Ready, Set, Play – This Great Workout Soundtrack #FitnessFriday By Devon McGregor

For some, packing their headphones along with the required Lululemon gear and heart rate monitor is a normal part of a training preparation routine. For me, leaving home with my favourite Beats in-ear or over-the-ear headset is a deliberate part of my hear-no-evil, get into my zone experience. And the day begins. Undoubtedly, getting through a workout can be grueling. However, putting together the perfect playlist can provide a very personal and motivational way to make it less challenging and in fact, inspiring. Whether I’m home building the Balance Fitness community or on the road, it’s all about the bass or great music. Here is one of my favourite workout mixes: Runaway, by Kanye West is an incendiary toast to foul-mannered “douchebags”, and also kind of ironic . None-the-less, it provides an interesting interruption to whatever you were thinking about prior to pressing play. The unintelligible ending to the track actually starts to make sense after a while. Public Service Announcement, by Jay-Z will make you want to put everyone on alert during this track: “I’m serious about my training. Don’t bother me.” Beautiful People, by Chris Brown, is one of few things that we can thank Breezy for—Even if he can’t get across the border to put on a concert. Gonna Make You Sweat, by C & C Music Factory. Are you warmed up, yet? It’s time pick up the pace and perhaps sing along to this classic. Chris Brown Feat. Busta Rhymes’ Look at Me Now, you may want to stop the treadmill so that you can do your best swag dance, still singing. Someone will definitely be looking at you. Beyonce’s Countdown says, “Grind up on it girl. Show him how you rock it.” Don’t argue with her. She even counts you down. M.C. Hammer, by Rick Ross, because, it ain’t braggin’ if you can do it. Beyonce’s 7/11, forget trying to know what Queen B is talking about on this track. It’s damn fun! No Love, by Eminem Feat. Lil’ Wayne, is one of my personal favourites. If for no other reason, Eminem makes the supremely talented Lil’ Wayne seem downright pedestrian. Don’t sprain your tongue trying to keep up with Eminem. Till I Collapse, by Eminem Feat. Rihanna; by this point in your workout, you may be having a difficult time keeping pace. This track has a similar heartbeat-like rhythm to Queen’s iconic We Will Rock You, which will certainly help you get back in the zone. Eminem Feat. Rihanna, The Monster. There’s no time to look under the treadmill. This is the first of two “Monster” tracks. Her haunting voice is a perfect compliment to Eminem’s manic rap style. Monster, by Kanye West Feat. Bon Iver, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, and Rick Ross showcases Nicki as destructively schizophrenic, but brilliant on this track. Forever, by Drake Feat. Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne & Eminem, has hashtags written all over it. With this track, Drake put Toronto on everyone’s map. Duke Dumont’s, I Got U, is a Whitney Houston remake just full of goodness. I got you, baby! You can find the embedded “Balance Fitness Workout Companion” Spotify Playlist on
devonwebDevon McGregor, BFA, BSc, Human Kinetics, is a fitness expert with nearly 25 years experience and co-founder of Balance, a Toronto boutique fitness centre.

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