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What Did We Learn This Month? @WomensHealthMag with Natalie Dormer on the Cover! 11

 

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Women’s Health

December 2015

Natalie Dormer photographed by Eric Ray Davidson

Natalie Dormer photographed by Eric Ray Davidson

Hi All! I have been crazy busy lately and not able to get into my monthly reviews but am turning that around as of today. So let’s get it started!

Women’s Health Cover Star for December 2015: 

One of the problems I have with cover interviews sometimes is that I just have NO idea who the person is so the motivation to read the whole thing can wane.

Sooo confession time…I am not a fan of Games of Thrones. Trust me when I say I have tried several times to watch but I can never keep track of the various characters or why I should love or hate them. (Fargo is my one show that has a labyrinth of a plot I can follow.)

Also it takes place in a time and place that feels unbearably stark and depressing to me. Much respect to those who are big fans but this is one show I am taking a pass on.

Anyhoo—actress Natalie Dormer is from the show as well as a recurring role in the Hunger Games movies and reading her interview she sounds like a super cool chick. Dormer is a super fit gal who loves running and is in fact training for the 2016 New York City Marathon on behalf of the charity “Team for Kids” (Go Natalie!)

She also practices yoga as often as she can and hikes in crazy places like Peru’s Inca Trail and Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro. (Wow!)

That’s all I have for this part so let’s keep on moving, shall we?

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

Home Bar

Leave it to the Irish girl to love the story about booze the most but after attending so many holiday parties lately I realize I need to up my home entertaining game. The suggestion for a cocktail making tray filled with goodies is really appealing.

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“15-Minute Workout: Go With the Flow”

If the holidays are driving you crazy (please tell me I am not the only one!) then try this 15-minute yoga workout from Yogalosophy author Mandy Ingber. You will be achieving your chi in no time!

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“Let’s Do This!”

Idalis Velazquez offers several options here to create a quick workout that you can do a la carte. I love workouts that are both quick and effective and this section does the trick for me!

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Gift Guide

The annual holiday gift guide is FILLED with page after page of goodies that give me a big case of the “I Wants” including this Handcase Desktop Pillow. I wish it was invented back when I was in high school and tried to nap in study hall! (It must work great on a plane as well. Ooh, how I would love this for me next red eye flight…)

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Also, the gift guide features these DOPE Vincent Camuto boots making me most happy.

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

  • “One Bowl Wonders” I love eating out of a bowl but I get so sick of soup. Not only is it never filling but it also doesn’t have much nutritional value so l liked the recipes featured here. Might make some amaranth this weekend as a matter of fact!
  • “James McEvoy” Really short interview here with the dreamy Scottish actor who says his favorite city would be a combo of NYC and Montreal (me too!) and his favorite song to sing in the shower is ‘Ship to Wreak” by Florence + the machine (me too!) So it appears we are perfect for each other. (A girl can dream, right?)
  • “Where’s the Beef” Going meatless can help you lose weight and boost your life expectancy. But can it also raise your anxiety and depression levels? Women’s Health takes a look at new research on vegetarianism and mental health issues.

Overall Grade:

A-  Great issue filled with so many workouts and shopping pages it made my day!

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

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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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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

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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What Did We Learn This Month? @WomensHealthMag with Khloe Kardashian 15

 

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Women’s Health

September 2015

Khloe Kardashian photographed by James White

Khloe Kardashian photographed by James White

Women’s Health Cover Star for September 2015: 

Confession time—I have never seen one episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. I know they are insanely famous for…um, going to places well-dressed? I am also aware as a social media person that all of the K’s (Kim, Kourtney, Kendall; Kylie, Kris and the Women’s Health cover gal Khloe) have millions of followers on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.

Brands pay them for every retweet, repost and shout out whilst they traverse the globe in an array of outfits.

Yet I have NO idea how to differentiate any of the girls except for Khloe who is taller and tougher looking than the rest of the K’s. She always looks fierce and ready to have a great time or kick ass at any moment.

Something tells me Khloe and I could be friends so I am happy to hear how she gets healthy. The woman looks amazing on the cover (not a stick figure and sculpted) and I want to give her a chance.

The first page of the interview I could not read because they printed it with a wheat field background. Look for yourself!

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(Hmm, the scan seemed to do the trick. If you can’t read your copy just scan the page I guess!)

But the rest of the interview taught me that after her father passed away when she was a teenager she turned to food and alcohol to cope. The press has teased her for years for being a big girl and it messed with her self-image. Working out helps Khloe manage her stress levels and maintain a positive outlook.

Inside the magazine she offers some of her favorite workout moves from her trainer Gunnar Peterson. (Check it out here)

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

“Urine Trouble” (See what they did there?)

All kidding aside this is a helpful chart for any urinary tract issues you may have in your lifetime.

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“15-Minute Workout: Blast Your Upper Half!”

A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to take a class with Ashley Borden at Fitbloggin in Savannah and was impressed with her ability to relate to the crowd. She loves teaching and fitness so I am happy to help promote her workout featured in this issue.

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“Sneaks on Fleek”

Marathon season continues the next few months so if you are looking for some new gear—check out this page. (Now will someone please tell me what the heck “fleek” means and why I should” be “on” it? Merci in advance!)

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“Hot Fall Fashion”

The September issue is a flip one where one half is all about fitness and the other is all about fall fashions. According to Women’s Health culottes will be making a comeback?

What do you think of that? I love the 70s aesthetic but these not long or short pants leave me confused.

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

  • “New Rules of the Weight Room” Rule number one should be “Do NOT answer your cell phone in class!” Someone did just that this past Saturday and I am still steaming about it. #rude
  • “Your Body on Antioxidants” What the hell do they actually do anyway? Find out in this issue on page 88.

Overall Grade:

A-  Great issue with good workouts though once again I want more of them!

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

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Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes: “Book Vs Movie” Field of Dreams, Coach Nicole at Home and Women’s Health “Next Fitness Star” 15

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes: Week of July 10th Edition

“Book vs Movie” Podcast News (Field of Dreams & Stand By Me)

“Coach Nicole” Flies Solo on Her New Venture

Plus: Women’s Health Magazine’s “Next Fitness Star” Competition

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Can you believe the summer is halfway over? I have been busier than the proverbial bee these last few months with family obligations, work (day job) and teaching all of my classes that my personal wellness has suffered a bit. I am trying to get back in the saddle diet (healthy eating) and getting more rest at night. The box jumps and sprints will have to wait until I get back to my base level of fitness. Stress can truly be a silent killer and my goal is to learn how to manage it better and not let my health suffer.

Okay—let’s get back to the fun. Today I want to talk about our latest podcast news, a fitness instructor you MUST follow on Twitter and Women’s Health magazine’s newest competition to find the “Next Fitness Star!”

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) recorded our Field of Dreams episode last week and think it’s one of our best episodes yet.  (Did you know the Kevin Costner classic was a book first? It was called Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella and boy did they make some changes between them!)

You can listen to the link below and if you have harbored a crush on actor Dwier Brown who played Ray’s dad (swoon!) then you will appreciate how excited I got when he responded to our shout-out on Twitter! (Yippee!) You can follow him on Twitter as well @dwierbrown and he also has a website www.dwierbrown.com.

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)

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

 

Coach Nicole at Home: Many moons ago when I started out as a fitness instructor I would constantly scour clips on You Tube to get ideas on how to teach an actual class. My first love was teaching spin and it seems daunting to me to try any other kind of classes. Well Coach Nicole Nichols of Spark People pretty much saved my life! The first clip I ever memorized was her 15-Minute Abs Workout which I repeated basically word for word for my own classes. (Truth!)

Well Coach Nicole is on to her next venture and will soon be hosting workouts on her very own website which goes live on August 1st. In the meantime, be sure to like her Facebook page and follow her on Twitter here. (love you Coach Nicole!

 

Women’s Health Magazine “Next Fitness Star” And speaking about the next generation of fitness experts—check out these applicants from Women’s Health magazine who are competing to be the next fitness star! They look like a fierce group!

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WOMEN’S HEALTH MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES FINALISTS FOR 3rd ANNUAL “NEXT FITNESS STAR” COMPETITION 

WINNER TO BE REVEALED ON NBC’s TODAY & WIN A FITNESS DVD CONTRACT 

New Webisode Series of Competition to Launch on WomensHealthMag.com, sponsored by EAS Sports Nutrition

July 9, 2015—New York, NY—Women’s Health, the leading national and international women’s health and wellness magazine announces the third annual “Next Fitness Star” national search for the next face in fitness.  After receiving thousands of submissions across the country from talented and dynamic personal trainers, Women’s Health has chosen the top five finalists who appear on the flip cover of the July/August issue and compete for their own fitness DVD contract.

The winner will be selected by a combination of a celebrity judging panel including NBC’s Today host Natalie Morales, NBC’s Today fitness and lifestyle correspondent and ACE-certified personal trainer Jenna Wolfe, Extreme Weight Loss’s celebrity trainers Chris and Heidi Powell,  Women’s Health Editor-in-Chief Amy Keller Laird and reader / fan votes.   The winner will be revealed live, exclusively on Today in August 2015.

With the support of sponsor EAS Sports Nutrition, the 2015 competition allows  fans the opportunity to  workout along with finalists and vote daily for who they think should win the title of “Next Fitness Star” via www.thenextfitnessstar.com

“Women’s Health offers a tremendous platform to these trainers by providing an opportunity to reach millions of active readers,” says Laura Frerer-Schmidt Vice President and Publisher of Women’s Health. “When it launched, ‘Next Fitness Star’ was the first of its kind in this industry. The competition has proven to have the power to change a person’s career.”

New this year, Women’s Health in conjunction with Hudsun Media, a multi-platform production and creative agency, will also launch the first ever Next Fitness Star webisode-series for the competition. In the bi-weekly show, viewers can see just what it takes to become a star trainer, get to know the finalists and meet the team behind the Next Fitness Star platform.

EAS Sports Nutrition, a brand of sports nutrition products from health care company Abbott, is the joint sponsor for both Women’s Health’s “Next Fitness Star” and Men’s Health’s “Next Top Trainer” programs through a multi-platform advertising commitment across both brands. This partnership invites consumers to participate in the unique contests and leverages EAS’s expertise in performance nutrition.  Women’s Health “Next Fitness Star” aligns perfectly with EAS’s core messaging  which aims to inspire, motivate and prepare individuals each day to achieve their personal best.

“A partnership with Women’s Health “Next Fitness Star” is a seamless fit for EAS,” EAS GM, Heather Fries said. “Women’s Health is a top choice for women trying to better themselves with fitness and nutrition, and EAS stands for the relentless pursuit of performance. We are the top choice for athletes looking for a high quality sports nutrition product. When athletes incorporate our products throughout their training journey, they recover better and feel prepared to take on whatever their fitness challenge is. EAS has a heritage of being an innovator and leader in the sports nutrition space and our mission is to help athletes improve their health and performance through better nutrition. By partnering with Women’s Health, we feel that we can positively impact the health, performance, and overall experience of their readership.

2015 “Next Fitness Star” Finalists:

Jana Hare, 29 // Lexington, KY

Jana is a trainer specializing in multiple areas of fitness–certified in boxing, Bodycombat, beginner/intermediate sparring, mixed martial arts cardio, Zumba, Hip Hop Hustle, AquaFit, strength training, dance aerobics, spinning, and a focus on Ariel Yoga. She has her Master’s Degree in Exercise Science and a thriving passion for health and fitness. Dubbed the “Cardio Queen” in Kentucky—Hare also recognizes the power of weight lifting for maximum results. She has launched her own company Dumbbell Bombshell Fitness, an e-commerce and editorial destination site for fitness tips, videos and workout plans.

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Dina Juve, 41 // Fresno, CA

Dina is a Certified Kettlebell Instructor, Battling Ropes Coach, TRX trainer, Barre instructor and Co-Founder of FitnessSocial Studio, with 12 years experience in the health & fitness industry. At a young age, she was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis and spent years overweight and inactive. Now a mother of four, Dina has successfully lost (& kept off!) over 80 pounds in the last 20 years, working through several medical issues including arthritis, spinal stenosis, and an autoimmune disease. Dina is the creator of the “Lean Out Cleanse & Slim Down Program,” an ambassador for lululemon Athletica, and is currently enrolled with Deepak Chopra at the Chopra Center in the Perfect Health Teacher Training. The workouts she selects for herself and her clients provide fast results; both weight loss and a quick lean out.

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Christine Bullock, 33 // Redondo Beach, CA
Practicing what she preaches, Christine Bullock has turned her expertise and passion for fitness, nutrition, and beauty into a dynamic lifestyle business. As an accomplished ballerina who started dancing at age three, Bullock has a lifetime’s worth of knowledge and insight into the importance of a consistent athletic routine and ongoing healthy eating habits. Passionate about helping others attain health and happiness, she has spent over 17 years working with health and beauty industry leaders all over the globe and has counseled and trained thousands of people to improve their health and well-being both inside and out. Bullock has certifications in Pilates, Barre, Yoga and Pre & Post-Natal, and is also certified as a Nutrition and Wellness Counselor.

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Nikki Metzger, 29 // Scottsdale, AZ

Nikki Metzger is a Certified Personal Trainer, Nike Master Trainer and Owner of BODI, a high intensity gym in Scottsdale Arizona, which recently won 7 Best Of Our Valley awards, including Best Gym & Best Trainer & Fittest Female. Metzger’s mission is to set a new standard for group fitness. She has created a unique, focused, and competitive environment that forces her clients to test new boundaries. Prior to BODI Nikki was the General Manager and Lead Instructor at Chicago, ENRGi Fitness and was also nominated as one of Chicago’s Hottest Trainers in 2013 by Racked Chicago. Metzger has trained clients of all different fitness levels and has taught a variety of group fitness classes over the years with a focus on strength & conditioning bootcamps, dance fitness and barre.

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Rachel Nicks, 31 // New York, NY

Rachel Nicks a certified Hatha yoga, barre, TRX and prenatal and postpartum fitness instructor, in addition to being a certified doula. Beginning her training at Exhale receiving the 275 hour core fusion barre certification, Nicks has been working in the wellness industry for the past five years and is currently a lead instructor at BFX Studio in New York City. Nicks was a graduate of The Juilliard School, and from that experience influences her clients to not only move, but to be present in your body and actually enjoy moving. Nicks is also an actor with roles on network shows including Nurse Jackie and Grey’s Anatomy. Between her training and acting, Rachel dedicates her time to giving back to her local community with a strong influence from her mother, a former special education teacher, who taught her to “never judge, accept people for who they are and where they are in their journey and to do my best with a smile and a positive attitude.”

For information head to: www.TheNextFitnessStar.com and on social at @womenshealthmag and #NextFitnessStar.

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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What Did We Learn This Month? @WomensHealthMag with Julianne Hough on the Cover! 17

 

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Women’s Health

July/August 2015

Julianne Hough photographed by Jeff Lipsky

Julianne Hough photographed by Jeff Lipsky

Women’s Health Cover Star for July/August 2015: 

Julianne Hough (Dancing With the Stars) is on the cover and inside the magazine she talks about her summer tour with her brother Derek, her favorite movie dancing scenes (I agree with her about Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion!,) and eating healthy with her hockey player  beau Brooks Laich.

(I’m getting over the whole “point to the body part we are mentioning on the cover”, however)

We also get a look at her favorite 20-minute workout developed by trainer Astrid Swan which you can check out yourself here:

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

Nice Recovery!

I have had a stressful year and have not been diligent with taking care of my body after workouts so I like having the reminder here on the power of good recovery tools.

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Women’s Health Next Fitness Star”

Women’s Health is once again looking for the best unknown fitness talents and turning them into a superstar and you can vote online right here: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/tags/next-fitness-star

The contestants are:

  • Nikki Metzger (Scottsdale, AZ)
  • Rachel Nicks (New York, NY)
  • Jana Hare (Lexington, KY)
  • Christine Bullock (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Dina Juve (Fresno, CA)

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

  • “Sun’s Out, Buns Out” We get all kinds of “booty” related news here form three glute moves to the kind of heels you should wear in the summer that will shows off your stems without throwing you off balance. (The Stuart Weitzman sandals featured here are $425, BTW!)
  • “The New OCD” Women’s Health talks about a new term for me “Obsessive Career Disorder” which means you eat and sleep your career and neglect other aspects of your life. The editors talk about taking time to actually sit and eat your lunch away from your desk to get a fresh perspective of the day. (I need to make that more of a habit rather than making it seem like a treat…)
  • “Scar Tactics” I am one of the clumsiest people on the planet of earth, proven fact. (Have you ever broken your toe while changing socks? No? Then I win!) I liked this feature from Caitlin M. Kiernan on the best practices for getting rid of scars both old and new because lord knows I will need the information sooner than later.

Overall Grade:

A-  I really liked the articles in this issue but wish there were more workouts. Maybe next month?

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

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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!

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“Cycle in Style”

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

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“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.

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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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What Did We Learn This Month? @WomensHealthMag with Cobie Smulders on the Cover! 22

 

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Women’s Health

May 2015

Cobie Smulders photographed by Eric Ray Davidson

Cobie Smulders photographed by Eric Ray Davidson

Women’s Health Cover Star for May 2015: 

Confession time—the one and only episode of How I Met Your Mother I ever viewed was the last one. Let’s just say I was terribly confused over the different characters and their motivations but thought the woman who played “Robin” was not only funny and but also a great actress.

Cobie Smulders is featured in the new The Avengers: Age of Ultron movie which I am pretty sure will make a few bucks over the next few weeks. Cobie posed for the cover of this issue less than two months after giving birth to her daughter (holy smokes!) and reveals in the magazine she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was just 25-years old (wow!)

Cobie is very heathy these days and appreciates her new life in New York City with husband Taran Killam of Saturday Night Live (!!) and her two daughters. She keeps in shape with Soul Cycle and Pilates and tries to enjoy a good serving of mac and cheese when she can.

 

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

15-Minute Workout “Step up to Sexy”

I know you might find this hard to believe but I know LOTS of people who still love cardio Step workouts after all of these years. Me—I think they are terrible for your knees and hips but the equipment can be very useful for other types of training and this workout from Amber Edwards of Equinox is pretty solid.

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Women’s Health Fitness Awards”

Women’s Health picked the best of the best in fitness gear including treadmills, trackers, tanks, ear buds. Water bottles, running shoes and sport bras—which is the one piece of equipment that most women neglect and drives me crazy! (You are tearing muscle fibers when you let them loose!)

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“Hang Tight”

You want to gain strength quickly—try a suspension workout. This one featured here is from Todd Durkin of Fitness Quest 10 gym in San Diego

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

  • “Having a Moment: Bone Broth” Most of my Paleo friends are insane for bone broth and show pictures constantly of their latest concoctions. Anyhoo—Women’s Health explains the benefits to bone brother in all of its glory here.
  • “Forces of Nature” I cannot believe it is May already and I have NOT made vacation plans yet. Well in this section you get 50 suggestions for healthy-type vacays you can enjoy either on your own or with a crowd.

Overall Grade:

A  I really like meeting Cobie Smulders, the workouts are top notch and the information is solid. Get the May issue!

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

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog 111: Fit Bottomed Pets, The BMI of The Rock & “Motivational Blaster” Giveaway 33

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes Vlog 111

“Book vs Movie” Podcast News (Forrest Gump!)

“Healthy People Food for Pets”

The BMI (Totally BS) Calculator

Louisville Kids Rocking Out to Ozzy

Plus: Enter to Win a “Motivational Blaster” (And Learn About an Amazing Charity)

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Another week has just flown by and we are now looking at new month around the corner—May. 2015 is now almost five months old which is almost half a year people—how is it going so far for you? I know that for me this winter was dragging out so long that at times my workouts and eating habits reflected a depressed frat boy. I would work myself really hard and then think I could eat pizza and ice cream with no reflection on my weight or skin (not true!)

However, recently I have been finding my mojo coming back reminding me that a healthy body indeed creates a happy mind and that I am the only person responsible for my own welfare. I have been making it a point to get a full night’s rest, eat better foods and checking off my “to-do” list each day. I have been my own Superhero. I tell myself ‘Margo, stop fooling around and get back to work” and it has been working!

Today I want to give back to the universe and send one of you lucky readers a “Motivational Blaster” from the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. What is that you ask? Well you need to check out the Vlog below to find out but I guarantee you will want one! (Sorry—but once again my contest is only open to the residents of the U.S. I love all of my Canadian readers and promise to come up something fun for you exclusively soon!)

First let’s get to my quick news & notes. It will be super quick I promise!

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes/Vlog 111:

Book Vs Movie Podcast News: Margo Porras of Shes Nacho Mama’s Blog co-host the “Book Vs. Movie” podcast (which you can subscribe via iTunes at this link) and we just posted our Forrest Gump epsidoe and the embedded player to listen is below.  Our next episode will be all things The Stepford Wives so be sure to check out our new website (www.bookversusmovie.com) “like” us on our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @bookversusmovie.

Which “Book Vs Movie” episode would you like to see us create next? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Healthy “People” Food for Pets: I am lucky enough to be able to call myself an official Fit Bottomed Girl and this past week the popular health & fitness Blog focused on all things related to healthy pets. Being a huge supporter of furry creatures (and the proud cat momma to Sweet Sarah & Tennessee) it gave me the inspiration to write this feature The Healthiest “People” Food for Pets which includes my favorite photo of my girls.

Do you have pets? What is their favorite “people food?”

And Speaking of Fit Bottomed Girls… I am currently working on a feature for them about deep tissue massages and need experts. If you know anyone who can talk about what to expect from your first deep tissue massage—please send them my way! (brooklynfitchick @ gmail dot com)

“The Rock” is Technically Obese! I am NOT a fan of the BMI (Body-Mass Index) which seems to deem the most unlikely people as “obese” including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson  whose height & weight register him at 34.3  (out of 100) Even  Vin Diesel “overweight” according to this methodology which is frankly, absurd. Yet it is used with incredible frequency in the media when trying to explain the obesity epidemic.

Do you trust the BMI method of measuring health & wellness? If not, how should it be measured?

Kids Musical Group Covers Crazy Train! Anyone who knows me that even more than a “fit chick” I am a total “rock chick.” Really loved this clip of the Louisville Leopard Percussionists who covered Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne. Did I mention they are kids in a non-profit after school program rocking their tails off?

New Vlog & Giveaway:

Now, speaking of amazing non-profits that help creative kids—I want to introduce you to 826NYC which is based in my neighborhood and inspired me to give away a rather unusual prize this week.

About 826NYC:

According to their website: “826NYC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around our belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.”

There are several “826s” located across the country and as part of their fundraising they have a store in Park Slope (Brooklyn Superhero Supply, Co.) that sells “Superhero” gear. We are talking capes, masks, “vapor blasters,” “thunder inducers” and more (you can check them out online here!) which is convenient for me because so many of my friends and family members behave as if they are heroes so now I know where to get their Christmas gifts!

Be sure to follow them on Twitter and Instagram

Check out my Vlog below to see how you can win something special from Brooklyn Superhero Supply, Co.:

 

If you want to be in consideration for the Motivational Blaster giveaway you must do the following (Continental United States only, please!)

  • Post a comment below (on this post) letting me know you are interested. (Watch the video to know what to write about there!)
  • Send a comment on Twitter and say “I want to win the “Motivational Blaster” 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, May 4, 2015 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

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What Did We Learn This Month? Health magazine with Tracy Anderson on the Cover @goodhealth 14

  

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Health

May 2015

Tracy Anderson photographed by Nathaniel Welch

Tracy Anderson photographed by Nathaniel Welch

Health Cover Star for May:

The cover star for May is none other than Tracy Anderson who runs her own studios in Los Angeles, New York City and the Hamptons along with her own soon-to-be video streaming service called Real Time with Tracy. The way it will work is each week Tracy will create a workout and offer notes for you to practice before your next session to gradually build your body into a Tracy Anderson-created lean sexy machine. A new workout will go up every Wednesday and the  projected cost will be $80 per month.

I will let that sink in for a minute.

If you are not familiar with Tracy she is one of Gwyneth Paltrow’s favorite trainers and people pay BIG bucks to take her classes in person. I own a few of her DVDs and let me tell you—her leg routines are KILLER!

Tracy is the mom to two kids (Sam, 16 and Penelope 2) and is trying to project good, healthy habits to her family. She hates spinning (the movements are too repetitive) and thinks juice cleanses are a big waste of time.

You can see some of her workout here:

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So what else is inside the May Health?

“9 Trainers you’ll Love on Instagram”

Health picked the best of the best to follow for advice and inspiration on Instagram.

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“Is Your Tech Style Hurting You?”

With most of us leaning forward to look at our computer screens and mobile phones it is causing pain in the neck, back and shoulder region or is otherwise known as “text neck” in some circles.

Here we get advice on how to better read our tablets, phones and laptops that while not a perfect solution—will help alleviate painful symptoms from arising.

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

  • “Your Breasts: A User’s Manual” It is predicted that the diagnosis of breast cancer will rise 50% by the year 2030 so now is a good a time as any to get to know yours better!
  • “You Could Save a Life… Even Your Own” With the warmer & sunny weather coming along (finally!) it means more exposure of the skin to the sun which means an increase in the possibility of skin cancer. (Yikes—more cancer talk!) Look at this feature to get an idea on what kinds of moles are okay and which to be on the lookout for over the next few months. (Really—you should get a checkup every year.)

Follow Heath online at: www.Health.com

Overall Grade:

B This issue was kind of lacking for me this month. A couple of good features but I wish there were more workouts included.

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What Did We Learn This Month? April Fitness Magazine @FitnessMagazine #SweatPink #FitFluantial 22

 

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Fitness

April 2015

Kate Bock photographed by Matt Hawthorne

Kate Bock photographed by Matt Hawthorne

 

Hey Gang! Just in case you still have not heard the news but very soon Fitness will be digital-only so this will be one of the last times I will be reviewing it in print form. (Sad Panda alert!)  I am most unhappy to see the magazine go away but very grateful that we will still get some excellent content them from them online.

Anyhoo—let’s talk about the April issue which is on newsstands now!

What Do We Learn This Month in Fitness?

“Built for Speed”

This looks like an excellent strength circuit from As One Fitness (the trainer is George Vafiades) designed to help with muscle imbalances. Perfect for runners & cyclists and it only takes 20 minutes!

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“Ladies Who Crunch”

Did you know that working moms are less likely to workout during the day than working dads because of the primping time it takes after a sweat session? (I can totally relate to being worried about looking a hot mess afterwards.)

Here we get a super quick (5 minutes) circuit developed by Mike Strevel from DavidBartonGym Limelight where you try to do any many reps as possible or AMRAP.

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“Trim in 20”

I am sensing a theme here—quick workouts are better than no workouts at all and this one from Brett Hoebel (The Biggest Loser Season 11) requires just a band to get your heart rate up.

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“Soothe Moves”

If you suffer with tight hamstrings and a general lack of flexibility (meekly raising my hand here) these “four essential stretches for runners” from yoga instructor Tiffany Cruikshank should be added to your stretching repertoire.

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And now the rest of this issue of Fitness:

  • “Time Flies” I have had the same Polar watch for years now and think it’s time to trade it in for something jazzier. Fitness offers quite a few suggestions here that give me the “I wants.”
  • “Run Stronger Run Longer” Spring has sprung which means it is time to get some new running shoes and there are tons of great options featured here.

Overall Grade:

A  Excellent workout ideas plus some fun shopping pages made me happy this month!

You can follow Fitness magazine at www.fitnessmagazine.com

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