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What Did We Learn This Month? @Shape_Magazine & Brooke Birmingham @babnotonadiet 20

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Shape

January/February 2015

Jada Pinkett Smith photographed by Jill Greenberg

Jada Pinkett Smith photographed by Jill Greenberg

Shape Cover Star for January/February 2015:

Jada Pinkett Smith (Gotham) who is in phenomenal shape and is my new inspiration to not slack off on my workouts this winter. The badass actress has a “hit it & quit it” attitude with the gym with just 30 minutes of cardio per session followed by a quick strength-training sequence that emphasizes high reps versus heavy weights.

You can check out some of Jada’s favorite moves inside the magazine, take a look!

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What else is in this issue of Shape?

“The Journey After the Journey”

What a delight it is to see my blogger buddy Brooke Birmingham inside Shape magazine! Brooke is just about the loveliest person you can ever meet which makes her amazing enough on its own. On top of that she lost 172 pounds through diet and exercise.

Brooke is in a round table discussion/article with other five other women who have lost a significant amount of weight (Dacia Root, Francelina Morillo, Ashley Donahoo and Heather McNally) and they talk openly about the wonderful and stressful changes that have happened since they began their weight loss journey. Very inspiring!

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“Dance Off the Inches”

I am a terrible dancer, like “Elaine from Seinfeld” bad , but I appreciate those who can do it well (like trainer Anna Kaiser of AKT in Motion studios) who demonstrates a few dancy/strength moves you can do on your own.

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“8-Minute Fat Blast”

Do you Tabata?  Beacuse if you do and you are looking for a new workout—try this one from Kathy Glabicky of Tread Tabata which you can do in record time. She uses a combination of treadmill and Plyo moves so take this page with you to the gym.

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“Slope Style”

Skiing is not my thing but something about ski gear says “yes” to me.

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“Hello, New Body”

The Biggest Loser was very smart to hire Jennifer Widerstrom because she is a kick ass trainer who wants women to aspire to be strong and not skinny. Here she gives her own, personal four week plan to get you in great shape without crazy equipment needs or a big time suck.

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

  • “Winter Sports Special” Shape looks into skiing and snowboarding and offers advice for beginners.
  • Camille LeBlanc Bazinet: The 2014 CrossFit champ offers her best advice on how you can reach your fitness goals.

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

A The January/February issues has some of the best workouts I have seen in a while. Plus, they were smart enough to feature Brooke Birmingham!

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Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 81: Brooke “Not On a Diet’s” Best Week Ever, Louis CK’s Best Show, a Band Workout and How to Shush Chatty Students 8

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #81

Brooke Birmingham’s “Best Week Ever,” Louis CK Learns About “Fat Girls,” Suzanne from Workout Nirvana

Plus: How to Shush a Constant Talker in Class

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Sorry to post this so late but I had a few personal events in my life take over my weekend schedule and I am just getting back into the swing of things here. Anyhoo—today I have a few news items to get through and then a request for advice. So let’s do this thing!

 

  • Brooke Birmingham: Wow! My Blogger Buddy has had quite the week! Brooke is the creator of Brooke Not On a Diet and if you do not know her story then you need to check out her site right away. In short though—I have to say I was completely (and happily) surprised to see that Shape magazine has offered to do a full story on Brooke in their magazine. This was supposed to be an online only feature but now they will be doing an entire article about what it is like to lose a great deal of weight. If you have not seen her Today show appearance—check it out here! http://www.today.com/video/today/55138807#55138807

 

  • Louis CK “So Did The Fat Girl”: I am not a habitual viewer of the FX TV show Louis but I might have to check it out more often now I am hearing so much praise for his most recent episode “So Did the Fat Lady”( link) that I am going to check out back episodes. Please do yourself a favor a check out the 7-minute clip which features an amazing performance by actress Sarah Baker (if she doesn’t receive an Emmy nomination for this I will lose all hope in humanity.)

 

 

  • Suzanne Digre “Workout Nirvana” Band Workout:  I just adore Suzanne Digre of Workout Nirvava and her outstanding workouts including this You Tube clip where she uses a band from Rubberbanditz for an overall full body workout.

 

  • How to Shush a Class Talker: My friend Tamara of Fit Knit Chick is a group fitness instructor and personal trainer based in the Vancouver area (you know I have a special love for Canadians, right?) She recently wrote about group fitness etiquette and how to deal with students who do NOT SHUT UP! I have had recent incidents in my own classes and honestly want to get your advice on how I should best handle this. What do you to maintain a quiet class? Please help me shush the constant talkers!

 

Now let’s get to this week’s Vlog (forgive the screen grab!)

 

That’s all I have this week folks—see you next week with a new giveaway! (I know I said that last week but I mean it. NEXT week the giveaways will come back.)

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog: Talking About Hedwig, Laurie David, Amy Schumer and Brooke Not On a Diet 0

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #80

Hedwig & The Angry Inch, Laurie David’s Fed Up & The Family Cooks, The Amazing Amy Schumer

Plus: Knowing When to Say “No” to Publicity

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I had me a fine and dandy week and hope you did too! Just a few items to get through today and then I will let you go (well—I hope you stick around for my Vlog as well!). The giveaways will be back next week for sure. In the meantime here are my weekly news & notes.

  • Hedwig & The Angry Inch:  In case you are aquatinted with the musical Hedwig & The Angry Inch it is a show that in a more quaint time would be described as “gender bending” but with our more updated understanding on human sexuality and gender identity let’s just Hedwig is about a brave & tragic figure who will rock your socks off. I stupidly did not catch it the first time it was introduced way, way off Broadway in the 90s but the John Cameron Mitchell creation was turned into a film he directed in 2001 and where I first fell in love with the music. Right now it is on Broadway and Neil Patrick Harris is amazing in the part. He sings, dances, acts, tell jokes and interacts with the audience with such gusto. If you are planning to come to NYC over the next few months—beg, steal or borrow tickets to see this show. You will thank me later!

 

  • Laurie David: Recently I was lucky enough to attend a roundtable discussion with activist and filmmaker Laurie David (she helped produce the Academy Award winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth) and I wrote about my experience for this piece for Fit Bottomed Eats. David is turning her lens on the world of processed foods and the 30-year marketing blitz that has assaulted our concept of the family meal with her new documentary Fed Up. In theaters May 9th!

 

  • The Amazing Amy Schumer: If you are a Howard Stern fan like me (Baba Boowie!) you have heard the comic Amy Schumer on his show riff about dating, sex, her adventures in standup comedy and body issues. She refuses to act, behave or look like anyone else on television so I incorrectly assumed she was immune to insecurity but this speech she gave last week at the Gloria Steinem gala is the sweetest and saddest commentary on how we treat women in our culture and her fight to remain confident. Am I making it sound boring? It’s not–check out the transcript here! (From New York magazine’s Vulture Blog.)

 

 

  • Brooke “Not On a Diet” Keeps Her Shirt Off! I really adore Brooke Birmingham who is a fellow blogger and animal lover. She lost over 172 pounds with hard work and a strong dedicated effort. Recently she was asked by a national magazine to be featured online and she quickly accepted. However, they wanted her to send them a picture of herself in something other than a two-piece suit because they supposedly had a rule about that. (Shaking my head.) Read her story here and be sure to share on Facebook! (So proud of you for saying “no” Brooke!)

 

Now let’s get to this week’s Vlog:

 

That’s all I have this week folks—see you next week with a new giveaway!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 65 Featuring @babnotonadiet @DietsInReview @WomansDay @DVBodyBoard@CindyWhitmarsh 16

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 65 (Workout DVD Giveaway!)

Featuring: My Friend Brooke Birmingham in Woman’s Day magazine, My Twitter Stream Featured on Diets in Review,The Da Vinci Body Board Workout at My Apartment, The Film Love Actually, NO Gwyneth Takedown Interviews on the Horizon

Plus: My Cindy Whitmarsh DVD Giveaway!

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

So sorry for the delay but I was completely swamped last Sunday and could not get focused enough to Vlog for you.  So it is TODAY that I finally get my butt in gear  and give you all the latest about what’s going on with me and the people I love.

Annnnd here we go…

Brooklyn Fit Chick Latest News:

  • I seem to only know fabulous people lately because my friend Brooke Birmingham of http://brookenotonadiet.com/ is featured this month in Woman’s Day magazine! Brooke lost over 172 pounds after joining Weight Watchers and writing about her health journey on her Blog. I am SO proud of her and encourage you all to get the January 2014 issue and look for page 95 to read all about her. (Love this gal and my cats regard her very highly, as well!)
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  • This past week I found out I made the “Best to Follow on Twitter in the Best of 2013 from Diets in Review as a top person to follow on Twitter! Yay! (Thank you Brandi!)
  • My cat Tennessee was nominated as “One of the Cutest Cats in Brooklyn” by the Brooklyn Bugle (All those posts on Instagram are paying off people! I am looking for some “Grumpy Cat” money to come in soon…)
  • I had the lovely Floery Mahoney of the super-hot DaVinci Body Board come to my apartment to offer me a personal workout to to try out that amazing piece of equipment. (Which, by the way, is completely AWESOME and I will write a full review for Fit Bottomed Girls soon.)
  • Floery Mahoney demonstrating the Da Vinci Body Board in my messy apartment!

    Floery Mahoney demonstrating the Da Vinci Body Board in my messy apartment!

  • Then I caught a nasty cold that took my all of my energy last week and then capped THAT off by slipping on my bedroom rug Thursday night and bruising my tailbone (coccyx) which let me tell you— hurts like an MF-er!!
  • Also, I finally got around to seeing Love Actually and have to say I agree with this entire review from Jezebel. In short—it stinks like yesterday’s diapers!
  • Lastly I found out from my good friend Stacy that Vanity Fair will NOT be publishing an epic, takedown interview of Gwyneth Paltrow (There is no Santa Clause people!)

 

Okay enough of my crabby writing and please enjoy this week’s Vlog!

Now let us get to this week’s giveaway!!!! Here are the details of the Cindy Whitmarsh Giveaways! 

Get Fit in Six Weeks, Stay Fit for Life with Cindy Whitmarsh’s New U.F.I.T. Weight Loss Program!

SAN DIEGO, CA –Fitness and sports nutrition expert Cindy Whitmarsh has trained everyone from professional athletes to new moms. Her new U.F.I.T. weight loss program asks women to give her six weeks, one minute at a time, for results that will last a lifetime. The three Ultra Focused Interval Training DVDs each include two 20-minute workouts. Each workout is made up of one, two or three minute intervals, alternating cardio and toning. The moves are athletic and uncomplicated. What is U.F.I.T. Training? It’s an intense interval training method consisting of targeted intervals to turn any body into a calorie-burning machine while building a sleek, toned physique! Since no workouts can beat what one eats, the complete downloadable U.F.IT. package ($39.95) also includes a meal plan and a workout calendar. Each DVD is available on line and sells for $14.95 ($39.95 set) http://cindywhitmarshfitness.com. Everything (including meal plan $19.95 and workout calendar $9.95) is available individually or as complete set.

The three DVDs are:

U.F.I.T. Ultra Burn – Calorie Crushing Cardio and Sculpt & Stretch

U.F.I.T.  Ultra Lean – Upper Body Bliss and Lower Body Blast

U.F.I.T Ultra Tight – Hard Body and 6 Pack Abs

Hand weights are used. Modifications are offered for beginners. One can expect sweat will pour but that’s what it takes to make lasting, noticeable changes.

The workout calendar included in the complete set makes it easy to know which workout to do each day. For the first two weeks, one only has to commit to twenty minutes for six consecutive days.

The meal plan includes a first week jump start, grocery list, advice on supplements, eating on the go and more. Week one switches the body into an accelerated change mode. From there it moves into a plan designed to help anyone stay on track to be fit, maintain lean muscle and live healthier. Three meals and two snacks daily provide approximately 1250 calories each day for woman and 1750 for men. Each meal aims for a ratio of 30% protein, 50% carbohydrates and 20% fat.

About Cindy Whitmarsh: Certified by the American Council on Exercise and National Association of Sports Nutrition, Cindy has worked with San Diego Charger football players, Charger girls, pro beach volleyball players and the anchors of Good Morning San Diego where she is the fitness correspondent. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Corporate & Community Fitness/Nutrition from North Dakota State University. She moved to San Diego from North Dakota in 1994 when she was 40 pounds heavier than she is now. She has maintained that weight loss even after having three children ranging in age from 2 to 13.  Follow her on Facebook, Twitter @CindyWhitmarsh, Instragram and www.CindyWhitmarshFitness.com.

Here is a clip from Cindy Whitmarsh so you can see her style for yourself.

 

In order to win these DVDs (Continental U.S. only!) you must do the following:

  1. Post a comment below (on this particular blog post).
  2. Tweet out your interest by saying “I want to win @CindyWhitmarsh from @BrooklynFitChik”
  3. Subscribe to my You Tube here (let me know if you are already subscribed!) http://www.youtube.com/user/BrooklynFitChick1

I will randomly pick one winner for all three DVDs next Monday, December 30th at NOON eastern time and contact them directly. Good luck and enter as often as you like!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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