Posts Tagged ‘Fitness’

MommyFit by SkoogFit

June 24, 2011

I just had to share the news of this latest offer from yours truly since it expires in 3 days!

Soon-to-be and new mommies get 43% off MommyFit by SkoogFit!

Check out my offer on Gaggle of Chicks to redeem this deal! Also makes a great gift ;).

Jenny Skoog is a New York City-based fitness expert, NASM certified personal trainer, pre/post-natal coach, DONA-International Trained Doula and founder of SkoogFit. She has been featured in Self, Family Circle, and U.S. News and World Report, among other publications. She counts more than 20 pregnant mommies as her trainees. Those who have worked Skoog swear by her: “Jenny isn’t your typical trainer,” says a writer and producer who worked with Skoog. She adds that Jenny “treats me like I’m her only client. She checks in during the week with texts and emails and always finds positives – even in my often negative behavior…most importantly, she’s always been supportive.”

To jump start your fitness regime, our deal offers 43% off a three-pack of fitness training sessions PLUS one free 30 minute consultation and evaluation for pre- and post-natal mommie at home, in the park or at your personal gym. The $299 price tag breaks down to just under $100 a pop—less when you incorporate the free pre- and post- natal consult. (And far less than the original $525 value.)

“Training with Jenny has been the best investment I’ve made in all my life,” said another client. Our hope is that new mothers, mothers-to-be, and busy mommies of all types will love the personal attention and sharp knowledge that Jenny Skoog brings to the table. She cycles her clients into lean, healthy and glowing new mommies, preparing their bodies for the strength and stamina needed for motherhood. In addition to her professional work as a trainer, Skoog has eight siblings and is aunt to some 60 nieces and nephews.

To redeem, first purchase here on Gaggle of Chicks. Instructions will be emailed to you along with proof of purchase.


Take a Hike!

June 22, 2011

In this concrete jungle, also known as NYC, I get a little stir-crazy from the urban insanity and find myself needing to get off the island to breathe fresh air.  Years ago, a friend introduced me to Cold Spring, where I have returned several times each year to hike it’s gorgeous surrounding ridges and quarries.

There is something so spiritual and meditative about walking in fresh air, discovering finer views the higher the climb.  After a few months of dating, I took my now-husband (who’s allergic to everything in nature) on a 4-hour hike along Breakneck Ridge — it was the perfect opportunity for us to connect on another level, stripped of our ‘big city attitudes’.

There are so many benefits to hiking.  Read on:

  • A low-impact sport and easy on joints.
  • Good for weight loss: it burns 300-500 cals/hour
  • A great way to decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Tones up the low body: those uphill climbs will give your legs a run for their money
  • It’s practically free – after you’ve purchased minimal ‘gear’
  • Increases stamina – especially after 3-4 hours
  • Decreases stress and clears the mind

And let’s be honest: the gym just gets old after awhile.  Sorry, stepmill, treadmill-on-an-incline and spin bike: I’m sure I’ll be back when the snow falls!

If you’ve never hiked before, simply raise your fitness level to the point where you can walk 4-5 miles easily.  Train for climbs by walking up and down hills or stadium steps. If you have access to a gym, increase the incline on a treadmill or use the stepmill on an interval program.  Wear a backpack to get accustomed to carrying extra weight, especially if you’re preparing for a multiple-day hike.

Depending on how long you’ll be out and how far you’re hiking, you may need some of the following items that can be found at your local sporting goods store:

  • hiking boots
  • a hat, with visor
  • insect repellant
  • sunscreen
  • layered, light clothing
  • mobile phone
  • flares
  • hiking pole
  • snacks, plenty of water
  • first aid kit
  • flashlight

For a more in-depth list, click here.

If you live in the New York area, I am hosting a free hiking trip to Cold Spring this Sunday, June 26, 2011.  We’ll take the 8:47am train from Grand Central, arriving in Cold Spring at 9:58.  After fueling up on last-minute items at the local outfitter, we’ll head out with our trail maps to Breakneck Ridge, a 4-hour moderate hike.  We’ll head back into town for a quick bite before catching the 3 or 4pm train back to NYC.  If there’s a prediction of storms, we’ll reschedule.  Please email me at to sign up so I know who to look for at Grand Central!

If you cannot join us, check out this awesome link to the top US hiking trails!


June 2, 2011

Vibram Five Finger shoes. Garmin GPS watches. Lululemon Coolmax clothing. FlyWheel spin classes. Jaybird Sportsband bluetooth headphones. Skoogfit personal training. P90X.

Today’s fitness enthusiast is addicted to gadgetry and luxury more than ever and will (it seems) spend any amount of money to get the latest and greatest technology to make exercise more pleasurable, safe and efficient. They are hungry for information, downloading fitness apps and using technology to plan smarter workouts…all with the desire to look good doing it. Brands like Lululemon, Athleta, and Running Funky are prospering in this so-called recession. I can remember when Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers began the tumble: my clients were being furloughed one-by-one. Instead of reigning in their spending, these clients remained optimistic, using the extra time during their lay-off period to get in better shape, spending more money on their fitness and buying more sessions than they had while employed!

Back in the day, only a few brands like Nike, Adidas and Puma reigned supreme. Runners wore knee-high striped socks, gray sweat pants and white t-shirts. Watch a triathlon today and you’ll twitch from all the blinding colors crossing the finish line: today’s athlete screams for color, wants to stand out from the crowd and be more aerodynamic than ever. It’s an exciting time to be in this business: keeping up with everything is a full-time job, but a challenge that I am always up for. Staying on top of the latest trends is an essential component to my job: as is sifting out the nonsense. Some trends are simply wacky and ‘out there’ (Sketchers Shape-Ups), while others have years’ worth of research packed into a streamlined product (Specialized bicycles).

What product do you swear by? What’s the lamest piece of equipment on the market today?