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I don’t know about you, but I MUST have music in order to workout.  Listening to beats that I love keeps me going, even when the workout is kicking my butt!

I just downloaded some new pre-made workout mixes from iSweat Fitness Music (via iTunes), and I can’t wait to try them out.  I got three different mixes:

  1. Power Pop – songs like “Crazy in Love,” “Manic Monday,” and “You Give Love a Bad Name” all remixed and set to faster bpm’s
  2. Girl Power – songs like “Hips Don’t Lie,” “Ain’t No Other Man,” and “Vogue” all remixed and set to faster bpm’s
  3. Fun ’80s – songs like “She Bop,” “Mickey,” and “Vacation” all remixed and set to faster bpm’s

Since I know that most of you are trying to workout more consistently, and I’d like to help you do that, in some small way.  So, that’s where the giveaway comes in!

I will give away 3 copies of each mix (9 total).  To enter:***

  1. Write a comment to this post, telling me about your workout plan for the coming year/month/week (activity, times per week, duration, etc)
  2. In the comment, mention which mix you’d like best
  3. In the comment, name a song that is bound to get you movin’ (I love getting new music ideas)
  4. Write a blog post of your own about workout music, working out, etc and make sure to link back to this post

Entries due by Wednesday, January 13 at 11:59, West Coast time. I’ll select the winners by using a “randomizer,” so everyone will have an equal chance of winning.  Good luck & keep on groovin’!!!

***Open to blogging buddies in the U.S. and Canada only.

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 Before I left for my Thanksgiving trip, I wanted to make sure that my iPhone was filled with lots of good music and podcasts to listen to on the plane and in the car.  I was searching “weight loss” in the iTunes podcast section and it came up with Fat 2 Fit Radio. 

The podcast is hosted by Russ Turley and Jeff Ainslie, who have each gone on their own weight loss journey.  Jeff lost 50 pounds several years ago, and is now a personal trainer, PE teacher, and expert in the field; Russ is still in the process of losing weight, but has lost over 70 pounds in the past 2 years.  The main premise of the podcast is to promote  the idea that in order to successfully lose weight and keep it off, you have to make a lifestyle change, rather than going on some sort of short-term, fad diet program.  The dynamic of the show is that Jeff serves as the expert and Russ is going through the process of losing weight.  Russ checks in with his weight loss goals each week, and I like that they focus on a three-pronged approach: food, exercise, and motivation.  Each week, Jeff assigns Russ some sort of “homework” that he should work on for the upcoming week. (One of the recent assignments was so interesting that I’m planning an upcoming post around it).

The format of the show is really organized and interesting.  They begin with view emails, which they answer in depth.  Then they go to a “web” feature.  (On a recent show Jeff highlighted a website called Supercook, which offers lots of suggestions of recipes you can make based on the ingredients you have on hand at home.  It sounds like a great site, and from what I saw when I checked it out, it looked like a really simple user interface).  After that, they spend most of the 30-minute podcast on a topic of the week.  Recent weekly topics include: Travelers of Size, Your Ideal Weight, How to Stay Motivated, and Eat to Save Your Life

I have been listening to the podcast for about a week now, and find it a great way to get some interesting information, find out about new websites and products, and stay motivated.  I listen to it on the commute home each day, and it’s a great way to transition from work to home.  It’s nice to get the male perspective on weight loss, since so many of the weight loss experts seem to be women.  I also really like that one of hosts is actually trying to lose weight, so he shares many of the same experiences that we do. 

I really recommend checking it out.  If you do, please let me know what you think of it.

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