“Remixes Breathe New Life Into Old Songs…”

Whether you teach indoor cycling, bootcamp, circuit training, Crossfit, kickboxing, yoga, Zumba or any other kind of fitness class, it can be challenging to keep your music fresh and engaging so your class members (and you) don’t get bored by the same old, same old.

One easy way to inject a little bit of spice into your workout is to incorporate remixes of popular tunes.

Remixes are alternative versions of an original song by the original artist that a DJ has “edited” by either adding new beats or changing the tempo so that the end result is a new “composition.”

This is not to be confused with a mashup which mixes two or more songs together to create a new blend. (Read more about mashups here.)

In a remix, it’s just one song that’s been “enhanced.”

Remixes can quickly change a slow ballad into a heart-pumping power song.

Check out the various remixes of Beyonce’s “Check On It” and you’ll see all the different takes different DJs can have on one song:

In cases like this, these remixes are done with the consent of the original artist. In others, DJs do some “unauthorized” freestyle remixing as in this remix of “Give Me One Reason” by Tracy Chapman:

How do you find remixes?

Simply do a search in whatever music app you use such as Spotify, Pandora, or Soundcloud for the name of an artist or a song and the word “remix.”

Do you have a favorite remix tune you’d like to share? Add it in the comments below.

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Posted on Oct 4, 2013

About the Author

Kim Nishida has been working in the fitness industry for more than two decades and is certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Schwinn Spinning, Reebok Cycle, Powerstrike Kickboxing, Keiser Cycling and is formerly the Group Exercise Director at UC Berkeley.

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