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What Did We Learn This Month? Health mag with @JenWiderstrom @goodhealth 2

 

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Health

January/February 2015

Jennifer Wilderstrom photographed by James White

Jennifer Wilderstrom photographed by James White

Health Cover Star for January/February:

I am not a Biggest Loser watcher as there are too many shows waiting in my DVR and on Netflix that will not watch themselves. However, I do love their newest trainer Jennifer (Jen) Widerstrom and philosophy “I’m not looking for dramatic results. I’m looking for consistency. Don’t sprint. Just be stable.” Yes!

Also the badass trainer’s thoughts on running “I hate it.” Me too!!!

Jen is a former American Gladiator (who joined the show on a lark) who was nicknamed “Phoenix” and owes her love of fitness to both parents who coached her. This issue she offers her own workout plus there is a 7-Day meal plan from the book The Biggest Loser Bootcamp: The 8_Week Get Real, Get-Results Weight Loss Program.

You can see Jen in action here:

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So what else is inside the January/February Health?

“5 Fresh Ways to do a Plank”

Health magazine’s yoga expert Kristin McGee offers a few variations on the plank which will work your core extra hard. Tried these out on my bootcampers this morning and they loved (hated) them all!

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“Get Firm in a Flash”

I like Tracy Anderson’s mat work but some of these look tricky to do, no?  They do offer a cardio effort in addition to toning.

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“Superior Posterior”

One of my favorite trainers, David Kirsch, offers these moves to help get your glutes in top shape.

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

  • “Your Butt: A User’s Manual” This is not just about workouts for the proverbial junk in the trunk. This features also talks about sciatica pain, pulled hamstrings and more that can happen when things go awry with your backside.
  • “What Top Heart Docs Tell Their Friends” What the top cardiologists advise their friends on how to stay healthy including not worrying about salt so much (just cut out processed foods) and the kinds of fish you need to eat.
  • “5 Problems a Doctor Can Miss” And then sometimes doctors miss things—like IBS, Fibromyalgia and Lupus. Yikes!

Follow Heath online at: www.Health.com

Overall Grade:

B Overall it’s a good issue but I felt like it was missing something. Not sure what, but it seemed a little light for me this month. Maybe in the next issue?

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What Did We Learn This Month? @WomensHealthMag with OMG Britney!!! 1

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Women’s Health

January/February 2015

Britney Spears photographed by Jeff Lipsky

Britney Spears photographed by Jeff Lipsky

Women’s Health Cover Star for January/February 2015: 

Stop the presses! It’s Britney Spears on the cover and looking as lovely as ever. The superstar is in the middle of a big Las Vegas contract with Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino (remember when Planet Hollywood was a thing?) and very busy taking care her growing boys Preston (9) and Jayden (8.)

To keep her truly amazing bod in shape Britney doesn’t feel the need to rely on pricey trainers or fad diets—she is rather self-motivated. At home Brit Brit has a full gym has a full gym at her disposal and she is quite disciplined in making herself do cardio & weights most days of the week.

On her “gym” days she is a big fan of Totally Drenched classes which is a combination of treadmill workout and circuit training and seems exhausting to me! Britney also swims laps and does power yoga when she can so let’s say she is NOT a slacker and move on.

 

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

15-Minute Workout “Plank On It”

Looking to amp up your plank routine? Well I love this one from David Kirsch which certainly challenged me!

(I really did this workout and liked it!)

(I really did this workout and liked it!)

Your Body on a Bender

Do any of you watch Real Housewives of Beverly Hills because Brandi needs to read this article, STAT!

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“The Next Fitness Star”

Women’s Health magazine picked their second “Next Fitness Star” and it is former Real World alum Emily Scromm. She looks adorable and appropriately badass here. I am giving away her first workout DVD soon so check back here to find out how to win!

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“Get Fit Tricks”

Simple tweaks to basic moves can bring amazing results–so do them!

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

  • “The Health Food That Isn’t?” We are all told to each more fish if we want to live longer but did you know that “fish fraud” is a thing? I really appreciated this feature!
  • “2015 It’s Gonna Rock” My 2014 was a big bucket of “meh” so I am taking these life hack lessons here by reporter Faye Penn to heart so I can see my mood improve.

Overall Grade:

A  Really good workouts and smart features make this my favorite magazine this month!

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

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What Did We Learn This Month? Health Magazine with Jessica Alba on the Cover @goodhealth 2

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Health: October 2013

Jessica Alba photographed by Marc Baptiste

Jessica Alba photographed by Marc Baptiste

Health Cover Star for October:

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba is on the cover and not only is she is an insanely beautiful woman, popular “green living” author and successful actress (you can see her in the upcoming Machete Kills) but she also runs her own eco-friendly lifestyle business—The Honest Company (www.honest.com.)

On top of all of that she seems incredibly sweet as well. Check out Jessica’s cover shoot video here: http://www.health.com/health/video/0,,20735365,00.html

 

So what else is inside the October Health?

“Meet Your New Solemate” (Should that be one-word instead? Please advise!)

I can never have enough sneakers on hand and this story features the best & most useful for runners.

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“Get a Superstar Body”

Health asked the top celebrity trainers how us commoners can look like an A-Lister. Said trainers are David Kirsch, Michelle Lovitt and Harley Pasternak.

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“The Three Supplements You Needs the Most”

If you are considering adding vitamins and supplements to your daily regimen—read this article first.

Three Supplements 001

 

“Your Hair: A User’s Guide”

Having problems with thinning hair, dry scalp or graying? (I have soooo many grays.) Be sure to check out this feature that will address all the things could stress you tresses.

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“Should I Try CrossFit?”

The super popular program is the bane of my Instagram account (how people can post more photos of their WODs than I do of my cats is startling) but I must admit I am curious to give them a whirl. So if you are in the market to try out CrossFit as well—check out this issue of Health first.

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

  • “Grab it Now…Winter Squash” Yes, please! (Anyone want to cook my dinner tonight?)
  • “What Kind of Ager Are You?” I love my beauty stories and this one was of big interest to me. (I am a “splotcher” by the way.”)
  • “Your Healthy Fall Gardening Guide” If I didn’t possess a black thumb and actually had a yard I would be ALL over this. (Show of hands for those who want to plant a garden for me?)
  • “Breast Cancer Breakthroughs” October is breast cancer awareness month so all of the women’s magazines have features about this horrible disease. (Keep hopeful for a cure someday!)

 

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Overall Grade:

B- I am greedy for workouts Health. Where, oh where are they? Bah!

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What Did We Learn this Month? @SELFmagazine October Issue with @lucyhale on the Cover #sweatpink 3

What Did We Learn This Month?

 SELF: October 2013

Lucy Hale photographed by Dewey Nicks

Lucy Hale photographed by Dewey Nicks

 

For those of you keeping score, I “broke up” with SELF magazine a few months ago and all of my reasons were stated in my “cri de coer” post this past September. After being a loyal reader for many years I felt that the new look and editorial was aiming too young and low brow. That they were reaching so far to appeal to 20-somethings that they forget about their core reader loves health & fitness and wants to add to their knowledge base.

Well I have to admit that the October issue is a vast improvement upon the last few issues (I have not reviewed SELF since May) and I am happy to feature them on my Blog. Woo hoo! Now, keep it up SELF! Don’t make me shun you again!

 

SELF Cover Star for October:

Lucy Hale

I have NO idea who she is but for some reason I follow actress Lucy Hale on Instagram. (She seems totally cool and adorable by the way.)  Lucy’s trainer (Bryna Carracino) keeps the Pretty Little Liars star in shape with a series of “static holds” which you can see below. Her personal record for a chaturanga is two minutes seven seconds which is pretty damn impressive!

 

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So What Else is in the October SELF?

“I Have a Strong, Athletic Body. I Wish I Loved It”

Here we get an essay from badass squash champion Ivy Pochoda who works hard to stay in shape but gets rude comments about her “mannish” legs. I want to give her a hug and let her know she is a phenomenal woman and not to give in to the body-shaming haters. (Screw them! You are awesome & fierce!)

 

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“Master Class”

CrossFit Coach Megan May shows how to perform a righteous dead lift.

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“Shopping Special”

SELF started the whole “pink ribbon” campaign for breast cancer awareness many moons ago and every October they feature “pink” items that will benefit cancer charities. So get to shopping!

 

Shop pink 001

“Trainer to Go”

World class trainer David Kirsch shows a few different exercises you can do in a plank position. (Plan on using these in my core classes soon!)

 

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“How Did I Workout Without This?”

Awesome “high-tech gear” that pro football players use are featured on this page and that makes me happy. (Because I love football. Go Niners!)

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“23 Minutes”

Say you truly only have a half hour at the gym to workout—these moves from Sean Begley of Plus One Fitness will help you get your sweat on in a minimum amount of time.

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The Rest of the Best of the October SELF:

  • “Fat Talk. Old Talk” Recently I have been thinking more about the “O” word and how much I hate it when people my age or much younger use it to describe themselves. Nice to read an article about I from someone far more eloquent than me! (Writer is Erin Bried)
  • “Do I Really Have to Stop Eating Bacon?” Good god I hope not! In the October issue we get “Women’s Cancer Handbook” which talks about which “bad habits” you need to nix to ward off disease.

Overall Grade:

B Big improvement over the last few months and I tore out many pages to keep on file which is always a good sign.

You can check out SELF online at: www.Self.com

 

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