Musical Medley

Tonight I took a Boot Camp Class. We sweated it out military style with agonizing sets of things like bicep curls, squats, lungues, and knee raises. The music throughout the class was pretty consistently pop-workout stuff, like remixes of Justin Timberlake’s “Sexy Back” and Brianna Feat. Flo Rida’s “Boom Shacka Lacka”. (I admit it – hip hop is growing on me as a result of all these group fitness classes I’m taking. I guess I’m a natural born rump shaka!)

No big surprises there, right? We’re all used to that type of music in a fitness environment. The surprise comes at the end. I’ve taken two other classes with this teacher, and while her in-class music is spot on, the cool-down music is… creative. Like “Paint with the colors of the wind” creative. I’m not kidding. We had just finished 50-minutes of pure, heart-pounding cardio, huffing and puffing and dripping sweat like savage women warrior beasts. And then… freakin’ Pocahontas.

Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon? Not in a freakin’ body blast class, I haven’t. The first two times that this happened, I thought that the teacher was just in an Uber Disney mood or had forgotten her CDs at home, but tonight, as we cooled down from an exhilirating workout filled with musical medleys of popular hip hop and top 40s, she busted out the Romeo and Juliet soundtrack. This song, in particular.

Now I’m sorry – but when my endorphins are swirling around like magic mushroom hallucinations, I don’t want to hear downer breakup music. Especially PIANO SONGS that make me want to relive my first break-up and scarf a pint of Chunky Monkey. When that song ended and “A Whole New World” from Aladdin came on, I took a ride on my own magic carpet (ie my crazy brain) into a whole new world of immature 14-year-old me, delighted at the ridiculousness of the situation. I started giggling, and soon, I had a full-fledged laugh attack, thinking of my sister and her propensity for bad, cheesy music. In high school on our way home from school, she used to drive around and around in the cul-de-sac with me in the car, playing horrible Toni Braxton or Gloria Estefan songs over and over, singing so loudly that I would beg her to let me out. The tiny white Toyota Tercel would turn into a little spinning dreidel of awful music, her roaring with laughter, me roaring in agony at the pollution in my ears. Ah, memories.

I eventually had to feign coughing to get out of the class without distracting the teacher, where I went into the locker room, still snickering, my face red from a lethal mix of heart-rate targeting and laughter. I like this teacher and her class, but I might have to do a cool-down on my own, because working out with Pumba, Jasmine and Pocahontas just isn’t really my style.

When it comes to music for exercise- can music make it or break it for you, too?

2 thoughts on “Musical Medley

  1. Hi Alyssa,

    I found your site from comments in Kenlie’s blog…

    I wanted to comment because today I actually spent part of the day looking for workout songs for my cardio sessions. I do elliptical, running, etc… And hell’s yes, music has a huge impact for me…

    Music is so personal though, that I’m sure it’s different for everyone as to which songs get which people going… I can listen to a superfast/crazy death metal song and even though they are practically abusing their instruments and voices, it just won’t do it for me…

    However, I did find 1 song today that is now my #1 song… This song, for some reason, let’s me go to the edge of my cardio. It’s like when I hear this, I can push myself to 170 BPM heartrate, and it feels like 140 or 150, it’s crazy… I’ll post the link here, but I’m actually NOT a fan at all of the video, but the song is great for my workouts… I’d almost suggest if you’re going to listen, just listen, although now maybe I’ve created some weird desire for you to look at just what I don’t like so much… 🙂


    And regarding the lyrics, this may sound strange, but when he says “I want you now, I’m breaking out, give me your heart and your soul”, obviously he’s singing about a girl, but when I hear it, OK, this may sound strange, but I take is as I am the one signing (like we all do to our fav songs), and I’m singing to that part of me that can push through anything, that inner will, it’s like I’m summoning that inner will by saying to it “I want you now! I’m breaking out! Give me your all!” and I swear I run like a rocket (or at least I feel like I do 🙂

    I’m going to do a post on my site soon asking people about their fav songs, I need to get a SUPER UBER playlist for when I need that extra push in my workouts!


  2. LMAO. I’m not joking as I’m reading your post I’m cracking up cause I know if I were in that class I would be dying of laughter. That is so awesome and hilarious!! I’m sure you will never forget this excercise class 🙂

    BTW – Uber jealous that you take all these classes. I’m so weird and won’t go by myself! Anything else I’ll do by myself, go out to dinner, go to a movie, a scrapbooking class, but an excercise class? nope no way I chicken out.

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