Dieter In Need: Workout Music

by Christine on May 12th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, General Information

Yesterday I had a terrific workout! I called it “screw with your heart day.” Yes, interval training day! I like to have interval training periodically just to spice things up, challenge myself, and yes, screw with my heart!

First I hit the stair stepper for 30 minutes. Unfortunately the machine’s interval program doesn’t have a HUGE variation between “light workout” and “hard workout.” It’s more like “medium workout” and “medium-kinda-harder workout.”  But that’s okay, I was just getting started. I then went to the treadmill and busted a grove. My average walking speed is 3.6 and my comfortable jogging speed is 5.0.  I know, I’m slow. Hey, I’m only 5’2; my legs are short. But I did two minute intervals:

2 minutes at 3.8
2 minutes at 6.0
2 minutes at 3.8
2 minutes at 6.5
2 minutes at 3.8
2 minutes at 7.5
2 minutes at 3.8
2 minutes at 8.0!!

Man, I was really sprinting. Two minutes at a high speed like that really gets the endorphins going! I can tell such a big difference in my heartrate recovery though. I did interval training daily when I was 225 pounds, and it would take me a solid 1:30 minutes to recover my heartrate. These days it takes my heart about 20 seconds to get back to normal. Huge difference.

I followed that workout by doing 250 crunches. I sipped on a protein shake as I headed to my yoga class. I tried taking it easy at yoga…no inversion poses that might pop a blood vessel in my newly surgerized eyes, but it’s hard to rein myself in. My favorite pose (okay, one of my favorites) is a variation of wheel pose.  In normal Wheel you are on your feet and hands, just bent backwards, right? Well, I like doing Wheel while on my knees, bent backwards onto my hands. (Similar to “Camel” pose. See photo to the right. Except I don’t have the penis-bulge. I hope. Seriously, shouldn’t this guy strap that bad-boy down?) It’s a much more difficult bend to the back. I’ve been trying to work on getting my head on my feet in that pose, like in the photo (I’m so close!), but that’s going to take some work.

I seriously want to learn how to do THIS:

I should probably start by perfecting Crow pose first. Man, first crow pose. Then that crazy shiznit above, then…breakdancing!! Seriously, can’t just see how this is like an intro to breakdancing? I’m ALL OVER THAT.

Last night my yoga instructor mocked me for having, what she called, “The tightest hamstrings I have ever, EVER seen on a chick.”  Yup. Bend me sideways, backwards, upside down, or twist me around like a rubberband and I’m FINE. But ask me to bend over and touch my toes without bending my knees, and I’m a goner. Can’t do it. Weird how the body loves some poses and not others.

I NEED WORKOUT MUSIC SUGGESTIONS!

My workout mix needs some tweaking. I find myself forwarding to the next song more than I should. What are your top five songs that fire you up, inspire you, and keep you moving when that treadmill starts to get borrrrring?

HEY! I want to give major props out to STEPHEN for reaching a major milestone today: 150 pounds lost!!!! Congrats Stephen and keep up the awesome work!!! You can check out Stephen’s blog by clicking here.

Namaste, Revolutionists.

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  • http://www.secondhelpingonline.com Russ Lane

    Intervals are not for the timid. Grats on reaching 8.0!

  • http://www.secondhelpingonline.com Russ Lane

    Intervals are not for the timid. Grats on reaching 8.0!

  • Jen

    The yoga pictures crack me up.. what do you currently listen to when you work out??

    • http://www.phoenixrevolution.net Christine

      Hmmm, a very eclectic mix, I guess. Everything from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sublime to Mika and Ricky Martin (no, I’m not gay but I guess you’d never know it, huh?), to Desmond Dekker and the Skatalites, to Depeche Mode and Beatles and Metalica and MUSE and Beastie Boys and Run DMC and…..well….see, I like all kinds of music! But some of it just doesn’t have any place in a gym (sorry…egads, like the Beatles).

  • Jen

    The yoga pictures crack me up.. what do you currently listen to when you work out??

    • http://www.phoenixrevolution.net Christine

      Hmmm, a very eclectic mix, I guess. Everything from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sublime to Mika and Ricky Martin (no, I’m not gay but I guess you’d never know it, huh?), to Desmond Dekker and the Skatalites, to Depeche Mode and Beatles and Metalica and MUSE and Beastie Boys and Run DMC and…..well….see, I like all kinds of music! But some of it just doesn’t have any place in a gym (sorry…egads, like the Beatles).

      • Jen

        hmm we do have similar taste in music but at the gym i dont listen to my normal stuff i listen to old school rap and hip hop b/c its just plain fun!!! l like to jam to ICE ICE BABY and old school mariah carey.. haha totally not my normal style but it gets me motivated and makes me laugh too!

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  • http://notjustcelery.wordpress.com Karen @ Not Just Celery

    I love finding new songs to add to my workout playlists! Currently, my favorites are:

    When Loves Takes Over by David Guetta/Kelly Rowland
    Imma Be by the Black Eyed Peas
    Alejandro by Lady GaGa (actually…any Lady GaGa makes me happy!)
    Evacuate the Dancefloor by Cascada
    Circus by Britney Spears

    • http://www.phoenixrevolution.net Christine

      I Love the music suggestions, Karen! Thank you! I’m putting them on my mp3 player right now! Thanks again!

  • Jen

    hmm we do have similar taste in music but at the gym i dont listen to my normal stuff i listen to old school rap and hip hop b/c its just plain fun!!! l like to jam to ICE ICE BABY and old school mariah carey.. haha totally not my normal style but it gets me motivated and makes me laugh too!

  • Jennydease

    create ur own workout mix at clickmix.com!!