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  • November 16, 2015
  • By Brittany

Hello from Sydney!  We arrived Sunday evening after a very very very long flight from Brazil.  Let me tell you, flying with a two month old versus an almost one year old are two totally different cans of beans.  For example, a two month old is still and sleepy and cries when hungry or wet.  An eleven month old needs constant entertainment, wants to move at all times, refuses to go to sleep because there are too many fun things to look at and cries simply because he is bored/isn’t getting what he wants (to crawl along the aisles) and generally makes it impossible to sleep on a 14 hour flight.  In 14 hours, I maybe slept 3?  Oy vey.  But we are here!
One thing that helps me get through long flights is music.  Just listening to music can help me zone out and relax.  I’ve always been hugely driven by music because of my background in ballet and dance.  In fact, one of the reasons I love group fitness classes over just working out on my own in the gym is because the classes are often choreographed to music, which I find to be super motivating.  At home, I’m always curating playlists for my own workouts and my classes I teach.

Recently,  I was looking for a bit more inspiration and came across FitRadio.  If you haven’t heard of it, you need to check it out!  Basically, it is a radio station that curates playlists for your workout.  Professional DJs have put together playlists to help motivate you whatever workout is on your agenda.   The songs are current and fresh with some throwbacks in there for good measure and I love some of the remixes of popular songs!  You know when you hear a song on the radio and think that would be such a great workout song if it were a little faster?  Well, these DJs know their stuff and will give you just that.

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You can choose your playlist based on the genre of music you like (Top 40, Pop, Hip Hop, Country, etc.) or the type of workout (CrossFit, Latin Zumba, Spin, Tabata, 32 Count, etc). And, if you find a DJ you think creates really awesome mixes, you can search all of the DJ’s playlists and add the ones you like to your favorites.  The best part?  This is all FREE!  You can sign up and use all of these features at no cost.  Plus, I can say after listening to several hour long playlists, the commercials are so limited.  They don’t even stop the music but rather play a short commercial spot right over the transition to the next song.  

If you really hate commercials and wanted unlimited skips to the next playlist, as well as the ability to view the tracklists and more mixes, genres and updates, you can sign up for a premium account, which will cost you only $3.99 a month!  It’s a pretty good deal in my opinion.

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Honestly, I think Fit Radio is really great for your home workouts but I think it is especially useful for instructors.  The playlists are already focused on your classes like Zumba, CrossFit, Tabata and 32 Count Mixes plus chill music, warm ups and cool downs.  The BPM for each sets of playlists are listed so you know exactly what you are getting!  Plus, if you are like me and want to constantly have an updated playlist, it costs a ton of time and money to find and download all of these songs.  It’s nice to have it already selected and ready to go. 

The only drawback is that if you don’t like a song in the playlist, there is no way to skip the song so you kind of have to just live with it.  For instance, I really dislike throwback hip hop songs and I’ve seen a few of those on playlists that I otherwise really like.  I honestly don’t know why I need to continually listen to It’s Tricky by Run DMC, but for some reason that song is still way overplayed!!

Readers, what is your go-to for workout music?  Nineties throwback hip hop–yay or nay?  


By Brittany, November 16, 2015
  • Christen
    November 16, 2015

    Very cool! I’m going to have to check this out. I love trying new playlists for different workouts!

  • Allie
    November 16, 2015

    Wow! Things have really come a long way since I started teaching a million years ago. I remember ordering CDs off of like one web site that had 32 count music and most of it was awful. This, on the other hand, sounds great!! I’m definitely going to check it out!

  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    November 16, 2015

    I can imagine that a 14 hour flight is tough with a 1-year old!! I can barely keep myself contained for that long of a flight haha

    I hadn’t heard of FitRadio before. I’ll have to check it out!

    Have a blast in Australia lady!!

  • Janelle @ Wholly Healthy
    November 17, 2015

    FitRadio looks awesome! I am always on the lookout for new workout music.

  • Nellie
    November 19, 2015

    Yes to the 90s hip hop!! This is awesome I’ve never heard of this before. I can’t wait try it out. You know how serious I am about my music!!

  • Holly
    November 21, 2015

    I say YAY to the 90’s hip hop!! I use a hip hop playlist myself!

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