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Music Monday: March Madness Final Four Workout Playlist

Written on April 1, 2013 at 1:22 pm , by

Grab your gadgets to vote–and download some fun new songs! (Photo by Peter Ardito)

The men’s NCAA March Madness Final Four is officially set. Congratulations to Syracuse, Wichita State, Louisville and Michigan (and their fans)! The ultimate winner will be decided one week from today, but there’s another heated competition going on for a fitness-related trophy this week: Gold’s Gym’s March Music Madness.

In this battle, fans and celebrities, including Will Ferrell and Gabby Reece, nominate their favorite workout songs. Each round, tracks are voted on at marchmusicmadness.com and winnowed down until a victor emerges on April 18. “We thought it would allow for some spirited debate and, more importantly, help people discover new music for their workout playlists,” says Dave Reiseman, vice president of communications for Gold’s Gym.

This program caught our attention with the awesome, varied selection of tunes, but we were completely sold once we heard that the person who nominated the winning song gets $5,000 to award to their charity of choice.

After listening to the sweet 16 with us, go vote and make your voice heard. Fans who select the most winning songs win sweet gym swag and memberships!

“Music is just as much a part of the workout experience as a towel or water bottle. The right song can be just the motivation you need to push through when you feel like quitting, or the inspiration you need to take your workout to the next level,” Reiseman says. We couldn’t agree more.

Now tell us: Which of the contenders do you hope to see come out on top in the music bracket?

Chase Down March Madness Tickets with Your Smartphone

Written on March 15, 2012 at 10:00 am , by

Bonus: Running after the Ticket Guy can count as your cardio for the day! (Photo courtesy of AT&T)

Today is an important day for college basketball fans; it’s most likely the deadline for your office or friends and family March Madness brackets. After you’ve scurried to hand them in, try your luck at snagging some tickets to the games. AT&T, the wireless sponsor of the NCAA has partnered up with Radio Shack to launch their interactive campaign, AT&T Ticket Chasers. Here’s the scoop on how it works:

  • Enter the contest at attticketchasers.com on your mobile device for the city you want to “chase” tickets in.
  • Once you’re signed up, log in from your phone on a chase day (your phone must have GPS and mapping enabled in your browser) to catch the Ticket Guy. The first ones to find them will grab tickets to attend a game in your city!
  • Each Ticket Guy will have 25 pairs of tickets and will be located in each of the nine cities hosting the NCAA regional tournament games. Those who don’t get tickets will have the chance to win two MVP passes to AT&T’s viewing parties to watch the games with some of basketball’s biggest names including Larry Bird, Dominique Wilkins and Clark Kellogg. These will also be in the nine host cities.

Check out this video to see the chase in action before you sign up. Good luck!