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What Have We Learned This Month? @Shape_Magazine with Maria Sharapova on the Cover! 4

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Shape: September 2013

Maria Sharapova photographed by Matt Jones

Maria Sharapova photographed by Matt Jones

 

Shape Cover Star for September:

“Tennis Goddess” Maria Sharapova graces the cover and she shows off all 6’2” of her bad-ass self. The Russian-born athlete still loves to play and is scheduled to appear in the U.S. Open at the time of this posting.

Maria works with trainer Yutaka Nakamura on the stability ball to get her core in shape on the courts and we get a peek at her workout here:

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So what else is inside the September Shape?

“Power Play”

My problem with many fitness magazine these days is that they do not feature enough workouts (I am talking to you Health!) However, Shape has plenty of them and I especially liked this one from trainer Amy Bento Ross which you can adapt to any playground outside. (I am assuming you know to use a public playground and not just go into a stranger’s backyard!)

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“Tabletop”

NYC-based trainer Jay Cardiello (http://cardiellofitness.com/) gives three different versions of the core defining tabletop move.

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“10th Annual Shape Beauty Award”

Shape’s beauty editors tried out hundreds of beauty products and picked their favorites here. Beauty products make me swoon!

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“Jump To It”

Plyometric moves are a fast way to burn calories and get your heart in top condition and trainer Stephanie Vitorino of Equinox has a quick 15-minute plan here you can do anywhere.

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“Get 360* Sexy”

You want to work all of your major muscles groups and be sculpted all over? (Yes I do, plus the ability to fly. Anyhoo…) This workout from trainer Natalie Yko is a butt-kicker.

 

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

  • “It’s About Time” Shape features the latest in timing gear here.
  • “Match Point” Probably the cutest tennis outfit ever is on page 78.
  • Candice Kumai: The “Stiletto Chef” talks about FWBs (Food With Benefits,) her “pantry staples” and more here.

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

A  Great workouts and readable features make me a happy fit chick!

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What Did We Learn This Month? @Shape_Magazine with @JillianMichaels on the Cover! 10

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Shape: July/August 2013

Jillian Michaels photographed by Don Flood

Jillian Michaels photographed by Don Flood

 

Shape Cover Star for July/August:

Jillian Michaels is on the cover and looking mighty fit in a bikini. Jillian a busy mother of two young kids and knows how hard it is to fit in a workout—even just 30 minutes. Here she gives advice for staying healthy while heading out on the open road for summer vacation.

Shape also has an exclusive body sculpting routine in this issue which you can see here.

 

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So what else is inside the July/August Shape?

“Hit Your Stride”

Do you have a Cybex machine at your gym and are not sure how to get the best workout in your lunch hour? Try out the advice here given by Angela Corcoran, director of education for Cybex.

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“Biceps Curl”

Jay Cardiello (http://cardiellofitness.com/) offers three types of bicep curls to get you strong and toned.

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“2013 Shape Snack Awards”

Shape found the best “good-for-you noshes” that you can find at your local grocery store.

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“In the Swim”

Ooh, a pool sounds so refreshing right now—doesn’t it?  Here we get advice from Olympian Natalie Coughlin.

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“Take a Seat”

Pull up a seat for your next workout created by Melissa Chiz of Zumba (this looks fun!)

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“Surf’s Up!”

Jessica Bellofatto of KamaDeva Yoga in East Hampton, NY combines yoga moves with her love of surfing with the poses you see here.

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

  • “Give Your Beach Bag a Checkup” Shape offers advice on how to what to pack in your tote for a fun day in the sun.
  • “At-Home Solutions” Lotions and potions that will make you even more gorgeous than you already are (how is THAT possible?)
  • “A Lifetime of Good Skin” What you need to do in your 20s, 30s and 40s to keep your complexion in top shape.

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

A  Lots of workouts featured here and informative article aplenty. This made me happy!

 

Have you read the July/August Shape yet? What was your favorite article? Let me know!

 

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What Did We Learn This Month? @Shape_Magazine with Britney on the Cover!! #fitbloggin 7

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Shape: June 2013

Britney Spears photographed by Don Flood

Britney Spears photographed by Don Flood

 

 Shape Cover Star for June:

Britney!  Alert all of your gay friends—because the queen of Pop is on the cover of Shape and looking totally amaze balls!  Brit Brit is about to head off to Las Vegas for a two-year deal with Planet Hollywood (they are still around?) so the singer and dancer is going through her paces to get as fit as possible to put on an amazing Extravaganza every night.

Tops on her list for fun active type things to do is yoga and inside we get photos of Britney going through her favorite poses. She practices at the EQI Yoga Studio in Los Angeles with the owner Elizabeth I. (That is not a typo. Really!)

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So what else is inside the June Shape?

 

“Team Up to Firm Up”

For those looking for a “couple’s” workout—try this one from the insanely gorgeous duo Heidi & Chris Powell who starred in Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. Chris’s new book it titled Choose More, Lose More for Life and is on sale now.

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“Walk this Way”

Shirley Archer, author of The Walking Deck: 50 Ways to Walk Yourself Healthy shows how to get ‘a serious sweat session” from a good old-fashioned powerwalk.

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“Rule the Court”

Tips for you wanna be tennis pros from Mary Joe Fernandez, former singles champ and U.S. Fed Cup captain.

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“Tame Your Trouble Zones”

Another fabulous workout from celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels that will help you get a hard body.

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Sarah Chalke

The actress talks about how she stays in shape in spite of a busy life. (She will always be “Becky” from Roseanne to me!)

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

  • “Well Suited” Shape asked fashion expert Stacy London to pick the best bathing suit for every figure type.
  • “Nice Hotels Don’t Have Bed Bugs” This month I head to Fitbloggin’ and you just know that I am ripping this page out as a guide for my hotel room. (For sure!)
  • “Surprising Skin Savers” The latest research on the best ways to prevent skin cancer (outside of the usual “wear sunblock and stay the heck out of the sun when you can” stuff)

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

A  Tons of good workouts are featured and that always makes me happy. So nice to see Britney looking healthy and strong!

Have you read the June Shape yet? What was your favorite article? Let me know!

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What Did We Learn This Month? @Shape_Magazine with @AliSweeney on the Cover! #fitbloggin 3

What Did We Learn This Month? 

 Shape: May 2013

Alison Sweeney photographed by Nino Munoz for Shape.

Alison Sweeney photographed by Nino Munoz for Shape.

Shape Cover Star for May:

Alison Sweeney graces the cover in a cute bikini showing off her tone frame. “Ali” has become something of a fitness fanatic since becoming host of The Biggest Loser adding triathlons to her workout schedule after conquering her first marathon.

Ali was a bit of a carb/sugar addict when she was younger but after her dentist discovered a large number of cavities while getting a check-up in her 20s she began her transformation into adapting a more healthy lifestyle.

Here are Ali’s “Success Strategies” from the Shape Interview:

  • Readjust Your Food Attitude
  • Step Up Your Game
  • Open Your Mind
  • Be a Little Lazy

If that doesn’t offer you enough “Ali” how about a peek at some of her favorite moves she learned from trainer Steve Lee.

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So what else is inside the May Shape?

 

“Summer SHAPE Up Workout”

If you are looking for a workout created by Jillian Michaels to up your game—try this one (below) the famous badass created for Shape.

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“Give Your Gym Bag a Checkup”

Spring cleaning should apply to your gym bag as well as your home and here are tips to keep yours ship shape. (Gaw—I can’t even think about my gym bag right now…)

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“Lean Machine”

If you have any interest in learning about Pilates reformer techniques—check out this feature! You can get “insider tips” from trainer Chris Ann Reuter of JK Zen Fitness in Los Angeles.

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“Field Day”

Here we get an awesome workout should you have the ability to get out onto an open field and play created by trainer David Siik who is based in Los Angeles.

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“2013 Shape Sun Awards”

Summer is the time to take your badass bod outside but please remember to protect your skin with some of the excellent products featured here. Please!

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“The Yin/Yang Workout”

Trainer Jessica Smith and her husband Guillermo Gomez (fourth-degree black belt) offer us this 30-minute routine that combines graceful moves with kickboxing.

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

  • “Hot Wheels” Shape features really cool bikes on page 76.
  • “Bosom Buddies” This is the title for one of my favorite shows of all time and an article about workouts bar tops in the May issue.
  • “Skin Cancer by the Numbers” Once again—if you are going to play outside PLEASE use sunscreen. Shopping in open markets counts as play as far as I am concerned.

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

A  Excellent workouts and smart features makes me a happy fit chick!

Have you read the May Shape yet? What was your favorite article? Let me know!

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What Have We Learned This Month? @ShapeMagazine with Beyonce on the Cover!! 7

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Shape: April 2013

Beyonce photographed by Cliff Watts

Beyonce photographed by Cliff Watts

 

Shape Cover Star for March:

I don’t think I am ready for this jelly—cuz Beyoncé is on the cover of the April Shape—whoo hoo!

First of all, I am shocked to learn she is only 31 years-old. (What I mean by that is doesn’t it feel as if she has been around for ages?)

The long-legged diva talks to Shape about how she got back her killer curves after gaining 57 pounds during her pregnancy (whoa!) plus her intent on showing her daughter the importance of following your own passions and “do things that challenge” you to face your fears.

Here is a photo of the mighty one being fierce in heels.

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So what else is inside the March Shape?

 

“Workout of the Month”

I have a strong, passionate love/hate relationship with my foam roller so this feature on how to use them to both strengthen and lengthen my muscles was very useful. (Ouch!!) Trainer Ashley Borden designed the routine.

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“Swing Into Action”

I worked for a golf publication for a while and know how the swing can really work (or hurt) your back depending on how you do it. (I just wish golf clothes were sexier…)

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“2013 Shape Shoe Awards”

The editors of Shape put over 50 pairs of sneakers through their paces and picked their 14 best bets.

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“Ready, Set, Burn!”

L.A.-based trainer Mike Donavanik (who created the DVD Extreme Burn: Ripped) offered us this workout that can help you burn 2000 calories per week.

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“The Skinny on…Milk”

Just switched to Trader Joe’s coconut milk in my coffee and now I completely forget what it was like to have real cream with each sip. (Oh, who am I kidding? I will forever miss cream in my coffee but dairy is no longer my friend.)

Anyhoo—this helpful feature shows the pros & cons of all different kinds of milk type things.

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

  • “Chocolate Tonight!” Shape has a bunch of yummy-looking recipes here that feature the key ingredient of chocolate. Yes, please!
  • “Bag, You’re It!” I am so sick of my winter things including my big, black handbag so this story makes me all kinds of happy. (They show the best in Spring purses in all sorts of glorious colors.)
  • “Give Your Kitchen a Checkup” I have moving on my mind and the kitchen photographed on page 128 is my idea of paradise.
  • “Breathe Easy” Allergies are my sworn enemy so I read any and all articles about how to fight them.

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

A  Have to say I really loved this issue. Shape has been on a roll lately!

Have you read the April Shape yet? What was your favorite article? Let me know!

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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!!

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What Did We Learn This Month? @Shape_Magazine with Jennifer Love Hewitt on the Cover! 2

What Did We Learn This Month?

Shape: March 2013

Jennifer Love Hewitt photographed by Don Flood

Jennifer Love Hewitt photographed by Don Flood

Shape Cover Star for March:
Jennifer Love Hewitt and her insane curves are featured on the cover the March issue. In her interview Jennifer addresses the rotten things the media has said about her body over the years (which makes me insane—THIS woman was considered fat? Sheesh!)

Jennifer admits the hyper-focus on her weight made her self-conscious for a while but success is the best revenge of all as they say and she is flying high now with her Lifetime show The Client List.

If you are curious how she stays in shape—check out her routine based on her “Buti” classes from trainer Bizzie Gold (you read that correctly!) Check out her site here: (Link for Bizzie!)

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So what else is inside the March Shape?

“Workout of the Month”
So excited about these workout pages from the March issue! The moves here are from trainer Simone De LaRue whom I have written about for Fit Bottomed Girls a few months ago: (Fit Bottomed Girls link.)

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“Show Stopping Ads”
Shape’s Janet Lee offers great advice on how to get your core in tip top condition from what to eat, to the best workouts to try and finally—the steps to getting more zzz’s in your life.
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“Yoga, Our Way”
If you are looking to add more yoga to your life but were not sure which practice was best for you—well check out page 72 to find out!

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“Triple Play”
Jessica Matthews developed this routine based on using three different cardio machines at the gym that will help you burn more calories in less time.

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“Wacky, But it Works!”
Feel funny about using walking poles while walking outdoors or trying your hand at dribbling a basketball? Well don’t feel silly because these activities will help make your workout even more complete.

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And now the rest of the best of this issue of Shape:
• “Shop Once, Eat All Week” Shape shows us what you can make with just 20 ingredients on your shopping list. Really yummy recipes from author Melissa Lanz: The Fresh 20: (Amazon.com link.)
“Love Your Now Body” TLC’s Stacy London (What Not to Wear) is new to the Shape fashion team and I for one could not be more excited! And she is a fellow Brooklynite which makes her extra cool IMHO.
“Coolest Clubs in America” Did your fancy gym make the list?
“Head Off Headaches” I get some real pounders between my eyes sometime so this article will be most helpful.
“Medicine Cabinet: A Checkup” Most helpful guide for what to keep and what to toss from my bathroom cabinets. (Yikes—it was scary in there!)

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:
A! Once again they bring a really useful issue. Good job Shape!

Have you read the March Shape yet? What was your favorite article? Let me know!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog with @JillianMichaels book giveaway! Plus @SELFmagazine @FitnessMagazine @Shape_Magazine 26

The Latest Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 24: Featuring My Latest Stack of Magazines to Go Through, My “Lip Threading” Mishap, The Latest Update on my Sexy Coccyx, Plus My Next Groovy Book Giveaway! Jillian Michaels’ SLIM FOR LIFE: My Insider Secrets to Simple, Fast and Lasting Weight Loss  

Jillian Michales new book

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there! How are you?

Things are good by me but busy, busy, busy on the day today (as I write this post) so I must keep things brief. (Sorry!) But the good news is that not only do I have a fabulous book giveaway (Jillian Michaels’ Slim For Life: My Insider Secrets to Simple, Fast and Lasting Weight Loss) but I have THREE copies to give away—whoo hoo! So let’s get to the deets.

On today’s Vlog (below) I discuss:

• My most current stack of magazines with some I plan to feature on the Blog soon and the ones I read for fun. (Really!)

• My “lip threading” nightmare and how grotesque my mouth area looks right now.

• The latest news on my coccyx bone bruising.

• The damn book giveaway—so let’s get on with it already, people!

Got that? Now here is some more information about Jillian Michaels’ SLIM FOR LIFE: SLIM FOR LIFE My Insider Secrets to Simple, Fast, and Lasting Weight Loss  

Every week, health and wellness expert Jillian Michaels energizes and motivates her millions of fans and followers — via television, her New York Times bestselling books, and her website podcasts — with her invaluable, straight-talk, tell-it-like-it-is guidance on losing weight and getting fit. Now she’s back with the book they have been begging for, SLIM FOR LIFE: My Insider Secrets to Simple, Fast, and Lasting Weight Loss (Harmony Books, on sale February 12).

In SLIM FOR LIFE, Jillian cuts through all the conflicting and complicated information about losing weight. Taking everything she’s learned, she has crafted an easier approach to helping you win your battle with weight so you can slim down for life. She shares her hard-earned secrets made simple — no gimmicks — all strategies and tips on eating, moving, shopping, and living that will transform your body.

Jillian has cracked the weight-loss code, giving you everything you need to personalize the plan and achieve dramatic results. There are calorie-crunching movements that get your burn on, ideas on avoiding self-sabotage, and methods to supercharge your slim. Plus, she offers hundreds of simple ideas and answers to those challenges and situations that might have thrown you off your game in the past. In SLIM FOR LIFE, Jillian reveals her secrets on:

• Optimizing your fat-burning potential

• Handling hunger and cravings, as well as avoiding diet trends that damage your metabolism, making it harder for you to lose

• Cracking the exercise code, because the quality of your workout — more than quantity — holds the key to success

• Inspiration to change course, build support, and cultivate lasting motivation

• Surefire ways to navigate pitfalls presented by those situations you come up against – from “It’s not in my budget” and time constraints to fitting in workouts with kids

• Facts about fasting, and why it is never a good idea

• How to eat, move, work (yes, work) and live in manageable and enjoyable ways that facilitate a slim physique

• How to supplement strategically with easy and tasty slimming foods and substitutions

• Managing stress to help ignite your metabolism

• How to “green your routine,” and remove toxins from your food and home to help you get and stay slim

• Plus, dressing to accentuate your slim, and the beauty products that support your health, not derail it

With savvy tips and actionable advice, Jillian Michaels helps you build a personalized plan that will bring out your inner slim, forever. Her advice is doable, sustainable, fast, and affordable. In SLIM FOR LIFE, Jillian is the advocate you’ve always wanted and the weight-loss coach who helps you taste success by doing what’s manageable for your life, while giving you better results than you imagined possible.

If you are interested winning a copy of Jillian’s new book (Continental U.S. only please!) you need to do the following:

• Post a comment on my Blog below.

• Tweet out your interest in this giveaway to both: @BrooklynFitChik and @JillianMichaels

I will randomly pick a winner next Monday, February 25th at Noon (Eastern) and contact them directly. Good luck!!

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What Did We Learn this Month? @Shape_Magazine with Jenny McCarthy on the Cover! 6

What Did We Learn This Month?

Shape: January/February 2013

Jenny McCarthy photographed by Nino Munoz

Jenny McCarthy photographed by Nino Munoz

 

 

 

Shape Cover Star for January/February: The cover star this month is Jenny McCarthy who will have her own late night talk show on Vh1 soon and is also a columnist with the Chicago Sun-Times. I am not her biggest fan for my own reasons but I won’t dwell on that here. Instead I will say that I love the workout featured inside which was created by Jenny’s trainer Mark Harari who is hella cute I have to say.

Jenny McCarthy & her Trainer Mark Harari

Jenny McCarthy & her Trainer Mark Harari

So what else is inside the January/February Shape?

“Cool Ways to Blast Calories” I have never been great at working out in the wintertime but these pages may make me change my mind. If nothing else—I want to hang out in a ski lodge by the fire. (My apartment is freezing right now!)

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“Spin to Slim” Shape asked Ruth Zuckerman of Flywheel Sports (a top-notch spin studio in New York City) came up with this routine you can do on your own. (photo)

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“6 Clues to Your Heart Health” Cardiovascular disease is the top killer of women and not enough of us are cognizant of this fact. Shape has the exclusive excerpt from Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum’s Heart Book on the six things you need to pay attention to in order to keep your ticker healthy. (photo)

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“Fast-Track to Fit” Jillian Michaels is back ladies & gentlemen and she offers us this butt-kicking workout based on Jillian Michaels Bodyshred.

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“Step & Repeat” Weeeee! Ms. Lorna Kleidman designed this workout based on her KettleX Step class which is based out of the Fitness Cell Collective in New York City. I have taken a class with Lorna and can verify her talents as an instructor. Now try this routine which requires a step and a kettlebell.

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“Katy Perry” Billboard’s most recent “Woman of the Year” recipient talks about how she keeps such a fabulous figure while she is on the road.

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

• “Your Skin, A to Z” Shape’s big beauty story rocks my world with all sorts of recommendations for lotions & potions that are good for your skin. (Good job picking out Juice Beauty by the way—they rock my socks off!)

“Intimate Appeal” I am a big believer in owning pretty underwear even if you are the only person who sees them. (Need to try out the brand Wocoal…)

• “Take That, Fat!” Simple (really simple) fixes to make your workouts more effective.

• “Give Your Desk a Check-Up” My desk is messed-up and gross right now. This article reminds me to get my crap together—stat!

“Help—I Can’t Sleep!” Having sleep issues on and off over the years—I always appreciate advice on how to get more zzz’s.

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade: A! I have to hand it to Shape—they really brought the workout pages this month. Loved them all!

Have you read the January/February Shape yet? What was your favorite article? Let me know!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Post #20: The “almost tipped the camera over episode” with @Fitmapped @WomensHealthMag @STOTT_PILATES 6

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 20

Fitmapped comes to NY & LA, Women’s Health magazine search for  “The Next Fitness Star” & 

My Giveaway of Stott Pilates: Basic Pilates Volume 2 DVD

Stott Pilates Beginners

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Hi all! How are you? Today I am full of viv & vigor as I get out today’s post for your viewing/reading pleasure. I have my latest Vlog post (where I almost knock the damn iPad off the shelf!) plus details of my newest giveaway. Today I am giving away one copy of Stott Pilates: Basic Pilates Volume 2 that one lucky person can win today.

Anyhoo—today I am presenting episode 20 of my Vlog where I talk about the following things:
Fitmapped: I am a brand-new ambassador for this app which is pretty damn cool. This is a free iPhone app where you can check out the best gyms & studios in NYC and Los Angeles (for now—they are expanding quickly to other markets in the U.S.) If you want to learn how to win a whole box of KIND bars while using Fitmapped—check out the details here: http://www.fitmapped.com/blog/2013/calling-all-kind-lovers/

Women’s Health: One of my favorite healthy lifestyle magazines is looking for the next fit superstar, in fact the contest is called “The Next Fitness Star.” http://thenextfitnessstar.com/  OMG! You guys have to try out for this!!
My latest Pilates DVD giveaway—Stott Pilates: Basic Pilates Volume 2. Stott Pilates is the premier brand of Merrithew Health & Fitness and has been a leader in Pilates for over 25 years now. They have a special “Mindful Movement” event in New York coming up which you can check out at this link: http://www.merrithew.com/events/25th-anniversary/world-tour/new-york#Details

So please take a moment to check out my Vlog now:

Here is more information about the DVD I am giving away:

STOTT PILATES: Basic Pilates Volume 2,” is a follow-up to the best-selling Volume 1 addition and is led by Moira Merrithew. The workout is great for beginners and outlines the Five Basic Principles of STOTT PILATES, clearly demonstrating the Merrithews’ contemporary approach to Pilates. This 30-minute routine includes classic moves as well as unique twists like the “Hundred”, done from a kneeling position. Requiring only a mat, the DVD invigorates and energizes while improving one’s muscle tone, strength and flexibility.

Here is a clip from You Tube so you can get an idea about the visual look of Stott Pilates videos:

If you are interested in getting a copy of this DVD (Continental U.S. only please!) you need to do the following three things:
• Post a comment on my Blog below.
• Sign up for my You Tube channel (if you have not done so already!)  • Tweet out your interest in this giveaway to both @BrooklynFitChik and @STOTT_PILATES

I will randomly pick a winner next Monday, January 28th at Noon (Eastern) and contact them directly. Good luck!!
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