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SUMMER WORKOUT PLAYLIST

I love summer. So much.   I never want it to end.  Likewise, I’ve got a summer playlist on rotation that I can listen to over and over!  Check it out if you need to power through your next longish run!

  1. Original Don — Major Lazor (I’m loving this type of sound lately!)
  2. Applause — Lady Gaga (pumps me right up!)
  3. Dark Horse – Katy Perry
  4. Talk Dirty – Jason Derulo (silly lyrics, but contagious chorus!)
  5. Turn Down For What? – Lil Jon (Turn down for nothing!)
  6. Fancy — Iggy Azalea
  7. Summer — Calvin Harris (Song of Summer?)
  8. Magic – B.o.B (reminds of an 80′s McDonalds commercial, but I still love it!)
  9. Problem—Ariana Grande (Had no idea who this was until recently)
  10. Pompeii — Bastille (Like this one for the end of a run)

Top Workout Songs of 2013

2013 definitely had a few iconic songs.  Songs I could not stop playing–on repeat. Who could forget the battle to claim the official “song of summer” title? What do you think, was it Blurred Lines or Get Lucky?

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While I listened to a range of music this year, I rounded up the 16 songs that best defined and boosted my workouts in 2013.   If I could only pick one today, it would probably be Applause.  Nothing gets me moving like Lady Gaga.  Except Girl Talk, but at this point, my obsession with Girl Talk is a bit redundant.  But I can’t knock what works, Girl Talk can save my workout like no other!

Enjoy. They are all worth a download, even as we say goodbye to 2013!

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If you’re thinking of joining a gym this January, check out this video from Yahoo Finance for tips to get the best deal.  There’s nothing revolutionary in it, but it reinforced that you should never pay full price or buckle to the pressure of the overly pushy membership specialists or PTs.

PS I pick Blurred Lines.

 

Running Playlist Winter 2013

What a sunny, snowy Saturday we have in NYC!  It’s always so bright when in snows, it makes me forget how short the winter days are!

This morning we had a date with Barry!  We got there about 15 minutes early, but true devotees apparently arrive much earlier.  I told Frank that it was probably best to do the treadmills first to get the running over with, apparently that is a popular strategy because the treadmills were gone instantly.  Hello, strength.

I grabbed 8 pound weights, in hindsight 10s would have been better.  Frank took 25s, which is just insane. This was only my second time (first time recap here), so I was expecting 15 minutes strength, 15 minutes running, 15 minutes strength, 15 minutes running.

However, after several sets of lunges with the booty bands, lots of arm work and some ab work, I started thinking, those people have been on the treadmill a LONG time.  Is this a 90 minute class?  A few minutes later, Joey announced it was a 30 on 30 off day!

Initially I wasn’t thrilled about this news, I think it’s easier mentally to get through 15 minutes on the treadmill, even if you know you have to do it twice.  However, it really wasn’t too bad.  Don’t get me wrong, there were several occasions where the last 15 seconds took everything I had and maybe a little more, but we didn’t have to go up to crazy insane speeds, topping out at 9MPH for no longer than 90 seconds. The structure was something like this…

DIY Treadmill Bootcamp (similar not identical BB):

  • 2 minute warm up at  6MPH
  • 5 minute climb (start at 7MPH and increase by .5 every minute until 9.0)
  • 1 minute recover
  • 5 minute ladder (start at 7MPH and increase by 1 MPH to 9.0 and then back down)
  • 1 minute recover
  • 5 minute climb (start at 7MPH and increase by .5 every minute until 9.0)
  • 3 minute sprint with incline (run at your top speed and increase incline to 3.0 at minute 2 and 6.0 for minute 3) x2
  • 1 minute recover
  • 90 second spring at incline of 8.0
  • 30 second recover
  • 30 second sprint

I’m definitely getting why people love Barry’s, you feel so accomplished at the end!

So back to the playlist, here is my latest. I’m definitely in love with it.

Warm Up:

Take a Walk-Passion Pit (who I saw at the Garden last night!)

Workout:

Sweet Nothing–Calvin Harris

Locked out of Heaven--Bruno Mars

Don’t Stop the Party–Pitbull (really love this for a good push)

C’Mon-Ke$ha

Thrift Shop–Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Scream & Shout–Will.i.am (can I just say, thank god for Britney Bitch?)

Don’t You Worry Child–Swedish House Mafia

I Knew You Were Trouble–Taylor Swift <–Favorite T Swizzle song of all time

Beauty and a Beat–Justin Bieber feat Nicki Minaj

Ho Hey–Lumineer

Cool Down:

Suit and Tie–JT

 

September Playlist!

I’ve got to admit, lately my playlists have been pretty mainstream.  I just haven’t been finding the fun indie music as much as I used to. That said, top 40s tunes have never left me wanting more in the gym.  These are my favorite jams for the start of fall…

  1. Some Nights-Fun.  I’m loving Fun lately.
  2. Titanium--David Guetta. I can’t get enough of this one.
  3. One More Night–Maroon 5.  Adam Levine has been on fire lately and this is one of my current fans.
  4. Everybody Talks-Neon Trees. Fun, fast, catchy.
  5. Blow Me–Pink. Not a huge Pink fan, but this is good for a sweat sesh.
  6. Brokenhearted–Karmin. Another light, easy to get into song.
  7. Good Time--Owl City and Carly Rae Jenson.  This song is pretty cheesy, but download it maybe?
  8. Where Have You Been–Rihanna. Good for the club, good for cardio.
  9. Let’s Go–Calvin Harris and Neyo–ditto above.
  10. Next Year-Two Door Cinema Club. A nice alternative treat for a change.
  11. Clique–Jay-Z and Kanye.  Good for my rap lovers.
  12. Good Girl–Carrie Underwood. Good for my country lovers.

Happy listening!

June Workout Playlist

I am hoping June will be a month of change–new habits, new workouts and definitely a new playlist!

One of the recommended items to pack for Reach the Beach was CDs—and I took that recommendation pretty seriously.  We probably listened to the CD I made at least a dozen times over the course of 30 hours in the van—I am sure some appreciated that more than others. This playlist is combination of our favorite Reach the Beach tunes and some other songs that are on my newly updated playlist! 

Enjoy!

  1. Call Me Maybe-Carly Rae Jepsen
  2. Good Feeling—Flo Rida
  3. Turn Me On—David Guetta and Nicki Minaj
  4. You Make Me Feel—Cobra Starship
  5. We are Young—Fun
  6. Payphone-Maroon Five
  7. Drive By-Train
  8. Give Me Everything—Pitbull
  9. Someone that I Used to Know–Gotye
  10. Give It Back-Ting Tings
  11. Chasing the Sun-The Wanted
  12. Wild Ones-Flo Rida
  13. Sexy and I Know It-LMFAO
  14. Back in Time—Pitbull
  15. Brokenhearted–Karmin

Boring Playlist

This Playlist ;)

25 Best Workout Songs of 2011

It’s time again to list the songs that powered by workouts throughout the year!  This year had some great pop songs—not to mention some of the best Britney in years!

In no particular order, here they are

1. Stereo Hearts—Gym Class Heroes returned from oblivion and made a song just as catchy as Cupid Chokehold!

2. Countdown—The actual countdown of this song packs the cardio punch that Beyonce does so well.

3. Mr. SaxobeatPerfect for sprints

4. Club can’t handle me—Makes you feel cooler than Jay-Z, as you pound out the miles.

5. F*** You—This song came out of nowhere to make you remember all those people you want to forget.

6. Black and Yellow—Silly, yet effective cardio fuel.

7. Ni**as in Paris—Kayne and Jay Z take on the city of lights and win.

8. We Found LoveFrank likes to say, we found dove in a soapless place, so now that’s what I always hear.  A little slow, but still makes the list.

9. You Make Me Feel So run run run run run. I have never heard a Cobra Starship song that doesn’t make me want to dance around.

10. Party Rock Anthem—It’s not a song, it’s an anthem, and one that will get you moving at the club or gym.

11. All of the Lights—Kayne had to make the list and this song is kind of meditative and great for repetitive movements like the ellip or bike on high resistance.

12. Boom Boom Pow  You all know I want to get down, but thanks for asking Fergie.

13. Edge of Glory—During races, I like to think that I am on the edge of glory.

14. Till the world ends—What you waiting for?  Meet Britney on the floor.  I can totally picture her bopping around on the dance floor. I like the mix of techno and pop in this song.

15. I Wanna Go The Bravo song of summer, painfully addicting.

16. 6 foot 7  This is a Lil’ more hard core than some of the lighter pop songs, but still fun.  Like lil wayne, I have also dreamed of being 6 foot 7.

17. Pumped up kicks  Much the opposite of Lil Wayne, this song is light and perfect for a warm up.  It even tells you that you better run.  It was one of the first songs playing on the marathon course.

18. Last Friday night  Brings me back to summers in suburbia.

19. Give Me Everything  Pitbull spins a good one. This is a great sprint song, super fast and lots of fun. It makes you want to give it everything.

20. Internet Killed the Video Star I was obsessed with this song, for over a year I guess, but it still counts. They played it at the beginning of a race once and it totally pumped me up.

21. Square Dance  I decided to make a playlist of “at bat songs” one yankees game this season and this song really stuck.  It may not be new, but it was new to me.

22. Winner Ditto above

23. Money Grabber  I love the mix of fast and slow, it’s great for intervals.  Plus, the song is so much fun. It’s like the non-Kanye version of gold digger.

24. Hard  This song is great when you need something to get through a lazy workout, it reminds me that it’s supposed to be hard.

25. I’m Into You  I love this one.  It’s a perfect flirty, yet a little bit tough workout song.

Swagger and Swing Playlist

One of my favorite things about watching sporting events live is the music that’s played.  In (college) basketball, it’s the music the play during timeout and half time.  In baseball, it’s the music the players walk out to bat to.  Or the pitchers walk to the mound to.

Being as I have been to my fair share of Yankees games–1.5 last weekend alone–I often get inspired by their high energy music choices and want to add them to my workout playlists.

While I was hoping that there would be a more accessible database of Yankees at bat songs, I was able to pull together a playlist of songs endorsed by the NYYs–past and present players. This mix is all about confidence and determination.  Apparently for the yankees, confidence involves a lot of Jay-Z.

As a final piece of Yankees news, I recently found out the Curtis Granderson actually has a fundraising team for the NYC marathon.  Curtis is very involved in helping you and all the members of his marathon team raise money for the Grand Kids Foundation.  You can find out more about his NYC Marathon team here. The major perk: meeting Granderson!

Fitness Faves and How He Do Playlist

I have had the pleasure of doing a guest post for Jenny of Have Your Cake!  Hop over to her blog and checkout my top five fitness must have of the moment.

I just realized that it has been a really long time since I have done a playlist.  Playlists used to be one of the few signatures of the blog.  I haven’t been listening to anything life changing, although super mash bros is almost in that category—thanks Dori!

So I asked the boy what he listens to at the gym, here’s what he’s got…

HOW HE DO PLAYLIST:

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He also mentioned, “obvi, anyone who has ever seen Bill seek the Queen’s help knows that the best song ever is New World In My View by King Britt & Sister Gertrude Morgan.”  Ominous, yes.  Workout song? questionable.

I should mention I almost stopped dating Frank when very early on he told me one of his favorite songs was The Sweater Song by Weezer.  Classic yes, but not a song that should be in the top five favorites.  Fortunately, since then he has proven that he does, in fact, have decent-excellent taste in music.and here we are today.

We are headed to a wedding in Rochester tomorrow, so blogging may be sparse over the weekend.  Wish us luck on our first “on the road” long run!

Shed It and Get It Playlist!

Hi Ya’ll,

We have an exciting guest post from one of my favorite bloggers, Rachel of Shedding It.   I don’t know if there is anything  that make me laugh as hard as Rachel’s Shed Theater videos.  And there are few things more useful than her great playlists!  On that note, I’ll let her take over…

Hey everyone! I’m Rachel from Shedding It & Getting It, and I’m a big fan of Melissa’s blog.

One of the main things that made me love Fitness NYC so much is her dedication to good music! I hate working out without a baller playlist to motivate me. It’s not just there as background music — I used it to set my tempo and incline and to stay engaged when I’m working out. (And entertained — to be honest, sometimes I LOL in the gym at the awesomely bad lyrics these rappers pull out.)

I usually go for themed playlists to help me set the mood, and so for my role as guest DJ, I decided to go with a Sexy Techie playlist. I’m a workout geek — I rely on my Shuffle, my fitness apps, my performance sports bras, my heart rate monitor, and a whole lot of other expensive gear to keep me motivated! And, of course, I rely on 50 Cent and JT offering, “I’m tired of using technology/Why don’t you sit down on top of me?” Um, as soon as I finish this set, I will!

  • Radio (Beyonce)
  • Electric Feel Justice Remix (MGMT)
  • Tape Song (The Kills)
  • Telephone Ghislain Poirier Remix (TTC)
  • Ayo Technology (50 Cent)
  • Phonography (Britney Spears)
  • Electric City (Black Eyed Peas)
  • Call Me (Blondie)
  • LOL :-) (Trey Songz)
  • Video Phone (Beyonce)
  • RoboCop (Kanye West)
  • Got Your Number (Nadia Oh)
  • Timebomb (Beck)
  • E-Mail My Heart (Britney Spears)
You can judge that last song, but after a hard workout, cooling down while the 15-year-old Britney croons, “It’s been hours, seems like days, since you went away…” is totally cathartic.

Gridiron Run and Blogger Brunch

Wow, another weekend gone too soon.  The busier they are, the faster they fly by.

Sunday was the highly anticipated Blogger Run and Brunch!  I stayed overnight at a friend Derek’s apartment near the park, so I wouldn’t have to get up too early for the 9AM race.  Turns out my friend Derek’s girlfriend is a runner, so she actually joined the race with me, borrowing Katherine’s bib and dtag. We somehow way overestimated the amount of time it would take us to jog three blocks to the park, so we arrived to empty corrals at 8:15 with 45 minutes left to freeze our butts off.  So we decided to stay warm by jogging around. After running down a very quiet and chilly Madison Ave for a while, we headed back over to the start.  Unfortunately, I didn’t see any of the lovely blogger bunch anywhere :(.

A few minutes before the race started, I lost Meg to a last minute restroom run. So I set off on my own.  Meg hadn’t mentioned how much of a runner she was, but I found out that she has run many marathons and was even a pace coach in California.  I am happy she didn’t have me to slow her down!  My race, though solitary, went smoothly.  I took it really easy the first mile.  I had to ditch my gloves and tuck the little hand fabric in the sleeves of my running jacket around my cuffed fingers to ease the intense burning going on.  Once the icy pain eased, I happily sailed along until around mile two, when a six year old passed me, and I decided I better start picking it up a bit.  When I reached mile 3, I realized I had taken it way too easy.  I had never felt so fresh at that point in a race before.  Since the last mile of the race was all downhill, I really tried to go for it.  Fortunately, my playlist had some great sprint songs at the end.  I finished pretty strong, but knew I could have ran much much harder overall.

Here was my totally randomly thrown together Gridiron Playlist.  It ended up being great, I skipped You’re So Damn Hot and finished the race just as Kill the Director was starting.  It was a good mix of new and old favs.

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My time was actually my second fasted 4 miler with NYRR, but much slower than my 8:50 Turkey Trot Pace.

My official time was 38:21.

I was worried I wouldn’t be able to find Meg at the end, but she was right there as I crossed the finish.  She finished in a speedy 32:08!

After the race, the real fun began.  I dashed back to D’s to pick up my stuff, take off my bottom layer and throw on some jeans and then went to meet up with several of my favorite ladies!  This of course included my blog crush, and NYC guest of honor, Meghann!  Graduate Meghann is one of two blogs I don’t have on my google reader because I never go a day without checking it at least once—pure runspiration! Meghann is now fully aware that I am a creepy stalker.  Happy Birthday BTW!  And the other lovely lady is my friend, neighbor and fellow blogger Ashley. How are you so glowing and fresh after the race, Ash?

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Brunch at Arte was great.  It gave me a chance to catch up with Dori, Heather, Katie, Jesse and several other great bloggers and runners! I hope to run and brunch with you all soon.  I am thinking of signing up for the Shamrock and the NYRR8000, anyone else?

Group Shot Gridiron 4 Mile

After brunch ended, I headed to work for a few hours, and then to help a friend get ready for a superbowl party. While I like football okay, I love the superbowl,  and I fully embraced the opportunity to do some baking!

Images graciously used from Google Images to represent likeness.

I made Southern Style Cornbread adapted from the amazing Angelica Kitchen recipe pg 158:

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup ww flour
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • few dashed garlic powder
  • 1 cup skim milk or butter milk
  • 1/4 EVO
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.  delicious

I made one of my favorite desserts of all time:

CHOCOLATE STREUSEL BARS

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  • 1 ¾ cups unsifted flour
  • 1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 cup cold margarine or butter
  • 2 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • (NOT evaporated milk)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (or chocolate morsels)

Preheat oven to 350°. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar and cocoa. Cut in margarine until crumbly (mixture will be dry). Reserving 2 cups crumb mixture, press remainder on bottom of 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake 15 minutes. In large mixer bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in Eagle Brand until smooth. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Pour over prepared crust. Combine nuts (or morsels) with reserved crumb mixture; sprinkle evenly over cheese mixture. Bake 20-25 minutes or until bubbly. Cool. Chill. Cut into bars. Store covered in refrigerator.

Finally for a super simple, yet very impressive appetizer, I made

Caprese Skewers

  • bocconcini (mozzarella balls)–find very very fresh!
  • sweet cherry tomatoes (or grape in a pinch)
  • fresh basil leaves
  • s+p
  • evoo and balsamic
  • dried oregano

Simple skewer the mozzarella on a toothpick/skewer, follow with a basil leave and one tomato.  Around completed skewers on a platter and drizzle with EVOO, BV, Salt, Pepper and dried oregano. Viola.  As long as your ingredients are super fresh and high quality, this will be molto bene! I stole the idea from Miss RR

Also on the extensive party menu was: a whole roasted turkey, chili, two types of ziti with homemade sauce, white sweet potato fries, fresh guac, bean dip, chocolate chip cookies, banana pudding, baby carrots (all me), chips, pretzels, fried cheese sticks, tacitos, mini pizza, nuts, candy corn, and beer.  I think there were more food options than interceptions and completions combined. lol.

I hope you all enjoyed the superbowl/and or the commercials.  If anyone is interested here are some of the songs played in the commercials.  It includes Two Weeks by Grizzly Bear, which Gena recently put on a mix for me and I LOVE. Also, here’s what happened if you called Barney!

Hope you all had a great Monday!  I hope to finally put together my next NYC post soon!