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What Did We Learn This Month? @Shape_Magazine with Sofia Vergara on the Cover! 1

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Shape

November 2014

Sofia Vergara photographed by Marc Baptiste

Sofia Vergara photographed by Marc Baptiste

Shape Cover Star for November 2014:

Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara is on the cover and is showing off her curvy body that she keeps in shape with the help of a MegaFormer machine which I wish I could afford to do more often. (Seriously—it is the toughest workout I have ever done.)

If you want to do your own makeshift version of the MergaFormer workout, grab a set of bands and try the exercises featured below.

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What else is in this issue of Shape?

“Straight Talk”

This past year I have been on a self-improvement kick and have been actively working on getting my posture back in alignment. I really liked this feature on exercises to strengthen your back plus tips for proper form.

 Stand Straight 001

“Take The Chill Off”

This page of cold-weather workout gear gives me a big case of the “I wants”–especially the Patagonia Dimensions Jacket!

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“Meet Your Match”

Just because summer is gone doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a game of tennis. If you are looking to try it out at an indoor court—this article will give you the basics to start. Plus—a complete of all of those tennis terms that I pretend to know when watching the U.S. Open (score!)

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“Road Test: Clean Machines”

I love my beauty stories and am always in the market for a new sonic cleanser so this page gave me inspiration for my next trip to Sephora!

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“Super Sculptors”

Included in the November issue is a workout using the Ugi Ball which is a “squishy” medicine ball and looks really fun.

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“Refresh Your Workout”

I am in the “pro” camp when it comes to the Bosu balance trainer and I am digging this move to kick the “knee-though” move up a notch.

Bosu Knee Through 001
And now the rest of the best of this issue of Shape:

  • “Killer Calorie Burner” Personally know that I need to incorporate more pulling exercises than pushing ones to better my posture and the rower would fit the bill perfectly. Here we get a perfect workout to try on your own from trainer Annie Mulgrew of CityRow in NYC.
  • “Talk Turkey” The first time I had to carve up a Thanksgiving bird was kind of a disaster and I wish was able to use this useful guide on how to do just that from Chef Judy Joo on page 112 of this issue.

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

A The November issue has a variety of good workouts featured plus, I liked the gear pages as well.

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Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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What Did We Learn This Month? Oxygen magazine with Lori Harder on the cover! 0

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Oxygen

August 2014

Lori Harder photographed by Cory Sorensen

Lori Harder photographed by Cory Sorensen

What Do We Learn This Month in Oxygen?

“Your Way to Harder Shoulders”

Cover star Lori Harder talks about her online Bliss 6-Week training program in the August issue of Oxygen and the fact that she lives every single day with a clear intention of what she plans to do that day.

Lori, by the way, has awesome shoulders and shows some of her favorite moves to keep them looking amazing.

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“Pumped-Up Planks”

I always say that planks are one of best exercises for your core but also one of the most boring. Take a gander here at a couple of suggestions to kick your next set up a notch.

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“6-Weeks to a Superb Chest”

Oxygen asked author Myatt Murphy, CSCS, to create a chest workout to maintain balance and strength.

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Kettlebell Workout

Kettlebells (when used properly) are excellent for helping build muscles and burn calories in a short period of time. Master trainer Alex Isaly created the circuit featured inside the magazine.

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“Bosu Sundial”

Going back to the whole “let’s fancy up those planks” thinking—check out this Bosu sundial!

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And now the rest of this issue of Oxygen:

  • “Time Your Carbs Right” The best time to eat all sorts of carbs including fast-digesting, low-digesting and fibrous.
  • “Age is No Brainer” Incorporating  the best habits for your age range to keep you strong and healthy.
  • “Stagger to Perfection” I don’t see the word “perfection” that often in subject headlines but this staggered-set home workout is pretty great.
  • ‘Be Sun Savvy” The best gear to take along for an outdoor walk in the summer. (Go for it!)

Overall Grade:

B+ Good workouts but the issue was a little thin/lacking for me. Maybe next month they will come back to kick butt?

You can follow Oxygen magazine at www.Oxygenmag.com

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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