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Music Monday: The Grammy Edition

Written on December 17, 2012 at 8:30 am , by

This year’s hottest hits are sure to power you to the top. (Photo by Laura Doss)

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?

Fit Links: 6 Must-Do Office Stretches and a Delicious Fall Dessert

Written on October 5, 2012 at 12:58 pm , by

We found a peanut butter cup recipe that isn’t just shaped like a pumpkin—it’s filled with some too! (Photo by Amy Haskell)

This week’s fit links from around the web:

Music Monday: Fitterati Cassey’s Pick-It-Up Cardio Mix

Written on October 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm , by

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?

Music Monday: Fitterati Courtney’s Cardio Playlist

Written on September 24, 2012 at 10:14 am , by

Personal trainer Courtney gets ready for a workout!

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!”


Lose Pounds like a Rockstar with POUND

Written on September 19, 2012 at 9:42 am , by

Become a lean, mean, drumming machine at a POUND class near you! (Photo courtesy of Mark Sacro Photography)

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.

Music Monday: Silver and Gold Playlist from Fitterati Iowa Girl Eats

Written on August 27, 2012 at 9:25 am , by

Variety makes things, including workouts, fun and interesting, so to keep our music playlists fresh we asked our Fitterati bloggers for their get-sweaty mixes. This week, we have Iowa Girl Eats‘ Kristin’s list, which she describes as “a fun mix of new faves and oldies but goodies that always get me excited to hear what’s coming next!”

Tell us: What are your favorite workout songs?

Music Monday: Girl Power Playlist

Written on August 20, 2012 at 2:46 pm , by

Who run the world? Girls! (Photo by Cheyenne Ellis)

– 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.

Music Monday: The Winner’s Playlist

Written on July 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm , by

Hope Solo is getting ready for gold and so should you! (Photo by Antoine Verglas)

Written by Dionne Evans, editorial intern

When it comes to working out, we at FITNESS want you to finish strong like a champion. The Olympics begin this week, meaning now’s the time to get in the mindset of a winner. Download the hits below, blast through your workout, and imagine standing on top of that podium.

Music Monday: Drop Dead Diva’s April Bowlby’s Get-Fit Playlist

Written on July 9, 2012 at 9:04 am , by

April Bowlby filming a scene with Kim Kardashian for Drop Dead Diva. (Photo courtesy of Lifetime)

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.



Music Monday: International Workout Beats

Written on July 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm , by

This multi-language playlist will put you on a virtual vacation - workout included! (Photo by Ericka McConnell)

Written by Laura Cofsky, editorial intern

If there’s one thing we love more than traipsing around the neighborhood, it’s trekking around the globe. While exotic beach getaways may not be in the cards for everyone this summer, you can still experience international flavor on the go. Pump up these beats from around the world during your next road trip to really get moving and grooving.

Songs from the East:

Trekking south of the border:

Tunes with European flare:

Music with an African beat:

Back in the States:

Now you tell us: Which country do you think has the best music?