March Madness Playlist + Snacks

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Happy March Madness! For a sports fan like me, this is the most wonderful time of the year besides Christmas. I'm a sap for the fun, family time and general good cheer! Back to the point at hand: The 64 teams are now set and hit the courts beginning today! In honor of their athletic prowess and the bass-pumping music that gets the crowds even more into the action, I designed a playlist so we can all sweat right alongside the tournament ...continue reading

Spring Forward Playlist

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Considering the weather around much of the country for the past four months, I think it's safe to say it's been a looooong winter (give or take an "o"). True, there have been colder and snowier winters, but with bone chilling temperatures for weeks at a time, the polar vortex and loads of snow, a hint of spring this weekend is very welcome. Oh yes, and more daylight starting Sunday! In honor of springing forward and the predicted 60° ...continue reading

I Wanna Rock Workout Playlist

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Anyone who knows me knows that I love a cheesy pop song. (See exhibit A, exhibit B and exhibit C.) So I guess it wasn't a big surprise when one of the students in my bootcamp class requested more rock—hair bands in particular. Ask and you shall receive! My latest mix blends old and new, from Aerosmith to Vampire Weekend, and has convinced me that rock is (nearly) as good as my usual dance club jams. What's your favorite music ...continue reading

2014 Grammy Nominee Playlist

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With the weather hovering at or around 0° several days during January, I've been trying to divert my attention from the chill and keep warm by sweating through hot yoga classes and the circuits that I teach at work. Another welcome distraction for an admitted red carpet junkie like me? Awards show season! I fused those two ideas and designed a workout playlist for Friday's AMRAP plyometrics workout that included only the hottest of ...continue reading

New Playlist: Dance Through 2014!

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Happy first day of 2014! As you might know, I'm not huge on resolutions—I prefer setting goals, intentions and adding things to my life rather than taking them away (why stress about omitting gluten when you're not intolerant)? More power to you if they work for you, though! This year, my main goal is to try something completely new each week. That adds up to 52 never-done-before activities by this time next year! I'm excited to get ...continue reading

Half-Marathon PR Playlist

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Happy December! (Can you believe it's the last month of 2013? Me neither.) I hope you and yours had a lovely Thanksgiving! I've grown to love running tune-free when I have a fun training buddy to chat with or when my body is feeling great and I'm "running" on all cylinders. ;) But when my muscles start to burn and my brain starts to wander, not much can beat a powerful, fast-paced playlist. One researcher compares the impact of a good ...continue reading