Trapped In the 80s & 90s

90sOK, I just scrolled down through my most recent posts and realize that I have been slightly obsessed lately with the past…the 80s and 90s primarily.

I suppose you could call those decades my “formative years” as far as music is concerned. Why?

Regarding the 80s, I began my freshman year in high school in 1980 and graduated from college in 1988. So those songs bring back a flood of memories for me. Some good, some great, and some pretty awful. For better or for worse, 80s tunes tend to stir up some very powerful emotions.

And that’s where music’s influence is at its best!

For the 90s, I “discovered” aerobics when I was living above an aerobics studio in Oakland, California and I trained in that small studio to be an instructor in 1992. All the mix tapes I played were filled with some energizing songs like:

I’ve been a workout music junkie ever since!

Relive these songs (remixed with a modern day flair) and much more in this mix:

Grad the free download of this workout mix via Soundcloud here.

Length: 1:00:11
Format: Continuous
Tempo: Mixed

Hot & Kool Disco Mash-Up

Good times with this new mash-up that mixes favorite disco tunes with current hits.

The transitions between songs aren’t always the smoothest, but all-in-all it’s a fun mix.

Grab it here.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014

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

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


Check out the playlist and grab it here:

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:

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

Posted on Oct 28, 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
Free Download

Posted on Oct 21, 2013

Is Indie Rock Becoming Mainstream?

indie“Is Indie Rock Becoming Mainstream?”

OK, I admit it, although I like a lot of Indie music, it’s not generally my “go to” genre when I’m searching for motivating workout music.

However, I know that what motivates me might not necessarily motivate you. And what motivates you might be…indie music. LOL

I was pleased to find this continuous workout music mix dedicated to highlighting indie bands such as:

  • Capital Cities
  • Passion Pit
  • Ladyhawke

I’m not sure if calling indie music mainstream is an oxymoron, but a lot of independent bands are rising to the top of the charts these days.

I’m sure that indie rockers will balk at the very idea of one of their beloved band’s music being played in a Jazzercise class, but such is the peril of simply playing songs with a catchy tune.

If you love indie music, give this mix a whirl and let me know your verdict.

Duration: 55:46
Format: Continuous and square
Tempo: 135 bpm


Posted on Oct 18, 2013

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