What Did We Learn This Month? @Shape_Magazine with Sharon Stone on the Cover!

What Did We Learn This Month?


March 2014

Sharon Stone photographed by Nino Munoz

Sharon Stone photographed by Nino Munoz


Shape Cover Star for March 2014:

Are you ready for the sexiness of Sharon “Mother F***in Stone? Well here she is folks—does 56 get any hotter? Mrow!

Sharon has been in a million jillion movies over the years and will soon star in TV’s Agent X playing the Vice President of the United States. In addition to her show business life she has been an activist for amFAR (the AIDS research foundation) for over 20 years. Add all of that along with being a mom to three boys and that makes for one BUSY woman!

In spite of Hollywood’s obsession with youth she refuses to go under the knife and instead enjoys the good health she now enjoys after having survived a stroke in 2001 (yikes!)

The 24-Hour Fitness club devotee (earphones in and no chit-chat on the gym floor, please) likes to change up her workout with a variety of exercises including a few you can see here where she uses a chair for balance and strength poses. (I do not recommend trying this at home if you are as accident-prone as I am!)

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What else is on the March issue of Shape?

“Boost Your Bottom Line”

Looking to firm up those glutes now that “shorts” season is on the horizon? (Someone tell me  this godforsaken season will be over soon!) This workout from trainer Andrea Orbeck should do the trick.

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“Wise Buys”

Here we get a whole of workout gear that gives me the “I wants”—especially the Perfect Duffel Bag from Under Armor. (Can anyone hook a fit chick up?)

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“Bell Curves”

If you need a quick 20-minute workout with kettlebells try this one from the folks at KettleWorX 8-Week Rapid Evolution and swing away!

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 “Tinseltown’s Top Trainers”

The top advice from the hottest trainers in La-La Land including Kit Rich, Mark Harai, Jennifer Johnson, Anna Kaiser and Lacey Stone.

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“Join the Club”

Can’t afford one of those high-priced aforementioned trainers? Have no fear because Janet Lee gives us a full workout using all of the equipment your local gym should have ready for you to rock.

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

  • “World Class Beauty” I love my beauty stories and am an oversees beauty product addict (really!) This page has all kinds of new lotions and potions I need to try right away.
  • “Running USA” Shape rates the best cities to go for a run including:
    • Asheville, NC
    • Austin, TX
    • Boston
    • Chicago
    • New York City
    • Kauai, HI
    • Portland, OR
    • San Francisco
    • Santa Fe, NM

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Overall Grade:

A  Everything I wanted in a magazine this month with plenty of great workouts to try and a super fun beauty page—score!

Until next time…

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What Did We Learn This Month? @SELFmagazine with Emmy Rossum on the Cover!

What Did We Learn This Month?

SELF: February 2013

Emmy Rossum photographed by Kenneth Willardt

Emmy Rossum photographed by Kenneth Willardt

SELF Cover Star for February:

Emmy Rossum
Emmy is one BUSY lady! The star of Showtime’s Shameless (Never seen it. Is it good? Should I check it out?) and the upcoming film Beautiful Creatures is also an opera-trained singer (did not know that!) whose new album Sentimental is on sale right now.

Emmy is super-fit and likes taking group classes such as Soul Cycle, Flywheel and Physique 57 to keep in shape. You can learn Emmy’s “Hot Body Secrets” at this link from Self.com.  http://www.self.com/healthystars/2013/02/emmy-rossum-hot-body-secrets-slideshow?intcid=homepage0201_1#slide=1

So What Else is in the February SELF?

“The 13-Minute Fat Melt”
Trainer Angela Leigh shows us some “stacking” workout moves that will help get you in shape and burn calories in record time.

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“Get a Hot Everything!”
SELF calls this issue their “You & Him” special edition so they make it much more guy-centric than normal. Not all of it appeals to me (the “Looks Guys Love & Hate” page, for example, is just plain annoying. I want to read about ME and not HIM when I get a women’s health & fitness magazine.)
However, I do appreciate handsome male trainers offering their best workout advice and this article does just that…

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“Minimalist Floats to the Top”
Check out these groovy new sneakers that are more level (with less heel raise) than “normal” running shoes. I might actually start running now!

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“Cool New Tech Gear That…”
SELF shows us the latest techy stuff that will help you run longer and stay more motivated for all of your workouts.

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The Rest of the Best of the February SELF:
“At 17 I Never Thought My Life Would Turn Out Like This” I really enjoyed this essay by Kit Rich who found a note she had written to herself 17 years-old asking her future adult self if she would have more confidence and feel better about herself in ten years’ time. As someone who lived through both 17 and 27 I can tell both Kit’s that life is a journey and serenity will be yours one day if you are willing to fight for it.
“Don’t Blame the Cookies” If you are still struggling with holiday weight gain the culprit might just be your office heater, common colds, the sorter or more woes associated with the winter months.
“Dude Food Made Light” Friends of mine have a dog named “Dude” and I am pretty darn sure he would want me to offer some of the tasty meals shown in this story. Nom nom!

Overall Grade: 
B+ This issue was lacking a bit in workouts for me. Hopefully next month SELF!
Have you read the February SELF yet? What was your favorite feature?

You can check out SELF online at: www.Self.com

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