Written on August 27, 2012 at 9:25 am , by Marianne Magno
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?
Written on August 20, 2012 at 2:46 pm , by FITNESS Editors
– 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.
Written on July 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm , by FITNESS Intern
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.
Written on July 9, 2012 at 9:04 am , by Colleen Moody
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.
Written on July 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm , by FITNESS Intern
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:
- “Chamak Challo Chel Chabeli,” Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal (India)
- “So Hot,” Wonder Girls (South Korea)
Trekking south of the border:
Tunes with European flare:
- “Tacata,” Tacabro (Italy)
- “All Time Low,” The Wanted (United Kingdom, English)
- “Tage Wie Diese,” Die Toten Hosen (Germany)
Music with an African beat:
Back in the States:
- “Give Your Heart a Break,” Demi Lovato (United States)
Now you tell us: Which country do you think has the best music?
Written on June 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Lisa Turner, editorial intern
It’s hot, you’re sweaty and you feel like if you run one more step, you just might pass out on the asphalt. But all of a sudden, that song comes up on your iPod that propels you through the rest of your workout. Whether it’s the fast paced beat or the uplifting lyrics, many of us feel empowered by a special song when we’re in the zone. So what song pumps you up the most? We asked our Twitter followers to share their summer workout anthem with us to stay motivated, no matter how hot it’s getting!
@she_is_geeky: “My Body,” Young the Giant
@erinmoorman: My workout song is “Sexy and I Know It,” LMFAO.
@renea_shirey: “T.H.E (The Hardest Ever),” will.i.am. I play this the last mile of my runs to finish strong.
@MsHealthyWife: “What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction. I can’t help but #MOVE when I hear it!
@happigolovely: “Where Have You Been,” Rihanna. It keeps me amped up!
@CaressaCrawford: “Call Me, Maybe,” Carly Rae Jensen
@onebabs1: “Till I Collapse,” Eminem and “Go Get It (Your Blessing),” Mary Mary
Now tell us: What summer song keeps your motivated when you work out?
Written on June 4, 2012 at 9:15 am , by Karla Walsh
You know that running is a great way to get an endorphin rush, enjoy the amazing summer weather we’ve been having, and bonus: it burns calories and strengthens your heart and legs. In case you needed one more push to hit the road, this Wednesday is National Running Day! (Click here for 10 fun ways to celebrate.)
To keep you motivated during all your runs this week, check out Pandora’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon Mixed Tape channels. Whether you run an 8-minute, 10-minute or 12-minute mile, you’ll have plenty of continuously changing songs that will keep you on pace to ace your race.
Here are 10 songs that have the perfect beats per minute for all of the 10-minute milers:
- “Any Way You Want It,” Journey
- “That’s Not My Name,” The Ting Tings
- “We’re Going to be Friends,” The White Stripes
- “Bottoms Up,” Trey Songz, featuring Nicki Minaj
- “Get On Your Boots,” U2
- “Brown Eyed Girl,” Van Morrison
- “Say It Ain’t So,” Weezer
- “Weekend Wars,” MGMT
- “Gold Lion,” Yeah Yeah Yeahs
- “Free,” Zac Brown Band
You can also mark the holiday by scoring an exclusive $20 discount to any Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon Series event* when you sign up on Wednesday, June 6. Follow this link to put your next race on your calendar!
*Excludes Las Vegas, MiniMarathons, closed events and ING KiDS Rock. Ten dollar discount for the New York 10K and Carlsbad 5000. International event discounts vary.
Now tell us: What is your next fitness goal? Do you have any races or challenges lined up for summer?
Written on June 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm , by Karla Walsh
This week’s fit links from around the web:
- Switching up your fitness routine can teach you some important lessons about fitness—and life. — Skinny Runner
- Are the messes in your life adding to your stresses? Check out this infographic for ways to tidy up and chill out. — Greatist
- Lighten up your backyard barbecue with this mayo-free potato salad. — Sweet Tooth Sweet Life
- A sugar by any other name…the USDA says that high fructose corn syrup cannot call itself “corn sugar.“ — The New York Times
- Kick off your summer fitness training with this fun playlist that’s sure to inspire you to hit all of your trouble zones. — Fit Bottomed Girl
- Which menu section is home to the most diet disasters? The answer may surprise you. — Snack Girl
Written on May 21, 2012 at 11:02 am , by Karla Walsh
Lacey Stone has shared her fit tips on The Dr. Oz Show, MTV’s MADE and Bravo’s Pregnant in Heels, and Hollywood all-stars like Nicole Kidman, Brooke Shields, Amanda Peet and America Ferrera have shaped up fast with her help. We were lucky enough to join celebrity trainer Lacey Stone at a recent KiwiSweat cycling class and found her intensity infectious.
A big driver behind all of that fire? Her killer playlist! We asked Stone to share her favorite songs for summer so you can channel that energy in your workouts too.
- “The Fighter,” Gym Class Heroes, featuring Ryan Tedder
- “Can’t Stop Me (Tiesto Remix),” Afrojack; Shermanology
- “Girl Gone Wild,” Madonna vs. Avicii
- “Beware (Jay-Z Remix),” Panjabi MC
- “Turn Up the Music,” Chris Brown
- “Glad You Came (Alex Gaudino Remix),” The Wanted
- “Breathing,” Jason Derulo
- “The World is Mine (Radio Edit),” David Guetta
- “Where Have You Been,” Rihanna
- “The Cave,” Mumford & Sons
Now tell us: What songs are on your summer playlist?
Written on May 15, 2012 at 11:42 am , by Colleen Moody
Last night’s Smash finale had viewers on the edge of their seats waiting to see who would finally be crowned Marilyn. Don’t worry if it’s still on your DVR, we’re not giving any spoilers! While we were anxious to see how the performance would play out, Katharine McPhee is already focusing on her next performance in the Big Apple with her partnership with Tide to kick off the Olympic Games. We caught up with the star to hear about the campaign and snag a few fitness tips of hers.
Tell us about the partnership you’re doing with Tide for the Olympics!
To gear up for the Games, Tide is launching a project called My Story. Our Flag. We are asking people to go to the Tide Facebook page to share their personal stories of what the flag means to them. On July 3 I’ll be performing in Bryant Park to unveil a huge artistic rendition of the American flag. The stories that people have shared will be printed on swatches of fabric that will be sewn together to make the flag.
Like the Olympic hopefuls, the road to landing your dream career came with a lot of hard work. What’s one piece of advice you would tell someone with huge goals to help them stay motivated?
I have always loved the Olympics, and I was actually a competitive swimmer in middle school and high school. I remember how grueling the training was then, which is nothing compared to how these athletes train. Being an actress and a singer I understand how important it is to take care of your body. My advice would be to practice persistence and lots of discipline, much like these athletes do.