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What Have the “Mens” Taught Us This Month? Recaps of @MensFitness @MensHealthMag @MensJournal 6

What Are the “Men’s” Teaching Us This Month?

Recaps of Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health and Men’s Journal

 Hi Gang!

The September issues are back and I for one could not be happier—(seriously, summer magazines are just not that interesting.) So today I am devoting my recap to three of the top men’s titles and what they to offer is this month. You’re welcome!

Let’s get to this thing!

Novak Djokovic photographed by Richard Phibbs

Novak Djokovic photographed by Richard Phibbs

Men’s Fitness: September 2013

  •  Novak Djokovic: The Serbian tennis pro is on the cover right now and he talks about his lifelong for all kinds of breads and pastas made him feel sluggish and sickly until adopting a gluten-free lifestyle. He says the path to good health is by changing your diet one step at a time.
  • “10 Most Bizarre Fitness Competitions” Have you heard of the “Wee Men” Australian Dwarf Tossing competition or the “Left Rook” Chess Boxing in London? Check out this article for some more unusual competitions.
  • “Your Own Fitness Trend” Men’s Fitness shows how to take bits and pieces of fitness workouts to make your unique routine.
  • “Natural Selection” Meal suggestions that are high in protein and veggies (my favorite!)
  • “10 Steps to an 8-Pack Abs” Can ladies get these? (Not that I would ever put in the time for it but I am just curious.)

You can check out Men’s Fitness: www.mensfitness.com

 

Tom Brady photographed by Cliff Watts

Tom Brady photographed by Cliff Watts

Men’s Health: September 2013

  • Tom Brady: Of course the New England Patriots quarterback is on the cover of the Fall Fashion issue—he is sexy and married to a supermodel. Duh! (By the way—go Niners!)
  •  “6 Skills Leaders Know” I will give you three that they list: “Evolve Every Day,” “Lean on Your Team” and “Blaze a Trail”
  • “The Medicine Ball Blaster” Trainer Dan John offers ideas to use a medicine ball in your workouts. (Using some of these in my bootcamp classes for sure…)
  • “Weird Body Noises Explained” Men’s Health uncovers the medical reasons why your knees and ankles pop and you have a ringing  in your ear (among other annoying sounds you might be dealing with right now.)
  • “Worst-Face Scenarios” All kinds of tips for getting rid of skin damage. (I didn’t realize men worry about these things!)
  • “8 Secrets Your Hospital Keeps” If you are terrified of hospitals (and I certainly am) this article will make you stay up at night. For example, your doctor’s hands may be filthy and the hospital food could be even worse than fast food. YIKES!!
  • “How to Sell a Miracle” Even more medical news to scare the reader! Quackery still exists in the “medicine” world and too many people are distrustful of “big medicine” causing unnecessary illness. Oy!
  • “A New War on Sugar” Basically humans are hard-wired to love sugar more than is good for us and many of us are getting fat from it. Here are tips for cutting back on the sweet stuff.
  • “Barefoot Running Stumbles” First of all, those”barefoot running” shoes that were all the rage two years ago looked stupid–we agree on that, right? Now it looks as if they cause more harm than good (allegedly.)

Check out Men’s Health online: www.MensHealth.com

 

Aston  Martin Vanquish Volante photographed by Anton Watts

Aston Martin Vanquish Volante photographed by Anton Watts

Men’s Journal: September 2013

  •  “Style & Design 2013″ We are talking cars, gear, kitchen gadgets, watches, office chairs, and more in the Men’s Journal annual style & design issue. (Men do love their toys, no?)
  • “24-Hour Sports Rumble” The Fox Sports network aims to take down ESPN by adding celebrity hosts (Regis Philbin?) and having a more fun approach to sports. (Um, okay. But they will never top “30 for 30”  in my opinion.)
  • “The Other White Meat” Recipe ideas for my formerly most-hated vegetable—cauliflower. (Dice and cook it in olive oil and garlic, people!)
  • “The People’s Coast” Must go back to Oregon again—the coastline is beautiful and open to the public!
  • “Massacre in the Himalayans” Holy sh*t! This past June ten mountain climbers were killed in the Himalayas by terrorists with their sole survivor, Zhang Jingchuan, left to talk about the effects on the local community.
  • Sonny Rollins: The jazz legend is featured here in an excellent interview.
  • Nathan Plank: The founder and CEO of Under Armour (which makes great gear by the way) talks about his business ethics and bringing jobs to Baltimore.

Check out Men’s Journal online www.MensJournal.com

That’s all she wrote for today folks. Be sure to check back for more recaps soon.

Until next time…

 

Ox Ox,

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What Did We Learn This Month? @MensHealthMag @MensFitness @MensJournal 6

What Are the “Men’s” Teaching Us This Month?

Recaps of Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health and Men’s Journal

Hi Gang!

It’s been ages since I devoted this space to just the “Men’s” titles so why the hell not break it out again today? If you are ready—I am ready.

Let’s get to this thing!

Hugh Jackman photographed by Ben Watts

Hugh Jackman photographed by Ben Watts

Men’s Fitness: June 2013

  •  Hugh Jackman: Wolverine!! The buff actor follows the “8-Hour Diet” plan which means he eats up to 6000 calories per day in an 8-hour window of time and works out like a madman to get into A-Lister shape.  Honestly—is there anyone more charming than Hugh Jackman? No. Such. Thing.
  • “10 Diets We Won’t Be Trying This Summer” I love how snarky the “men’s” magazines can be and this page made me crack up. For example, about “The Air Diet” –Perfect for guys who love cooking but hate the annoying eating part that inevitably follows… Well done Men’s Fitness!
  • “Fitlandia” Portland, Oregon is declared by Men’s Fitness as the “Fittest City” for men. See how your city ranked here.  (El Paso, TX is the fattest by the way.)
  • “7 Ultimate Guy Getaways” Ideas for dudes who want to take the average week off and make it the experience of a lifetime.
  • “The Fascia and the Furious” If you own a foam roller (and if not, why the hell not?) then you know how important it is to keep your fascia (the tight band around the outside of your legs) in top shape.
  • “6 Week Slimdown” A workout you can take to the outdoors to get in the best shape of your life.
  • “The Wolverine Workout” Hugh Jackman’s trainer David Kingsbury offers his classic strength-building workout. Wolverine!!!!

You can check out Men’s Fitness: www.mensfitness.com

Chris Pine photographed by Ture Lillegraven

Chris Pine photographed by Ture Lillegraven

Men’s Health: June 2013

  • Chris Pine: Kirk!  Chris Pine has survived tough reviews of his work (being called a “chia pet” by one critic for his work in Princess Diaries 2—ouch!) and he is now a hot, in-demand actor who happens to play one of the most famous Captains in history. You can try out his personal workout which is featured in the magazine. (FYI-I would probably have sex with him if he was obliging.)
  • Ed Helms: One of my favorite comedic actors is also a bluegrass musician (who knew?) and is about to embark on a whole new stage of his life after The Office and The Hangover.
  • “Her Sex Lies Exposed” Three women were asked questions while hooked to a polygraph (which are total nonsense by the way) and asked how they really feel about sex and stuff.
  • “Bar Exam” The latest health bars are rated here for best snacking potential that is also healthy.
  • “How to do Everything Better” Men’s Health talks about how to do a whole bunch of things “better” including waging a water balloon wars and getting critters out of your home.
  • “Be a Pop Star” Awwww, here we get advice on men can bet better father’s to their children based on the age and development level of the child.
  • “Win the War in Your Gut” Having fought the “gut” battle in the past—I can personally attest to how important it is to pay attention to the good& bacteria in your belly.

Check out Men’s Health online: www.MensHealth.com

Keith Richards photographed by Peter Lindbergh

Keith Richards photographed by Peter Lindbergh

Men’s Journal: July 2013

  • Keith Richards: True story—once when I was teenager my mother called me into the living room yelling “you need to see this!” Turns out Keith Richards was being interviewed on television and she could not understand “how the dead can talk.” Well Keith is STILL alive and kicking thankyouverymuchmom and he is rather sanguine about getting older and still rockin’.
  • “Attack on Everest” Holy sh*t! Sherpas are starting to attack climbers on Mount Everest. The topic of overcrowding in the famous mountain is explored here.
  • “How to Blow $100 on Fireworks” This is NOT an article you would find in a woman’s magazine!
  • “The Complex Truth About Low Testosterone” Hormone replacement is being talked about with greater frequency in the media as a wonder cure—but there still isn’t any consensus on who actually needs to use it and when.
  • “Paleo Converts” More and more distance athletes are trying out the Paleo meal plan to gain an edge in competitions. But do they actually work?
  • “50 Great American Places” Looking for vacation ideas? Try one of these groovy spots you can find in the good old U.S.A.

Check out Men’s Journal online www.MensJournal.com

 

 

That’s all she wrote for today folks. Be sure to check back for more recaps soon.

Until next time…

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,

BFC

Brooklyn Fit Chick

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 30: “The Shining,” “Room 237” and “Ballet Body” @AcaciaFitness @LeahSarago 23

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 30

 

Featuring: The film “Room 237”, My Next Magazine Reviews

Plus—the Ballet Body DVD Giveaway!

(This DVD Rules!)

(This DVD Rules!)

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Thank you all so much for my birthday wishes from last week—it made me feel very special! My big brother came out spend the day with me and I have been basically eating out every meal since this past Friday so I will be on strict “Paleo” mode this week to get back into fighting shape. Anyhoo—I have a real shirt & sweet Vlog today talking about the cool documentary I saw on my birthday plus my next giveaway which just happen to be a workout DVD from the “Ballet Body” series. (In fact, two giveaways but you need to see the video to know what I am talking about!) So enough of my yapping and let’s get to it, shall we?

Featured on my Vlog this week:

  • On my birthday I decided to see a movie about a movie–Room 237 which is a documentary about The Shining. You may not know this about me but I am a huge Stephen King fan and love both the film and the novel it is based upon very much. But I had NO idea how much other people thought about this movie or what different things in it symbolize—you have to see it to believe it for yourself! I give it a “thumbs up” and say that you should rent on In Demand right away.
  • My next reviews (too many magazines are in my life people!) including SELF, Health, Women’s Health, Shape, Men’s Health, Oxygen, Men’s Fitness and on and on and on…
  •  My Ballet Body workout DVD giveaway featuring the amazing Leah Sarago.

 

Here is more information the “Ballet Body” DVDs:

BALLET BODY™:

UPPER BODY WORKOUT, LOWER BODY WORKOUT, and CORE WORKOUT with Leah Sarago

SILVER SPRING, Md – As ballet-inspired workouts continue to gain popularity, Acacia is excited to expand the distribution for one of the most popular workouts, the Ballet Body™ series from Leah Sarago. Exercisers can lose inches while building lean muscles with movements inspired by ballet, dance, Pilates, and yoga. Ballet Body™: Upper Body Workout, Ballet Body™: Lower Body Workout and Ballet Body™: Core Workout will be released on DVD from Acacia on April 2, 2013 ($16.99 each, AcaciaLifestyle.com). Designed by certified strength and conditioning specialist Leah Sarago, these workouts provide a long and lean physique by integrating traditional body-weight resistance exercises with muscle-elongating techniques. Suitable for all fitness levels, these workouts draw on isometrics, the stretch-reflex principle, and eccentric muscle-contraction training for optimal results. Each workout is sold separately as a DVD single, so exercisers can choose which section of their body they want to focus on or purchase all three to get a defined upper body, sculpted lower body, and defined abs.

CORE WORKOUT — Flatten your midsection and develop core strength with this dynamic, Pilates-inspired workout. You’ll start with standing balance exercises and movement sequences before progressing into variations on side planks and mat work. Complete the routine with exercises to support the spine and back, along with deep stretches for flexibility. If you want strong abs and a bikini-ready belly, this incredible core workout is for you! Approx. 45 min.

UPPER BODYStrengthen, sculpt, and define your upper body with this dynamic, results-oriented workout. Start with mat exercises for the arms and core, then grab a pair of light hand weights for some dance-inspired movements. You’ll improve your muscle definition, posture, and strength without getting big or bulky. It’s the ultimate workout for a sculpted, sleek, and graceful upper body. Approx. 46 min.

LOWER BODY — Get the dancer’s legs you’ve always wanted with this calorie-torching barre workout. The muscle-sculpting moves lengthen the thighs, lift the backside, and sculpt the backs of the legs for sleek definition and a slim figure. After the workout, relax into a 13-minute yoga- and dance-centered stretch. Approx. 54 min.

Leah Sarago is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with a BS in Exercise Science and Dance. She has starred in several top-selling fitness DVDs, trained NFL athletes, and travels the country leading workshops and trainings featuring her Ballet Body™ techniques. Leah previously self-distributed the Ballet Body DVDs in 2012.

 

If you are interested in winning either the “Lower Body” or “Core” DVD (Continental U.S. only please!) you need to do the following:

  • Post a comment on my Blog below (very important!)
  • Plus–Tweet out your interest in this giveaway to: @BrooklynFitChik, @AcaciaFitness and @LeahSarago

I will randomly pick one winner for each DVD mentioned in the Vlog next Monday, April 8th at Noon (Eastern) and contact them directly. Good luck!!

Ox Ox,

BFC

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What Did We Learn This Month? The “Men’s” Edition is Back! @MensFitness @MensJournal @Men’sHealthMag 5

What Are the “Men’s” Teaching Us This Month?

Recaps of Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health and Men’s Journal

Hey there! Hi there! Ho There!

It’s been way too long since I have done this but it time to get our “Men’s” on with my recaps of the latest Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health and Men’s Journal. Whoo hoo!  I love checking out what the dudes are into right now and I think these are some fantastic magazines we are checking out today.

In the past I have been asked to pick a favorite among the three but I refuse to do that today. (I’m all about the magazine love guys!)

So without further ado—let’s get to the “Men’s”-style recapping, shall we?

Jason Statham photographed by Steve Shaw

Jason Statham photographed by Steve Shaw

Men’s Fitness: February 2013

  • Jason Statham: I am not sure what happened to me but I am now almost completely attracted to baldies and this is one, sexy bald dude. My friend Missy will agree with me that putting Jason Statham on the cover was an excellent idea.  (Swoon!) Thank you Men’s Fitness!
  • “Hybrid Lifts” Combining two exercises is called a “hybrid” and here the editors describe the clean/front squat/push press, deadlift/shrug and RDL/bentover row/high pull explained.
  • “Don’t Choke”  If you have a problem with freezing up when you need to perform under high pressure situations—learn from the pros in baseball, basketball and soccer on how to handle the stress of big moments.
  • Christian Slater: My friend Pam is the biggest Christian Slater fan of ALL TIME and is right now so excited to read he is this magazine.
  • “The MF Home Gym Guide” I know these home gyms (perfect for the outdoor, office or garage) are supposed to male-focused but I want them for myself!
  • “Unlock Your Full Potential” This article is all about how to boost your HGH (Human Growth Hormone) levels.

You can check out Men’s Fitness: www.mensfitness.com

Liam McIntyre photographed by Ture Lillegraven

Liam McIntyre photographed by Ture Lillegraven

Men’s Health: February 2013

  • Liam McIntyre: The Australian actor is entering his second season of Spartacus and is a graduate of a ‘gladiator boot camp.” He is also super-hot. Mrow!
  • “The Mayor Will Save You Now” Cory Booker (the Mayor of Newark, NJ) is one of the most famous elected officials in the country with a reality show under his belt and over a million Twitter followers. He was also gaining a great deal of weight on his 6’ 3” frame from stress eating so Booker put himself on an exercise & fitness plan to lose over 40 pounds since last summer. Check out how he did it here.
  • “Flatten Your Belly” Tips for how to use the cardio machines at the gym to burn the most fat.
  • “What Would Houdini Do?” Advice for handling all sorts of hairy situations from a deer hitting your car to your friend passing out from too much booze.
  • “The Best and Worst Cities for Men” Men’s Health exclusive survey finds out the best places in the U.S. for men folk to live with the top being Boise, ID; San Jose, CA and San Francisco, CA.
  • “You’re Doing it Wrong” If there is any sentence that enrages me quickly it’s that one. Name me on woman who says she loves being corrected by her man and I will call her a wimp to her face. But this article was very helpful and informative. So I will let it go THIS time Men’s Health.
  •  “The 8-Hour Diet” Now this is something I can get behind! Scientists are finding that our modern “24/7” lifestyle is playing havoc on our waistlines and that restricting the amount of time you allow yourself to eat (all meals within 8 hours total during the day) will help keep fat at bay.
  • “When Your Feelings Turn Fatal” Controlling your mood and how you handle stressful situations will help you live a longer and healthier life. Tips on how to do just that.
  • “Seven Test of True Strength” Men’s Health created their own physical test for you to try at your fancy new home gym (you have one of those—right?) These seven moves will show how fit you really are!

Check out Men’s Health online: www.MensHealth.com

Josh Brolin photographed by Mark Seliger

Josh Brolin photographed by Mark Seliger

Men’s Journal: February 2013

  • Josh Brolin: My former roommate Diana interviewed Josh over ten years ago for a cheesy TV movie he appeared in and said he was by far the sweetest guy in the world who treated her better than any of the other actors on the set. Therefore, I am always in support of Josh Brolin’s films and the magazines that are wise enough to feature him.
  • “Obama and the Environment” Men’s Journal offers their advice to the POTUS on how to solve some of our more pressing environmental issues.
  • “A Hoop Dream Come True” Serge Ibaka grew up in the Republic of Congo and saw some pretty horrifying things in his lifetime. Nowadays he is a top NBA player with a celebrity girlfriend (Keri Hilson) but he still makes sure to volunteer for UNICEF in his native Congo every summer. Nice guy, this Sege!
  • “The Shark Wrestler” The movie Jaws has forever ruined me for sharks but apparently they are important to the ocean environment and Eric Ozolins is just the guy to help them out off the coast of Texas’ Gulf Coast. I loved reading this article but my favorite quote has too many “F” words so you are going to read it for yourself and see why it is so awesome.
  • “The Newest Faraway Places” Holy smokes could I use a vacation in a faraway place with sand and such. Some of the newer hot vacay spots mentioned here are Itacaré, Brazil and Olympos, Turkey.
  • “The Runaway Mogul” What a great read! Loved this so much. Tom Freston was in charge of MTV for over 25 years and after he was fired—decided to take over Bono’s charity and is now doing all kinds of do-gooder stuff all over the globe. Good on Tom Freston!
  • “The Master of Disaster” Bob Bea is one of the top experts in the world on “engineering failures” and believe me—he is one busy dude. Try not to get too scared as Men’s Journal lists “America’s Most Vulnerable Places.” (Gulp!)

 

Check out Men’s Journal online www.MensJournal.com

So there you have it today—my recaps of the “Men’s” mags. Have you read any of them yet?  Which one was your favorite? Let me know what you are reading these days by posting below. Thanks!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

Brooklyn Fit Chick

(BFC)

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