Musical Cardio Workout

Morning! How’s your day going?

We replenished a small amount of the weights stash last night.

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Pretty much everything made it here to San Diego without a hitch, but we’ve been unable to track down my dumbbells. My 35 lb kettlebell made it, along with my jump rope and spin bike, but I like having dumbbells for strength sessions in the garage. I’m sure we’ll find them packed in a random box (when we move again), but for now, I got a 10 lb kettlebell for core work and a set of 12 lb weights.

Workout was a spin and weights session, and it felt so good to move after driving most of the day.

+ The Bachelorette

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(Andi was my favorite on The Bachelor but The Bachelorette is killing me. But, I can’t look away.)

I did some upper bore and core workout + some musical cardio.

Musical cardio is one of my favorite workout techniques. As a fitness instructor, I LOVE when exercises and movements correspond with the music during a class. When I taught spin, making playlists was a huge effort because I wanted to make sure each track was motivating for what we were doing (like slow, intense songs for hills and upbeat powerful songs for sprints). This is a huge reason why I love BodyPump so much: they design the exercises to match the music perfectly. And, it’s amazing.

When I’m doing cardio on my own, I’ll change things up based on my playlist, or what Pandora decides to give me 😉 Here’s a little cardio workout I put together using my Spring Workout Playlist, as it includes many of my current music faves.

Here’s the workout if you’d like to give it a try!

Musical cardio workout


What’s your current favorite workout song? Are you watching The Bachelorette?

Hope you have a wonderful day!



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  1. Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite on June 10, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Loooove when spin classes are based on the music. It makes it so much more fun! I haven’t tried it on my own before but I just might have to now.

  2. Britt@MyOwnBalance on June 10, 2014 at 11:03 am

    I love love love musical cardio! It actually drives me crazy when classes are not synced up with the music and it is just on in the background. I think it is all the years of dance training in me that makes me crave the musical cardio. Love your workout!

  3. Holly @ Freshly Cut Kitchen on June 10, 2014 at 11:26 am

    I was wondering what technology you use for your playlists? Do you buy the songs off iTunes and do the full gig or do you use something like Spotify?

    I would love to see a video recorded spin work out sometime if you are up for it! I also have a spin bike at home and miss the live classes. There aren’t a lot of options of recorded spin workouts on YouTube either, how sad!

    Looking forward to trying this playlist! Even more excited for Summer Shape Up!

  4. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on June 10, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I’m wanting to add to my weight collection — where did you buy your weights?

    • Erin on June 10, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      The c9 kettlebell is from Target, so I’m guessing thats where the dumbbells are from too. That’s where I get all of my weights. They are well made & not expensive. Even better when they are on sale or there’s a cartwheel! 🙂

  5. Brynn on June 10, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Music is such a huge part of my workouts. I have been a figure skater for 26 years, so my body loves to move to music. I find it so motivating. And I am with you…I can’t look away from the Bachelorette. Arg!

  6. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on June 10, 2014 at 11:59 am

    All workouts need to incorporate music! It makes it so much more fun!

    I haven’t gotten into this season of the Bachelorette but my MIL keeps calling me to ask me what I think because she wants to discuss it with me. I’m thinking eventually I’ll need to binge watch so we can chat about it. ;p

  7. Jennifer on June 10, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Music is HUGE for me, too, one of the reasons I love Pure Barre so much, and why I used to attend spin classes. Great post, getting prepped this week for SSU by drinking lots of water and going to bed earlier. Hope your eye twitch stays at bay 🙂

  8. Tracy on June 10, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    My current favorite workout song is actually a yoga song and wouldn’t work for cardio but it’s beautiful during a yoga practice! Diamonds in the Sun by Girish

  9. Livi on June 10, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    This is such a fun idea!!

  10. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona on June 10, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I actually like to workout without music. I find I get distracted with it. Unless I’m going for a walk, then I’m all about the music.

    This might be a stupid question, but what do you mean by upper bore workout?

    • Alexa on June 11, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      i think she means upper body, but her brain was already on to the word ‘core’ hahaha

  11. Pua on June 10, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Haha – I just picked up the (almost) same weights! A kettlebell and 12lb weights. I was needing a revamp in my little home gym (aka a spare room with some weights and a stability ball). 🙂

  12. Polly @ Tasty Food Project on June 10, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    I’m a huge fan of musical cardio, especially in my spin class!

  13. Tara | Treble in the Kitchen on June 10, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    I love this playlist! Since I am just teaching Bodypump and CXWORX right now and no freestyle classes I haven’t made a playlist in a while…and I miss it!! I’m going to have to add these songs to my mix for running 🙂 And YES! I am watching the Bachelorette and loved Andi on the Bachelor…can’t wait to see how the rest of the season pans out.

  14. Megan @ The Skinny-Life on June 10, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I’m with you. I cannot do a workout or a class unless the music goes with it. I actually stopped going to one person’s spin class because none of her music corresponded well to the moves.

  15. Kara on June 10, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    I die for The Bachelorette! And I won’t even apologize for it. So fun to watch all those cutie-patooties vie for her affection. My mom and I sometimes watch together or teacher-friends text throughout the episode ( I think it makes the hubs feel better that I’m not the only one watching such garbage–ha!).

  16. The Silent Assassin on June 10, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Sorry G, but every time I hear “Turn down for what” in my strength class, I wanna rip my ears off. Luckily my trainer doesn’t follow you because he can pretty much beat me down =). Anything DMX gets me pumped and Slim Shady will do… (of course the PG versions if you can find it).

  17. Amy on June 10, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Turn Down For What!! I’m loving that song for cardio right now! I do a similar workout with music on the treadmill. Have you heard of the app Rock My Run? It has some really great DJ mixes that are perfect for cardio! Most of them are free and you can choose your mix based on genre, bpm, length, etc. Check it out if you haven’t already!

  18. Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} on June 10, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    I am really love that Fancy song, I know everyone is loving it, but is so easy to workout to!

  19. Dominique @ Eat, Pray, Lift on June 10, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    I’m so bored by this season of the Bachelorette! It’s not even been worth blogging about this time around. But this video at least partially redeems it haha 😉

  20. Rachel @ Blonde with a Chanse on June 10, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Thanks for the workout idea! I really need to change up my current routine 🙂 I actually haven’t watched The Bachelor since Season 1! *Gasp* I know ha! Every time I hear about it I want to watch it though. My current fav work out song is definitely Wake Me Up! Love it!

  21. Lisa on June 10, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    I’m with you on the Bachelorette! I loved her on The Bachelor, but this season is definitely trying….. but I too can’t turn it off, and I was so sad that it wasn’t on this week LOL! I feel like Eric was spot-on on the last episode – I was thinking his exact thoughts before he said anything. I’m excited to see where the season goes, but I feel like she’s turned into tv-Andi 🙁

  22. Emily on June 10, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Lol, it must be time to stop listening to the same Pandora stations and turn the radio on for a bit. I do not recognize any one of those songs, and usually I am the pop culture champ in our house. Oh no, am I getting old?!?

    I LOVE tailoring workouts to the song at hand. Must be an old dancer habit, huh?

  23. Nicole on June 10, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    I’m reading this while watching the Bachelorette!!

  24. Runner Girl Eats on June 11, 2014 at 6:48 am

    It’s my biggest pet peeve is when the music doesn’t match the workout. Thanks for the new playlist…there’s a lot of songs on here I don’t have on my iPod yet.

  25. Cara's Healthy Cravings on June 11, 2014 at 7:08 am

    I have always been a bachelor/bachelorette fan….I can’t stop watching it ;)!

  26. Stacy @ Sweatingtulipzwithstacy on June 11, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Hey Gina! Great recipe!

    My favorite workout song right now is “Problems” by Ariana Grande. I love using it in spin for a standing attack or seated sprint/cadence burst!

    Have fun at your stitch fix event!

  27. Erica Chavez on June 12, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    This is such a great article. It is very important to have good music to workout to because it sets the tone! Thanks for sharing.

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