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Spinning Playlist – October 30, 2014

Happy Thursday everyone! Thanks for joining me on this last Thursday before Halloween … I like to think that we put a dent in extra calories you’ll likely pull out of a trick or treat bag tomorrow :)

Here’s tonight’s playlist, straight off of the bike:

Warm-up
Night is Young – Nelly Furtado

Building Block #1
Dirty Little Secret – All-American Rejects
Who’s That Chick – Rhianna ft. David Guetta
Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson
Sing – Ed Sheeran
Inside of You – Hoobastank

Building Block #2
Hold it Against Me – Britney Spears
I Write Sins Not Tragedies – Panic at the Disco
Blame – Calvin Harris ft. John Newman
Poker Face – Lady Gaga
Stronger – Kanye West

Building Block #3
Burnin’ Up – Jessie J ft. 2 Chainz
Delirious (Boneless) – Steve Aoki, Chris Lake and Tujamo
Night of Your Life – David Guetta ft. Jennifer Hudson
Centuries – Fall Out Boy

Cooldown
Let it Go – James Bay
It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday – Jason Mraz

Have a great weekend everyone! I’m out of town next Wednesday and Thursday, but you can catch me at my regular time at XSport Alexandria on Tuesday at 6 p.m. … and I’m subbing next Saturday at 8:30 a.m., too!

Spinning Playlist – October 29, 2014

Happy Wednesday, ya’ll … tonight is my Sport&Health night, so another hot set of tunes coming at you! Here’s what we rode to tonight:

Warm-up
Love Don’t Die – The Fray

Building Block #1
Love Drunk – Boys Like Girls
Blame – Calvin Harris ft. John Newman
Give Me More – Britney Spears
Come to Me – Diddy ft. Nicole Sherzinger

Building Block #2
Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera
Closer – Tegan and Sara
Find You – Zedd ft. Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant
Animal – Ke$ha
Sing – Ed Sheeran
Centuries – Fall Out Boy

Building Block #3
Sweet Nothing – Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welsh
Sex on Fire – Kinds of Leon
Break Free – Ariana Grande ft. Zedd
Uprising – Muse

Cooldown
Say Something – A Great Big World
Unconditionally – Katy Perry

Just a reminder that I’m going out of town for a few days next week for my “real” job – but I’ll be back the following Wednesday, Sport&Health folks (XSporters, you have me next Tuesday, but not Thursday). Have a great night!

Spinning Playlist – October 28, 2014

Well, I promised to be better about blogging … and here we are with my Tuesday Spinning Playlist (yes, I now teach on Tuesday nights – you have three days in a row of playlists coming at you now)!

Warm-up
Oh Timbaland – Timbaland

Building Block #1
Delirious (Boneless) – Steve Aoki, Chris Lake and Tujamo
I Kissed a Girl – Katy Perry
Domino – Jessie J
How I Feel – Flo Rida
Dirrty – Christina Aguilera

Building Block #2
Scream – Usher
Neon Lights – Demo Lovato
Titanium – David Gueeta ft. Sia
Up in the Air – 30 Seconds to Mars
Centuries – Fall Out Boy

Building Block #3
Endorphins – Sub Focus ft. Alex Clare
Toxic – Britney Spears
Blame – Calvin Harris ft. John Newman)
The Fighter – Gym Class Heros ft. Ryan Tedder

Cooldown
Bleeding Love – Leona Lewis
Hollywood’s Not America – Ferras

Have a great night everyone – see you back here tomorrow!

I’m Back…

Hi friends … I know, I know. It’s been a long time. To say that the summer (okay, and I guess I have to say fall since we are more than a month in now)  was pretty busy. I assure you, I’ve been teaching, I’ve been training, I’ve been working, I’ve been enjoying life … but I think it’s pretty obvious what I haven’t been doing.

But I’m back. I know that before my short (okay, let’s be honest, it’s been like 4 months) hiatus I promised to be better about blogging. Clearly, I did not follow through. So I’m only going to promise that I’m going to try.

So, what have I been up to since (gulp) June? Quite a lot, to be honest. Sometimes I start to wonder how I have time to sleep, let alone breathe. I’m still teaching regularly, but my schedule has changed a bit (we’ll get to that). In July, I spent the annual week at the beach with the family. In August/September, I had the pleasure of attending my girl Emily’s wedding (my first trip to New Hampshire), and the boy and I returned to Hawaii (six days for me … a month for him). I got to the pool whenever I could on the weekends. Football season started, so I’m spending a lot of time watching ESPN (yes, often on the treadmill or elliptical).

As I mentioned, my teaching schedule has changed pretty dramatically in the last couple months. I first cut back on my Sunday classes, and eventually just gave them up all together. I loved teaching them, and I’d been on Sundays for what seems like forever … but at this point in my life, I knew that the only way I was going to get the balance that I really needed into my life was to actually have real weekends. So I cut back (just in time for the boy to start what I can only call insane amounts several weeks at a time of work travel … which is finally close to winding down). In September, I made another change – giving up my Piloxing class on Wednesday nights. I haven’t had the time to put into the prep that I really needed to give the class my all, and I was offered a cycle class at Sport&Health around the same time (and after a year of subbing and turning down my group fitness director – because I was already teaching on the nights she could offer me a permanent class). I decided that it was a good move – and a good change – for me at this point. I was proud to turn the class over to my girl Kim, who had worked hard training with me throughout most of the previous year. I’m sure she’s doing great … I mean, she did train with me and all ;) So  yes, I’m teaching a ton of cycle now (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday). But I’ve never made it a secret that cycle is my favorite class to teach (and pretty easy to prep for).

That said … life has been crazy, and I apologize for my absence. I know I’ve said I’ll place more priority on blogging (and quite honestly, I’ve thought about it many, many times without actually taking the initiative to, you know, write a post), and I do mean it. I’m going to try my best to be back and present, friends. And if you are in the NOVA area … come take a class with me:

Tuesdays (XSport Alexandria): 6 p.m. Cycle, 7:15 p.m. Pilates

Wednesdays (Sport&Health Skyline): 6:15 p.m. Cycle

Thursdays (XSport Alexandria): 6 p.m. Cycle

…and I tend to pick up weekend classes when the boy is out of town, so I’ll keep you posted on the “bonus” classes I’ll occasionally teach.

 

Spinning Playlist – June 5, 2014

Happy Thursday everyone! I went into the vault for a few of these songs this week – hope you enjoy! Here’s what we rode to this evening:

Warm-up (Flat Road; Resistance 3-4 on a Scale of 10)
Marry the Night – Lady Gaga

Building Block #1 (Start Resistance 5, Build to 9+)
I Believe – Timeflies
Give Me Everything – Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer
Up in the Air – 30 Seconds to Mars
Inside of You – Hoobastank

Building Block #2 (Start Resistance 5, Build to 9)
Blister in the Sun – Violent Femmes
Mmm Yeah – Austin Mahone ft. Pitbull
Domino – Jessie J
In My Head – Jason DeRulo
Rocketeer – Far East Movement

Building Block #3 (Start Resistance 4-5, Build to 9)
Turn Me On – David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj
I Need Your Love – Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding
Animal – Kesha
Clumsy – Fergie
The Fighter – Gym Class Heroes ft. Ryan Tedder

Cooldown
You Make it Real – James Morrison
Stay with Me – Sam Smith

Have a great weekend! I’ll see you on Monday.

Spinning Playlist – June 2, 2014

Happy Monday – time to start the week out right! Brought back some old ones to go with some new stuff tonight. It was a fun ride, so enjoy!

Tonight’s playlist:

Warm-up (Start Resistance 3-4 on a Scale of 10)
I Write Sins Not Tragedies – Panic at the Disco

Building Block #1 (Start Resistance 5, Build to 8+)
Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ft. Ray Dalton
I Need Your Love – Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding
Animal – Kesha
Funhouse – Pink

Building Block #2 (Start Resistance 4-5, Build to 9)
Touch Me – Smash Cast ft. Katherine McPhee
Love Drunk – Boys Like Girls
Repeat – David Guetta ft. Jessie J
Up in the Air – 30 Seconds to Mars
The Fighter – Gym Class Heroes ft. Ryan Tedder

Building Block #3 (Start Resistance 4-5, Build to 9)
Endorphins – Sub Focus ft. Alex Clare
Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
Red Lights – Tiesto
Uprising – Muse

Cooldown
Stay with Me – Sam Smith
Rude – MAGIC!

Have a great night everyone – I’ll see you Thursday!

DOUBLE Spinning Playlist: May 29, 2014

Hey everyone! Whew, double tonight – first time in a long time (they always sound like a great idea until you’re about halfway through the second class. So let’s get right to it, shall we?

6 p.m. class

Warm-up (Start Resistance 3-4 on a Scale of 10)
Best I Ever Had – Gavin DeGraw

Building Block #1 (Start Resistance 5, Build to 9)
Closer – Tegan and Sara
Take Me Home – Cash Cash ft. Bebe Rexha
Summer – Calvin Harris
Find You – Zedd ft. Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant
Burn It Down – Linkin Park

Building Block #2 (Start Resistance 4-5, Build to 9+)
Ocean Avenue – Yellowcard
Still into You – Parammore
Red Lights – Tiesto
Sing – Ed Sheeran
Blackout – Breathe Carolina
Find Your Love – Drake

Building Block #3 (Start Resistance 4-5, Build to 7+)
Sweet Nothing – Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welch
How I Feel – Flo Rida
Desert Rose – Sting

Cooldown
Peace – O.A.R.
I Never Told You – Colbie Callait

 

7:15 p.m. class

Warm-up (Start Resistance 3-4 on a Scale of 10)
Believer – American Authors

Building Block #1 (Start Resistance 5, Build to 8+)
Everybody Talks – Neon Trees
Part of Me – Katy Perry
Find You – Zedd ft. Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant
Blackout – Breathe Carolina
Misery – Maroon 5

Building Block #2 (Start Resistance 4-5, Build to 9)
Scream – Usher
Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
Glowing – Nikki Williams
Don’t Cha – Pussycat Dolls ft. Busta Rhymes
Miss Jackson – Panic at the Disco ft. Lolo

Building Block #3 (Start Resistance 4-5, Build to 8+)
Lucky Strike – Maroon 5
Neon Lights – Demi Lovato
Stay the Night – Zedd
My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark – Fallout Boy

Cooldown
Rude – MAGIC!
All of Me – John Legend

Thanks everyone – have a great weekend! After that one, I’m ready for bed (you forget how tough it is when the doubles are few and far between)!

A Hilarious Take on Hot Yoga

I came across this article earlier, and having recently taking a few hot yoga classes, I found it absolutely hilarious. I love any “thoughts going through my head” type of thing to begin with … and let’s be honest, the first couple times you spend some time in the 110 degree room, you’re thinking something close to this. Enjoy!

 

Spinning Playlist – May 19, 2014

Let’s get this week started … I missed you guys last Monday! Here’s tonight’s playlist, straight off of the bike:

Warm-up (Flat Road; Resistance 3-4 on a Scale of 10)
Believer – American Authors

Building Block #1 (Start Resistance 5, Build to 8+)
Ocean Avenue – Yellowcard
Summer – Calvin Harris
Find You – Zedd ft. Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant
Sing – Ed Sheeran
E.T. – Katy Perry

Building Block #2 (Start Resistance 5, Build to 9)
Best I Ever Had – Gavin DeGraw
Still Into You – Paramore
Red Lights – Tiesto
Come to Me – Diddy ft. Nicole Scherzinger
Burn it Down – Linkin Park

Building Block #3 (Start Resistance 4-5, Build to 9)
Sweet Nothing – Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welch
Closer – Tegan and Sara
How I Feel – Flo Rida
One More Night – Maroon 5

Cooldown
Perfume (The Dreaming Remix) – Britney Spears
Peace – O.A.R.

Have a great week everyone – I’ll see you on Thursday!