Yo. I will be teaching some exercise classes at the University of San Diego starting in February of next year. When brainstorming for program content, I always consider what music to play. Music can be an important catalyst for group fitness and I want the mixtapes to be on point. As a turntablest, one of the reasons I was drawn to a career as a personal trainer was the opportunity to utilize my DJ skills. I have some ideas that I will eventually melt together and record, but I wanted to spark up this conversation on Active.com because most everybody has an iPod now, which means you are all DJs too. What's on your workout playlist(s)? Any song that really motivates you at the gym?
Lately I have been hitting the high intensity training with the following playlist, or similar derivation thereof:
"Red Alert" by Basement Jaxx
"I Like It" by Narcotic Thurst
"Victorious" by Tiesto
"Be Still (J-Jay's Shifted Up Mix)" by Kaskade
"Raindrops" by Stunt
"Don't Stop (Sash Remix)" by ATB
"You're Not Alone" by ATB
"Days Go By" by Dirty Vegas
"State of the Union" by Thievery Corporation
"Summer Madness" by Kool and the Gang
"Leo Delibes - Flower Duet" by Maria Calles
"Claire De Lune" by Claude Debussy
The mix slows down after 30-40 minutes and ends with some non percussive instrumental to help facilitate deep stretching. This is a very electronic / techno / house what have you type of power mix, and for the classes next year I will incorporate a little more pop music. anyhow...
What say yee?
DJ Tiesto, Parade of Athletes
This is from the opening ceremony of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athlens Greece.
He was the #1 DJ in the world at the time and was asked to provide the soundtrack to the ceremony.
Its pretty sweet, check it out
Tiesto is classic. Over at the Intl. Language School I work for, most of the students know and highly esteem DJ Tiesto. "Forbidden Paradise" is probably one of my all-time favorite workout tracks. Thank you much for the input. I will be incorporating themes from the Olympics in my fitness classes' playlists. As of lately I have been bumping 'BPM' on XM radio.
Oh... you know what other song is my jam. 'Halcyon On And On' by Orbital. Great opening track, and the first song from the movie Hackers.
If you can talk you can sing if you can walk you can dance.
Found a cool new way to create playlists for working out. If you have your computer hooked up to a stereo and it is in the proximity of some open space or workout apparatus, check out my first ever fitness video playlist here
My channel (youtube.com/culinarydoctor) is still under construction, and eventually I plan to have some live mixes for your sweaty enjoyment.
P.S. ActiveToby, what up bro. I still owe you a mixtape. Hollar!