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Music Monday: Senior Editor Lisa Haney’s Summer Playlist Picks

Written on August 5, 2013 at 9:29 am , by

Now that summer is officially in full swing (and bringing the heat!), we really want your playlists to pop. And don’t worry, we get it – your tastes vary. Heck, they’re ridiculously diverse amongst our staff! To keep everyone’s earbuds happy, we’re plugging you in to the songs that make us sweat. Every Monday will reveal a new editor’s playlist – pick one who lines up with your preferred beats, download their top tunes and get back to enjoying your workouts.

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Lisa Haney, Senior Editor

I mostly listen to alternative music, but for working out, I have a lot of hip hop, rap and pop on heavy rotation to pump me up. This mix is a little of bothgood for a medium-length run at a moderate pace with bursts of speed built right in. And since I’m running in NYC, it includes “Empire State of Mind,” which I could listen to on repeat for an entire run and still not get sick of it.

Follow Lisa on Twitter for more of her faves!

More FITNESS Editor Playlists:

Jenna Autuori-Dedic, Fitness Editor

Juno DeMelo, Nutrition Editor

Pam O’Brien, Executive Editor

Heather Muir, Beauty Director

Colleen Moody, Senior Web Editor

 

Music Monday: Fitness Editor Jenna Autuori’s Summer Playlist Picks

Written on July 29, 2013 at 9:56 am , by

Now that summer is officially in full swing (and bringing the heat!), we really want your playlists to pop. And don’t worry, we get it – your tastes vary. Heck, they’re ridiculously diverse amongst our staff! To keep everyone’s earbuds happy, we’re plugging you in to the songs that make us sweat. Every Monday will reveal a new editor’s playlist – pick one who lines up with your preferred beats, download their top tunes and get back to enjoying your workouts.

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Jenna Autuori, Fitness Editor

The eclectic style of running music is sometimes as disarray as the hectic to-do list my days start with and end on. With an upcoming marathon on my training schedule, my running playlists might just be my very best friend. I see my music as I see the road ahead of me.  Each song brings visualizations to mind that help me get the miles done. Songs like Eminem’s “Till I Collapse” make me think about the popular YouTube video of snippets from the Kona Ironman Championship set to the song. As a triathlete with an intense competitive side, I use this song to constantly inspire me to keep going when I want to quit—or to simply get my workout started on the right foot (no pun intended). However, it’s ballads like Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love” that emotionally make me shiver when I hear it. The power behind her voice becomes the power behind my steps. Or The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony,” for instance, is not a typical running tune, but as the song I walked down the aisle to with my husband by my side, when it hits my ears I am instantly empowered. Does anybody else mix rap with divas and alternative rock? Maybe not, but check out my playlist and you just might get hooked on this random array.

Follow Jenna on Twitter for more of her faves!

More FITNESS Editor Playlists:

Juno DeMelo, Nutrition Editor

Pam O’Brien, Executive Editor

Heather Muir, Beauty Director

Colleen Moody, Senior Web Editor

Music Monday: Nutrition Editor Juno DeMelo’s Summer Playlist Picks

Written on July 22, 2013 at 9:08 am , by

Now that summer is officially in full swing (and bringing the heat!), we really want your playlists to pop. And don’t worry, we get it – your tastes vary. Heck, they’re ridiculously diverse amongst our staff! To keep everyone’s earbuds happy, we’re plugging you in to the songs that make us sweat. Every Monday will reveal a new editor’s playlist – pick one who lines up with your preferred beats, download their top tunes and get back to enjoying your workouts.

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Juno DeMelo, Nutrition Editor

On long, slow runs, I listen to the “This American Life” podcasts, but for tempo runs, I need the musical equivalent of caffeine. I need the kind of songs that, even if I’d just eaten a burrito bowl and was in the middle of a “Teen Mom” marathon, make me get up off the couch and dance. If it makes me feel like dancing, it makes me feel like running. Like a good meal, a good playlist is all about balance: Some bubblegum pop my teenage sister is probably too old for, some rap I like to think she’s too young to be listening to, and a little indie-darling stuff I hope she thinks I’m cool for liking.

Follow Juno on Twitter for more of her faves!

More FITNESS Editor Playlists:

Pam O’Brien, Executive Editor

Heather Muir, Beauty Director

Colleen Moody, Senior Web Editor

Music Monday: Executive Editor Pam O’Brien’s Summer Playlist Picks

Written on July 15, 2013 at 10:44 am , by

Now that summer is officially in full swing (and bringing the heat!), we really want your playlists to pop. And don’t worry, we get it – your tastes vary. Heck, they’re ridiculously diverse amongst our staff! To keep everyone’s earbuds happy, we’re plugging you in to the songs that make us sweat. Every Monday will reveal a new editor’s playlist – pick one who lines up with your preferred beats, download their top tunes and get back to enjoying your workouts.

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Pam O’Brien, Executive Editor

For me, working out is all about interval training, whether I’m on the Spin bike or running outside. I load my playlist with plenty of fast-paced push-it songs for sprints, and slower but still pumped-up tunes for moderate intervals and climbs. I’ve got a little bit of everything here—pop, rap, rock and EDM. Mixing it up keeps me motivated—and moving!

Follow Pam on Twitter for more of her faves!

More FITNESS Editor Playlists:

Heather Muir, Beauty Director

Colleen Moody, Senior Web Editor

Music Monday: Beauty Director Heather Muir’s Summer Playlist Picks

Written on July 8, 2013 at 10:42 am , by

Now that summer is officially in full swing (and bringing the heat!), we really want your playlists to pop. And don’t worry, we get it – your tastes vary. Heck, they’re ridiculously diverse amongst our staff! To keep everyone’s earbuds happy, we’re plugging you in to the songs that make us sweat. Every Monday will reveal a new editor’s playlist – pick one who lines up with your preferred beats, download their top tunes and get back to enjoying your workouts.

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Heather Muir, Beauty Director

I’m a big fan of running one song and speed-walking the next, so I load my workout playlist with a variety of upbeat hip-hop songs that push me to run and slower pop and R&B songs I can walk to. Ultimately, I choose songs that have catchy beats and interesting lyricsones that make me happy so that when I’m not in the mood to workout, the music keeps me moving. I update my list often so I never get bored; if I hear a cool new song on the radio, at a party or on Pandora, I download it ASAP so I don’t forget to add it to my gym mix. Variety is the spice of life!

 Follow Heather on Twitter for more of her faves!

Music Monday: Introducing FITNESS Editor’s Summer Playlist Picks!

Written on July 1, 2013 at 10:40 am , by

Now that summer is officially in full swing (and bringing the heat!), we really want your playlists to pop. And don’t worry, we get it – your tastes vary. Heck, they’re ridiculously diverse amongst our staff! To keep everyone’s earbuds happy, we’re plugging you in to the songs that make us sweat. Every Monday will reveal a new editor’s playlist – pick one who lines up with your preferred beats, download their top tunes and get back to enjoying your workouts.

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Colleen Moody, Senior Web Editor

I’m gearing up to start training for my second New York City Marathon, so when it comes to my playlists, the faster the better! I need songs with a lot of energy, so I constantly resort to techno and pop. Because really, is anything else more motivating than Beyonce telling you that you run the world during a 19-miler in the dead heat of summer? I think not.

PS: Follow Colleen on Twitter for more of her faves!

Music Monday: Rock + Country Collide with Sheryl Crow

Written on June 3, 2013 at 12:13 pm , by

Ever since we chatted with Sheryl Crow, we can’t stop listening to her rockin’ tunes. So why keep the music sharing to ourselves? We put together a playlist of Crow’s top hits, including her latest single, “Easy.” Plug into her current songs with a healthy dose of the classics, and get ready for a totally blissed-out Monday.

Music Monday: CBS Anchor Norah O’Donnell Plays “Would You Rather” + Shares Her Fave Playlist!

Written on May 27, 2013 at 10:33 am , by

When asked if she would rather give up her iPhone or Twitter, O’Donnell said Twitter! Do you agree? (Photo courtesy of John Paul Fino/CBS)

As a cohost of CBS This Morning, it’s safe to say Norah O’Donnell spends her fair share of time on the go. Between waking up at the crack of dawn to head to work, taking care of her kids, reporting from major news events (check out Instagram for her coverage on the tragic Oklahoma tornado) and squeezing in her own sweat sessions, we think she’s a bit like superwoman. To help bring her back down to our human level, and let you get to know the woman behind the anchor’s desk, we decided to play a little game. So Norah, would you rather…

Workout in the morning or at night?

Afternoon. I can’t really do it in the morning because I have to be here at 4:30am and it’s hard enough getting here on time! So usually it will be sometime in the afternoon after I’ve left the office. I don’t like exercising at night because it totally revs me up and I would have trouble falling asleep.

Run or Spin?

Run. I run and do P90X, but I don’t do it every day like you’re supposed to. I’ll do it like two times a week and then I try to run 2 or 3 times a week. And then my kids do swim time three times a week and while they do that I’ll work out in the gym that’s right next door.

Run a 5K or a marathon?

5K. I’ve never run a marathon before; I greatly admire people who run marathons. I mean 26.2 miles – that .2 matters! – it’s not easy. It requires incredible dedication and endurance, and I think it can be really tough on the body. For me, the shorter distances are what I favor.

Run alone or with friends/family?

I like to run by myself. It’s kind of my only alone time during the day. When I leave work, I go and be with my kids or do some kind of work or social-related event. So for me, running is kind of my private time. But I do run regularly with my husband, who runs much faster than I do. So that is certainly a workout. And I have girlfriends that I run with when I’m in DC.

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Music Monday: Our Country Croonin’ Playlist

Written on April 8, 2013 at 5:02 pm , by

Country music is having a moment. Last night’s star-studded Academy of Country Music Awards and Jason Aldean’s seven-minute Madison Square Garden sell-out are proof that the guitar strummin’, banjo playin’ vocal powerhouses are moving outside of Nashville and into the mainstream…including our workouts. Worried you can’t get a good sweat on to something other than techno beats and peppy pop? We’re here to prove you wrong. In fact, last Saturday I ran a half-marathon and my playlist was mostly made up of Luke Bryan’s, Spring Break…Here to Party, The Band Perry’s Pioneer, and Blake Shelton’s Based On A True Story. It’s time to try something new…and maybe swap your sneaks for cowboy boots post-sweat.

Now you tell us: who are your favorite country crooners?

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?