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The Ultimate Playlist of Your Fit Life

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA

Alexandra: What song defines your workout life? Do you have a theme for exercise that a tune captures?

Kymberly: If you listen to our Fun and Fit radio show  you’ll know that Alexandra tends to bust out in song now and then. And I am using the word “song” loosely and the word “bust” pretty exactly.

Anyhoooo, it got us to thinking, if you were to pick a song that is autobiographical, which one would it be? For example, if you are a procrastinator, you might go with “Wait Until Tomorrow,” by Jimi Hendrix. (We’d also suggest you read our post on moving from procrastination to action.)  If you are a get it done now person who enjoys exercise, your song might be “I Love You More Today Than Yesterday, But Not as Much as Tomorrow,” by Spiral Staircase.

Perhaps Maria from West Side Story is singing your tune when she tells the world I Feel Pretty.”  Or maybe she just finished a QiDANCE cardio class. If you love weight training, it could be people marvel and say “She’s a Brick House.”

One of our favorite votes came from a man in our Senior Strength Training class who answered this question with “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.” Once the class stopped laughing we got back on beat and showed the world that 70 year olds “Get Around, Get Around, I Get Around,”  like the Beach Boys.

Kymberly’s Picks

My autobio song depends on what exercise mode I am tackling. On strength training days or when my knee is hurting, I am going with: “Oooh Child, Things Are Going to Get Easier,” by the Five Stairsteps.  On the days I teach, power walk, or take any cardio class, my theme song is from Gladys Knight and the Pips: “You’re the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me.”  Go me for getting my workout in!  The fact that Gladys was just on Dancing With the Stars and that I want Alexandra and me to be the first twins on the show might be swaying my decision. In the right direction!

Alexandra’s Picks

I didn’t even have to think twice – my song is “Shake Your Groove Thing.”  I like to dance, have fun and love music from the 70s. I can be Peaches. Now I just need a volunteer to be Herb. I could probably find hundreds of songs, depending on which freeway entrance my mind takes, but another song that captures my general life attitude is “Life Is Good” by Junk, especially the intro phrase, “I know I can always win, I can do anything.” Isn’t that a great attitude toward life and health?

My final submission is my response to the foot surgery that’s kept me in a foot bootie for 6 weeks: “Can’t Keep Me Down” by Cypress Hill & Rusko.

Readers: Any songs come to mind that capture your fitness life? Sing it loud in the comments below!

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Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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13 Responses to The Ultimate Playlist of Your Fit Life

  1. Suzi @ Confessions of a Fitness Instructor August 20, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    Hmmm, that’s a good question. I thought I had an answer, so I googled the song lyrics to make sure I quoted them properly and it turns out that the line I was looking for isn’t even the real line! I though in, “Club Can’t Handle Me,” there was a line that said, “our life is so ridiculous” but it turns out that isn’t the line at all. But for the sake of this comment we’ll pretend it is ;) Whenever I use that song as a warm-up in one of my classes and “hear” that line it always hits close to home because I can’t believe that I get to do what I do for a living. It is ridiculous. And totally amazing :)

    Let’s just forget that, hat isn’t the real line…
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  2. Lynda @ Hit The Road Jane August 20, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    I love that song!! Oooh child reminds me of the movie Pursuit of Happyness every time I hear it now. Hmm I think my autobio song of the moment would be Suddenly I See by KT Tunstall. I feel like I finally know what to do :D
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  3. Tenecia August 20, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    I would choose “Girl from the Gutter” by Kina. I can totally relate to it because at various times in my life, people thought life had knocked me down & I wasn’t going to amount to much but as one of the lyrics says “Things are lookin’ up for me now” :)

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  4. Elle August 20, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    Two come quickly to mind… Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, and Something (in the way she moves me) by the Beatles… Great fun post… will give it more thought.
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  5. getfitchick August 20, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    Haha – it is a fun post! I’ve never given it much thought, but i like “Brickhouse and Get Stronger i think!
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  6. Tamara August 20, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    Great question!
    I love ‘Hot Child in the City'; retro girl all the way!
    And anything Flo Rida makes me happy!
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  7. Shira August 20, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    With the exception of Pilates, I always need great music to keep me motivated during workouts. A few high energy tunes that exemplify me pushing myself forward and always get me going on the treadmill, in spin class or the weight room include “Rock Star” by NERD (not me for liking sci fi, but a super cool group), “Gotta Work” by Amerie, and “Run” by Gnarls Barkley. Others I love with nothing to do with my workout “story” include “Edge of Seventeen,” “Before He Cheats” and anything by ZZ Ward.
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    • AlexandraFunFit August 20, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

      I love Stevie Nicks! Mostly. Oddly enough, I do not know your other songs. We’ll have to convince you to make a playlist.
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  8. Jody - Fit at 54 August 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    So fun!! I am not a music person meaning I sorta just listen but never pay much attention to the title of the song & lots of times not even who sings it although I know certain bands by their music.. I just like to listen & enjoy. I would never make it past question one on name that tune! ;-)

    I guess with my love of weights, Brick House would be good but I really don’t like that song to listen too….

    Honestly for no reason to do with life, I have always loved Somewhere over the Rainbow from when I first heard it as a kid in The Wizard of Oz! :-)
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  9. AlexandraFunFit August 20, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

    I play “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” for my older adults class as part of cool down. Who doesn’t love that song? And the best part is that they all sing along. Very sweet part of the class.
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  10. Mariella Lombardi August 22, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    Hey girls,

    I loved the procrastinating bit:) But for my work-outs I would choose something like: Olivia Newton John’s “Let’s Get Physical”. I know, it’s really cliche but it does the job right:)

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  11. Born27 August 22, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    I am not a music person meaning I sorta just listen but never pay much attention to the title of the song & lots of times not even who sings it although I know certain bands by their music.. I just like to listen & enjoy.
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