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?
Written by Carrie Stevens, editorial intern
Even though Mother Nature doesn’t seem to know which season she wants to stick to (and we don’t really believe Punxsutawney Phil anymore), spring is on the way—in fact, the first official day is this Wednesday! A new season means fresh jams, so rev up your reps with iTunes’ top 10 tunes of the week.
Now you tell us: What new songs are you loving this season?
We know you’ve already gotten one workout playlist this week, but we just couldn’t resist pulling together another one after last night’s Grammy awards. With artists killing their performances one after the other, our ears were in heaven; our eyes weren’t unhappy either while watching Justin Timberlake bring sexy back with Jay-Z and Alicia Keys dominating on the drums with Maroon 5. If these tracks weren’t on your playlists already, be sure to download them immediately. If not, you’ll be missing out on some serious musical motivation.
Now you tell us: Did you watch the Grammy’s last night? What was your favorite performance?
Whether you were rooting for the 49ers or the Ravens, or barely paying attention last night, we think there’s one thing we can all agree on: Beyonce rocked the halftime show at this year’s Super Bowl. B stomped out on stage and delighted the audience with her hits — and even brought out Kelly and Michelle, a long-awaited Destiny’s Child reunion! Queen B and the Destiny’s Child ladies are on our playlists on most days anyway, so we’ll happily work out to this playlist today.
Tell us: What were your favorite moments from Super Bowl XLVII ?
A good bee-bopping song tossed into our workout mix every now and then is a great pick-me-up; something catchy that will undoubtedly end up stuck in our heads for the rest of the day, if not the entire week. T-Swift is one young artist who fills this playlist gap quite well – we have to admit, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” is great for holding a 9-minute mile. And since Swift is sitting pretty at the top of the iTunes chart with her grungier hit, “I Knew You Were Trouble” (check out the video), it’s time to highlight some of our favorite hits from the star. She may be constantly switching beaus, but it makes for great music. Pop those headphones in and get ready to head bob your way to the gym. Go ahead and sing a little, too – we won’t tell.
If like us you’ve waited six long years to hear something new from JT, then this weekend’s release of his new single “Suit and Tie” was nothing but music to your ears. (Listen to it here and tell us what you think!)
We’re dancing in our seats to celebrate Mr. SexyBack’s return to the radio, which got us to thinking about our favorite sweat-to-it songs from his previous albums. Download the playlist below for your next workout.
Last Monday, we presented you with the most-searched songs of 2012. But that’s not enough for your music-loving ears, is it? Although 2012 may be fading away, the hottest artists are still dominating our playlists. So with a little more help from our friends over at Yahoo!, we dug up the top searched artists of the year. With that as our inspiration, how could we not have a new playlist just begging for a new dose of sweat? Check it out below, then let us know which of these artists songs you love the most!
Now you tell us: Who was your favorite artist of 2012?
Written by Jennifer Fiorentino, editorial intern
The Grammy Award nominations have been announced, leaving us inspired to take a trip down memory lane and relive some of the year’s hottest playlist picks. The problem with so many fab finds? There are too many to choose from!
But in honor of music’s biggest night, we gathered our top tunes from the hottest artists dominating the music scene right now. Make sure they’re on repeat during your workouts, then find out who wins top honors in February.
Now you tell us: Who are your favorite nominees?
This week’s fit links from around the web:
- Don’t just sit there…stretch! Try these six options for desk jockeys. — Greatist
- Perk up a tired workout playlist with these new-for-fall songs. — Fit Sugar
- Do you like to cook using a crockpot? Find dozens of tried and tested recipes here. — Carrots ‘N’ Cake
- You might recognize a supportive sibling of that gutsy news anchor who took a stand about weight-related bullying this week. He starred in Office Space! — ABC News
- Two of the world’s greatest desserts combine in these lightened up candy: Pumpkin Pie Peanut Butter Cups! — Chocolate-Covered Katie
- How do you style your hair for workouts? — Healthy Tipping Point
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?