I’ve been hit by the love bug—for all things SoulCycle! You’ve read about my dedication to the spinning sensation before. From their adorable apparel (see my favorite sweatshirt in this delicious neon pink color!), to the opening of their summer Hamptons studios (I’ll be heading out east to take a class before I hit the beach for Memorial Day weekend!), to instructor MB’s ridiculously awesome hip-hop playlist—which I’m sharing with you now! I just can’t get enough of this high-intensity 45-minute cardio blast, which also includes some high-rep/light-weight dumbbell moves. I feel excited for class, empowered during it, and full of energy afterward for hours—and even days! So what’s not to love? Finding a workout that you enjoy and look forward to is the key to sticking with it. I even hear Biggest Loser‘s new winner, Olivia Ward, is a fan too!
If you haven’t checked out SoulCycle yet and you’re near a studio (word on the street is that with Equinox’s help SoulCycle will be opening new locations in many more cities!), it’s definitely worth the price tag: each class costs about $32. It’ll make you fall in love with working hard and pushing yourself past your limits—or what you think your limits are. I overhead someone in class say, “That’s like cutting out my daily Starbucks latte and bringing bagged lunch twice a week,” in order to attend her weekly pump-it-up class. And I agree! Make sacrifices (giving up Starbucks and eating out is easy) for the things that make you a better, fitter person.
Here’s my new favorite list of tunes from the crew over at SoulCycle, sure to make Memorial Day weekend awesome!
- “Change the World (Main Mix),” Dennis Ferrer
- “Money In the Bank,” Swizz Beatz
- “Toma,” Pitbull & Lil Jon
- “Pop Your Balloon,” Beastie Boys
- “Drum Breaks,” Tittsworth & Ayres
- “Concentrate,” Xzibit
- “Love & Happiness (Yemeya y Ochun),” River Ocean feat. India
- “Voices (Copyright Mix),” One Track Minds
- “Live Your Life,” Erick Morillo and Eddie Thoneick feat. Shawnee Taylor
- “What More Can They Do,” Laura Izibor
Before you do anything else, start your week off on a high note by downloading this ridiculously awesome new playlist from my favorite crew at SoulCycle. Last week they hosted an Eminem-themed class with some of the artist’s best tunes to rock out to. I’m saddened that I missed this one (fitness fanatic Kelly Ripa even showed up!), because Mr. Eminem is my go-to guy for the songs to keep me moving up that hill during a hard run or the blast-it-all-out beat I turn to when I need to get through the last few minutes of my workout. But I have a suspicion that this Eminem-only class won’t be SoulCycle’s one and only. For now, I’m downloading these songs for my playlist this week—and beyond!
- “My Name is Back in Black,” Eminem vs. ACDC mashup
- “W.T.P.,” Eminem (Recovery, Deluxe Edition)
- “Cleaning Out My Closet,” Eminem (The Eminem Show)
- “Rabbit Run,” Eminem (8 Mile)
- “Fairytale Without Me,” Eminem vs. Alexander Rybak mashup
- “‘Till I Collapse,” Eminem & Nate Dogg (The Eminem Show)
- “Crazy In Love,” Eminem (Encore, Deluxe Edition)
- “Love the Way You Lie,” Eminem feat. Rihanna (Recovery, Deluxe Edition)
- “Cry Me a Superman,” Eminem vs. Justin Timberlake mashup
- “Shake That (Remix),” Bobby Creekwater, Eminem, Nate Dogg & Obie Trice (Eminem Presents the Re-Up, Bonus Track Version)
- “Lose Yourself,” Eminem (Curtain Call-The Hits, Deluxe Edition)
- “Stan,” Eminem feat. Dido (The Marshall Mathers LP)
Now tell us: What artist is a mainstay on your workout playlists?
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!
- “Devil Wouldn’t Recognize You,” Madonna
- “Judas,” Lady Gaga
- “This Is the Remix,” Girl Talk
- “How Come You Don’t Call Me (Live),” Alicia Keys
- “Run the World (Girls) [Single Version],” Beyonce
- “Monster,” Kanye West, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver
- “Big Jet Plane,” Angus and Julia Stone
- “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough (Gigamesh Remix),” Michael Jackson
- “Dog Days Are Over,” Florence + The Machine
Now tell us: What song on your workout playlist puts you in a celebratory mood?
Like doing your part to support a good cause? I’ve got a fun challenge for you if you live in the NYC area: Gear up for the first local Ready. Set. Ride!, an Ovarian Cycle event hosted by our favorites over at SoulCycle! Registration is only $40, but you have to raise a minimum of $600 in order to take part in the final ride on April 10th at SoulCycle Tribeca.
If you need a goal this month, make it this one. Ask your friends, family, and co-workers to help you support the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. By donating to the OCRF you’ll be helping thousands of women afford the early detection screening tests that could potentially help them beat this deadly disease. Since symptoms for ovarian cancer are vague and subtle (it’s called “The Silent Killer”), there are sometimes no signs until the cancer has progressed to an advanced stage. Money raised during a charitable ride like this one at SoulCycle will help researchers find a better way to diagnosis this disease, earlier and more efficiently. If you or someone you know has been affected, hop on that two-wheeler and start pedaling away on April 10th! The final ride is 1.5 hours long and will make you fitter, stronger, and most definitely inspired!
Click HERE for more info on the SoulCycle Ovarian Cycle training schedule. Training takes places at various NYC SoulCycle locations starting today!
For other do-good organizations and to find races affiliated with donating to these amazing charities, check out these links:
- Team In Training
- Bike MS
- Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure
- Avon Walk For Breast Cancer
- March Of Dimes
- Autism Speaks