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Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes: @BlogHer @TerryBikes @TapGenes @FitBottomedGirls 31

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes

BlogHer 15 NYC Dates Announced

Fit Bottomed Girls “Tips for Your First Kettlebell Class,” My Terry Bikes Spring Picks,

P!nk Handles Mean Tweeters, Tapgenes.com Talks Eating Disorders

 Plus: Book Vs Movie” Podcast The Outsiders!

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How are you all doing today? It’s a brand new week and though I feel a wee bit short of my personal fitness goals (I may have slacked on my foam rolling a bit…) but this warmer & sunny weather has put an extra spring in my step. Doesn’t seeing the sun out nice and bright in the sky improve your outlook? It sure does mine and with that I am resolving to get back to foam rolling and stretching every night not only it makes me feel better but it also helps me perform better as a teacher.

So now that I am saying it OUT LOUD—it will have to get done! If it kills me I am going to increase my flexibility and strength. You are all my witnesses! Now that THAT is out of the way—let’s go through my weekly news & notes. (And for those 3 of you miss my Vlog—next week I promise to deliver with a cool, new giveaway. Pinky swear!)

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes

Tips from the Pros on “Kettlebells for Beginners”

If there is one strength-building piece of equipment that really helps to build muscle while also providing an excellent cardio workout it’s the kettlebell. For Fit Bottomed Girls I wrote “Tips for Your First Kettlebell Class” so I would know how to use mine better when working out on my own.

Do you use kettlebells? What is your favorite advice for newbies?

Terry Bikes Spring Gear:

Some of you may know that I am a BIG FAN of Terry Bikes and somehow got the gumption last year to approach them as their first brand ambassador. Luckily they said yes so I get to try out their latest gear and let you know what you need to add to your next bike ride. In this post for them I picked my favorite spring items from their catalog. Enjoy!

BlogHer 15 Conference Set for NYC:

Have you heard the news? BlogHer will be back in NYC July 16-18 for their “Experts Among Us” BlogHer 15 Conference. I know I will be there but if you want more details check out this link to see who will be speaking there. (They always manage to get GREAT special guests at BlogHer events!)

BlogHer & SheKnows are also teaming up for a road show (I was invited to the Brooklyn event last week and had a blast!) If you live anywhere near the following markets—you should absolutely go (it’s free!)
April 24: Atlanta, Georgia – 5:00 p.m.
May 3: Chicago, Illinois – 5:00 p.m.
May 8: San Francisco, California – 6:00 p.m.
May 9: Boston, Massachusetts – 4:00 p.m.

To RSVP for one of these great parties, email Marketing@SheKnows.com

Body Shaming of P!nk:

I don’t know if you heard of this story but one of my favorite singers, P!nk, attended an event this past weekend looking totally beautiful. Well because we live in an internet age there has to be a body-shaming wave headed by mean-spirited trolls tried to make her life miserable. Well if you know anything about P!nk you know that she is non-nonsense and expertly handled all of the mean tweets thrown her way. Do you think we will EVER live in a world without trolls?

How I Learned to Love Eating:

I really loved this article from Tapgenes.com talking about recovery from eating disorders. Tapgenes.com interviewed two amazing women who talk about the toll it took on their bodies and how they have successfully deal with their individual disorders. This is a definite must-read!

Book Vs Movie Podcast:

Margo Porras of Shes Nacho Mama’s Blog and I talked about The Outsiders in our newest episode of our podcast “Book Vs. Movie” and had a fabulous time doing it. You can check us out in the player below and in case you are wondering what will be the subject of our next episode—get ready for us to dissect The Stepford Wives! Woot Woot!

That’s all I have for today—keep checking back for news, reviews and playlists aplenty! Thanks as always for dropping by!

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Until next time…

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog 106: Dog Bites, Fit Bottomed Girls, Box Jumps & a WW Giveaway! 10

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #106

The Weight Watchers “Ultimate Dance Party” Kit Giveaway

Plus: The Aftermath of the “Dog Bite” Incident of New Year’s Eve

“Book vs Movie” Podcast iTunes News,

Fit Bottomed Girls New Year/New Rear, New York Times’ “Front Row” Craziness

“Envizulaizing” Box Jumps with Jonny Goldstein

Enter to win this kit!

Enter to win this kit!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

It’s been over a week since my “dog bite/scratch” incident and my face is healing up very nicely. To get the full story just check out last week’s post plus I will give some details in the Vlog below. Thanks so much for all of the follow up and well wishes. You are all officially THE BEST.

Last week I also caught that nasty cold that has been hanging around Brooklyn so that was the big reason I could not film my Vlog last week. I was not embarrassed about how I look but could not promise a cough-free episode and ain’t nobody got time for that! So let me get though today’s news and then we will talk about this week’s new giveaway (Weight Watchers Ultimate Dance Kit.)

  • Book Vs Movie Podcast: We are now hosted by Libsyn which means the episodes will be edited down and (mostly) error-free from now on so be sure to subscribe to us at our new link on iTunes right here https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bookvsmovies-podcast/id954110320?mt=2 and stay tuned for our next episode—Primary Colors. Margo P. and I will talk about the Joe Klein book and the Mike Nichols We are always looking for suggestions so let me know what you would like for us to cover next!
  • Fit Bottomed Girls New Year/New Rear Challenge: Y’all know that I am a card-carrying, proud member of the Fit Bottomed Girls Every January Jenn, Erin & Co. create a month’s worth of challenges to get you excited about the new year and also tackle some long-held fitness goals. Be sure to check them out every single day and get 2015 off to the right start!
  • Exercises the Experts Ditched: Speaking of Fit Bottomed Girls—I am proud to day I wrote this feature asking the top fitness experts on the exercises they no longer do and what they do to replace them which you can check out here.
  • New York Times’ “Race to the Front Row” Article: This past Thursday my spin class students kept saying to me did you read about “the front row” in the New York Times? It’s a feature that basically talks about the cache of being in the front row for certain fitness classes. I am not a big fan of the teacher-worship culture that exists in the fitness world. The way I see it—some people want fans and some people want students. I want students and I hate the idea people are made to feel like garbage for not being good enough to be seen in a classroom that they paid upwards of $35 to attend. But, that is just me. What do you think? I really want to know!
  • Envizualizing My Next Fitness Goal (The Box Jump!) Going back to Fit Bottomed Girls again—I told the lovely Jenn that my big fitness goal is to perform rad box jump. She said “go for it!” and “get me the post by early March” so I guess it is time to get to work! So this past weekend at one of the gyms where I work Pongo Power we celebrated our first anniversary with a party that include a station with artist Jonny Goldsetin who helps people map out their goals with a mixture of talk therapy and an original piece of artwork from Jonny. Here is his “Envizualize” version of my first box jump. I think it is pretty neat! (Thanks Jonny!)

Jonny Goldstein

Now on to this week’s Vlog and giveaway details!

 

More Information about the Weight Watchers Ultimate Dance Party Kit Giveaway:

Burn Up the Dance Floor!

Weight Watchers Ultimate Dance Party Kit

 Weight Watchers, the world’s leading provider of weight management services, with the “Weight Watchers: The Ultimate Dance Party!” kit offers three complete dance workouts starring Ilyse Baker, a pair of one pound firming sticks, 10-week exercise tracker, 10 appetizer recipes and over $15 in savings on Weight Watchers products. This kit had previously only been available to members at meeting location centers. Beginning on December 16, 2014, anyone will be able to purchase it on Amazon and select retailers nationwide. The suggested retail price is $39.98.

 “Weight Watchers: The Ultimate Dance Party!” includes a DVD with three easy-to-follow dance workouts; the 20-minute Easy Grooves, 35-minute Cardio Club and the 45-minute Total Body Blast. The Bonus Breakdown step guide makes some of the more involved combinations less so. The one-pound firming sticks add resistance to help sculpt the arms. Instructor Ilyse Baker is based in Los Angeles where she teaches at Equinox, Blanks Studios, 360 Health and other locations, She is an AFAA Certified Fitness Instructor with a B.A. in Dance Performance and Dance Education from Point Park University.

{Just a note—Anchor Bay Entertainment is not sponsoring this post and will ship the kit directly to the winner. This giveaway is only available in the Continental United States.}

If you want to win the yoga kit featured in the Vlog above you must do the following (Continental United States only, 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 the Weight Watchers Ultimate Dance Kit by @anchorbayent from @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, January 19, 2014 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

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Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 94: Pongo Power, Wanderlust Yoga Festival & Athleta Gym Bag Giveaway! 33

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #94

Yoga Blocks with Attitude, Book vs. Movie Podcast Episode 4 Forrest Gump,

Pongo Power Training, Wanderlust Yoga Festival in Brooklyn

Plus: My Own Personal Athleta Gym Bag Giveaway!!

 

Enter to win this Athleta Bag!

Enter to win this Athleta Bag!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

She is back and live ladies & gentleman!!  That’s right—after two weeks off I am back to my weekly Vlogs and boy did I miss all of you! There has been some major stress in my life recently both wonderful and terrible but I can honestly say my focus and attitude remains intact and I am committed to being your one-stop shop for fitness news, pop culture snark and best of all—giveaways!

This week you can enter to win an item I received from a totally rad goodie bag from the amazing Athleta fashion show.

Want to hear more? Well, let’s dive into my latest news bits and then we will get right on it. Yay!

  • Yoga Blocks With Attitude/Crunch’s Newest Workout: Several weeks ago I attended a new class offered by Crunch gyms in New York City on behalf of Fit Bottomed Girls called B-Method created by celebrity trainer Terri Walsh that utilizes yoga blocks in an innovative way. You can read all about it here!
  • Book vs. Movie Episode 4: The insane partnership of the “Margos” continues with our latest episode of our Book vs. Movie podcast.  This week in honor of the film’s 20th anniversary we decided to delve into all things “Gump” by talking about the differences between the book and movie version of Forrest Gump by author Winston Groom.  How different are they from each other you ask? Whoo boy—they are worlds apart but each has their own unique charm. If you have some time—click on the link and take a listen. We are hoping to have them available on Stitcher and iTunes soon (fingers crossed!)

Also—please make sure to ‘like” our Facebook page. (Thank you!)

  • Pongo Power! Some of you may be aware that I am a trainer but did you know that I am NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) certified trainer? Well, yes I am and it is with great pleasure to announce that I am now training at the NASM-based only studio– Pongo Power with two locations in Brooklyn—yay!  Pongo Power was started by Elizabeth Pongo who is just about the smartest and funniest person I have met in some time. Elizabeth started with a small studio in Park Slope and has since developed a loyal clientele who wait for weeks to get an appointment with her.

I am now training at her Flatbush Avenue studio so if you are interested in a free movement assessment—be sure to reach out to me on Twitter @BrooklynFitChik!

  • Wanderlust Yoga Festival Brooklyn: Speaking of cool places in Brooklyn—Prospect Park will be a whole day of “Om” goodness with the arrival of the Wanderlust Yoga Festival taking place Saturday, September 13th with a day’s worth of yoga, meditation and music. Tickets can be purchased at http://brooklyn.wanderlustfestival.com and I plan to attend for sure so if you looking are for a “sun salutation” buddy that day—reach out to me on Twitter (again @BrooklynFitChik…)
  • Athleta Fashion Show: This past week I was lucky enough to attend the Athleta “Crush of Adrenaline” fashion show that featured real athletes, dancers and acrobats as models. Honestly, I have lived in New York City for years and have been to my fair share of runway events but this one really knocked my socks off. Read (and see) what I am talking about in this excellent feature from USA Today. Amazing stuff! This week’s giveaway is the gym bag I received from Athleta in my goodie bag so check out the clip below to see how you can win!

Now on to this week’s Vlog and giveaway details!

{Just a note—Athleta is not sponsoring this post and I will ship directly to the winner. This giveaway is only available to folks in the Continental United States and I will contact the winner directly via e-mail.}

If you want to win the Athleta gym bag shown above you must do the following (Continental United States only, 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 @Athleta gym bag from @brooklynfitchik #crushofadrenaline”
  • 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, September 15th at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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