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

Remixes Breathe New Life Into Old Songs

“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.

Posted on Oct 4, 2013

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