Summer is officially here, although some of you may have not officially received the nice weather... It is sunny and wonderful here (sorry to rub it in) and I am ready for my outdoor workouts! Do you need some new upbeat & shiny tunes to match the sunny weather? Look no further – here are some tracks infused with virtual Vitamin D for your ears so you can crank out some more reps, increase that intensity, or just plain start those workouts you have been talking about.
Animal (Peter Bjorn & John Remix)- Miike Snow
Unique little dittie that has a great beat and track that always motivates me in any workout- spin, weights, bootcamps. This is my first introduction to Miike Snow and I like it!
Clap Your Hands (Fred Falke Mix)- Sia
The original is good but I like this mix to pick it up a little so I can get in the groove for a workout. Great for a moderate climb in cycling, or cruising a flat for a run. Plus, if someone is going to "Clap Your Hands" I am always getting my boogie on.
If I Were a Boy (Karmatronic Remix)- Beyonce
We have heard the original and it was so, so to me, but heard this version and I got a little shoulder shimmy listening to it. I am slightly competitive (ok, an understatement) and it motivates me to dominate the d-bag that is the stereotypical gym guy that comes to class to show everyone up. Yeah, you know who I am talking about. It is so not worth my time to figure those type out. I will just beat them in the class and get my laugh for the day.
Alejandro (Dave Aude Remix)- Lady Gaga
I always think I get sick of Lady Gaga's songs because they really are overplayed, but Dave Aude can always make something a little better. I cannot seem to get away from Lady Gaga as her songs always have a great beat and I end up listening to them more and more. Great upbeat version to keep you kickin' away no matter what workout.
Commander (Extended Dance Mix David Guetta)- Kelly Rowland
David Guetta is just GOOD! He really took this track to the next level. A little funky, underground, dance version. I really enjoy this while weight training or doing intervals on the spin bikes.
Break Your Heart (Wideboys Club)- Taio Cruz & Ludacris
I have to admit, Ludacris is what sold me on this song. I love his unique voice that compliments Taio Cruz. Another dance version to pick up the beat some to make perfect for workouts.
OMG (Almighty Mix) feat. will.i.am- Usher
If you can track down this mix (on UK itunes...) it is the better one.
WooHoo (feat. Nicki Minaj)- Christina Aguilera
A very different sound for Christina but she shows she can cross over in a few genres yet still keep the signature Christina style with her classic talented stengths. Great beat!
How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep- Bombay Bicycle Club
Alright Twilight fans. I have enjoyed all the soundtracks as they have some great, unique indie & alternative tracks. This one does not disappoint either. A slower track for workouts. Good for climbs, as it picks up speed as the song goes on. Also a favorite for strength training or some slower paced, calming activities.
The Choice Is Yours- Black Sheep
What can I say? I love some classic 80's-90's hip/hop to throw back to. Always brings back some great memories and I am motivated to crank out some extra reps just for nostalgia purposes. "If my train goes off the track, pick it up, pick it up, pick it up..."
Scenario- Tribe Called Quest
"Here we go yo, here we go yo, so what's, so what's, so what's the scenario?" I think I just enjoy more that Yo was a cool word then. Maybe we need to start a trend and bring the Yo back? That is the cool thing to do now, right? Plus, I love hearing some old school Busta Rhymes bringing it.
It Takes Two- Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock
Classic. Need I say more?
What are your playlist suggestions? Send them my way.