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What Did We Learn This Month? @goodhealth Health mag with Sophia Bush on the Cover! 17

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Health

September 2015

Sophia Bush photographed by Matt Jones

Sophia Bush photographed by Matt Jones

Health Cover Star for September:

Chicago P.D. star Sophia Bush is on the cover and though I haven’t caught that show yet I remember her from One Tree Hill from over ten years ago.  AND I can mention actually getting to meet her then because of my job with YM magazine (a now much-missed teen publication) at the time.

Anyway, Sophia is 33 now and credits her 10-minute morning meditation to keeping her sane and even recommends an app called “Headspace” to help with this which I downloaded right away. (It’s neat!)

She lost her ex-boyfriend Google executive Dan Fredinburg when he trekked to Mount Everest and there was an earthquake during his climb. This experience has been completely devastating for Sophia and made her realize how precious life is.

Sophia relies on the aforementioned meditation and her morning 2-mile runs to keep centered.

Apropos of nothing else I really love the Alexander Wang dress she is wearing on the cover…

So what else is inside the September Health?

“Yoga for Killer Arms”

Yoga and Pilates instructor Kristin McGee demonstrates how to perform a proper chaturanga to strengthen your upper body. (It took me months to figure out how to do these at first.)

Yoga arms health magazine 001

“Your Better Leg (and Butt!) Plan”

Gwyneth’s favorite fitness guru, Tracy Anderson, is a regular in the pages of Health and she is famous for complicated leg lifts with multiple (and I mean multiple) reps that will leave you begging for mercy. This page will give you just that.

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“Coconut Oil Hacks”

I am one of those annoying coconut oil evangelists who will regale you with how many purposes it serves in my life but check out this page and read it for yourself. You will thank me later. (You’re welcome!)

Coconut Oil Hacks health mag 001

“Love All”

I am not a very good tennis player but LOVE the outfits and some of the items featured here can be worn to any workout. Win/win, people!

Tennis gear for Health magazine 001
And now the rest of the best of this issue of Health:

  • “Your Memory: A User’s Manual” It is my goal to improve my ability to memorize and remember things. (Like knowing exactly when my mother is planning to visit which I screwed up by 24 hours this morning. True story!) I found that these pages give great tips on how to do just that. (Yes, I will work to apply them.)
  • “60 Beauty Breakthroughs” I love me some beauty stories and here we have new products for skin care, body lotions, make-up, nail colors and hair care. Love!
  • “5 Reasons You’re Always Hungry” I used to have a ravenous appetite after starting a new diet and would want to just eat non-stop. Anyhoo—if you have that issue they have advice here on how to stop the munchies from taking over your life.
  • “9 Probiotic Foods You Have to Try” Included here are Kvass, sauerkraut, kefir and my sister’s favorite thing in the world—kombucha!

Follow Heath online at: www.Health.com

Overall Grade:

B+ There are some smart features in this issue which I appreciate but I was hoping for at least one complete workout to take away.

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What Did We Learn This Month? Shape Magazine With @JessicaAlba @Honest 18

 

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Shape

June 2015

Jessica Alba photographed by James Macari

Jessica Alba photographed by James Macari

Shape Cover Star for June 2015:

Jessica Alba is on the cover and is basically taking over the world with her eco-friendly products company “Honest” that is worth an estimated $1 billion! Jessica began her company (funded partly by her earnings as a top movie star) just three years ago and thinks a billion seems kind of puny compared to what she feels is truly possible in the marketplace.

If you are wondering how she stays in such amazing shape even though she admits to hating exercise—try 105 degree yoga sessions with light weights.

(Must try that workout soon!)

What else is in this issue of Shape?

Surfer Workout

A few weeks ago I took a ride out the Rockaways and spent some time admiring the surfers take on the Atlantic Ocean. If you have ever tried to surf you know it is an activity that will challenge your balance and core strength.

Trainer Adam Rosante offers this workout to help you get ready to “hang 10” or whatever it is those crazy surfing people do on those boards!

 Shape mag Surfer Workout 001

“Cycle in Style”

As a cycling freak this page gives me a big case of “the happies.”

Shape mag Cycling Gear 001

“Tone All Over”

You know I will be stealing some of these workout moves from celebrity trainer Autumn Calabrese into my next core classes. Think strength moves that help you bust through any plateaus going on in your fitness routine.

Shape mag Tone all Over 001

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

  • “Go Outside and Ride!” Shape gives you the lowdown on road, mountain and trail riding to get you back on your bike.
  • “Pump Up Your Run” If you are getting burned out from your usual running routine they have some options here to get you motivated all over again. (Now go run!)
  • “Active Adventures” If you want to fit in an outdoor exercise while on your next vacation—try out some fun suggestions here.

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

A Overall we have a good summer read here!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes: EleVen by Venus Discount, the FBG 00’s Playlist and “Valley of the Dolls!” 33

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes

“Book vs Movie” Podcast News (Valley of the Dolls)

My Fit Bottomed Girls “00s” Playlist

Eating Chocolate to Lose Weight Exposed as a Bogus Study

EleVen by Venus Discount for My Peeps (Meaning You!)

 

Venus!!!

Venus!!!

Hey gang!

I am slowly getting back into the blogging groove but I wanted to just poke my head in and say “hi” and rest assured I will have the giveaways back on my Blog soon.

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) and this past weekend we recorded a super fun episode talking about Valley of the Dolls. I have the link below if you want to check it out for yourself. If you have any interest at all, please be to check out our new website (www.bookversusmovie.com) “like” us on our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @bookversusmovie. (Thank you for letting me plus!)

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

 

Fit Bottomed Girls Playlist: Recently I was feeling nostalgic for the early 2000s and asked my editors at Fit Bottomed Girls if I can create a playlist (link here) devoted to the “flip phone” decade and this is what I came up with (hope y’all like it!)

The “Chocolate Diet Hoax”: Science journalist John Bohannon was tired of reading badly researched medical studies and “wonder diet tips’ get media attention so when he was approached by a German TV producer to come up with a fake story (how eating chocolate actually aids in weight loss) he jumped right on board. Sadly the very phony report was picked up by top publications around the world including Shape and Prevention.

Bohannon has a Ph.D. in molecular biology and once participated in a sting operation showing some “open-access journals” will publish any story for a fee.  You must check out this interview on CBS News where he really lets the reporters he really feels about most of the health & wellness articles in the press. (He is NOT a fan)

Now My “Big EleVen Discount” for Y’all

Most of you are aware of Venus Williams and her amazing tennis career but did you know that she is also an amazing fashion designer? Well she is and studied at the fashion program at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale to learn about pattern making and merchandising her own fitness brand.

You can check out her workout collection EleVen by Venus but some of my new favorites include her Ndebele Spring Collection which includes this yummy top (Ready to Play tank)

Spring collection top

As well as her Summer Fleur du Monde collection and this gorgeous “double cross” tank.

Summer collection

The best news is this—if you are interested in shopping from the collection you can receive a 10% discount using the following code at checkout “Team11MargoD” You’re welcome and happy shopping!

Well that is all for me today. I will be back soon with playlist, magazine reviews, giveaways and so much more coming soon.

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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.

Running Day Essentials WH 001

“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!

Dead Lift 001

“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.

Rad Wokrout Gear 001

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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What Did We Learn This Month? Health Magazine with Alison Sweeney @goodhealth @AliSweeney 20

 

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Health

March 2015

Alison Sweeney photographed by Alexei Hay

Alison Sweeney photographed by Alexei Hay

 

Health Cover Star for March:

Alison Sweeney is on the cover and she talks about body image, life without Days of Our Lives, The Biggest Loser and the insecurity she feels from the contestants, her favorite workouts and how she is trying be a strong example for her daughter.

So what else is inside the March Health?

“Yoga at Your Desk”

Health magazine’s Kristin McGee shows off a few yoga moves you can do at your desk to try and keep your alignment in check. It’s tough with all of the sitting most us do but the “Cow Face Arms” will be one of my new daily moves.

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“30 Days to a Toned Stomach”

Tracy Anderson (who teaches at a SoHo studio that is so exclusive they will NOT sell single-class passes) has created these four alternatives to the basic plank move to get your core toned.

Tracy Anderson 001

“Walk This Way”

I loved the cues here on how to get proper workout with your power walk. I tend to hold my arms too close and should swing them a bit more using my core to stabilize.

Walk this Way 001

“Just Right Jackets”

Is it Spring yet? Because I am so damn tired of wearing my parka every single day and looking at these bright jackets is giving me an intense sense of longing.

Jackets 001 (1)
And now the rest of the best of this issue of Health:

  • “Your Fat: A User’s Manual” Perhaps one of THE most misunderstood parts of the human body is fat. Hallie Levine dissects what there is to love and loathe it.
  • “7 Surprising Secrets to Eating Out Healthy” Good tips here on how to eat out and stay on a healthy path.
  • “That Pill Can Do What?” New uses for over-the-counter meds that will help what ails you from headaches to muscle soreness to dandruff.

Follow Heath online at: www.Health.com

Overall Grade:

B A good issue but the cover interview sounded really familiar.

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Brooklyn Fit Chick @WomensHealthMag DVD Giveaway Plus Meeting Bob Harper 12

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes

 “Book vs Movie” Podcast “Primary Colors” Episode is Ready!

My Fit Bottomed Girls “Pop Playlist”

My “I Met Bob Harper” Moment (Really!)

Plus: The Women’s Health “The Next Fitness Star Workout DVD Giveaway”

(Plus, My Interview with Emily Schromm!)

Enter to win this DVD!

Enter to win this DVD!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I hope it is warmer by you because here in NYC I am fah-reezing!!!

Not kidding about that because my life is not like a Glen Frey song—the heat is NOT on in my apartment. (Oh ooh oh oh!)

So I am keeping this short and sweet today with my latest news, notes, tidbits plus, information about my newest giveaway–Women’s Health The Next Fitness Star DVD (three of you out there will win one!)

I have decided to cut back on my Vlog schedule as my life is getting very busy and I don’t want to affect the quality. (That sounds pretentious, huh? Sorry about that!)

With that in mind from now on I am publishing them every other week. So next Sunday you will see my face again. Promise!

Anyway, enough of my yakking and let’s boogie. (“This is Spinal Tap” quote for those savvy movie fans out there!)

  • Book Vs Movie Podcast: We are now hosted by Libsyn and you can subscribe to us at our new link on iTunes right here https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bookvsmovies-podcast/id954110320?mt=2. Our newest episode is all about the book/film Primary Colors and for the first time we have a real winner of “Book vs. Movie.” The embedded player is below so let me know what you think and hold on to your knickers because our next episode will be about Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl—squee!!! (Date to come soon!)

 

  • Fit Bottomed Girls Pop Playlist: Many of you know that I am a certified fitness instructor who loves putting a good playlist together (believe me—I sweat over every single song choice!) This past week I posted on Fit Bottomed Girls my choices for a 30-Minute Pop Intervals Playlist which I hope you will enjoy.
  • Oh Hey—I Met Bob Harper! Also this past week on behalf of Fit Bottomed Girls I went to a special event for Daily Burn and guess who I met? BOB HARPER y’all!! Bob was at the CrossFit gym in midtown Manhattan promoting his newest program “Black Fire” which I plan to try out online soon. Wee! I was lucky enough to meet Bob afterwards and ask him his best advice for box jumps and more. You will need to check in with Fit Bottomed Girls to see when my article will run (or just check back here because you know will I will for sure post it.)  In the meantime—enjoy this hot photo I took of Bob. (You’re welcome!)

Bob Harper

  • Women’s Health Magazine “Next Fitness Star” Emily Schromm: This week’s giveaway (that three of you out there will be lucky enough to win, by the way) is a workout DVD from this year’s winner of the Women’s Health—former Real World alum Emily Schromm. Emily was in the Washington DC season which I did not catch so I couldn’t ask her anything about it. Instead I was lucky enough to ask her questions about health and fitness which is what I really do care about. Here it is!
Emily Schromm

Emily Schromm

Brooklyn Fit Chick Interview with Trainer Emily Schromm:

Who are your fitness heroes?

My fitness heroes have always been those badass women who never took no for an answer: Michelle Akers and Mia Hamm, my soccer idols. And Jackie Joyner Kersee, one of the greatest runners of all time who never let asthma stop her. I love seeing people go after what they love to do. That is so heroic to me.

What is your quick “go to” workout when you are crunched for time?

My FAVORITE go-to hotel workout is pairing stair runs with squats! For 15 minutes, I run up the stairs, do 10 squats, jog/waddle back down. If there are no stairs, I set a timer and for one minute do burpees, one minute rest for 5-10 rounds total.  It doesn’t take long until you are in a sweat and those arms are burning.

What is your favorite post workout snack?

I love mixing my whey protein powder with coconut water immediately after a workout. It immediately starts replenishing those muscles to make them stronger, because that is what BURNS fat, and keeps me from feeling sore the next day which then means I can get after it again!

What is your next fitness goal?

My next fitness goal is to make Regionals for The CrossFit Games, to finish my book Bacon and Skinny Jeans, and to continue to help change people’s lives through proper nutrition and exercise.

(Thank you Emily!)

So are you interested in winning a copy of Emily’s “Body Burn Series” DVDs? Well then, here are a few more details…

THE NEXT FITNESS STAR: BODY BURN SERIES with Emily Schromm, the country’s hottest new trainer and the winner of our 2014 The Next Fitness Star contest.

Schromm, 26, is a certified personal trainer in Denver, CrossFit coach and founder of Unleashed Fitness (and, yes, an alum of MTV’s Real World: Washington, D.C.).  Her physique is killer, but it’s her empowering attitude that really shines. When Emily screams at you to bang out one more rep, you do it for this major reason: Her brand of tough love doesn’t break you down; it brings out your true potential. Her effective routine is guaranteed to help check any body-shaping resolution off your list.  THE NEXT FITNESS STAR: BODY BURN DVD SERIES consists of compound moves work multiple muscle groups at once, blasting your core and building strong, toned muscle all over.

More information on the DVD and Emily is below. You can also watch the preview video here: http://www.2015thenextfitnessstar.com/2015thenextfitnessstar/index

Emily’s gut-it-out, grit-it-out, get-it-done workouts work your body with strength training, weight training, and cardio are all built into one so you do more in less time.

Blasting from one exercise to the next with little to no rest, you knock out as many reps as you can in 40 seconds or less. Long after your workout is over, your metabolism is still in over drive. You will blast through every high-intensity workout, fast-paced circuit, and explosive combination move, you’ll fire up your heart rate and push your body hard to help ignite fat burn and explode your metabolism.

ABOUT EMILY SCHROMM: Emily is a former MTV reality TV star turned fitness guru who believes she was put on this earth to inspire the world. She is a full-time personal trainer and CrossFit coach living in Denver, Colorado. Her background in NASM-certified personal training, CrossFit, and biology has allowed her to take her passion for helping people to a whole other level. Emily competes in CrossFit and uses the modifiable, race against-the-clock method to help people push themselves in and out of the gym. Her workout style focuses on functional fitness for every level that allows people to unleash their inner superhero. Her different approach to fitness is intense and out of the norm, but one that she thinks is for everyone. Emily says, “It not only works, it is contagiously fun!”

Women’s Health’s THE NEXT FITNESS STAR: BODY BURN SERIES WITH EMILY SCHROMM includes:

  • 25-Minute Body-Weight Bootcamp: This challenging workout is ALL bodyweight. Do it at home, without a gym, on the road, in a park…anywhere you want.
  • 20-Minute Flat-Belly Fix: It’s time to work those abs! This workout, comprised of 2 circuits of 3 moves each, is filled with Emily’s favorite moves that create a SOLID, functional core. Stay for the finale, there’s a fun little surprise at the end!
  • 15-Minute Fat Blaster: Lifting weights is how you get toned muscles, sexy shoulders and sculpted legs. Here, Emily will show you how lifting weights can also get your heart rate sky high, which is pivotal in fat loss. Getting stronger and burning fat, there is NOTHING better than that!!

{Just a note—Women’s Health magazine is not sponsoring this post and will ship the DVDs directly to the winners. This giveaway is only available in the Continental United States.}

If you want to win “The Next Fitness Star” 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 Next Fitness Star DVD @WomensHealthMag from @brooklynfitchik”
  • If you haven’t already—let me know you are subscribing to my You Tube channel

I will pick three winners at random on Monday, January 26, 2014 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

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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:

Jennifer Widerstrom in Health 001

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? @FitnessMagazine with Demi Lovato! 0

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Fitness

January 2015

Demi Lovato photographed by Chris Fortuna

Demi Lovato photographed by Chris Fortuna

 

Who Is on the Cover of Fitness this Month?

Former Disney Teen Queen Demi Lovato who is about the most accomplished 22-year old I have ever read about in my entire life. Demi is on the road right now with a hyper successful singing career, is the brand ambassador for Sketchers, and has her own skin care line called “Devonne” by Demi. Oh AND she has her own line of hair extensions called Secret Color. (Whew!)

A few years ago things were not looking too good for Demi. Hospitalized for bipolar disorder and bulimia the young star was struggling with mental illness and her self-image. Thankfully she is on something of a health kick with exercise and clean eating being a priority for maintaining her positive mindset.

In her interview with Fitness Demi talks about her favorite workout tunes, how she motivates herself to get a sweat session going wn hen her motivation is low plus her advice for other young women struggling with personal issues.

 

What Do We Learn This Month in Fitness?

“Hot Arms & Abs”

This quickie workout from Barry’s Bootcamp trainer Noah Neiman will help you strengthen and tone your bod in record time.

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“Hot Stuff: The Goods We’re Obsessing Over Now ”

Fitness editors chose a whole page of the cutest fitness gear I can imagine. They all give me the “I wants!”

Hot stuff 001

 

Fitness Better Body Plan”

I love this workout from BFX Studio which uses their EMOM (Every Minute on the Minute) intervals. You can get a video to download onto your iPad by going to www.fitnessmagazine.com/digitalnow.

Better Body plan 001

 

And now the rest of this issue of Fitness:

  • “Stroke Your Metabolism” The Rowing machine is the new “hip” cardio workout to hit the gym and this sample workout will help you burn up to 500 calories an hour.
  • “On the Road to Diabetes?” Diabetes has affected far more friends and family members than I can count so I really want to get the word out there on what people need to look out for to stay healthy. This article highlights that diabetes can hit healthy & fit people as well so be on the lookout for the symptoms and just ditch the cheap sugar habit, people!

Overall Grade:

A- A few really good workouts and smart health stories always make me happy and the January issue did just that!.

You can follow Fitness magazine at www.fitnessmagazine.com

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What Did We Learn This Month? @Goodhealth Health Magazine with Hilary Duff! 0

 

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Health

December 2014

Hilary Duff photographed by Cliff Watts

Hilary Duff photographed by Cliff Watts

Health Cover Star for December:

So have I ever told you guys about my Hilary Duff story? Ten years ago I was working for a teen magazine that is sadly no longer with us (RIP YM!) and once we had the teen queen on our cover.

Hillary was promoting her first album and had a big time CD signing at Virgin Records store in Times Square to celebrate. (Oy, that sentence seems so antiquated now!) Anyhoo– my colleague and I took a stack of magazines over with her smiling face on the cover to see if we could possibly get them autographed for the staff at YM.

I suppose we should have known better than to think we could just show up and say “Hi, we work at a magazine. Can we meet Hillary?” In fact—her security team kept us quite a bit away from the Duffster as she was being greeted by thousands of screaming fans (more than a few crying at the very sight of their teen idol.)

When we were finally able to get a close up look at the star we were told the line was closed and that Hilary had to leave right away. Let’s just say a few young fans were rather heartbroken and the energy changed from super exciting to rather stale and depressing in no time.

The one cool thing that happened though was that a NYC cop yelled out he was a big fan and Hilary leapt over to pose for a few photos with him for the fans who could not get an autograph which I thought was rather sweet.

I will also say my friend and I were worried about the teen star as that up close you could see how tired she was and terribly thin as well. Like scary skinny.

So it makes me so happy to see her now as a fully functioning adult (a mom nonetheless!) looking so happy and healthy inside the magazine.

Anyhoo—Hilary has a new show coming out in January called Younger and it is being produced by Darren Star who only created Sex & the City, people!

So yay Hilary!

Now, what else is inside the December Health?

“Sweat When You’re Sick”

If there is one question I get this time of year as an instructor it’s “hey—can I workout with a cold?” Well I will tell them all to check out the new Health magazine and find out for themselves. You can see it here, however!

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Health Holiday Gift Guide

Of all of their holiday picks for this season I like this page the most. (And I need to get that trigger point foam roller!)

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“I Want Killer Legs”

Yoga diva Kristin McGee shows us why she has some seriously nice gams.

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15 Minutes to a Better Body

Tracy Anderson, official FOG (Friend of Gwyneth), demonstrates some neat core moves you can do just about anywhere when you only have 15 minutes to fit in a workout.

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

  • “Your Breathing: A User’s Manual” I have about every single nasal issue you can imagine so I appreciated this article which talks about all sorts of breathing issues.
  • “Thinner by Dinner!” I am a little obsessed with body shapers and some of the brands featured here look good and are affordable. (Win/win)
  • “Too Many Scans?” Know what to ask your doctor the next time you are scheduled for a CT scan.

Follow Heath online at: www.Health.com

Overall Grade:

B + I liked the gift guide very much and the health features but the workouts were lacking for me. See you next month Health!

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Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 103: Jarvis Cocker, “Text Neck,” “Spin Thighs” Bunk Plus Weight Watchers Stability Ball Giveaway! 18

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #103

Jarvis Cocker “I’m Still Here”

Tracy Anderson’s “Spin” Bunk, The Scourge of the “Text Neck”

Bridget Jones Diary on Book Vs Movie Podcast

Plus: Weight Watchers Stability Ball Kit Giveaway!

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How are you all? Are you good? Me? Thank you for asking—my week started out a big bucket of suck and ended kind of “meh” for me.

Have you ever attempted a challenge and then thought “Can I really be this lame?” I had an unfortunate encounter with someone that I don’t want to dwell on too much but let’s just say their demeanor towards me was the cherry on top of the sh*t sundae that is 2014. Yep, this year has not been that great for me with tons of personal stuff going on that I don’t like to expose to you fine people.

Yet every day I get out of bed and keep working on goals. I have an idea I want to manifest in my life. It’s been tougher than I expected but I WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN. It may take another year of ten years but I am going to bring my dream to life! Whenever I feel broken down, ridiculed, humiliated I remind myself that hell—I am STILL HERE. This is my theme song sung by Jarvis Cocker (written be Stephen Sondheim) and I want to share it with any of you out there that could use a boost (You’re welcome!)

 

Okay now that we all feel empowered; let’s get on to this week’s news and giveaway!

  • Wobble Board Self-Challenge: This is my third week using my Go Fit wobble board whenever I am checking e-mails at my desk. I have a standing desk which I know is better for me than sitting all day but I still tend to stoop over and my posture is suffering.  Overall my experience is that the Wobble Board has been an excellent way for me to proprioceptively challenge my body while still getting work done. Win/win! (No one paid me to say this by the way. I bought it with my own money and this is my true opinion.)
  • Tracy Anderson—the “No Certification Owning Celebrity Personal Trainer” Thinks Spin Classes Make Bulky Thighs: If you know me—you know I have some issues with Tracy Anderson and her offbeat ideas on training and nutrition. First the woman instructs her female clients should never use a weight heavier than 3 pounds because it will give create big arms. (Seriously.) She also sold a diet program a few years ago which was in essence promoting deprivation. Now she is telling the Daily Mail that Spin classes will make you gain weight! This is utter nonsense and it makes me crazy. I will include a sample of her “Dynamic Eating Plan” that was supposed to help you lose weight and detox (another word I hate.) Take a look at it for yourself and tell me if this would satisfy you after working out for her recommended 60-90 minutes per day EVERY DAY!

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Let me confess that I do rather enjoy her mat routines (leg lifts) even though they kill me. She is an interesting choreographer and seems to really put a great deal of effort of trying to make the old look new which is not easy.  However, her fitness advice is not always backed by science so keep that in mind when reading her pronouncements.

What else do I want to talk about today?

  • Do You Know About “Text Neck?” Also from the Daily Mail is this article talking about how poor posture and stooping your neck down to check your phone will add up to 60 pounds of pressure on your neck! That is not good in case you are wondering. Compensations like this can cause major health issues so please take the time and make sure your head and neck are in proper alignment throughout the day!
  • Key & Peele’s Aerobics Challenge: For all of you who love the 1987 clip of the Crystal Light Aerobics Championship that hit the internet this past week you have to check out this hilarious (and very dark) spoof from Key & Peele which is accurate down to the use of the music.
  • Book vs. Movie “Bridget Jones’s Diary”: So what book are we tackling next on the Book vs. Movie podcast? Margo P. (aka “She’s Nacho Mama” and me will talk about the hit book that came out in 1995 (!) plus the beloved film starring initially controversial choice Renee Zellweger so get your granny panties ready for a good chat. (Podcast drop date to come soon!) In the meantime feel free to “like” our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. (Namaste!)
  • Weight Watchers Stability Ball Kit Giveaway: Do you want to win a Weight Watchers Stability Ball Kit? Well then check out the Vlog below and find out how to win! (Continental U.S.only)

Now on to this week’s Vlog and giveaway details!

 

Have a Ball with New Weight Watchers® Fitness Kit!

Beverly Hills, CA – Weight Watchers, the world’s leading provider of weight management services, has two workout kits coming for all fitness levels from Anchor Bay Entertainment. “Weight Watchers: Pick Your Spot Stability Ball Kit” will be available late September 2014 at Wal-Mart stores and www.walmart.com.  This brand new kit includes a stability ball, pump, DVD starring fitness expert Lisa Wheeler and more. It has a suggested retail price of $39.98.

The DVD included in the “Weight Watchers: Pick Your Spot Stability Ball Kit” contains four different 10-minute segments each targeting a specific area of the body; the belly, butt, thighs and the upper body, including the arms and shoulders.  Beginner, intermediate and advanced modifications are demonstrated throughout. Three to five pound dumbbells may be used during the upper body segment by those who feel ready for that challenge. Menu options let users easily program the segments in any order they’d like. The warm up and cool down segments are automatically added. The premium anti-burst, 7P-free stability ball is easily inflated with the hand pump that is included. The kit also includes a 10-week exercise tracker, 10 dessert recipes and over $15 in savings on Weight Watchers products. Instructor Lisa Wheeler has a B.A. in Dance and Theatre and is certified by NASM, ACE and AFAA. She is the national creative program manager of group fitness at Equinox and lives in New York City.

{Just a note—Anchor Bay Entertainment is not sponsoring this post and will ship the Weight Watchers Stability Ball Kit directly to the winner. This giveaway is only available in the Continental United States.}

If you want to win the Weight Watchers Stability Ball Kit featured in the Vlog above 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 “Weight Watchers Kit by @anchorbayent 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, December 1, 2014 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

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