Workout Playlist!

Does anybody else feel like there’s hardly ANY good music out right now?
I’ve been struggling with making a new playlist the past couple weeks 
so I’ve been re-playing some of my older ones in class. 
I’m over that. 
I’ve been SCOURING the intertubes for good music to workout to. Here’s what I’ve found. 
As always, my playlists are an hour long and include cool down/stretch music. 
This is this week’s playlist: 
Let me know if you’ve got some great tunes 
that get you PUMPED for your workout. 
I’d love to add them to the next mix!
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Ballet: Getting back on the horse…

Or I guess I should say, back to the barre. 
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I am a fitness instructor, but first and foremost: I am a dancer. 
I started dancing when I was 8 years old because my mom wouldn’t let me play softball. I ended up falling in love with ballet and eventually other forms of dance as well. I went on to dance at a performing arts high school, (yes, just like FAME) and then onto a college conservatory. After so many years of too much movement and not enough rest, my body turned against me and my heart fell out of love with dance, especially ballet… well maybe not out of love completely, but the spark was definitely gone…
… and that’s where fitness began for me. 
Although I’ve been able to enjoy a career of movement and helping others, I still really miss getting to dance every day. And not performing in the last 6 years has been weighing on me a lot lately. I’ve had my mind on ballet a ton the last few months and it was awesome that the Louisville Ballet School had an online deal for 11 classes. I scooped it up immediately, but was really scared to get back to class. I’ve taken only jazz classes for the past few years because it’s safe, fun, less daunting, and I was just too intimidated to get back to ballet. It’s still dance, but there’s just something different about ballet class. 
The discipline. 
The focus. 
The heart. 
It all needs to be there to have a successful class 
and I just didn’t know if I had it in me anymore. 
But I finally got my ass to class last week (TWICE) and had the most amazing time. Aside from the 3 horrendous foot cramps I experienced… I wasn’t as bad and out of shape as I thought I’d be, (thank you, fitness career) And even though my feet and calves weren’t as strong as they used to be, my technique was still there and it all came back to me quickly… like riding a bike. Being at the barre, jumping and turning in the centre, and floating across the floor: Yes, my legs were shaking. Yes it was harder than it once was. But I was home
It was the most amazing feeling I’d had in a while. I don’t know why I waited so long to get back to ballet, but it definitely reignited the spark and I can’t wait to start taking class regularly again. One of my goals for 2012 was to perform again and to do so requires me to get back into the routine of taking class. I told myself to dance at least once a week this year, more if my schedule allows, and I’ve done pretty well so far. I just need to keep at it. I hope to perform with my roommate’s dance collective at the start of summer and this is just what I need to get my ass back in the game… or my feet back in the shoes. 
Is there anything you guys use to do that you’ve longed for lately? 
Happy Wednesday! 
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Yoga FAIL.

I have tons of stories as a fitness instructor. Most are funny and involve gross ladies who don’t shave their pits, hearing somebody fart during ab work, or seeing fellas’ junk when their shorts are just atad too short. This week’s story, however, came from my participation in a fitness class, not from a teacher’s point of view, and not super amusing.

So I’m taking hot yoga the other day… I’m actually in the process of taking class because it has ALREADY STARTED. A few minutes go by and in walks this lady who I’ll refer to as Rudezilla. Rudy takes a look around the very crowded room to find a space for herself. Instead of taking the only OPEN space in the front of the classroom, right next to the door, she proceeds to walk all around the room looking for a space. A space big enough for her mat. A space that, when you come into hot yoga late, does not exist. Then she comes back over to where she walked in and starts eyeing the space between me and the wall. The three foot space where she’s imagining prying herself into so that she doesn’t have to be in the front row. I immediately cut off her train of thought and point to the HUGE open space in the front row. After she makes the ‘I don’t wanna go there‘ face, she gives in and heads up there. However, she stops short and unfolds her mat. Six INCHES caddy corner, away from mine (do you say caddy-corner or kitty corner?)!!! So not really between me and the side wall, but not in the front row either. She’s practically beside/in front of me. I stared, dumbfounded, for a moment, trying to figure out if she was serious and maybe playing a funny yoga joke on me (yoga people can be funny, right?). Maybe she’s unfolded her mat but hasn’t quite decided on where she wants it to go just yet? Either way, she did nothing else but lay down her 3 towels (3 towels?!), prop her water next to her, and hop into her sun salutations. Are you kidding me?! But I was there to mellow out, so I did my best to ignore her… except for when she almost kicked me during her 3 Legged Down Dog… twice. Whatev.

Note to everybody: don’t crowd in class, especially one where you’re gross, sweaty, and have to do a lot of moving around. It’ll piss people off…

And if you’re friends with me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter, you would know that I wanted to punch her in her face. I didn’t though, because that wouldn’t have been very zen of me. I’m over it now but thought I’d write about in case you’ve been that person. I’ll also be writing a gym/studio class etiquette post…
Hope you guys are having a spacious and lovely day. Enjoy the snow if you’re getting it like we are!
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Workout Playlist!

So I’ve been slacking on posting my workout/group class/dancefest playlists… Sorry. Here’s my latest I’ve been teaching with:

1. Club Can’t Handle Me – Flo Rida
2. Waka Waka – Shakira
3. 2010 – Jay Sean
4. Only Girl – Rhianna
5. You Look Better When I’m Drunk (ha!) – The White Tie Affair
6. Rabiosa – Shakira feat. Pitbull
7. Hot Tottie – Usher feat. Jay – Z (Dedicated to Hot Todd-y from Barry’s Bootcamp San Diego!)
8. Raise Your Glass – Pink
9. Angel – Akon
10. If We Ever Meet Again – Timbaland and Katy Perry
11. More – Usher
12. Alright – Pitbull feat. Machel Montano
12. Somebody to Love – Leighton Meester
13. In For The Kill – La Roux
14. Jar of Hearts – Christina Perri
15. Little Did I Know – Over the Rhine
As always, my playlist includes fun warm-up music, good tunes for pushing through the hard part of your workout, and then mellow cool-down/stretching music at the end. 1 hour. Hope it motivates you to get moving today!
So go visit iTunes and rock it out while you work it out. hehe.
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Scripps Peeps: La Jolla

Here are my Scripps La Jolla peeps… such a great crew to wake up to in the mornings. The ones in this top photo started class at 5:15 in the morning (even Tinkerbell)! That’s dedication.

Thanks for the photo, Julie!

The next crew was the Monday evening one. Always a fun time!

Miss you all. : )
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