3 Hours of Workout Songs (You’re Welcome)

3 Hours of Workout MusicThe following post is sponsored by Jabra Sport Pulse™ Wireless. Opinions (and killer taste in music) are my own. ;)

I guess putting “You’re Welcome” in the title is a little presumptuous, but fingers crossed you like at least SOME of these songs.

I’ve always been into music, but especially now that I teach group fitness, I am constantly hunting for new songs and cool remixes of old favorites. I don’t like playing popular songs on the radio in my classes because they get old so quick—you can listen to them in your car, no need to hear them for the 400th time during your workout (sorry, Taylor Swift fans…). So for me, remixes are King. And when you’re trying to appeal to a varied demographic of people in a class, finding a new remix to an older song everyone knows = crowd-pleaser. For this reason, I’ve shifted away from using Spotify and have been relying more on SoundCloud and Hype Machine for my workout music.

As part of their Beat Your Impossible campaign, Jabra asked me to share a moment when I conquered a goal that seemed impossible. I’ve been lucky enough to not have had to overcome any major injuries or physical setbacks, so I instead wanted to emphasize the importance of all the little fitness triumphs—because it’s focusing on those day-to-day, smaller accomplishments that help you stay on track towards meeting bigger goals. A huge motivator for me to break through those mini-walls (getting through one additional rep or holding a pose for those few extra seconds) is music. You know those songs that come on during a run and without realizing it, you’re suddenly moving twice as fast as you were? Or when you feel the beat build during a spin class and suddenly the drop comes and without your instructor even telling you to, your body just wants to sprint? Music is my everything during workouts.

I always love seeing what other people are listening to (if it weren’t rude, I’d bring my iPhone into group fitness classes all the time just to Shazam the instructor’s music), so I wanted to share with you all some tunes that are currently powering my workouts. There’s almost three hours worth of music on this playlist, so hopefully you’ll discover at least one new song you love! In addition to scrolling through the below player, you can check them all out (and download most of them) over on SoundCloud.

 

The #BeatYourImpossible campaign is in conjunction with the release of Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless, which are an in-ear wireless music and heart-rate monitoring earbuds. There’s limited availability because they’re so new, and I haven’t tried them out, but I’m totally intrigued. As you might recall from a previous post, I recently got a traditional heart rate monitor (watch and chest strap/monitor) and love the feedback it can provide about your workouts. How crazy is technology that there are now earbuds that can do that?? Instead of a monitor around your torso sending info to a watch/computer, the earbuds send info to the Jabra Sport Life app, so you can see all your workout data on your smartphone. They retail for $199 and you can check ‘em out HERE.

Jabra Official Launch Post

Your turn—what are you currently jamming out to? What songs keep you motivated to #BeatYourImpossible? Leave a comment or get social with it! You can connect with Jabra on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to share your story or favorite jams.

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Bodyweight Circuit with Running Pyramid Workout

Bodyweight Circuit with Running Pyramid WorkoutThis is a great workout for both outdoors and the gym. No equipment is required for the strength-training circuits, so you can stop at given points in an outdoor running route to complete them in the grass/sand/etc. On the flipside, if you’re gym bound, just snag one of the treadmills and a small area of floor space.

Bodyweight Circuit with Running Pyramid Workout

Bodyweight Circuit with Running Pyramid WorkoutYou’ll alternate between running (the distance decreases each round in a pyramid fashion) and completing three rounds of the following bodyweight circuit. In total, you run 2.5 miles and complete 9 rounds of the strength circuit. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Run 1 mile
  • 3 rounds of strength training circuit
  • Run .75 miles
  • 3 rounds of strength training circuit
  • Run .5 miles
  • 3 rounds of strength training circuit
  • Run .25 miles

Bodyweight Circuit with Running Pyramid WorkoutYou should try to run each leg as fast as you can without stopping. And if you don’t have a treadmill or just hate running, feel free to replace it with another type of cardio (the elliptical, biking, etc.).

Strength Training Circuit Breakdown

Complete three rounds of the following in between each running leg:

  • 10 Reptile Push Ups: Start in push up position (a plank with hands aligned under shoulders). As you lower down, crunch your right knee forward, in towards the right shoulder, squeezing those obliques. Return the foot back to the ground as you press back up into high plank position. Repeat, this time on the left.
  • 20 Hindu Squats: A Hindu Squat can best be described as a fluid, deep squat in which you roll onto the balls of your feet as you come up. This is one squat variation where it’s okay for your knees to stick out farther than your toes—but only when you’re on the balls of your feet. Keep feet shoulder-width apart and start by squatting down, hands behind you, torso leaning forward. Move your arms in a circular motion so that your fingertips brush the ground when you’re at your lowest squat, shifting weight onto the balls of your feet and sweeping the arms forward as you come up.
  • 10 (each side) Side Plank Crossbody Crunches: Start in a side plank position, top arm bent, hand behind your head, and bottom leg hovering a couple inches off the ground. From there, tuck your bottom knee forward as you crunch the opposite elbow towards it, twisting your torso towards the ground.
  • 10 (each side) Forward/Backward Pivoting Lunges:This is essentially a front-to-back lunge with one foot planted on the ground. Start in a split-stance lunge, one foot forward, and on the ball of the back foot. Both knees should be bent to 90 degrees, back knee hovering a couple inches off the ground and front knee aligned over the ankle. Using the front foot as your anchor leg, step the back foot forward, landing back in the starting position only with the opposite leg forward, and then quickly pushing off that foot and returning it back behind the anchor foot to where it started.

Bodyweight Circuit with Running Pyramid WorkoutYeah yeah, ok, workout shmorkout—these leggings! So. Stinking. Comfy. I had seen the lucy brand floating around the internet for a while, and then spotted one of their stores while in San Francisco a couple months ago. I remember thinking how cute everything in the window display looked, and then as if reading my mind, the awesome people over at lucy reached out to me about rocking some of their apparel on P&I. Yes, please! I’m wearing the I Run This Capri (retail at $89), and love them. They’re soft and comfortable with a wide, flattering waistband, thick enough material to keep everything where it’s supposed to be, and cute color options.

Now per usual, I’ll leave you with a couple questions to get the ol’ comments section going…

Outdoor running or the treadmill—who ya got? (I think treadmills are torture—I’m Team Outdoors all the way!)

Have you tried out lucy workout apparel before? Thoughts?

Happy Humpday, friends!

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Summertime Workout Music (My Current Playlists)

Summertime Workout Music (3 playlists)This blog post is selfish. The only reason I’m sharing my summer workout playlists with you is because, well, I’m sick of them. When bloggers share workout songs, I always go straight to the comments section—that’s where the gems are. So pillage through my current playlists, snag up the songs you like, and then help a sister out and share some the songs you’re currently working out to.

*With all the below playlists, they songs are in oldest-to-newest order, which is annoying, but I can’t figure out how to reverse them. Scroll to the bottom of each for my current favorite songs.

What I’m listening to while working out by myself or running:

This playlist also lives in the right sidebar of my blog (scroll down). I constantly update it—adding songs I like, deleting ones I’ve overplayed. I pretty much only workout to EDM. I know the music genre keeps getting associated with teenagers wearing neon at raves and throwing up on each other or overdosing, but the media neglects to highlight how perfect it is for pumping you up during a workout. There’s a healthy side of EDM, too. :)

What I’m playing during my Btone megaformer classes:

When you’re teaching group fitness classes, you have to keep in mind that not everyone is going to have the same taste in music as you. I still play some EDM, but only the lighter stuff—I avoid extremes (I’m not, for example, going to play Skrillex in class haha). Also, even though Btone is an INTENSE workout, your movements are slow and controlled—you’re not running laps or doing burpees as fast as you can. I keep that in mind when adding songs to this playlist.

I try to find fun, upbeat music that hasn’t been too brutally overplayed on the radio (remixes are great). A few good Top 20-esque songs are fine (you’ll notice some on this playlist), but as someone who has taken a bazillion group fitness classes, I know it’s nice to hear songs that you haven’t already heard 14 times that day. I remember last summer when Avicii’s Wake Me Up came out…holy shit. It was getting to the point where I was about to walk out of spinning class if one more instructor played it. That being said, I’m currently obsessed with Tiesto’s Wasted, so suck it up, students, I’m playing that shit all summer.

What I’m playing during my bootcamp (Torch) classes:

You’ll notice this playlist is similar to the music I workout to on my own—because it’s a high intensity class, I like using EDM and songs with fast, heavy beats. I, of course, take them from R to PG-13 though. A great resource for finding songs to play in this class (and my Tone class), is Spotify. Not only can you search songs/artists on Spotify, but you can search through people’s playlists (as long as they’re public). I follow and search through SoulCycle and Barry’s Bootcamp instructors’ playlists and am always discovering awesome music this way.

 

Ok, now that I’ve shared three whole playlists with you, the least you can do is share a song or two with me in the comments section? :)

Happy listening!

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