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Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes: EleVen by Venus Discount, the FBG 00’s Playlist and “Valley of the Dolls!” 33

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes

“Book vs Movie” Podcast News (Valley of the Dolls)

My Fit Bottomed Girls “00s” Playlist

Eating Chocolate to Lose Weight Exposed as a Bogus Study

EleVen by Venus Discount for My Peeps (Meaning You!)

 

Venus!!!

Venus!!!

Hey gang!

I am slowly getting back into the blogging groove but I wanted to just poke my head in and say “hi” and rest assured I will have the giveaways back on my Blog soon.

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) and this past weekend we recorded a super fun episode talking about Valley of the Dolls. I have the link below if you want to check it out for yourself. If you have any interest at all, please be to check out our new website (www.bookversusmovie.com) “like” us on our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @bookversusmovie. (Thank you for letting me plus!)

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

 

Fit Bottomed Girls Playlist: Recently I was feeling nostalgic for the early 2000s and asked my editors at Fit Bottomed Girls if I can create a playlist (link here) devoted to the “flip phone” decade and this is what I came up with (hope y’all like it!)

The “Chocolate Diet Hoax”: Science journalist John Bohannon was tired of reading badly researched medical studies and “wonder diet tips’ get media attention so when he was approached by a German TV producer to come up with a fake story (how eating chocolate actually aids in weight loss) he jumped right on board. Sadly the very phony report was picked up by top publications around the world including Shape and Prevention.

Bohannon has a Ph.D. in molecular biology and once participated in a sting operation showing some “open-access journals” will publish any story for a fee.  You must check out this interview on CBS News where he really lets the reporters he really feels about most of the health & wellness articles in the press. (He is NOT a fan)

Now My “Big EleVen Discount” for Y’all

Most of you are aware of Venus Williams and her amazing tennis career but did you know that she is also an amazing fashion designer? Well she is and studied at the fashion program at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale to learn about pattern making and merchandising her own fitness brand.

You can check out her workout collection EleVen by Venus but some of my new favorites include her Ndebele Spring Collection which includes this yummy top (Ready to Play tank)

Spring collection top

As well as her Summer Fleur du Monde collection and this gorgeous “double cross” tank.

Summer collection

The best news is this—if you are interested in shopping from the collection you can receive a 10% discount using the following code at checkout “Team11MargoD” You’re welcome and happy shopping!

Well that is all for me today. I will be back soon with playlist, magazine reviews, giveaways and so much more coming soon.

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Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 91: Book vs Movie Podcast News, Venus Williams, & More 0

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog: Episode #91

“Book vs. Movie” Podcast Ep 1 (&2!), “Blonde Vegan” Goes Rogue, Venus Williams and The Greatest Dance Clip of the Week

Plus: Jennifer Cohen Strong is the New Skinny Preview

Giveaway arriving soon!

Giveaway arriving soon!

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How are you all doing today? I have so much news to talk about today that I can hardly contain myself so I will just dive right in with the highlights and then preview for my next giveaway—Strong is the New Skinny by awesome trainer Jennifer Cohen. Wee!

  • Book vs. Movie Episode 1: So excited to announce that Margo of She’s Nacho Mama Podcast and I have launched our first podcast Book vs Movie. Last Friday we aired our first episode talking about both the film & movie version of Midnight In the Garden of Good & Evil (Kevin Spacey played him in the utterly forgettable Clint Eastwood film.)  We had a total blast and lost all track of time so we are recording part 2 this very week. Our hope is to get a few episodes in the can so we can have them available in iTunes. If you are our friend—please listen to us online at Blog talk radio in the meantime and please ‘like” our Facebook page. Check out my Vlog below to find out our next book/movie choice. (Hint, hint—get your little black dress ready for fun!)

 

  • The Blonde Vegan Changes Her Tune: I am NOT a vegan and happily get my protein from sustainable responsible meat vendors but I also follow a great many Vegan people on Facebook & Twitter as they are usually animal lovers and I am a fan of the furry critters.  Anyhoo—I was fascinated by the following post by Blogger Jordan of The Blonde Vegan who is absconding from the meat-free/pro-juicer lifestyle as it is causing her to suffer from Orthorexia which is a type of eating disorder where a person has an obsession with being “healthy.” To the point that they are not living happiest lives. I am not doing her justice (sorry Jordan!) please just read her post!

 

  • Eleven by Venus: So last week I had a very cool thing happen where I got to meet many of my fellow ambassadors for Venus Williams’ fashion/fitness line EleVen by Venus via a conference call and guess who was on the line with us—VENUS!!! I was so gaga when she greeted us that I squealed like a child. We had a special advanced look at their upcoming winter and spring collections and let’s just say my bank account is going to take a hit from it!

 

  • Jennifer Cohen Skinny is the New Strong Giveaway: Check out the Vlog below to get a gander at this week’s giveaway which will go live tomorrow. Skinny is the New Strong is a fitness book from rock-star trainer Jennifer Cohen and it does not even go on sale until September but you can win a copy from me—stay tuned for the details coming tomorrow.

 

  • The Greatest Dance Video of the Week:  I don’t know about you guys but I love me some Buzzfeed.com to check out the latest silly clips on the Internet that I should nto miss and this one featuring a “90s” tribute dancer is one of the best things I have seen in a long time. Pump up the jams people!!

Now on to this week’s Vlog!

 

Got that? So tomorrow I will post the full details of the book giveaway—good luck! Thanks so much for checking back here!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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What Did We Learn This Month? Shape magazine with Jillian Michaels!! 5

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Shape

July/August 2014

Jillian Michaels photographed by Don Flood

Jillian Michaels photographed by Don Flood

 

Shape Cover Star for June/August 2014:

OMG! The one and only Jillian Michaels is on the cover and looking as fierce as always. Jillian turned 40 this year and is feeling pretty darn good about her life (and WHY not?) Inside the magazine she is butt naked and showing offer her strong physique. (Mrow!)

We also get the second-part of her exclusive Summer Shape Up plan if you want to try out her personal “Bodyshred” class on your own.

Jillian inside workout abs 001

 

What else is on the July/August issue of Shape?

Venus Williams

I am a proud ambassador for EleVen by Venus workout wear created by the incredible Venus Williams who has a degree in fashion design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Go Venus!

Venus Williams 001

“Float Your Boat”

Kayaking is such a wonderful way to enjoy the water and get in an excellent upper body workout. Here we get tips for a day of paddling from pro Christie Eastman.

 Float Your Boat 001

“Stay Toned on the Road”

If you are travelling this summer (and good on you if you are!) this workout created by trainer Mike Donavanik utilizes a chair & a wall to get in a perfect 15-minute workout.

Workout of the Month 001

 “Water Works”

Shape gives us a whole page of gear to help you spend a day splashing around in style. (The Astral water safe shoes give me the “I wants.”)

Watersports 001

“Hit Your Stride”

Elliptical training expert Annette Comerchero created “EllipFit” in Los Angeles and you can try her exclusive workout here.

Hit Your Stride 001
And now the rest of the best of this issue of Shape:

  • “Sunscreen Savvy” There is much more to sunblock and sunscreen than just lathering it on and hoping not to get burned. The best products for all outdoor activities plus how to apply them effectively.
  • “Brave New Workouts” Top fitness experts talk about trying all kinds of ‘scary” workouts from CrossFit to obstacle races to Krav Maga. (need to try that last one!)

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

A  The July/August issue is an action-packed magazine you can take to the beach and enjoy. See you in September Shape!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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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 Ep 82: Talking About EleVen by Venus, Joy Bauer Nourish Snacks, Terry Bike Gore Bike Wear and a DVD Giveaway! 26

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #82

EleVen by Venus, Gore Bike Wear from Terry Bicycles, Today Show Joy Bauer’s New Venture, Sweat Guru.com post and Fitbloggin’ Reminder

Plus: ELEMENT: YOGA FOR STRENGTH & FLEXIBILITY DVD Giveaway!

 

You can enter to win this DVD!

You can enter to win this DVD!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

It’s a new week here in Brooklyn and I have so much to discuss today plus I have a new, totally rad giveaway Element: Yoga for Strength & Flexibility DVD so enough of my mindless chatter and let’s get to it, shall we?

  • EleVen by Venus:  I am happy to announce that I am now a brand ambassador for EleVen by Venus –as in Venus Williams, people! Will forward more details soon but let’s just say I am pretty excited to join this new brand and help them reach out to strong women everywhere.

 

  • Gore Bike Wear from Terry Bicycles: I am also a brand ambassador for Terry Bicycles which is a top notch one-stop shopping paradise for women who love to spend their day on two wheels. They recently sent me a box of goodies which I will review for you all soon but wanted you all to know that I am now a HUGE fan of Gore Bike Wear. Terry sent me the Power Jacket and it is the best damn windbreaker I have ever worn in my life. It kept me cool when the sun was down and wicked away sweat when it got warmer and though snug fitting—never felt tight or constricting. LOVE IT!! If you need one jacket this summer for running, walking or cycling—get this one.

 

  • Joy Bauer’s New Project: This past week I was on assignment for Fit Bottomed Girls and attended a swanky lunch at the Gramercy Park Hotel (tough life—amIright?) A group of us lucky individuals had the good fortune to meet Today’s top nutritionist Joy Bauer and let me tell y’all something—she is even more beautiful in person than you see on TV (and super nice!)  Joy is heading up a new home delivery snack service called Nourish Snacks and I will post all the details soon. (In the meantime—I am enjoying yummy and healthy snacks for the next few weeks!)

 

  • Xtend Barre Brooklyn Heights: I have a review of a new barre studio in Brooklyn up Sweat Guru.com if you are curious about checking out a new studio in this neighborhood.

 

  • FitBloggin’ Speaking Date! Just a reminder that I am speaking again at this year’s Fitbloggin convention from June 26-29 in Savannah, Georgia and will heading up a small group discussion on how to pitch brands for ambassadorships and sponsorships. It’s scheduled for 8-9 am on Saturday morning which I know seems like a rough time for some people but let me sweeten your interest by telling you 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 come and hang out with me!

 

  • Elemet Yoga for Strength and Flexibility DVD:: Full details are listed below but please know that there will be one winner of this DVD set and they will be contacted by Anchor Bay Entertainment directly to get their prize. Anchor Bay 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 giveaway:

Build Power and Suppleness Inside and Out with Ashley Turner’s New

‘ELEMENT: YOGA FOR STRENGTH & FLEXIBLITY DVD

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Increase flexibility and strength in the mind, body and spirit right at home, anytime. Also learn how to meditate in the new “Element: Yoga for Strength & Flexibility” DVD. In this DVD, mind/body psychotherapist Ashley Turner gives the physical and mental cues to open anyone up to the full benefits of yoga.  The DVD provides two practices, each about thirty minutes in length, plus a 7-minute guided meditation bonus. As with all Element videos, the spectacular setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean adds to the enjoyment. The DVD will be available in stores and on Amazon on September 24, 2013 from Anchor Bay Entertainment.

The Strength practice will leave you feeling powerful and in control, whether you’re in Warrior III or tackling whatever the day may bring. It improves endurance and focus in every sense. The Flexibility program will bring a sense of suppleness to the muscles, joints and thoughts.  The Guided Meditation bonus is the first of its kind in the Element series. Turner provides a verbal path to follow towards deeper relaxation. It will help anyone to begin a meditation practice. According to WedMD, “meditation not only lowers blood pressure but also can amp up your immune system.”

Turner’s previously released “Element” DVDs have reached bestseller status. They have brought profound changes to many people. Ginger writes, “Since that first night I’ve done your DVD daily. I have not needed even one med for panic. I have not needed to medicate with chocolate either. My body actually seemed to crave greens.”

Tonya shared this, “I wanted to tell you that I bought your “Element: Yoga for Weight Loss” DVD in 2010. I have a thyroid problem as well as a “saying no to myself and others” problem. I lost around 60 pounds. Once I started feeling natural energy, it became easy to treat myself right.”

Lisa said, “I have many yoga DVDs, and have attended many classes over the years.  Your DVD is – by far – the easiest routine to follow.  I also feel happy during the session … it’s as though you’ve sprinkled some sort of magic-dust into that yoga session!”

No props are needed for these programs. None of the moves are complicated. The challenges come from the holding and releasing more than the postures themselves.

Ashley Turner is a Los Angeles-based yoga instructor with a master’s degree in counseling psychology with a concentration in depth (Jungian) psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She holds a private practice as a Marriage + Family Psychotherapy Registered Intern. Turner was formally trained in classical Ashtanga Yoga by Baba Hari Das (Mt. Madonna). She completed advanced Vinyasa training with Shiva Rea and has studied extensively with Sharon Gannon and David Life of Jivamukti Yoga, Mark Whitwell, Ram Dass and Krishna Das. Turner teaches at Exhale in Los Angeles, Pure Yoga in New York City and leads workshops all over the world. Named the “#2 Online Influencer for Stress Relief” by Sharecare.com, Turner’s clients have included Michelle Branch, Tony Horton and Pete Yorn.

About Anchor Bay Entertainment

Anchor Bay Entertainment is a leading home video distribution company.  Anchor Bay distributes original programming content (Starz and AMC), feature films (The Weinstein Company, Anchor Bay Films, RADiUS-TWC), children’s entertainment, fitness (Anchor Bay Fitness), documentaries, anime (Manga Entertainment), and other filmed entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray™ formats.   Headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA, Anchor Bay Entertainment has offices in Troy, MI, as well as Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. Anchor Bay Entertainment (www.anchorbayentertainment.com) is a Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) business, www.starz.com.

Follow Anchor Bay’s fitness news on Facebook at Anchor Bay Entertainment: Fitness and on Twitter, @anchorbayentfit.

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Here is a preview clip of the DVD.

 

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.
  • Post a comment on Twitter that says “I want to win the Element Yoga DVD from @AnchorBayEntFit 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 Tuesday, May 27th 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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My newest article for @FitBottomedGirl talking about @VenusWilliams and @Flywheel 2

Brooklyn Fit Chick/Fit Bottomed Girls

“Venus Williams at Flywheel”

One fly chick at Flywheel!

One fly chick at Flywheel!

I have my latest article for Fit Bottomed Girl ready talking about Venus Williams at Flywheel Sports!

 

Link here!

 

Talk soon!

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 49 Featuring Tennis Stars, Flywheel, Plus My Offer to Get You a Brooklyn Treat! 8

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 49

The “I Met Milos Raonic and Venus Williams Last Week” & “On Vacation and Need New Music/Radio Station Ideas” Edition

Posing at Flywheel NYC

Posing at Flywheel NYC

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I am on VACATION so this will be a brief post to say “hello!” and a call-to-action. I need music and radio station ideas. Really. Please send them ASAP!  Every day I seem to listen to the same radio stations online (because New York City radio is awful) and I am in need of something new in my life.

A few months ago I wrote about my current online radio playlist and while they are all still pretty great (well, KFOG is pretty terrible these days) I need MORE RADIO and MORE MUSIC suggestions.

Sooo, I am asking you all to offer me ideas and suggestions. What music gets you motivated? What are your “go-to” songs? Is there a station in your area I need to check out—please let me know and I will send a personal Brooklyn “treat” to all who help me out. Not sure what that treat will be but each and every one of you will receive one. Sounds good?

Also, in this week’s post I talk about:

Here is a photo of Milos at the event (cute, eh?)

Milos

  • Riding (for about two minutes) with Venus Williams who was debuting her new collection at Flywheel Sports. Co-Founder Ruth Zuckerman lead our class which was a real treat for me as it is always fun to take a class by one of the industry’s pioneers.

Unfortunately my camera died and my awesome pictures have disappeared from my camera (dammit!) so I will have to make do with this one shot of Venus at the pre-event who was talking to a very “pointy” reporter.

Venus

Now onto this week’s Vlog post:

 

Okay—that is it for me today. I may or may not be posting this week here but definitely follow me on Twitter (@BrooklynFitChik) as I will be taking classes all over NYC this week. See you soon!

Ox Ox,

BFC

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