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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.

 

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

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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.

Running Memories

Happy National Running Day!

I thought today would be a good opportunity to take a jog down memory lane. Over the years, I have run races in blistering heat (remember the More Half Ashley?), freezing cold (Gridiron anyone?), rain (NYRR 4Miler) and perfect weather (fortunately most fall under this category), every race is special in it’s own way, but some really stand out. Here is a round up of a few of my favorite race experiences, running playlists and my dream races to run in the future!

Great Races

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Turkey TrotsI love them all, but I believe I PRed in 2009 with a time of 27:24. You never know what upstate November will bring, I’ve trotted in low 30s and mid 50s!

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Queens Half 2007—my first half!  I am glad they changed the course to a more fun route, but you’ll always remember your first official half!  I am excited to run it again this year!

Run as One April 2008 4M—My friend Rev guided me through this one and helped me finished strong!

San Francisco Marathon—my first ever and a major victory!

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New York City Marathon—a truly magical marathon experience

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Staten Island Halfmy longest race of 2010!

Great Running Playlists

You know how I feel about music, here are a just a few of my favorites!

Best Songs of 2008

Ultimate Running Playlist

Power Running Songs

Dream Race List

This post summarizes my race wish list, to it I will add the Disney Princess Half and Lake George Half!

Do you have a race wish list or favorite race experience?  What defines a great race, a PR or the experience itself?

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:

For a throwback (and running), try

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.

Sexy Girl Playlist!

Thanks for all the great feedback on my new header!  I needed a makeover.   You may remember that my roommate Liz, contributed a Bring Out the Sexy playlist a while back.  Well, for Christmas, I made her a playlist of some of my favorite songs with a strong, sexy female theme.  There are a few that are a bit more romantic in sentiment, but all good tunes and all great workout energizers. I have to say, the vast majority of these are from CDs that Gena has given to me over the years, so she certainly deserves a lot of credit for this fun, feel sexy playlist.

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While I typically don’t annotate my playlists, I thought I would share a few words about some of the highlights.

Let Me Blow Your Mind—definitely no fear, empowered female song with an  I am sexy and I know it vibe, not on I don’t shave my armpits on principal kind of vibe.  Embodies the message and purpose of the whole list.

Getting Down, Bitch, No Sex for Ben.  All picks from Gossip Girl. The first is just sexy and started my love of the Kills, the second one I can’t help but sing aloud even though the band is french and there are literally only three lines of discrete lyrics. No Sex for Ben—funny and a great energizer.

No You Girls.  I became a fan of Franz Ferdinand during Crossfit LIC. Great workout music.  This song brings to light that men are from mars, women are from venus.

3 because Brit Brit is amazing and it took me at least 15 listens before I realized what this song was all about.  She is so deep.

Jerk it—Suggested for my Ultimate Running Playlist and it is just totally amazing.  Thunderheist is the new Girl Talk by way of Missy Elliot—on my ipod anyway.  That said, I am dying for a new GT album.

You’re So Damn Hot—Because Liz really is.  This song should just come on when she enters the bar.

Meddle-I can’t get enough of this song thanks to Rachel.  Amazing!

Finding Out True Love is Blind and Oh la la—the first is funny and inappropriate, bondage references included.  The second just makes you feel sexy and in control.

Catastrophe and Bruises—Gifts from Gena.  Neither fit the theme too well, but I love them both. Catastrophe is a stunning song and Bruises is quirky and silly, but who hasn’t been there?

Best of Me, Popular, Beautiful Dirty Rich—sometimes you gotta just let out the confidence. Accept you’re a hot piece and own it! Def Liz songs.

The Ultimate Running Playlist!

Thank you all so much for your wonderful running song suggestions!  I am thrilled to have so many new options!  I have never heard Thunderheist and they rock!  And that is just one of so many new and amazing running/workout songs!  Ice Cream Paint Job? awesome.  Sexy Bitch? Fab! Coffee? love it.  I could go on and on! 

Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I tried to include almost every single suggestion. But a lot of the bands have multiple great songs, so I only put one or two per band.  A couple songs are a little slower, but sometimes that is what you need to zone out.  All in all, I think it is one amazing power workout playlist!

Clearly this is way longer than a 5K playlist, so I reveal what made my Turkey Trot 5K list tomorrow :) But for now, enjoy and happy running!

  1. Sexy bitch—David Guetta–Tami
  2. 3—Britney Spears—In Place of Poetry
  3. Bad Romance—Lady Gaga—Choosing Raw
  4. Empire State of Mind—Jay Z–IrunIsweat
  5. BOB—Black Eyed Peas–Caitlin
  6. Bite Hard—Franz Ferdinand– Kate
  7. 1901—Phoenix–Shane
  8. Coffee—Aesop Rocks—Irunisweat
  9. Dirrty—Christina Aguilera–IrunIsweat
  10. Space Cowboy—Thunderheist– Lindsey
  11. Jerk It—Thunderheist–Lindsey
  12. Meddle—Little Boots—Shedding It
  13. Ain’t Nothing Wrong with That—Robert Rudolph–Me
  14. Gotta Get Through This—David Benningfield–Dori
  15. Sweet Dreams—Beyonce-Shane
  16.  I Want It All—Birdman and Little Wayne—The Gym is My New BF (love!)
  17.  My Doorbell-The White Stripes—SallyAnne
  18. Ice cream paint job—Dorrough-I Ate a Pie
  19.  Just Dance—Lady Gaga—Echers
  20. Take Your Mama—Scissors Sisters–Echers
  21. Stronger-Kanye West—Marathon Val
  22. Spiderwebs-No Doubt—Lil Veggie Patch
  23. Losers—The Upwelling—Lil Veggie Patch
  24. Meet Me Halfway—Black Eyed Peas—SallyAnne
  25. Anything by Pitbull—SallyAnne
  26. Say Hey-Michael Franti-DoriShinyBlog
  27. Hey World—Michael Franti—DoriShinyBlog
  28. For Your Entertainment-Adam Lampert-Me
  29. I Gotta Feeling-Black Eyed Peas—Marathons  N Martinis
  30. G is for Girl—Ciara—Run Bike Swim Girl
  31. What You Know—Ti—Run Bike Swim Girl (love)
  32. Higher and Higher—Jackie Wilson–Runner Wife’s Life
  33. Right Now—Akon–Runner Wife’s Life
  34. Digital Love-Daft Punk—Big Girl Eats
  35. Don’t Stop Believin—U2—Tami
  36. Face Drop-Sean Kingston—In Place of Poetry
  37. Electric Feel-MGMT-Shane
  38. Best of Me—Morningwood—Me
  39. Your Gonna Go Far Kid—The Offspring–Me
  40. No Sex for Ben-The Rapture-Me

Tis the season and have a fit weekend!

Hi Everyone,

Happy Friday! What a week! I am ready to detox mentally and settle into a weekend full of homework.  Sounds fun, huh? 

Apparently this is the season to guest post!  I will be posting on a number of my favorite blogs over the next few weeks, so that’s pretty exciting.  In fact, the guest posting frenzy starts right now.  Rachel from Shedding It and Getting It suggested that we do guest playlists on each others blogs.  I hope you will you check out my post, I have to say it is one of my favorite playlists ever!

Let’s get right into the Leaner Legs Workout #3!

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As you might have guessed, I borrowed heavily from Tina’s workout and I loved it!  I modified slightly:

Set 1

  • 30 alternating lunges with bicep curls on bosu ball (5 lb. weights)
  • 40 Squats holding weights on bosu
  • 15 stationary lunges  (each side) on bosu with hammer curls
  • 30 plie squats with upright row holding weights

Set 2

  • 30 alternating lunges with bicep curls on bosu ball (5 lb. weights)
  • 40 squats on bosu
  • 15 stationary lunges  (each side) on bosu holding weights
  • 15 plie squats with upright row

I forgot to stretch!  Ooops

But I did go right into my second cardio session of the day.  30 minutes on the elliptical alternating one minute of moderate intensity with one minute of high intensity (I did the same thing that morning, so a total of 60 minutes).

I have a bunch of great leg workouts I am excited to try and share, but if you would like to do a guest post leaner legs workout, I would be happy to feature you!

For my AB ATTACK

aka Whittle My Middle, I busted out the ab moves I featured in a video post quite a while ago.  The post is a little embarrassing, but the ab moves are good!  Speaking of abs, someone asked what the ragdoll move is.  It’s hard to explain in words, but basically, it is a standing ab move where you drop to one side quickly as if your arm was moving down along the outside of your leg, limp like a doll, and the come up from an L with one arm up and the other straight out and reach to the side.  Repeat on the other side.   While this is nothing like my standing ab routine, it’s a good example of a standing ab work (if the video doesn’t work just click over to youtube):

Other fitness musings…

I am loving my cardio intervals lately, they really help me get out of my comfort zone without too much discomfort :)  For once, I have a good balance of cardio and strength in my regimen, I usually tend to get sucked into one or the other.  But I do have to start running, less than a week until Turkey Trot! 

Oh, we just switched cable companies and I finally have FitTV!  Yay!