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Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes: New Fit Bottomed Girls Podcast and More! 21

 

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes Summer 2016:

The Launch of the Fit Bottomed Girls Podcast!

Best Core Workouts for Summer Sports and More!

Plus: Book Vs Movie 2nd Anniversary!

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I can’t believe how long it has been since I put up a new blog post but life got a little crazy, busy on the work side. The good news—I am working on a project I pitched to the Fit Bottomed Girls and we are really taking off with it!

A little over two months ago I pitched the idea of producing and co-hosting a podcast for Fit Bottomed Girls and now we are officially a thing which pleases me to no end. It’s been a labor of love that has been taking up a great deal of my time this summer but I must say I am really proud of what we have created to far.

If you want to get more details, check out:

7 Reasons You Need to Subscribe to our Podcast where we go into why we decided to go down this new digital pathway.

For our first episode we spoke to Rebekah “Bex Life” Borucki and discussed with the meditation maven about how to find time  to meditate within a busy life and also what to do when you are feeling like you are in a funk. She was equal parts wise and hilarious—just as you picture her to be!

In upcoming shows, we will have USA Beach Volleyball champ April Ross (!), Shape magazine editor-in-chief Elizabeth Goodman Artis, yoga expert Kristin McGee,  dietitian Frances Largeman-Roth and Refinery 29’s Kelsey Miller (“The Anti-Diet Project.”)

Would love any feedback you have for us and/or if you have any suggestions for guests you want to hear on our new show—let me know in the comments below!

Fit Bottomed Girls Hits:

As some of you know—I am a NYC contributor for Fit Bottomed Girls as well as their new podcast diva and these are some of my favorite stories I have worked on recently for them.

  • If you have ever wondered about taking a DNA test to find out your ancestry plus whatever details your DNA has to do with your health—then check out this piece where I tried three different DNA tests and the results that came in!
  • Do you have any old fitness trackers that you no longer need? Well then you can print out a form linked within this article and help out Recycle Health which is a fabulous non-profit helping to give folks who really need a tracker but perhaps can’t afford one. They will be monitored and researched by the good folks at Tufts University. Win/Win!
  • Okay, so this might be a little dated by now but in June I posted my favorite workout songs of 2016 so far. Some fun tracks are listed if you are looking for inspiration for your playlists.
  • Finally, in this feature I spoke with SUP Yoga expert Chelsea Roller of West Marine to talk about the best core moves you can do to prep for summer water sports such as surfing, kayaking, SUP yoga and water skiing. Check that out here!

Finally, I just wanted to mention that my friend Margo of She’s Nacho Mamas Blog and me just celebrated the two-year anniversary of our podcast with a brand new Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil episode. This is a “do-over” from our first few shows which were not up to our current standards. If you want to check it out—then here you go!

 

That’s it for me this time. Enjoy the rest of your summer and I will be back with new playlist and more very soon. Promise!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick News: Book Vs. Movie Podcast, Top Songs of 2015 and Piriformis Syndrome 14

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes End of 2015 Special!

 Book vs Movie Podcast Episodes: “The Devil Wears Prada” & “Fried Green Tomatoes

Call-Outs for Top Songs of 2015

Advice for Piriformis Syndrome

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Simply cannot believe 2015 is coming to a close and while I am trying to make sense of a year which had far more “lows” than “highs” I wanted to take the time to say ‘”thank you.”  Thanks to every single one of my readers who check out my Blog and make comments. It is SO appreciated.

I discovered my voice while working on “Brooklyn Fit Chick.com” four years ago and have made some of the greatest friends in the whole world in the Blogosphere. I am looking forward to all of the new lessons you have to teach me in 2016 and hope I can make a positive impact in your life as well.

If nothing else—I promise to make you giggle from time to time!

As I get my last few posts written for 2015 allow me the chance to talk about a few news & notes going through my brain right now.

Book Vs Movie Podcast News:

Margo Porras of She’s Nacho Mama’s Blog and I co-host the “Book Vs. Movie” podcast (that you can subscribe to via iTunes at this link) and this past year we really kicked serious butt with the downloads. (As Homer Simpson would say—woo hoo!) And believe me when I tell you that hardly anyone I personally know (except for my mother) listens to us so that is pretty damn cool!

Our two top episodes so far are Gone Girl and The Outsiders. If you have any suggestions for us on your favorite book to movie adaptations, leave a comment below and/or at our Facebook Page. (We are always looking for ideas!)

In the meantime, here are our last two episodes talking about The Devil Wears Prada and Fried Green Tomatoes. (Our next one will be Waiting to Exhale and will come out in early January.)

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Top Songs for 2015:

Many of you know already that I am a fitness instructor with a passion for putting together the “just right” playlist for each class. I feel as if it is my chance each hour to not only enable good health for a fellow human being but to also get to be a DJ with a captive audience. (I have some control issues to work out…)

My students know that if they want to treat me to a present at the holidays an iTunes gift card will do nicely. I post my personal playlists on this Blog as frequently as I can plus I create them for Fit Bottomed Girls with special themes ranging “Madonna vs. Lady Gaga” to Halloween.

This week I plan to post my picks for the top songs of 2015 and am curious which ones would be on your list? What new tunes did you really dig this year? Here is my handful to start:

  • I Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd
  • “Hotline Bling” by Drake
  • The Wolf” by Mumford & Sons
  • Adventure of a Lifetime” by Coldplay
  • Ship to Wreck” by Florence & The Machine

Let me know your picks for 2015 in the comments below!

Piriformis Trouble:

Last month I told you all that I was having hamstring issues from all of my years of cycling. Unfortunately it looks as if it is a little worse than that. In fact, my symptoms are indicating that I have Piriformis Syndrome which is (if I can be a little crude here) a pain in my butt. This occurs when the piriformis muscle compresses on your sciatic nerve causing a radiating pain down the leg.

It hurts when I sit or lie down for too long and getting out of bed in the morning (if I forget to sleep on a heating pad) is a chore.

Ibuprofen and my BelleCore Body Buffer are my new best friends.  I have been instructed to foam roll as often as a I can and to sit and roll on two lacrosse balls to undo that knot in my muscle twice per day. Icing it down helps a bit as well but every time I see wooden or metal chair my inside my inner voice says “oh sh*t!”

It makes me a bit grumpy to be slowed down in any way but I know that if I do things correctly now it will pay off in the long run. My question for y ’all is if any of you have been through this can you give me your best advice?  I am eager to try just about anything at this point. Thank you in advance!

Oh well, that’s it for me today.  I will be back soon with magazine reviews, playlists, reviews and so much more. I hope you have a wonderful last week of 2015!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes: “Less Than Zero” podcast, Fit Bottomed Girls Playlists & the Patricia Friberg DVD Giveaway 27

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes: Week of July 10th Edition

“Book vs Movie” Podcast News (Less Than Zero & Field of Dreams!)

The Fit Bottomed Girls “Canada Day” & “Fourth of July” Playlists

Plus: The Patricia Friberg Bottom Line & Core Defined DVD Giveaway!

Enter to win this DVD!

Enter to win this DVD!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Thank you for being patient with me while I took some time to be with my family and travel a bit. My father passed away on May 16th and we held his Memorial Service last weekend in Reno where he and mom retired to in 2003. In the 12 years he lived there my dad made such a positive impact on the community it was a packed house and I had the pleasure of meeting dozens of people who promise to carry on my father’s mission on community service and supporting local artists.

It was all so very sad yet inspiring and I am choosing to take his spirit with me as I face the challenges of my life in front of me.

My eating and workout habits have been sliding these last few weeks but I am now on track to get back to my healthiest state and create positive & happy memories in the future. Any advice on how to get back in the saddle of regular workouts because if so—please send them my way.

In the meantime—let’s get to this week’s news, notes, playlists and then on to my newest giveaway!

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes:

Book Vs Movie Podcast News: Margo Porras of Shes Nacho Mama’s Blog co-host the “Book Vs. Movie” podcast (that you can subscribe to via iTunes at this link) recorded our Less Than Zero episode which you can listen to below and we really get our 80s on with this one! (Who doesn’t have a crush on James Spader, by the way?) Margo brings the extra advantage of having been from the Los Angeles area at the time of the filming so she gives some context on what it was really like on the Sunset Strip at the time.

We have the link below to listen and our next episode will continue with the 80s these—Field of Dreams. (Did you know the Kevin Costner classic was a book first? It was called Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella and boy did they make some changes between them!) Drop date for that episode to come soon.

We are planning our next few episodes so if there are any books & movies you want us to cover—feel free to comment below!

 

Fit Bottomed Girls Playlists: This past week I had two holiday-themed playlist featured on the Fit Bottomed Girls site that may seem a little out of date now but hang out to these suggestions for next year! For my fellow Americans—check out my Independence Day Workout Playlist. And for my lovely Canadian peeps (I always felt like I have a Canadian soul) I created 10 Songs to Celebrate Canada Day—hope you enjoy them.

Also—I am looking for ideas for other playlist so if you can think of anything—let me know!

Patricia Friberg DVD Giveaway: I am back with the giveaways and this week we have a workout DVD from Patricia Friberg titled Bottom Line & A Core Defined and it is designed to get your core in the best shape possible. The giveaway is only open to the Continental U.S. and the rules to enter are below. Good luck! (This is not a sponsored post and the winner will receive the DVD directly from the producers.)

 

PATRICIA FRIBERG HEALTH & FITNESS RELEASES NEW DVD

BOTTOM LINE & A CORE DEFINED

Maximum Booty Lifting & Core Activation Workout

Westlake Village, CA May 5, 2015 –Patricia Friberg’s newest DVD “BOTTOM LINE & A CORE DEFINED (73 minutes, $19.95) is a Pilates and strength based workout that focuses on the bottom half of the body. This step-wise program activates the core including the gluteal and abdominal muscles. The workout advances throughout to provide the necessary challenges for a strong core and lifted bottom. This program helps to improve posture and overall athletic performance. The DVD begins with an introduction from Patricia on how to progress through these exercises. She suggests doing the bottom activation segment a few times before going on to bottom activation 2, and then varying between both, back and forth for maximum results.

The DVD is broken down into sections that include: Introduction; Explanation on how to use the program; An explanation from Physical Therapist, Rebecca Gunn, who gives an expert perspective on core work and why it’s important; A section on alignment set up and proper position to get the most from the workout; Bottom Activation 1 exercises for building endurance in the backside; Bottom Activation 2; and, A Core Defined section. Patricia demonstrates the entire workout as Adam and Trudy show variations with and without a band. Equipment recommended but not included in this DVD are a small fitness ball and loop band.

Physical therapist, Rebecca Gunn, PT, OCS says, “After countless hours spent working in rehab facilities as well as with professional athletes, Patricia has a unique understanding of the importance of moving from a strong core. This program will help you learn how to activate your core and develop gluteal strength. This strength will help prevent injuries and give you the performance edge.”

About Patricia Friberg:

All around Health and Fitness expert, Patricia Friberg is the creator of the award winning Belly Beautiful Workout series and has been motivating students in her private and group fitness classes for over 20 years.  She teaches a variety of formats including: Pilates, Spinning, Kickboxing, Step, BOSU, Body Pump, Circuit, Outdoor Boot Camp, and Yoga.  Patricia is fully certified by Stott Pilates and holds certifications in GYROTONIC, GYROKINESIS, Yoga, Barre, Schwinn Cycling as well as the American Council on Exercise. She teaches in premier clubs and studios across the country including Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, including Harpo Studios, Yoga Works and Equinox. She trains professional athletes including players in the NBA and NFL and is a regular contributor on Fitness Glow. Patricia is ACE certified and a member of IDEA.

Outside of fitness, Patricia is a licensed mental health counselor with a Master’s degree from Pratt Institute. Currently Patricia lives in Southern California with her husband and two boys. Patricia is proud to volunteer her time annually to her “Power for Pink Workout” DVD and workout event that raises money for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  She also continues to volunteer as the fitness advisor to the non-profit JAM school program. www.patriciafriberg.com

If you want to enter to win the Patricia Friberg DVD 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 Patricia Friberg @patricia_fit 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, July 11, 2015 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly via Twitter.

That’s all for me this week. I will be back soon with magazine reviews, playlists, reviews and so much more. (Dare I say I plan to bring my VLOGS back soon?) Stay in touch!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes: @FitBottomedGirl @TapGenes @TerryBikes @RottenBroadway 34

 

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes

“Book vs Movie” Podcast Breakfast at Tiffany’s Ep is Live!

 Fit Bottomed Girls “Tips for Your First Aerial Class”

Terry Bikes Spring Gear

Tap Genes: “Tips to Make the Gym a Happier Experience”

Something Rotten: A Very, Very Funny Broadway Musical

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How are you all doing today? Today (as I am writing this) it is my birthday and I feeling happy about all things going on in my life right now. (Well, except for the noisy new neighbors who can’t seem to move into a building without shaking every single apartment floor along the way! Sheesh!)

Anyhoo–here are my “news & notes” for the week. Enjoy!

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes:

Book Vs Movie Podcast: This week my good friend Margo Porras of Shes Nacho Mama’s Blog and me posted one of our favorite episodes of “Book Vs. Movie” (which you can subscribe to on iTunes with this link https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bookvsmovies-podcast/id954110320?mt=2.) wherein talked about Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The original novella by Truman Capote took place in 1943 NYC and the film directed by Blake Edwards (and starring the incandescent Audrey Hepburn) takes place in the swinging early 60s which is just one of many differences between book and film.

Margo and I originally recorded this back in September but had several technical issues at the time that are now thankfully gone (I am something of a wiz at editing it turns out!)  Hope you like the episode. Let me know what you think and if YOU have any ideas for future episodes. (Player embedded below)

 

Tips for Your First Aerial Class: Years of cycling have given me terrible hip and hamstring issues that would certainly be alleviated with aerial yoga of some sort. So I pitched this idea to Fit Bottomed Girls Tips for Your First Aerial Class to help me get inspired to try it out. (Have you ever done aerial workouts? Was it fun? Helpful?)

Terry Bikes Spring Gear: Speaking of cycling—about ten years ago I decided to get my workouts out of a spin room and into the open air (best decision ever!) I still have that bike (named Trixie because she is red & shiny) and quickly became obsessed with Terry Bikes which sells THE best bike gear for women. They have everything from seats that will be comfortable on a century ride to cute spring dresses that won’t expose your knickers (unless that is your thing—no judgment here!).

A couple of years ago I pitched them the idea of having me be their first brand ambassador which means I help promote their sales and specials and then get to try out new gear—score! If you have any interest at all in Terry Bikes then be sure to sign up for their newsletter. They have so many excellent deals and giveaways. You will thank me later!

How to be Happier at The Gym: I know that for some people getting to the gym requires motivation and fighting the “I don’t wanna go today” blues. In this feature I give my advice on how to get happier about the gym. What are your favorite tips?

Something Rotten is Going to take Broadway by Storm: Okay—if you are a fan of big, funny, bawdy musicals (Think The Mormon Musical or The Producers) then you must check out Something Rotten which features two actors from the TV show Smash (which I LOVED) Brian D’arcy James and  Christian Borle. The play is set England when Shakespeare is a huge theater star (a very sexy Borle) and a struggling playwright (a hilariously tense D’Arcy James) yearns to create the first ever musical on stage.

I went  to see a preview show for my birthday and had a total blast. One of the best times I have had as an audience member for sure–the crowd ate it up!

Let’s say you know your fair share of Broadway musicals and love theater humor—this will show will fit the bill. It’s in previews right now but I suspect it will be a big hit. (Dare I say a “smash?” Did you see what I did there?”) Take my word—this show will up for a slew of Tony Awards!

Get your tickets now!

Get your tickets now!

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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Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes: SCUBA Dive Tips, The Amazing Ashley Judd, “Bricolage” in Brooklyn & More! 25

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes

“Book vs Movie” Podcast — “The Godfather”

 Fit Bottomed Girls “Tips for Your First SCUBA Dive”

The Amazing Ashley Judd Fights Online Trolls

Call-Out for Radio Station Ideas

“Bricolage” in Brooklyn

Hello from Freezing Brooklyn!

Hello from Brooklyn!

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How are you all doing today? I have a whole bunch of news & notes to get you folks today and I will not waste a minute getting it to you. So with Spring fever hitting me like a rocket let’s just get to it!

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes

  • Book Vs Movie Podcast: My San Diego bud Margo Porras of Shes Nacho Mama’s Blog and I co-host a podcast called “Book Vs. Movie” and you can subscribe to us on iTunes with this link https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bookvsmovies-podcast/id954110320?mt=2. After a couple of false starts (and a bout of the stomach flu) we finally got to record The Godfather episode which you can listen to right here—let me know what you think! (Get ready for our next episode–The Outsiders!)

 

  • Tips for Your First SCUBA Dive: I have no idea what the weather is like by you but it is still fah-reeezing in my part of the world and Mama needs a vacation STAT! Recently I posted this article on Tips For Your First SCUBA Dive for Fit Bottomed Girls and I hope to actually use them this year! (Do any of you enjoy SCUBA diving? What are your favorite tips?)
  • Ashley Judd—Internet Troll Fighter: I first became aware of Ashely Judd when she was a TV show I LOVED call Sisters (do any of y’all remember it?) Ashley is an intelligent, caring woman who when she’s not acting or doing showbizzy things prefers to travel the world on humanitarian efforts and actually try to effect positive change. Recently she was cheering on her beloved Kentucky Wildcats at the NCAA via Twitter and was subsequently received dozens of threatening tweets which she is looking to make a crime. Ashley is a feminist who cares how women are treated in our culture and wrote this amazing essay in 2012 talking about how women are devalued based on their appearance and not meeting the impossible expectations from the media. Anyhoo-she is my new hero and I am eager to see how she foghts against those horrible Internet trolls.
  • Need Station Recommendations: Many of you know that I am a certified fitness instructor who loves to put her all into every playlist. The stations in my city are beyond terrible so I usually listen online radio stations around the country (and world!) What are some of YOUR favorite stations? I would love to check them out so feel free to list them below in the comments!
  • Bricoloage in Park Slope: OMG you guys! A few weeks ago Edward and Lien Lin of The Slanted Door restaurant in San Francisco decided to pack their bags and open a new Vietnamese “gastro-pub” on Fifth Avenue and the wait to get a table has been crazy ever since. Like you have to show up at 6:00 pm for dinner or be prepared to wait an hour to sit. My good friend Laura of Vittles Vamp and me decided to check them out and my goodness—what a delight! Check out this review from the New York Daily News and if any of you ever want to meet up for a meal there in the future—I am IN!

That’s all I have for today—keep checking back for news, reviews and playlists aplenty!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog 105: Podcast News, The Word’s Strongest Coffee & a Yoga Kit Giveaway! 23

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #105

“Book vs Movie” Podcast Revamp News,

Tria Hair Removal System Tryout, Death Wish Coffee, “Space Cadets” in the Classroom

Plus: The Element Yoga Kit Giveaway!

Enter to win this yoga kit!

Enter to win this yoga kit!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Can you believe there are only two weeks left in the year? Where did all the time go? I have been thinking about all of the events that happened in my life in 2014 and I am grateful to embark on a new year with so many new possibilities. So what I am I excited about this week? Check out just a few things that are making me happy right now.

  • Book Vs Movie Podcast: If there is someone I am grateful for this year it is Margo Porras of She’s Nacho Mama’s Blog as she had the guts to try and start a podcast with me on a moment’s notice. Well “Book vs. Movie” is now going to a new home and we are going to be producing it ourselves (with a big amount of help from Libsyn.com) with a new logo, website—the whole kit and caboodle. Here is our first properly edited episode, coming up in January (a few short weeks away!) we will begin our first episode of the New Year talking about Joe Klein’s Primary Colors which was turned into a movie in 1998 and directed by Mike Nichols whom we sadly lost this past year. Get ready to get political!

  • Tria Hair Removal System: I will give my full review in two weeks but I so far really like my Tria hair Removal System which is showing signs of working well for me. The places where I had some funky hair issues (including my upper lip—embarrassing!) It is very convenient and does hurt at all. Do any of you remember that horrible product Nads? Where your put that goop on your arms and it hurt like hell? Not true here but as I said I am giving a full review in two weeks.) NOTE: Tria sent me the product for free but the review and opinions are my own.

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  • Death Wish Coffee! Thanks to my new Fitbloggin friend (and Secret Santa!) I have a pound of Death Wish coffee to greet me every morning. This is supposed to be the “world’s strongest coffee” and my 7 am spin class tomorrow will find out if this is truly the case. (Thanks again Danielle!)
  • Space Cadets in The Classroom: I am asking my fellow instructors out there—do you have a space cadet in your classroom. Someone who just zones out and barely pays attention to anything happening in the room? My instinct is to just leave them alone. Have you ever dealt with this issue? Sometimes fellow students remark about it but I have never confronted the person about it. Is that the best thing to do? Let me know what you think!
  • My Newest Giveaway—A Yoga Extravaganza! If you ready to start practicing yoga but not sure how to begin then have I got the giveaway for you! The Element Beginner Yoga Kit which includes three yoga DVDs, a set of yoga blocks and a yoga strap can be yours. But you MUST follow the rules in order to win! (Continental U.S. Only!) Read below for the details.

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

More Information about the Element Yoga Complete Kit Giveaway:

Element: YOGA Complete Kit 

Everything you need to tone your entire body, increase flexibility, melt away stress, boost energy levels and experience the many benefits of yoga. Filmed in a serene garden overlooking the Pacific Ocean, these three DVDs will cultivate strength, flexibility, confidence and clarity.

YOGA BASICS with BONUS POWER YOGA: In Yoga Basics you will experience detailed, step-by-step instruction of 10 basic postures which are the perfect foundation for any yoga practice. Also included as a bonus is a full-length Power Yoga program. This practice will burn calories, tone and firm muscle, improve flexibility and leave you feeling revitalized.

YOGA FOR BEGINNERS: This unique beginner yoga sequence will teach you yoga breathing, show you how to link the breath to movement and make it easy to follow through a full range of yoga poses that will tone, strengthen and stretch your body. You will notice results from your very first practice.

YOGA FOR STRENGTH & FLEXIBILITY: These two complimentary programs are specially designed to build strength and flexibility in the body, mind and spirit. The invigorating Strength practice offers total body conditioning with powerful sequences that tone all major muscle groups, build endurance, cultivate mental focus and increase energy levels. The gentle Flexibility practice unravels tension patterns in both the body and the mind by linking the breath to simple flowing movements that will provide a total body stretch, increase range of motion, enhance agility, help reduce risk of injury and ease all forms of movement.

{Just a note—Anchor Bay Entertainment is not sponsoring this post and will ship the yoga 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 beginner yoga 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, December 27, 2014 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick News: @RunRocknRoll Brooklyn Half, Belly Dance DVD Giveaway & More 19

Brooklyn Fit Chick Weekly Notes

Rock N Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon Announcement (I May Sign Up for this One!)

Fitbloggin Secret Meeting in NYC

“Book Vs Movie” Podcast News

Plus: Belly Dance Workout DVD Giveaway

Enter to Win This DVD!

Enter to Win This DVD!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Since this is a holiday weekend I have decided to keep things short and sweet and get to the good stuff right away. Next week I will be back with a new Vlog when I can promise to NOT look bloated from too many holiday meals. Well, maybe I can’t promise THAT but I will be here no matter what. Pinkie Swear!

Anyhoo—let’s do it!

  • Rock n Roll Half Marathon Brooklyn Announcement: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon has been announced for next October (2015) and will begin at Barclay’s Center and finish in Prospect Park. All kinds of top notch musicians and bands will be playing along the route and that may be the one thing to get me excited about a run. So this means there is a half marathon taking place right in my backyard. I can walk there and walk home. So what I am really saying is—I am thinking of signing up for this half marathon even though I am crappiest runner in the word. Are any of you out there interested in joining me? Let me know and we will get a training schedule going on. Really! I mean it. Please think about signing up with me (pretty please!)
  • Fitbloggin NY Meet Up: This coming Saturday, December 6th at 2 pm will be the time and date for NYC (tri-state) area Fitbloggin’ peeps to get together. If you belong to the secret group on Facebook you know the place we are meeting. If you don’t but still want to join send me an e-mail and let’s chat. brooklynfitchick@gmail.com
  • Book vs. Movie “Bridget Jones’s Diary” If you want to try out a new podcast that is NOT Serial be sure to check out Book vs. Movie podcast where Margo P. (aka “She’s Nacho Mama”) and me will talk about Bridget Jones’s Diary. The drop date will be this Friday, December 5th in the evening and will be available on iTunes and Sticher. We are SO excited about this book and film and think it is perfect for the upcoming holiday season. In the meantime feel free to “like” our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. (Namaste!)
  • Belly Dance DVD Giveaway: This week I am offering the Element DVD Belly Dance Workout as my giveaway with dance expert Jacqui Lalita. Check out the clip below to get an idea on what you can win.

 

More Information about the Element: Belly Dance DVD giveaway:

COULD BELLY DANCING BE THE BEST ANTI-AGING, STRESS RELIEVING WORKOUT? NEW “ELEMENT BELLY DANCE” DVD MAKES IT EASY TO LEARN AT HOME!

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – According to professional dancer and instructor Jacqui Lalita, “Belly dance has been hailed as the dance of longevity because it has so many healing benefits. It is thought to improve circulation, digestion, maintain healthy joints and a strong lower back. It’s a truly empowering practice that builds self-confidence, relieves stress and adds joy to our lives.” Lalita stars in the new “Element: Belly Dance” DVD coming to stores and Amazon for $14.98 (suggested retail price) beginning December 2, 2014 from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Lalita makes it easy for anyone to learn the basic steps right at home with the Foundation segment. She then links the steps together into two dance workouts. As with all Element DVDs, “Belly Dance” was filmed in a lush, tranquil location overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Belly Dance Foundation covers the most commonly used moves like belly circles, hip drops and undulations. The Slow and Sensual Belly Dance Toning program is 23- minutes of graceful linked steps and arm movements. Belly Dance Burn is more energetic 21-minute program made up of two fiery belly dance combinations and a playful drum solo. The programs are designed to appeal to women of all fitness and ability levels. They tone muscles and improve flexibility.

Jacqui Lalita teaches belly dancing workshops, dancer retreats and teacher training sessions all over the United States and the world including Egypt, Turkey and Bali, With over 13 years of teaching experience,  she began her study of Oriental dance at the Mid Eastern Dance Exchange in Miami later joining their faculty. She is originally from Rhode Island.

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

If you want to win the Weight Watchers Stability Ball 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 Belly Dance 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, December 8, 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 102: Amazing Fighters of Sexism, NYC Fit Bloggin Meet Up and More! 1

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #102

The Amazing Erin Brown and The Awesome Karl Stefanovic,

 NYC Fitbloggin Tweet-Up Date!!

Plus: Book vs. Movie Podcast “Wizard of Oz” Is Live!

Me

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How is everyone today? I had a crazy busy weekend and could not seem to find the time to get to this post but darn it—I am going to make it happen today. This week I want to present a couple of my favorite news stories and posts from this past week plus I drop a hint about the next NYC Meet-Up for Fitbloggin Peeps. Oh, and we have a new episode of Book Vs Movie where we talk about the Merry Old land of Oz so let’s get to it—shall we!

  • The Fabulous Erin Brown: I am a longtime fan of Erin Brown who is an inspirational gal who describes herself as “ Writer. Lecturer. Wellness junkie. Bad ass mother. Woman. I am Erin Brown.” Erin is a feminist and is a tireless supporter of women and protector of body images. If you want to learn about this fantastic lady and why I worship her…check out this post in particular. Erin is out to bash the body-shamers to bits!

  • The Awesome Aussie Karl Stefanovic: If you don’t know about Karl—he is the host of Australia’s version of the Today Show and this righteous dude was tired of hearing his female co-hosts get criticized for their appearance so he took on the task of wearing the same exact suit every day for a year (he only changed his tie) to prove that men are judges far less harshly for how they look. Well guess what—not ONE person noticed he was wearing the same outfit every day. No one. You can read all about his here from the Buzz Feed article and check out this clip from his colleague Lisa Wilkinson who spoke out about sexism in the media industry.

 

  • NYC-Fitbloggin Meet-Up: I am a little nervous about posting this as the Fitbloggin group on Facebook is “super-secret” but if you are a member—I am setting up a drinks date for Saturday, December 6th at 2 pm for the NYC area fitbloggin peeps. If you want to join us go check out the details on Facebook!

 

  • Book vs. Movie Takes on “The Wizard of Oz” The lovely Margo P. and I had a fun chat last week for our Book vs. Movie podcast talking about the crazy differences between the book and movie The Wizard of Oz which you can listen to by subscribing to us on iTunes! Our next episode will be about the “Rom Com” classic Bridget Jones’ Diary. Can’t wait to dive into that one!

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

 

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BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 93: Best Online Workouts, Terry Bikes, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and a Kickboxing DVD Giveaway! 8

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #93

Best Online & Streaming Workouts, “Book vs. Movie” Podcast Episode 3 “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” Terry Bikes Shop-arama

Plus: Martial Fusion Cardio Kickboxing DVD Giveaway

 

Enter to win this DVD today!

Enter to win this DVD today!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

This past week has been filled with bad news, sadness and things that just enrage me but I will not burden you all with any of that ugliness. Instead, I just want to focus on good things and offer you my newest giveaway—Martial Fusion Kickboxing Cardio Blast DVD. So let’s just dive in with the good stuff, shall we?

  • Best Online & Streaming Workouts: I had another article featured on Fit Bottomed Girls this past week–Best Online & Streaming Workouts. I do the research and found all kinds of workouts offered for every budget from free (most of us can afford that one!) all the way up to $500 for a Hollywood Elite-friendly gym that creates some serious hard bodies. When you get a chance—check it out and let me know what you think!
  • Book vs. Movie Episode 3: The incredible Margo P. She’s Nacho Mama Podcast and I have recorded our latest episode of Book vs. Movie podcast where we talk about both the novella and film Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote. Wait—you didn’t know that the famous Audrey Hepburn movie was based on a book? Yes it was and let me tell you something—both are very different from each other. 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!)

  • Terry Tent Sale!! As you may know I am a Terry Bikes Fitness Ambassador but what you may not know is that this coming week at their Burlington, Vermont headquarters they are holding a Terry Tent Sale. On Friday, August 22 (10 am – 7 pm) and Saturday, August 23 (10 am – 2pm)  you can shop for “great deals on Samples and Seconds of women’s cycling apparel, bicycle saddles for men and women, dresses, shorts, pants and other cool stuff from major outdoor brands.” And if you really want a good deal spend $10 (to benefit LOCAL MOTION) and catch the Early Bird savings. Wish I could go but I will be there in spirit.
  • Martial Fusion Kickboxing DVDs: Check out the Vlog below to see/hear all of the details for my workout DVD giveaway Martial Fusion Kickboxing Cardio Blast featuring Sensei Guillermo Gomez who is wicked handsome and is a 4th Dan in Aikido with over 25 years of martial arts training in numerous places around the globe, including China’s legendary Shaolin Temple. (Martial Fusion will send the winner their DVD and did not pay to be featured on this blog.)

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

 

Now here is some more information about Martial Fusion: Cardio Blast DVD:

Burn Major Calories, Strengthen Body and Mind With

New “Martial Fusion™ Kickboxing” DVDs

Miami, FL –Fourth degree Aikido black belt Sensei Guillermo Gomez packs about an hour of “Cardio, cardio, cardio, strength and flexibility,” into his new “Martial Fusion Cardio Blast Workout” DVD. Why waste an hour on a treadmill when kickboxing burns more calories, tones the abs from all angles and keeps the mind engaged? Geared to leave the user both relaxed and energized. This fast paced, easy to follow kickboxing routine blasts calories while toning and slimming the whole body. It sells for $14.95 on http://martialfusionfitness.com/ Gomez’s best selling DVD, “Martial Fusion Kickboxing CardioBurn”, is also $14.95 on the site.

“Martial Fusion Cardio Blast Workout” thoroughly covers kickboxing’s foundation moves (the basic punches and kicks) and puts various combinations together so the intensity varies throughout the fast-paced hour. The workout is filmed completely in English and has a little extra Spanish flavor to add spice. Participants are one on one with Gomez in a boxing ring setting. No equipment is needed.

According to Gomez, “Martial arts enable us to reach for higher grounds. One of the main principles of Aikido is to  learn how to flow. My workouts are intended to let users feel what it is to have that sense of flow and connection with what is right for you. Not only does it get you through the workout, it can change your approach to everything. While we’re moving our bodies with kickboxing, we’re also engaging our mind and our spirit. We become more open to finding new ideas and energies that might be more natural for us.”

“Martial Fusion CardioBurn” is the best selling DVD in the Martial Fusion series. This non-stop full hour workout offers more of a fitness studio setting with two women working out along with Gomez. Like “Cardio Blast” it will burn hundreds of calories, build endurance, muscular strength, mental focus and will challenge all the muscles of the core. It also uses no equipment or props.

Sensei Guillermo Gomez is a fourth degree black belt in Aikido certified by Hombu Dojo of Tokyo and the International Aikido Federation. He has over 25 years of experience training in, and teaching, martial arts, all over the world, including the Shaolin Temple.   He has certified over 1000 fitness experts in Martial Fusion Cardio Kickboxing in more then ten countries. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Gomez is based in Miami and teaches Cardio Kickboxing at Equinox, Coral Cables. Gomez also runs Aikodo Miami. He has presented at numerous international events and industry conventions worldwide like Italy’s Rimini Wellness, London’s Multitrax, Washington’s DCAC, New York City’s TSI Summit, Montreal’s CIELO Studios, Mexico’s Acapulco Fitness, Spain’s YPD Camp, AIC Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Mexico City and participated at The World Combat Games in Russia. Gomez’s teachings range from martial arts training, zen meditation, qigong, weight loss, self-discipline, health, wellness, relieving anxiety and stress, conquering fear, overcoming obstacles and challenges, developing focus, balance, awareness and inner-peace. For more information, visit http://martialfusionfitness.com/, https://www.facebook.com/senseiguillermogomez

http://cardiokickboxingworkouts.com/

If you want to win this giveaway 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 Martial Fusion Kickboxing from @martialfusion 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 25th at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 92: Next “Book Vs. Movie” Pick, Big News from Fit Bottomed Girls and “Learning to Breathe Fire” Giveaway 7

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

You can win this book!

You can win this book!

 

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.

Got that?

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…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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