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New “Ventura Highway” Playlist! 5

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“Ventura Highway” 50-Minute Ride

Kings of Leon

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

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,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: “New Year’s Day” Ride U2, Pompeii, Foos, The Sheepdogs & More 2

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“New Year’s Day” (50-minute Ride)

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It might seem by the title of this week’s playlist that I was celebrating the arrival of 2014 and therefore it is special for the New Year’s holiday. No! The first track (one of U2’s best IMHO) just happens to be an excellent song to start off a class. The beat is strong, consistent and helps everyone get into the mood to ride. Therefore–you can use this playlist any time of year for a kick ass workout.

 

  • New Year’s Day: U2

Great warm-up song that can be played any time of year. Really!

 

  • Welcome to Paradise: Green Day

I always like to think of this song as THE perfect second tune to play in a spin class as it ramps up the energy and gets everyone in a good mood.

  • Gettin’ Jiggy With It: Will Smith

Is there anyone more charming and likable than Will Smith?

 

  • But if You Close Your Eyes: Pompeii

This could be my new favorite band as they write some of the best songs for working out and getting motivated to move.

 

  • No More Drama: Mary J. Blige

I have talked about this tune before but it truly  is fantastic for hills and climbs.

 

  • Modern Love: David Bowie

I like to do strength intervals here with 15-seconds of hard work and 30-second rests in between.

 

  • Feeling Good: The Sheepdogs

This is another song I have talked about before but it is just too damn catchy for words!

 

  • Times Like These: Foo Fighters

One of my students recently told me “every time I hear the Foo Fighters– I feel like doing sprints.”  The Foos know how to get people excited!

 

  • White Rabbit: Jefferson Airplane

“Remember what the door mouse said …feed your head!”

 

  • The Hardest Button to Push: The White Stripes

Bump, bump, bump—I love the beat of this song.

 

  • Ghosts: Ladytron

My students climb to this with gradually increasing resistance with the last minute being the toughest part. I tell them to work at their top level until they hear the gong. If you listen to this song you will know what I mean.

 

  • The Impression I Get: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

I am not sure what a “bosstone” is but I do love this 90s tune.

 

  • That’s the Way: Led Zeppelin

Throwing in a little Zep gives me the happies.

 

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 Playlist: Thanksgiving Big Bucket of Joy Ride 5

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“Thank You Ride” (55-minute Ride)

thanksgiving

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Today’s playlist honors everything I love about the Thanksgiving holiday—mainly as a day to remember to be thankful, joyous and celebrate your friends & family. I put this list together with the hope it makes people feel happy. So pass the turkey and the white wine this way as we take a look at my top Thanksgiving-inspired tunes.

I included a photo of my favorite Thanksgiving movie above Planes, Trains and Automobiles but let me be clear—the music from that film is the WORST. Really the most terrible, awful, synthesizer-dependent soundtrack of all time!

 

  • Let the Day Begin: The Call

I love to begin with sweet & lovely song and it seems to get the ride off in a happy mood. This one always puts the class in a good mood.

 

  • Walking on Sunshine: Katrina & the Waves

This tune makes everyone bop their heads along to the beat. It also has one of those “damn, ain’t it great to be alive?” moods to it.

 

  • Thank You (Fallentin Be Mice Self): Sly & the Family Stone

The formal “thank you” songs begin here and it is super funk-ay.

 

  • Black Friday: Steely Dan

Because the crazy shopping begins on Friday (or on Thursday evening for some of those retail freaks out there.)

 

  • Hey Ya: Outkast

If there was ever song created to make people smile and feel good—this is the one.

 

  • What a Wonderful World: Joey Ramone

This is probably my favorite version of one of my favorite songs of all time.

 

  • Praise You:  Fatboy Slim

Praise, celebration, fun times! This song has it and a catchy beat that I like to use for climbs.

 

  • Family Affair: Mary J. Blige

Let’s celebrate like a functional family, people! (They do exist—right?)

 

  • I Want to Celebrate: Rare Earth

I use this one for sprint and high intensity intervals.

 

  • I Thank You: ZZ Top

There is something wrong with you if you can’t have a little fun with this my boys with the beards. Very naughty and nice at the same time!

 

  • Friends: Led Zeppelin

One of the nice things about being the teacher is that I can put together any playlist I want. And that means I can include this little gem from Led Zeppelin 3.

 

  • Lovely Day: Bill Withers

The man holds the last note for over a minute people! What is better than that? (Sorry but no video is available of this tune!!!)

 

  • It’s a Good Day: Peggy Lee

Not sure why this song has been stuck in my head lately but I figured this was a good of a time as any to include it in my class.

 

  • Thank You: Dido

What is Dido up to these days? I really loved this album.

 

  • Thank You: Tory Amos

This is such a cool version of another favorite Led Zeppelin tune.

 

That’s all I have today folks. Please, please know about some of your favorite songs. I am always looking for good tunes!

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: Whole Lotta Love 50-Minute Playlist #sweatpink 6

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“Whole Lotta Love” (50-minute Ride)

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Are you ready to rock? Do you need some power music to crank up your enthusiasm? Well then today’s list is for you. If nothing else, take the first track listed below and crank it up to 11 and go kick some ass out there!

 

  • Whole Lotta Love: Led Zeppelin

This is one of those songs that whenever I start a class with it more than one person will shout out “yes!” The mighty Zep will get your butt in gear.

 

  • Leopard Print Pill-Box Hot: Beck

Beck redid a Bob Dylan for a charity album and managed to make it even better than the original.

  • Radio Song: R.E.M.

OMG—I miss this band!

 

  • Can You Read My Mind: The Killers

My absolute favorite song from The Killers—it put me in the best mood whenever I hear it.

 

  • Bit by Bit: Mother Mother

Once again I am falling in love with an Indie Canadian rock band. This song kills when played at full volume!

 

  • Diamonds : Rhianna

“Shine bright like a diamond!”

 

  • Paralyzer: Finger Eleven

Do you know the origin of the band name (giggling like a 12 year-old right now…)

 

  • Came Bach Haunted: Nine Inch Nails

One of the best bands I have ever seen live—ever!

 

  • Empire State of Mind: Jay-Z & Alicia Keys

Yes!

 

  • Ragdoll: Aerosmith

I think this is my favorite of the late 80s Aerosmith (hated the power ballads!)

 

  • Bohemian Like You: The Dandy Warhols

If you are not familiar with this band check out the 2004 film Dig—one of the best music documentaries I have ever seen.

 

  • Rock Steady: Frank Turner

One of my students recently asked “who is Aretha Franklin?” I made them download this song first.

 

  • Year of the Cat: Al Stewart

I love the light piano music in the beginning the then the build to big guitars.

 

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

 

Until next time…

 

Ox Ox,

BFC

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