Written on April 23, 2012 at 9:49 am , by Karla Walsh
Country music is definitely having a moment. From Taylor Swift winning big at the Grammys to the ever-present “Red Solo Cup,” fans are dancing in their cowboy boots—or sneakers! So we asked the folks organizing the music for this weekend’s St. Jude Country Music Marathon in Nashville to share a playlist of greatest hits. Download the following songs to get a taste of some of the 50 artists who will be performing at the event, as well as the music that will pump up the runners (including our own editorial assistant Samantha, who’s tackling the half!).
- “Save a Horse,” Big & Rich
- “It’s America,” Rodney Atkins
- “Wild at Heart,” Gloriana
- “Blue Suede Shoes,” Elvis
- “Walkin’ in Memphis,” Various Artists
- “Holding Out for a Hero,” Footloose
- “Heads Carolina, Tails California,” Jo Dee Messina
- “Cowboy Up and Party Down,” Darren Warren
- “For the Kids,” John Rich
Now tell us: What genre of music pumps you up the most during your workouts?
Written on April 16, 2012 at 11:13 am , by Karla Walsh
Yesterday in Central Park, nearly 10,000 women laced up their sneakers for the MORE/FITNESS Half-Marathon. The weather was wonderful and the cheering crowds were inspiring, but sometimes you need just a little additional help to push you through those last challenging few miles. Download these songs, which helped us pick up the pace during the last stretch of the race, and add them to your next workout playlist! Nothing feels better than finishing strong.
- “Brokenhearted,” Karmin
- “Wavin’ Flag,” K’naan
- “Indestructible,” Robyn
- “I’m a Machine,” David Guetta, featuring Crystal Nicole
- “My Body,” Young the Giant
- “Get Yourself Back Home,” Gym Class Heroes
- “Lights (Bassnectar Remix),” Ellie Goulding
- “Countdown,” Beyonce
- “All I Need,” Natasha Bedingfield, featuring Kevin Rudolf
Now tell us: What motivates you to give it your all at the end of a workout?
Written on April 9, 2012 at 1:34 pm , by Marla Horenbein
With spring in full swing, its time to get serious about toning up for summer—only 11 weeks to go! Our friends over at Soffe have created an awesome playlist to get you in the mood to hit the weights, ride your bike, or even take an afternoon jog around the block. So throw on your brightest workout clothes (we like these shorts paired with this top), your funkiest sneakers, and get your workout on!
- “We Are Young,” Fun. featuring Janelle Monae
- “Here It Goes Again,” OK Go
- “Kids in America,” The Muffs
- “Comeback Kid,” Sleigh Bells
- “Ritual Union,” Little Dragon
- “Do it Again,” Holy Ghost
- “Helena Beat,” Foster the People
- “Party Rock Anthem,” LMFAO
- “Turn Me On,” David Guetta, featuring Nicki Minaj
- “Young, Wild & Free,” Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa featuring Bruno Mars
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Written on March 26, 2012 at 4:54 pm , by Jenna Autuori
Last week I had my birthday bash at my home away from home, SoulCycle—let’s just say I’m totally embracing the new party workout trend that’s taking place all over Manhattan (check it out HERE!). When fitness and working out is your lifestyle like it is mine, sitting bar side at your fave restaurant just doesn’t do it anymore—plus how many times can we do the same thing year after year? That’s why front row seats at my favorite Danny Kopel Thursday evening class was a must-do to celebrate none other than the day I was born. Tap backs, push-ups and a little choreography mixed into it, having my birthday party at SoulCycle was sort of like a no-brainer. When a spinning studio IS the party, that’s where I want to be.
Instead of downing an insane amount of cocktail calories, my best friends and I sweated out hundreds each—and we had just as much fun doing it too. (This class was extra special indeed as we were also celebrating the birthday of late Clare Veronica Walsh, a SoulCycle instructor and friend who passed away late last year. We miss you!)
Party workouts are here to stay and if your class or favorite studio doesn’t put on the show, bring your friends, wear a tiara and sweat your birthday away with your favorite people anyway!
Check out this awesome playlist from SoulCycle instructor, Danny Kopel.
- “Going Through Hell (Diplo Remix),” The Streets
- “Cooler Couleur,” Crookers, featuring Yelle
- “Domino (Johnny Mac Remix),” Jessie J
- “Dance,” Scratch Missive
- “Born This Way (Zedd Remix),” Lady Gaga
- “The Main Attraction,” A Race of Angels
- “You’ve Got the Love (XX Remix),” Florence & the Machine
- “Feel So Close (Benny Benassi Remix),” Calvin Harris
Written on March 12, 2012 at 4:16 pm , by Karla Walsh
St. Patrick’s Day is in less than one week, and we’re feeling lucky to have an early dose of spring weather. Perfect to enjoy during outdoor workouts (maybe even after work with the extra evening light?)! In honor of the holiday coming up this weekend, we’re listening to these rocking tracks performed by Irish bands or related to the 17th.
- “Pride (In the Name of Love),” U2
- “Lucky Star,” Madonna
- “Superstition,” Stevie Wonder
- “Holiday (Live),” Green Day
- “Pot of Gold,” Game, featuring Chris Brown
- “Lucky,” Britney Spears
- “Pocketful of Sunshine,” Natasha Bedingfield
- “Wildflower,” Cee Lo Green
- “Gold Digger,” Kanye West
- “Breathless,” The Coors
Photo courtesy of Shutterstock
Now tell us: What is making you feel the grateful and lucky today?
Written on March 8, 2012 at 3:45 pm , by Colleen Moody
Here at FITNESS, we start bubbling with Olympic excitement a little earlier than the average fan. With only three months to go we’ve hit the point where it is perfectly acceptable to start decorating our cubes in red, white and blue. And we’re sure we aren’t the only ones that feel this way. Athletes are competing now to swim, run and vault their way into the London Games come June as they compete for a chance to represent their country. To get a glimpse into the schedule of a hard working Olympian, we got U.S. swimmer and three-time Olympic medalist Rebecca Soni to break down an average day for us on behalf of Kellogg’s. Warning: Just reading her hectic schedule may cause exhaustion!
5:30 a.m. – I wake up, walk my dog and eat a bowl of cereal. I’ll usually have Raisin Bran or mix some of my favorite Kellogg’s cereals together with some fruit. I can’t get through a workout unless I eat breakfast first. It wakes me up and fuels me for my first practice.
7:30 a.m. – It’s time to hit the water for a two-hour pool workout. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I’ll start a little earlier to lead a spinning class with the USC college team.
9:30 a.m. – Hop out of the pool and use my break to run errands, rest and refuel!
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Time for a supplemental workout, which is either a session with my trainer doing body weight exercises, TRX suspension exercises, plyometrics or an additional pool workout. My third workout also happens in this time block. For this one, I like to incorporate Pilates and yoga into my routine at least three times a week. Pilates is great for toning smaller muscles I don’t get a chance to work on regularly and yoga is my time to work on breathing, strengthening my muscles, stretching and relaxing my mind. I also take my dog for a walk every day when I get home. Some people may not consider this exercise, but I think it’s a great way to recover from all the workouts I’ve done earlier in the day.
6:30 p.m. – I cook a healthy dinner and wind down so I can get to sleep by 10 p.m. Then it’s back at it for another day of workouts!
Read more to get Soni’s spinning playlist!
Written on March 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm , by Karla Walsh
True, this winter has been surprisingly mild for most of America. Yet we’re still excited to spring forward this Sunday and score some more afternoon sunshine for post-work workouts! To celebrate, we’re downloading this warm weather-inspired playlist which will act as a soundtrack for our outdoor fitness activities this season:
- “Soak Up the Sun,” Sheryl Crow
- “Paradise,” Coldplay
- “Here Comes the Sun,” The Beatles
- “Beautiful Day,” U2
- “Walkin’ On the Sun,” Smash Mouth
- “California Gurls,” Katy Perry, featuring Snoop Dogg
- “Halo/Walking on Sunshine,” Glee Cast
- “Summer Love,” Justin Timberlake
- “Escapade,” Janet Jackson
- “The Sun Will Rise,” Kelly Clarkson
Now tell us: What songs automatically put you in a sunny mood?
Written on February 27, 2012 at 10:24 am , by Karla Walsh
Ever have one of those days when you just don’t feel like working out? You’re not the only one. So we asked Laurel House, the QuickieChick, what she does to stay motivated and we loved her idea so much we had to share! “I challenge myself to run for one song. Almost every time, that song turns into two, oftentimes three. The other day it was seven!” House says.
The key to crafting a killer playlist? Find songs that you enjoy and make sure they play back-to-back so you don’t get sidetracked, House suggests. Here are some of her all-time favorites:
- “Dirty Little Secret,” The All-American Rejects
- “Womanizer,” Britney Spears
- “Naughty Girl,” Beyonce
- “Push It,” Salt-N-Pepa
- “Pray for You,” Jaron and the Long Road to Love
- “Stronger,” Kanye West
- “Rhythm Nation,” Janet Jackson
- “Down on Me,” Jeremih, featuring 50 Cent
- “Whole Foods Parking Lot,” DJDave
- “Set Fire to the Rain,” Adele
Photo courtesy of Shutterstock
Now tell us: What gets you up and moving on those “I’m too tired” or “I’m too busy” days?
Written on February 20, 2012 at 10:37 am , by Karla Walsh
When our playlists are feeling a bit stale, we turn to Deekron, also known as The Fitness DJ, to help us switch things up. He’s been a friend of FITNESS for years, but word is getting out—he was recently nominated for a Shorty Award (which honors the best in social media) and his recent Treadmill Coach workout album climbed to #3 on the iTunes charts in the Fitness and Workout category!
We challenged Deekron to put together a fun, 30-minute playlist of uptempo songs from different genres. And he delivered! His ”Run Around” mix, which he created exclusively for FITNESS readers, would be the ideal soundtrack for your next run, gym trip or dance session.
- “Sun Is Up,” Inna
- “Off to the Races,” Lana Del Rey
- “I Remember,” The Roots
- “Work Out,” J Cole
- “Paradise,” Coldplay
- “Concrete Wall (RAC Remix),” Zee Avi
- “Heartbeat,” The Fray
- “Run Right Back,” The Black Keys
- “Bullethead,” Van Halen
Photo courtesy of Shutterstock
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Written on February 15, 2012 at 4:30 pm , by Colleen Moody
You already know that doing the same moves over and over will cause you to hit a weight loss plateau, but did you know the same is true with your choice of tunes? Running, biking, or doing anything with the same playlist on repeat can cause you to go into autopilot, meaning your not pushing yourself at every workout.
Update your iPod with the help of our readers, who gave us their favorite firm and burn beats.
@onebabs1: I Got It From My Mama—Will.I.Am
@Hungry_Runner: A dance remix of Skyscraper by Demi Lovato. Those lyrics with a pumped up beat can make anyone feel unstoppable.
@aizahabban: You Can Be the One—Late Night Alumni
@dani4nier: Breakin’ a Sweat—Skrillex
@Tosh_74: Good Feeling by Flo Rida and Enter Sandman by Metallica
@lkhattendorf: Live Like We’re Dying by Kris Allen. Fast tempo and makes you think about what’s important. Perfect for a workout!
@KayRVaz: Good Good Night—Roscoe Dash
@DrSomji: El Camino by The Black Keys for running!
@NATAgneiD: Where Have You Been by Rihanna. Gets me pumping!
@Randilizm: Drop It Low—Kat DeLuna
Now tell us: What’s your favorite song to work out to lately?