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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog 89: Big News, Cranky Fitness and Postcards from the Edge of Brooklyn 4

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #89

Super-Secret Project with a Fellow Margo, The Joys of “Cranky Fitness” and

My Super Brooklyn Postcard Extravaganza!

Could you use some postcard cheer?

Could you use some postcard cheer?

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I am filled with good news today and want to shout it out from the rooftops but alas, I must keep it under wraps for another week or so. (Ooh—how can I keep this to myself? I am dying to talk about it!) Hang on impatient friends and family—there is a new project I am working on with my fellow Margo of She’s Nacho Mama Podcastand we are both crossing our fingers and sending good Juju out to the world that it will be something that lots of folks will enjoy. Not just our usual yoga, Zumba, spinning, workout and “playout” crew but also those who love entertainment.

Entertainment? What kind of entertainment Margo?

I have already said too much! Wait right here until next my next Vlog post (my 90th!) next week to get all the details. (Dying to say something but must restrain myself…)

In the meantime I want to introduce you to a new friend of mine—Jan from Cranky Fitness. Jan used to be an attorney and family therapist but now makes her bones as a life & wellness coach (as well as an ACE-certified wellness coach) and Blogger whose motto is “Healthy Living is a Pain in the Ass!” (What is not to love about this woman?) Cranky Fitness is an excellent resource on all kinds of health, fitness & nutrition topics including a few of my favorites here:

Jan also won the bike seat from Terry Bikes (and me!) at Fitbloggin this year. Be sure to check her out!

And now for my “Super Brooklyn Postcard Extravaganza!”

Recently I participated with a group of fellow Bloggers to send postcards to one another as encouragement and to say “hello” to people we don’t get to see in person very often. This idea had me thinking about all of the times when my students and social media followers take the time out of their busy days to tell me that I make them smile. I get so bogged down with all of my projects and responsibilities that it frankly makes me a “cranky” mess at times. (I know—shocking news, right?)

On Sundays I teach three back to back classes (spin/spin/core) and I have to admit there are times when I say to myself “Screw it—it’s Sunday and I am working again? Grrr!” (Especially on a beautiful morning when I would rather be out on my bike—double grr!)

However every week I still keep going and get such a happy buzz from helping folks end their weekend on a healthy note.

Today one of my favorites said to me that she loves my 10:30 am core class so much she schedules the weekend around it. “My kids know not to make plans with me until after 11:30 when you are done.”

This made me so happy that I decided to send my own encouragement out to those in the world who could use it. Are you in the need of a little postcard cheer? Then be sure to post in the comments below and send me a note on Twitter (@brooklynfitchik) and I will personally send you a postcard from my lovely Brooklyn. Really!

Here are more details!

 

Got that?

I will collect names & addresses until midnight, Sunday, July 27th (eastern time.) Hope you all have an amazing week and I can NOT wait to tell you my BIG news!

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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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 85 Venus Williams, Terry Bikes, Fitbloggin & More! 4

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #85

Fitbloggin Updates Including EleVen by Venus & Terry Bikes Giveaway

You can see me wearing this EleVen by Venus top at Fitbloggin!

You can see me wearing this EleVen by Venus top at Fitbloggin!

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

It is less than two weeks away to the annual Fitbloggin convention and I can hardly contain myself—weeee!  I have been in full beauty preparation mode in anticipation for the southern heat & humidity. Hair has been colored and a full keratin treatment was processed this past week. My eyebrows and upper lip are hair-free and I am stocking up on oil-free moisturizers, glopping on sunscreen and am ready to pretend to be scared when we take the Savannah ghost house tour. Bring it on!

I hope to meet as many of you as possible though I want to warn you—I have to leave a bit early (Saturday afternoon) so if you see me—just run over and give me a hug without a second thought.

This week my Blog/Vlog post is super short & sweet in anticipation of Fitbloggin. I will have my usual playlist, reviews and magazine recaps coming up this week as well. So let’s get this week started y’all!

  • Fitbloggin: The annual Fitbloggin takes place this year in Savannah, Georgia from June 26-29th and this year I am leading a discussion—How to Pitch Brands for Ambassadorships & Sponsorships on Saturday, June 28th from 9:30-10:30 am. I know this might be either a bit too early or a conflicting time with another panel—but if you can make it, I would LOVE to see you there. Pencil it in now!

 

  • EleVen by Venus: One of the newer brands I am now an ambassador for is EleVen by Venus which is the creation of tennis superstar Venus Williams. I will talk about what it takes to work for a high-profile label and how you can serve the same capacity for your favorite brand. (Plus, I will be wearing some of their fetching gear which you can check out in the picture above!)

 

  • Terry Bikes Giveaway at Fitbloggin! I will also be talking about how I started working for Terry Bicycles which is one of THE top makers of cycling gear for women. Terry has never had a fitness ambassador before and it  has been such a pleasure for me to raise their awareness throughout the fitness community. Better than that-p-I will be giving away one Butterfly TI Gel Saddle to one lucky participant at the small group discussion. Whether you ride for sport or pleasure this seat will rock your socks off! Check out what it looks like in the video below!

 

 

That’s all I have for this week. Next week I plan to have a new giveaway from another sponsor of mine —MaxFlowSports. Be sure to come back soon ya hear?

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog 84: Tech Issues, Joy Bauer’s New Venture, Terry Bicycles at Fitbloggin and Coppertone Review 2

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #84

Word Press Help, Today’s Joy Bauer Nourish Snacks,

Terry Bikes at Fitbloggin

 

Photograph by Victor Giganti

Photograph by Victor Giganti

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

To know me is to be understanding when I endure one of my many computer issues and talk me off the ledge when I feel hopeless. (Oh technology—how hard it stings when you breakdown!) Currently I am working off of three laptops in various stages of usability but fear not—I am still here for you! So let’s get to this week’s Vlog post which features my Coppertone skin care review and more.

  • Shelton Koskie—Web Site Rock Star: One of the many technical failures of the past week that I have been dealing with was my Word Press site not working (And Go Daddy was less than helpful—thanks for taking my money every month you guys!) However I am fortunate to be acquainted with rock star Word Press God Shelton Koskie of Eighty Grit who helped me get my site back up and running. If you ever need website help—be sure to get in touch with Shelton (and tell him Margo gives him major props for problem solving!)
  • Joy Bauer Nourish Snacks: I have a new post to be featured soon on Fit Bottomed Girls talking about Today Show nutrition expert Joy Bauer and her new venture Nourish Snacks. In a nutshell—it is a home delivery service of yummy (and healthy!) snacks that cost just $12.50 per week (including shipping) and is being curated by Joy herself throughout the summer. Here is a look at what these shipments look like (I will let you know when it posts on FBG—we will have a giveaway!)

 

Nourish Snacks--all alone in the cat tower

Nourish Snacks–all alone in the cat tower

  • Terry Bikes Giveaway at Fitbloggin! Terry Bicycles(the totally fabulous brand that I am lucky enough to be associated with ) has given me on of their top selling T 1 Saddles that will make any bike ride more comfortable to one lucky participant at the talk at the Fitbloggin convention. I will be leading small group discussion How to Pitch Brands for Ambassadorships and Sponsorships”on Saturday, June 28th from 9:30-10:30 am and I want to see you there!

Terry Saddle

  • Coppertone Review (Not Sponsored): The folks at Coppertone asked me to try out their latest summer products and I have my review in the clip below. They did not pay for this review and my opinions are my own.

Coppertone

Now let’s get to this week’s Vlog:

 

That’s all I have for this week. Hopefully with my laptop, website and scanner issues resolved I will be back to giving you the best that I got. Rock on gang!

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog 79: Ladies Home Journal Closes, Boston Marathon “Sneaks,” Fitbloggin 2014, Plus SparkPeople DVD Giveaway! 23

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #79

Ladies Home Journal Closes, Boston Marathon Bib Sneaks, Tips for Your First Barre Class, Fitbloggin’ Sessions

Plus: Spark People DVD Giveaway!!

Enter to win this 2 DVD set from SparkPeople!

Enter to win this 2 DVD set from SparkPeople!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I was out and having me a grand old time last Sunday with my friend’s annual “Mexican Easter” celebration (there was drinking and piñatas involved) so I decided to wait until this week before posting another Vlog/Giveaway. Figured many of you would have spring breaks and whatnot to deal with but here we are and I am back ladies & gentleman!!  So let’s go through my latest news and then get to gettin with a giveaway featuring one of my favorite instructors in the whole world Coach Nicole of SparkPeople who is expecting a baby this July! (Congrats Nicole!)

  • Ladies Home Journal:  Today I was hoping to celebrate being included as an expert for Ladies Home Journal magazine in their May issue (photo below) but instead I must pass along the news that the 130 year-old magazine is folding due to declining ad sales. So sorry to everyone who worked there and hope they all new work very soon. (I have been through a couple of magazine closings and they are brutal!)
  • Ladies Home Journal inside 001

 

  • Boston Marathon Bib Sneaks UGH! This story makes me blood boil. Apparently people will buy counterfeit race bibs so they can compete in marathons that they did not qualify for which  is crappy enough but these two entitled creeps (Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley and his Blogger Wife Chelsa) decided that even though she did not qualify this year—they would steal someone else’s number in order for the two of them can run the race together. (They missed out finishing together last year due to the bombing.) I can almost think it is romantic and sweet they wanted to be together that day but the fact is—stealing someone else’s number (and it IS stealing) is just plain wrong.

 

  • Tips for Your First Barre Class: On to a happier topic—here is a little piece I wrote for Fit Bottomed Girls asking the experts on what you need to do before trying out your first barre class. It came out pretty nifty I must say!

 

  • FitBloggin’ Speaking Date: I am once again attending the FitBloggin conference that takes place June 26-29 this year in Savannah, Georgia! I will also be heading up a small group discussion on how to pitch brands for ambassadorships and sponsorships. So it is 8-9 am on Saturday morning but rumor has it that Terry Bicycles will have a special giveaway to one lucky participant. (Hmmm—wonder what it will be?) So if you are attending FitBloggin please consider getting up early Saturday and hanging out with me. I’m funny, informed and will have a prize!

 

  • SparkPeople DVD Giveaway: If you want to win TWO workout DVDs to get a head start on summer—check out my giveaway below. There will be one winner of this double DVD set and they will be contacted by Acacia TV directly to get their prize. Acacia is responsible for the DVD mailing and did not pay for this promotion. (Continental United States only, please!)

 

Now let’s get to this week’s Vlog:

 

Here are more details about this week’s SparkPeople Workout DVD Giveaway:

SPARKPEOPLE WORKOUTS (2-DVD Set)

With Coach Nicole

 Value-priced collection of the #1 health and food website’s best-selling workout DVDs;

7 efficient interval workouts to slim down and tone up, plus several tips and bonus workout plans for all levels

SILVER SPRING, Md – Now is the perfect time to try the hit workout DVDs from SparkPeople, America’s #1 diet and weight loss site with more than 15 million members. The value-priced collection SparkPeople Workouts(2-DVD Set) arrives on DVD on May 13, 2014from Acacia, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. brand. Every month, millions of people visit SparkPeople.com for help reaching their fitness goals. Now you can join SparkPeople’s popular editor-in-chief and trainer Coach Nicole for these two complete, critically-acclaimed programs (28-Day Boot Camp and Total Body Sculpting), featuring seven incredibly efficient interval workouts. Three trainers demonstrate beginner, intermediate, and advanced versions so you can tailor your workout to your fitness level. You’ll burn calories, trim extra inches, build lean muscle, and gain strength and confidence—with Coach Nicole providing inspiration and support ($24.99; Approx. 153 min., plus several bonus features; AcaciaLifestyle.com). The workouts are also available on Acacia TV, the new fitness streaming channel hosted by Coach Nicole at AcaciaLifestyle.com/tv (press access is available upon request).

INCLUDES TWO FULL-LENGTH PROGRAMS:

28-Day Boot Camp: Coach Nicole leads four fat-blasting, calorie-torching workoutswith her trademark enthusiasm and positive energy. With a clickable, user-friendly 28-day calendar, this four-week plan features high-energy cardio intervals and full-body toning exercises to burn more fat in less time. Pick from 12-, 20-, and 30-minute segments to customize your workout every day.

Total-Body Sculpting: Three workouts—a ballet-inspired barre routine, an equipment-free fat blaster, and a heart-pumping dumbbell workout—provide fat-burning cardio and multi-joint strength exercises to get results quickly. Includes interactive workout calendar.

A certified personal trainer and exercise instructor, Nicole Nichols helps people of all skill levels make fitness a fun part of their daily lives. Her online videos have been viewed more than 20 million times, making her one of the most-watched exercise instructors on the web.

BONUS: 2-week workouts plans for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels; Three tricks to burn more fat and two must-do moves for a better butt; Seated abs exercises and sneaky leg toners you can do at work; Select recipes from The SparkPeople Cookbook; Access to FREE meal plans and SparkPeople’s online workout club!

Street Date:  May 13, 2014                     SRP: $24.99      Equipment needed: light hand weights, a mat, and a chair

DVD 2-Disc Set: 2 programs – Approx. 153 min., plus bonus – UPC 0-54961-2242-9-6

Here is a clip of Coach Nicole in action.

 

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.
  • Post a comment on Twitter that says “I want to win @SparkPeople DVDs with @CoachNicole 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, May 5th 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 76: Bike Spring Cleaning, SELF & A Warning for Bloggers, Plus Giveaway of Functional Cross Training 19

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #76

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

 Functional Cross-Training Book Giveaway!

Functional Cross Training

Functional Cross Training

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Authors

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

If you want to win this giveaway you must do the following (Continental United States, please!)

  • Post a comment below (on this post) letting me know you are interested.
  • Send a comment on Twitter and say “I want to win Functional Cross Training @triphx and @ulyssespress from @brooklynfitchik”
  • If you haven’t already—let me know you are subscribing to my You Tube channel

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

Until next time…

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 72: @BlueDiamond giveaway plus @JuliaMancuso @ZICO @TerryBikes @SuperStarGym 9

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #72

Julia Mancuso, Human-Powered Treadmills and My First Terry Bicycles Post

Plus: My Blue Diamond Almonds Giveaway!

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Hey there! Hi there! Hi there!

Hey gang! Guess what happened in New York City? Hold on to your knickers but we have had TWO ENTIRE DAYS (in a row) over 50 degrees & sunny!! Whoo hoo! After several weeks in a row of cold & damp rain, excessive snow, frigid temps and fogginess it feels great to run errands and not have to bundle up to within an inch of my life. In fact, it feels pretty damn terrific though I know spring really not arrive for a few more weeks. (Oh spring–I will see you again, won’t I?)

In the meantime, I have a few fun items to share with you today plus my newest giveaway—Blue Diamond almonds!

So what happened this past week?

  • While on assignment with Fit Bottomed Girls this past week I went to a yoga session & luncheon hosted by ZICO coconut water at Exhale Spa to celebrate Olympic Alpine Skier Julia Mancuso and her return from the Sochi games. The Olympian even brought her bronze medal along and let us all check it out!  I will send you the link for this post as soon as it is live. In the meantime—here is a photo of the lovely (and patient) Julia allowing me to ogle her bronze medal. (Those things are super heavy, by the way!)

Me and the medal

  • Also for Fit Bottomed Girl I wrote this article about Superstar Gym and their “Fitwalker” class which is basically a treadmill workout that uses pure leg power. As in you do not plug it in or turn it on. You just get on it work your little butt off. Anyone want to take a class with me? Let me know! In the meantime enjoy this photo of Christian Castano who teaches at Superstar Gym. (You’re welcome)

 

Christian Castano of Super Star Gym

Christian Castano of Super Star Gym

  • Finally—I have my first article posted at Terry Bicycles talking about my love for the Da Vinci BodyBoard. (I am a fitness ambassador for Terry and am pleased as punch to contribute to their Blog.)

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Now let’s move on to this week’s Vlog:

 

Blue Diamond Almonds Giveaway

This week I am offering a giveaway of two tins of Blue Diamond Almonds courtesy of Blue Diamond who will send the winner their prize directly. (Note: Blue Diamond did not pay to sponsor this giveaway.)

The two flavors you can enter to win  are Whole Natural and (my favorite!) Smokehouse. Check out how to enter this particular giveaway below!

Also, be sure to follow Blue Diamond on the following social media sites:

Facebook.com/BlueDiamond

Instagram.com/BlueDiamond

Twitter.com/BlueDiamond

Pinterest.com/BlueDiamond

So if you want to win you need to 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 @BlueDiamond Almonds 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 3, 2014 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 70: My Super, Duper 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook Giveaway! #21dsd 29

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 70

Featuring: My Super, Duper 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook Giveaway!

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Hey there! Hi there! Hi there!

It has been a wild and wooly in the fitness blogosphere—whoa! First we had this rather, um—interesting personal essay from Jen Polachek who talked about her internal struggle when facing a “fairly heavy set black woman” who dared to enter her yoga class on the supposedly woman-friendly site XO Jane. I am NOT kidding—read it for yourself here: OX Jane 1.

The first response I noticed came courtesy of the beautiful & talented Erika Nicole Kendall of the Blog The Black Girl’s Guide to Weight Loss. Nicely done, Erika.

If you are looking for the perfect rebuttal in addition to Erika’s than you can hardly do better than to check out the incredible Pia Glen who wrote this on XO Jane. Both managed to peel away the icky layers of pseudo self-awareness of Polachek’s personal essay which for some reason was featured in the “It Happened to Me” page—usually dominated by sad or scary stories.

Anyhoo—this story has been discussed to the nth degree so let’s just move on to a couple of fun news items and then talk about my FAB giveaway—yes?

  • I am going to be speaking at Fitbloggin this year! Tickets are on sale NOW so get them while you can. (We will be in Savannah this year—whoo hoo!)
  • In case you missed it—Terry Bicycles announced my ambassadorship on their site here. Very excited about this partnership!
  • My writing chops are going to get a workout with my soon-to-be regular contributions on SweatGuru.com. (Whoop!)

And now, on to this week’s big giveaway!

21 DAY SUGAR DETOX COOKBOOK

The New York Times best-selling author Diane Sanfilippo, BS. NC has written some of my favorite Paleo books including Practical Paleo and The 21-Day Sugar Detox and is an all-around cool chick (and animal lover!) in addition to being the writer of some kick ass recipes.

If you are looking to find ways to get refined sugars out of your diet without starving yourself or losing your energy—you need to read her newest book The 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook.

If you want to win a copy today, keep on reading to find out what you need to do. (Disclaimer alert: I received a copy of The 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook for giveaway from Victory Belt publishing and was not paid to offer to my readers.)

I love this cookbook and have been having a ball making some yummy (and healthy) versions of some of my favorite foods including Shepard’s Pie which you can see below. (This is a new favorite recipe for me!)

 

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Nom Nom!

So, enough of my dawdling and let’s get on to this week’s Vlog post:

 

Here is some information about The 21-Day Sugar Detox Diet Cookbook:

The 21-Day Sugar Detox Companion Cookbook Now Available!

Diane Sanfilippo, Author of the Bestselling books Practical Paleo and the 21 Day Sugar Detox delivers complete cookbook to accompany her highly acclaimed detox program

Essex Fells, NJ (December, 2013)—Diane Sanfilippo has yielded marked success with her revolutionary New York Times bestselling book, The 21-Day Sugar Detox: Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally and now she delivers another masterpiece—The 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook.  The cookbook is a companion guide to Sanfilippo’s customized program that has helped tens of thousands of men and women naturally break free from the sugar strong hold to help them live a more healthy and balanced life.

The 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook boasts more than 100 new recipes for any program level.  These delectable recipes come straight from the kitchen of Sanfilippo and are all grain, gluten, legume, dairy, and sugar-free. The book also contains 21-day simple and straightforward meal plans, “yes”, “no” and “limited” food lists and tips and tricks that will keep you on the road to success.  Recipes include easy-to-follow breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and “sweet treats.”  These mouthwatering creations will keep you satisfied as your cravings for sugar and carbs disappear.

Sanfilippo is Certified Nutrition Consultant and has dedicated her life to helping others change their eating habits to achieve optimal health.  Through her extraordinary bestselling books Practical Paleo and The 21-Day Sugar Detox (and now) The 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook, Sanfilippo has helped people worldwide become more educated about food choices, take action against sugar dependency and do it in a way that’s not only sustainable, but enjoyable.

Sample Recipes Include:

  • Breakfast Sausage and Biscuit Sandwich
  • Butternut Squash Pancakes
  • Artichoke and Lemon Chicken with Capers
  • Asian Ginger Flank Streak
  • Pizza Frittata
  • Sunbutter Brownies
  • Nutty Cinnamon Crumb Cake and more!

More information on Sanfilippo’s complete 21 Day Sugar Detox program can be found online at http://the21daysugardetox.com/, along supplemental resource guides, continuing online education and informational videos done by Sanfilippo herself.

The 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook can be found in stores nationwide, including at Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and independent retailers, as well as online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

ABOUT DIANE SANFILIPPO

Diane Sanfilippo holds a BS from Syracuse University and is a Certified Nutrition Consultant who specializes in blood sugar regulation and digestive health. She is The New York Times Bestselling author of Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle and The 21 Day Sugar Detox: Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally and writes for her popular health blog www.balancedbites.com, teaches nutrition seminars nationwide and has a top-rated weekly health podcast in iTunes, “The Balanced Bites Podcast. Practical Paleo and The 21-Day Sugar Detox are published by Victory Belt Publishing.

ABOUT VICTORY BELT

Victory Belt Publishing Inc is the world’s leading publisher in health and fitness books, producing a host of New York Times bestsellers, including The Paleo Solution, Practical Paleo, The 21 Day Sugar Detox, Against All Grain,  It Starts with Food, and Dark World. Started by Erich Krauss, a New York Times bestselling author, Victory Belt Publishing Inc is an author-friendly publisher geared toward producing the highest quality books on the market. Victory Belt Publishing has worldwide distribution, and its titles have been translated into dozens of languages. The company has the highest ratio between books published and New York Times bestsellers. Victory Belt Publishing‘s main office is located in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, please visit www.victorybelt.com.

 

Got that? So if you want to win you need to do the following!

  • 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 @balancedbites #21dsdcookbook from @brooklynfitchick”
  • If you haven’t already—let me know you are subscribing to my You Tube channel

This is my own special giveaway and I am not being paid to offer it. I will pick one winner at random next Monday, February 10th 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 68: Whoa Vertigo! Plus @TerryBikes @MaxFlowSports 10

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog: Episode 68

Featuring: A Vertigo Incident, My New Ambassadorships with Terry Bicycle and MaxFlowSports

Plus Final Reminder: NYC Healthy Blogger Brunch (Saturday, January 25th in Park Slope, Brooklyn)

Image courtesy of Marriette "Namastemari.com"

Image courtesy of Mari “Namastemari.com”

 

Hey there! Hi there! Whoa there!

This past week I had a rather scary incident with vertigo. Well it lasted for almost three days so “incident” might not be the best way to describe what happened to me but on Monday morning I was teaching my usual core class at 8 am. There have been times in the past when I felt some dizziness when lying completely flat on my back (supine) or if I reached to the floor quickly when doing an interval move. Nothing crazy—but just a moment of feeling off balance and having to redirect myself that would happen from time to time.

This past Monday I was demonstrating a move on my back when all of a sudden I felt as if the room was spinning around me and I was completely disoriented. Hoping to just “snap out of it” I kept on talking and trying to reassure myself that everything was fine but after about 30 seconds I realized this was beyond a momentary sensation.

Turning my head to my “good” side I made eye contact with one of my students and said “please come over and help me.” Ten minutes later I was driven home by two friends who told me to make sure I eat something and get some rest. (“Must be your blood pressure!” offered one of my students.)

However deep down I knew differently–this was a BAD incident. It was not going to go away quickly either.

Two hours later I woke up from a nap with the dizziness still hanging on and my nerves completely frayed. Eventually I was able to walk to my pharmacist to get some Dramamine which helped somewhat but the symptoms lasted most of the time every single day until Thursday when I was finally able to see my brand new doctor with my brand new Obama-care insurance. (In fact, my insurance card arrived that very day.)

Turns out my inner ear canal was infected which aggravated the vertigo and ear drops helped alleviate many of my symptoms (along with a prescription for Meclizine.) I was even able to teach my classes on Friday & Saturday morning (off the bike and very much upright without too much motion) and am feeling better every day.

But now I must begin the process of finding out exactly what type of vertigo I have (there are several) and what I need to do (hopefully) prevent future “tumbles.”

Based on my symptoms so far I believe I have the following type of vertigo:

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

From the Mayo Clinic Staff:

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is one of the most common causes of vertigo — the sudden sensation that you’re spinning or that the inside of your head is spinning.

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is characterized by brief episodes of mild to intense dizziness. Symptoms of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo are triggered by specific changes in the position of your head, such as tipping your head up or down, and by lying down, turning over or sitting up in bed. You may also feel out of balance when standing or walking.”

What this means is that I will learn to do a series of exercises at home to get the ear crystals back in place that are floating around like freaks on a party boat right now. I am most hopeful this will work and secretly dread it could happen again while I am either driving, on the subway or just out in public and not in a safe place to be helpless.

But I know that I am also a badass and can take on any challenge in front of me. So I will keep you all up-to-date on my progress but if you know anything about vertigo—please reach out and let me know what you experiences have been and what works for you. I want to hear from you!

And now, cat photo time!

The Floof looked out for me every day. (Sarah)

The Floof looked out for me every day. (Sarah)

Now on to this week’s insanely happy news: (Drum roll!)

Terry Bicycles Ambassadors:

After months of reaching out and talking back & forth I can finally announce that I am a Terry Bicycles Ambassador! Whoo hoo! If you are not familiar with them—Terry makes some of the best cycling gear for women and I have been a fan of their for many, many years. I am beyond thrilled to help introduce them to a whole new audience of active chicks who want to look cute while staying safe on their two-wheelers. I will be writing a regular column for their monthly newsletter as well and will be sure to post them on my Facebook and Twitter page.

In the meantime, be sure to follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

 Terry

MaxFlowSports:

Also, I was recently contacted by a new company called MaxFlowSports that creates some of the best (and secure) headbands on the market for men and women to keep you hair back and still look good.

Created by Steve Hines, these headbands are made with a “cross-grip” technology to stay in place on the top of your head no matter what workout your are doing. I cannot tell you how crazy it makes me to keep pulling on my headband into place when I am teaching. These hairbands work great and I am happy to call myself one of their new brand ambassadors.

Be sure to follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

And if you would lie to try one and live in New York City—they will be included in the goodie bag at my Super, Super Brooklyn Blogger Brunch!

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The New York City Health & Fitness Bloggers Brunch! Park Slope, Brooklyn (Saturday, January 25th)

I have mentioned this a million times already but if you want to attend the bunch set for THIS SATUDAY than please leave a message in the comments and I will get in touch with you.

BFC Brunch Invite

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

 

That’s it for today. Be sure to come back tomorrow as I will have a new giveaway! (Can’t say what it is but it’s pretty damn cool!)

 

Ox Ox,

BFC

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