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Spinning Playlist – October 30, 2014

Happy Thursday everyone! Thanks for joining me on this last Thursday before Halloween … I like to think that we put a dent in extra calories you’ll likely pull out of a trick or treat bag tomorrow 🙂

Here’s tonight’s playlist, straight off of the bike:

Warm-up
Night is Young – Nelly Furtado

Building Block #1
Dirty Little Secret – All-American Rejects
Who’s That Chick – Rhianna ft. David Guetta
Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson
Sing – Ed Sheeran
Inside of You – Hoobastank

Building Block #2
Hold it Against Me – Britney Spears
I Write Sins Not Tragedies – Panic at the Disco
Blame – Calvin Harris ft. John Newman
Poker Face – Lady Gaga
Stronger – Kanye West

Building Block #3
Burnin’ Up – Jessie J ft. 2 Chainz
Delirious (Boneless) – Steve Aoki, Chris Lake and Tujamo
Night of Your Life – David Guetta ft. Jennifer Hudson
Centuries – Fall Out Boy

Cooldown
Let it Go – James Bay
It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday – Jason Mraz

Have a great weekend everyone! I’m out of town next Wednesday and Thursday, but you can catch me at my regular time at XSport Alexandria on Tuesday at 6 p.m. … and I’m subbing next Saturday at 8:30 a.m., too!

Spinning Playlist – October 29, 2014

Happy Wednesday, ya’ll … tonight is my Sport&Health night, so another hot set of tunes coming at you! Here’s what we rode to tonight:

Warm-up
Love Don’t Die – The Fray

Building Block #1
Love Drunk – Boys Like Girls
Blame – Calvin Harris ft. John Newman
Give Me More – Britney Spears
Come to Me – Diddy ft. Nicole Sherzinger

Building Block #2
Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera
Closer – Tegan and Sara
Find You – Zedd ft. Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant
Animal – Ke$ha
Sing – Ed Sheeran
Centuries – Fall Out Boy

Building Block #3
Sweet Nothing – Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welsh
Sex on Fire – Kinds of Leon
Break Free – Ariana Grande ft. Zedd
Uprising – Muse

Cooldown
Say Something – A Great Big World
Unconditionally – Katy Perry

Just a reminder that I’m going out of town for a few days next week for my “real” job – but I’ll be back the following Wednesday, Sport&Health folks (XSporters, you have me next Tuesday, but not Thursday). Have a great night!

Spinning Playlist – October 28, 2014

Well, I promised to be better about blogging … and here we are with my Tuesday Spinning Playlist (yes, I now teach on Tuesday nights – you have three days in a row of playlists coming at you now)!

Warm-up
Oh Timbaland – Timbaland

Building Block #1
Delirious (Boneless) – Steve Aoki, Chris Lake and Tujamo
I Kissed a Girl – Katy Perry
Domino – Jessie J
How I Feel – Flo Rida
Dirrty – Christina Aguilera

Building Block #2
Scream – Usher
Neon Lights – Demo Lovato
Titanium – David Gueeta ft. Sia
Up in the Air – 30 Seconds to Mars
Centuries – Fall Out Boy

Building Block #3
Endorphins – Sub Focus ft. Alex Clare
Toxic – Britney Spears
Blame – Calvin Harris ft. John Newman)
The Fighter – Gym Class Heros ft. Ryan Tedder

Cooldown
Bleeding Love – Leona Lewis
Hollywood’s Not America – Ferras

Have a great night everyone – see you back here tomorrow!

I’m Back…

Hi friends … I know, I know. It’s been a long time. To say that the summer (okay, and I guess I have to say fall since we are more than a month in now)  was pretty busy. I assure you, I’ve been teaching, I’ve been training, I’ve been working, I’ve been enjoying life … but I think it’s pretty obvious what I haven’t been doing.

But I’m back. I know that before my short (okay, let’s be honest, it’s been like 4 months) hiatus I promised to be better about blogging. Clearly, I did not follow through. So I’m only going to promise that I’m going to try.

So, what have I been up to since (gulp) June? Quite a lot, to be honest. Sometimes I start to wonder how I have time to sleep, let alone breathe. I’m still teaching regularly, but my schedule has changed a bit (we’ll get to that). In July, I spent the annual week at the beach with the family. In August/September, I had the pleasure of attending my girl Emily’s wedding (my first trip to New Hampshire), and the boy and I returned to Hawaii (six days for me … a month for him). I got to the pool whenever I could on the weekends. Football season started, so I’m spending a lot of time watching ESPN (yes, often on the treadmill or elliptical).

As I mentioned, my teaching schedule has changed pretty dramatically in the last couple months. I first cut back on my Sunday classes, and eventually just gave them up all together. I loved teaching them, and I’d been on Sundays for what seems like forever … but at this point in my life, I knew that the only way I was going to get the balance that I really needed into my life was to actually have real weekends. So I cut back (just in time for the boy to start what I can only call insane amounts several weeks at a time of work travel … which is finally close to winding down). In September, I made another change – giving up my Piloxing class on Wednesday nights. I haven’t had the time to put into the prep that I really needed to give the class my all, and I was offered a cycle class at Sport&Health around the same time (and after a year of subbing and turning down my group fitness director – because I was already teaching on the nights she could offer me a permanent class). I decided that it was a good move – and a good change – for me at this point. I was proud to turn the class over to my girl Kim, who had worked hard training with me throughout most of the previous year. I’m sure she’s doing great … I mean, she did train with me and all 😉 So  yes, I’m teaching a ton of cycle now (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday). But I’ve never made it a secret that cycle is my favorite class to teach (and pretty easy to prep for).

That said … life has been crazy, and I apologize for my absence. I know I’ve said I’ll place more priority on blogging (and quite honestly, I’ve thought about it many, many times without actually taking the initiative to, you know, write a post), and I do mean it. I’m going to try my best to be back and present, friends. And if you are in the NOVA area … come take a class with me:

Tuesdays (XSport Alexandria): 6 p.m. Cycle, 7:15 p.m. Pilates

Wednesdays (Sport&Health Skyline): 6:15 p.m. Cycle

Thursdays (XSport Alexandria): 6 p.m. Cycle

…and I tend to pick up weekend classes when the boy is out of town, so I’ll keep you posted on the “bonus” classes I’ll occasionally teach.