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Prancercise Meets Parkour in Dance Walking, a Cardio Workout That’s Actually Fun

I recently met a new friend who told me about a fun, unique cardio “class” that she attends every week called Dance Walk. This is exactly what it sounds like: a combination of dancing and walking (think Parkour meets Prancercise). Brooke Null, owner of Hooped, leads this Dance Walk group in Boulder, Colorado every Wednesday morning and she first learned about this new fitness phenomenon after seeing this video created by television reporter (and Dance Walker) Ben Aaron.

Null explained, and Aaron demonstrated, that to participate you just need to make a playlist of songs (that are fun to dance to), headphones and the inhibition to just let go. I’ll admit, I was a little nervous before my first Dance Walk experience. Would I be comfortable dancing around town in front of a bunch of strangers?

Within thirty seconds of Dance Walking, I forgot about all of those nerves and just allowed myself to let the music move me. I, along with a group of seven other men and women, danced our way around the streets of downtown Boulder for a full hour. Some people stopped and stared at us or laughed, others paid us no attention at all. Some took out their phones to take pictures or video, and almost every single person smiled. Some people even joined in for a few seconds and then went back to what they were doing.
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The “Hey N Sync, Please Reunite at the VMAs” Gym Music Playlist

*N Sync is back, but unfortunately, this time around there are strings attached. When Lance Bass posted an Instagram photo of himself and former ‘syncers Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick at a Justin Timberlake concert, someone, somewhere on the Internet typed “reunion,” and the social media rumor mill began churning. Given the fact that JT will be accepting the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award at Sunday night’s MTV VMAs—which have already been shrouded in mystery—we’re saying there’s a chance.

nsync reunion photoimage credit Lance Bass Instagram

Since anybody under the age of 35 holds a special place in their hearts for JT’s backup singers—they were our British Invasion after all—we decided to find out if and how the Grammy winners were staying in shape. No longer able to rely on youthful metabolism and free from the pressure of sex symbol status—just kidding, JT—it would be understandable if the group of 30 somethings had let themselves go.
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Break a Sweat with This Grammy-Winning Workout Playlist

Last night was another banner night for Hollywood as the best of the best strutted their stuff on the red carpet for the Grammy Awards. Wardrobes were discussed, performances were made, and lots of gossip was a buzz.

All those issues aside, a lot of great music was honored and many worthy artists walked away with a Grammy. It’s always a great look back at the year to recall what was playing every time you got in the car or for that matter went for a run. No matter where you listened, Grammy winners are great fodder for a one heck of a gym playlist.

This week run it out, feel the burn, or give it just a little bit more to the tunes of some of the best music of the past year.

Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye Featuring Kimbra.

This jam was all over the place this time last year. The artist walked away with record of the year, best pop duo/group performance and Gotye scored best alternative music album.

I Will Wait by Mumford & Sons

Who knew banjos could rock? These guys have won our hearts and took home the album of the year award last night for their newest album, Babel.
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Get Jolly in the Gym with Our Holiday Workout Playlist

I’m so excited that the holiday season is finally here that I’m just about to burst at the seams, literally. I’m one of those people who gushes holiday cheer starting November 1, and there’s no stopping it. For this reason I am the perfect person to drum up a holiday playlist to help you get jolly in the gym this December.

The holiday season is like sensory overload with all of my favorite things: Comfort food, cheery music, chilly weather, hot drinks, gift giving, family visiting, cookie cutting, Santa Claus stories and Christmas movies – there’s just too much excitement to take in! Good thing we have almost five weeks to go before Christmas actually arrives, otherwise I don’t think I could stand it coming or going any sooner than it already does.

To get you in the holiday spirit whether you’re a runner, yogi, cyclist, walker or weights enthusiast, check out our handpicked holiday playlist. It features upbeat songs to help you heat things up, and even includes three songs at the end to help you cool things down. Just click on the links below to download the track directly from Amazon and take them with you wherever you go. 
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Best of Bonnaroo Gym Music Playlist

The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival just wrapped up its 11th annual go-around. The festival ran from Thursday to Sunday featuring more than 150 musical acts. Bonnaroo is known for its vast array of musical styles. Everything from rock, jazz, hip-hop, and even electronica is represented at the 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee.

Phish was the fan-favorite headliner of the entire festival. They closed out the four day event. Apparently this 11th year was one for the record books. Lots of great performances and memories shined on the stage and off. Keep the good vibes alive with this week’s gym playlist inspired by some of the top memories from 2012’s Bonnaroo.

1. Mac Miller – “Donald Trump” (We suggest the “clean” version).

Mac Miller used Bonnaroo as the stage to debut songs from his newest album, a collaboration with Pharrell. Apparently the crowd was very pleased.

2. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Under the Bridge”

RHCP bassist Flea left an impression on the audience as he gushed over all the love he felt at the festival. Share the love with an oldie but a goodie.

3. Alice Cooper – “School’s Out”

Legendary heavy-rocker Alice Cooper surprised and wowed the crowds by closing his show with Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.” Be inspired by his classic jam and maybe rework it as you workout.
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