Today marks the launch of a new season on The Voice, with newbie judges Shakira and Usher heating up the oversized spinning seats. Veterans (and major #bromance boys) Adam Levine and Blake Shelton return to the show better than ever – Shelton releases his latest album, Based On A True Story, tomorrow, with tons of tunes destined to be summer hits. Meanwhile, Levine is touring the world and making ladies swoon with the rest of his Maroon 5 bandmates. And as someone who has seen the Overexposed tour live (with @FITNESSkarla, no less!), I can definitely say the tunes are hot, hot, hot!
Try these tunes during your next workout and don’t be surprised if you find yourself wondering about your own future singing career – these artists always make us want to try!*
*For the sake of everyone’s ears, we’ll stick to singing in the shower and car.
Now you tell us: Will you watch season 4 of The Voice? Which judge is your fave?
Here at FITNESS, we like to play music. A lot. It’s not uncommon to see editors working away at their desks with headphones plugged in, jamming to the latest beats. And every Monday, you know you’ll find a new playlist on The Fit Stop.
So for the last Monday in 2012, let’s have a final jam session to launch us into the new year on a high note. With a little help from our friends at Yahoo!, we present to you the most-searched songs of the year - we gotta admit, you guys have great taste.
Now you tell us: What was your favorite song of the year?
If you’ve seen Fitterati Cassey’s workout videos–our new favorite is her Gangnam Style workout–then you know that she can make breaking a sweat look like a blast. So we asked for her songs to help you kick up the energy in your workout. “This is a great gym mix that pumps me up for a run, some weights, or bootcamp class when I teach,” the personal trainer says about her girly playlist. Listen to the mix below to get motivated to move!
Tell us: Which songs get you up and going?
Start your week with an upbeat mix from our Fitterati Courtney, behind the blog Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life. “While this playlist really gets me moving for any type of exercise, the upbeat tunes really help me keep up the pace with any of my cardio workouts,” the personal trainer says. “It could also be a great playlist for a little dance party, too!”
Have a rough day in the office? We recently tried a fun new workout that would make sure to get rid of that bottled up tension. LA rockers Kirsten Potenza and Cristina Peerenboom turned a sweat-astic idea into reality by revolutionizing their passions for drumming and exercise into a workout unlike any other, POUND. The high-intensity 45-, 30- or 15-minute classes transform cardio interval training into an exhilarating concert with 2.5-lb weighted drumsticks, known as “Ripstix,” and an upbeat playlist.
POUND combines traditional Pilates and barre method-inspired exercises with rapid drummer-based movements. Each jam-sesh is a full body blast, scorching more than 600 calories! We recently embraced our primal aggression with Kirsten and Cristina, sporting a smile and a lot of sweat through each burn-worthy sequence. Crank up the music and rock out with these three moves:
Twists: Start by laying flat on the floor with your feet extended straight. Lift shoulders off the floor until body is at a 45-degree angle and then raise your feet 45 degrees so your body forms a ‘V’. Twist from side to side with your elbows tucked. Lightly tap the ground on either side of the hips with your fingertips. Add Ripstix for an ultimate challenge and make some noise! This move scorches the obliques and your muffin top zone.
Rainbows: In a deep plié squat, begin with your arms over your head. Start by stepping to the right and hinge body forward to tap the ground (or close to it) with your right hand. Return to center and repeat to the left. Again, add Ripstix to turn up the volume and burn.
OH Thrusts: Lie down on the floor with your knees bent and feet hip-width apart. Lift your hips and tap the ground on either side of the body with your fingertips. Next, lower yourself to the mat and bring your arms overhead. Bending at the elbow, lower and extend arms. Repeat 20 times or to your favorite up-tempo song. Add some Ripstix for additional resistance and clatter!
In need of a mini POUNDtrack? Get moving with Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name Of,” Travis Barker’s “Let’s Go (for Rainbows)” and the Bassnectar Remix of Ellie Goulding’s “Lights.” To find a class near you, check out the POUND website.
– By Lauren Cardarelli, freelance editorial assistant
Next Sunday is Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the 19th Amendment’s passage in 1920 and recognizing women’s rights. To celebrate (and remind ourselves to keep kicking major butt!) we put together our favorite girl power beats that we hope will inspire you to keep moving forward—both on and off the treadmill.
It feels like this is the summer for heroes. We kicked off the season with The Avengers, and The Amazing Spider-Man was a huge box office hit more recently. And later this week, Batman is back in The Dark Knight Rises.
Want to channel your inner superhero during your next workout? Download these songs and get ready to feel triumphant—no cape required!
- “My Hero,” Foo Fighters
- “SuperGirl,” Saving Jane
- “Something to Believe In,” Aqualung
- “Titanium,” David Guetta, featuring Sia
- “I’ll Be in the Sky,” B.o.B.
- “Someone to Save You,” One Republic
- “Indestructible,” Robyn
- “Hero/Heroine,” Boys Like Girls
- “Glad You Came,” The Wanted
- “The Good Fight,” Dashboard Confessional
- “Be My Escape,” Relient K
- “How to Save a Life,” The Fray
Now tell us: Which song makes you feel like you possess superpowers?
As her role in Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva, April Bowlby plays Stacy Barrett, the best friend to a once vapid model whose soul has landed inside the body of a plus-sized attorney, Jane Bingum. April’s character is a wannabe model herself, who helps Jane navigate her future in her new, oversized physique.
In real life, April Bowlby loves a good sweat session. “I just started the most amazing ballet class and I am obsessed with it,” she says. “The first half is all about stretching out and warming up your muscles and the second half is at the barre. It has really helped with my posture.” When she’s not practicing her plies, Bowlby stays in shape with some simple cardio. “I love jogging on the treadmill. Once you find a rhythm it’s easy to get into the zone. I also love hiking with my dog.” To help you get in the zone this week, Bowlby shared her playlist that she listens to while pounding out the miles:
For more information on April Bowlby and Drop Dead Diva, visit dropdeaddivafans.tumblr.com.
Even though the official start of summer isn’t for another week, the temps have been climbing to send us straight into the familiar heat waves we dream about all winter long. Another thing sure to make us think of summer – pop music! After all, who doesn’t like to blast catchy tunes, sing at the top of their lungs and dance in their bikini?
To keep you pumping through a sweaty summer workout, download some of our current pop plays, along with a few throwback favorites.
- “Not Over You,” Gaving DeGraw
- “Call Me Maybe,” Carly Rae Jepsen
- “Wannabe,” Spice Girls
- “What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction
- “Boyfriend,” Justin Bieber
- Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” Backstreet Boys
- “Scream,” Usher
- “Fine By Me,” Andy Grammer
- “Payphone,” Maroon 5
- “Wild Ones,” Flo Rida
Now you tell us: What are some of your all-time favorite pop songs?