We’ve all been there: It’s an “off” day at the gym. Your workout feels more challenging than usual and the clock can’t move fast enough. Then the right song comes pumping through your earbuds (cue Kanye West with “Stronger”) and everything falls into place. Your feet start stepping to the beat, you forget about your worries and are finally happy to be exercising.
Matt Basso, president of Iron Lotus Personal Training, is a strong believer that the right playlist can transform a sweat session. So much so that he’s produced all of the music for each of the workouts in his new DBX3 program so that the pace lines up perfectly with the routines for an extra motivation boost. Read on for his dance and pop music picks, and a workout tailor-made for this Music Monday mix.
- “Too Long/Steam Machine” The consistent pulse builds, and since it’s live, “it’s like they’re cheering you to get started,” says Basso.
- “Don’t Wake Me Up” The intro allows you enough time to grab a kettlebell and swing along to the driving beat, Basso suggests.
- “Cry (Just a Little)” Do jumping jacks during this tune with 120 beats per minute (BPMs), the ideal tempo for cardio and dance.
- “The Way You Make Me Feel” “Do I even need to explain how hard Michael Jackson grooves? This song is ideal for some seated rows and push-ups,” Basso says.
- “The Night Out (Madeon Remix)” Get inspired by the 17-year-old DJ who created this remix (“he could make you happy doing the hardest exercises,” Basso says) and knock out burpees for as long as you can for the duration of this 120 BPM song.
- “Electric Feel (Justice Remix)” The tempo slows a bit, so pick the kettlebell back up and swing again.
- “Right Round” and “Da Funk” Freestyle! Try something new or your favorite moves from above through the hip-hop and dance beats.
I met Paul Katami, the cutie to my left who’s an awesome master trainer at Equinox West Hollywood, at an event a few months ago (the celebs work out in his gym!). After trying his unique and super effective kettlebell combo moves (like the ones featured in our Ready, Set, Swing Express Workout in the September issue), I knew I had to share them with all of you. Those moves will definitely sculpt and tone your entire body. Never tried kettlebells? Read on to hear why Paul thinks they’re so great, the one body part every woman needs to work out and what women find most intimidating in the gym.
What do you consider to be the greatest accomplishment in your career so far?
Starting my own fitness company, Katami Fitness, that takes what I do with clients and classes and brings that to the home through workout DVDs and downloads. It really follows my motivation to bring what I’ve learned to as many people as possible.
Do you ever feel the “Hollywood” pressure to be the best?
I think that pressure is self-inflicted because there are so many people that are chasing what they feel is success in Hollywood. I used to feel that based on the common thought that success only comes with a TV show or celebrity clients. What I’ve learned is that no matter where you are success is what you make it. I have success everyday when people love classes or find inspiration through our workouts. I’ve always said that if something more “Hollywood” comes out of it organically, like a TV show, that I would make sure it fit my mission and philosophy and then I would take the opportunity to inspire as many people as I can to live a life of health and wellness.
If you made it to TV, what would your dream reality show be like?
My dream show would be about approaching health and wellness from every angle. It would be inspired by real people connecting with real viewers to reach beyond the six pack mentality and spark the power in people to make the right choices in life. It would be “we are all in this together” and here’s how to get up and exercise, eat right, and make amazing choices so you aren’t only looking for inspiration you become the inspiration for others.
Paul spilled about his perfect (and most-hated) exercise routines. Click below for the details!