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Music Monday: Soundtrack From SoulCycle’s Britney Spears Ride!

Written on August 15, 2011 at 1:06 pm , by

Clare, our instructor, giving us her very best Britney impersonation. (The class was actually quite a show!)

Clare, our instructor, giving her best Britney impersonation—the class was quite a show! (Photo courtesy of SoulCycle)

If you grew up in the ’90s (or even just lived through them!), then I bet you’re just as in love with Ms. Britney’s tunes as we are. Every song she belts out is like an ode to working out hard and sweating it all out. That’s why when my favorite studio hosted a Britney Spears-only class, I was first in line to saddle up on that bike.

Here’s the awesome playlist from SoulCycle instructor Clare Walsh, who’s also an actor and singer in New York City. The fast-paced beats and fun hooks kept us pedaling through the intense class!

Now tell us: If you could pick one artist’s music to help power you through a workout, which would it be?

Celebrate the Weekend with a New Workout Playlist!

Written on April 29, 2011 at 12:23 pm , by

Listen up! (Photo by Peter Ardito)

In honor of the big royal wedding weekend, we asked SoulCycle instructor Jenny Gaither to create a party song playlist exclusively for FITNESS! Add these to your iPod today for some major motivation in the gym.

My personal favorite? “Dog Days Are Over,” an ideal song for interval training, which is a mainstay (on repeat) on my playlists lately. Test it out and tell me what you think!

Now tell us: What song on your workout playlist puts you in a celebratory mood?

Royal Wedding Inside Scoop: The First Dance!

Written on April 28, 2011 at 4:58 pm , by

Professional choreographer Staś Kmieć (in tux) leads the Royal Wedding Dance Workout at New York Sports Clubs. (Photo by Milena Bejouleva/ NYSC)

Professional choreographer Staś Kmieć (in tux) leads the Royal Wedding Dance Workout. (Photo by Milena Bejouleva/ NYSC)

We here at FITNESS have royal wedding fever! And what better way to celebrate than getting insider details about the most fitness-y activity of the day: the dancing.

To gear up for the big event, I spoke with ballet dancer and choreographer Staś Kmieć, who has taught the Royal Wedding Dance Workout at New York Sports Clubs the past few weeks, to learn about how to get in shape for a wedding (the season is upon us!) and how to feel confident on the dance floor. But he had even more to share, since one of his close pals is choreographing THE dance—that’s right, Will and Kate’s first dance at the reception.

What motivated you to develop this workout?

“There is such a fascination with the wedding, and as a choreographer, I wanted to put a dance spin on it. A British choreographer named Arlene Phillips is in the Broadway dancers society with me, and was able to give some insight into the actual royal wedding. We worked these details into the class!”

So can you tell us what you know about the royal reception?

“It’s kept tightly under wraps, but the last time I spoke with Arlene, she hinted that William and Kate would do a waltz to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” for their first dance. So we do that in class as well!

There are actually two receptions: the first is more contemporary and fun, like William and Kate. I hear there is a ’70s and ’80s theme, which will include Kate’s request of Abba. The queen will attend the more traditional second reception, which Prince Charles is throwing.”

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Motivating Music for a Rainy Run

Written on March 21, 2011 at 10:33 am , by

Image via flickr user bunchofpants

Image via flickr user bunchofpants

Hammering out the miles in a downpour this morning to this bit-of-everything playlist:

What are you working out to today?

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Spring Workout Playlist

Written on March 4, 2011 at 10:21 am , by

I’m typing this with fingers crossed that I’m not jinxing the nice weather, but it’s certainly beginning to feel a bit more like spring in our neighborhood! To celebrate, we created our “Spring Into Fitness” 2011 playlist. It’s packed with the best new tunes and a timely classic or two to power you through your outdoor exercise (or indoor until the weather cooperates in your area)!

Simply play these songs in order—they’re organized based on proper pacing for a warm-up, workout and cooldown—for a killer 30-minute pop and R&B soundtrack. Even the titles are motivating:

Soon enough it will be beach weather!

Soon enough it will be beach weather!

Pretty Girl Rock,” Keri Hilson

Rolling in the Deep,” Adele

More,” Usher

Higher (Ultimate High Radio Mix),” Taio Cruz

Blow,” Ke$ha

Yeah 3x,” Chris Brown

Change of Seasons,” Sweet Thing

The Show Goes On,” Lupe Fiasco

Keep Your Head Up,” Andy Grammer

What song reminds you of spring?

Awesome New Workout Music: Q&A with DJ Girl Talk

Written on January 17, 2011 at 10:52 am , by

New Girl Talk Album, All Day

Girl Talk's new album cover for All Day (Photo Courtesy of Pitch Perfect)

While the words “girl talk” may bring back haunting memories of  junior high gossip, the Girl Talk on our radar these days is a 29-year-old musician named Gregg Gillis. He is the man behind Girl Talk’s the musical mashups–tunes that sample some of our favorite rock, hip-hop and pop songs and flow them all together in a fun, seamless way.

Girl Talk’s fifth album, All Day, was released on November 15 and can be downloaded (FREE!) on his label’s website here. Where else can you hear 372 song snippets over the course of 71 minutes from the likes of Jay-Z, Nine Inch Nails, Justin Timberlake, John Lennon and Lady Gaga?

To learn more about his eclectic taste and creative style, we spoke with Gillis about how he entered the music industry and how he stays fit for his energy-filled stage shows. Read more