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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog: Ep 75 @FitBottomedGirl Giveaway! Plus @LornaJaneActive #FitApproach #FBGAntiDiet 16

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #75

Lorna Jane Active Twitter Party & My Super-Duper Fit Bottomed Girls First Book Giveaway!

The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet

You can win this book!

You can win this book!

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How are you all? Did you know spring is set to arrive this week? Whoo hoo! Just in case you are wondering how I feel about the weather lately—winter go just go right out the door and I WANT it to get hit in the ass on the way out! Goodbye cold weather and that damn parka that has taken over my life since December—be gone for another 9 months at least!

Now with that out of the way I want to get to a few things in my life I am really excited about.

  • Lorna Jane Activewear Twitter Party: This Thursday, March 20th at 8 pm eastern/ 5 pm pacific time there will be an awesome twitter party for the new line Uniquely Lorna Jane. I will give more details about Lorna Jane and their 2014 spring/summer collection but you can RSVP here and know this—the person who participates the most during the Twitter party will win a $150 gift card to Lorna Jane! This is brought to you from my gals at FitApproach—hey gals!

 

 

Now, on to this week’s Vlog post (My 75th!)

 

Got that? Now here are more details about The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet:

Jennipher Walters and Erin Whitehead, co-founders of FitBottomedGirls.com, know that a healthy lifestyle isn’t about deprivation diets or torturous workouts. Instead, their confidence-boosting program offers an easy way to look and feel better—without overhauling your routine or your life. Their new book, The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet: 10-Minute Fixes to Get the Body You Want and a Life You’ll Love (Harmony Books; On Sale May 6th, 2014; Trade Paperback Original), gives readers the tools they need to take control of their bodies and put the fun back into being fit.

Named one of the top Twitter feeds of 2013 by TIME magazine, the Fit Bottomed Girls have created a friendly and fun approach to managing weight that is designed to help users boost their energy levels, have fun getting healthy, and most importantly love how they feel in their own skin. Using a range of 10-minute changes—from discovering the right way to eat a piece of chocolate to developing a workout to a favorite song—readers can create better, healthier routines without drastically altering their daily lives. Changes are based on the 10 principles of being a Fit Bottomed Girl, which include listening to your hunger, achieving balance, and getting out of your comfort zone. For women looking to lose 10+ pounds, fit folk who need a healthier relationship with their bodies, or anyone in search of a fun weight-loss program, The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet is a straight-forward, sustainable way to get healthier in two weeks or less.

Jennipher Walters is an ACE-certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach, and advanced health and fitness specialist, and an AFAA-certified group exercise instructor. Jenn has a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and an MA in health journalism from the University of Minnesota. Erin Whitehead brings a normal-gal approach to the popular healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com, which she co-founded with Jennipher. Erin has a journalism degree from the University of Kansas.

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 @FitBottomedGirl book from @BrooklynFitChik #FBGAntiDiet”
  • 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 24, 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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What Did We Learn This Month? @Shape_Magazine with Sharon Stone on the Cover! 0

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Shape:

March 2014

Sharon Stone photographed by Nino Munoz

Sharon Stone photographed by Nino Munoz

 

Shape Cover Star for March 2014:

Are you ready for the sexiness of Sharon “Mother F***in Stone? Well here she is folks—does 56 get any hotter? Mrow!

Sharon has been in a million jillion movies over the years and will soon star in TV’s Agent X playing the Vice President of the United States. In addition to her show business life she has been an activist for amFAR (the AIDS research foundation) for over 20 years. Add all of that along with being a mom to three boys and that makes for one BUSY woman!

In spite of Hollywood’s obsession with youth she refuses to go under the knife and instead enjoys the good health she now enjoys after having survived a stroke in 2001 (yikes!)

The 24-Hour Fitness club devotee (earphones in and no chit-chat on the gym floor, please) likes to change up her workout with a variety of exercises including a few you can see here where she uses a chair for balance and strength poses. (I do not recommend trying this at home if you are as accident-prone as I am!)

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What else is on the March issue of Shape?

“Boost Your Bottom Line”

Looking to firm up those glutes now that “shorts” season is on the horizon? (Someone tell me  this godforsaken season will be over soon!) This workout from trainer Andrea Orbeck should do the trick.

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“Wise Buys”

Here we get a whole of workout gear that gives me the “I wants”—especially the Perfect Duffel Bag from Under Armor. (Can anyone hook a fit chick up?)

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“Bell Curves”

If you need a quick 20-minute workout with kettlebells try this one from the folks at KettleWorX 8-Week Rapid Evolution and swing away!

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 “Tinseltown’s Top Trainers”

The top advice from the hottest trainers in La-La Land including Kit Rich, Mark Harai, Jennifer Johnson, Anna Kaiser and Lacey Stone.

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“Join the Club”

Can’t afford one of those high-priced aforementioned trainers? Have no fear because Janet Lee gives us a full workout using all of the equipment your local gym should have ready for you to rock.

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

  • “World Class Beauty” I love my beauty stories and am an oversees beauty product addict (really!) This page has all kinds of new lotions and potions I need to try right away.
  • “Running USA” Shape rates the best cities to go for a run including:
    • Asheville, NC
    • Austin, TX
    • Boston
    • Chicago
    • New York City
    • Kauai, HI
    • Portland, OR
    • San Francisco
    • Santa Fe, NM

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

A  Everything I wanted in a magazine this month with plenty of great workouts to try and a super fun beauty page—score!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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What Did We Learn This Month? Health magazine with @AliSweeney @goodhealth 3

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Health

March 2014

Alison Sweeney photographed by Brian Bowen Smith

Alison Sweeney photographed by Brian Bowen Smith

Health Cover Star for March:

Alison Sweeney

Alison must have an exhausting schedule because the married mom of two young kids somehow manages an acting career (Days of Our Lives,) hosting the popular (and controversial) The Biggest Loser for NBC, plus she is now publishing her second novel—Sacred Scriptless which comes out this summer.

In this interview Alison talks about her advice for making time for fitness (“…it’s so much cheaper to take care of your body now than to pay the health bills later”) and shows off a few of her favorite workout moves.

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So what else is inside the March Health?

“Tracy Tones You”

I completely disagree with Tracy Anderson’s directive that women use hand weights no heavier than 3 pounds as she is not “a fan of the potential long-term damage heavier weights can do to your body.” (Seriously?)  I DO, however, love her high rep moves that work smaller muscles. So that take that for what you will and by that I mean grab a 5-pounder and go kick some ass!

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“A User’s Manual: Your Blood”

LOVE this article that talks about all kinds of issues that can arise from the health of your blood from anemia to bruising to energy level—very important.

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“Staying Injury-Free”

The best exercises you should do in order to keep your muscles and joints in good order from trainer Michele Olson PhD.

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

  • “Bullseye! Younger-Looking Skin” This horrible winter weather is wreaking havoc on my skin so I looked over this feature with a keen eye.
  • “Old-Time Cures Are New Again” How Bengay, prunes and ginger can heal what ails you.
  • “Is It Too Late for a Baby?” Nice to read a fertility article that ISN’T meant to scare the hell out of women!

Follow Heath online at: www.Health.com

Overall Grade:

A Great issue with several helpful pages and even a few workout pages—yay!

 

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!

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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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What Did We Learn This Month? @OxygenMagazine with Snowboarder Elena Hight 2

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Oxygen

February 2014

Pro Snowboarder Elena Hight photographed by Robert Reiff

Pro Snowboarder Elena Hight photographed by Robert Reiff

 

What Do We Learn This Month in Oxygen?

 

 “Reaching New Hights”

On the cover of Oxygen we have Elena Hight who is a badass snowboarder and therefore needs a butt-kicking workout to get into her amazing shape. In the magazine you can get her workout from her coach Brad Jones, CSCS, which emphasizes “power, strength and stamina.”

Elena started competing professionally at age 14 and entered her first Olympics in Torino in 2006.

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“Build a Gold Medal Body”

Some of the best female athletes who have competed in the Olympics offer their favorite exercises to get an overall top level workout. (This seesaw barbell press looks intense!)

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“Look Out Below”

You ankles and calves can help you stay steady and keep your core in shape but you have to learn how to work them properly. You can increase the strength and power of your jumps (and help undo the damage of high heels) with these moves.

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“Red, White and Blue for You, You and You”

Okay, the Ralph Lauren sweater looks far less tacky and busy in this magazine than it did in the press photos.

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And now the rest of this issue of Oxygen:

  • “Your Inner Olympian” Tosca Reno (my personal hero) offers her advice for staying motivated in the winter months and gain an Olympic champion’s attitude.
  • “Jump Yourself Slim” For some stranger reason I have no patience for jump rope workouts but the one featured in this issue looks like it is a calorie scorcher.
  • “Skeleton Sprints” Looking to increase your speed? This workout from U.S. Olympic skeleton racer Noelle Pikus-Pace should do the trick.

Overall Grade:

A-    This issue has plenty of workouts to keep every kind of athlete happy and challenged.

B-   

You can follow Oxygen magazine at www.Oxygenmag.com

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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What Did We Learn This Month? Women’s Health Mag @WomesnHealthMag 3

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Women’s Health

February 2014

Heidi Klum photographed Rankin

Heidi Klum photographed Rankin

Women’s Health Cover Star for February 2014: 

German supermodel and longtime Project Runway host Heidi Klum is on the cover and featured inside. Turns out Heidi had about a dozen jobs to deal with every day including designing her own line of sneakers for New Balance which she shows off in the magazine—very cute!

She also shares a story about accepting an Emmy award while being a bit tipsy on champagne (she imbibed with co-winner Tim Gunn—lucky gal!)

 

So what else is in the February issue of Women’s Health

15-Minute Workout “Sculpt a Knockout Body”

I like this workout from UFC Fighter Mike Dolce and plan to use in my bootcamp classes very soon.

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 Beautify Your Back”  

Women’s Health states that “skin-baring season” is arriving soon—LMAO! Anyhoo, the workout moves featured here will help make your back strong.

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 “Getting in Shape is Child’s Play”

Tapping into the fun part of your workouts can help make the time go by faster is the point here.

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And now the rest of the best of this issue of Women’s Health:

  • “Genius Diet” The best foods to eat that will make your brain say “thank you!”
  • “We Survived a Bear Attack” Women’s Health talks to two women who had a rather interesting experience while taking a trip to the mountains in Nova Scotia. (Note to self—do NOT go into the woods without Bear Spray!)

Overall Grade:

I was not as enamored with this issue as I am usually with Women’s Health. I am sure next month will knock my socks off, however.

 

You can check out Women’s Health online as well: www.WomensHealthMag.com

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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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.

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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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Brooklyn Fit Chick “Top Workout Songs of 2013” (Plus, A Few Stinkers!) #playlist #sweatpink 8

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S “Best of 2013”

Top 14 Workout Songs from 2013

(Plus, A Few Stinkers…)

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

It’s end of the year time and I am ready to look back on the “Best of’ 2013″ and the songs I most frequently played in my classes (I teach spin, core training and boot camp by the way.) Enjoy!

Also included a few tunes that I just could not get on board with this year at ALL. Let me know what you think!

 

  • Unbelievers: Vampire Weekend

This is one of those songs that always made me smile when it came on the radio. They are also from Brooklyn which is pretty damn cool!

 

  • Come & Get It: Selena Gomez

This has everything that would normally drive me crazy in a dance song (cheesy lyrics, weird “voice” work, droning beats) but dammit I just love it to death. Come & Get It brings out the giddy 15 year-old in me and I proudly put it on my “Best of” list.

 

  • Came Back Haunted: Nine Inch Nails

So happy these guys are back and this particular song is so freakin’ motivating when you want to work harder and sprint faster. Get it now!

 

  • Supersoaker: Kings of Leon

I love this band because they know how to write hard-driving songs without being too “heavy” or dark. This is one of those tunes that will help you keep a steady pace.

 

  • Recovery: Frank Turner

Frank Turner has a fun, sexy British accent that he uses well in this happy, boppy song.

 

  • If So: Atlas Genius

If you are not familiar with Atlas Genius—they are an Australian pop rock band and they write some catchy tunes and this chipper number had me from the first note.

 

  • Out of My League: Fitz & the Tantrums

Fitz & the Tantrums have recorded some of the most fun and bounciest songs I have ever heard in my life and this one in particular gave me the “happies.”

 

  • Royals: Lorde

I know some people are having Royals fatigue but I will never forget the first time I heard this song and how much it just caught my attention.

 

  • Roar: Katy Perry

This is NOT my favorite video (cheesy McCheese, geez Louise!) However, listening to Roar always makes me want to be a teenager again so I can dance around my bedroom and sing along to this anthem.

 

  • Timeless: The Airborne Toxic Event

Sure it is a tad overwrought and earnest but so the hell what? It’s a great song and perfect for either a steady climb or a cool down.

 

  • Get Lucky: Daft Punk (Featuring Pharrell Williams)

Six minutes of mindless fun and a beat that is just so damn catchy. (Wish they were not being so rude to my imaginary boyfriend Stephen Colbert.)

 

  • Feeling Good: The Sheepdogs

I included this one from The Sheepdogs in three different playlists this year because I lerve it so darn much. Go Canada!

  • My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark: Fall Out Boy

I never thought I would see the day this band appeared on my iPod but this song kicks butt!

 

  • Thrift Shop: Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis

The version full of cursing makes my heart soar. Love you Mackelmore!

 

 

And now my picks for the “4 Stinkers of 2013″

  • Blurred Lines: Robin Thicke

Okay—yes, the song is insanely catchy and I did include it for one of my playlists this past year. However, after listening to Robin Thicke being interviewed on The Howard Stern Show I realize this guy is a total sexist dunce and he does not deserve a second of my time. (And Blurred Lines sounds like a Marvin Gaye rip-off!)

 

  • Applause: Lady Gaga

I happen to love Lady Gaga and will defend her to anyone who dares to speak in a negative way about her. (So what if she is pretentious? The woman is a gifted, national treasure!) However, this song just did nothing for me. Blah, boring, snooze. (Sorry Gaga! The rest of the album is fantastic!)

 

  • Work B***H: Britney Spears

The b-word has been abused way too often in music lately (honestly, sometimes I would rather hear the c-word instead!)  I reject this lame offering from Britney Jean not only for that but also for the horrible monotonous beat that made me want to punch a kitten. (And I am a crazy cat lady!)

 

  • Bound 2: Kanye West

Oof—this one is just indefensible. (But the “alternate” version is a gift from the comedy gods.)

 

That’s all I have for now. Let me know your best/worst for 2013. Also, what music are you looking forward to in 2014? Bring it!

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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What Did We Learn This Month? @OxygenMagazine with Erin Stern on the Cover @ErinFAST #sweatpink 2

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Oxygen: December 2013

Erin Stern photographed by Robert Reiff

Erin Stern photographed by Robert Reiff

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there! Oxygen magazine is back and still with us (yay!) so let us dive into the December issue, shall we?

What Do We Learn This Month in Oxygen?

 

“Setting the Bar High”

In 2008 Erin Stern (Oxygen’s cover star) missed the Olympic high jump by a few centimeters but the plucky athlete quickly took off in the world of figure competitions finishing second at Olympia this year. Oxygen talked to Erin about her tough training program (some of which you can see below) plus her need to clear the six foot high jump.

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 “Winter Wants”

The editors of Oxygen offer their top picks for holiday gifts.

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“Fab in Fifteen”

Quickie workouts that will fit into anyone’s busy schedule.

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“Unusual Suspects”

If you are looking for yummy ways to add more protein to your daily meals—try one some of these clean eats (and let me know what you think of them!)

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And now the rest of this issue of Oxygen:

  • “Cheers!” Tosca Reno (my personal hero) talks about staying fit and healthy during the holiday season.
  • “Four Minutes to Fat Loss” Using the principles of Tabata to get in a tough workout in just four minutes time.
  • “Train Stronger, Last Longer” How to properly use creatine to “fuel your workouts.”
  • “Four Rules for Flat Abs” Advice on how to tighten your abs.

Overall Grade:

A- Love you Oxygen and glad you are still around with us!

You can follow Oxygen magazine at www.Oxygenmag.com

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: Vampire Weekend, Kanye West, Fatboy Slim, K-Os, Metric & More 5

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“Unbelievers Ride” (50-minute Ride)

Yup, this is what rock stars look like now.

Yup, this is what rock stars look like now.

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

This week’s playlist features a variety of beats and genres that will get your heart pumping and help motivate you to work harder, run faster and spin a little longer. (Or just get out of your own head and get your butt moving!)

 

Do me a favor? Let me know what you think and please tell me what is on your workout playlist these days.

 

First up…

  • Unbelievers: Vampire Weekend

I don’t always agree with rock critics on what I “should” love but this is one of those rare Brooklyn bands that are actually as good as their press indicates. (Is that throwing shade? I don’t mean to!)

 

  • Let’s Fall in Love: Mother Mother

This comes from a Canadian group that I am rather fond of and think should get famous here in the States right away. (The video is a little disturbing to some people so be warned there is a message about gender violence going on.)

  • My Body: Young the Giant

I admit to not being too familiar with Young the Giant but I love this song and think it sounds great when played really loud during class.

  • Locked out of Heaven: Bruno Mars

Whenever I play this in class my students start to bop their heads to the beat. It’s so damn adorable.

  • Weapon of Choice: Fatboy Slim

A good song that has the MOST amazing video ever attached to it as well—big win for all!

  • Butterfly: Crazy Town

I feel terrible the lead singer Shifty Shellshock has had his troubles (and especially having them exploited by the fame vampire Dr. Drew) and I hope he gets another chance to come up with a cool single.

  • Synthetica: Metric

One of my favorite bands is almost always on my playlists. Because they rock so damn hard!

  • Walk Away: James Gang

It is absolutely worth going to see The Eagles because you have the chance to hear a cool Joe Walsh tune or two. (Like this one!)

  • Music: Madonna

I always thought this video was trashy (even with a hilarious Sacha Baron Cohen playing da Ali G.) but I still dig doing sprints to this one from Madonna.

  • Crabbuckit: K-Os

This is just a really fun song, that’s it.

  • Seven Nation Army: The White Stripes

Jack White is one nutty dude but I am starting to find him attractive. Hmm…

  • Stronger: Kanye West

Okay, yes—this guy has an ego the size of New Jersey and is childish. But he has some good grooves in him and this song makes me want to work out harder.

  • Wish You Were Here: Radiohead

One of my favorite songs of all time and this cover is pretty damn terrific.

That’s all I have today folks. Let me know about some of your favorite songs and radio stations. I am always looking for good tunes.

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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