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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: “Superlove with Avicii” 23

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“Superlove 2016” Playlist (50 Minute-Ride)

Avicii

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I am a loyal Avicii fan and am so sad I will most likely never had the chance to see him live as my Swedish heartthrob is retiring at the ripe old age of 26-years old. (Wahhhh!)

So I wanted to include his music in one more playlist this year to celebrate his magical producing abilities. You’re welcome!

The rest of this list is my usual mix of old and new (filled with tons of 90s tunes, of course.) Let me know what you think and please leave some song suggestions in the comments below or on Twitter @BrooklynFitChik. Now load up that smartphone and get to working out!

Thanks!

  • Superlove: Avicii with Lenny Kravitz

This song is almost THE perfect warm-up for an indoor cycling class in like, ever.  It has this great beat that has a European vibe and then the drums kick in and BAM! The pace quickens and you peddle like mad. Then it gets kind of quiet and Lenny Kravitz’ voice takes over. Trust me—this is a dope jam.

 

  • Are You Gonna be My Girl: JET

How is it possible this song is actually 13-years old? (Makes me wistful for 2003…)

 

  • California Love: 2Pac

My favorite thing about using this song is the expression on people’s faces while it plays. California Love is a uniter not a divider!

 

  • Supersoaker: Kings of Leon

I love this one for sprints out of the saddle in 30, 20 and 10 second intervals in case you are wondering what to do with it.

 

  • On the Road Again: Canned Heat

This is my first “climb” song for the ride and I love how trippy it sounds over the speakers. The beat is consistent and motivating as well. Don’t be afraid to try it out on your students!

 

  • Supermassive Black Hole: Muse

The singer, Matt Bellamy, rocks out with a cool falsetto in this number I remember from the Twilight movie (don’t judge!)

 

  • Let me Entertain You: Robbie Williams

If you are not familiar with the awesomeness of Robbie Williams—start with this song. He kills it live, by the way.

 

  • My Moon My Man: Feist

I use this for “out of the saddle” climbs and the best part is the past part of the song which ends with a weird “walk off.” (Download it and you will see what I mean!)

 

  • Gold, Girls, Guns: Metric

As the biggest fan of Metric in the U.S. I will keep including them in playlists until they take off around the world.

 

  • It’s All Been Done: Barenaked Ladies

This band achieves a neat trick—they are in real life hilarious and great as a band. Only The Monkees do it better.

 

  • Stupid Girl: Garbage

Shirley Manson is one of my favorite singers of all time and this tune in particular rocks my socks off.

 

  • The Impression That I Get: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

I always time for this loud and raucous song that screams 90s.

 

  • Baby, I Love Your Way: Peter Frampton

It’s summer when I am writing up this playlist and nothing says “sum-ah” more to me than listening to some Frampton. Enjoy!

 

That’s it for me this time. What are your new favorite tunes to check out!

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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New “Ventura Highway” Playlist! 5

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“Ventura Highway” 50-Minute Ride

Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon

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This week’s playlist is a mixture of old and new styles of music for a 50-minute cardio workout that works well for indoor cycling, outdoor running and the elliptical. The pace is a mixture of easy resistance and a fast cadence to slower climbs requiring more muscle endurance.

Be sure to keep hydrated while you workout and as always—send me your favorite song suggestions!

  • Venture Highway (Deepsky’s Blizzard in L.A. Remix): America

I have used this song as a warm-up before and it always makes me feel happy. The mixture of dreamy orchestration mixed with the 70s hit makes me want to wear a poncho and stare at the stars at night.

  • Anything, Anything: Dramarama

OMG—I freaking love this song from the early 80s. The band broke up in 1994 but got back together after appearing in VH-1’s Bands Reunited.

  • Rumble and Sway: Jamie N Commons

This cute British boy is just 25 years old but rocks like an old blues artist.

  • Supersoaker: Kings of Leon

This song always makes me want to run faster and work harder. Perfect for sprints or running intervals.

  • Once in a Lifetime: Talking Heads

By far my favorite version of one of the best tunes of all freaking time!

  • Tongue Tied: Group Love

If you need something fun and poppy after a big mean climb.

  • I am One: Smashing Pumpkins

My inner 90s warrior chick luvs this band and this song in particular.

  • Blow Me One Last Kiss: P!nk

I think I have a problem when it comes to P!nk because if I do not hear her every single day—my world seems boring.

  • Tusk: Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac released a double album after their smash Rumors called Tusk and it contains exactly two decent songs on it. Can you guess the other one?

  • Bodysnatchers: Radiohead

This is a little gem from their In Rainbows CD you were allowed to pay whatever you wanted for it at the time.

  • Use Me (Live): Hootie & The Blowfish

Yes, I picked a Hootie song because this cover of Bill Withers’ hit kicks serious ass!

  • Love Runs Out: OneRepublic

Not sure why they do not have a space between “One” and “Republic” but I do like this tune.

  • That’s the Way: Led Zeppelin

The “Gods of Thunder” could write pretty ballads and this one always puts me in a good mood.

That’s all I have today folks. Let me know about some of your favorite songs and radio stations. I am always looking for good tunes.

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist “Hey Brother” Ride Avicci, The Fugees, The Killers, Big Data & More 3

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“Hey Brother” (50-minute Ride)

(Also, Does Your Gym Stereo Suck As Much As Mine?)

Fugees

 

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A few weeks ago I heard Killing Me Softly With His Song by Roberta Flack on the local oldies station and then switched to a hip hop channel and heard The Fugees remake only a few minutes later—spooky!  It was then I decided to download The Score and include them in my next playlist. Done and done.

Here is my quandary and I want to know if any of you out there experience this as well. Do you ever come across any songs that are/were recorded at too soft a volume to play on your gym stereo? Every once in a while, I play a tune in class that sounds like a whisper and even if I turn the stereo “to 11”—it just does not play loud enough.  Is it just me?  Does this happen to any of you as well?

That is exactly what happened with my Fugees this past week. I cranked the stereo all the way up and you could still barely hear Lauryn Hill which is a travesty.  Music industry—figure out this problem!

Anyway, today’s playlist got an official thumb’s up by the local high school track team who heard me play it over the loud speakers at my gym. Let’s dive in…

 

  • Hey Brother: Avicii

Avicii is a Swedish DJ who is getting tons of airplay these days and this particular tune has kind of a country twang to it making it fun for a warm-up.

 

  • Crank It Up: Hipjoint (with Sherry St. Germain)

This song has a raucous, fun beat and (thankfully) plays super loud!

(Sorry–no video clip exists for this song. Try iTunes!)

 

  • Killing Me Softly With His Song: The Fugees

If you are not moved by this song in any way—you simply have no soul.

 

  • Boys Wanna Be Her: Peaches

Have you heard about the fabulous Peaches? This woman can rock bigger and better than most dudes!

 

  • Dangerous: Big Data

If you like you like funky music—give jam a try. You’ll be glad you did!

 

  • Jump Around: House of Pain

I saw a kid today dance his butt off to Jump Around and it made me smile.

 

  • No Heaven: Champion

This song has a bouncy feel.

 

  • Temple: Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon know how to create hard-driving tunes that get people to move faster.

 

  • Cannibal: Silversun Pickups

The latest from this band is really fast and perfect for sprint drills.

 

  • We’re All In This Together: Sam Roberts Band

Sam Roberts is a totally adorable Canadian (you know I love my Canadians!)

 

  • Sweater Weather: The Neighbourhood

Not quite sure what it is about this song I like so much but it sort of draws me into a whole other world whenever I hear it.

 

  • Seether: Veruca Salt

I use Veruca Salt  to soothe my inner 90s rock chick.

 

  • All These Things That I’ve Done: The Killers

Let’s end this ride with a cool down with this tune from my favorite band from Las Vegas.

That’s all I have today folks. Let me know about some of your favorite songs and radio stations. I am always looking for good tunes.

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick “Top Workout Songs of 2013” (Plus, A Few Stinkers!) #playlist #sweatpink 8

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S “Best of 2013”

Top 14 Workout Songs from 2013

(Plus, A Few Stinkers…)

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It’s end of the year time and I am ready to look back on the “Best of’ 2013″ and the songs I most frequently played in my classes (I teach spin, core training and boot camp by the way.) Enjoy!

Also included a few tunes that I just could not get on board with this year at ALL. Let me know what you think!

 

  • Unbelievers: Vampire Weekend

This is one of those songs that always made me smile when it came on the radio. They are also from Brooklyn which is pretty damn cool!

 

  • Come & Get It: Selena Gomez

This has everything that would normally drive me crazy in a dance song (cheesy lyrics, weird “voice” work, droning beats) but dammit I just love it to death. Come & Get It brings out the giddy 15 year-old in me and I proudly put it on my “Best of” list.

 

  • Came Back Haunted: Nine Inch Nails

So happy these guys are back and this particular song is so freakin’ motivating when you want to work harder and sprint faster. Get it now!

 

  • Supersoaker: Kings of Leon

I love this band because they know how to write hard-driving songs without being too “heavy” or dark. This is one of those tunes that will help you keep a steady pace.

 

  • Recovery: Frank Turner

Frank Turner has a fun, sexy British accent that he uses well in this happy, boppy song.

 

  • If So: Atlas Genius

If you are not familiar with Atlas Genius—they are an Australian pop rock band and they write some catchy tunes and this chipper number had me from the first note.

 

  • Out of My League: Fitz & the Tantrums

Fitz & the Tantrums have recorded some of the most fun and bounciest songs I have ever heard in my life and this one in particular gave me the “happies.”

 

  • Royals: Lorde

I know some people are having Royals fatigue but I will never forget the first time I heard this song and how much it just caught my attention.

 

  • Roar: Katy Perry

This is NOT my favorite video (cheesy McCheese, geez Louise!) However, listening to Roar always makes me want to be a teenager again so I can dance around my bedroom and sing along to this anthem.

 

  • Timeless: The Airborne Toxic Event

Sure it is a tad overwrought and earnest but so the hell what? It’s a great song and perfect for either a steady climb or a cool down.

 

  • Get Lucky: Daft Punk (Featuring Pharrell Williams)

Six minutes of mindless fun and a beat that is just so damn catchy. (Wish they were not being so rude to my imaginary boyfriend Stephen Colbert.)

 

  • Feeling Good: The Sheepdogs

I included this one from The Sheepdogs in three different playlists this year because I lerve it so darn much. Go Canada!

  • My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark: Fall Out Boy

I never thought I would see the day this band appeared on my iPod but this song kicks butt!

 

  • Thrift Shop: Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis

The version full of cursing makes my heart soar. Love you Mackelmore!

 

 

And now my picks for the “4 Stinkers of 2013″

  • Blurred Lines: Robin Thicke

Okay—yes, the song is insanely catchy and I did include it for one of my playlists this past year. However, after listening to Robin Thicke being interviewed on The Howard Stern Show I realize this guy is a total sexist dunce and he does not deserve a second of my time. (And Blurred Lines sounds like a Marvin Gaye rip-off!)

 

  • Applause: Lady Gaga

I happen to love Lady Gaga and will defend her to anyone who dares to speak in a negative way about her. (So what if she is pretentious? The woman is a gifted, national treasure!) However, this song just did nothing for me. Blah, boring, snooze. (Sorry Gaga! The rest of the album is fantastic!)

 

  • Work B***H: Britney Spears

The b-word has been abused way too often in music lately (honestly, sometimes I would rather hear the c-word instead!)  I reject this lame offering from Britney Jean not only for that but also for the horrible monotonous beat that made me want to punch a kitten. (And I am a crazy cat lady!)

 

  • Bound 2: Kanye West

Oof—this one is just indefensible. (But the “alternate” version is a gift from the comedy gods.)

 

That’s all I have for now. Let me know your best/worst for 2013. Also, what music are you looking forward to in 2014? Bring it!

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick New Playlist featuring Bruno Mars, Kings of Leon, Vampire Weekend, Rolling Stones and Silversun Pickups 2

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S WORKOUT PLAYLIST

“Bruno Mars Ride” Playlist

50-Minute Intervals Ride

Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars

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When I first started teaching I was a hard core rock chick when it came to playlists including healthy doses of the Pixies, Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters and The Beatles. In my “real life” that is still who I am but over time my students started asking me to pick music more current and popular.

“Blech!” was my original thought but after attempting a few different radio stations online that play what the kids dig these days I have found to my amazement I really love pop music.  P!nk is incredible and Maroon 5 writes some fun tunes. Hell—I even started liking The Pussycat Dolls! What the heck has happened to me?

Anyhoo, today’s ride starts with Bruno Mars’ new song which is about as poppy as it gets and features a few old school rock and roll tunes that I love as well. You’re welcome!

  • Locked Out of Heaven: Bruno Mars

This is one of those songs that is too damn catchy for words. I wind up singing along whenever it is on the radio and might have to get more of his stuff soon.

  • San Francisco: The Mowgli’s

I know nothing about this band or why so many people are singing at once and I don’t care. It’s just a fun tune and I dig it.

  • Radioactive: Kings of Leon

Yes, this is the rock portion.

  • Timeless: The Airborne Toxic Event

This song has “high school graduation anthem” written ALL over it. (In a good way, of course.) The lead singer is adorable by the way!

  • Undercover (Of the Night): The Rolling Stones

Apparently this video could only be played late at night on MTV because it was too violent so don’t say I didn’t warn you first!

  • Voices in My Head: The Police

The drummer, Stewart Copeland, is super hot.

  • Back it Up:  Caro Emerland

My new favorite song—love it so much!

  • Free: Phish

“Where are my hippies at?!”

  • Panic Switch: Silversun Pickups

The Silversun Pickups are too awesome for words.

  • Diane Young: Vampire Weekend

To be totally honest—I can’t decide if this is their best or worst song. (But it is zippy!)

  • Bad: U2

I use this one when I want my class to go a long a looooooong climb. Back in the day Bono would reach into the audience toward the end of the tune and pull a woman out of the audience. (To dance with her only! I think.)

  • Moves Like Jagger: Maroon 5

I want to hate this but I just can’t. Twist my arm Maroon 5—you’ve got me!

  • Hard Sun: Eddie Vedder

I still think Eddie Vedder is adorable—sigh.

So what do you think of my list? Remember to send me your favorite tunes in the comments below.

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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