If you’ve seen Fitterati Cassey’s workout videos–our new favorite is her Gangnam Style workout–then you know that she can make breaking a sweat look like a blast. So we asked for her songs to help you kick up the energy in your workout. “This is a great gym mix that pumps me up for a run, some weights, or bootcamp class when I teach,” the personal trainer says about her girly playlist. Listen to the mix below to get motivated to move!
Tell us: Which songs get you up and going?
Start your week with an upbeat mix from our Fitterati Courtney, behind the blog Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life. “While this playlist really gets me moving for any type of exercise, the upbeat tunes really help me keep up the pace with any of my cardio workouts,” the personal trainer says. “It could also be a great playlist for a little dance party, too!”
Variety makes things, including workouts, fun and interesting, so to keep our music playlists fresh we asked our Fitterati bloggers for their get-sweaty mixes. This week, we have Iowa Girl Eats‘ Kristin’s list, which she describes as “a fun mix of new faves and oldies but goodies that always get me excited to hear what’s coming next!”
Tell us: What are your favorite workout songs?
- 29, Aliso Viejo, California
Sarah immersed herself in the running world in October 2008, when she completed the Nike Women’s Half-Marathon in San Francisco. Since then, she’s hit the pavement and never looked back, completing more than 35 marathons in four years! Her recaps on her blog, Skinny Runner, are fun and informational, but we really love her “no excuses” attitude, showing readers that all it takes to reach your goals is hard work, determination and a bit of fun to balance it all out.
Running Rest “When I’m not running for a workout, I go to Xtend Barre and take the Body Bootcamp, Barre and Piloxing classes there. They’re so different from running and have elements of strength training, stretching and core work – all stuff that I rarely do on my own!”
Motivation Mantra “‘Goal Big’ is something I tell myself when I’m contemplating future running goals or races. Instead of simply dreaming big, I make big-time, audacious goals and set the bar high instead of settling for mediocrity. Failing to meet a goal isn’t failure in my book; failing to try in the first place is.”
“When I’m actually running, I tell myself to ‘Be Strong’ – my little brother, Matti, texted me that during my very first half-marathon and now it’s something I always repeat to myself when things get tough.”
Fun Fuel “I snack throughout the day on things like apples and peanut butter, granola bars, Greek yogurt and a healthy does of the good stuff: I love my gummy candy and champagne!”
First up, the pair behind Black Girls Run.
- 28, Norfolk, Virginia
- 28, New York City
Toni and Ashley want to start a running revolution. While they hope to inspire all women to get active, join running groups and find fun, nearby races, they are especially passionate about getting women of color in the game. As they note on their blog Black Girls Run, 80 percent of African-American women are overweight, and as a result, are at higher risk for chronic diseases. All they need is a little sweat-spiration.
Post-run eats “A veggie burger is really filling but doesn’t feel like I’ve ‘undone’ my workout.” — Ashley
Tech tips “I don’t think I could make it through my workouts without my Nike+ and Pandora apps to keep me motivated and energized. Music is what gets me through long runs.” — Toni
Medal-winning running gear “CW-X compression tights are amazing and I love to run in Mizuno sneakers for their great fit. The Wave Creations are my current favorite.” — Ashley
Locker room treats “Deodorant is key. You have to be fresh!” — Toni
“I always stock Yes to Carrots cleansing wipes and body butter to freshen up a bit and keep my skin moisturized.” — Ashley
- 27, Tucson, Arizona
Mixing things up keeps life interesting, whether it’s in your workouts, diet or reading material. Gina, the personal trainer and group fitness instructor behind The Fitnessista, does exactly that with her blog. Hop over there if you’re craving a sweaty workout, new tunes or even updates on her recently expanded family (no one at FITNESS can resist the photos of adorable daughter Olivia). After all, we always like everything in moderation.
Favorite sweat session “I love any type of dance cardio, spinning, yoga and weight training. Zumba is a big favorite!”
Motivational mantra “‘Change creates change.’ The body is an intelligent machine and will quickly adapt to its expectations. If you change up your fitness routine, you enable visible changes to occur. Each day, I try to do something different with my workout.”
Music must-have “Anything by Pitbull pushes my workout buttons, and I love anything by Bond. Their music is instrumental and extremely powerful to push through a tough weights set or intense cardio workout.”
- 28, Troy, New York
One cannot live solely on cupcakes…or solely on crunches, for that matter. Sweet Tooth Sweet Life‘s Courtney is an awesome model of moderation, hitting the gym early in the day and eating a healthy dinner, and treating herself to dessert (Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies!). Talk about the sweet life.
Top training tool “I recently started using a Gymboss timer. It’s great for tracking the minutes when I’m working with clients and teaching my Tabata class.”
Morning motivation “Knowing that my workout is totally done for the day and I have the whole evening off makes it easier to skip the snooze and hit the gym. But really, knowing I only have to shower once is the biggest motivator!”
Perfect post-workout snack “I love anything with a good mix of protein and carbohydrates, like a Chobani Greek yogurt with fresh berries, nut butter on whole-wheat crackers or a shake made with a frozen banana and protein powder.”
- 30, Newport, Michigan
Tired of being overweight, Katie hit the point where she was ready to drop the extra weight – for good. Shedding 125 pounds from her frame through small, realistic changes and blogging about it at Runs for Cookies, her story was even showcased on Dr. Oz! She shared her secrets to success with us, and filled us in on what running time she’s gunning for next.
Fit Wish “I would love to run a half-marathon in under two hours. My current personal record (PR) is 2:02.57, so I’m close. I know that I have a sub-2:00 in me, I just have to work hard to make it happen!”
Life Lesson “Through my journey, I learned that it’s very important not to make any changes you aren’t willing to live with forever. I knew that working out 6 days a week for two hours each time, or living on 1,200 calories a day, wasn’t something I would stick with for life, so I didn’t try to reach my goals that way. I shaped my exercise and diet around my life, rather than shaping my life around them.”
Craving Kick “So I don’t go crazy, I usually eat a portion of whatever it is that I really want. I tend to crave desserts, and I find that eating a sweet treat every day keeps my cravings under control. I plan it out in advance, so I have something to look forward to.
- 34, Marietta, Georgia
One hundred pounds down, elementary school teacher Jennifer is learning to maintain the healthy weight she achieved through Weight Watchers. She started It Sux to Be Fat to stay accountable (Jennifer posts weekly weigh-ins) and share her secrets to success.
Dessert Do “Instead of having the full-fat version of a dessert, I choose a healthier or portion-controlled version like Weight Watchers ice cream bars. That way, I can indulge my sweet tooth and satisfy cravings without overdoing it on calories.”
Motivation Must “My future family inspires me to stay on track with my diet. I want to get pregnant some day soon, and I know that the healthier I am, the easier that process will be!”
Best Breakfasts “Quaker Weight Control Instant Oatmeal is fast, easy and keeps me satisfied for hours. I also love Greek yogurt for the protein punch.”