How to Cultivate A Cult Following

“How to Cultivate A Cult Following…”

partymixWay back in the early 90s, I trained a woman named Andra how to teach step.

And of all the instructors I trained over the years, she is by far the one who became a Rock Star.

She had a cult following of girls who would shadow her from one gym to the next…Step classes at the university on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and kickboxing classes at the YMCA on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Her classes were PACKED! And her fans extremely devoted.

Unfortunately, she stopped teaching classes when she switched gears and devoted herself to raising a family. Her family’s gain was definitely our loss.

One of the many reasons for her popularity was she was just a fun person. It was always a fun time just hanging out with her.

Also, she had a dynamic personality that commanded attention. Confident without being arrogant.

And for some reason, she could pull off playing the cheesiest music mixes of all time. Mixes that the rest of us instructors would avoid like the plague for being too hokey were her bread and butter.

Plus, she loved it when the songs WEREN’T sung by the original artists. (Dynamix provided a lot of her music.)

The rest of us would get criticized for playing songs that weren’t sung by the original artists, but Andra could do no wrong in the eyes of her fans.

For some reason, even though this mix includes all of the original artists, it’s the vibe that reminds me of Andra. Consider playing this one if you want to be a Rock Star and cultivate your own cult following…

Length: 1:05:47
Format: Continuous
Tempo: 130 – 133 bpm

Posted on Oct 18, 2013

Don’t Put Your Workout On Auto-Pilot

“Don’t Put Your Workout On Auto-Pilot”

One of the biggest challenges (and expenses) for fitness instructors is keeping your music library from getting stale.

Professionally mixed music usually starts at $20 per mix or CD and goes up from there.

Because of this, I’ve known instructors who relentlessly play the same music over and over and over again. Back in the mid-90s I knew a guy who ALWAYS without fail played “When A Man Loves A Woman” for his cool-down. I guess you could say it was a signature song for him!

But if you continually play the same music, it’s like putting the workout on auto-pilot. Over time, the tendency will be to “phone it in” by decreasing how much effort you’re really putting into it.

Now there’s a large selection of music out there available for free download so there’s not excuse to let your music become a “signature song” by default.

Here’s a 42-mimute cardio mix that includes a free download so you can upload it to your mobile device and play during your workout.

This continuous track features an interesting mix of genres from Techno to Latin to House to Pop and includes original songs and remixes such as:

  • The theme from Mortal Kombat
  • The Funk Phenomena by Armand van Helden
  • Sandstorm by Darude
  • Up & Down by Vengaboys
  • Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye

There’s even a hilarious “cameo appearance” by Jane Fonda around minute 28! Check it out…

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

Length: 42:33
Format: Continuous
Tempo: 146 bpm

Posted on Oct 7, 2013

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