Sweating and Rocking Out
When I first took over the abs and lower half sculpting class, I kept it pretty close to how the previous instructor had it. Then as I got more comfortable with it, I realized that music is far more important to me than to just have it playing in the background. So I slowly started incorporating songs into moves.
Now I have it set up so that during each song, we’re doing a certain move or hitting a certain target area.
This has been beneficial in many ways. One, I finally can remember an entire workout without having to have a cheat sheet stashed somewhere. Another, I finally feel more confident. I have it all worked out and choreographed so that I can make sure that the members are actually getting a decent workout.
Be it a curse or a blessing, my music style is quite eclectic. But, I try to not only reach a wide variety of styles and people, but I also don’t think a top 40 song can do the same thing as a classic rock song can do sometimes. Holding a plank to “We Will Rock You,” is far more doable than if it’s to Kei$ha. But Kei$ha is very uplifting for doing a zillion squats at a time.
A few weeks ago during abs, I actually had a few members singing along.
That made me very happy.
Last week, a member said to me, “You know who Jason Mraz is?!” I looked at her like she had 10 heads. Of COURSE I know who he is! I only have been listening to him since I was a junior in high school. I think what impressed her the most was the fact that I used a song that isn’t common whatsoever.
The week before that, a member asked me who the cool down singer was.
I informed her that it was, in fact, Joe Purdy.
This week we’re working out to more newish alternative music with some old stuff mixed in.
Here’s my workout this week:
Warm up: Anna Sun by Walk the Moon
Squats: Ulysses by Franz Ferdinand
Squats with Jumping Jacks and some other speed work drills: Tongue Tied: Grouplove
Duck walks with skaters: I Wanna Go by Britney Spears
Outer and inner thigh sculpting: If by Janet Jackson
Hamstrings: Trojans by Atlas Genius
Butt and hamstrings: It’s Time by Imagine Dragons
Cool down: When You Were Young: The Killers
Warm Up: Midnight City by M83
Upper abs: Rhythm Nation by Janet Jackson
Lower abs: Tick Tick Boom by The Hives
Upper and lower abs: A-Punk by Vampire Weekend
Obliques: This Head I Hold by Electric Guest
Back work: Gold on the Ceiling by Black Keys
Planks: We Will Rock You by Queen
Cool Down: We Are the Champions by Queen
(You can’t have We Will Rock You without We Are the Champions, right?)
I honestly think that a good workout starts with good music.
What do y’all listen to when you work out? I’m always up for fun suggestions.