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House Music Pioneer Frankie Knuckles Has Died

Frankie Knuckles, one of the pioneers of house music, died at his Chicago home on Monday afternoon, his longtime business partner, Frederick Dunson, confirmed to The Chicago Tribune. He was 59.

Knuckles was born in New York City, where he became a disco deejay in the 1970s. He moved to Chicago in the late ’70s and helped change the sound of dance music as the premiere deejay at the underground Warehouse nightclub. He is largely credited with helping to build house music – the electronic dance genre birthed in Chicago.

He opened up the dance club the Power Plant in 1983, and later traveled the U.K. to play and mix records at multiple clubs. He later formed Def Mix Productions with fellow deejay David Morales and produced mixes for pop stars, including Madonna, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Diana Ross.

Knuckles released his first album, Beyond the Mix, in 1991 which spun the singles “Workout” and “The Whistle Song.” He won a Grammy in 1997 for remixer of the year, non-classical.

Knuckles continued to make deejay appearances throughout the 2000s, but had to slow down after being diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. According to Rolling Stone, his right foot was amputated in 2008 due to a bone disease exacerbated by diabetes.

Knuckle’s cause of death has not been released, but a statement is expected to be released Tuesday, according to NBC 5 in Chicago.

House Music Pioneer Frankie Knuckles Has Died
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Fitness Flower Helps Busy Moms Get Fit Without “Scheduling” A Workout

Fitness Flower Helps Busy Moms Get Fit Without “Scheduling” A Workout

If you’re wilting from winter, we have some good news!  Believe it or not, spring is nearly here, flowers will be blooming, and soon it will be time to put on shorts, tanks, and swimsuits. This means it’s time to get ready for some flower power to shape up your life!  Fitness Flower is a line of fitness products built around the philosophy of Fitness that fits your Life™.  Simply put, The Fitness Flower™ is an easy way to make working out a part of your everyday routine. Busy women with families, careers, volunteer commitments, and carpooling love not having to “schedule” in a workout into an already action packed day. Each product has 6 convenient exercises that get you in tip-top shape in less than 10 minutes per day.

The Fitness Flower™ is an easy way to make working out a part of your everyday routine without adding time to your day. The Bathroom Begonia ($19.95) livens up your bathroom routine. You can do a few squats while brushing your teeth or flex your calves while removing your make-up. Just attach the flower to your bathroom mirror and set the hourglass for each exercise.  Once you realize that you can sneak a workout into your daily routine without adding anything to your to-do list, you’ll be hooked!

Fitness Flower Helps Busy Moms Get Fit Without “Scheduling” A WorkoutThe Fitness Flower™ philosophy integrates many of your daily tasks with corresponding exercises. They blow away the myth that working out takes time away from your daily routine. The Reading Rose Bookmark has six extra exercises you can do without getting out of bed! Exercise has never been more convenient!

The office can be a really energy killer when you sit in meeting after meeting.  Being stuck behind a desk for several hours can dull your senses and stifle your productivity.  The Office Orchid ($18) gives you the opportunity to keep fit at the office while you work.  You’ll never skip a beat when you incorporate six simple exercises and stretches into your daily routine.

Fitness Flower Helps Busy Moms Get Fit Without “Scheduling” A Workout

Keeping fit also means keeping hydrated.  Use the Office Orchid 24 oz. double walled tumbler at your desk.   Stay refreshed with vitamin infused water by adding your favorite fruits or vegetables like, cucumber, mint, citrus or berries.  You can also boost your metabolism while you hydrate by adding refreshing lemons or limes.

Take charge of your fitness this season by incorporating simple movements into your daily routine.  Making a few simple small changes in your routine can reap many health benefits down the road.

About Fitness Flower:
Fitness Flower was founded in 2012 by Estelle Shaw. Shaw is a personal trainer for actors, Broadway performers, students, business professionals, and busy moms. As a former professional ballet and Broadway dancer, Shaw sculpted her body through Pilates, personal training and of course dance and has created this program after overwhelming response to her workout philosophy. Fitness Flower Inc. was founded in response to inquiries about getting into shape without increasing your to-do list. “I’m passionate about helping women focus on health and wellness without asking them to devote precious time exclusively to exercise.”—Estelle Shaw.

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Warm Up With The 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Cover Models

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You might not feel like breaking out the bikini quite yet, but Sports Illustrated is hoping to change that. Jimmy Kimmel unveiled the magazine’s 2014 Swimsuit Issue live on his show Thursday night, featuring Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge and Chrissy Teigen on the cover So how does one feel when she makes it on the 50th anniversary cover of a major publication millions around the world will see? If you’re Chrissy, you drop to the floor in disbelief.

Warm Up With The 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Cover Models

[Photo Credit: @chrissyteigen]

“I started crying. It was a weird shaking [and] trembling, because I didn’t believe it,” she told PEOPLE. Chrissy is a friend of the family here at VH1, hosting Model Employee and braving the crowds in the name of selfies at last year’s Hangout Fest. Plus, she’s married to John Legend, who’s documented their love in the cutest way possible. Lily Aldridge is married to Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon, making her VH1 family-by-association and Nina Agdal has been linked to the likes of Adam Levine and The Wanted’s Max George. While Chrissy and Nina have been featured in SI‘s annual feature before, Lily is making her swimsuit issue debut this year. “I feel so lucky. It’s the perfect introduction,” she said. “It’s just such a dream come true, and to just be a part of the 50th anniversary cover is just insane. I think I was in total shock when I found out!” In case you’re already falling short of your New Year’s resolution to hit the gym, these three are doing a great job reminding us of why we should get back on the workout wagon.

With spring supposedly on its way, heat up your President’s Day weekend with a look at the lovely ladies gracing this year’s cover.

Warm Up With The 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Cover Models

[Photo Credit: James Macari for Sports Illustrated]

[Photo Credit: @lilyaldridge, Sports Illustrated, @ninaagdal]

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