Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #92
“Book vs. Movie” Podcast Episode 2 Details, Congrats to a “Soon-to-Be” Fit Bottomed Mama!
Plus: Learning to Breathe Fire by J.C. Herz Giveaway
Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!
This past week flew by in a whirl for me. I am starting a new job soon (on top of everything else I do) plus it seems that all of my friends wanted to hang out with me lately which is amazing (of course) but also a bit tiring! In the spirit of my fading ability to stay awake today in am going to try and keep things short and sweet this week while also letting you know about my groovy new book giveaway: Learning to Breathe Fire by J.C. Herz. Let’s get to it, shall we?
- Book vs. Movie Episode 2: As you may already know—the lovely Margo P. of She’s Nacho Mama Podcast and I have launched our first podcast Book vs Movie. Last Friday we recorded the second half of our two-part dive into both the film and the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Now, let me just say this before you listen to it—Margo’s line faded out at first so I have to vamp the first few minutes. I mean I really, really had to vamp and it made me just a wee bit nervous. DOH!
So please give it a chance and forgive me if it sounds a bit “off” at first because once we get our rhythm we really hunker in because we go WAY into depth about all thing pertaining to Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil (honestly—we could qualify as experts now!) If you are our friend—please make sure to ‘like” our Facebook page. (Thank you!)
Also—just to set you up for our next podcast—we are going to review the book & novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s so be sure to get ready for it! (Lots of changes between print and screen here so we will surely have a fun, juicy discussion.)
- Fit Bottomed Girls BIG NEWS: I am so freaking excited to spread the good news that my pal Jenn who is the creator of Fit Bottomed Girls is pregnant with her first child! (As Carla Birnberg would say—“throws confetti!”) So please join me in saying “congratulations” to this soon-to-be very fit bottomed mama! (Love you Jenn!)
- Learning to Breathe Fire: The Rise of CrossFit and the Primal Future of Fitness Giveaway: Check out the Vlog below to see/hear all of the details for this week’s book giveaway. (I also have them listed below!) The book comes courtesy of Crown Archetype books who did not pay for this post and will send the winning entrant the book directly.
Now on to this week’s Vlog and giveaway details!
Now here is some more information about Learning to Breathe Fire:
LEARNING TO BREATHE FIRE: The Rise of CrossFit and the Primal Future of Fitness
BY J. C. HERZ
A fascinating account of CrossFit’s origins, explosive grassroots growth, and emergence as a global phenomenon
When it comes to CrossFit, observers of the red-hot workout regimen tend to fall into two camps: true believers and those who can’t imagine what would possess someone to push that hard. Or, as journalist J. C. Herz puts it, for some people it’s a “lightning bolt: this is what I’ve been searching for. The rest think it’s a sign of mental illness.”
But there’s no denying that CrossFit has recently exploded in popularity, and become one of the world’s most fascinating sports subcultures. Today there are over 7,000 CrossFit gyms (or “boxes”) in dozens of countries, and millions of devoted participants—including elite special forces and first responders, along with plenty of regular Joes and Janes. In her new book, LEARNING TO BREATHE FIRE: The Rise of CrossFit and the Primal Future of Fitness (Crown Archetype; $25.00; On Sale June 3, 2014), Herz delves deep into this “insane fitness cult,” vividly bringing it to life. In rich and riveting detail, she explores the science behind why CrossFit works, as well as the people who champion it and the fierce spirit that fuels them.
Herz traces CrossFit’s rise from a single underground gym in Santa Cruz to a global movement, going behind the scenes with the founders, star competitors, and everyday enthusiasts whose lives have been transformed by the training. Fusing action-packed sportswriting with riveting psychological profiles, she introduces readers to unforgettable characters such as CrossFit founder Greg Glassman, never-say-die Masters competitor Jerry Hill, and two-time Games champion Annie Thorisdottir—recently dubbed “the fittest woman on the planet” by Vogue. The characters in LEARNING TO BREATHE FIRE run the gamut from surfer chicks to Navy SEALS. But they share an underlying ethos: they are willing to seek and endure discomfort, and their intense physical trials forge powerful group bonds. In the CrossFit parlance, “It never gets easier. You just get stronger.”
Modern-day stoicism, the ability to endure unpredictable adversity, is the key to CrossFit’s transformative power. Herz explains that traditional gym equipment, like the Stairmaster and the elliptical, is designed for minimally taxing, low-intensity, and passive exercise. By contrast, CrossFit workouts—called WODs (Workouts of the Day)—are known for their variety and intensity. They combine many different fitness elements, including gymnastics, sprints, and weightlifting, in an ever-changing fashion, forcing the body to adapt. Think of a WOD as a timed obstacle course meant to mimic what any of us might be called on to do in an emergency situation. The results are concrete and measurable, as CrossFitters find themselves doing things they never dreamed of being able to do, whether it’s a single pull-up or a 15-foot rope climb.
LEARNING TO BREATHE FIRE also takes readers inside the excitement and drama of the annual CrossFit Games, which began as an informal throwdown on a California ranch and has evolved into a televised global event—a veritable Olympics of fitness. Designed to be a true test of human physical capacity, the Games are filled with competition, camaraderie, and superhuman feats of strength and endurance. Herz taps in to that fervor, chronicling the grueling challenges and spotlighting elite athletes as they battle it out in the arena.
As the Games demonstrate, CrossFit draws heavily on ancient forms of athletic ritual. It taps into the primal human experience and the power of the pack. We are geared to form tribes and spring into action as “first responders.” The experience of pushing our physical limits connects us to ancient hunters and warriors. In LEARNING TO BREATHE FIRE, Herz brilliantly connects the old and the new.
If you want to win this giveaway you must do the following (Continental United States, please!)
- Post a comment below (on this post) letting me know you are interested.
- Send a comment on Twitter and say “I want to win Learning to Breathe Fire from @jcherz and @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, August 18th at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!
Until next time…
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