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Get Ready to Run With Track and Field Olympian Kerron Clement’s Playlist

Written on February 28, 2012 at 3:33 pm , by

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Kerron is an Olympic gold medalist in the 400-meter hurdles. (Photo courtesy of AP and Conversion Sports and Entertainment)

Talk about an impressive guy: Olympian silver medalist hurdler Kerron Clement also holds the indoor world record for the 400-meter sprint, is ridiculously handsome (what? we’re all mostly girls here), and is even nice enough to share his personal playlist with us! He’s also combines some spirituality in his sports too: “Sometimes listening to gospel music for me puts me ‘in a zone’ before training or competing,” Kerron says. Interesting!

Bonus: After the songs, we reveal a little more inside dish on 26 year-old Trinidadian-born Kerron.

5 songs you love to warm-up to:

5 songs that get you really motivated:

Interesting Notes Kerron Told Us: 

Q: Off the topic of playlists…what do you think makes you such a successful athlete?
KC: My will to overcome many obstacles in my sport truly fuels me to be the best. I’m determined to excel at everything that I do.

Q: Do you have a mantra and if so, what is it?
KC: “Make it happen.”

Q: What is your immediate goal in your sports career? What about down the road?
KC: My goal is to be both the Olympic Champion in the 400-meter hurdles and world record holder in that event. Down the road, I’ll take it one step at a time.

Q: Are you single? If yes, do you prefer girls who run?
KC: I’m single, but I don’t prefer a girl who runs—just someone who loves to stay in shape. Fitness is key to a healthy lifestyle.

A Special Valentine’s Playlist

Written on February 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm , by

These songs are another way to treat yourself today! (Photo by Doug Hetherington)

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today is filled with love and joy, and what’s better than showing yourself a little of the good stuff? Fitting in a workout on a holiday is tough, so we’ve got the tunes to get you in the festive spirit while torching those unwanted calories. Download these upbeat tracks today, courtesy of SoulCycle instructor Danny Kopel, and be prepared to immerse yourself in a full-blown love-fest.

Want more SoulCycle? Don’t forget about their SoulSingles ride on Thursday!

Now tell us: What’s your favorite love song?

Music Monday: 10 Most-Searched Songs of 2011

Written on December 19, 2011 at 9:44 am , by

Your turn to pick the tunes! (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock)

Over the past 12 months, we have shared 34 playlists here on The Fit Stop to keep you pumped up! If you’re anything like us, you’re on the perennial search for new, motivating tunes, and it’s always fun to spy on what’s blasting in your neighbor’s ears. (Want to try something really fun? Steal our digital director Christie’s tip and let a pal play DJ, creating a new playlist on your iPod!)

So to wrap up 2011 on a high note, we’re making sure we have all of these favorites from the last 365—as selected by you. Here, the top 10 most-searched songs of 2011, courtesy of Yahoo!

  1. Super Bass,” Nicki Minaj (We like it for: Cardio)
  2. The Lazy Song,” Bruno Mars (We like it for: Cooldown)
  3. Grenade,” Bruno Mars (We like it for: Strength training)
  4. Rolling in the Deep,” Adele (We like it for: Cardio)
  5. Someone Like You,” Adele (We like it for: Yoga)
  6. Look at Me Now,” Chris Brown, featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes (We like it for: Strength training)
  7. Born This Way,” Lady Gaga (We like it for: Cardio)
  8. You Belong With Me,” Taylor Swift (We like it for: Strength training)
  9. Pumped Up Kicks,” Foster the People (We like it for: Cardio)
  10. Just the Way You Are,” Bruno Mars (We like it for: Cooldown)

Find more top trends from 2011 at yearinreview.yahoo.com.

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Now tell us: What was your song of the year?

LAST CALL: Marathon Monday Playlist!

Written on October 31, 2011 at 2:58 pm , by

This is it! Last week before my very first marathon. I’m a bunch of nerves, butterflies and excitement right now—besides wanting to make it through the 26.2 miles, I’m pumped up to see the crowds, run through the boroughs and be part of this “marathon club.” I’m totally psyched and can’t wait to do this! I’ve got our last marathon playlist here for you (we’re in such a tune-filled mood, we couldn’t help but share two lists today), with favorite songs from the FITNESS editors and many of our friends. We’ve clearly got a crush on Eminem and Kanye!

To anyone running the streets of New York City on Sunday, good luck and look for me out there! (Follow me on Twitter @FITNESSjenna to get updates about my experience.)

These songs will help power you across any finish line! (Photo by John Herr)

More from FITNESS: Click here for 100 more motivating tunes!

Music Monday: Remembering September 11

Written on September 12, 2011 at 10:55 am , by

Photo courtesy of Flickr user ElvertBarnes

Photo courtesy of Flickr user ElvertBarnes

Yesterday we honored the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001, a day many of us remember exactly where we were, what we were doing and how we felt as we learned about the attacks. Although it was a time of tragedy and loss, hope was also born. In the last ten years, no country has bonded like America has, and we are all proud to celebrate NYC and the strength necessary  to overcome the pain many have experienced. In remembrance, we put together a playlist all about why we love this city. Check out the favorites that never fail to make us feel like proud Americans:

Now tell us: What songs fill you with pride? Any other NYC favorites?

The S-Factor Confidence-Boosting Playlist

Written on June 22, 2011 at 1:19 pm , by

Download these songs to pump up your mood! (photo by Ericka McConnell)

A few FITNESS staffers recently tried a class at Sheila Kelley’s S-Factor studio and got a fun, confidence-boosting workout. (Stay tuned for more info about this in our September issue!) Here’s a playlist from instructor Ilov Grate for your own feel-good fitness routine:

Ai Du,” Ali Farka Touré & Ry Cooder
I’m Not in Love,” Tori Amos
She Rides,” Danzig
Fever,” Copycats
Do I Move You (Remix),” Jihae
Chasing Pirates (Droogs Remix),” Norah Jones
“Darling Nikki,” Xlover
Diva,” Beyoncé

Dance Routine:
Get Some,” Lykke Li
Fresh Blood,” Eels
Hold the Line,” Major Lazer feat. Mr. Lex & Santigold
Pussycat Moan,” Katie Webster
Waves,” Camille

Now tell us: What kind of workouts and music boost your body confidence?

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?

The Ultimate Valentine’s Playlist (Whether You Love or Hate This Holiday)

Written on February 14, 2011 at 10:35 am , by

Photo by Sarah Kehoe

Photo by Sarah Kehoe

Happy Valentine’s Day! Put a little extra love into your workout with these heartfelt (and made-for-cardio) songs:

Marry You,” Bruno Mars
We like it for: Running/Spinning

Teenage Dream,” Katy Perry
We like it for: Walking

Your Love is My Drug,” Ke$ha
We like it for: Elliptical

I Do,” Colbie Caillat
We like it for: Running

Not in such a loving mood this Valentine’s Day?  Try these tracks: Read more