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What Did We Learn This Month? Shape magazine with Naomi Campbell @Shape_Magazine 2

What Did We Learn This Month?


April 2014

Naomi Campbell photographed by Nino Munoz

Naomi Campbell photographed by Nino Munoz


Shape Cover Star for April 2014:

Ultimate model diva Naomi Campbell is on the cover and looking very sexy (43 years old, people!) Naomi is the Executive Producer and cohost of the show The Face which sounds similar to America’s Top Model but I would never say that directly to Ms. Campbell as she is famous for a short temper. (I used to work for Conde Nast and let me tell ya—I have some gooood Naomi Campbell stories!)

Anyhoo, after 28 years in the business Naomi is now doling out her best advice for staying happy & healthy plus she shows us a few of her favorite yoga poses. Check them out here!

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What else is on the April issue of Shape?

“Striking a Balance”

Check out the blue disc the model is balancing on. I have one of these and plan to use it more often with my client training. (Workout featured here created by trainer Kim Truman)

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“Meet Your New Cardio”

Here we get a series of high intensity exercises (Plyometric) from Equinox trainer Lashuan Dale that will get you an overall excellent workout in under 25 minutes.

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“Hit the Floor”

Tips for performing three basic Pilates moves from Brooke Siler of re:AB Pilates.

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 “2014 Shape Shoe Awards”

If you are looking for new trainers, shoes for Zumba or the best walking sneakers on the market—check out this issue first.

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

  • “Track Stars” A review of three new fitness monitors by Shape editors.
  • “Survive Hormonal Swings in Style” Perimenopause symptoms (insomnia, hot flashes, low libido) can occur up to a decade before menopause begins and you can combat them with the tips here.
  • “Women Who Shape the World” Shape honors women who are changing the world for the better including Angelina Jolie, Sara Bareilles, Iman, Sara Blakely, Ellen Gustafson, Diana Nyad, and Mary Barra.

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Overall Grade:

A  Love all of workouts here plus there are useful health-related stories as well. Great issue!

Until next time…

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What Did We Learn This Month? @WomensHealthMag @CarrieUnderwood November Review! 5

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Women’s Health: November 2013

Carrie Underwood photograohed by Jeff Lipsky

Carrie Underwood photographed by Jeff Lipsky

 Women’s Health Cover Star for November 2013: 

Carrie Underwood whom I just discovered as a kickass singer whose songs are now completely filling up my iPod. Not to sound like a total rock-centric snob but I never really “got” country/pop before but I am becoming a big fan of hers. (Honestly—Before He Cheats totally rules!!!)

Carrie keeps in shape by sticking with a vegan diet and working out as often as she can on the road. She  also loves animals and took care of a stray dog last year. (Yay! Carrie!)

Carrie “Favorite Things” include:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Ezekiel Bread
  • Better’N Peanut Butter
  • Hot Yoga

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

“15-Minute Fat Blaster”

B.J. Gaddour, CEO of produced this workout which can be done in 15 or 30 minutes should you want a quick butt-kicker.

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 Take Yourself for a Ride”  

Have you thought about taking a spin class but wasn’t sure on how to set up your bike? Try out this articles which features tips and a workout plan from Soul Cycle instructor Stacey Griffith.

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 “The New Tome-At-Home Pilates”

The amazing Brooke Siler of re:Ab Pilates studio in New York shows how adding bands can really add to your Pilates workout. Brooke is the author of The Women’s Health Big Book of Pilates.

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“The Flat-Tummy Foods”

The foods you eat that can help with belly bloating as well as  the stuff that will make you feel like you have a beer gut all of the time.

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“Supermarket Stars”

The next time you hit the grocery store—bring along this guide to find out the healthiest options for:

  • Fitness Fuel
  • Recovery Foods
  • A.M. Kick-Starters
  • Grab-and-Go Eats
  • Lunchtime Picks
  • Caffeine Champs
  • Supper Shortcuts
  • Nibbles and Noshes
  • Flavor Boosters
  • Sweet Successes

(Great—now I am hungry…off to look for nibbles to nosh…)

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

  • “Sneakers Go Chic” Women’s Health shows how fashion and comfy shoes can go together.
  • “You’re Sick—Now What?” Whatever your sickly symptoms—look at this guide on how to get on the path to wellness ASAP. (And if you are really, REALLY sick—keep your butt home and away from the rest of us! Sheesh!)
  • “Thanksgiving with a Twist” Healthy and tasty Turkey Day recipes are featured here
  • “I Survived Being Stabbed” Women’s Health has this personal essay from Angela Champagne-From who really did live through an attack on her life by a knife-wielding, would-be kidnapper in a Minneapolis garage. Whoa!!
  • Naya Rivera: The Glee star models in a fashion story that is all about yummy knits and clothes that give me the “happies.” (I love autumn ware!)

Overall Grade:

A  Really strong issue with beauty, fashion and lots of workout advice. Loved!

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