Rise and Shine 358

Inspiration: I dedicate this post to the MONDAY MORNING TEAM at the Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA! I've been on the early (5:10AM) Monday schedule for a while now and start my work week with a great group of dedicated, fitness-minded members...we often declare that WE LOVE MONDAYS! I'm so thankful for the Grand Rapids area … Continue reading Rise and Shine 358

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Christmas Lights 228

Inspiration: MERRY CHRISTMAS...Happy Holidays! As I put this mix together, it was sunny and 52 degrees in Grand Rapids. Needless to say, unseasonably warm for us...and no hint of a White Christmas this year. The 40+ inches of snow from November has melted away (anything that remains is grey/black ice!). I kept the Christmas music … Continue reading Christmas Lights 228

Come Alive 224

Inspiration: For this mix...I pulled about half of the tracks from the archive, the others are new tracks from the latest NEW MUSIC TUESDAY on SPOTIFY. Lorde's Yellow Flicker Beat (from latest Hunger Games) was performed live on the AMA's. Check out Elephante's Shake The Earth, featuring Lyon Hart...and B.o.B.'s Coastline. Enjoy the 60+ minute … Continue reading Come Alive 224

Something I Need 184

Inspiration: If I were scheduling the classes, they'd all be an hour...but I'm not, and many members prefer a 45 minute ride (some...even 30 minutes). So, here's another 45+ minute mix of music, terrain, movements and intensity. My top three are Coldplay's A Sky Full of Stars, a Remix of Big Data's Dangerous and Vampire … Continue reading Something I Need 184

All of You 171

Inspiration: A new favorite mix for one of my favorite things to do at the Y! Plenty of dance tracks on this one. Genre: Alternative, Dance, Pop, Rock Approximate time: 65 minutes Ride Playlist: Preview and purchase at iTunes: Gravity - Gravity (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) I Love It (Tiësto's Club Life Remix) - Club … Continue reading All of You 171

(Spin) Happy 156

Inspiration: Every other Saturday AM is Beginner Cycle at the Spartan Stores YMCA. All Beginner classes are just 30 minutes long, and it's time for an updated ride mix. Get HAPPY! Genre: Alternative, Pop, Rock Approximate time: 31 minutes Ride Playlist: Happy (from "Despicable Me 2") - Happy (from "Despicable Me 2") - Single Timber … Continue reading (Spin) Happy 156

Survive 140

Inspiration: An hour long ride playlist with some of my current favorites by Panic! At The Disco, Lady Gaga, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and James Blunt...and some great Remix tracks. Enjoy the Ride! Genre: Alternative, Christian, Rock, Dance, Pop Approximate time: 63 minutes Ride Playlist: Happy Under Control (feat. Hurts) - Under Control (feat. Hurts) … Continue reading Survive 140

Strong 139

Inspiration: Time to let the post Thanksgiving Holiday blahs go...and get another playlist assembled for class next week. Also am experimenting with some iTunes links, recommended by Chris at http://www.spinningfreak.com (check out his site if you haven't yet!) Genre: Alternative, Christian, Rock, Dance, Pop Approximate time: 62 minutes Ride Playlist: High Hopes Count On Me … Continue reading Strong 139

A Great Escape 137

Inspiration: 60+ minutes of NEW RELEASE tracks on Spotify...including one from James Blunt's latest - Moon Landing. Genre: Alternative, Rock, Dance, Pop Approximate time: 63 minutes Ride Playlist: On Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/user/1245380664/playlist/7GLAQsR7MwaJevmfDGtcIl On YouTube: http://youtu.be/NL2VBU604Jw

(M)ovember Skies 127

Inspiration: MOVEMBER...men around the world sprouting moustaches in November, raising awareness of men's health issues like mental health, testicular cancer and prostate cancer. (This post...and my mustache are off to an early start!) Genre: Alternative, Christian, Pop, Rock, Dance Approximate time: 63 minutes Ride Profile & Playlist: 01. 2:22 WARM UP / I'll Be Your … Continue reading (M)ovember Skies 127