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Brooklyn Fit Chick Review & Giveaway @GoMightyNut @FitApproach #sweatpink 24

Brooklyn Fit Chick Review & Giveaway

 Mightynut—Peanut Butter & Co. New Powdered Peanut Butter!

Sweat Pink Review and Giveaway

 Mighty Nut

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

As y ’all may know—I rarely have sponsored posts on my Blog. I like to keep a tight rein on the content and Blogs with multiple sponsored posts tend to turn me off. I like to bring information and inspiration with a dose of fun & sass to entertain my readers. So when I actually offer one on my Blog Brooklyn Fit Chick—know that I really love the product. Like—I want to MARRY it if I could. So while I am being compensated for this post but do know that I really love this brand and can’t wait to share it with all of you!

So let’s dive right in, shall we? Today I am talking about Mightynut by Peanut Butter & Co—a powdered form of peanut butter that you can add to mixes, shakes and smoothies with delicious aplomb. Not into powder and want a real scoop of peanut butter to enjoy? No problem– just add water and stir. Voila!

As someone who (mostly) follows the Paleo/Primal lifestyle actual peanut butter is a “no go.” However—I feel comfortable with the Mightynut form as it has 85% LESS calories than traditional peanut butter and the original flavor has 6 grams of protein in each serving and only 1.5 grams of fat. Are you into flavors by the way? Well, they have four of them here including:

  • Original
  • Flax & Chia
  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate

I remember when Peanut Butter & Co opened in NYC as a sandwich shop in the 90s and the variety of flavors offered was mind boggling (Cinnamon Raison Swirl was my personal favorite!) Now that I can add my own powdered version to my healthy eating routine—I have the “happies’ all over.

For my recipe with Mightynut I combined two things I love—Peanut Butter Powder and Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancake Mix. If you so not have a Trader Joe’s in your home town you can find the mix here. You will thank me later for this!

Here are the directions:

  • One egg
  • 2 Tbsp of Butter, oil or Ghee
  • ½ cup plus two Tbsp of water
  • 1 Tbsp of Mightynut Powdered Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancake Mix

Combine all of the ingredients until you get the consistency you most desire and make some flap jacks in the griddle—that is IT! Get ready for some serious tastiness because the combination of flavors is so fun and the meal is very easy to prepare. Win/Win people!

Even more exciting is that I get to offer one of those aforementioned flavors as a giveaway (Continental U.S. only please!)

If you would like to win—you need to do the following:

Go to Twitter and give me a shout out “I Want to win the @GoMightyNut giveaway from @BrooklynFitChik #sweatpink @fitapproach”

You will also want to follow Mightynut on Twitter and on Instagram to catch all of their latest news and recipe suggestions.

I will pick one winner at random on Friday, November 13, 2015 at Noon eastern time and will contact the winner directly. Good luck!

So are you a peanut butter fan? What would use powdered Mightynut with in your repertoire of recipes? Let me know in the comments below!

(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…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Super Duper Fitbloggin’ Recap Plus Vlog Post 87! 22

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #87

The Super-Duper 2014 Fitbloggin’ Recap!!!

2014 Night 1

This will make much more sense later on in the post.

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I am finally ready to put some of my thoughts down about the latest Fitbloggin’ convention (my fourth!) that took place in Savannah this year and offer myself advice for the next trip I take to the south. The days went by in a whirlwind and it was a great mix learning new skills and catching up with old friends.

I had a blast but let me make this absolutely clear—I would change some things if there were a chance for a “Savannah Fitbloggin’ Do-Over.”

  • Put “more” not less into the carry-on suitcase. It was so damn hot and humid in Savannah I mistakenly thought I could bring a couple of changes of wardrobe and be fine.  Soon enough, However, I was sweating my butt off and quickly ran out of options to wear to the multiple events held at the Hyatt. (Note to self—maxi dresses are a gift of the modern age.) If I had to do over there would be more options and less worry about saving space in the suitcase for souvenirs.
  • Bring a flatiron! It was over 90 degrees every day and high humidity so of course my hair had a freak-out. Managed to forget to bring a brush as well. (Also, never going to THAT salon on Fifth in Park Slope again for selling me a crap Keratin treatment!)
  • Pack the nice makeup: I brought along the usual “on vacation” drug-store mascara, eyeliner, foundation, etc. and every speck of it melted off my face in no time. Next time I haul my cookies down to Georgia I will remember to being the lotions and potions that work in any weather. (Think Sephora and not CVS beauty supply!)
  • Order some damn fried chicken! I somehow missed the opportunity to eat real southern fried chicken with gravy and biscuits. (Bad Margo! Bad! Bad!)

But other than that my time in Savannah was magical and I including a few of the highlights for y’all right here. (You’re welcome!)

Day 1:

I was happily surprised to find two of my Blogger friends on the same flight as me. Brooklyn Active Mama and Kimberly of Manifest Yourself greeted me at the Jet Blue gate which immediately got me in the mood for fun times and good vibes. Look how gorgeous we are!

 

Kimberly, Me and Schnelle at JFK airport

Kimberly, Me and Schnelle at JFK airport

I landed in Savannah and checked on Facebook to find out that Thea of It’s Me Vs. Me was looking for a lunchtime pal. I asked if she would be up for a good old-fashioned southern meal at The Olde Pink House and we were off to the races.

Many friends and acquaintances recommended I eat at “The Pink House” and color me grateful for that tip. This will forever be known as the spot where I first tried fried green tomatoes and watermelon gazpacho. Talk about NOM NOM good? Check out the photos to get an idea of how damn delicious it was:

Fried Green Tomatoes:

Fried Green Tomatoes

“BLT” Salad:

BLT Salad

After our meal we were given the opportunity to explore the rest of Pink House (which was originally built as a private residence in 1789) and were completely blown away with both the décor and the history.

Dining room:

Pink House Interior

At one time the Pink House was a bank and this was the location of their vault (which is now a wine cellar)

Bank Vault Wine Cellar

The “Pink House Pig” that I decided to call Oliver:

Pink House Pig

After our yummy lunch Thea and I headed over to the Gryphon Tea Room and were both gobsmacked at how lovely & charming the city is. So much so that I grabbed my iPad to take this video (apologies for not filming horizontally) to try and capture its essence—here it is!

 

Then we met up with the group for the prearranged tea time set up by “Losing Weight and Having Fun” Blogger Sarah:

Gryphon Tea

The Gryphon Tea Room was insanely beautiful and I was happy to join in the fun (sipping ice coffee because hot tea makes me gag.)

Gryphon tea 5

Whilst there I met up with my gorgeous roommate Christine of Dubya Wife (she brought a fancy hat and everything!)

Christine Gryphon

There were also pastries and yummy treats on display– however one of my lunch pals (who is of the British persuasion) described everything from the tea to the food as “upper crap.”  Can’t argue or agree with their assessment but to each their own, oui?

Gryphon tea 2

That day/night I stayed up until 2 am catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. It was fabulous and featured Legos! Yup–I got pretty drunk and stayed up WAY past my usual bed time. (Photographic evidence at the top.)

Day 2:

The next day I took the “Anti-Computer Body Workout” from celebrity trainer Ashley Borden who was kind enough to speak with me after class for my myriad of training questions. (Thank you Ashley!)

Me and Ashley Borden

One of the best things about the trip was meeting up with fellow EleVen by Venus ambassadors such as Brooke Not on a Diet (love this girl!)

Fitbloggin Team Venus 2

And once again with my Brooklyn bud Schnelle!

2014 Team Venus

From the Sweat Pink & Fit Approach I grabbed Becky Stifter for this shot (how adorable is she, by the way?)

Fitbloggin 2014 Golden Bear becky

Day 3:

I was terribly nervous that NO ONE would show up for my small group discussion How to Pitch Brands for Ambassadorships and Sponsorships that took place Saturday morning at the same damn time as 80s Zumba!! (Who scheduled this? Why do you hate me?)

However I was pleased as punch to see I had a full room waiting for my advice. It made feel great and very useful.

During my talk I used Terry Bicycles as an example of a brand I help with their social media. I enticed my group to show up with the promise that one of them would win this package if they stayed the whole time:

Fitbloggin 2014 Terry Bikes

Lo and behold “Crabby” at Cranky Fitness was my winner for correctly answering this trivia question: “Name two Brooklyn singing legends who went to the same high school together in the 1960s” (Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond, of course!)

She plans to enjoy her new seat rising around Provincetown soon.

Afterwards I was lucky enough to attend Katy Widrick’s How to Make a Media Kit discussion which was so inspiring. Thank you Katy! She even has an example of a press kit created in a Word document! Really!

Katy Widrick

And just like that I had to run off to the airport and catch my flight back home. It was a fun time and I am pleased to announce here that Fitbloggin 15 will take place this time next year in Denver—whoo hoo!!

NYC on the horizon

Wait–there’s more–check out more of my thoughts about Fitbloggin with my newest Vlog post now filmed in landscape!

 

One of my favorite souvenirs from Fitbloggin this year is my collection of business cards I managed to remember to ask for this year (Grrr–I missed getting them from all of the people I wanted!)

Business Card collection 001

So what were your favorite parts of Fitbloggin? What was your favorite session? Where did you eat? I want to hear it all!!!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Bondi Band Review & Giveaway!! 12

Bondi Band Review & Giveaway 

#bondiband #sweatpink

Hey Gang! Are you looking for a headband that will actually stay in place AND take care of that annoying sweat that runs down your forehead? Well the good folks at Bondi Band send me my own pink “crown” to try out as I teach my spin classes and let me just say this—they work!

Bondi Band Margo

Each band is comfortable to wear and will NOT slip while providing great coverage for the top of your head. Bondi Bands are also unisex which means anyone can wear them weather you playing some Frisbee in the sun or taking on a triathlon.

Bondi Band has several styles and logos you can choose from plus you can send them your own personal logo if you want something a little more personal. Yeah! From today until June 28th you can order from Bondi Band and receive a 10% discount by using the discount code SWEATPINK.

But if you want to win one from little old me—here is your chance. I have two from you to choose from (see below.) So whether you want a pop of color (“Suck it Up Cupcake”) or if you prefer the black & white band (“Play Hard or Go Home”) you need to do the following to win one of them.

Bondi 2

Tweet out your interest with the following: “I want to win @bondiband from @fitapproach @brooklynfitchik #sweatpink #bondiband” I will pick one winner this Saturday, June 7th and contact them directly. Bondi Band is sponsoring this post.

That’s it and good luck everyone. Keep sweating!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 73: Unruly Students, Terry Bikes & @jessicasmithtv DVD Giveaway!! #sweatpink 10

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #73

Dealing with Students, My Fit Bottomed Girl Post and The Terry Bicycles Catalog

Plus: My Jessica Smith DVD Giveaway!

Walk ON

One of two Jessica Smith DVDs you can win!

One of two Jessica Smith DVDs you can win!

 

Hey there! Hi there! Hi there!

You know what they say about the month of March? It comes it like a lion and lout like a lamb. Hopefully that is true (well the leaving quietly part) because we are set to get YET ANOTHER winter storm here. (Wah!!!!!!)  I know I have said this before but this weather is completely unacceptable. Can we veto it somehow? Just vote it out of office so that from now on we have kind of a chilly autumn that gradually turns into Spring?

I am going to work on this but in the meantime-here is my Vlog post for the week featuring the following:

  • I talk about learning to say goodbye to wonderful students and handling the more challenging ones (would love to hear feedback from other instructors out there on how you deal with “rule-breakers.” True story—I had a student today use her cell phone three times in my class this morning! Honestly—where do people learn their manners? However—my day ended today with one student giving me her own “mix CD” because she likes the music I use in my classes. Aw!

 

 

  • The newest Terry Bicycles catalog is out and is filled with pages that give me the “I wants.” Be sure to sign up for their online mailing list to get the latest steals and deals!

 

Jessica Smith Workout DVD Giveaway

I have a fantastic giveaway this week—two brand-new DVDs from ace trainer Jessica Smith! Jessica has been featured in all of the top women’s health magazines and is a You Tube star who lost 40 pounds on her own and is passionate about helping others get healthy. Her latest offerings are: Barre Fitness with Jessica Smith and Walk On with Jessica Smith. Wanna hear more about them?

Newest Fitness DVDs from YouTube Star Jessica Smith Reflect Fans’ Requests

Miami, FL – February 25, 2014 – Ever hear of anyone crowdsourcing their workouts? The two newest DVDs from fitness expert, author and popular YouTube star Jessica Smith came about from the requests she received most often from her social media followers. “Walk On: Strength & Balance” and “Barre Fitness” are available now on DVD or download from Amazon and http://jessicasmithtv.com/shop/.  Because her fans asked, the DVDs were shot in real time; one take each. Just like a live class, there was no stopping to catch a breath or freshen up the makeup. Likewise there was no retouching on the packaging. The DVDs are perfect for all fitness levels. This is Smith’s second walking DVD. Her first, “Walking for Weight Loss, Wellness and Energy” has been her best seller. “Barre Fitness” draws from Smith’s years as a professional dancer and as a student with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre program at Fordham University. The two new DVDs are $14.85 each; downloads are $13.95 each. Smith’s website, http://www.jessicasmithtv.com, has been recognized as one of the best sites for free workouts by Shape.com, Glamour and MoneyCrashers.com.

“Walk On: Strength & Balance” offers the option of walking barefoot or in sneakers. It includes two 30-minute workouts. Strength & Stretch integrates high intensity interval training with strength exercises to burn calories and sculpt the entire body. Light weights are recommended but optional. Fusion Walk is a shoes-optional, endurance walk that weaves ballet, Pilates and kickboxing-inspired moves. It begins with a few minutes of easy footwork to awaken the muscles that are often ignored yet heavily relied upon when walking. Smith is joined in these workouts by her mother and a friend.

“Barre Fitness” offers three 20-minute workouts: Cardio Ballet, Barre Burn and Floor Barre. These graceful, ballet-inspired workouts tone, sculpt, stretch and challenge the whole body. Moves like passé, chasse and even the curtseys at the end of each program will be familiar to those with a ballet background. Smith will bring out the dancer even in those who have never tried ballet before. No barre is needed but light hand weights, a chair, mat and pillow or mini-ball are recommended.

Jessica Smith began her fitness career over 13 years ago after losing over 40 pounds on her own. In addition to her BA in Communications from Fordham University, Jessica has certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, the International Sports and Conditioning Association, Powerhouse Pilates (in both mat & reformer method), Martial Fusion and Johnny G’s SPINNING™ Program. She currently teaches for EQUINOX Fitness Clubs in Miami. She is also the co-author (with esteemed health and fitness writer Liz Neporent) of “The Thin in 10 Weight Loss Plan” (Sunrise River Press, 2012). Recently named one of Sharecare’s “Top 10 Online Influencers,” Jessica is a monthly contributor to SHAPE.com and a regular content contributor for LIVESTRONG.com, SparkPeople.com and ivillage.com. See more at www.jessicasmith.tv, YouTube, @jessicasmithtv and 10 Pounds Down on Facebook.

Got that? So 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 the @jessicasmithtv DVDs from @brooklynfitchick”
  • If you haven’t already—let me know you are subscribing to my You Tube channel

I will pick one winner at random next Monday, March 10, 2013 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck and enter as often as you like!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 69: “Blogger Brunch” Goodie Bag Giveaway! @SweatGuru @MaxFlowSports #giveaway 28

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 69

Featuring: NYC Healthy Bloggers Fit Brunch, My First Formal Headshot and a “Sweat Guru+” Giveaway

NYC Fit Bloggers Brunch!

NYC Fit Bloggers Brunch!

 

Hey there! Hi there! Hi there!

How are you all doing? Since my incident of vertigo (BPPV) a couple of weeks ago I have been feeling much better (thanks so much to all of you who checked in with me. I really appreciate it.) The key when you are dealing with this type of an ailment is to learn to enjoy life’s little victories. Such as “Hey—I managed to lie back in the washing station chair at the salon and not get dizzy!”  And “Ooh, I can reach down and tie my shoe laces without falling over—cool!”  I have no idea if I will “tumble” again but I if I do—the next time I will not be as scared because and will know what the hell is going and treat the symptoms.

I have not had taken any kind of medicine (over-the-counter or prescribed) in over a week and the exercises I have found on You Tube (particularly this one from As Dr. Jo) have been most helpful. It still makes me nervous to think about teaching core moves on my back (in a supine position)—but I am getting stronger every day and will be back to my old self soon.

Anyhoo—I actually had a fun week starting with my NYC Blogger Brunch held in my apartment-whoo hoo! It’s been hella cold out here and I was worried people would bail out of the schlep to Brooklyn but we had a few brave & hearty souls come by. You can read an excellent recap here from my friend Cassandre of Losing in the City (sorry my cat scared you!) And while our conversation was private (we may have gossiped just a wee bit…) it was fun, light-hearted and full of reciprocated love.

Next time I host I will do a better job of getting the word out on Facebook (I realized I left some pretty groovy friends off of the first invite by accident—dammit!) But if you want to win your own goodie bag form the event just hang on and I will give you the details below.

First I want to thank the following Bloggers for making the trek:

We ate piles of good food, laughed our butts off, tried out the Da Vinci BodyBoard that I reviewed for Fit Bottomed Girls, and I gave away goodie bags! Want to know what they got? Get ready to watch this clio and then find out how you can win!

Also, this past week I had my first official headshot done since…hell I have NO idea when I last sat for a portrait but one of my excellent student is an ace photographer and he managed to “catch my essence” pretty well. His name is Victor Giganti and is based here in Brooklyn. I think this shot is my favorite—what do you think?

 

Photograph by Victor Giganti

Photograph by Victor Giganti

 

In the meantime—here is this week’s Vlog post:

 

 

You can win this stuff!

You can win this stuff!

 

Got that? So if you want to win a goodie bag featuring the Sweat Guru bag & pink laces, a headband from MaxFlowSports, plus the food stuffs described you need to do the following.

  • Post a comment below on letting me know you are interested.
  • Send a comment on Twitter and say “I want to win the @BrooklynFitChik and @SweatGuru goodie bag!”

This is my own special giveaway and I am not being paid to offer it. I will pick one winner next Monday, February 3rd and contact them directly. Good luck and enter as often as you like!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Named in @DietsInReview “Best of 2013” #sweatpink #fitapproach 8

Brooklyn Fit Chick Featured in Diets in Review “Best of 2013”

Whoo hoo!

 DIR Round

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

So sorry for the delay but I went down a holiday shopping & then shipping rabbit hole and am just starting to get back into gear. Then what happens—I get sick! So whilst I fight off my annual December cold (the Vlog will have to wait until next week my friends!) let me take a moment to say THANK YOU to my friends at Diets in Review for featuring little ole me in their “Best of 2013” post. I am beyond thrilled to be included with such an amazing crew of online health & fitness peeps.

Check it out here! The Best of 2013: From Fearless Selfies to Fitness Leaders the 26 Must-Follow Names in Fitness

Congrats to so many of fellow “Besties” including Josie, Martinus, Jamie, Alan, Carla, Jenn, Emily, Ronnie and Leah.

I will be back soon with magazine reviews, giveaways and more starting tomorrow.

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick News! The Launch of SweatGuru #sweatpink @TheSweatGuru 0

Brooklyn Fit Chick News!!!

SweatGuru Launches in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles

 SweatGuru

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Whether you are a gym goer looking to find (and book online) classes around the city OR you are a trainer looking to boost your clientele and need a professional looking system—you need to try out SweatGuru. The idea was created by Sweat Pink founder and CEO Jamie Walker and incorporates her love of fitness along with her entrepreneurial tech acumen. (Full disclosure—I am a Sweat Pink ambassador.)

You can find out more about them on Facebook and Twitter plus I will be speaking soon to Jamie about more details on how you can use SweatGuru to increase your fitness-based business (getting more clients!) and find out new and cool classes in your area.

Be sure to check them out!!

SweatGuru Launches in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles to Make Finding a Workout Easy

San Francisco, CA – October 30, 2013 – SweatGuru, the marketplace that connects consumers with fitness classes, launched today in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles. SweatGuru gives consumers an easy way to discover, book and share fitness classes online. The company offers small and mid-size fitness businesses a free way to market classes online and an easy, affordable solution to manage their business.

 

No matter where a consumer is on their fitness journey, SweatGuru will help them discover groups and services ranging from personal training to spinning to yoga, and manage their fitness profile online. With SweatGuru, people can find local classes, follow instructors or trainers in their area, then reserve and pay for classes with a couple of clicks.

 

For fitness professionals, creating a business profile and listing classes on SweatGuru.com is always free. For a reasonable monthly fee starting at $19 per month, SweatGuru offers a simple, out-of-the-box way to run a small or mid-size fitness business ranging from 1 to 20 employees. Managing instructor schedules, client reservations and collecting payments online are all features of the core product. SweatGuru offers every new fitness professional a 30-day free trial.

 

“SweatGuru was born out of the need for a better way to manage my growing bootcamp business, take reservations and stay in touch with clients,” said Jamie Walker, SweatGuru co-founder and CEO. “As a fitness consumer, I also wanted an easy way to discover, reserve and pay for classes in my neighborhood. SweatGuru is built by fitness pros for fitness pros. We will start by growing our network in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles, and look forward to expanding to other markets soon.”

 

IBISWorld estimates that fitness is a growing market in the U.S., expected to reach over $26 billion in 2013.

 

“SweatGuru is the only easy, affordable way I have found to manage my dance business and grow my client base,” said Minila Shah, founder of Ajna Dance in New York, New York. “I love that listing classes is always free, but the real value is in the $19 per month package that helps me make more money and save time managing my schedule and payments. The SweatGuru team understand my needs and has built a solution that I rely on every day to run my business.”

 

About SweatGuru:

SweatGuru is the online marketplace for fitness classes and experiences. By allowing anyone to organize, discover, book and share fitness classes online, SweatGuru takes the work out of working out. The company offers the first easy-to-use, affordable online business management solution for marketing, scheduling, payments and more, and allows busy fitness professionals to spend more time teaching and less time behind a desk. SweatGuru is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog: @SweatPink Ambassadorship, Fighting My Inner “Grumpy Old Man” plus an Amazing @LisaJohnson DVD Giveaway 19

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 48

Featuring: “Sweat Pink” Ambassadorship, Iris Higgins Essay from Huffington Post, Overcoming My Inner “Grumpy Old Man” Plus the Lisa Johnson Workout DVD Giveaway!

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How is everyone this week? Good? Glad to hear it!

First of all I am beyond thrilled to announce that I have been accepted as “Sweat Pink” ambassador for Fit Approach wee! Thanks so much to all of the gals there and I promise to work hard to help our community grow. Now that is out of the way—I am ready to dive in. Let’s get to getiin’!

This week I went through my typical “What the hell am I going to talk about on my next Vlog post?” when I came across an incredible essay on Huffington Post written by Iris Higgins An Open Apology to All of My Weight Loss Clients who in essence regrets how she spoke and treated her former clients from a “popular weight-loss company.” Higgins realizes now that many of them might have felt like failures for not losing weight after following her strict advice when in fact they could very well have had real health issues that would prevent anyone from losing weight. Plus, she now realizes 1200 per day calorie plan was far too little for most folks to follow. (Yikes!) and that people can gain and lose weight for a whole myriad of reasons. A great piece I must say

As a health & wellness professional I find it very enlightening when I hear one of my peers humble themselves to new lessons and pass them along to help out others. My good friend Marrilee is a yoga instructor and one of the first things she realized when she first began teaching  was that putting yourself out there to the world as a so-called “expert” could bring up old issues you normally could ignore your whole life. You have to showyour best self when teaching and literally have someone’s health in your hands. It’s easy to forget the power of that and act as if every class and student were the same.

Have you ever taken a class and felt like the instructor behaved as if they were the only ones who counted in the room? Or ignored everyone and just watched themselves in the mirror? Or (and I really HATE this) when they appear to only appreciate the suck-ups and fans in the classroom (evil!)

Part of becoming a good instructor is learning to bring energy and wisdom to every single class you teach. In spite of the air conditioning breaking, or the sound system not working, or feeling like garbage because you didn’t get enough sleep the night before or dealing with folks who will NOT put down their cell phone down (what is wrong with those people?)

In this week’s Vlog post I talk about my own struggle to overcome my inner “Grumpy Old Man” (or more accurately—my inner a**hole) and how I deal with it when it rears its head. Plus, we have a Lisa Johnson DVD giveaway (In fact, I am giving away FIVE of her DVDs this week!)

Lisa is someone I have followed for years on Twitter (@LisaJohnson) and was thrilled to finally make her acquaintance at this year’s Fitbloggin’ convention. This Boston gal is just about as nice and down-to-earth as one can be and still be a total badass. You can follow her on her on You Tube here; https://www.youtube.com/user/LisaJohnsonFitness and here is the link for her excellent web site.

 

Now onto this week’s Vlog post:

 

Here is more information he DVDs you can win:

August 1, 2013 – Boston, MA – New from fitness professional and Pilates studio owner, Lisa Johnson (www.lisajohnsonfitness.com) comes two new DVDs. Body Physica: INTENSE (42 minutes, $19.95) features four High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts that get the entire body in shape in just 10 minutes! Participants can do one routine or all four to see immediate results. It doesn’t matter what experience or fitness levels — beginner, intermediate, or advanced — viewers get an energizing, body sculpting workout every time they press play! The Modern Pilates DVD (51 minutes, $19.95) is a mat workout that makes one “tighter, higher, and smaller,” in all the right places. Featuring a 50-minute routine for all levels — beginner, intermediate, and advanced — this DVD provides a workout to strengthen and tone the entire body. Following Lisa’s expert instruction one will tone arms, get fabulous abs, tighten the ‘tuchas’ and get glorious legs in no time. Both DVDs are available at www.bodyphysica.com.

Lisa Johnson is a fitness professional striving to get “real” fitness information to others who want to achieve a healthy and fit lifestyle. She is highly regarded in the American fitness industry, as a personal trainer, motivational speaker and has established a huge following on her daily blog. Lisa runs an award-winning Pilates studio in Boston, and has quickly established herself as a writer of integrity on all things fitness. As a trainer who is “in the trenches” working daily with people, Lisa brings a unique perspective to fitness, knowing how to translate even the most complex movements to the average person. She has appeared as a fitness expert in numerous publications including The New York Times, Glamour, Family Circle, The Boston Globe, Entrepreneur and Inc. As a writer, Lisa was a columnist for Pilates Style magazine and writes extensively at her blog, Lisa Johnson Fitness: Everything for a Healthy Body. She is also a brand ambassador for FitStudio by Sears and shares exercise routines in online videos for both FitStudio and Diet.com. Her credentials include: Harvard University Graduate with Bachelor of Science Degree, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Pilates Instructor, and the only Pilates instructor accepted as an educational affiliate member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG.)

Both DVDs are available for purchase and as digital download for $19.95 each at www.bodyphysica.com.

Got that? Now, in order to win one of Lisa Johnson’s DVDs you must do the following:

  1. Post a comment below stating which DVD you would like to win.
  2. Tweet out your interest to me (@brooklynfitchik) and Lisa Johnson (@LisaJohnson)

I will pick 5 random winners next Monday, August 26th at NOON eastern time and contact them directly. Good luck!

Until next time…

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