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What Did We Learn This Month? @OxygenMagazine with Nicole Wilkins

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Oxygen

March 2014

Nicole Wilkins photographed by Robert Reiff
Nicole Wilkins photographed by Robert Reiff

 

What Do We Learn This Month in Oxygen?

 

“Bringing Her Abdominal Game”

Cover model Nicole Wilkins (2013 Olympia Champion) talks about her workout program (unfortunately, due to injuries she had to drop out of this year’s Arnold Sports Festival,)  pre-show superstitions and her secret love of cheesy romance novels.

Nicole also shows us some of her favorite ab moves including the V-Up (see below.)

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“Power-Up Sprints”

If you are looking for an indoor treadmill workout that features uphill sprints (Not me, I get tired just thinking about that!) this plan will help you build muscles and torch calories.

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“The Only 7 Moves You Need for Fab Abs”

Oxygen asked top trainers and coaches for their best tips for getting your core in ab-fab shape.

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“4 Weeks to Lean Thighs and a Tight Butt”

Thankfully we have a badass model (Tamara Haddad) who has real muscles to show these moves created by Rachel Cosgrove.

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And now the rest of this issue of Oxygen:

  • “Arnold Essential Kit” You want to compete at “the Arnold?” You better look at page 67 and then work it!
  • “Fuel Up, Feel Great” the latest new food products on the market going after the healthy eater.

Overall Grade:

B Lots of good workouts here but some of the other features were less than interesting to me.

You can follow Oxygen magazine at www.Oxygenmag.com

Until next time…

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What Did We Learn This Month? @OxygenMagazine with Erin Stern on the Cover @ErinFAST #sweatpink

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Oxygen: December 2013

Erin Stern photographed by Robert Reiff
Erin Stern photographed by Robert Reiff

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there! Oxygen magazine is back and still with us (yay!) so let us dive into the December issue, shall we?

What Do We Learn This Month in Oxygen?

 

“Setting the Bar High”

In 2008 Erin Stern (Oxygen’s cover star) missed the Olympic high jump by a few centimeters but the plucky athlete quickly took off in the world of figure competitions finishing second at Olympia this year. Oxygen talked to Erin about her tough training program (some of which you can see below) plus her need to clear the six foot high jump.

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 “Winter Wants”

The editors of Oxygen offer their top picks for holiday gifts.

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“Fab in Fifteen”

Quickie workouts that will fit into anyone’s busy schedule.

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“Unusual Suspects”

If you are looking for yummy ways to add more protein to your daily meals—try one some of these clean eats (and let me know what you think of them!)

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And now the rest of this issue of Oxygen:

  • “Cheers!” Tosca Reno (my personal hero) talks about staying fit and healthy during the holiday season.
  • “Four Minutes to Fat Loss” Using the principles of Tabata to get in a tough workout in just four minutes time.
  • “Train Stronger, Last Longer” How to properly use creatine to “fuel your workouts.”
  • “Four Rules for Flat Abs” Advice on how to tighten your abs.

Overall Grade:

A- Love you Oxygen and glad you are still around with us!

You can follow Oxygen magazine at www.Oxygenmag.com

Until next time…

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What Did We Learn This Month? Oxygen Magazine is Back! @OxygenMagazine

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Oxygen: November 2013

Felicia Romero photographed by Stewart Volland
Felicia Romero photographed by Stewart Volland

It’s back!!! One of my favorite magazines in the world is on newsstands again and I could not be happier so let’s get back to recapping!

 

What Do We Learn This Month in Oxygen?

“Fresh Start”

The November cover star is Felicia Romero (above) who plans to return to figure competing while also continuing her work with the “Fun Fit” workout group for kids in her native Arizona.

 

 “Go the Distance”

So have you been watching your runner friends compete in marathons and think to youself “hmmm—maybe I should give it a go?” Well Oxygen has a 12-Week Half Marathon training plan to help you get inspired for the 2014 season.

 

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“Bring Up the Burn”

Lori Harder’s butt-kicking workout is getting me inspired this month!

 

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“One Workout Two Ways”

Badass trainer Rita Catolino shows how to use more muscle groups during strenuous workouts to make them even more effective in less time.

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“Stair Sprints”

Try out this drill at your local track, park or stadium to get your cardio and body conditioning in while we can all still enjoy the great outdoors. (Winter is just around the corner, people!)

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And now the rest of this issue of Oxygen:

  • “Cause for Celebration” My personal hero, Tosca Reno writes a “welcome back” essay and promises Oxygen will work hard to continue helping fit women of all ages “stay young, purposeful, inspired and driven.” Yay!
  • “Macro Management” If you are looking to calculate your protein, carb and fats and need help with the “right combo of nutrients” then be sure to check out this article.
  • “The Easiest Gluten-Free Meals Ever” Yes, please!
  • “The Silver Linings Playbook” Olympic rower and silver medalist Rachelle Viinberg talks about overcoming injuries plus she explains the difference between training for a sporting event and training for a photo shoot.

Overall Grade:

A So damn happy to have you back Oxygen! You have been missed!

You can follow Oxygen magazine at www.Oxygenmag.com

Until next time…

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: A Spooky Halloween Ride #sweatpink

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“Halloween” (45-minute Ride)

Simpsons

 

Boo! Alright you ghosts and goblins—here is my Halloween-themed that I hope you enjoy. I avoided the clichéd stuff like Monster Mash or a “hit from hell” (Hangin’ Tough) and tried to find tunes that are spooky and interesting.

I hope you all have a great week and get tons of candy!

 

  • Don’t Fear the Reaper: Blue Oyster Cult

Such a great song and who couldn’t use more cowbell in their lives?

 

  • Disco Inferno: The Trammps

If only because I love the defiant way they spell their name.

 

  • Psycho Killer: Talking Heads

Everyone loves this song and it has an excellent, consistent beat.

 

 

  • Devil Inside: INXS

Remember how hot Michael Hutchence was?

 

 

  • Dead Man’s Party: Oingo Boigo

This song always reminds me of the Rodney Dangerfield classic Back to School.

 

 

  • Hell: Squirrel Nut Zippers

Back in the 90s there was a resurgence of swing music and this band did it pretty damn well.

 

 

  • Spooky:  Dusty Springfield

A cool classic by a white lady from England who sounds like a Southern black chanteuse.

 

 

  • People Are Strange: The Doors

For some reason I have been meeting people lately who tell me they are not fans of The Doors. Just as with Bowie last week I say– “Well, you are just f***ing wrong!”

 

 

  • The Time Warp: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Of course.

 

  • Werewolves of London: Warren Zevon

Such a talented guy and he wrote so many great songs but he is mainly known for this one which I still think is pretty cool. (The actual werewolf in the video is hilarious by the way.)

 

  • Thriller: Michael Jackson

The full video for your viewing pleasure.

 

  • Witchcraft: Frank Sinatra

One of my favorites from Old Blue Eyes!

 

Until next time…

 

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Training Tips from Jennifer Van Allen of @RunnersWorld (Part 2) #runchat #sweatybetties

Brooklyn Fit Chick Special Interview!

Jennifer Van Allen

Special Projects Editor of Runner’s World and author of Runner’s World Big Book of Marathon and Half-Marathon Training

 

Runner's World August 2013
Runner’s World August 2013

Hey Gang!

Today I am featuring the second part of my interview with Jennifer Van Allen (Special Projects Editor) of Runner’s World where she talks about her favorite training tips for runners. Please know that you should plan to run frequently for at least a year before planning your first marathon.

Enjoy!

Jennifer Van Allen/Runner’s World

Jennifer Van Allen/Special Projects Editor of Runner's World
Jennifer Van Allen/Special Projects Editor of Runner’s World

 

Completing a marathon is an amazing, life-changing experience. Covering 26.2 miles (a distance most people hate to even drive!) on foot helps you discover just how strong you are, how much more powerful you are than you could have ever possibly imagined. And once you make those discoveries on the road, that new sense of power, and self-confidence spills over into other corners of your life – your friendships, your career, your love life, etc.   Every finish line is just the start of a whole new adventure.

However, we typically recommend that you have at least one year of experience running regularly (3 to 5 times per week), then follow at least a 16-week training program to prepare for the event. (Runner’s World offers over a dozen marathon training plans, for people of all abilities and level of fitness at runnersworld.com/trainingplans.com)

We also offer the Runner’s World Challenge, an online coaching service for folks training for marathons and half-marathons. http://www.runnersworld.com/challenge

For half-marathons, it’s best if you have at least six months to a year of experience running regularly, and follow a 10 to 14-week training program. (RW has over a dozen of those plans too at runners world.com/trainingplans).

Why bother with a training plan?

A plan helps you gradually build up the fitness you need to cover 13.1 or 26.2 miles feeling strong without getting hurt. One of the biggest challenges of training for a long-distance race is getting to the starting line injury free. Many runners run too many miles too fast, before their bodies are ready, or without giving them enough opportunity to recover, and they develop overuse injuries, like shin splints, IT band syndrome, plantar fasciitis, runner’s knee, etc. That’s because the musculoskeletal system (bones, ligaments, joints) take much longer to adapt to running than the cardiovascular system (the heart and the lungs.)

So, with a training plan you gradually build your mileage, starting with 20 to 30 miles per week with a 10-mile long run, and peaking with a 50 to 60-mile week with a 20-mile long run. Most plans also have a built in taper, a period of reduced mileage in the weeks before the race, to give your body a chance to recover from the work it’s endured, and rest up for the race effort ahead. Most importantly, the plan will feature longer two to three-hour runs to prepare your feet, lungs, legs, heart, and head for the challenge of covering the race distance.

Those long runs are “race rehearsals,” so in addition to getting accustomed to spending hours on your feet, as you’ll have to do on race day, you’ll also get an opportunity to try out different type of gear, shoes, apparel, and fueling. There are so many different products on the market. There’s no one product that’s best for everyone. So you have to find out what product is best for you.

One of the key aspects of training is learning how to eat on the run. When you’re on the road for more than 75 minutes at a time, you’ll need to refuel with 30 to 60 grams of carbs/hour on the road. This helps keep your energy levels stable all the way to the finish, so you avoid hitting the fabled “wall.” Many people use products like energy gels, sports drinks, chews, and even real food to do this. It’s important to start regularly fueling about 30 minutes into the long run or race, and keep refueling at regular intervals all the way to the finish. If you wait until you’re tired or hungry, it’s too tough to catch up.

A lot of the race day advice boils down to “do what’s worked for you during training.” Each person is different in terms of the types of foods they can tolerate while they’re on the road. So it takes time to test out different products to figure out what works for you.

Thank you again Jennifer!!!!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Interview with Jennifer Van Allen of Runner’s World @runnersworld #runchat #sweatybetties

Brooklyn Fit Chick Special Interview

Jennifer Van Allen

Special Projects Editor of Runner’s World and author of Runner’s World Big Book of Marathon and Half-Marathon Training

Runner's World August 2013
Runner’s World August 2013

Hey Gang!

I am planning on walking either my first marathon or half-marathon this coming Saturday with Walk the Walk NYC and decided that I needed the best of the best to advise me on how to train and what to expect for my big first—whatever it turns out to be. (Check out my latest Vlog where I go into my dilemma in more detail.)

So the good people at Runner’s World offered me a chance to interview their Special Projects Editor, Jennifer Van Allen who in turn gave me so much great information that I am posting this in two parts. Wee!

Today Jennifer advises gives us her best tips for handling your first marathon and half-marathon. Tomorrow will feature her advice for proper training techniques. Enjoy and happy running (or walking!)

 

Jennifer Van Allen/Special Projects Editor of Runner's World
Jennifer Van Allen/Special Projects Editor of Runner’s World

RUNNER’S WORLD TIPS FOR MARATHONS & HALF-MARATHONS

Even for seasoned racers, the days before a marathon or half-marathon can be stressful. With all the hope and hard work that you invested in your goal event, you want to arrive at the starting line feeling calm, healthy, and ready to run your best. Here are a few reminders to keep you on track in the critical days and hours before the starting gun fires, and to help you recover after you cross the finish line.

THE DAYS BEFORE THE RACE

Don’t do anything new. Race day isn’t the time to try new shoes, new food or drinks, gear, or anything else you  haven’t used on several training runs. Stick with the routine that works for you.

Don’t overdo the expo. Pick up your race number, but give yourself a time limit and stick to it. Get off your feet and relax before the race.

Graze, don’t chow down. Rather than devouring a gigantic bowl of pasta the night before the race, which could upset your stomach, try eating carbs in small increments throughout the day before the race.

Put your hands on your bib and chip. The night before the race, put your chip on your shoes, and fasten your bib on to your clothes. Those are two supplies you must have at the starting line. Don’t show up without them!

RACE DAY

Don’t overdress. It will probably be cool at the start, but don’t wear more clothing than you need. Dress for 20 degrees warmer than it is outside. To stay warm at the start, bring clothes that you can throw off after the first few miles.

Set at least two goals. Set one goal for a perfect race and another as a backup in case it’s hot, windy, or it’s just not your day. If something makes your first goal impossible halfway through the race, you’ll need another goal to motivate you to finish strong.

Fix it sooner, not later. If your shoelace is getting untied, or you start to chafe early in the race, take care of it before it becomes really painful later in the race.

Line up early. You don’t want to be rushing to the starting line, so don’t wait for the last call to get there.

Start slow, and stay even. Run the first 2 to 3 miles 10 to 15 seconds slower than goal pace, with the idea that you’ll finish strong. Don’t try to “bank” time by going out faster than your goal pace. If you do that, you risk burning out early. Try to keep an even pace throughout the race, and save your extra energy for the last few miles.

AFTER THE RACE

Keep moving. Get your medal and keep walking for at least 10 minutes to fend off stiffness and gradually bring your heart rate back to its resting state.

Refuel. Within 30 minutes of finishing, refuel with carbs and sources of lean protein. If you can’t eat post-race, pack a recovery drink in your gear bag. Within a few hours try to eat a regular healthy meal with carbs and protein.

Get warm. Change out of the clothes you ran in, and get into dry clothes as soon as possible. After you cross the finish line, your core temperature will start to drop fast, and keeping sweaty clothes on will keep you cold.

The next day, get going. As sore as you might feel the day after the marathon, it’s important to do some sort of nonimpact activity like swimming, cycling, or working out on the elliptical trainer. The movement will increase circulation to your sore muscles and help you bounce back sooner. Just keep the effort level easy.

 

That’s all for today! Be sure to come back tomorrow for the rest of Jennifer’s advice for training. (Thanks Jennifer!)

 

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What Did We Learn This Month? @OxygenMagazine @Amandalatona on the Cover!! #fitbloggin

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Oxygen: May 2013

Amanda Latona photographed by Paul Buceta
Amanda Latona photographed by Paul Buceta

What Do We Learn This Month in Oxygen?

“Fresh Starts”

The May cover star IIFBB Bikini Pro Amanda Latona) has come a looong way from her “pop princess” roots (she used to sing with Britney Spears!) The booty-blessed fitness star trains hard for every single competition and has won seven titles since 2010.

Included in this issue of Oxygen is Amanda’s own glutes workout that will get your high and tight y’all!

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“Your Secret Weapon”

How much do I love my foam roller? Well—I certainly don’t LOVE it but damn it is a lifesaver. In case you are wondering how to use them—check out this spread.

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“Master Your Breath”

I have a deviated septum which inhibits my breathing power at times so I am always looking to find ways to increase my lung power. This article is a big help!

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“One Dumbbell, No Waiting!”

You can a mighty great workout in with just one heavy weight. Check out some of these moves!

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“Get OMG Abs!”

I plan in stealing some of these ideas for my core class this week…

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“Celebrate Your Sweet Life”

If you are looking for a healthy, sweet treat to enjoy try this recipe for Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes—yum!

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And now the rest of this issue of Oxygen:

  • “Growing Stronger” My personal hero, Tosca Reno, talks about the early days of Oxygen and how her column got started. (You must follow Tosca on Instagram! Her handle is @toscareno.)
  • “Shred & Shed” Excellent workout here from trainer Tommy Europe (how much do you love that name?) and model Vanessa Pipoli.

Overall Grade:

A- There are so many great workouts in this magazine and women who have MUSCLES and look STRONG! Love this magazine!

You can follow Oxygen magazine at www.Oxygenmag.com

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