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Body Confidence Doesn’t Always Equal Self-Confidence… Just Ask Megan Fox

Even the sexy Megan Fox isn’t without her flaws (the actress recently used a thumb double for her Motorola commercial that debuted during the Super Bowl). Here’s the post I wrote for Starmagazine.com about the vixen’s recent interview with W.

Megan Fox, W magazine, March 2010

Megan Fox may exude the confidence needed to pose nearly naked as the new face — and body! — of Emporio Armani Underwear, but the va-va-voom actress says she isn’t without her flaws. However, one thing she’s confident she’ll be good at? Being a mother.

“There’s a million people I could name who are more deserving of the parts that I get and the life that I’m living,” the 23-year-old Angelina Jolie look-alike says in the March issue of W.

Currently filming Passion Play in Sante Fe with Mickey Rourke and Bill Murray, Megan tells the mag that when it comes to her acting, her “main weakness is nerves… I’m always second-guessing myself.”

But don’t think that means she’s looking for any friendly pointers – especially from fellow starlets! “I don’t trust people in this industry, but I especially don’t trust girls in this industry, because it’s incredibly competitive, and I’m just not interested.”

Megan, who’s been dating 90s heartthrob Brian Austin Green, recently bought a love nest in L.A.’s Los Feliz neighborhood and she’s already looking to start a family of her own.

“No one believes me when I talk about this, but I’m really, really maternal,” she says. “I worry that because I’ve always wanted [kids] so much, as the world goes sometimes, I won’t be able to have them, even though I would be able to provide them with such an amazing environment.”

Hmmm, she’s sounding more like Angie everyday!

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Magazine Recap (in 426 words): Men’s Health March 2010

Working in the magazine industry, I’m all to familiar with the blood, sweat and tears that go into making each issue. That being said, I can also appreciate the sometimes-ridiculous advice that is doled out. So in case you haven’t been able to pick up your March 2010 copy of Men’s Health magazine yet (and please do, my industry needs all the help it can get!), here are some of the issue’s highlights in 426 words:

Paul Walker on Men's Health March 2010

The ideal protein amount for muscle building is 20 grams, half before and half after your workout. Good sources include eggs (19 grams) and Greek yogurt (15 grams). Stand up to annoying coworkers to lower risk of a heart attack. Women find hypermasculine features unfriendly. The BMI scale doesn’t hold much weight for muscular guys. Don’t use your mother’s maiden name as a password. Peanut butter can last 3 months once opened. There’s an ad for the Warrior Dash, which looks like a blast. For recreational cyclers, lower-cadence training is better because of the muscle-building boost in testosterone it provides.  Free weights work your muscles harder (vs. machine assistance). People who train in groups can boost their pain tolerance more than those who work out alone. Front lat pulldowns are better at working back/chest muscle where behind-the-shoulder pulldowns are better for rear shoulder/bicep activation.  Athletes aren’t born; their built – build leg power, size and strength and build NFL muscles with moves like the box jump. Want strong pecs, develop your upper back muscles as well. Frensno, CA is the drunkest city. Upgrade your workout by focusing on details in form. Take a cue from Paul Walker and build an arsenal of training options. First impressions count but it’s the follow-through that really matters – after the first date, sending a text the following day, mid-morning shows interest but allows the girl to reply on her own time (which we like). When deadlifting, imagine shaving your legs with the bar (bruises and cuts on shines is a sign of good form). Roughly half of doctors’ appointments last less than 15 minutes so prioritize your questions. Successful people lack cynicism. The thermic effect of food proves that consuming several small protein meals over the day can help keep your metabolism elevated. The modern gentleman needs at least two watches. Research shows that a single weight-training session can spike your calorie burn for up to 39 hours after you lift. Teriyaki scallops and spiced sweet potato chips are healthy snack options. Want to add some spice to your sex life – kink starts with communication and too much intimacy can de-eroticize your romance. Reduce your risk of prostate cancer by drinking more coffee, having lots of sex (seriously), eating tomatoes and exercising. Guys think Brad Pitt is the luckiest man. When front squatting with a barbell, make sure your upper arms/elbows do not drop, I know someone who broke her wrist when her elbow accidentally slammed into her knee — form is key! Avoid brass buttons on navy blazers.



Magazine Recap (in 375 words): Men’s Fitness February 2010

I recapped SHAPE magazine’s February issue last week so it’s time I show some love for the men’s mags.

Working in the magazine industry, I’m all to familiar with the blood, sweat and tears that go into making each issue. That being said, I can also appreciate the sometimes-ridiculous advice that is doled out.

So in case you haven’t been able to pick up your February 2010 copy of Men’s Fitness magazine yet (and please do, my industry needs all the help it can get!), here are some of the issue’s highlights in 375 words:

36 percent of people under 35 go right onto Facebook and Twitter after having sex and 17 percent of readers polled call in “sick” the Monday after Super Bowl. Build a bigger chest with wide grip dips. Leaning forward slightly on bicep curls should allow you to go heavier and will minimize shoulder pain. Jason Ferruggia’s 4rules for thin guys at the gym: do fewer exercises, do more sets, hit your whole body three times a week and keep your reps low (HUH)? Sports massages loosen tight, fatigued muscles and relieve soreness – Give yourself one at home with a foam roller. Cut calories and incorporate interval training to shed extra lbs., and don’t skip breakfast or swear off favorite foods, you’ll eventually cave. Chili is a man meal. The RX for over boozing – eat fruits with high water content to help restore fluid balance and fat-burning capabilities. Make sure your bucket list includes bringing a muscle car back to life and going to rock star camp. My personal Vancouver-athlete hottie  Zach Parise builds core muscles by twists on a Swiss ball while short track speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno likes to climb stairs facing sideways while  bent in a low speed skater position to build the glutes, hamstrings and calves. The burpee is the best exercise ever. DUH. When having sex in public, make it a quickie and if you’re doing it in a parking lot, think backseat.  Englishmen are lazy in bed while the Swedes finish too quickly and the best lovers are from Spain, Brazil and Italy according to onepoll.com – Speed skated Allison Baver agrees “Italy has the hottest guys… Plus they’re all about love.” DWYANE WADE in a light gray pinstripe suit – I die – his favorite go-to designers are Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Gucci. Get abs like star of Legion Paul Bettany by doing hanging leg lifts, rope crunches, ab wheel rollouts and back extensions. Tabata intervals. In the MMA abs workout there are three different types of gorilla swings. Mike Torchia (of Operation Fitness) said he once designed a $25,000 home-gym setup for Kevin Spacey, build your own (basic) for as little as $250. Biggest home-gym mistake: don’t buy used equipment without thoroughly checking it out.



Training Tips from Winter Olympic Athletes

SHAPE magazine spoke with a few of Vancouver’s most talked about competitors to get the skinny on how they train and stay motivated.

Jennifer Rodriguez (Speed Skater) – “For strong legs, I tie a resistance band around my ankles and take 10 big steps to the right leading with my right foot, then repeat it to the left, leading with my left foot.”

Gretchen Bleiler (Snowboarder) – “Have a specific goal every time you hit the gym, this way your workouts have built-in purpose.”
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Lindsey Vonn (Alpine Ski Racer) – “I swear by this core move: sit on a stability ball with your feet on the floor and have a friend toss a weighted ball to you. Catch it as you lean back, then throw it to her as you crunch up.”
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Angela Ruggiero (Ice Hockey Defenseman) – “Sprint intervals – going all out, then scaling back – help you push hard when you need to, and they strengthen your heart and lungs.” “Before a game I blast the Black Eyed Peas and Beyoncé and we all dance around and sing. It puts me in the zone to perform.”
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Tanith Belbin (Ice Dancer) – “Don’t worry about beating someone else. Concentrate on your goals and you’ll succeed.”

For more tips from these athletes and more check out the February issue of SHAPE on newsstands now.



Magazine Recap (in 344 words): SHAPE February 2010

Working in the magazine industry, I’m all to familiar with the blood, sweat and tears that go into making each issue. That being said, I can also appreciate the sometimes-ridiculous advice that is doled out. One of my favorite tongue-in-cheek fitness blogs, SocialWorkout, wrote a post that summarized the Oct. 2009 Men’s Health issue in 299 words. While it obviously took information out of context, it was a hilarious post that inspired me to write my own snarky magazine recaps.

Shape cover Feb 2010

So in case you haven’t been able to pick up your copy of SHAPE magazine’s February 2010 issue yet (and please do, my industry needs all the help it can get!), here are some of the issue’s highlights in 344 words:

Don’t slouch; good posture enables you to feel more confident in handling a task. The advertisement for 60-calorie mousse temptations by Jell-O looks delicious. Gold medal-winning gymnast Dominique Dawes used to struggle with self-esteem and now believes that you have to be your own biggest cheerleader. Here’s how to love the job you’re in (thanks to the economy you can’t leave!): find a non-monetary way to validate your hard work, i.e. increased responsibility (because we all want to work harder for the same pay), avoid interaction with whiny coworkers and don’t take criticism personally. Evaluate the nutritional content of your relationship – has your mate expired? (And pillows have life spans as well.) Need no calorie substitutes for your sweet tooth? Try the Godiva scented candle in peppermint bark or Dylan’s Candy Bar Strawberry licorice ice cream sugar scrub. One reader gained quality time with her man by working out together. Find a flattering dress: Big busted? Try a scoop neck with empire waist; pears should wear something high waisted to draw eyes up; petites should try a body hugging wrap with a deep v-neck and short hemline. Research from University of Pennsylvania says you can’t blame your chocolate cravings on PMS – postmenopausal women have the same yearning. Damn. Regular exercisers are able to bounce back from the flu faster. Actress Poppy Montgomery handles Hollywood stress with yoga. Control calories at lunch by packing a bento box. The five healthiest nuts: pistachios, almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts and Brazil nuts. Try the tick-tock squat, scissor kicks on a ball or rear-raise kickbacks. Blast calories faster with interval training (it also helps improve heart health). Love your natural hair, but see how to style it differently. Fun fact: “Oval follicles that are spiral-shaped beneath the scalp produce curly hair while circular ones that are straight under the scalp yield straight hair, says dermatologist Amy McMichael, M.D.” Learn workout tips from Winter Olympic athletes. Improve heart health by laughing, sleeping, socializing and more! Katharine McPhee’s fitness requirements: good gym location, working out at 11am and making workouts fun.

Ad report:
Ads for shoes that magically tone: 2
Ads for diet supplement pills/fat blasters/metabolism boosters/weight loss jumpstart pills: 7