion-centric and certainly a glammed-up version of SELF. It looks gorgeous which is a HUGE improvement upon the look of the magazine in the last year which was dog sh*t.

(However, I am reserving judgment on whether I will return to reviewing them monthly (I gave up last November as the editorial went down the “20-something only” crap hole) because this issue is a little too frou-frou and chic for my personal taste. Perhaps Joyce Chang just wants to show her classier direction and will incorporate more workouts in the future issues? I hope so but will wait until the next month before I make my decision. Good luck SELF—you look a HELL OF A LOT better. Now bring on more fitness articles!)

  • Book vs. Movie Twitter Chat: I participated in my very first Twitter chat this week in support of the Book vs. Movie podcast and it was about as much fun as you can have with your clothes on! (I won’t swear I went braless…) The best part of the chat (which you can follow here) was getting suggestions from the Twitter peeps on the books that have been adapted to film that we should cover. Now—let me be clear—no way do I plan to read Great Expectations. But the other suggestions were pretty amazing. SO—if you have been reading all of these bullet points diligently and have not just scanned them—please give me some suggestions below in the comments on what books YOU want Margo P. and me to cover in the future. We are pretty open-minded so fire away! Oh, and we have our own twitter handle so follow us @bookversusmovie Namaste!
  • My newest giveaway! Author Beth Wareham is an eBook expert and a green smoothie fanatic who writes e-mails that make me snort through my nose and laugh like a hyena. This week she is offering one of her Skinny Green Smoothie eBooks as a giveaway to one of you lucky people. And because it is an eBook I can offer it worldwide! YES! If you have a Kindle or something electronic-ish to read things—you can win this book.

Now onto this week’s Vlog and giveaway details!

 

More Information about Skinny Green Smoothies by Beth Wareham:

SKINNY GREEN SMOOTHIES

By Beth Wareham

 “Skinny Green Smoothies” takes smoothie love to a new level using cook’s tricks to create new, deeply satisfying smoothies. We use centuries of flavor pairings as well as new ingredients to make these healthy “milk shakes’ truly sing.

Don’t whirl a smoothie that tastes of front lawn. Here, you’ll discover new ways to get essential nutrients and fatty acids into your body, turning on fat-burning DNA and creating a skinnier, more radiant you. Add sparkling waters, flavored teas, herbal infusions, fresh herbs, toasted seeds and nuts, and spices heated for 30 seconds in a dry pan that come alive and fragrant in a way you’ve never tasted. You can choose your smoothie ingredients based on your health needs on any given day – the information on health is all here – as well as create a drink you truly savor.

Approach “Back-to-School” and cold and flu season? Try the “Almost Every Citrus Green Smoothie” where citrus and spinach together help you absorb more Vitamin C than most any other food you have ever eaten. Been out too late last night? What about the “Grapefruit Parsley Detox Green Smoothie” to chase that sluggish feeling away? Need a new flavor in your Skinny Green Smoothie arsenal? Try “Sparkling Cherry Thyme Green Smoothie” for a new tingle on the tongue. That taxing morning at the office needs a good “Coconut Load Green Smoothie” to get you through.

Besides the convenience for adults, green smoothies are perfect to get vegetables and fruits into those smaller bellies – our kids. Growing developing bodies need lots of nutrients and one of the best gifts you can give your children is good food. No, he or she won’t eat those brussel sprouts but set a “Chocolate Peanut Butter Green Smoothie” down in front of them and you may have a different story.

Convenient, versatile, simple and quick, Skinny Green Smoothies will help you stop cravings and lose weight, clear your skin and head and give you the energy you need to seize the day.”

{Just a note—Beth Wareham is not sponsoring this post and will contact the winner directly and set them up with their eBook.}

If you want to win three rolls of Skinny Green Smoothies featured in the Vlog above you must do the following (Continental United States 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 “Skinny Green Smoothies” by @GiantSweetTart from @brooklynfitchik”
  • If you haven’t already—let me know you are subscribing to my You Tube channel

I will pick one winner at random on Monday, October 13, 2014 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

(If you are reading this on a different site or a different feed than Brooklyn Fit Chick, it has been taken without permission.)
Until next time…

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 96: Kinky Boots, iTunes Podcasting, EleVen by Venus and “Move Your DNA” Giveaway! 11

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #96

Book vs. Movie Podcast Now in iTunes!

Wanderlust Yoga Festival, Kinky Boots on Broadway, EleVen by Venus

Plus: Move Your DNA by Katy Bowman Giveaway!

Enter to win this book!

Enter to win this book!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Last week I was not feeling well and could not film my regular Vlog but this week I am BACK and with a whole new giveaway. New York has been enjoying a lovely “last gasp of summer’ weather and I have been sure to get out there and enjoy it.

  • Book vs. Movie Is Now on iTunes!! I have been talking about a the podcast that Margo P. and I have created called Book vs. Movie podcast where we talk about books that have been turned into movies and discuss the differences between them. Our past episodes include Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Forrest GumpThe Help and The Firm.  All are rollicking good chats (though episodes 2 & 6 are haunted by technical issues) and now you can subscribe to us on iTunes! If you don’t mind terribly—please take a moment to subscribe as we are trying to get on to iTunes’ “New & Noteworthy” char. Namaste! Also, if you haven’t done so already feel free to “like” our Facebook page. (Thank you!)
  • So What’s the Next Book for Book vs. Movie podcast? Glad you asked because it is none other than The Princess Bride which was written as a novel by William Goldman back in the 70s and is now the movie classic we all know and love. Podcast to drop in the next couple of weeks!
  • Wanderlust Festival Post in Fit Bottomed Girls: A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend the Wanderlust Yoga Festival in Brooklyn and my feature is now up on Fit Bottomed Girls with the greatest headline I will ever come up with again: The Om Before The Storm (damn, I am clever!)
  • Kinky Boots on Broadway: I have been hearing for months that the Kinky Boots musical is a must-see but I resisted. Sure, the movie was fun but how would it work on Broadway? Well let me tell you—when you have Harvey Fierstein and music by Cindi Lauper you have a magical experience at hand. I absolutely LOVED this show and recommend you catch it when it comes to your town.
  • My newest giveaway! Author Katy Bowman has a Blog http://www.katysays.com/ which is described as “witty and science-y” (and it is!) so today I am thrilled to offer her latest book Move Your DNA which you can learn more about below on my Blog and lower down this post. Good luck!
  • EleVen By Venus: Recently I joined the ambassador teach for EleVen by Venus (Venus Williams’ new athletic line) and in the Vlog today I am wearing a divine top–the Vintage Floral Hail Mary Tank which you all need to get today. (Let me know if you want a discount code for your first purchase!)

Now on to this week’s Vlog and giveaway details!

 

More Information about Move Your DNA by Katy Bowman, M.S.

MOVE YOUR DNA: Biomechanist’s new book reveals why healthy people don’t just exercise,

they move, why treadmills are movement “junk-food and how natural movements benefit our health right down to our DNA.

Seattle, WA – September 15, 2014: Diseases of captivity aren’t just for orcas. What happens when you take animals out of their biological habitat and stick them into office cubicles, cars and shoes? According to author and biomechanics scientist Katy Bowman, modern humans have manifested so-called “diseases of affluence” for a rather simple reason. We are not moving our bodies in all the ways that nature intended, instead repeating only a few postures and movements with little variation. In her science-based yet easy to understand book, ”Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement”, Bowman challenges many of the most widely held beliefs about getting healthy. “Move Your DNA” is available in trade paperback October 1 from Propriometrics Press on Amazon for $24.95 (ISBN: 9780989653947); ebook is $9.99. An audiobook with mileage markers to encourage walking while listening will be out September 15. For more information visit www.moveyourdna.com.

“Groundbreaking information with specific instructions for how to live well in your body. Katy Bowman is a practical genius.” – Christiane Northrup, M.D\

Bowman’s explains our need for natural movement right down to the cellular level. Readers will come to understand why our modern lifestyle doesn’t work for our bodies and how optimal movement can help restore health and reduce pain. Exercise as we know it isn’t always the right answer. “Move Your DNA” contains the corrective exercises, habit modifications, and simple lifestyle changes we need to make in order to free ourselves from disease and discover our naturally healthy, reflex driven selves.

In the book Bowman explores:

Whether Kegels do more harm than good

If standing is just as bad as sitting

The naked truth about barefoot running

Why fit people need the same joint replacements and back surgeries as couch potatoes

The myth that we need cardio exercise

What we can learn from orcas and their floppy dorsal fins (a la documentary “Blackfish”)

Bowman argues that movement is like nutrition, with varied and essential requirements. Every type of natural movement provides essential information right down to the cells, and even influences genetic

expression.

{Just a note—Katy Bowman is not sponsoring this post and her publisher will ship directly to the winner. This giveaway is only available to folks in the Continental United States.}

If you want to win three rolls of Move Your DNA featured in the Vlog above you must do the following (Continental United States 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 “Move Your DNA” by @alignedandwell from @brooklynfitchik”
  • If you haven’t already—let me know you are subscribing to my You Tube channel

I will pick one winner at random on Monday, October 6, 2014 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

(If you are reading this on a different site or a different feed than Brooklyn Fit Chick, it has been taken without permission.)
Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 95: Wanderlust Yoga Festival, Riding The Runway with Reebok and KT Tape Giveaway 13

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #95

“Book vs. Movie” Podcast Episode 5 The Help,

“Riding the Runway” with Reebok, The Wanderlust Yoga Festival in Brooklyn

Plus: The Super-Groovy KT Tape Giveaway!!

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Fall is in the air and at this time of year I find myself in the mood for fresh, new ideas. I actually care about this New York Fashion Week (versus the one that takes place in the middle of winter) and my thoughts turn to settling down in the evenings and snuggling with my kitties.

This week I delved into “The Help,” went to a rather usual fashion show and attended the Wanderlust Yoga Festival in Brooklyn. So much to discuss so let’s get to it shall we?

  • Book vs. Movie Episode 5 “The Help”: The power “Margos” plunged ahead with our fifth episode Book vs. Movie podcast and this time we talked about Kathryn Stockett’s novel The Help which was turned into a movie in 2011. So which did we like more? The novel or the film? Check our podcast to find out. In the meantime we are hoping to have them available on Stitcher and iTunes soon (wish us luck!)

Also—please make sure to ‘like” our Facebook page. (Thank you!)

  • Ride the Runway with Reebok: On assignment for Fit Bottomed Girls I went to the Reebok Riding the Runway which was basically a spin class with a fashion show involved. Cyc Fitness created the spin workout that was held at the Reebok Fithub in Union Square. During the ride we were treated to a fashion show which was pretty damn cool and I will send you the link for the full story as soon as it runs.
  • Wanderlust Yoga Festival Brooklyn: This past Saturday my beloved Brooklyn was home to the first yoga/5 k festival and before the rains came upon us—everyone in attendance was treated to a meditation session by yoga superstar Elena Brower. I will tell you more about my meeting with Elena Brower at the press conference (she is so amazing) in the Vlog below. (Story to also be featured on Fit Bottomed Girls.
  • KT Tape Giveaway: My giveaway this week is in honor of my entire runner and tri-athlete friends who might be feeling dinged up and injured right now–KT Tape (Kinesiology Therapeutic Tape) You can win three rolls of the tape by following the rules below. (Continental United States only, thanks!)

Now on to this week’s Vlog and giveaway details!

 

About KT Tape:

KT TAPE is lightweight, comfortable to wear, and can be used for hundreds of common injuries such as lower back pain, knee pain, shin splints, carpal tunnel syndrome, and tennis elbow.  It is applied along muscles, ligaments, and tendons (soft tissue) to provide a lightweight, external support that helps people remain active while recovering from injuries. It creates neuromuscular feedback (called proprioception) that inhibits (relaxes) or facilitates stronger firing of muscles and tendons. This feedback creates support elements without the bulk and restriction commonly associated with wraps and heavy bracing.

KT Tape Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/kttape    

{Just a note—KT tape is not sponsoring this post and will ship directly to the winner. This giveaway is only available to folks in the Continental United States.}

If you want to win three rolls of KT Tape featured in the Vlog above you must do the following (Continental United States 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 @KTTape from @brooklynfitchik”
  • If you haven’t already—let me know you are subscribing to my You Tube channel

I will pick one winner at random on Monday, September 22nd at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 94: Pongo Power, Wanderlust Yoga Festival & Athleta Gym Bag Giveaway! 33

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #94

Yoga Blocks with Attitude, Book vs. Movie Podcast Episode 4 Forrest Gump,

Pongo Power Training, Wanderlust Yoga Festival in Brooklyn

Plus: My Own Personal Athleta Gym Bag Giveaway!!

 

Enter to win this Athleta Bag!

Enter to win this Athleta Bag!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

She is back and live ladies & gentleman!!  That’s right—after two weeks off I am back to my weekly Vlogs and boy did I miss all of you! There has been some major stress in my life recently both wonderful and terrible but I can honestly say my focus and attitude remains intact and I am committed to being your one-stop shop for fitness news, pop culture snark and best of all—giveaways!

This week you can enter to win an item I received from a totally rad goodie bag from the amazing Athleta fashion show.

Want to hear more? Well, let’s dive into my latest news bits and then we will get right on it. Yay!

  • Yoga Blocks With Attitude/Crunch’s Newest Workout: Several weeks ago I attended a new class offered by Crunch gyms in New York City on behalf of Fit Bottomed Girls called B-Method created by celebrity trainer Terri Walsh that utilizes yoga blocks in an innovative way. You can read all about it here!
  • Book vs. Movie Episode 4: The insane partnership of the “Margos” continues with our latest episode of our Book vs. Movie podcast.  This week in honor of the film’s 20th anniversary we decided to delve into all things “Gump” by talking about the differences between the book and movie version of Forrest Gump by author Winston Groom.  How different are they from each other you ask? Whoo boy—they are worlds apart but each has their own unique charm. If you have some time—click on the link and take a listen. We are hoping to have them available on Stitcher and iTunes soon (fingers crossed!)

Also—please make sure to ‘like” our Facebook page. (Thank you!)

  • Pongo Power! Some of you may be aware that I am a trainer but did you know that I am NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) certified trainer? Well, yes I am and it is with great pleasure to announce that I am now training at the NASM-based only studio– Pongo Power with two locations in Brooklyn—yay!  Pongo Power was started by Elizabeth Pongo who is just about the smartest and funniest person I have met in some time. Elizabeth started with a small studio in Park Slope and has since developed a loyal clientele who wait for weeks to get an appointment with her.

I am now training at her Flatbush Avenue studio so if you are interested in a free movement assessment—be sure to reach out to me on Twitter @BrooklynFitChik!

  • Wanderlust Yoga Festival Brooklyn: Speaking of cool places in Brooklyn—Prospect Park will be a whole day of “Om” goodness with the arrival of the Wanderlust Yoga Festival taking place Saturday, September 13th with a day’s worth of yoga, meditation and music. Tickets can be purchased at http://brooklyn.wanderlustfestival.com and I plan to attend for sure so if you looking are for a “sun salutation” buddy that day—reach out to me on Twitter (again @BrooklynFitChik…)
  • Athleta Fashion Show: This past week I was lucky enough to attend the Athleta “Crush of Adrenaline” fashion show that featured real athletes, dancers and acrobats as models. Honestly, I have lived in New York City for years and have been to my fair share of runway events but this one really knocked my socks off. Read (and see) what I am talking about in this excellent feature from USA Today. Amazing stuff! This week’s giveaway is the gym bag I received from Athleta in my goodie bag so check out the clip below to see how you can win!

Now on to this week’s Vlog and giveaway details!

{Just a note—Athleta is not sponsoring this post and I will ship directly to the winner. This giveaway is only available to folks in the Continental United States and I will contact the winner directly via e-mail.}

If you want to win the Athleta gym bag shown above you must do the following (Continental United States 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 @Athleta gym bag from @brooklynfitchik #crushofadrenaline”
  • If you haven’t already—let me know you are subscribing to my You Tube channel

I will pick one winner at random on Monday, September 15th at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

Brooklyn Fit Chick

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