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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog 100: Win Some Goodies from a Goodie Bag! (For Real!) 18

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #100

The 100th Vlog Episode Giveaway!

Featuring Yummy Treats from the Fitness Magazine Goodie Bag

You can win these goodies from me!

You can win these goodies from me!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Guess what today is? My 100th Vlog episode—woo hoo!!! And I am here to offer y’all some of the wonderful goodies I received at the Fitness Magazine Meet & Tweet to celebrate this momentous occasion. So you know what? That is exactly what I am going to do!

Just as in years past the event came with the MOST insane goodie bag. In fact, it is such a big bag full of cool things that I just knew that I had to share the loot with one of my wonderful readers. (You’re welcome!)

BUT FIRST!

I want to say congratulations to all of the incredible athletes who completed the NYC Marathon on Sunday. It was in the 40 and windy as hell here and I happily cheered thousands on though I must admit you will NEVER see me doing the same. (I am just NOT a runner.)

Here are just a few of my friends who ran yesterday:

Toni C. of Running, Living, Loving, Sheryl of SherylYvette.com and Samantha Shelton of Fitness magazine.

So damn proud of each and every one of you! Next time I will be better about letting people know where to find me on the route…

Okay, so back to this week’s giveaway.

Take a gander at just some some of the yummy treats you can win!

You want to see them up close and personal? Well then check out my Vlog now!

{Just a note—No one is sponsoring this giveaway. I will pick the winner and send to them directly. This giveaway is only available in the Continental United States.}

If you want to win my “Goodie Bag Giveaway” 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 that excellent goodie bag 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, November 10, 2014 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

(If you are reading this on a different site or a different feed than Brooklyn Fit Chick, it has been taken without permission.)
Until next time…

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What Did We Learn This Month? Health magazine September Issue 1

 

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Health

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…

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 76: Bike Spring Cleaning, SELF & A Warning for Bloggers, Plus Giveaway of Functional Cross Training 19

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #76

Spring Cleaning for Your Bike, SELF magazine’s “Tutu” Kerfuffle and My Brand-New

 Functional Cross-Training Book Giveaway!

Functional Cross Training

Functional Cross Training

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

It’s the day after my birthday when I post this and no I will NOT tell how many spanks I should have received but let’s just say I remember the 80s–mmmkay?

My mood is a little better this week than last which might be because the temperature is above 40 degrees or maybe I was just in a bit of a funk. Let’s just say I am trying to embrace the new season that is finally arriving and ready to kick some ass again. So let’s get to it, shall we?

Today I want to talk about getting your bike ready for the spring, the “inadvertent” mess-up that is the April issue of SELF magazine and my groovy new book giveaway Functional Cross Training (three copies folks—your odds are good to win!)

  • Terry Bikes/Bicycling Magazine: As the fitness ambassador for Terry Bicycles (their first!) I am happy to forward along my latest Blog post for them which talks about Spring Cleaning for Your Bike. Leah Flickinger from Bicycling magazine gave me the tips and I cannot WAIT to get out on the road again. Be sure to follow Leah on Twitter as well as @BicyclingMag.

Also—you can enter to win a $500 Cycling Wardrobe from Terry Bicycles now until April 16th and you need to do is fill out one easy form, so go for it!

  • SELF magazine had the ‘Worst Week Ever!” Oy vey. Where do I even BEGIN here? In case you have not heard about this debacle (all of the best links are here by the way) SELF magazine asked Monika Allen if they could print a photo of her and her friend running in a race wearing tutus as they story was about running with tutus. Monika is a running coach who raises funds for Girls on The Run of San Diego with her own tutu business Glam Runner. Well it turned into a slam piece where SELF essentially mocked Monika and her friend Tara Baize for wearing tutus while running because, um– they think it is a “lame” trend.

The comment was/is juvenile, myopic and out-of-date with what is actually happening in the running world. “How dare you be different from me? We are SERIOUS about running here!”

Here’s the rub—Monika had brain cancer at the time of the run. She was in the middle of chemotherapy treatments and the photo they used of her in the Los Angeles marathon was the first time she felt healthy enough in about a year to run a full marathon. That’s right, she had a tumor in her head and she ran a marathon. Suck on that haters!

Monika asked the editors to explain their actions. After getting no response from them she did the wise thing and went to her local press. Let me tell you—the word “tutu” took off all over the Twitter and Facebook right afterwards.

Long story short (honestly—the link I sent before will give you a fuller picture) SELF’s editor in chief Lucy Danziger did the right thing by offering a heartfelt apology. (Though it is certainly not worse because Monika had cancer. It’s bad all on its own because it was a mean comment—period.)

I have not done a full post on SELF in several months because frankly, there was not enough content that deserved a full review. What I will do with my April 2014 issue is toss it directly into the recycling bin unread. I will feature SELF again when they prove themselves worthy of the trust of all of the women working hard to get healthy.

 

  • My Functional Cross Training Giveaway: This week I have three copies of Functional Cross Training from Brett Stewart & Jason Werner which is published by Ulysses Press. Whoo hoo! Scroll down below for all of the details on how you can win. (Note—Ulysses Press will send the book directly to each winner and they did not pay for this promotion!)

Now let’s get to this week’s Vlog where I talk all about this plus my warning to Bloggers everywhere when dealing with the media.

 

Whew! Are you ready to hear more about Functional Cross Training? (Three copies are being given away, people!)

The Revolutionary, Routine-Busting Approach to Total-Body Fitness

Introducing Functional Cross Training, a new step-by-step guide that brings together a wide range of cutting-edge techniques, including plyometrics, intense circuit training, weight lifting, and gym-free bodyweight exercises.

Whether your goal is to drop a few pounds, build muscle, increase your running speed, or a little bit of everything, Functional Cross Training offers six progressive programs that will push you to your full potential and get you the body you’ve always wanted.

With 100 unique exercises (plus easy-to-follow photos!), you’ll transform your body and perform like you never thought possible.

“This book is the workout partner that you’ve always wanted,” explains author Brett Stewart. “The only thing that’s between you and achieving your fitness goals is taking the first step and getting started!”

About the Authors

Brett Stewart is a certified personal trainer, a running and triathlon coach, and an endurance athlete who lives in Phoenix, Arizona. An avid multisport athlete, Brett has completed dozens of triathlons, marathons, ultra-marathons, and obstacle races. His books and fitness tips can be found at 7weekstofitness.com. Jason Warner is an ISSA Certified Strength Trainer, fitness and sports enthusiast, ultra-marathoner, triathlete, CrossFitter, and overall Olympic-lifting nut. Jason coauthored Ultimate Jump Rope Workouts and 7 Weeks to 10 Pounds of Muscle. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with his wife and three kids.

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 Functional Cross Training @triphx and @ulyssespress from @brooklynfitchik”
  • If you haven’t already—let me know you are subscribing to my You Tube channel

I will pick three winners at random on Monday, April 7th at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck and enter as often as you like!

Until next time…

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What Did We Learn This Month? Oxygen Magazine is Back! @OxygenMagazine 9

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Oxygen: November 2013

Felicia Romero photographed by Stewart Volland

Felicia Romero photographed by Stewart Volland

It’s back!!! One of my favorite magazines in the world is on newsstands again and I could not be happier so let’s get back to recapping!

 

What Do We Learn This Month in Oxygen?

“Fresh Start”

The November cover star is Felicia Romero (above) who plans to return to figure competing while also continuing her work with the “Fun Fit” workout group for kids in her native Arizona.

 

 “Go the Distance”

So have you been watching your runner friends compete in marathons and think to youself “hmmm—maybe I should give it a go?” Well Oxygen has a 12-Week Half Marathon training plan to help you get inspired for the 2014 season.

 

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“Bring Up the Burn”

Lori Harder’s butt-kicking workout is getting me inspired this month!

 

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“One Workout Two Ways”

Badass trainer Rita Catolino shows how to use more muscle groups during strenuous workouts to make them even more effective in less time.

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“Stair Sprints”

Try out this drill at your local track, park or stadium to get your cardio and body conditioning in while we can all still enjoy the great outdoors. (Winter is just around the corner, people!)

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And now the rest of this issue of Oxygen:

  • “Cause for Celebration” My personal hero, Tosca Reno writes a “welcome back” essay and promises Oxygen will work hard to continue helping fit women of all ages “stay young, purposeful, inspired and driven.” Yay!
  • “Macro Management” If you are looking to calculate your protein, carb and fats and need help with the “right combo of nutrients” then be sure to check out this article.
  • “The Easiest Gluten-Free Meals Ever” Yes, please!
  • “The Silver Linings Playbook” Olympic rower and silver medalist Rachelle Viinberg talks about overcoming injuries plus she explains the difference between training for a sporting event and training for a photo shoot.

Overall Grade:

A So damn happy to have you back Oxygen! You have been missed!

You can follow Oxygen magazine at www.Oxygenmag.com

Until next time…

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Training Tips from Jennifer Van Allen of @RunnersWorld (Part 2) #runchat #sweatybetties 1

Brooklyn Fit Chick Special Interview!

Jennifer Van Allen

Special Projects Editor of Runner’s World and author of Runner’s World Big Book of Marathon and Half-Marathon Training

 

Runner's World August 2013

Runner’s World August 2013

Hey Gang!

Today I am featuring the second part of my interview with Jennifer Van Allen (Special Projects Editor) of Runner’s World where she talks about her favorite training tips for runners. Please know that you should plan to run frequently for at least a year before planning your first marathon.

Enjoy!

Jennifer Van Allen/Runner’s World

Jennifer Van Allen/Special Projects Editor of Runner's World

Jennifer Van Allen/Special Projects Editor of Runner’s World

 

Completing a marathon is an amazing, life-changing experience. Covering 26.2 miles (a distance most people hate to even drive!) on foot helps you discover just how strong you are, how much more powerful you are than you could have ever possibly imagined. And once you make those discoveries on the road, that new sense of power, and self-confidence spills over into other corners of your life – your friendships, your career, your love life, etc.   Every finish line is just the start of a whole new adventure.

However, we typically recommend that you have at least one year of experience running regularly (3 to 5 times per week), then follow at least a 16-week training program to prepare for the event. (Runner’s World offers over a dozen marathon training plans, for people of all abilities and level of fitness at runnersworld.com/trainingplans.com)

We also offer the Runner’s World Challenge, an online coaching service for folks training for marathons and half-marathons. http://www.runnersworld.com/challenge

For half-marathons, it’s best if you have at least six months to a year of experience running regularly, and follow a 10 to 14-week training program. (RW has over a dozen of those plans too at runners world.com/trainingplans).

Why bother with a training plan?

A plan helps you gradually build up the fitness you need to cover 13.1 or 26.2 miles feeling strong without getting hurt. One of the biggest challenges of training for a long-distance race is getting to the starting line injury free. Many runners run too many miles too fast, before their bodies are ready, or without giving them enough opportunity to recover, and they develop overuse injuries, like shin splints, IT band syndrome, plantar fasciitis, runner’s knee, etc. That’s because the musculoskeletal system (bones, ligaments, joints) take much longer to adapt to running than the cardiovascular system (the heart and the lungs.)

So, with a training plan you gradually build your mileage, starting with 20 to 30 miles per week with a 10-mile long run, and peaking with a 50 to 60-mile week with a 20-mile long run. Most plans also have a built in taper, a period of reduced mileage in the weeks before the race, to give your body a chance to recover from the work it’s endured, and rest up for the race effort ahead. Most importantly, the plan will feature longer two to three-hour runs to prepare your feet, lungs, legs, heart, and head for the challenge of covering the race distance.

Those long runs are “race rehearsals,” so in addition to getting accustomed to spending hours on your feet, as you’ll have to do on race day, you’ll also get an opportunity to try out different type of gear, shoes, apparel, and fueling. There are so many different products on the market. There’s no one product that’s best for everyone. So you have to find out what product is best for you.

One of the key aspects of training is learning how to eat on the run. When you’re on the road for more than 75 minutes at a time, you’ll need to refuel with 30 to 60 grams of carbs/hour on the road. This helps keep your energy levels stable all the way to the finish, so you avoid hitting the fabled “wall.” Many people use products like energy gels, sports drinks, chews, and even real food to do this. It’s important to start regularly fueling about 30 minutes into the long run or race, and keep refueling at regular intervals all the way to the finish. If you wait until you’re tired or hungry, it’s too tough to catch up.

A lot of the race day advice boils down to “do what’s worked for you during training.” Each person is different in terms of the types of foods they can tolerate while they’re on the road. So it takes time to test out different products to figure out what works for you.

Thank you again Jennifer!!!!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Interview with Jennifer Van Allen of Runner’s World @runnersworld #runchat #sweatybetties 0

Brooklyn Fit Chick Special Interview

Jennifer Van Allen

Special Projects Editor of Runner’s World and author of Runner’s World Big Book of Marathon and Half-Marathon Training

Runner's World August 2013

Runner’s World August 2013

Hey Gang!

I am planning on walking either my first marathon or half-marathon this coming Saturday with Walk the Walk NYC and decided that I needed the best of the best to advise me on how to train and what to expect for my big first—whatever it turns out to be. (Check out my latest Vlog where I go into my dilemma in more detail.)

So the good people at Runner’s World offered me a chance to interview their Special Projects Editor, Jennifer Van Allen who in turn gave me so much great information that I am posting this in two parts. Wee!

Today Jennifer advises gives us her best tips for handling your first marathon and half-marathon. Tomorrow will feature her advice for proper training techniques. Enjoy and happy running (or walking!)

 

Jennifer Van Allen/Special Projects Editor of Runner's World

Jennifer Van Allen/Special Projects Editor of Runner’s World

RUNNER’S WORLD TIPS FOR MARATHONS & HALF-MARATHONS

Even for seasoned racers, the days before a marathon or half-marathon can be stressful. With all the hope and hard work that you invested in your goal event, you want to arrive at the starting line feeling calm, healthy, and ready to run your best. Here are a few reminders to keep you on track in the critical days and hours before the starting gun fires, and to help you recover after you cross the finish line.

THE DAYS BEFORE THE RACE

Don’t do anything new. Race day isn’t the time to try new shoes, new food or drinks, gear, or anything else you  haven’t used on several training runs. Stick with the routine that works for you.

Don’t overdo the expo. Pick up your race number, but give yourself a time limit and stick to it. Get off your feet and relax before the race.

Graze, don’t chow down. Rather than devouring a gigantic bowl of pasta the night before the race, which could upset your stomach, try eating carbs in small increments throughout the day before the race.

Put your hands on your bib and chip. The night before the race, put your chip on your shoes, and fasten your bib on to your clothes. Those are two supplies you must have at the starting line. Don’t show up without them!

RACE DAY

Don’t overdress. It will probably be cool at the start, but don’t wear more clothing than you need. Dress for 20 degrees warmer than it is outside. To stay warm at the start, bring clothes that you can throw off after the first few miles.

Set at least two goals. Set one goal for a perfect race and another as a backup in case it’s hot, windy, or it’s just not your day. If something makes your first goal impossible halfway through the race, you’ll need another goal to motivate you to finish strong.

Fix it sooner, not later. If your shoelace is getting untied, or you start to chafe early in the race, take care of it before it becomes really painful later in the race.

Line up early. You don’t want to be rushing to the starting line, so don’t wait for the last call to get there.

Start slow, and stay even. Run the first 2 to 3 miles 10 to 15 seconds slower than goal pace, with the idea that you’ll finish strong. Don’t try to “bank” time by going out faster than your goal pace. If you do that, you risk burning out early. Try to keep an even pace throughout the race, and save your extra energy for the last few miles.

AFTER THE RACE

Keep moving. Get your medal and keep walking for at least 10 minutes to fend off stiffness and gradually bring your heart rate back to its resting state.

Refuel. Within 30 minutes of finishing, refuel with carbs and sources of lean protein. If you can’t eat post-race, pack a recovery drink in your gear bag. Within a few hours try to eat a regular healthy meal with carbs and protein.

Get warm. Change out of the clothes you ran in, and get into dry clothes as soon as possible. After you cross the finish line, your core temperature will start to drop fast, and keeping sweaty clothes on will keep you cold.

The next day, get going. As sore as you might feel the day after the marathon, it’s important to do some sort of nonimpact activity like swimming, cycling, or working out on the elliptical trainer. The movement will increase circulation to your sore muscles and help you bounce back sooner. Just keep the effort level easy.

 

That’s all for today! Be sure to come back tomorrow for the rest of Jennifer’s advice for training. (Thanks Jennifer!)

 

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