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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: 50-Minute Intervals with Matthew Sweet, Gaga, Taylor Swift & More 26

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“Girlfriend” Ride (50 Minutes)

Matthew Sweet

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Today’s playlist was inspired after I heard Matthew Sweet’s Girlfriend on the radio last week and my brain went “ahhhh” from happiness. I decided it would be the perfect warm-up song and created a 50-minute interval ride for indoor cycling that will work for any of your cardio needs. Hope you like it!

Let me know what you think of it and remember—I need song suggestions, always.

  • Girlfriend: Matthew Sweet

From the opening guitar riff right through all of the cool drum fills-this song seriously kicks butt and makes me want to work harder. Love, love, love, deeply love this song.

 

  • Pump It: The Black Eyed Peas

For all of you Pulp Fiction fans—the music “bed” here is Dick Dale’s Misirlou which gives it a retro cool kind of sound.

 

  • Can’t Hold Us: Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis

I love the consistent beat here and it always gets the class powered up to take it up a notch. (The video is a little strange but I kind of like it anyway.)

 

  • A Sky Full of Stars: Coldplay

The music and orchestration here are so lush and wonderful that I had to find out who produced it. Guess what? It’s co-produced by my favorite Swedish DJ Avicii!

 

  • Fly: Sugar Ray featuring Super Cat

It is basically impossible to NOT sing along to this tune from Sugar Ray which always reminds me of summer. Plus, I really do just want to fly.

 

  • Gold Guns Girls: Metric

Being the American superfan of this band brings a tremendous responsibility on my part where I must include them as often as possible in my playlists. You’re welcome!

 

  • Safe and Sound: Capital Cities

I like my bouncy fun dance pop tunes and this one fits the bill nicely.

 

  • Americano: Lady Gaga

Where did Lady Gaga go? I mean that seriously because I am happiest when she records pop tunes like this that have an edge.  Gaga, please come back when you are done touring with Tony Bennett!

(Also–can someone please find me the original video which included a cameo by Norman Reedus? Thanks!)

 

  • Style: Taylor Swift

This is my new favorite song and represents the first time Taylor Swift has been included in one of my playlists. Hello Taylor!

 

  • Hella Good No Doubt

I have an image from my friend’s wedding over ten years ago where they played this song at her reception and her grandparents boogied to Hella Good. (So much fun and the bass here is excellent!)

 

  • Shut Up and Dance: Walk the Moon

Every time I hear this song it reminds me so much of the kind of songs that would appear on 80s movie soundtracks. That’s meant to be a compliment.

 

  • Stars: Moby

This song is great for climbing or using the incline on the treadmill. Plus it features tons of stars including Corey Feldman whom Margo P. and talk about on our podcast here at this iTunes link.

 

  • Unknown Legend: Neil Young

 

This is my favorite song off of Neil Young’s Harvest Moon album and features background vocals (on the original album) from Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor and Nicolette Larson so it generally just rules.

That’s it for me this time. Now go out there get your workout mojo on!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick News” Strong Fitness Magazine, Fit Bottomed Girls Playlist & Book Vs Movie 37

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes:

Strong Fitness Magazine!

“Book vs Movie” Podcast News: The “Dad” in Field of Dreams Tweeted Us!

Fit Bottomed Girls Features: Tips for Your First Personal Training Session & a Classic Rock Playlist

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet photographed by Paul Buceta

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet photographed by Paul Buceta

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How hot is it by you? Today we are sweltering in NYC which is not helping my outdoor workout schedule but I am going to soldier on because that is what a fit chick does, oui?

Today I am going to talk about a few fun things and check in with you at the same time because I am in need of real motivation and advice from y ’all.

My workouts have been so “meh’ lately and I have not followed up on some of my goals for the year including increasing my flexibility and learning how to do a box jump. When my father passed away two months ago I have felt so much sadness that I am letting my health suffer. Not sleeping well and not really pushing myself to work harder. Have any of you experienced this kind of deep lack of motivation? Any advice you can give me?  I would love a fresh perspective on my fitness rut. Thanks in advance!

Now on to more fun things:

First I want to introduce to you all Strong Fitness Magazine which is the best glossy magazine devoted to women who really lift & workout. Their latest cover is up above and features Canadian CrossFit athlete Camille Leblanc-Bazinet looking mighty fierce both there an inside the magazine talking about her workout regimen.

Also in the July/August issue which I just received (as a courtesy from Editor in Chief Kirstyn Brown)

  • These yummy bacon recipes!
  • A feature on surfer Paige Alms
  • And a super tough core workout from Rita Catolino that you are going to have to check out for yourself! (Page 27)

As I said—this is a magazine for women who are serious about upping their PR game so if you are looking for “Flat Abs in Five Minutes” or come nonsense diet article you will not find it here. The pages are gorgeous and they feature top notch workouts. The only drawback is that it is a Canadian publication so you may have to go to Barnes & Noble or one of those fancy magazine shops to find it.

OR— you can order it digitally here!

In the meantime you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google Plus

Check them out and let me know what you think of Strong Fitness!

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes:

Book Vs Movie Podcast News: Margo Porras of She’s Nacho Mama’s Blog co-host the “Book Vs. Movie” podcast (that you can subscribe to via iTunes at this link) recorded our Field of Dreams episode last and we have been getting amazing feedback on it. In fact, Dwier Brown who played Ray’s dad (swoon!) even reached out to us on Twitter!

(Well—we kind of reached out to him and he politely responded but STILL!) You can follow him @dwierbrown and he also has a website www.dwierbrown.com.

Here is a photo of Dwier for your eyeball-seeking pleasure (you’re welcome!)

KCDB

With our next episode we are going back to the 1950s with Stand By Me from Stephen King (also known as the novella The Body)

Margo and I are also planning our next few episodes so if there are any books & movies you want us to cover—feel free to comment below!

Fit Bottomed Girls Articles: As many of you know I am a proud “Fit Bottomed Girl” and contribute occasionally to the site with interviews, event recaps, playlists, et cetera. This past week I had two (count ‘em two!) featured on the site–What to Expect from Your First Personal Training Session and my top picks for a Classic Rock Workout Playlist.

The former will help gym newbies and the latter will inspire you so much you will want to lighter and hang out at a coliseum. Rock on!

That’s all for me this week. I will be back soon with magazine reviews, playlists, reviews and so much more. Stay in touch!

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Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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What Did We Learn This Month? @WomensHealthMag with Julianne Hough on the Cover! 17

 

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Women’s Health

July/August 2015

Julianne Hough photographed by Jeff Lipsky

Julianne Hough photographed by Jeff Lipsky

Women’s Health Cover Star for July/August 2015: 

Julianne Hough (Dancing With the Stars) is on the cover and inside the magazine she talks about her summer tour with her brother Derek, her favorite movie dancing scenes (I agree with her about Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion!,) and eating healthy with her hockey player  beau Brooks Laich.

(I’m getting over the whole “point to the body part we are mentioning on the cover”, however)

We also get a look at her favorite 20-minute workout developed by trainer Astrid Swan which you can check out yourself here:

Women's Health mag Julianne H 001

So what else is in this issue of Women’s Health

Nice Recovery!

I have had a stressful year and have not been diligent with taking care of my body after workouts so I like having the reminder here on the power of good recovery tools.

Womens Health Recovery Gear 001

Women’s Health Next Fitness Star”

Women’s Health is once again looking for the best unknown fitness talents and turning them into a superstar and you can vote online right here: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/tags/next-fitness-star

The contestants are:

  • Nikki Metzger (Scottsdale, AZ)
  • Rachel Nicks (New York, NY)
  • Jana Hare (Lexington, KY)
  • Christine Bullock (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Dina Juve (Fresno, CA)

Womens health Back Civer 001

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

  • “Sun’s Out, Buns Out” We get all kinds of “booty” related news here form three glute moves to the kind of heels you should wear in the summer that will shows off your stems without throwing you off balance. (The Stuart Weitzman sandals featured here are $425, BTW!)
  • “The New OCD” Women’s Health talks about a new term for me “Obsessive Career Disorder” which means you eat and sleep your career and neglect other aspects of your life. The editors talk about taking time to actually sit and eat your lunch away from your desk to get a fresh perspective of the day. (I need to make that more of a habit rather than making it seem like a treat…)
  • “Scar Tactics” I am one of the clumsiest people on the planet of earth, proven fact. (Have you ever broken your toe while changing socks? No? Then I win!) I liked this feature from Caitlin M. Kiernan on the best practices for getting rid of scars both old and new because lord knows I will need the information sooner than later.

Overall Grade:

A-  I really liked the articles in this issue but wish there were more workouts. Maybe next month?

You can check out Women’s Health online as well: www.WomensHealthMag.com

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Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes: “Less Than Zero” podcast, Fit Bottomed Girls Playlists & the Patricia Friberg DVD Giveaway 27

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes: Week of July 10th Edition

“Book vs Movie” Podcast News (Less Than Zero & Field of Dreams!)

The Fit Bottomed Girls “Canada Day” & “Fourth of July” Playlists

Plus: The Patricia Friberg Bottom Line & Core Defined DVD Giveaway!

Enter to win this DVD!

Enter to win this DVD!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Thank you for being patient with me while I took some time to be with my family and travel a bit. My father passed away on May 16th and we held his Memorial Service last weekend in Reno where he and mom retired to in 2003. In the 12 years he lived there my dad made such a positive impact on the community it was a packed house and I had the pleasure of meeting dozens of people who promise to carry on my father’s mission on community service and supporting local artists.

It was all so very sad yet inspiring and I am choosing to take his spirit with me as I face the challenges of my life in front of me.

My eating and workout habits have been sliding these last few weeks but I am now on track to get back to my healthiest state and create positive & happy memories in the future. Any advice on how to get back in the saddle of regular workouts because if so—please send them my way.

In the meantime—let’s get to this week’s news, notes, playlists and then on to my newest giveaway!

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes:

Book Vs Movie Podcast News: Margo Porras of Shes Nacho Mama’s Blog co-host the “Book Vs. Movie” podcast (that you can subscribe to via iTunes at this link) recorded our Less Than Zero episode which you can listen to below and we really get our 80s on with this one! (Who doesn’t have a crush on James Spader, by the way?) Margo brings the extra advantage of having been from the Los Angeles area at the time of the filming so she gives some context on what it was really like on the Sunset Strip at the time.

We have the link below to listen and our next episode will continue with the 80s these—Field of Dreams. (Did you know the Kevin Costner classic was a book first? It was called Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella and boy did they make some changes between them!) Drop date for that episode to come soon.

We are planning our next few episodes so if there are any books & movies you want us to cover—feel free to comment below!

 

Fit Bottomed Girls Playlists: This past week I had two holiday-themed playlist featured on the Fit Bottomed Girls site that may seem a little out of date now but hang out to these suggestions for next year! For my fellow Americans—check out my Independence Day Workout Playlist. And for my lovely Canadian peeps (I always felt like I have a Canadian soul) I created 10 Songs to Celebrate Canada Day—hope you enjoy them.

Also—I am looking for ideas for other playlist so if you can think of anything—let me know!

Patricia Friberg DVD Giveaway: I am back with the giveaways and this week we have a workout DVD from Patricia Friberg titled Bottom Line & A Core Defined and it is designed to get your core in the best shape possible. The giveaway is only open to the Continental U.S. and the rules to enter are below. Good luck! (This is not a sponsored post and the winner will receive the DVD directly from the producers.)

 

PATRICIA FRIBERG HEALTH & FITNESS RELEASES NEW DVD

BOTTOM LINE & A CORE DEFINED

Maximum Booty Lifting & Core Activation Workout

Westlake Village, CA May 5, 2015 –Patricia Friberg’s newest DVD “BOTTOM LINE & A CORE DEFINED (73 minutes, $19.95) is a Pilates and strength based workout that focuses on the bottom half of the body. This step-wise program activates the core including the gluteal and abdominal muscles. The workout advances throughout to provide the necessary challenges for a strong core and lifted bottom. This program helps to improve posture and overall athletic performance. The DVD begins with an introduction from Patricia on how to progress through these exercises. She suggests doing the bottom activation segment a few times before going on to bottom activation 2, and then varying between both, back and forth for maximum results.

The DVD is broken down into sections that include: Introduction; Explanation on how to use the program; An explanation from Physical Therapist, Rebecca Gunn, who gives an expert perspective on core work and why it’s important; A section on alignment set up and proper position to get the most from the workout; Bottom Activation 1 exercises for building endurance in the backside; Bottom Activation 2; and, A Core Defined section. Patricia demonstrates the entire workout as Adam and Trudy show variations with and without a band. Equipment recommended but not included in this DVD are a small fitness ball and loop band.

Physical therapist, Rebecca Gunn, PT, OCS says, “After countless hours spent working in rehab facilities as well as with professional athletes, Patricia has a unique understanding of the importance of moving from a strong core. This program will help you learn how to activate your core and develop gluteal strength. This strength will help prevent injuries and give you the performance edge.”

About Patricia Friberg:

All around Health and Fitness expert, Patricia Friberg is the creator of the award winning Belly Beautiful Workout series and has been motivating students in her private and group fitness classes for over 20 years.  She teaches a variety of formats including: Pilates, Spinning, Kickboxing, Step, BOSU, Body Pump, Circuit, Outdoor Boot Camp, and Yoga.  Patricia is fully certified by Stott Pilates and holds certifications in GYROTONIC, GYROKINESIS, Yoga, Barre, Schwinn Cycling as well as the American Council on Exercise. She teaches in premier clubs and studios across the country including Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, including Harpo Studios, Yoga Works and Equinox. She trains professional athletes including players in the NBA and NFL and is a regular contributor on Fitness Glow. Patricia is ACE certified and a member of IDEA.

Outside of fitness, Patricia is a licensed mental health counselor with a Master’s degree from Pratt Institute. Currently Patricia lives in Southern California with her husband and two boys. Patricia is proud to volunteer her time annually to her “Power for Pink Workout” DVD and workout event that raises money for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  She also continues to volunteer as the fitness advisor to the non-profit JAM school program. www.patriciafriberg.com

If you want to enter to win the Patricia Friberg 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 Patricia Friberg @patricia_fit 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, July 11, 2015 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly via Twitter.

That’s all for me this week. I will be back soon with magazine reviews, playlists, reviews and so much more. (Dare I say I plan to bring my VLOGS back soon?) Stay in touch!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick: “The Toughest Post I Have Written Yet” 41

Brooklyn Fit Chick

“The Most Difficult Post So Far”

Dad

Dad

Hey All.

Right now as I type this Blog post it is a beautiful (almost) summer day and I should be drinking tequila and hanging out with my friends for a Memorial Day bash.

Instead I am sipping wine with LOGO-TV’s Facts of Life marathon playing in the background trying to comprehend the last 10 days.

Last Saturday (May 16th) my mother called to tell me my father suddenly passed away. He was at a wood turner’s convention in Provo, Utah (an event he enjoyed for many years) when he did not show up for breakfast. His friends went to his room where they found him on the floor.

It took the coroner a few days to get back to us but he basically fainted, fell and hit his head. He died very quickly at the age of 74.

Funnily enough I had a conversation a few days before with a friend about how in life we show up alone and we leave this world the same way.

However, I would never imagine that for either one of my parents. They were always together, attached at the hip as they say. But that is exactly what happened to Dad—he was alone in his final moments.

After 50+ years Mom had to wait for a week to get his remains.

I was and remain in shock over this news. My father is just gone.

I will never hug him again or regale him with stories about annoying parents and their spoiled children who belong to my gym.

We won’t quote Mel Brooks movies or talk like Fredo from The Godfather (“I’m not stupid—I’m smaaaaart!”)

He will never send me “What’s App” videos with his favorite restaurants in Sparks, Nevada or his newest art works again.

Joe Donohue is no longer here.

It’s only been ten days and people tell me it gets worse before you ever feel like yourself. (If you ever really do.)

Friends have been amazing and kind at this time in my life.

I am raw, emotional, vacant, resigned, “stabby,” resilient and sanguine at any moment you try to reach out to me.

I have no idea if I am behaving properly.

A misdeed enrages me and a thoughtful note makes me weepy.

Yesterday I finally had to GET OUT and leave this apartment for more than an hour to go on with my annual pilgrimage to Far Rockaway, NY.

My bike "Trixie"

My bike “Trixie”

 

The bagel shop I bike out to is exactly 15 miles from my apartment and feels like a whole other world.

My father was from Far Rockaway and could not wait to leave when he graduated from high school. It’s never been clear to me why he hated it (and New York in general) so much but he has never had a sentimental attachment to this city.

Joe Donohue was open-minded and enjoyed (nay—revered) friendliness.

Far Rockaway is cloistered and remote. It’s filled with cops, fireman and teachers. It’s an Irish Catholic enclave that never made him feel “at home.”

He felt restricted there. My father who resembled every beat cop on Law and Order wanted to be around people who were curious about the world around them and did not decorate their homes with shamrocks and crosses.

“Marg—why do you want to go all the way out there?” he would ask me.

I would simply say “the Gil Hodges Bridge.”

Every single time I cross it on my bike “Trixie” (which you are technically NOT allowed to do) thrills me to bits.

Me—the total acrophobic who can’t even see someone on a ledge or watch a movie where heights are involved without getting nauseous will cross a bridge with a narrow passageway that is over traffic and has a small railing to keep you centered.

As I venture from Brooklyn into Queens I can see the ocean all around me. The city is fading behind and I can hear people on boats laughing on the Jamaica Bay.

Nothing else matters and all of my worries fade as I move one peddle stroke at a time with the wind in my face and the cars and city busses roaring below.

It makes zero sense that I find any of this pleasurable but there you go.

Riis Park Beach (Far Rockaway)

Riis Park Beach (Far Rockaway)

 

Yesterday I had an image pop into my head as I peddled furiously to Led Zeppelin blasting in my ears.

It’s me at six years-old insisting my father teach me to ride a bike without training wheels.

He held the bike seat as I struggled to gain my balance and coordination. It was a failure and I became totally mad and frustrated with myself. (Basically me learning anything for the first time, by the way.)

How come all of the kids on Clinton Street can ride a two-wheeler and not me? I’m smart AND a tomboy! This should be like a duck taking to water.

Every day I struggled on my own after dinner until one day it just clicked. I got on that purple bike with the streamers and a banana seat while zipping around like a rock star.

Soon enough I went around the block with that BIG hill. It was the best feeling in the whole world!

Racing home I ran up the driveway and yelled for my dad to come out and watch me. He and my mom applauded as my inner bike goddess was roaring to life.

I still remember how proud he was of me and how he smelled when I gave him a tight hug.  (Soap and Old Spice, always.)

Now I must figure out a way to move about the world without him.

This is scary to me but as I crossed that bridge yesterday I knew this is something I am going to have to work out on my own.

I WILL figure it out someday.

That is certain.

Until then, I just need to keep my balance and keep peddling…

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Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog 110: The AcaciaTV Subscription Giveaway @AcaciaFitness 33

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes Vlog 110

“Book vs Movie” Podcast Forrest Gump & The Stepford Wives

Plus: The AcaciaTV Giveaway (a 6-Month Subscription!)

Acacia Group

The AcaciaTV Fitness Team

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I am back in the Vlogging business today—woo hoo! After a long, horrible winter I have finally taken the cobwebs out of my sun-deprived brain and am ready to get back to giving my readers the chance to win something fun. Like what, you say? How about a giveaway a six-month membership to AcaciaTV? Are you interested in hearing more? Then let me get through a quick news bulletin about the Book Vs Movie podcast and then I will tell you!

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes/Vlog 110:

  • 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” ( which you can subscribe via iTunes at this link) and we just finished one of our most popular episodes talking about The Outsiders which was a hoot. Our next scheduled episode will be Forrest Gump (will drop this weekend in a newly edited form) and then The Stepford Wives so be sure to check out our new website (bookversusmovie.com) “like” us on our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @bookversusmovie. Let us know which books & films you would like us to cover!

Now on to this week’s Vlog and giveaway details which includes the “secret word” you must use in the comments in order to be considered to win.

(Note: AcaciaTV did not pay for this placement and they will work directly with the winner. Limited to the Continental U.S. only)

 

More Information about AcaciaTV:

ACACIATV MAKES WORKING OUT EASY & ACCESSBILE TO ALL…

Silver Spring, MD, March 15, 2015 – Quickly becoming a go-to destination and community for health-conscious consumers looking for convenient and effective ways to keep their exercise regimens fun and fresh, AcaciaTV, RLJ Entertainment’s proprietary digital fitness channel features diverse, user-friendly routines and community support where viewers can interact and connect with top trainers. There is also a members’ only, private Facebook community where trainers and subscribers post questions and offer support. (US.Acacia.TV)

The new fresh workouts from the diverse group of AcaciaTV trainers are filmed especially for this digital platform and offer specialized workouts for all fitness levels in a variety of disciplines so subscribers can pick and choose and mix and match to fit their needs. AcaciaTV workouts include yoga, strength training, dance, barre, Pilates, abs and core, pregnancy, low impact, therapeutic, cardio, tai chi and kettlebell, among many others. The channel is for all fitness levels, offering workouts from beginners through advanced.

The AcaciaTV trainers & motivators include:

  • Kristin McGee; (Yoga/Pilates) is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. Kristin contributes to Health.com/Health magazine, has created several fitness videos, and has trained celebrities such as Tina Fey, Savannah Guthrie, Steve Martin, and Bethenny Frankel. kristinmcgee.com

Acacia Kristin

  • Deazie Gibson (Strength Training/ CrossFit) is an international group fitness instructor and personal trainer, fitness model & flight attendant based in New York City & Chicago. Deazie is well known for applying her D3 Lifestyle (Drive, Discipline and Determination) in every aspect of her life. She is known for her effervescent personality and her athletic & creative approach to fitness. deazie.com

Acacia Deazie

  • Gerren Liles (Interval/ Suspension/ Strength Training) is a popular Equinox instructor and ReebokONE ambassador. Based in NYC, he is one of the Top 20 Bootcamp/Strength instructors on RateYourBurn.com. Gerren has helped to launch several of Equinox’s signature programs, including ViPR and Shockwave. gerrenliles.com

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  • Amanda Young (Cardio Bootcamp/ Dance/ HIIT) has been a group fitness instructor and social worker for over 15 years, known for integrating her unique background to create a vision of success for her students, both inside and outside the studio. She holds several fitness (ACE) and training certifications, teaches at Equinox, and consults for fitness companies such as Reebok, Shape Up NYC and Lululemon. http://ayoungwayoflife.com

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  • Liz LeFrois (Stretch/ Pre-postnatal/ Kickboxing) is a certified tier 3 Equinox trainer. She has a BFA in dance that concentrates on exercise physiology. She is graduating from Brooklyn College this December 2015 with a masters in Kinesiology. Liz brings energy and excitement to her fitness classes and she is a form fanatic who believes that the more efficient and self-aware one is of their body, the more they benefit from exercise. www.lizlefrois.com

 Acacia Liz

  • Alison Heilig (Fitness and Motivational Coach/ Blogger) is a fitness instructor and RRCA-certified running coach. She draws from experiences and lessons learned on her own journey from an unhealthy and inactive young adult to a now 70-pound lighter marathon runner and fitness enthusiast. Through its new Facebook community, Alison inspires Acacia TV members to establish goals, identify barriers to progress, develop and maintain focus, seek ways to enrich their lives and have fun getting in shape. http://thepursuitofawesome.com/

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  • Kate Hanley (Author and Mind Body Coach/ Blogger) Kate Hanley helps busy women do the things that matter and stop stressing about the things that don’t. She does this as a coach, speaker, blogger and author (of The Anywhere, Anytime Chill Guide and the upcoming A Year of Daily Calm) and journalist. She is also a certified yoga teacher primarily for people who don’t do yoga. www.msmindbody.com

 Ms Mind Body Headshot

AcaciaTV is a subscription-based streaming service accessible at US.Acacia.TV, on Samsung Smart TVs, through Safari browsers on iPhones and iPads, and through its Roku channel. Members have complete access to more than 100 workouts in a diverse range of disciplines which they can stream anywhere and anytime. Each workout is approximately 20 minutes.

AcaciaTV General Manager Allison Rand notes, “Our diverse group of trainers and techniques keep your fitness routine interesting and effective but the real power is when you combine it with the support and encouragement from our private Facebook community of trainers, members and bloggers.” Rand continues, “We searched the country for fun and friendly trainers who can teach to every level — ensuring that our members feel good about where they are starting and where they are going.”

Consumers can easily try out the service with its 10-day free trial. After the trial, AcaciaTV offers three different subscription options: monthly access ($6.99), 90-Day Burn ($14.99) or yearly subscription ($49.99). There are no commercials or popup ads on Acacia TV.

Join in socially:

https://www.facebook.com/AcaciaLifestyle

https://twitter.com/AcaciaFitness

https://www.pinterest.com/AcaciaFitness/

https://www.youtube.com/user/AcaciaFitness

If you want to win the AcaciaTV six-month subscription giveaway 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 AcaciaTV subscription @AcaciaFitness 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, April 27, 2015 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

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Until next time…

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Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes: @BlogHer @TerryBikes @TapGenes @FitBottomedGirls 31

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes

BlogHer 15 NYC Dates Announced

Fit Bottomed Girls “Tips for Your First Kettlebell Class,” My Terry Bikes Spring Picks,

P!nk Handles Mean Tweeters, Tapgenes.com Talks Eating Disorders

 Plus: Book Vs Movie” Podcast The Outsiders!

 brooklynfitnesschickBIKE_0701

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How are you all doing today? It’s a brand new week and though I feel a wee bit short of my personal fitness goals (I may have slacked on my foam rolling a bit…) but this warmer & sunny weather has put an extra spring in my step. Doesn’t seeing the sun out nice and bright in the sky improve your outlook? It sure does mine and with that I am resolving to get back to foam rolling and stretching every night not only it makes me feel better but it also helps me perform better as a teacher.

So now that I am saying it OUT LOUD—it will have to get done! If it kills me I am going to increase my flexibility and strength. You are all my witnesses! Now that THAT is out of the way—let’s go through my weekly news & notes. (And for those 3 of you miss my Vlog—next week I promise to deliver with a cool, new giveaway. Pinky swear!)

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes

Tips from the Pros on “Kettlebells for Beginners”

If there is one strength-building piece of equipment that really helps to build muscle while also providing an excellent cardio workout it’s the kettlebell. For Fit Bottomed Girls I wrote “Tips for Your First Kettlebell Class” so I would know how to use mine better when working out on my own.

Do you use kettlebells? What is your favorite advice for newbies?

Terry Bikes Spring Gear:

Some of you may know that I am a BIG FAN of Terry Bikes and somehow got the gumption last year to approach them as their first brand ambassador. Luckily they said yes so I get to try out their latest gear and let you know what you need to add to your next bike ride. In this post for them I picked my favorite spring items from their catalog. Enjoy!

BlogHer 15 Conference Set for NYC:

Have you heard the news? BlogHer will be back in NYC July 16-18 for their “Experts Among Us” BlogHer 15 Conference. I know I will be there but if you want more details check out this link to see who will be speaking there. (They always manage to get GREAT special guests at BlogHer events!)

BlogHer & SheKnows are also teaming up for a road show (I was invited to the Brooklyn event last week and had a blast!) If you live anywhere near the following markets—you should absolutely go (it’s free!)
April 24: Atlanta, Georgia – 5:00 p.m.
May 3: Chicago, Illinois – 5:00 p.m.
May 8: San Francisco, California – 6:00 p.m.
May 9: Boston, Massachusetts – 4:00 p.m.

To RSVP for one of these great parties, email Marketing@SheKnows.com

Body Shaming of P!nk:

I don’t know if you heard of this story but one of my favorite singers, P!nk, attended an event this past weekend looking totally beautiful. Well because we live in an internet age there has to be a body-shaming wave headed by mean-spirited trolls tried to make her life miserable. Well if you know anything about P!nk you know that she is non-nonsense and expertly handled all of the mean tweets thrown her way. Do you think we will EVER live in a world without trolls?

How I Learned to Love Eating:

I really loved this article from Tapgenes.com talking about recovery from eating disorders. Tapgenes.com interviewed two amazing women who talk about the toll it took on their bodies and how they have successfully deal with their individual disorders. This is a definite must-read!

Book Vs Movie Podcast:

Margo Porras of Shes Nacho Mama’s Blog and I talked about The Outsiders in our newest episode of our podcast “Book Vs. Movie” and had a fabulous time doing it. You can check us out in the player below and in case you are wondering what will be the subject of our next episode—get ready for us to dissect The Stepford Wives! Woot Woot!

That’s all I have for today—keep checking back for news, reviews and playlists aplenty! Thanks as always for dropping by!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes

“Book vs Movie” Podcast Breakfast at Tiffany’s Ep is Live!

 Fit Bottomed Girls “Tips for Your First Aerial Class”

Terry Bikes Spring Gear

Tap Genes: “Tips to Make the Gym a Happier Experience”

Something Rotten: A Very, Very Funny Broadway Musical

 brooklynfitnesschickBIKE_0701

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How are you all doing today? Today (as I am writing this) it is my birthday and I feeling happy about all things going on in my life right now. (Well, except for the noisy new neighbors who can’t seem to move into a building without shaking every single apartment floor along the way! Sheesh!)

Anyhoo–here are my “news & notes” for the week. Enjoy!

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes:

Book Vs Movie Podcast: This week my good friend Margo Porras of Shes Nacho Mama’s Blog and me posted one of our favorite episodes of “Book Vs. Movie” (which you can subscribe to on iTunes with this link https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bookvsmovies-podcast/id954110320?mt=2.) wherein talked about Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The original novella by Truman Capote took place in 1943 NYC and the film directed by Blake Edwards (and starring the incandescent Audrey Hepburn) takes place in the swinging early 60s which is just one of many differences between book and film.

Margo and I originally recorded this back in September but had several technical issues at the time that are now thankfully gone (I am something of a wiz at editing it turns out!)  Hope you like the episode. Let me know what you think and if YOU have any ideas for future episodes. (Player embedded below)

 

Tips for Your First Aerial Class: Years of cycling have given me terrible hip and hamstring issues that would certainly be alleviated with aerial yoga of some sort. So I pitched this idea to Fit Bottomed Girls Tips for Your First Aerial Class to help me get inspired to try it out. (Have you ever done aerial workouts? Was it fun? Helpful?)

Terry Bikes Spring Gear: Speaking of cycling—about ten years ago I decided to get my workouts out of a spin room and into the open air (best decision ever!) I still have that bike (named Trixie because she is red & shiny) and quickly became obsessed with Terry Bikes which sells THE best bike gear for women. They have everything from seats that will be comfortable on a century ride to cute spring dresses that won’t expose your knickers (unless that is your thing—no judgment here!).

A couple of years ago I pitched them the idea of having me be their first brand ambassador which means I help promote their sales and specials and then get to try out new gear—score! If you have any interest at all in Terry Bikes then be sure to sign up for their newsletter. They have so many excellent deals and giveaways. You will thank me later!

How to be Happier at The Gym: I know that for some people getting to the gym requires motivation and fighting the “I don’t wanna go today” blues. In this feature I give my advice on how to get happier about the gym. What are your favorite tips?

Something Rotten is Going to take Broadway by Storm: Okay—if you are a fan of big, funny, bawdy musicals (Think The Mormon Musical or The Producers) then you must check out Something Rotten which features two actors from the TV show Smash (which I LOVED) Brian D’arcy James and  Christian Borle. The play is set England when Shakespeare is a huge theater star (a very sexy Borle) and a struggling playwright (a hilariously tense D’Arcy James) yearns to create the first ever musical on stage.

I went  to see a preview show for my birthday and had a total blast. One of the best times I have had as an audience member for sure–the crowd ate it up!

Let’s say you know your fair share of Broadway musicals and love theater humor—this will show will fit the bill. It’s in previews right now but I suspect it will be a big hit. (Dare I say a “smash?” Did you see what I did there?”) Take my word—this show will up for a slew of Tony Awards!

Get your tickets now!

Get your tickets now!

That’s all I have for today—keep checking back for news, reviews and playlists aplenty! Thanks as always for dropping by!

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What Did We Learn This Month? Women’s Health Magazine with Kate Mara on the Cover! 25

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Women’s Health

March 2015

Kate Mara photographed by Ben Watts

Kate Mara photographed by Ben Watts

Women’s Health Cover Star for March 2015: 

Are you House of Cards fanatic like me? Because if so, then you were happy as I was to see Kate Mara (whose character didn’t quite make it through season two) on the cover.  The 5’2” actress talks more about fashion that fitness here but does admit to being a “maniac about exercise who can six miles before 9 am and then take a barre class later (color me impressed and exhausted by that information.)

So what else is in this issue of Women’s Health

15-Minute Workout “Sculpt a Better Butt”

If you have one of those long rubber bands with handles and are looking for some new moves to work your glutes—check out this routine from Jim Smith of Diesel Strength in Elmira. NY.

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“Race Day Essentials”

I am planning on going on my first race sometime this year so I am keeping this page on file to know what to bring that day.

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“Master This Move”

If you are looking for a strength coach who really knows their stuff—pay attention to Jen Sinkler who is incredibly knowledgeable and relatable.  Here she offers tips for the “just right” deadlift. Good stuff!

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“Really Rad Workout Clothes”

There are a few pages here filled with the cutest most colorful gear ever—really! My workout wardrobe needs an update and these items give me pause.

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

  • “Now This is What We Call Healthy Competition” Looking for ideas to up your workout and have some fun? Women’s Health talks about all kinds of races that are offbeat and cool.
  • “Hot-Bod Weapon” Have you heard of Shaun T’s Insanity workouts? (The answer has to be yes—he is featured everywhere!) He offers some moves based on his newest DVD series Insanity Max 30.

Overall GradeA  Great workouts, cool beauty stories and smart articles in the March issue. Go get it!

You can check out Women’s Health online as well: www.WomensHealthMag.com

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Blog “The Problem with T” 25

Brooklyn Fit Chick Blog

The Problem with T (& My Need for Self-Care)

Plus: Next “Book Vs Movie” Podcast “High Fidelity”

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How are you all doing? Normally I reply back “Great!” and keep the conversation but I am going to be honest with all of you. I have had serious health & behavioral issues with my cat that has caused a tremendous amount of anxiety in my life. I know how silly that sounds. “Oh, you have a sick cat? Who cares? Get over it and show her who is boss!”

But it is not that easy. My home life has been taken over by an animal that I completely adore but I am not sure I can take care of much longer.

Tennessee (T) came into my life a little over 3 years ago. She was a lost kitten found by the side of the road by a friend and I fell in love with her after seeing her in just one photo. (Yes, that adorable one above.)

She is a handful as cats go—very excitable, energetic, pushy and domineering. It’s what people either love or hate about her.

I love that she is a brat and doesn’t apologize for it. The apartment was ten times more fun the instant she showed up (though I am sure my other cat differs on this!)

A few weeks ago T had a traumatic experience in my apartment. I had left a pile of recyclables pile up in my hallway and she was playing around in them. I barely noticed when she climbed into a paper bag that was much too small for her. All of a sudden I heard a banging sound as she raced down the hallways and started shrieking for hours. T burst out of the bag thinking she was being smothered and I could not get her to calm down for the life of me.

Days later she seemed okay when all of a sudden she took to sudden bursts of anger aimed towards me. She would stalk me and hiss and snarl loudly at me—her eyes would go black. This would continue for hours with threats to swipe at my feet and attack my legs.

There is no pattern to these outbursts. She will be sweet & snugly one minute and then she her mean temper would return. She has cornered me in my office several times and will stalk back and forth between the kitchen and living room for hours.

After several days of this I finally had the Vet look her over and it was decided she will take Prozac and Xanax to help with her anxiety and trust issues. It’s only been a week but I am starting to get her medicine schedule together into a routine she seems to enjoy. I really hope this works out.

Living with her is like living with an alcoholic. I never know what I am going to expect hour to hour and can never really feel safe or happy when I am home. My whole life I have sought to have my own space where I feel safe and accepted. This problem with T has made me ignore my workouts schedule, cancel plans with friends and in general, interfered with my sanity.

My plan is to take care of T the best I can and hopefully the Prozac will help her moodiness and anxiety. If it doesn’t—it means I am going to have to re-home her. Let me say this again—I love this cat to pieces. However, I need to practice serious “self-care” as I take on her health and mind issues. My “go to” is to take on someone else’s problems and internalize them to the point it makes me ill. This is no ways to live a full life.

I will let you all know how it goes. (Think all of your good thoughts for my T and Sweet Sarah who puts up with way too much in this apartment!)

T this past holiday

T this past holiday

Thank you for letting me vent! I just have one news item left today (below). The Vlog will return next week come hell or high water!

  • Book Vs Movie Podcast: We have started a new platform for the Margo & Margo podcast “Book Vs Movie” podcast and you can subscribe at this iTunes link https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bookvsmovies-podcast/id954110320?mt=2. Our next episode will be High Fidelity by Nick Hornby (and the John Cusack film)—whoo hoo! We are also on Sticher radio (for all of your Android peeps) and the web site will be ready soon—promise!

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