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Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes: New Fit Bottomed Girls Podcast and More! 21

 

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes Summer 2016:

The Launch of the Fit Bottomed Girls Podcast!

Best Core Workouts for Summer Sports and More!

Plus: Book Vs Movie 2nd Anniversary!

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I can’t believe how long it has been since I put up a new blog post but life got a little crazy, busy on the work side. The good news—I am working on a project I pitched to the Fit Bottomed Girls and we are really taking off with it!

A little over two months ago I pitched the idea of producing and co-hosting a podcast for Fit Bottomed Girls and now we are officially a thing which pleases me to no end. It’s been a labor of love that has been taking up a great deal of my time this summer but I must say I am really proud of what we have created to far.

If you want to get more details, check out:

7 Reasons You Need to Subscribe to our Podcast where we go into why we decided to go down this new digital pathway.

For our first episode we spoke to Rebekah “Bex Life” Borucki and discussed with the meditation maven about how to find time  to meditate within a busy life and also what to do when you are feeling like you are in a funk. She was equal parts wise and hilarious—just as you picture her to be!

In upcoming shows, we will have USA Beach Volleyball champ April Ross (!), Shape magazine editor-in-chief Elizabeth Goodman Artis, yoga expert Kristin McGee,  dietitian Frances Largeman-Roth and Refinery 29’s Kelsey Miller (“The Anti-Diet Project.”)

Would love any feedback you have for us and/or if you have any suggestions for guests you want to hear on our new show—let me know in the comments below!

Fit Bottomed Girls Hits:

As some of you know—I am a NYC contributor for Fit Bottomed Girls as well as their new podcast diva and these are some of my favorite stories I have worked on recently for them.

  • If you have ever wondered about taking a DNA test to find out your ancestry plus whatever details your DNA has to do with your health—then check out this piece where I tried three different DNA tests and the results that came in!
  • Do you have any old fitness trackers that you no longer need? Well then you can print out a form linked within this article and help out Recycle Health which is a fabulous non-profit helping to give folks who really need a tracker but perhaps can’t afford one. They will be monitored and researched by the good folks at Tufts University. Win/Win!
  • Okay, so this might be a little dated by now but in June I posted my favorite workout songs of 2016 so far. Some fun tracks are listed if you are looking for inspiration for your playlists.
  • Finally, in this feature I spoke with SUP Yoga expert Chelsea Roller of West Marine to talk about the best core moves you can do to prep for summer water sports such as surfing, kayaking, SUP yoga and water skiing. Check that out here!

Finally, I just wanted to mention that my friend Margo of She’s Nacho Mamas Blog and me just celebrated the two-year anniversary of our podcast with a brand new Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil episode. This is a “do-over” from our first few shows which were not up to our current standards. If you want to check it out—then here you go!

 

That’s it for me this time. Enjoy the rest of your summer and I will be back with new playlist and more very soon. Promise!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes: Cell Phone Scofflaws and Latest FBG Features 12

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes May-ish 2016

A Year Later After Dad

Cell Phone Rudeness

Fit Bottomed Girls Latest Hits

 

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Um, Where Did the Month Go?

I know I say this every few weeks but wow, where on earth does the time go? It’s been almost 6 weeks since I put down some news and notes on this here Blog. Why so long?

Yes, I have been busy which is a good thing. But I realized that on May 16th it was the first anniversary after losing Dad.

It’s been a tough year for sure and we all miss him terribly. I am still wondering if this is a horrible dream sometimes.

However, I have been lucky to have some of the greatest group of friends who have given me love and support at this difficult time. All I can say to them is “thank you.” And I hope any of you reading this post are as lucky as I am to have the support.

If you are ever unsure on what to say when someone experiences a loss and figure it is best to not say anything at all (in order to avoid saying the “wrong” thing)—let me just tell you one thing. All you ever have to say is “I am sorry for your loss.” Trust me—it does the job fine.

My family is in all kinds of states right now as to how they are handling the news one year later. Mom has decided to go a dream vacation to France and I couldn’t be happier for her. (Wish I could have tagged along, but oh well.)

Anyway—I had other things happen this past month so let us get to it, shall we?

Cell Phone Abusers

Do any of you have problems with students using cell phones in class? I feel as if it gets worse every year and I am not sure how to handle it any more. We have signs all over the place and I make an announcement at the beginning of class and yet I still get the occasional mobile phone scofflaw.  How do you all handle this or how does your gym handle this if you are not an instructor?

Fit Bottomed Girls Hits:

As some of you know—I am a NYC contributor for the popular fitness Blog Fit Bottomed Girls and this month I have had some articles featured there including:

  • An awesome Tabata workout from Nikki Metzger, Women’s Health Magazine Next Fitness Star who gave me her favorite kick-butt routine.
  • I was lucky enough to meet two Olympians who will compete at the Summer Olympics—Gabby Douglas and Dana Vollmer! I wrote this piece for Fit Bottomed Mamas and each brought their moms to talk about how their maternal guidance helped them to become ace competitors. Both were just about as nice as you can imagine.

Next month I will post yet another interview I recently had with an Olympian! (Hint—she plays soccer.)

Whew–that’s it for me today!  I will be back soon with magazine reviews, playlists, reviews and so much more. Happy soon-to-be Summer everyone!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes: Getting More “Zen” in My Life, AFFA Certs and Podcast News 13

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes April 2016

Gaining More Zen In My Life, Looking for AFAA Certs, Fit Bottomed Girls Articles, and “Book Vs. Movie” Rocking the iTunes the Charts

Look at Us! Top 300 out of many, many thousands!

Look at Us! Top 300 out of many, many thousands!

                                                                                       

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A Busy Margo is an Unwell Margo:    

I hate people who complain how busy they are. It’s a major pet peeve of mine.  Like, “please feel sorry/be jealous about how much I have going on in my life.” It’s obnoxious and not helpful at all.

Of course, life can get really complicated at times and say during tax season you will be super-pressed for time getting your forms and receipts together. Or during the holidays getting your gifts ready and prepping for travel with the family will leave you feeling stressed. But people who constantly humble/brag how busy they are make me want to scream. (Does anyone else remember the Michael Jackson/Janet Jackson song of that name?)

Well, lately I have been struggling with being overscheduled and having too many things due at once. I try to be cheerful about it when I describe my days/weekends to people but lately I have been finding it very hard to relax in the evening. I will start pacing my apartment when my work day is done (I work mostly from home) and if the weather is decent I will run an errand to get some air. Most mornings I teach fitness so I don’t need an extra workout.

Then a friend recommended I try meditation which has been a bugaboo for me for many, many years. I have an “unquiet” mind that struggles to find focus and frankly I am getting sick of it. I want to learn to meditate and hopefully I will learn to relax and take better care of my mental health.

Soooo, I am pleased to announce that I am going to be making monthly installments to a new site called Fit Bottomed Zen where I will discuss the latest in mediation trends and will give updates on my progress. Wish me luck and if you have any advice for how I can get more “Zen” in my life, please leave tips/suggestions below.

Anyhoo, back to my life the past few weeks…

AFAA credits:

Are any of you fitness instructors? Do you have the same struggle as me to get in your credits every two years to keep your certification? Mine just expired and I now have to fit in so many online classes to get my credits in. Are there any courses you recommend I take? I was thinking pre-natal and post-menopausal women would be good for my group fitness certification (taking care of different generations of women!)

Have YOU taken any classes from AFAA or IDEA lately that you think was extra cool/helpful—please let me know! I am struggling to fit it into my busy schedule! (Hardy Har Har)

Fit Bottomed Girls Hits:

As some of you know—I am a NYC contributor for the popular fitness Blog Fit Bottomed Girls and this month I have had some articles featured there including:

Book Vs Movie Podcast News:

Margo Porras of She’s Nacho Mama’s Blog and I co-host the “Book Vs. Movie” podcast (that you can subscribe to via iTunes at this link) and after 15 months worth of shows and struggling to find our way in a male-dominated world. Well guess what—we are in the top 300 podcast for TV & Movies!!! (Out of a hundred thousand if that gives you any perspective.) We are very excited about this milestone and we are also looking for suggestions for book/movie adaptations. So if you have any suggestions—please let me know in the comments below or email us at bookversusmoviepodcast@gmail.com

Whew–that’s it for me today!  I will be back soon with magazine reviews, playlists, reviews and so much more. Happy Spring Everyone!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Wins Cool Yoga Mat from @Reebok & @TaraStiles 32

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes February 2016

Winning a Yoga Mat from Reebok & Tara Stiles!!

Fit Bottomed Girls Latest Articles Talkin’ HIIT Workouts

and Lower Ab Moves

Plus:

 “Book vs Movie” The Perks of Being a Wallflower

 Reebok Yoga

 

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I am one of those people who love to complain how I won exactly one trophy when I was a kid. It was by the local Fire Department and they asked for kids in my grade to paint something that would speak to fire prevention. My family was big into camping at the time so I create a pastiche to forest fires which earned me first place which felt great!

(Here I am with my usual tennis shoes and messy hair.)

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After that sweet win—personal victories have escaped me. I have won on teams and as part of a group effort but those solo prizes have been few and far between.

Never a winner when my Blogger peeps have a giveaway and I have entered almost every sweepstakes from Shape and SELF magazine with no results except SPAM emails from affiliate advertisers.

You know that game where you have to guess the number of jelly beans in a jar in order to win the prize?

What are the odds a person actually picks the actual number of beans and winds up coming in second because it was a two-way tie decided by a coin toss? (Me at the age of ten and I have NEVER played one of those games since then. It still stings to think about it…)

Well my luck change recently when I noticed a tweet from Reebok which had a photo of yoga goddess Tara Stiles signing a yoga mat. The tweet asked “what would you do if you won a yoga mat signed by Tara” and I quickly wrote back that I would finally learn how to perform a crow pose.

Well guess what? My lucky streak is starting to happen in 2016 because I received the following tweet:

Reebok Tweet

 

Yippee! The mat arrived in two days and this cat lady is very happy with the design!

Reebok Yoga Mat Cat

Now I just need to learn how to do the crow pose—LOL! Any advice for a crow pose-fearing yoga newbie– leave them in the comments below and hopefully I will be able to nail it sooner than later! (Will post pictures of my progress!)

Thanks so much Reebok & Tara! You really made me feel special. (My cats are enjoying laying on it, by the way!)

Fit Bottomed Girls Hits:

As some of you know—I am a NYC contributor for the popular fitness Blog Fit Bottomed Girls and this month I have had some articles featured there including:

  • A 30-minute HIIT workout that will rock you like a hurricane! In this one I combine High Intensity Intervals of cardio busts with weight bearing moves to get an intense workout in a short amount of time. In case you are wondering about my credentials—I am a certified personal trainer from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and have my group fitness certification from AFAA and try every workout myself before I hit the publish button. Let me know what you think of it!
  • Lower Ab Movies: I also reach out to my favorite health & fitness peeps with their best advice for different kinds of workouts and in this one they offer their favorite lower abs moves to lose the tummy pooch.

Book Vs Movie Podcast News:

Margo Porras of She’s Nacho Mama’s Blog and I co-host the “Book Vs. Movie” podcast (that you can subscribe to via iTunes at this link) and after being on the over a year our numbers keep going up and up. For example—in December we had the most downloads in our history happen and then in January we went up 50% over that which is totally insane but we are having so much fun with it.

Our newest episode was suggested by a fan—Perks of Being a Wallflower which we both love. I have it here if you want to listen to it but I also want to know what your favorite book to movie adaptions are and what we should cover next. Merci in advance!

 

Oh well, that’s it for me today.  I will be back soon with magazine reviews, playlists, reviews and so much more!!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick News: Book Vs. Movie Podcast, Top Songs of 2015 and Piriformis Syndrome 14

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes End of 2015 Special!

 Book vs Movie Podcast Episodes: “The Devil Wears Prada” & “Fried Green Tomatoes

Call-Outs for Top Songs of 2015

Advice for Piriformis Syndrome

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Simply cannot believe 2015 is coming to a close and while I am trying to make sense of a year which had far more “lows” than “highs” I wanted to take the time to say ‘”thank you.”  Thanks to every single one of my readers who check out my Blog and make comments. It is SO appreciated.

I discovered my voice while working on “Brooklyn Fit Chick.com” four years ago and have made some of the greatest friends in the whole world in the Blogosphere. I am looking forward to all of the new lessons you have to teach me in 2016 and hope I can make a positive impact in your life as well.

If nothing else—I promise to make you giggle from time to time!

As I get my last few posts written for 2015 allow me the chance to talk about a few news & notes going through my brain right now.

Book Vs Movie Podcast News:

Margo Porras of She’s Nacho Mama’s Blog and I co-host the “Book Vs. Movie” podcast (that you can subscribe to via iTunes at this link) and this past year we really kicked serious butt with the downloads. (As Homer Simpson would say—woo hoo!) And believe me when I tell you that hardly anyone I personally know (except for my mother) listens to us so that is pretty damn cool!

Our two top episodes so far are Gone Girl and The Outsiders. If you have any suggestions for us on your favorite book to movie adaptations, leave a comment below and/or at our Facebook Page. (We are always looking for ideas!)

In the meantime, here are our last two episodes talking about The Devil Wears Prada and Fried Green Tomatoes. (Our next one will be Waiting to Exhale and will come out in early January.)

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Top Songs for 2015:

Many of you know already that I am a fitness instructor with a passion for putting together the “just right” playlist for each class. I feel as if it is my chance each hour to not only enable good health for a fellow human being but to also get to be a DJ with a captive audience. (I have some control issues to work out…)

My students know that if they want to treat me to a present at the holidays an iTunes gift card will do nicely. I post my personal playlists on this Blog as frequently as I can plus I create them for Fit Bottomed Girls with special themes ranging “Madonna vs. Lady Gaga” to Halloween.

This week I plan to post my picks for the top songs of 2015 and am curious which ones would be on your list? What new tunes did you really dig this year? Here is my handful to start:

  • I Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd
  • “Hotline Bling” by Drake
  • The Wolf” by Mumford & Sons
  • Adventure of a Lifetime” by Coldplay
  • Ship to Wreck” by Florence & The Machine

Let me know your picks for 2015 in the comments below!

Piriformis Trouble:

Last month I told you all that I was having hamstring issues from all of my years of cycling. Unfortunately it looks as if it is a little worse than that. In fact, my symptoms are indicating that I have Piriformis Syndrome which is (if I can be a little crude here) a pain in my butt. This occurs when the piriformis muscle compresses on your sciatic nerve causing a radiating pain down the leg.

It hurts when I sit or lie down for too long and getting out of bed in the morning (if I forget to sleep on a heating pad) is a chore.

Ibuprofen and my BelleCore Body Buffer are my new best friends.  I have been instructed to foam roll as often as a I can and to sit and roll on two lacrosse balls to undo that knot in my muscle twice per day. Icing it down helps a bit as well but every time I see wooden or metal chair my inside my inner voice says “oh sh*t!”

It makes me a bit grumpy to be slowed down in any way but I know that if I do things correctly now it will pay off in the long run. My question for y ’all is if any of you have been through this can you give me your best advice?  I am eager to try just about anything at this point. Thank you in advance!

Oh well, that’s it for me today.  I will be back soon with magazine reviews, playlists, reviews and so much more. I hope you have a wonderful last week of 2015!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: Featuring Eminem, The Weeknd, JR JR and More! 15

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“Gone” Playlist (50 Minute-Ride)

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How on earth did a whole month go by without me creating a new playlist? Sheesh! You know how it is—Thanksgiving shows up out of nowhere and the next thing you know there are gifts to buy, breads to bake and multiple holiday cards to send. It’s a wonder I was able to sneak one in this past week but I did just that (patting herself on the back.)

Let me know what you think of it and remember—I need song suggestions, always. So be sure to post them in the comments below!

Thanks!

  • Gone: JR JR

The band’s PR rep got in touch with me via my work for Fit Bottomed Girls where I am compiling a peppy/upbeat playlist to post sometime in January.

Those of you who actually know me would not exactly call me “peppy” (spastic, yes but not peppy.) However, this song just got under my skin and I decided to use it in classes this past weekend and everyone loved it. So there you go!

 

  • Welcome to Paradise: Green Day

For every class I teach I make sure  the “second” song is a butt kicker to get everyone in gear and to really get their collective heartrates up. This song might just be a wee bit too fast but, so what? It works!

 

  • Mass Romantic: The New Pornographers

One of my favorite Canadian bands really cooks with this playful tune that has a jangly sound. (I like me some jangle!)

 

  • Adventure of a Lifetime: Coldplay

I know there are Coldplay haters that exist in the world but I don’t give a rat’s butt about any of them. They know how to craft music  that will make you want to move and bop your head to the beat. #teamchrismartin

 

  • Lose Yourself: Eminem

True story—the gym’s stereo broke over this past weekend and I had to use a little boom box in a big room to teach my classes.  That in and of itself was bad enough, but having to play this amazing song by Eminem with a low volume almost killed me! You need volume to really raise the roof with this one. (Truth)

 

  • The Wolf: Mumford & Sons

Thee is nary a banjo in this one from the British band that really rocks it out here.

 

  • 2 Heads: Coleman Hell

Another Canadian (Thunder Bay, Ontario!) on my list and this one DOES indeed use a banjo with amazing results on his song here.

 

  • Can’t feel My Face: The Weeknd

ANOTHER Canadian (Toronto!) and this is his biggest hit in the U.S. so far. Just try to listen and move to the beat—it’s impossible!

 

  • Price Tag: Jessie J

I love this song because it mixes unbridled optimism with a fun /not-posh British accent.

 

  • Cannibal: Silversun Pickups

The Silversun Pickups write songs that are so hard charging and excellent that they are virtually all perfect for high speed sprints and intervals.

 

  • Please Don’t Leave Me: P!nk

Alecia Moore (P!nk’s real name!) writes some of the sweetest ear candy in the whole world and this romantic song always gets to me.

 

  • Time to Pretend: MGMT

Whatever happened to this band? Does anyone know?

 

  • Song for Someone: U2

Some people groused about getting a whole free album downloaded (for free!) into their iTunes accounts by one of the biggest bands of all time. (First world problems, people!) I on the other hand think it’s one of their best efforts and this song in particular is beautiful.

 

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

 

Until next time…

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Brooklyn Fit Chick: News & Notes #Ryka #UnderArmour #TomTomSpark #Hello Fresh #Brooks #BelleFit 34

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes:

 “Book vs Movie” Podcast Episodes: The Bad Seed & The Silence of the Lambs

TomTom Spark Cardio & Music GPS Fitness Watch

Ryka, Under Armour and Brooks Running Events

“Hello Fresh” Meal Delivery Service

The Hamstring That Decided to Go Ow! (Belle Fit Body Buffer)

“The Ultimate Madonna Vs. Lady Gaga Playlist”

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I am so sorry for my lack of posting lately—this past month I have been very busy with new clients (thankfully,) tons of fitness events to cover for Fit Bottomed Girls (my homies,) a hamstring strain that has baffled me, a delivery service to try out (which was amazing,) playlists to put together (they do not create themselves) and miles to go before I sleep. (A literary reference but also the truth—I am having major sleep issues lately–grrr!)

Well I am back and ready to talk about my latest news and notes for you beautiful people. So let’s get to it, shall we?

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes:

Book Vs Movie Podcast News: Margo Porras of She’s Nacho Mama’s Blog and I co-host the “Book Vs. Movie” podcast (that you can subscribe to via iTunes at this link) and for the Halloween spooky season we decided to cover a couple of classics for horror fans. William March’s The Bad Seed and Thomas Harris’ The Silence of the Lambs which we are really proud of.

It’s funny how you do something just for the love of it and to release some creative energy out to the world and then you get pretty good at it! We produce, edit and promote every episode out of joy for books and movies and now we are getting thousands of downloads a month. Whoa!

(Does this sound like I am bragging?  I hope not! I’m just excited about our journey.)

If any of you out there want to learn more about podcasting and how it can help expand your brand—let me know!

What are your favorite books to movies adaptations? I want to hear about them in the comments below!

 

Fitness Events a Plenty: I am the NYC reporter for Fit Bottomed Girls.com and because of that I get to attend many cool events and this past month has been some of my best yet. Such as…

TomTom Spark Cardio & Music GPS Fitness Watch Event: Are you familiar with TomTom products? They have GPS systems on the market and are mainly based in Holland and Boston which I think is really cool for some crazy reason.

Well, they are now entering the world of fitness by creating GPS watches that will hold up to 500 MP3s, can sync with your playlists, count your steps and calories, offer coaching which you can use with Bluetooth headphones, help you train for marathons, cycling, swimming, the treadmill and more. Plus, it is waterproof!

You can read an early review of the TomTom Spark Cardio & Music GPS Fitness Watch from Backcountry.com and here is a look at it as it appears on my arm right now.  It sits right next to my Fitbit jewelry from my new client Bezels & Bytes and I plan to use both in my training for the new few months and will report on it soon.

TomTom Spark Cardio & Music GPS Fitness Watch & Bezels & Bytes Basketweave Bracelet

TomTom Spark Cardio & Music GPS Fitness Watch & Bezels & Bytes Basketweave Bracelet

The event included a super fun workout that I could participate in as my hamstring was bothering me so I took a picture of the room with my fellow fitness peeps and it turns out my Blogger buddy Nicole of Fitfulfocus.com was sitting on the floor in green tights right in front of me and I totally missed her! You can see her for yourself here (Nicole–I will make it up to you!)

Tom Tom Watch Event

Rykä Kinetic: The makers of the women-only fitness gear brand trotted out some of their upcoming spring and summer collections and gifted me with the Kinetic trainer which I plan to break in this week. The pink box attracted my kitty (Sweet Sarah) and I have to let all you fitness pros know that you can earn tons of discounts with them by joining Ryka fit so get right on it! (Photo of Kinetic and Sweet Sarah)

Ryka Shoes

Under Armour: I love this brand for their tech gear and beautiful style and their upcoming collections do not disappoint. I will post a Spring trends feature soon enough but in the meantime I got this lovely chunky knit collection as part of my goodie bag. (Thanks Under Armour!)

Under Armour Event Goodies

Brooks Running: I had three events in one night to go to and I was cranky, hungry and tired when I checked out the upcoming 2016/2017 collections for Brooks Running (THE running shoe brand I hear about most from my marathon loving peeps.) Loved everything I saw and begged for samples which hopefully I will get to try out soon for a gear roundup.

They had an artist at the event as well creating an artwork designed to honor NYC runners. They asked me what is my favorite part of the NYC marathon I told them it was cheering on all of the participants so they included it into the piece—see!

Brooks Running Art

Hello Fresh As part of my upcoming piece on how to keep your New Year’s resolutions by using a food delivery service plan and I was keyed into Hello Fresh as they are the largest home food-delivery service globally, which offers subscribers a variety of delicious and healthy meals made of farm-fresh, seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients – all pre-measured and conveniently delivered to their doorsteps. They work with the country’s best purveyors to deliver premium quality ingredients in every box.

I loved my first meals with them including butter-braised chicken with thyme roasted carrots. Will let you know when that feature runs in January!

Hello Fresh

Hamstring Trouble: After years of cycling way too many miles and looking for every reason in the world to NOT take regular yoga classes I finally have a repetitive motion injury—a strained hamstring. People, I am in pain! For the last few weeks I have been icing and stretching it as best that I can but one day (in a pouty mood) I mention on Twitter my injury and the reps from BelleCore Body Buffer got in touch with me to try out their product to see if it could help me.

The Baby Belle Fit is an easy-to-handle massager that enhances stretching, soothes sore joints, warms up the muscles and help speed muscle recovery. I was a little dubious if it would work (you only need to use it for five minutes tops per muscle group) but guess what—it did help! I have been using it twice a day for the last week (morning and night) on my hamstrings and my IT band and am very happy with the results so far. I will discuss more in a future column talking about how to recover from injuries but for those of you creating a “wish list” for the holidays—this could be a dream gift for many of you!

Belle Fit

Lastly today—I wanted to pass along my newest playlist for Fit Bottomed Girls—the Madonna vs. Lady Gaga showdown. If you are a fan of either of them, let me know what you think. Also—send me song ideas because  I need to jazz up my playlists. Thank you in advance!

Oh well, that’ all for me this week. I will be back soon with magazine reviews, playlists, reviews and so much more. Later gators!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes: Wahlburgers, New Balance Gear & Rodney Yee in Central Park! 20

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes:

 “Book vs Movie” Podcast Episode “Jaws” & “Jurassic Park”

The Coney Island Wahlburgers

Plus: My Fun Times as a Fit Bottomed Girl Checking Out New Balance Gear &

Taking in Some Yoga with Rodney Yee (!!)

Just me and thousands of my fellow New Yorkers doing yoga in the park

Just me and thousands of my fellow New Yorkers doing yoga in the park

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Oh where oh where does the time go?  I don’t know about you but my August this year was very, very busy with work, teaching and a week-long visit from my mom (yay!) I had a wonderful time and as I type this post it is Labor Day which is one of those signpost holidays that signifies that summer will soon leave us.

Instead of being sad about letting my second favorite season (after autumn, of course) leave us until next year—I want to talk about some of the fun things I have been up to and am eager to hear how your summer has been unfolding. (Comment below!)

So, let’s get to it!

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes:

Book Vs Movie Podcast News: Margo Porras of She’s Nacho Mama’s Blog and I co-host the “Book Vs. Movie” podcast (that you can subscribe to via iTunes at this link) and we have just released two new episodes since we last “spoke.” First we uncover the 70’s classic Jaws (yes, it was a book first) and then we talked about Jurassic Park. I have embedded them below if you are interested in checking them out. Margo and I are planning out our fall schedule so if you have suggestions for us—mention them below in the comments!

 

Mom & I Meet a Wahlberg and it Was Wicked Fun: It’s been ages since my mother and I had some bonding time that didn’t include my family or siblings so I was thrilled when she decided to take an impromptu visit to New York. We had an amazing time including a visit to the Freedom Tower, taking in the latest production of The King and I (which is off the hook amazing,) strolled along the NYC Highline (which has a HUGE Lego exhibit) and finishing things off with a visit to Coney Island. (We really took the town!)

As luck would have it Mom and I arrived on the opening day of the Coney Island “Wahlburgers” which thrilled me to bits since I am a fan of the Wahlburgers Reality Show on A&E and love to try out a new burger joint when they pop up in my borough. Even though they had some kinks to work out with getting the burgers out in a timely fashion (the line went out the door!) it was still fun to watch Paul Wahlberg come out and greet fans. He is the brother of two famous Wahlbergs (actors Donnie and Mark) and the hardworking dude was so focused on his business that we saw him actually going out to clean the windows of the establishment (no slacker, he.)

If you are in Coney Island I say check them out and NOT Nathan’s Famous hot dog joint which has been around forever and is an institution but the quality I am sad to say has greatly declined over the years.

Here are some of our favorite moments from her visit. (And if you don’t already, follow me on Instagram at “BrooklynFitChick” and I will follow you back!)

 

The Highline #nyc #highlinenyc

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Metropolitan Museum of Art #nyc #museum #newyork #summer

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#wahlbergs @wahlburgers_ #coneyisland #paulwahlberg quite a wait here!

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Fit Bottomed Girls Articles: I am a proud NYC team member of the Fit Bottomed Girls which means I get invited to some nifty events from time to time. Recently I was given the opportunity to see the New Balance Spring & Fall 2016 collection for women and let’s just say I am swooning for some of these items. See them for yourself!

 

Did you know that New Balance hosts Girls Night Out events around the country? Basically, it’s a chance to work with a local fitness star and then socialize with your new fitness BFFs and I am definitely checking that out as soon as I can. Have you ever been to one?

And just to make you a little jealous of me—check out this wicked cute goodie bag I got from the event that was filled with New Balance gear—score!

 

Lolë White Tour: OMG—this was just about my favorite event I have attended in Central Park. Canadian yoga gear company Lolë is hosting events in both the U.S. and Canada wherein thousands of participants clad in all-white gear (to symbolize peace) practice yoga with top instructors in a show of togetherness and tranquility.

Now—anyone who knows me will tell you I am usually clad in dark colors as I feel with my size and complexion it is more flattering for me.

However, Lolë offered journalists their gear to wear to the event so off I went and you can see some of the amazing footage at this link from the event.

The best part? In one of the segments of the evening practice I was taught by yoga master Rodney Yee who is just about one of my favorites of all time. His Yoga for Beginners DVD is one of my “go-to” workouts when my hip flexors are really tight. I have a few images from that event as well.

Oh you know. Just taking a yoga session with @rodneyyee @elenabrower in Central Park #yoga #nyc #centralpark #lolewhite

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Do you have a favorite yoga DVD?

That’s all for me this week. I will be back soon with magazine reviews, playlists, reviews and so much more. Let’s collectively say “goodbye” to summer and look forward to all of what Fall will bring us!

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Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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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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Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes: Yoga in Times Square, BFF Playlist, Top NYC Bike Rides & More 17

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes

Yoga in Times Square (Really!)

“Book vs Movie” Podcast News (The Help and Less Than Zero)

The Fit Bottomed Girls “BFF” Playlist

My Top Bike Rides in NYC (Terry Bikes)

Me getting my "om" on in Times Square!

Me getting my “om” on in Times Square!

Hey Gang!

The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of activity between work, life and you know—trying to fit in a fun activity or two. My summer has been a little too busy for my taste but I am hoping things will settle down soon and I can better about staying in touch. So let me tell you about a few things happening in my world and then I want to hear what is going on with you!

Without further ado—let’s get to this week’s main post!

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes:

Yoga in Times Square (For Reals!): June 21, 2015 was declared the world’s first “International Day of Yoga” with fabulous Zen-like events taking place around the globe including the annual Summer Solstice in Times Square which I covered a few years ago for Fit Bottomed Girls. It was so magical that when I had the chance to once again go into the middle of NYC and do some yoga on a hot summer afternoon—I jumped at it.

It is indescribable the feeling of trying out the mountain pose or a backward bend and being in the middle of one of the most celebrated places in the world. Somehow in the heat, humidity, car noises and usual tourists rambling about we were able to find a peaceful place in our minds. I wish I had taken more photos but I was just so caught up in the moment that I only have these to share with you. Next time you will all just have to out here with me to see it for yourself!

Did you celebrate International Day of Yoga? Where were you and what classes did you take?

 Times Square Yoga 3

Times Square Yoga

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) had planned to record our first “80s” era episode with the classic Less Than Zero when Amazon Prime decided to NOT ship her DVD in time (grrr.) Have no fear—we will record that podcast very soon because we are both DYING to talk about Andrew McCarthy and James Spader but it gave us an opportunity to turn to the vaults.

Soooo we decided to go back to our archives and release a past episode where we discussed The Help. (Many people have asked for this one!)

Did you read/see The Help? What did you think of it? I have the link below if you want to check it out for yourself.

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: I am lucky enough to write for Fit Bottomed Girls and this past week they had their annual “BFF” (Best Friend Forever) celebration where they talked about how amazing (and much needed) a BFF is on our lives ( I certainly love mine!) So I put together the BFF Workout Playlist and wanted to ask you—what song reminds you of your BFF? What would you add to my list?

Terry Bikes Ambassador: Those of you who know me know that I am a woman who loves her bike and try to ride it as often as I can. Terry Bikes makes the best riding gear for women who are serious athletes and the cutest (and appropriate) streetwear for ladies who like to look effortlessly chic on a bike. Being their Brand Ambassador means I get to try out new gear form time to time which is THE BEST! In return I write them some Blog posts form time to time and in this one I talk about my favorite places to ride in NYC.

Where do you go bike riding?

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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Ox Ox,

BFC

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