What Did We Learn This Month? Shape Magazine with Maria Menounos on the Cover

What Did We Learn This Month?


October 2014

Maria Menounos photographed by Don Flood

Maria Menounos photographed by Don Flood

Shape Cover Star for October 2014:

One of Howard Stern’s favorite guests is TV personality Maria Menounos who has a fun spirit and a seriously goofy laugh (I mean that in a good way.)

When Maria was in college she gained almost 40 pounds trying to out-eat most of her dude friends (dude friends are always dangerous, by the way) and now she keeps fit with a sane workout schedule and healthy eating habits.

Maria has a new book out called The Everygirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness and you can catch her in full “band workout” mode inside the magazine.

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What else is in this issue of Shape?

“Form Check: The Squat”

As a trainer I can tell you that if there is one move we observe  to check out the fitness level of a potential client—it’s the squat. I really loved this description on what to look for in a proper squat by Brent Brookbush, D.P.T.

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“Shop for a Cause”

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month but you should be shopping for cute pink things all year round. This page features items that will support breast cancer charities.

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 “Transform Your Trouble Zones”

Shape asked trainer Lisa Kinder of the 10-Minute Solution: High Intensity Interval Training DVDs for her favorite muscle-toning moves. Love this page that focuses on abs…,

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“2014 Beauty Awards: Star Power”

The best lotions, potions and fun hair care things to keep you looking gorgeous.

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“Tool Time”

If you are like me—you need to foam roll constantly to help out the knots in your back and tight IT bands. Shape has the best products on the market to do just that.

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“The Good Fight”

One of the best ways to get healthy and learn self-defense is to learn martial arts. Here we get “Martial Arts 101” and a “Lingo Lesson” from Guillermo Gomez creator of the Martial Fusion workouts.

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“Tune Up Your Yoga Routine”

Lashaun Dale of Equinox gyms teaches a yoga class called “Flow Play” which is a Vinyasa workout with a carefully selected playlist.

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

  • “Step Right Up” Incorporating stairs and bleachers can help ramp up your workout according to Paul Juris of the Cybex Research Institute.

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

A I was happy with the workouts featured and the shopping pages were cute and useful.

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What Did We Learn This Month? @Shape_Magazine with @AliSweeney on the Cover! #fitbloggin

What Did We Learn This Month? 

 Shape: May 2013

Alison Sweeney photographed by Nino Munoz for Shape.

Alison Sweeney photographed by Nino Munoz for Shape.

Shape Cover Star for May:

Alison Sweeney graces the cover in a cute bikini showing off her tone frame. “Ali” has become something of a fitness fanatic since becoming host of The Biggest Loser adding triathlons to her workout schedule after conquering her first marathon.

Ali was a bit of a carb/sugar addict when she was younger but after her dentist discovered a large number of cavities while getting a check-up in her 20s she began her transformation into adapting a more healthy lifestyle.

Here are Ali’s “Success Strategies” from the Shape Interview:

  • Readjust Your Food Attitude
  • Step Up Your Game
  • Open Your Mind
  • Be a Little Lazy

If that doesn’t offer you enough “Ali” how about a peek at some of her favorite moves she learned from trainer Steve Lee.

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So what else is inside the May Shape?


“Summer SHAPE Up Workout”

If you are looking for a workout created by Jillian Michaels to up your game—try this one (below) the famous badass created for Shape.

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“Give Your Gym Bag a Checkup”

Spring cleaning should apply to your gym bag as well as your home and here are tips to keep yours ship shape. (Gaw—I can’t even think about my gym bag right now…)

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“Lean Machine”

If you have any interest in learning about Pilates reformer techniques—check out this feature! You can get “insider tips” from trainer Chris Ann Reuter of JK Zen Fitness in Los Angeles.

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“Field Day”

Here we get an awesome workout should you have the ability to get out onto an open field and play created by trainer David Siik who is based in Los Angeles.

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“2013 Shape Sun Awards”

Summer is the time to take your badass bod outside but please remember to protect your skin with some of the excellent products featured here. Please!

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“The Yin/Yang Workout”

Trainer Jessica Smith and her husband Guillermo Gomez (fourth-degree black belt) offer us this 30-minute routine that combines graceful moves with kickboxing.

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

  • “Hot Wheels” Shape features really cool bikes on page 76.
  • “Bosom Buddies” This is the title for one of my favorite shows of all time and an article about workouts bar tops in the May issue.
  • “Skin Cancer by the Numbers” Once again—if you are going to play outside PLEASE use sunscreen. Shopping in open markets counts as play as far as I am concerned.

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

A  Excellent workouts and smart features makes me a happy fit chick!

Have you read the May Shape yet? What was your favorite article? Let me know!

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