It may not feel like it but spring begins soon. It’s time to shake off those Winter blues and keep that “New Year, New You” resolution going. Before you hit the gym, your personal studio, the road or the trails it’s time to do some spring cleaning and update your workout mix. Add this spring workout mix to your music library.
Music can definitely add that extra element to help make workouts more fun and enjoyable. Many people will push harder or go for longer if they are really getting into the music. I try to ask my clients what type of music they would like to listen to, because even if I think the music is upbeat and positive if it is not a genre or artist they like it can actually detract from a workout. I had one client who loved listening to Frank Sinatra while he came in and trained, and the next client liked EDM and house. The biggest challenge is when you have a mixed group of people working out at the same time, then the default for most of the trainers that I work with is generally pop since it usually appeals to the broadest audience. In a class or group setting, I definitely try to keep the music at a higher tempo to maintain a good pace in the workout. Even if you do not think you are paying attention or care that much about music, if the music is too mellow you will move at a slower pace and perhaps not get as much out of your workout.
My personal music collection has a lot of alternative, some indie rock, emo, and grunge (yes, my wardrobe will always include a pair of Converse). I think my first celebrity crush was Chris Cornell from Soundgarden, and part of that was because I loved his voice (he still sounds amazing live). Jimmy Eat World has been my favorite band for years, and I am so glad they are still cranking out new albums and touring. I saw Fitz and the Tantrums at the Tabernacle in Atlanta back in November and instantly became a fan. This playlist is geared toward my lifting workouts in the gym–it hits all the right notes to get pumped up for tank top weather!
The First Single (Cause a Scene)- The Format
Lucky Denver Mint- Jimmy Eat World
The Resolution- Jack’s Mannequin
Burn it Down- Fitz and the Tantrums
Faster- Matt Nathanson
Anna Sun- Walk the Moon
Panic Switch- Silversun Pickups
Pain- Jimmy Eat World
Power Mad- Primus
Fire- Barns Courtney
My Body- Young the Giant
Sleep Well- Mae
I’ll Keep You Safe- Sleeping at Last
Skinny Love- Bon Iver
This time of year is always a great time to either start working out if you are not already doing so or to assess your current routine to see where you can change things up. If you have been doing the same workout all winter, try something different to reduce the monotony and kick start some fresh results. Get outside if you can. Whether you run, play tennis, or just take some kettle bells for an impromptu lifting session in the parking lot getting outdoors can help improve your mood and give you a little change of scenery. Spring clean your pantry, as well. Get rid of the heavy packaged foods and opt for fresher produce as it starts to become more widely in season. To really get the most bang for your buck, see if you have a local farmer’s market close by that you can walk, run, or bike to so that you can get some exercise and purchase delicious fresh fruits and vegetables! Set small goals each week starting now (ex: week one–workout at least 30 minutes 5 days, week two–eat 5 servings of vegetables every day…) and by summer you will be looking and feeling great!
“I am a a peanut butter-loving, friendly (though a bit introverted), slightly sarcastic, level-headed, almost vegan personal trainer who can cook some seriously delicious plant-based food.
My first certification in personal training and basic nutrition was at NPTI (National Personal Training Institute). I enjoyed going there because it was a mix of classroom learning anatomy, nutrition, and fitness theory, but then we also spent time in the gym learning practical knowledge. After I finished that course, I started studying to take my Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). This past year I also became a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant through AFPA because I very much believe that nutrition is one of the biggest pieces of the health and wellness puzzle.” – Katie Jensen
You can find me at Excellence In Exercise if you would like to schedule a personal training session. Excellence In Exercise is a personal training and fitness management company that specializes in providing quality fitness programs for individuals, groups, and businesses. With a highly individualized and tailored approach, Excellence In Exercise provides solutions for personal and small-group training, group fitness classes, corporate fitness facility management and corporate wellness programming.