What Did We Learn This Month? Health magazine September Issue


What Did We Learn This Month?


September 2014

Erin Andrews photographed by James White

Erin Andrews photographed by James White

Health Cover Star for September:

Erin Andrews

The Fox Sports & Dancing With the Stars celeb has an enviable figure that she works pretty damn hard for thankyouverymuch and the healthy-lifestyle enthusiast  allows Health readers to try her own favorite Physique 57 workout (here!) that you can do in 30 minutes time for overall strengthening.

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So what else is inside the September Health?

“Perk Up Your Posture”

Yoga goddess Kristin McGee shows off a few poses that will give you stronger shoulder & back muscles while helping to fix your posture.

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“Tracy Tones You”

This month the trainer that is Gwyneth “Goopy” Paltrow-approved offers a circuit workout she says you should do six times per week but I will give you permission to do it twice instead. (You’re welcome!)

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“19 Tips for Runners”

Are you looking to get faster while you add the miles on the pavement? Follow these tips including exercise suggestions from Jordan Metzl, MD.

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

  • “66 Brilliant Beauty Buys” The editors of Health pick their 2014 Health Beauty Award winners that will help you look even more gorgeous than you already are (how is that even possible?)
  • “Stream Your Way Slim” If you are looking for a streaming workout, Health gives the lowdown on the best online fitness classes.
  • “Surprising Migraine Cures that Work” I know plenty of folks who will find this information helpful.
  • “Is Butter Really Back?” If I miss anything about being dairy-free it’s the butter. (Damn—I miss butter!)
  • “Health Rules You Can Really Break” New ways to look at how many hours a week you should work out, the number of hours you really need to sleep and more, here.

Follow Heath online at: www.Health.com

Overall Grade:

A! Last month I was underwhelmed with Health but the September issue gave me the “happies” Yay!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,


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What Did We Learn This Month? @Shape_Magazine with Petra Nemcova on the Cover!

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Shape: January/February 2014

Petra Nemcova photographed by Nino Munoz

Petra Nemcova photographed by Nino Munoz


Shape Cover Star for January/February 2014:

Petra Nemcova: Petra is a supermodel who survived a tsunami in South Asia in 2004 and ultimately lost her boyfriend during the disaster. Petra spent years of her life in recovery from her multiple injuries and decided to use her experience to serve others in need.

Petra created the Happy Hearts Fund to rebuild schools around the world that have been affected by natural disasters. Yay Petra!

In her down time, Petra keeps in shape by following the Physique 57 workouts including this one developed by co-founder Tanya Becker (see below.)

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“Stress RX”

Fitness can help us all learn to relax and relieve stress. These moves from Jill Miller RX Series will “ease tension and cultivate calm”

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“Upward Trend”

The thought of climbing a wall indoors scares the living daylights out of me (fear of heights combined with vertigo, folks) but it is an excellent workout and will help build strength & balance. If you want to learn how—try these tips from expert Angela Payne.

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“Climb High”

Okay, so I do not climb but this gear is co cute—I might want to wear them anyway!

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 “Basic Training”

Old-school workouts (think PE class back in the 8th grade) from trainer Jay Cardiello.

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“Fast Track”

Loved these workouts from trainer Michael Olajide, Jr. who has a Sleekify series that seem pretty damn neat according to these pages.

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

  • “Game On!” Fantastic winter Olympics coverage. (Can’t wait for the games!)
  • Erin Andrews: The football media maven talks about how she stays in shape while reporting from the sidelines.

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

A-    Tons of great workouts here that will help keep you inspired all winter long.


Until next time…

Ox Ox,


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Brooklyn Fit Chick Newest Fit Bottomed Girl Post: Trying Out Fitness Classes in NYC!


Trying  Out Physique 57, Moksha Yoga NYC, The Fhitting Room and Bari Studio

Bari Studios: SoHo

Bari Studios: SoHo


Check out my latest NYC fitness studio reviews from Fit Bottomed Girls here: http://fitbottomedgirls.com/2013/10/4-hot-new-group-exercise-classes-to-try/

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 50 Featuring @Whole30, @RobbWolf, @fhittingroom @Physique57 @Baristudio @mokshayoganyc

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 50

The “I Had Me a Great Time on Vacation” and “Back to Whole 30” Edition

Featuring Classes from Bari Studio, Physique 57, the Fhitting Room and Moksha Yoga

The Bari Studio SoHo

The Bari Studio SoHo


Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How is everyone? I am feeling fit & fabulous after enjoying a solid week of rest and relaxation. Is there anything better than that? I think not and am ready to get back to my life which includes Blogging and Vlogging for all of you nice folks. Yay!

So how did I spend my week? Instead of working my day job, teaching or training I decided to go out there and try some classes out there that have always intrigued me and enjoy being a student for a change. So without further ado (well, there may be more ado about them in a future article for Fit Bottomed Girls so stay tuned!) here is a quick summation of the classes I was able to take this week.

  • First up we have Bari Studio in Soho where I tried out “Bari Micro”—a very cool 60-minute class where the focus was on the smaller muscles around your body. Really challenging and fun to try out. (See photo of the Soho studio above.)
  • Next I finally had the time to check out the celebrated “barre” class Physique 57 which completely kicked my booty. (Apparently Kelly Ripa is a big fan of the workout.)
  • The Fhitting Room is an Upper East Side High Interval Intensity Training Studio (HIIT) that is a big hit among NYC fitness editors so I knew I had to try them out for myself. Not sure how I made it through the whole hour but I will for sure come back (Thanks so much @erocfitness and @drossfit!)
  • Finally I decided to get a major sweat going with Moska Yoga NYC which is a fast-rising yoga studio movement which emphasizes kindness to both the participants and the environment. My good friend Marrilee Wilson studies at their Halifax studio and turned me on to their classes. (I just could not stomach the idea of Bikram yoga which also believes in a hot room to practice but is WAY too strict for my taste.

Whew! It was a tough week but like I said, it was so nice as an instructor to play the role of an eager student and take my game to a higher level in my own classes. (Thanks to all of you fantastic instructors this past week!)

So now that summer is on the wane and I have been indulging in a little too much “not Paleo” food and wine the last few months I have decided to start a whole new “Whole 30” month starting today. Hooray! This means I will follow Robb Wolf’s Paleo Solution plan for the next 30 days and will NOT indulge in:

  • Processed food (nothing that comes out of a box or a bag)
  • Sugars (except from fruit)
  • Any kind of dairy
  • Wheat, gluten or grain
  • Wine (boo!)

If you want to follow along on my adventure be sure to check me out on Instagram where I will post my day’s meals. (Or if you just want to see photos of some of the cutest cats you have ever seen in your entire life!!! (Really.)

Lastly I want to thank Danny J. of The Sweaty Betties who featured me as an “Ambassador Spotlight” this past week. (And if any of you wouldn’t mind retweeting it I would be most grateful!


Now onto this week’s Vlog post:


Okay—that is it for me today. This week Brooklyn Fit Chick is back up and running and I am looking forward to getting healthy this fall with all of you lovely people!

Ox Ox,


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Fitness “Meet & Tweet” Recap! @FitnessMagazine @roccodispirito @DrJAshton @FitBottomedMama

Fitness “Meet & Tweet” NYC

Highlights of Blogger Extravaganza Including:

Top Editors from Fitness, Dr. Jennifer Ashton and Rocco DiSpirito

Plus, More Fit Bloggers Than You Can Shake a Stick At!


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Hey All!

Recently I enjoyed a day of fun, fitness, health and good cheer with some of the most amazing people in the Blogosphere with Fitness magazine’s second annual “Blogger Meet & Tweet” which was held this year at the fancy, schmancy Mercedes Club in New York City.

Throughout the morning we were treated to some interesting panel discussions featuring Fitness editors along with celebrity guests for a variety of topics.

Check out the view!

We were treated to a lovelier than expected day where we sat outside and got our collective learning on.
Fitness editor in chief Betty Wong was on hand to greet all Bloggers plus send us off to collect our loot (more on THAT later.)

Betty Wong

Betty Wong

There was a panel discussion featuring the top Bloggers in health & wellness including:

This panel discussion was moderated by Fitness digital editor Christine Griffin and provided all sorts of inspiration for us would-be money making Bloggers. (Not that I do it for the money…)

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In fact, Erin even though Erin I work for the same company (I am a NYC contributor to Fit Bottomed Girls) this was the first we chance we got to give each other a hug. (Hey again Erin!)

Me and Erin Whitehead FBM

I think my favorite segment was when Fitness health editor Lisa Haney talked about women’s health issues with Jennifer Ashton, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. http://www.jenniferashtonmd.com/ who was ready to discuss everything from Angelina Jolie’s decision to get a double mastectomy to the importance of birth control pills. She was so interesting!

Dr Ashton and Me

So, of course, I had to run over and get my picture taken with her. (Just so you know I am 5’ 7”—this woman is a TALL drink of water!)

Also on hand were The Biggest Loser trainer Brett Hoebel who talked about the latest trends in “extreme fitness” and celebrity makeup artist Sarah Lucero who showed us how to stay gorgeous in the upcoming summer, sweaty months.

My favorite part of the day was watching my friend Mariette of Namaste Mari get totally gaga for Rocco DiSpirito. How cute do they look together by the way?

Mariette and Rocco

The “Meet & Tweet” was the perfect chance to catch up with friends like Jess,  Erica Sara, Patty Aziaga and my home girl Toni of Running Living Loving (below) as we are all too busy running around and never have time to catch up in person.

(Two Long Island chicks just hanging out, know what I mean?)

Toni and Me

So did I mention the goodie bag?

Well here is what it looked like coming home:

Goodie Bag

And this is how it looks when I tried to go through it:

Inside goodie bag

Among the items I received that day:

Whew! It was quite a day and I can NOT wait until next year so I can see what Fitness has in mind for us humble Bloggers.

And remember, you can be sure to check out Fitness magazine at www.fitnessmagazine.com

Ox ox,

Brooklyn Fit Chick


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