Valentine’s Workout and Playlist (the non-cheesy version)

This post is sponsored by Collectively on behalf of HP. 

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Valentine’s Workout Playlist

Since Valentine’s Day is on the horizon, I thought it would be fun to do a little themed playlist. No Celine Dion ahead! These are some of my favorite non-cheesy, love-inspired songs. I also included some cardio guidelines below, and a Spotify playlist if you’d like to use it for your next workout. 

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(Ok, so “Jealous” probably falls under the “Creepy Valentine” category, but it’s so dang catchy I had to include it.)

Valentine’s Workout Guidelines

All of Me – John Legend (Tiësto remix). Warm up. Take about 5 minutes to find and keep a moderate pace and incline. Take some deep breaths, get into your “zone,” and think about how you want to feel when your workout is over.

Wild Wild Love – Pitbull (feat. G.R.L). Easy tempo work. For the first half of the song, keep the moderate, steady pace. For the second half of the song, go 1-2mph above your base pace and maintain it. Keep incline moderate.

Outside – Calvin Harris (feat. Ellie Goulding). Sprints. Keep your steady pace during the verses, and during the choruses, sprint as fast as you can. Recover in between. 

Pitch Perfect Mashup – Titanium vs. Proclaimers. For the first half of the song, keep a steady pace (or take it down to a walk) and focus on increasing the resistance to a moderate climb (RPE 7 on a scale of 1-10). For the second half of the song (“Titanium”), you are going to decrease the incline to a flat road, and sprint your heart out for the choruses. 

Alone Together – Fallout Boy. Heavy climb. Take your pace down (to a quick walk or easy jog) and gradually start to add incline/resistance. By the end of the song, you should be at your personal max.

Heartbeat Song – Kelly Clarkson. Decrease the incline back to moderate and find a steady quick pace. Maintain this for the entire song and use this is a bit of a recovery. 

Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon. Keep your steady pace and during each chorus, increase the resistance 1-2% until you hit your max. Hold it for 1 minute before decreasing. Repeat for the duration of the song. 

Come Get It Bae – Pharrell Williams. Heavy resistance. Find an incline of RPE 7-8 and hold it, keeping a steady quick walk, or easy jog for the entire song. 

Jealous (The Rooftop Boys Remix) – Nick Jonas. Decrease the resistance back to moderate and pick up your pace. Every 30 seconds, add .5 to 1mph to your pace. Finish the song at a sprint. 

XO – Beyonce. Slow down your pace to a walk. Start to increase the incline. By the end of the song, hit your personal RPE 9 (1-10 scale).

Stay With Me- Sam Smith. Cool down. Slow down your pace, decrease the resistance. Use this song as an easy song to bring the heart rate back down and recover.

Thinking Out Loud- Ed Sheeran. Stretch and/or foam roll. 


To make the image above, it was super simple using my HP Sprout.

HP Sprout

The Sprout enables users to fuse reality with technology, and my very favorite feature is the ability to scan items into high-quality images. I picked up some of the conversation hearts at the drugstore. (Confession: I think these chalky candies are actually very tasty.) Next, I scattered them on the work station and pressed “scan.”

Scanning candy hearts with HP Sprout

Next thing I knew, I had images of the hearts, ready to be edited (to remove shadows), sized, and moved around on the workstation.

Editing on the HP Sprout

HP Sprout

Boom! This took me about 5 minutes, and would have taken about 30 with my usual processes on my laptop. I imported the cute little heart frame into Picmonkey to add the text, and the image was done. For more info about the Sprout, check out my post with a video on how to use it here!

Hope you guys enjoy the workout and playlist!

What’s your favorite over-the-top or non-cheesy love song? I live for anything Michael Buble, but my very favorite is “Home.”

See ya later today with some happenings and a new barre workout!



This post is sponsored by Collectively on behalf of HP Sprout. Thank you for supporting the companies who help to support our family. xo 

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  1. Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie on January 29, 2015 at 4:43 am

    I love this playlist! All of my favorite artists! I’ll be working out to these songs to get me motivated through Valentine’s Day!

  2. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on January 29, 2015 at 4:45 am

    Ok, after having a quick listen, I’ve decided I’m pretty into that Jealous remix! As for my favourite non-cheesy love song, I have to agree with you on Home by Michael Buble. I LOVE that song. And if I could have a second one, since we’re getting close to Valentine’s Day, does Cupid Shuffle count? 😉

    • Fitnessista on January 29, 2015 at 7:20 am

      ahhhh cupid shuffle! i should have added it to the playlist

  3. Lindsey @ Simply Lindsey on January 29, 2015 at 4:56 am

    This is an awesome playlist! Some of my favorite love songs are the cheesy ones sung by Backstreet Boys and NSYNC! Hahaha. They bring back so many funny memories of middle school dances.

  4. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on January 29, 2015 at 5:08 am

    Fun playlist! I really need some new music and was going to check out your recommendation for the Posh podcast too. For romantic song – Home by Michael Buble is wonderful. I also love his version of Save the Last Dance for Me.

    • Fitnessista on January 29, 2015 at 7:19 am

      that is a great one! i like the latin vibe of it, too

  5. Tamara @ A Side Of Dessert on January 29, 2015 at 5:13 am

    Thanks for sharIng! I was thinking last night that its probably time I update my music since it probably hasn’t been updated in 4 MONTHS! Whoops!!

    • Fitnessista on January 29, 2015 at 7:19 am

      yikes! haha

  6. Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out on January 29, 2015 at 5:46 am

    I love ‘Stuck On You”! It’s so cute and fun!

  7. Mary Beth on January 29, 2015 at 5:53 am

    Favorite non-cheesy song, Jimmy Eat World, “For Me This is Heaven.” It was our first dance song at our wedding.

    Favorite cheesy song, Celine Dion, ” It’s All Coming Back To Me Now.” When this comes on, I lose all inhibition and will sing it all out, with hand motions, don’t care who is watching. I one time was into it so much while I was singing in my car, the light turned green and I didn’t notice. I love that song.

    • Fitnessista on January 29, 2015 at 7:18 am

      hahah so good!

  8. Chrissy @ Pink Polish and Running Shoes on January 29, 2015 at 5:54 am

    I love Michael Buble, but right now I can’t get enough of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.” Such a good song!

    • Fitnessista on January 29, 2015 at 7:18 am

      looooove it

  9. Cassie Vaughn on January 29, 2015 at 6:14 am


  10. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on January 29, 2015 at 6:22 am

    I love the song Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding!

  11. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on January 29, 2015 at 6:32 am

    Adorable! I’d say I want one of those but it would just be an excuse to not get other things done.

    • Fitnessista on January 29, 2015 at 7:17 am

      i think it makes me more productive since i don’t waste as much time making graphics 🙂

  12. Kirtley @ The Gist of Fit on January 29, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it’s Valentine’s time!! Yahaaay!! Great post, thanks!

  13. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on January 29, 2015 at 9:33 am

    I’m using my Sprout right now! I LOVE what you did to create this piece. Sooo clever:) And you’re getting me excited for Valentine’s Day. I’m a sucker for it!

  14. Amy S on January 29, 2015 at 9:53 am

    I adore the definitely not cheesy “Love Song” by 311!! It’s a good one 🙂

  15. Laurie on January 29, 2015 at 10:46 am

    I forgot to let you know that I won my mom the Canyon Ranch Inspiration award thanks to the link you posted this summer! Your recent Canyon Ranch posts reminded me and I just wanted to thank you so much for that post. It’s the best gift I could have ever given to the greatest woman I know!
    Very best,

  16. Tracy on January 29, 2015 at 10:51 am

    I’m so glad you added the playlist to Spotify!! Thank you 🙂

    The Sprout seems amazing and super easy to use.

  17. Michelle Rae on January 29, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Forever by Ben Harper…..BEST LOVE SONG EVER!!! And also one of my all time favorite songs, its just so beautiful!

  18. Yaara Leve on January 29, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    I love “Mon Cherie Amour” by Stevie Wonder; “Brown-Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison; and am obsessed like repeat all day long with “Love me like you do” by Ellie Goulding–I think I mentioned to you before it’s on the “Fifty Shades” soundtrack. And that Ed Sheeran song on you list is also so pretty. The music video is amazing too–he’s actually a great dancer.

  19. Erika S. on January 29, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Love this playlist…I’m totally using it! Some others I like are:

    Love Dealer – Esmee Denters & JT, Love Game – Lady GaGa, and I Hate Boys – Christina Aguilera (for the single/heartbroken gals)

  20. Erin on January 29, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    My favorite love song is Ben E. King’s Stand By Me. I think it’s a lovely sentiment because it’s just about bring there for someone else when everything seems to be going wrong. I think that’s the best kind of love-knowing somebody else has your back when life isn’t so sweet.

  21. Courtney Violet Bentley on January 29, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    You have me sold on your sprout that thing is so cool! Great playlist I love a good playlist and for my holiday present I got the new dre beats Bluetooth so much is just 100 times better! Thank you for sharing xo C

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