My Spring Workout Mix

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I refuse to work out without music! My music keeps me focused, motivated and inspired – I can’t imagine slamming out an hourlong run through the park without my music blaring! Just when I feel like my body has had enough, one of my favorite songs comes on and pushes me through the last mile. I’ve even started playing INSANITY without music and supplementing my own soundtrack; it makes a world of difference!

When I find a song that I like, I grab a hold of it and never let it go! Some of the songs in my playlist are a little older but they still pump me up and thus have stood the test of time. I used to be really into listening to my playlist in the same order every time I work out but these days, it’s all about the shuffle!

  • I Love It (feat. Charli XCX), Icona Pop
  • Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control) (feat. Mutya Buena), Groove Armada
  • Run Run Run, Dragonette
  • Peace Sign, Lights
  • Anything Could Happen, Ellie Goulding
  • Brokenhearted, Karmin
  • Nada Fue un Error, Coti, Julieta Venegas & Paulina Rubio
  • How We Do (Party), Rita Ora
  • Never Go Back, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
  • Ya No Quiero, Jessy & Joy
  • Heart Attack, Demi Lovato
  • Slut Like You, Pink
  • 1974 (feat. Natalia Kills), The Knux
  • R.I.P. (feat. Tini Tempah), Rita Ora
  • Que Te Quería, La Quinta Estación
  • Blow Me (One Last Kiss), Pink
  • Wings, Little Mix
  • Domino, Jessie J
  • Come & Get It, Selena Gomez
  • Tonight I’m Getting Over You, Carly Rae Jepsen
  • Hey Porsche, Nelly
  • The Golden Age, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
  • Break Your Heart (feat Ludacris), Taio Cruz & Ludacris
  • I Wanna Go, Britney Spears
  • The Edge of Glory, Lady Gaga
  • One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks), One Direction

(Yes, I know that most of this playlist could also be found on a 15-year-old girl’s iPod, #noshame!)

Starting INSANITY

Today marked Day 1 for my INSANITY Challenge Group and I am ALREADY feeling the burn! I started my first Fit Test with pretty high expectations: I am a two-time P90X alum, I work out 6 days a week and I eat a clean flexitarian diet. Although I certainly didn’t expect the fit test to be a breeze, I didn’t imagine that I would be laying on the floor for twenty minutes trying to catch my breath!

Thanks to my P90X training, I am pretty skilled at the plyometric and karate moves. The final three moves are what really stuck it to me that I have work to do. I have always been self conscious about my upper body: I have known for a long time that I need to focus my strength training on my chest and back. I felt like I was going to die after barely inching out one minute of Push-Up Jacks. The Low Plank Obliques were also more difficult than I expected. I haven’t felt this puny in a long time!

I won’t lie, I was a little skeptical about a workout that was only 25 minutes long. I doubted that I would even break a sweat and was planning on going for a run afterwards. By the end of the 25 minutes, I was drenched in sweat and I felt like my heart was going to pound out of my chest! I certainly have my work cut out for me and I am so excited to see what the next 60 days will bring.

I am lucky to be going through the program with ten great friends of mine. I am already inspired by the discourse that is going on in our Facebook Challenge Group; although we are all pooped from such an intense first day, I can tell that everybody in the group is IN IT to WIN IT!