Book vs. Movie

Book Vs. Movie Podcast: “Mary Poppins” #Disney 0

Book Vs Movie Podcast

Mary Poppins

P.L. Travers vs Walt Disney (with a touch of “Saving Mr. Banks” and “The Boys: The Sherman Brothers“)

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Our newest episode is “perfectly perfect in every way” (well, we come pretty damn close!) Here we discuss the classic 1934 children’s novel versus the 1964 Walt Disney multiple Oscar winning film. Topics we cover:

  • The interesting (and complicated) life of P.L. Travers/Helen Lyndon Goff/”Ginty”
  • The Sherman brothers who wrote all of the music and lyrics
  • Walt Disney’s vision of the film versus the author’s intentions for the character.
  • The plethora of differences between the novel and film.
  • Differences between the relationship of Mary and Bert between the book and movie.

Clips used in this episode:

“supercalifragilisticexpialidociousl” Julie Andrews & Dick Van Dyke

Feed the BirdsJulie Andrews

P.L. Travers and Disney staff discuss the script (the last clip from “Saving Mr. Banks“)

 

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Notes: SoulCycle and Target Team Up, Rachel Platten, Fit Bottomed Girls and More! 28

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes: January 2016

“Soul Cycle & Target Team Up (with a Music Star!)

Fit Bottomed Girls Latest Hits

Plus:

 “Book vs Movie” Podcast Minnesota Public Radio Interview!

Rachel Platten singing "Fight Song" at SoulCycle x Target

Rachel Platten singing “Fight Song” at SoulCycle x Target

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

January is just flying by me and for those keeping score—I am still keeping my New Year’s resolution and trying to learn all of my student’s names with the Name Tag Challenge. Every single week I am feeling more confident in my ability to remember them and I can feel a difference in how students are reacting to one another by learning each other’s name. It makes for a more convivial environment and what is not to love about that?

The last couple of weeks have been busy for me with writing this Blog and some other work I have been up to so let’s get to it, shall we?

SoulCycle X Target Tour:

I had the pleasure recently to take place on the opening night of the SoulCycle x Target in New York City which is part of a ten-city tour across the U.S. where you can enjoy free SoulCycle classes thanks to Target. Click on the link before to find out how you can sign up for the remaining dates here:

January 29-31: Atlanta, Denver and Nashville

February 5-7: Minneapolis and Los Angeles

When I arrived at the NYC class who did I spy with my little eye but Miss Nicole of Fitfulfocus.com and I grabbed a quick picture of us:

Me and Nicole!

Me and Nicole!

The ride was pretty incredible with three top notch instructors and a DJ playing behind them on an elevated stage. After a 45-minute sweat session we were treated to the Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” when all of a sudden the singer herself took the stage—really! I quickly jumped off my bike and grabbed this photo of her in action.

Rachel Platten

Rachel Platten

Overall it was a very fun experience and I wish I could have had you all there with me!

Fit Bottomed Girls Hits:

As some of you know—I am a NYC contributor for the popular fitness Blog Fit Bottomed Girls and this month I have had a whole bunch of articles featured there including:

Along with those features I have my very first workout on there as well which you can find right here (you’re welcome!)

Hiit workout

Book Vs Movie Podcast News:

Margo Porras of She’s Nacho Mama’s Blog and I co-host the “Book Vs. Movie” podcast (that you can subscribe to via iTunes at this link) and we are started to get some media attention which is so nutty but awesome at the same time. Last week I had my first live radio interview with Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Central Time” which is an afternoon talk show.

Did you know that there will be 19 movies coming out this year that are based on books? Well I talk about the upcoming film season plus a few of my favorite (and least favorite) book to movie adaptations plus I took a few calls from listeners which made me nervous but ultimately I think it turned out well!

You can listen for yourself here (it only takes 18 minutes!)

Our newest episode is “Psycho” by the way which you can also check out.

 

Oh well, that’s it for me today.  I will be back soon with magazine reviews, playlists, reviews and so much more. Keep warm and dry folks (we are getting tons of snow here!)

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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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Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick @WomensHealthMag DVD Giveaway Plus Meeting Bob Harper 12

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes

 “Book vs Movie” Podcast “Primary Colors” Episode is Ready!

My Fit Bottomed Girls “Pop Playlist”

My “I Met Bob Harper” Moment (Really!)

Plus: The Women’s Health “The Next Fitness Star Workout DVD Giveaway”

(Plus, My Interview with Emily Schromm!)

Enter to win this DVD!

Enter to win this DVD!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I hope it is warmer by you because here in NYC I am fah-reezing!!!

Not kidding about that because my life is not like a Glen Frey song—the heat is NOT on in my apartment. (Oh ooh oh oh!)

So I am keeping this short and sweet today with my latest news, notes, tidbits plus, information about my newest giveaway–Women’s Health The Next Fitness Star DVD (three of you out there will win one!)

I have decided to cut back on my Vlog schedule as my life is getting very busy and I don’t want to affect the quality. (That sounds pretentious, huh? Sorry about that!)

With that in mind from now on I am publishing them every other week. So next Sunday you will see my face again. Promise!

Anyway, enough of my yakking and let’s boogie. (“This is Spinal Tap” quote for those savvy movie fans out there!)

  • Book Vs Movie Podcast: We are now hosted by Libsyn and you can subscribe to us at our new link on iTunes right here https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bookvsmovies-podcast/id954110320?mt=2. Our newest episode is all about the book/film Primary Colors and for the first time we have a real winner of “Book vs. Movie.” The embedded player is below so let me know what you think and hold on to your knickers because our next episode will be about Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl—squee!!! (Date to come soon!)

 

  • Fit Bottomed Girls Pop Playlist: Many of you know that I am a certified fitness instructor who loves putting a good playlist together (believe me—I sweat over every single song choice!) This past week I posted on Fit Bottomed Girls my choices for a 30-Minute Pop Intervals Playlist which I hope you will enjoy.
  • Oh Hey—I Met Bob Harper! Also this past week on behalf of Fit Bottomed Girls I went to a special event for Daily Burn and guess who I met? BOB HARPER y’all!! Bob was at the CrossFit gym in midtown Manhattan promoting his newest program “Black Fire” which I plan to try out online soon. Wee! I was lucky enough to meet Bob afterwards and ask him his best advice for box jumps and more. You will need to check in with Fit Bottomed Girls to see when my article will run (or just check back here because you know will I will for sure post it.)  In the meantime—enjoy this hot photo I took of Bob. (You’re welcome!)

Bob Harper

  • Women’s Health Magazine “Next Fitness Star” Emily Schromm: This week’s giveaway (that three of you out there will be lucky enough to win, by the way) is a workout DVD from this year’s winner of the Women’s Health—former Real World alum Emily Schromm. Emily was in the Washington DC season which I did not catch so I couldn’t ask her anything about it. Instead I was lucky enough to ask her questions about health and fitness which is what I really do care about. Here it is!
Emily Schromm

Emily Schromm

Brooklyn Fit Chick Interview with Trainer Emily Schromm:

Who are your fitness heroes?

My fitness heroes have always been those badass women who never took no for an answer: Michelle Akers and Mia Hamm, my soccer idols. And Jackie Joyner Kersee, one of the greatest runners of all time who never let asthma stop her. I love seeing people go after what they love to do. That is so heroic to me.

What is your quick “go to” workout when you are crunched for time?

My FAVORITE go-to hotel workout is pairing stair runs with squats! For 15 minutes, I run up the stairs, do 10 squats, jog/waddle back down. If there are no stairs, I set a timer and for one minute do burpees, one minute rest for 5-10 rounds total.  It doesn’t take long until you are in a sweat and those arms are burning.

What is your favorite post workout snack?

I love mixing my whey protein powder with coconut water immediately after a workout. It immediately starts replenishing those muscles to make them stronger, because that is what BURNS fat, and keeps me from feeling sore the next day which then means I can get after it again!

What is your next fitness goal?

My next fitness goal is to make Regionals for The CrossFit Games, to finish my book Bacon and Skinny Jeans, and to continue to help change people’s lives through proper nutrition and exercise.

(Thank you Emily!)

So are you interested in winning a copy of Emily’s “Body Burn Series” DVDs? Well then, here are a few more details…

THE NEXT FITNESS STAR: BODY BURN SERIES with Emily Schromm, the country’s hottest new trainer and the winner of our 2014 The Next Fitness Star contest.

Schromm, 26, is a certified personal trainer in Denver, CrossFit coach and founder of Unleashed Fitness (and, yes, an alum of MTV’s Real World: Washington, D.C.).  Her physique is killer, but it’s her empowering attitude that really shines. When Emily screams at you to bang out one more rep, you do it for this major reason: Her brand of tough love doesn’t break you down; it brings out your true potential. Her effective routine is guaranteed to help check any body-shaping resolution off your list.  THE NEXT FITNESS STAR: BODY BURN DVD SERIES consists of compound moves work multiple muscle groups at once, blasting your core and building strong, toned muscle all over.

More information on the DVD and Emily is below. You can also watch the preview video here: http://www.2015thenextfitnessstar.com/2015thenextfitnessstar/index

Emily’s gut-it-out, grit-it-out, get-it-done workouts work your body with strength training, weight training, and cardio are all built into one so you do more in less time.

Blasting from one exercise to the next with little to no rest, you knock out as many reps as you can in 40 seconds or less. Long after your workout is over, your metabolism is still in over drive. You will blast through every high-intensity workout, fast-paced circuit, and explosive combination move, you’ll fire up your heart rate and push your body hard to help ignite fat burn and explode your metabolism.

ABOUT EMILY SCHROMM: Emily is a former MTV reality TV star turned fitness guru who believes she was put on this earth to inspire the world. She is a full-time personal trainer and CrossFit coach living in Denver, Colorado. Her background in NASM-certified personal training, CrossFit, and biology has allowed her to take her passion for helping people to a whole other level. Emily competes in CrossFit and uses the modifiable, race against-the-clock method to help people push themselves in and out of the gym. Her workout style focuses on functional fitness for every level that allows people to unleash their inner superhero. Her different approach to fitness is intense and out of the norm, but one that she thinks is for everyone. Emily says, “It not only works, it is contagiously fun!”

Women’s Health’s THE NEXT FITNESS STAR: BODY BURN SERIES WITH EMILY SCHROMM includes:

  • 25-Minute Body-Weight Bootcamp: This challenging workout is ALL bodyweight. Do it at home, without a gym, on the road, in a park…anywhere you want.
  • 20-Minute Flat-Belly Fix: It’s time to work those abs! This workout, comprised of 2 circuits of 3 moves each, is filled with Emily’s favorite moves that create a SOLID, functional core. Stay for the finale, there’s a fun little surprise at the end!
  • 15-Minute Fat Blaster: Lifting weights is how you get toned muscles, sexy shoulders and sculpted legs. Here, Emily will show you how lifting weights can also get your heart rate sky high, which is pivotal in fat loss. Getting stronger and burning fat, there is NOTHING better than that!!

{Just a note—Women’s Health magazine is not sponsoring this post and will ship the DVDs directly to the winners. This giveaway is only available in the Continental United States.}

If you want to win “The Next Fitness Star” DVD 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 Next Fitness Star DVD @WomensHealthMag from @brooklynfitchik”
  • If you haven’t already—let me know you are subscribing to my You Tube channel

I will pick three winners at random on Monday, January 26, 2014 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes Plus, Top Workout Songs of 2014! 7

Brooklyn Fit Chick’s New Year’s Workout Goals

Plus:  Top Workout Songs of 2014 (and the Worst!)

This girl is ready for 2015!

This girl is ready for 2015!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I can’t believe this year is finally heading out the window and could not be more grateful to see it go. Not sure what you all have been through in 2014 but I have dealt with health issues, family issues and all sorts of stressful things that have made me feel a little less buoyant than normal. However, I will not allow the past to interfere with my future pleasure so today I am just talking about the good stuff and getting ready for the fabulousness that will be 2015!

First I will do a little housekeeping on the latest BFC things, the Book Vs Movie podcast update, my fitness goals for 2015 and then my picks for the best workout songs of 2014. So let’s do it! (The Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog to return next Sunday with a fantastic New Year’s/New You Giveaway!)

  • Book Vs Movie Podcast: Margo Porras of She’s Nacho Mama’s Blog and I are working our butts off to get our new website off the ground plus we are using a fancy podcast service called “Libsyn” to get it out to y’all without all of the drama of our previous service which shall not be named. To get ready start reading Joe Klein’s Primary Colors which was turned into a movie in 1998 and directed by Mike Nichols whom we sadly lost this past year. Read the book and/or watch the movie to prep and we will post the details on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/bookvsmovie?ref=br_tf

 

  • Tria Hair Removal System: Still using my fabulous Tria hair removal system and am so far impressed with the results. There is less hair growing around the back of my ankles and the side of my face which is making me very happy. I am also using it on my upper lip and underarms and will offer a full review in a week or so.

 

  • CrossFit Goal for 2015: As you may know I am a “Fit Bottomed Girl” who contributes to fitbottomedgirls.com. The gals at FBG asked me (BFC) if I had any fitness goals I want to accomplish and the first thing that popped in my mind was the box jump. I am terrified of performing a box jump but know that if I can overcome my fear—it will make me feel like a rock star to land a good one just once. Coincidentally a new CrossFit gym opening in Brooklyn (the largest n the borough) called Crow Hill Cross Fit (http://www.crowhillcrossfit.com/) and they said if I want a real trainer to teach me to box jump—then they have me covered. So THAT is going to my first fitness goal to tackle this year. (Stay tuned for updates on this!)

 

  • The Crow Pose: My second fitness goal is to perform a crow pose. I am not sure how I will manage it but it has been the one pose in yoga that vexes me and I just want do it once to know how great it feels. And then, hopefully, do it many times after that. I will let you know what steps I am taking to make this happen. (Wish me luck!)

 

And now for something completely different—the Brooklyn Fit Chick Top Workout Songs of 2014!

I have been churning out a couple of playlist each month for the last few years and think I have it down to science at this point. Today I am featuring the songs that made me want to work harder and inspired my students to give a little extra effort during class. So here they are in particular order:

KONGOS/ “Come With Me Now”

Technically I am cheating here because this song came out in Africa in 2011 but they were only introduced in the U.S. this past year so I am putting this in the 2014 column. “Come With Me Now’ has a fantastic hard-driving beat and always made people’s heads bop along to the music.

 

Mark Ronson (featuring Bruno Mars)/ “Uptown Funk”

Come on—what better song came out this year? Everything about it says move your butt and have some fun. A funky, modern masterpiece that makes you want to sing along and dance with abandon.

 

Avicii/ “Wake Me Up”

Swedish hotboy Avicii knows how to put together a tune and this one is just about scientifically proven to be THE MOST PERFECT warm-up number for any kind of class you teach. Seriously—I am his biggest fan now.

 

Dear Rouge/ “I Heard I Had”

This band is from Vancouver and they are winning all sorts of radio contest in Canada. “I Heard I Had” is about as great as a “second” song for a playlist as it gets. Download it now!

 

OneRepublic/ “Love Runs Out”

A foot-stomping favorite in my classes that always gets people into the best mood.

 

Taylor Swift/ “Shake It Off”

I don’t care about her dating life nor will I hassle her because she claims to be a New Yorker now (as if!) but damn this woman knows how to write a song that cooks! “Shake it Off’ is just about as perfect of a pop confection as it gets. Brava Taylor!

 

John Legend/ “All of Me” (Tiesto’s Birthday Treatment)

This is another perfect song for a warm-up that puts people in a good mood. Sweet, romantic and dancy—what is not to like about it?

 

And the worst workout song for 2014——-“Fancy” by Iggy Azalia

Someone told me Iggy Azalia would be THE big deal this past summer so I started including this dreadful song in my classes. A tuneless,annoying piece of tripe that make me want to gauge my eyes out with my thumbs. My take on Iggy Aazalia? NO. Thank. You!

But if you must hear it for yourself…

 

That’s all I have for today folks. I am so looking forward to all of the media reviews, playlist, Vlogs, giveaways and gear reviews for the new year. Let’s bring on 2015!!!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 103: Jarvis Cocker, “Text Neck,” “Spin Thighs” Bunk Plus Weight Watchers Stability Ball Giveaway! 18

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #103

Jarvis Cocker “I’m Still Here”

Tracy Anderson’s “Spin” Bunk, The Scourge of the “Text Neck”

Bridget Jones Diary on Book Vs Movie Podcast

Plus: Weight Watchers Stability Ball Kit Giveaway!

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How are you all? Are you good? Me? Thank you for asking—my week started out a big bucket of suck and ended kind of “meh” for me.

Have you ever attempted a challenge and then thought “Can I really be this lame?” I had an unfortunate encounter with someone that I don’t want to dwell on too much but let’s just say their demeanor towards me was the cherry on top of the sh*t sundae that is 2014. Yep, this year has not been that great for me with tons of personal stuff going on that I don’t like to expose to you fine people.

Yet every day I get out of bed and keep working on goals. I have an idea I want to manifest in my life. It’s been tougher than I expected but I WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN. It may take another year of ten years but I am going to bring my dream to life! Whenever I feel broken down, ridiculed, humiliated I remind myself that hell—I am STILL HERE. This is my theme song sung by Jarvis Cocker (written be Stephen Sondheim) and I want to share it with any of you out there that could use a boost (You’re welcome!)

 

Okay now that we all feel empowered; let’s get on to this week’s news and giveaway!

  • Wobble Board Self-Challenge: This is my third week using my Go Fit wobble board whenever I am checking e-mails at my desk. I have a standing desk which I know is better for me than sitting all day but I still tend to stoop over and my posture is suffering.  Overall my experience is that the Wobble Board has been an excellent way for me to proprioceptively challenge my body while still getting work done. Win/win! (No one paid me to say this by the way. I bought it with my own money and this is my true opinion.)
  • Tracy Anderson—the “No Certification Owning Celebrity Personal Trainer” Thinks Spin Classes Make Bulky Thighs: If you know me—you know I have some issues with Tracy Anderson and her offbeat ideas on training and nutrition. First the woman instructs her female clients should never use a weight heavier than 3 pounds because it will give create big arms. (Seriously.) She also sold a diet program a few years ago which was in essence promoting deprivation. Now she is telling the Daily Mail that Spin classes will make you gain weight! This is utter nonsense and it makes me crazy. I will include a sample of her “Dynamic Eating Plan” that was supposed to help you lose weight and detox (another word I hate.) Take a look at it for yourself and tell me if this would satisfy you after working out for her recommended 60-90 minutes per day EVERY DAY!

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Let me confess that I do rather enjoy her mat routines (leg lifts) even though they kill me. She is an interesting choreographer and seems to really put a great deal of effort of trying to make the old look new which is not easy.  However, her fitness advice is not always backed by science so keep that in mind when reading her pronouncements.

What else do I want to talk about today?

  • Do You Know About “Text Neck?” Also from the Daily Mail is this article talking about how poor posture and stooping your neck down to check your phone will add up to 60 pounds of pressure on your neck! That is not good in case you are wondering. Compensations like this can cause major health issues so please take the time and make sure your head and neck are in proper alignment throughout the day!
  • Key & Peele’s Aerobics Challenge: For all of you who love the 1987 clip of the Crystal Light Aerobics Championship that hit the internet this past week you have to check out this hilarious (and very dark) spoof from Key & Peele which is accurate down to the use of the music.
  • Book vs. Movie “Bridget Jones’s Diary”: So what book are we tackling next on the Book vs. Movie podcast? Margo P. (aka “She’s Nacho Mama” and me will talk about the hit book that came out in 1995 (!) plus the beloved film starring initially controversial choice Renee Zellweger so get your granny panties ready for a good chat. (Podcast drop date to come soon!) In the meantime feel free to “like” our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. (Namaste!)
  • Weight Watchers Stability Ball Kit Giveaway: Do you want to win a Weight Watchers Stability Ball Kit? Well then check out the Vlog below and find out how to win! (Continental U.S.only)

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

 

Have a Ball with New Weight Watchers® Fitness Kit!

Beverly Hills, CA – Weight Watchers, the world’s leading provider of weight management services, has two workout kits coming for all fitness levels from Anchor Bay Entertainment. “Weight Watchers: Pick Your Spot Stability Ball Kit” will be available late September 2014 at Wal-Mart stores and www.walmart.com.  This brand new kit includes a stability ball, pump, DVD starring fitness expert Lisa Wheeler and more. It has a suggested retail price of $39.98.

The DVD included in the “Weight Watchers: Pick Your Spot Stability Ball Kit” contains four different 10-minute segments each targeting a specific area of the body; the belly, butt, thighs and the upper body, including the arms and shoulders.  Beginner, intermediate and advanced modifications are demonstrated throughout. Three to five pound dumbbells may be used during the upper body segment by those who feel ready for that challenge. Menu options let users easily program the segments in any order they’d like. The warm up and cool down segments are automatically added. The premium anti-burst, 7P-free stability ball is easily inflated with the hand pump that is included. The kit also includes a 10-week exercise tracker, 10 dessert recipes and over $15 in savings on Weight Watchers products. Instructor Lisa Wheeler has a B.A. in Dance and Theatre and is certified by NASM, ACE and AFAA. She is the national creative program manager of group fitness at Equinox and lives in New York City.

{Just a note—Anchor Bay Entertainment is not sponsoring this post and will ship the Weight Watchers Stability Ball Kit 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 “Weight Watchers 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, December 1, 2014 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

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Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 99: Smug British “Reality Stars,” The Newest Ep of Book Vs Movie Podcast & the Daily Yoga DVD Giveaway 10

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #99

Book vs. Movie Podcast Tackles Stephen King’s Carrie!

Snarky “British Reality Star” Gaining Weight Just to Prove How Smug & Awful People Can Be

Plus: Element: Daily Yoga DVD Giveaway!

You can win this yoga DVD!

You can win this yoga DVD!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I was out of town on business part of last week and missed you all very much but I am now back an in action so get ready to have some fun! Today’s Vlog post (my 99TH!) features a new yoga DVD as a giveaway (perfect for AM & PM workouts), the details of the latest episode of “Book Vs Movie” where we tackle the spooky classic “Carrie” and the news of a total jerkoff who wants to fat-shame the universe. Her name is Katie Hopkins and I absolutely loathe this woman.

  • Book vs. Movie “Carrie” Ep Is Live! Up in iTunes right now and on Stitcher is the next episode of Book vs. Movie podcast where we dive into the 1970s classic (meaning the novel by Stephen King and the movie by Brian ) We are quite proud of it and hope you like it as well. Also, if haven’t done so already feel free to “like” our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. (Namaste!)

And if you want to just listen in right now—I am embedding the player right here. (You’re welcome!)

Check Out Film Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Book VS Movie on BlogTalkRadio
  • Terrible Human Being Alert: There is a person out there named Katie Hopkins who wants to prove once and for a all there are NO excuses for being overweight. So she gained 50 pounds on purpose to prove it is only about food intake and exercise when it comes to being skinny or fat. Nothing else could possibly be the reason and she has such a mean, smug face that she is one of the few people I want to slap in public. No more fat-shaming, people. It literally helps NO ONE!
  • My newest giveaway! Are you looking to fit in a bit more yoga in your day but want a DVD to guide you? Well then you are in luck because I am giving away one copy of Element: Daily Yoga with certified yoga instructor Mia Togo to one lucky person this week. So check out how to win below and good luck to all of you. (Well—the U.S. peeps as they are the only ones who can enter this giveaway!)

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

 

More Information about the Element: Daily Yoga giveaway:

A LITTLE YOGA CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING! TRY IT WITH THE NEW

“ELEMENT: DAILY  YOGA”  DVD

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Los Angeles based yoga instructor Mia Togo believes that a little yoga in the morning and a little yoga in the evening can not only improve one’s day but can actually change their life. The newest DVD in the best-selling Element series offers two 40-minute practices to help people experience the positive changes that yoga can bring about. “Element: Daily Yoga” will be available in stores and on Amazon for $14.98 (suggested retail price) beginning December 2, 2014 from Anchor Bay Entertainment. The morning practice will help users tone, energize and invigorate while the evening practice will stretch, calm and restore body and mind.  As with all Element DVDs, “Daily Yoga” was filmed in a serene garden overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

The morning sequence begins with an energizing flow to stimulate circulation, build muscle tone and provide an overall energy boost. It progresses to an invigorating stretch to promote flexibility and ends with a grounding savasana to cultivate clarity and focus on what is truly meaningful in the day to come. The evening sequence is designed to release the stress and tension that accrues throughout the day. It will restore energy with a combination of gentle exercises to relieve tension in the neck and shoulders, detoxifying twists to help revitalize the spine and deep stretches to release tight muscles and let that life force flow freely. This sequence will help create peace of mind to prepare for a restful night’s sleep and bring calm focus to navigate through the twists and turns of life.

These yoga practices are appropriate for all levels of fitness and for those who may be new to yoga. Those who already enjoy yoga will also gain from Togo’s unique style. Nothing more than a mat and towel are needed for these programs.

Teaching yoga for over 10 years in the Los Angeles area, Mia Togo is a certified yoga instructor and certified life coach with a degree in Psychology from UCLA. She has led classes at Wanderlust festivals. Before discovering yoga, Toga was a professional dancer and had performed with Paula Abdul, Janet Jackson and Cindy Lauper.

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

If you want to win Element: Daily Yoga DVD 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 “Daily Yoga” 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, November 3, 2014 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

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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 Weekly News Alert: Tips for Pole Dancing, Podcasting on iTunes and New EIC for Women’s Health 2

Brooklyn Fit Chick Weekly News

Book vs. Movie Podcast Now on iTunes & Stitcher Radio!

Tips for Your First Pole Dancing Class, New EIC for Women’s Health

Plus: High-Five from Bowflex

 

(Check out the full story on Fit Bottomed Girls!)

(Check out the full story on Fit Bottomed Girls!)

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How is everyone today? I am a little press for time this weekend and forgot to get my giveaway in order so that will have to wait until next week but I promise you will like it! In the meantime—let me get through some newsy stuff to start your week on a good note

  • Book vs. Movie on Stitcher Radio & iTunes!! Well it took us a few weeks but Margo of She’s Nacho Mama’s podcast and I finally have our Book vs. Movie podcast available on iTunes (I see one of our episodes there and hopefully the rest will be up soon) and the Stitcher Radio app so let us all just say “Huzzah!” I am so completely excited about this and it is my pleasure to announce our next book—The Firm by John Grisham. It should be ready for downloading this coming weekend. Look for it!

Also, if you haven’t done so already feel free to “like” our Facebook page. (Thank you!)

  • Tips for Your First Pole Dancing Class: I recently came up with the idea on tips for your first pole dancing class as the thought of taking one terrifies me. Luckily I am a Fit Bottomed Girl so they will usually indulge my whims so here you go–Advice from the Pros for Your First Pole Dancing Class.
  • New Editor in Chief for Women’s Health: One of my favorite magazines is Women’s Health and I admit I was worried when Michelle Promaulayko left the top editorial spot to join Yahoo.com. Well there is no reason to fear because the smart people at Rodale promoted from within and gave Amy Keller Laird—congratulations Amy!
  • Bowflex Friday High Fives: Finally this week—I was thrilled to be included in the Bowflex Insider High Fives which featured my last playlist as one of their favorite Blog posts of the week. Thanks gang!

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

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