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Bruno Mars Ride with Foos, Fitz, B.I.G, TLC, and More 26

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“Bruno Mars” Ride (50 Minutes)

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

There have been so many tunes running through my head lately and I have been remiss in creating a new playlist over the last couple of weeks. My bad habit of procrastination rears its ugly head when I can’t seem to find the “just right” song to start or finish the ride. Then one of my students recently asked “why aren’t you playing more Bruno Mars in your classes?”

With that suggestion I moved on through to create a playlist with a mixture of old and new tunes that I hope will serve your workout needs. The cool down tune was my mother’s idea and I think it makes the whole ride really special.

Let me know what you think of it and remember—I need song suggestions, always. So be sure to post them in the comments below!

Thanks!

  • Locked Out of Heaven: Bruno Mars

In my opinion Locked Out of Heaven is the best song on Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox album and it has a fantastic steady beat to start the workout in a bouncy, fun mood.

 

  • Out of My League: Fitz & the Tantrums

This is one of those “every eventually starts bopping their heads” tunes that always makes me smile when I see the effect it has on the room. Also—it sounds amazing on a good stereo out loud so go for it!

 

  • Let it Whip: Dazz Band

If you really want some early 80s funk mixed in with some perfect roller boogie swagger than you have to try this one out in your ride.  (I had to include an American Bandstand video just for nostalgia’s sake!)

 

  • Boys Wanna Be Her: Peaches

Peaches is a kick butt singer and songwriter that I first learned about on The Henry Rollins Show and it has been my mission to get as many of my students to learn about her as a I possibly can. Enjoy!

 

  • Apparitions: Matthew Good Band

Climbing and strength segments are a big part of most of my cycling classes because even though it is a cardio workout—your leg muscles can get some great definition if you add resistance. This song is slow and deliberate but has a great “build” to it so that at the end—everyone is working at their highest level.

 

  • Everlong: Foo Fighters

This song was David Letterman’s favorite by the Foos and he had so much clout that the band played it on one of his last shows. It also totally rules and I can listen to it every day.

 

  • Hypnotize: The Notorious B.I.G.

Let me make this clear—if you wish to play this out loud in one of your classes please be sure to use the “clean version. Trust me on that (holler back from Brooklyn!)

 

  • Somebody Told Me: The Killers

When I ready to work in some sprints into the mix this tune from The Killers moves at a quick place and will get the heart rate up.

 

  • South Side: Moby

What is better than Gwen Stefani and Moby collaborating on a song? Nothing, I say! South Side has a languid, dreamy quality with a killer guitar riff tearing through it.

 

  • Creep: TLC

One thing that drives me crazy about playing this out loud in class is that it is recorded so low that I have to blast the volume to get it to sound correctly in the room. Otherwise to me it is damn near perfect though Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes hated the message it conveyed to young women. (She isn’t wrong, by the way)  However, I love it because the beat is so catchy and powerful!

 

  • I Heard I Had: Dear Rouge

If you are looking for a dance/electronic tune to play in your class that has not been played everywhere—try this one from this Indie Canadian band. (LOVE IT!)

 

  • Doin’ Time: Sublime

Just did some research and learned that Doin’ Time is almost 20 years old (released in 1997) which makes me feel completely ancient.

 

  • Drive: The Cars

The cool down song is brought to you at the suggestion of my mom which makes me happy. :

 

That’s it for me this time. Now go out there get your workout in!

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick “I Lived” 50-Minute Workout Playlist 28

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“I Lived” (50-Minute Ride)

U2 photographed by John Wright

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Today’s playlist is a mixture of old & new songs as well as different musical genres. Back when I was first teaching classes it was my obsession to have a theme for each ride and every song had to blended seamlessly from one to the next. I had “Prince Vs Michael Jackson,” “Love Stinks,” “90s Only,” “Stadium Rock” and (wince) “Boy vs Girl” bands playlists put together that took hours to assemble.

Here is the thing with theme rides—if any of the students don’t like the theme it becomes the worst hour of their life. So now I make sure to “play the whole room.” meaning if the students are generally into hip hop, get some hip hop in there. If they like pop more than classic rock do NOT play The Eagles. If they prefer hard rock do not force Katy Perry on them.

Seems simple but it took a while for stubborn me to listen to different kinds of music including (gulp) pop which I thought I was too cool for in the past. (Turns out I am probably the biggest P!nk fan alive!)

Today, I am open to play just about anything which has made my playlist selection so much more enjoyable for both me and for my students.

Whatever you do to prepare for your classes—remember the room. Always play to the room and you will be sure to enjoy every session.

Enough of my yakking—here is my newest playlist that got me some major “thumbs up” the last few days I have used it. You’re welcome!

  • I Lived (Party Remix): OneRepublic

I know nothing about OneRepublic (well, except for the fact my friend Missy saw them live and said they were excellent) but their songs are becoming a favorite for me to play in class. This remix version has a fun “entering a stadium” feel to it.

 

  • Shut Up and Dance: WALK THE MOON (their name is in ALL CAPS for some reason)

This song just cracks me up because it sounds like it could be on the soundtrack for any 80s comedy film ever filmed. I mean this in a good way, by the way.

 

  • Pon de Peplay: Rhianna

Rumor has it Rhi Rhi is dating Leonardo DiCaprio and is making him work out until he gets a six-pack. I love her for this.

 

  • Lust for Life: Iggy Pop

Just about everyone in the world knows this song but do you know the story behind it? If you can stand some adult themes and cursing listen to this podcast from This American Life. It will change your life!

 

  • On the Road Again: Canned Heat

Get the long version of this song (about five minutes) and you take it for a climb. Great 60s groove happening here.

 

  • Supermassive Black Hole: Muse

The next band I hear that I MUST SEE LIVE is Muse so it is on my musical bucket list.

 

  • It’s Time: Imagine Dragons

Even my friends who are not into rock music like this band and enjoy this song in particular.

 

  • Lose Control (featuring Ciara & Fa Man S.): Missy Elliott

In my opinion the Super Bowl halftime show was all about Missy Elliott. She rocked it big time!

 

  • The Pit: Silversun Pickups

I love this song  for doing some hard core sprints and because it is over four minutes long, you will feel like you really feel the burn.

 

  • Can You Read My Mind: The Killers

The Killers really know how to write good hooks and this song always motivates my students to work harder.

 

  • Bohemian Like You: The Dandy Warhols

If you are in the mood to watch an excellent documentary about rock bands going on a tour check out The Dandy Warhols in Dig.

 

  • Every Breaking Wave: U2

The boys of U2 are busy getting ready for a new world tour and Bono is working on recovering from a bike accident. Hoping I get to see them live and play this tune when they head to NYC!

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.

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Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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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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