90s Flashback

90s-bashBack in the early 90s, I lived in a studio apartment in Oakland, California above an aerobics studio called Studio 6000. I was working my first “real job” out of college in San Francisco during the day and taking step aerobics classes at night.

When I decided that I wanted to learn how to teach aerobics classes the year was 1992 and although some instructors still spun LPs, the rest of us bought cassette tapes mixed by DJs who generally charged $20-25/tape.

I threw out a lot of those old tapes a few years ago as I struggled to make room in my adult life but sometimes I wish I still had them so I could load them into my boom box and take a walk down Memory Lane.

This mix here is the next best thing, “90s Bash, Volume 1” from SteadyMixes:

Length: 51:02
Format: Continuous & square
Tempo: 130 bpm

Favorite songs include:

  • I Like to Move It by Reel 2 Real
  • Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-a-Lot
  • Push It by Salt-n-Pepa
  • C’Mon Ride It (The Train) by Quad City DJs

Another fun flashback mix comes from DJ Tiesto, “Club Life 388 – 90s Mix, Hour 1”:

Length: 56:59
Format: Continuous
Tempo: various

Top hits include:

  • Rhythm Is A Dancer by Snap!
  • Pump Up the Jam by Technotronic
  • Everybody’s Free by Rozalla

And of course, if you like that, check out “Hour 2”

Length: 55:09
Format: Continuous
Tempo: various

Top hits include:

  • Mr. Vain by Culture Beat
  • What Is Love by Haddaway
  • Finally by CC Peniston

Where does this music take you? Do you remember where you were living, what job you were working, who your friends were at the time?

Some of these songs might be more than 20 years old, but they still have the power to inspire you to work up a sweat!

Posted on Oct 29, 2013

What’s Your Power Song?

Do you know what a “Power Song” is?

runner2In 2006, Nike and Apple collaborated to release the Nike+ iPod kit which included a sensor that you inserted in your running shoes which would then track various things like your pace, distance covered and calories burned.

All nifty bits of data to help enhance your training and make workouts more interesting.

The sensor paired up with your iPod so you could hear updates via your headphones.

One of the most amazing features of Nike+ was the option to set your personal preference for your “Power Song.”

That’s your “go to” song when you need an energy boost. You know what I mean…the song that never fails to get you moving a little quicker.

One of my readers commented that she used to take an instructor’s aerobics class solely because he would always play THE SONG that never failed to get her moving and “made the entire workout worthwhile.”

That, my friend, is a Power Song.

In Nike+ you can program your system so that, if your pace drops below a certain level, the music automatically shifts to your Power Song to kick your butt into gear.

How cool is that?

I bought my first mp3 player back in 2001 and I remember it could only hold 74 minutes worth of music! I was running my first half marathon in San Francisco, and the song that pumped me up when I started to flag was…

One of my long time spinners recently revealed to me that his Power Song is another classic from the 80s, “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor. Check out the hairdos in this slightly corny music video:

And another die hard gym member loves this song:

So what’s your Power Song? Make sure you have it handy to don’t hesitate to flip it on as needed!

Posted on Oct 29, 2013

Epic 80s Rock

This mix definitely doesn’t hold to a square 32-count beat, but has some fun classic tunes for a bootcamp, Crossfit, or spinning class.

Some of my favorite tunes include:

  • Sweet Child of Mine by Guns ‘N Roses
  • I Love Rock N’ Roll by Joan Jett
  • We Will Rock You by Queen
  • Nothin’ But A Good Time by Poison
  • Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC

Enjoy!

Check out the playlist and grab it here: https://soundcloud.com/djepic-910/01-dj-epic-80s-rock-mixtape

Length: 43:10
Format: Continuous
Tempo: varies

Posted on Oct 29, 2013

Zumba Party Mix

applausiI get a lot of comments from readers who say they don’t always time to fit in a “formal” workout, meaning they can’t make it to the gym to jump into a step class or even head for a run outdoors.

Instead, they burn calories doing housework…in the kitchen, in the backyard, and even in the bathroom.

Hey, I always say “something” is better than “nothing.”

And if you can’t make it to spin class, instead of just throwing up your hands and assuming that it’s “Game Over” for the day, turn up some energizing tunes and just dance around the house!

Here’s a fun mix with excellent Latin beats to keep you dancing all through that housework…

Grab the free download here: https://soundcloud.com/dj-javier/zumba-mix

Length: 42:19
Format: Continuous
Tempo: 128 – 136 bpm

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Posted on Oct 28, 2013

The Power Of Live Music

“The Power of Live Music…”

It’s interesting to follow the progression of how we access and consume music over the centuries.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere was a time when the only way to hear music was by being in the audience or playing it yourself. For many centuries, children were schooled in music partly so that they could then provide entertainment during the time between dinner and bedtime.

The first recordings must have seemed miraculous. Imagine listening to music, a symphony perhaps, in the privacy of your own home!

And although recordings allow the masses to access music previously reserved for the rich, they also place a distance between the musician and the listener.

I remember when cassette tapes became mainstream and then CDs were on the rise. There were some rather furious debates about the “soullessness” of those recordings. Many people felt that vinyl was the truest way to experience recordings and that, somehow, LPs captured a certain something that the clarify of audio files could not.

And now vinyl is making a comeback once again. Even the New York Times declared a resurgence earlier this year. And the Washington Post reported that vinyl record sales have hit their highest point since 1997.

Still if you really want to be a purist about music, nothing beats the R-E-A-L thing. And that means live music.

Here’s a demonstration of what I mean…

Listen to the original album version of “Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2:

And then to this live version:

Which one stokes your fire? Which one give you goosebumps?

You might decide that, for you, the original version will always be the best. And that’s OK.

But consider mixing things up a bit every now and then.

We’re not living in the Victorian Age anymore. We have access to so much music which includes DJ remixes of songs and live concert bootleg videos shot all over the world and posted to YouTube. Be creative and inventive in your search for “new” music.

Here’s another example of an infectious first live performance of a current chart-topping hit, “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. This is a great live version to pump you up…

And just one more live concert edition for you…

“Gangnam Style” by Psy (I love it when the audience sings along):

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Posted on Oct 23, 2013

When Yoga Is Your Workout

“When Yoga Is Your Workout…”

I am someone whose definition of a “great workout” is one that challenges me and makes me sweat.

challenge-changeIn the past, I have dismissed yoga as “not really a workout.” Yes, there are times that yoga definitely challenges me. (I’m still working on my handstand and peacock pose.) And yes, there have times that yoga has made me work up a sweat (and I haven’t even taken Hot Yoga yet!)

But because I get my cardio workout in other ways, I usually like my yoga classes to be a little more relaxing. Yin style yoga, where you hold poses for 2-5 minutes each, is one of my favorites.

I know other people who swear that Bikram Yoga has changed their lives. And my husband lost over 20 pounds mostly due to a consistent program of Vinyasa Yoga.

With all that in mind, here are a couple of my favorite Spotify playlists for yoga enthusiasts. Some of these songs could also be great for cool downs.

Playlist #1, “Yoga Spot – Indian Mistic”: Listen to this one if you appreciate the Mind/Body aspect of yoga and enjoy more instrumental tunes, many inspired by the music of India.

Playlist #2, “Yoga Vinyasa Flow”: Listen to this one if you enjoy yoga flow classes and generally like the music to have words that you can mentally sing along to…

Namaste.

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Posted on Oct 21, 2013

Songs From Your Formative Years

“Songs From Your Formative Years…”

I’ve been getting a lot of feedback from readers that the 80s is hands down one of the favorite decades for purely fun workout music.

I have to agree that, for me personally, the 80s were definitely a fun time. I graduated from high school in 1984 and college in 1988 so a lot of 80s tunes definitely bring back some strong memories.

If you agree, take a walk down Memory Lane and check out this list of “100 Best Songs of the 1980s” complete with music videos created when MTV was in its infancy.

Or for pure workout elation, download this DJ mix of some great remixes of songs from both the 70s and 80s including:

  • Crazy Train by Ozzy Osborne
  • Money For Nothing by Dire Straits
  • In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins

Length: 33:09
Format: Continuous
Tempo: 134 bpm
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Posted on Oct 21, 2013

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