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Brooklyn Fit Chick News!!!

SweatGuru Launches in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles


Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Whether you are a gym goer looking to find (and book online) classes around the city OR you are a trainer looking to boost your clientele and need a professional looking system—you need to try out SweatGuru. The idea was created by Sweat Pink founder and CEO Jamie Walker and incorporates her love of fitness along with her entrepreneurial tech acumen. (Full disclosure—I am a Sweat Pink ambassador.)

You can find out more about them on Facebook and Twitter plus I will be speaking soon to Jamie about more details on how you can use SweatGuru to increase your fitness-based business (getting more clients!) and find out new and cool classes in your area.

Be sure to check them out!!

SweatGuru Launches in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles to Make Finding a Workout Easy

San Francisco, CA – October 30, 2013 – SweatGuru, the marketplace that connects consumers with fitness classes, launched today in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles. SweatGuru gives consumers an easy way to discover, book and share fitness classes online. The company offers small and mid-size fitness businesses a free way to market classes online and an easy, affordable solution to manage their business.


No matter where a consumer is on their fitness journey, SweatGuru will help them discover groups and services ranging from personal training to spinning to yoga, and manage their fitness profile online. With SweatGuru, people can find local classes, follow instructors or trainers in their area, then reserve and pay for classes with a couple of clicks.


For fitness professionals, creating a business profile and listing classes on SweatGuru.com is always free. For a reasonable monthly fee starting at $19 per month, SweatGuru offers a simple, out-of-the-box way to run a small or mid-size fitness business ranging from 1 to 20 employees. Managing instructor schedules, client reservations and collecting payments online are all features of the core product. SweatGuru offers every new fitness professional a 30-day free trial.


“SweatGuru was born out of the need for a better way to manage my growing bootcamp business, take reservations and stay in touch with clients,” said Jamie Walker, SweatGuru co-founder and CEO. “As a fitness consumer, I also wanted an easy way to discover, reserve and pay for classes in my neighborhood. SweatGuru is built by fitness pros for fitness pros. We will start by growing our network in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles, and look forward to expanding to other markets soon.”


IBISWorld estimates that fitness is a growing market in the U.S., expected to reach over $26 billion in 2013.


“SweatGuru is the only easy, affordable way I have found to manage my dance business and grow my client base,” said Minila Shah, founder of Ajna Dance in New York, New York. “I love that listing classes is always free, but the real value is in the $19 per month package that helps me make more money and save time managing my schedule and payments. The SweatGuru team understand my needs and has built a solution that I rely on every day to run my business.”


About SweatGuru:

SweatGuru is the online marketplace for fitness classes and experiences. By allowing anyone to organize, discover, book and share fitness classes online, SweatGuru takes the work out of working out. The company offers the first easy-to-use, affordable online business management solution for marketing, scheduling, payments and more, and allows busy fitness professionals to spend more time teaching and less time behind a desk. SweatGuru is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

Until next time…

Ox Ox,


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Brooklyn Fit Chick /Fitbloggin’ 2013 Highlights

The City of Portland, Giving Speeches, Chloe Sevigny’s Arm, Paleo Food Trucks and

Experiencing the Joy of  Multiple Hugs


Party night

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!


I am back from Portland and slowly getting back to my “real life” as just little old me versus “Brooklyn Fit Chick”—it’s a tough transition.

When I was in Portland I felt as if I could just be myself all of the time and not hold back on giving someone a hug or being a total goofball. It was such a wonderful time and if I were a better writer I would be able to express how grateful I am each year to have a place where all of my personality quirks are fine and no one cares what size I wear or how much money I make. My goal is to bring more of this into my life. More joy, more laughs and certainly—more hugs.

First day was kind of a wash because my flights on Virgin airlines were so behind schedule that I was had to fly through Los Angeles instead of San Francisco and did not get in until almost midnight (sheesh!)

However, this turned out to be kind of a cool diversion because sitting right in front of me the way to Los Angeles was none other than actress Chloe Sevigny who was quiet and very sweet.

I took a quick picture of her delicate arm (hope she doesn’t mind!)


Chloe Sevigny


In the first class section sat Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker star Patty Stanger but since I have been warned that Patty is made of snakes (a nod to the fabulous Julie Klausner) I kept my distance from her.

At the hotel (The Nines which provided the best guest experience I have ever had) I was greeted by my amazing roommate Christine of Dubya Wife who had good enough manners to ignore my calls to room service for glasses of wine at midnight and my lack of any initiative for early morning workouts (hmm—are those two things related?)

Christine is my sister/friend and I am SO grateful she is in my life. Thank you Christine! (And see you at Mardis Gras 2015!)

BFC and Dubya's Wife--look out y'all!

BFC and Dubya’s Wife–look out y’all!


This was the first year at Fitbloggin where we had a fashion show (created by the insanely lovely Emmie Ho Sandford of Skinny Emmie) and it featured just about all of my favorite people in the world including Carla Birnberg Miz Fit Online,  Jennifer Mitchell of Comeback Momma and Tamara Grand of Fit Knit Chick.


Fashion Show


Me and Emmie catching up. (Love her to pieces!)

Emmie me


On Friday I faced a big fear of mine and actually gave a speech in public—yikes! Very happy to report the Writing the Perfect Pitch workshop I co-presented along with Kymberly Williams-Evans and Alexandra Williams of http://funandfit.org/ and Jamie Walker of “Sweat Pink/Fit Approach” http://www.fitapproach.com/sweat-pink/ (they are all sublime women) went over so well—big whew!

(Also a BIG “thank you” to my friend Martin who helped me put the presentation together—I owe you big, my friend.)

It was a particular thrill for me to meet the Williams sisters as I have been following them for years but I was not smart enough to remember to take a picture with them (dammit!)

Instead, here is a photo of me looking up to Kymberly as she gave a kick ass speech.


Thanks to Fitbloggin' for the photo!

Thanks to Fitbloggin’ for the photo!

After our workshop I felt the need to go for a walk and explore the city a bit which is when I discovered how cool Portland truly is. What a wonderful city filled with smart, interesting and NICE people.


Portland 3

My mission was to try and find the food truck I read about in Paleo magazine called Cultered Caveman. Holy smokes! First of all— I got to meet the owner Joe Ban who is not only a cool guy that can cook a mean Brazilian chicken but he also looks like Matt Damon—score!! Needless to say I went back Saturday as well to try out their mini-meatballs and brussel sprouts & broccoli mash (sooooo good.)


Why yes, people do tell me I look like Matt Damon!

Why yes, people do tell me I look like Matt Damon!


Friday night we had the annual “Ignite” presentation where fellow Fitbloggers talked from the heart about where they are in their lives and how they want to use their situation to help others. Two of my favorites that night were Sue of Mrs. Fatass and my roomie Christine.

Here is a photo of Sue.


Mrs Fatass


This is a quick clip of Christine’s presentation. http://youtu.be/6Z_SvR69Fjw


Saturday morning I met up with Brandi Koskie of Diets in Review as well as her husband and daughter to check out the Saturday outdoor market in Portland. This is located by the main campus of Portland State University and I was completely blown away by the beautiful homes surrounding the market.


Here is the Simon Benson house.

Simon Benson House


The Portland market entrance.

Portland Veggie market


This is Paisley—say hello to the world baby girl!


Saturday afternoon (after I explored every single booth at the Portland Saturday Market downtown) I came back to the hotel to witness my first in-person flash mob. Margo of This is Not Your Momma’s Blog put the whole thing together and let me tell you it was a BIG hit with the crowd. (Yay for Margo power!)

Link to the Flash Mob clip: http://youtu.be/G_1CEC-90Ic



Two Margos hugging.



Saturday night was filled with hugs, drinking and more hugs with a few more terrific people I want to mention before I need to lie down and just think about Fitbloggin some more.


Shelton, Brandi and the gorgeous Lisa Johnson of Lisa Johnson Fitness.


Shelton Brandi Lisa


Me and fellow Sweaty Betty Valerie Kirkland of Livefit Journey




Alicia of Poise in Parma (love this gal!)

Alicia and Me


Me, Suzanne of Workout Nirvana and Tamara Grand.


Me Suzanne Tamara

Sometime on Saturday night the music started blaring and then this started to happen…


Chef Jason Roberts cutting a rug.

Chef dancing


Gangnam Style!

Party night


I needed to part ways sometime when the karaoke started (never been a fan—sorry!) My flight to NYC was leaving Portland at 6:30 am so I needed some shut eye time and was fully intending on going straight to bed when Lifetime TV had to put on the Anna Nicole Smith movie. Sheesh! Am I only human, people!


Anna nicole

So this is my last image from Portland. I think it captures the movie quite well, don’t you?

That is all for now. My next post will feature my exclusive “Fitbloggin Goodie Bag Giveaway” so y’all come back now ya hear?

Ox Ox,


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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 40: Talking about @BexLife @CavegirlConfections @CanyonRanch & Facing Fears! 8

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog

Episode 40

Featuring: Overcoming Fear, Bex Life, Cavegirl Confections, Happy Feet and Prezi Presentations


"Me afraid? Ha!"

“Me afraid? Ha!”


Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How are you my lovelies? Good? Glad to hear that. This week I have been busy with getting my presentation all sorted out for my portion of the “Writing the Perfect Pitch” workshop for this year’s Fitbloggin and I must admit—I have the case of the nerves! This isn’t my first time speaking in front of people but it IS my first time using a program called Prezi and I just want to be worthy of sharing the stage with the superb Alexandra Williams and Kymberly Williams-Evans of Fun & Fit.org and the sublime Jamie Walker of Fit Approach. (Biting my nails in anticipation!)

I know it will be a great presentation and I am so excited to get a chance to help my fellow Fit Bloggers get their message out there. So I guess you can call these the “good” kind of nerves to have because it means I care and will give it my all?

However– I am having old feelings returning to my life and I do not think it has anything to do with what could be an immediate “unknown” in my life (presenting at Fitbloggin.). Rather, on a much deeper level I am incredibly anxious about the my uncertainty of my future. Don’t be alarmed—I am not sick or in dire straits (thank goodness!) but the last time I woke up every day feeling the way I do I quit my high powered job, went freelance and started teaching spin classes in my “free time.”

Hang on to your knickers everyone because I feel changes coming my way—big time!

These past few months my life has been twisting and turning in new directions with old stuff falling away and new things trying to make their way in and for some reason I have felt very “stuck.” Do you ever get like that? Like on the one hand you know you need to shake things up in your life in order to get where you need to be but are just so damn afraid of anything “new?” I really need to “unstuck” myself and embrace the wild and wooly aspects of living without fear.

Do you know about Bex of the fabulous Bex Life.com? (Of course you do—she is a goddess!) Anyhoo—Bex recently posted on her site Learn to Fall In Love With Fear and that is the motto I am going to use to get me through the next few months. I am going to learn to embrace uncertainty and anticipate good things coming into my life.

Who is with me? Let’s do this thing together dammit!

Now with that sorted out I wanted to take a moment and congratulate my good friend Marrilee Wilson of Halifax, Nova Scotia for becoming a certified yoga instructor through Moksha Yoga Halifax. (So happy you are finally making it to NYC this week!)

And now for this week’s Blog post:

  • I talk about dealing with fear about the future.
  • My ongoing love for Cavegirl Confections—seriously you people need to try this stuff. (http://www.cavegirlconfections.com/)
  • The “Happy Feet” program that is starting up soon at the Canyon Ranch spa and includes a groovy new item call Sole Engergizers.
  • My latest magazine reviews of Bicycling, Prevention, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health and Men’s Journal.

That’s it for me this week folks. Talk to you all next week!!

Ox Ox,


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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 38 @KossCoporation headphones review, @Fitbloggin and MoonWalk New York City #Fit4Life 11

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 38

Featuring: My Fitbloggin’ Speaker Update, MoonWalk New York City Announcement, Julie Klausner’s “Gayest” Cabaret Show

Plus: My KOSS “FitBud” and “FitClip” Stereophones Review

(And TWO Sleeping Cats!)

Cool cat, looking for a kitty  Gonna look in every corner of the city...

Cool cat, looking for a kitty
Gonna look in every corner of the city…


Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

First off—my apologies for not recording a Vlog last week for I had every expectation to do so. Back when I started Vlogging I promised myself I would be sure to record a new one each weekend no matter WHAT happened in my life. But I will be honest—it was so nice to be lazy and responsibility-free for the long holiday weekend that I just kind of slacked off. Do you forgive me? (Pinky swear to keep to my regular schedule!)

Second—I am taking a few weeks off from giveaways. Just to keep things fresh I am going to store up some really special items to offer as a giveaway from time to time. Really—it just seems more special that way, no?

Today (as I am typing/recording this post) it is hotter than a whorehouse on dime day so forgive me if I appear to be a little loopy in my Vlog post. It was recorded in one take (oh, you DON’T say!) and features both of mah precious kitties so just take it all in and enjoy!

Featured on my Vlog this week:

I am actually speaking at the totally amazing Fitbloggin conference in Portland, Oregon—whoo hoo! I will speaking with 3 phenomenal women on How to Craft the Perfect Pitch on Friday afternoon from 1:00-3:30 pm so please drop by if can! The other gals I am speaking with are:

  • Kymberly Williams-Evans and Alexandra Williams of the Fun and Fit Blog and Fun and Fit Radio podcasts (Follow them on Twitter @KymberlyFunFit @AlexandraFunFit
  • Jamie Walker who is the CEO and Cofounder of Fitapproach.com (Follow her on twitter at @fitapproach)

Saturday, July 20th at 10 pm I am joining my good friend Toni Church (of Running, Living, Loving) for the first MoonWalk New York City where we will walk a marathon around New York City wearing sparkly bra tops. Get more details (maybe you can join us!) here http://walkthewalkamerica.com/about-the-walk/event-info/  (Follow her on Twitter @tonee78)

The incredible Julie Klausner is having her first cabaret shows at Joe’s Pub (Too Gay for Brooklyn) and I think you should get a ticket and join me there!

My review of the KOSS FitSeries headphones (earbuds) for women. These were sent to me to try out from the good people at (KOSS) and they did not pay me for a review or my opinion—I simply do love my new FitBud and FitClip stereophones that were developed just for us ladies by KOSS’s female design crew and the ultimate fit chick (in my opinion) Dara Torres. What I love them about them:

  • They are very comfortable. KOSS designed them to be 33% smaller than the regular KOSS earbud so they will stay in place and be comfortable for all day wear (I personally put THAT to the test several times in the last few weeks and am impressed with their fit.)
  • They are sweat-resistant.
  • The cushions come in three different sizes so they are guaranteed to stay put.

My two beautiful cats (Sarah & Tennessee) are napping in the background so you crazy cat people can get your fix on them! (Follow me on Instagram at “margodono” for my cute kitty pics.)

Now let’s check out today’s Vlog post!


That’s it for me this week folks. Talk to you all next week!!

Ox Ox,


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