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Welcome to January, the month where resolutions start and hopefully continue through 2015. For me, running is not even on the radar. Perhaps to get out there and loosen up the legs, but no races have been planned and it’ll probably stay that way. This year I want to focus on strength workouts and yoga. Perhaps it’s time to dust off the ol’ P90X DVDs. And with this frigid weather upon us, I’ll surely want to get my sweat on, inside.

The Top 10 Workout Songs for January 2015

The highlight of this month’s workout music round-up is the balance it strikes between perennial favorites and relative newcomers. By veering between the two, the mix manages to send both familiar and fresh at the same time.

Starting with the hits, you’ve got a pair of collaborations uniting Jessie J with 2 Chainz and Wyclef Jean with Avicii. Continuing with the upstarts, you’ll find a song from Penguin Prison that could pass for vintage Hall & Oates along with a club track from Alesso & Tove Lo featuring lyrics by David Bowie.

The whole affair kicks off with AC/DC’s first new song in six years. The song’s beats-per-minute count (BPM) is slow enough to ease you into things physically, while its thundering riff gets you fired up mentally. If you need a power track mid-routine, press play on the fastest (and most popular) song of the month: Sheppard’s ode to taking plunges.

For most folks, the new year is a time for taking stock and making changes–mixing things that worked in the past with new approaches for the future. This month’s top 10 list does a little of the same–blending veteran hitmakers with promising, newer acts. To that end, it might just be the perfect playlist for the new year and your next workout.

Here’s the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred–the web’s most popular workout music blog.

AC/DC – Play Ball – 119 BPM
Deadmau5 – Some Chords (Dillon Francis Remix) – 129 BPM
Penguin Prison – Calling Out – 124 BPM
Charli XCX – Break the Rules – 125 BPM
Wyclef Jean & Avicii – Divine Sorrow – 130 BPM
Mr. Probz, T.I. & Chris Brown – Waves (Robin Schulz Remix) – 120 BPM
Jessie J & 2 Chainz – Burnin’ Up – 124 BPM
Alesso & Tove Lo – Heroes (We Could Be) – 126 BPM
Sheppard – Geronimo – 142 BPM
Ella Henderson – Ghost – 105 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at RunHundred.com. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

As always, I have not been compensated for this release; RunHundred.com is always free to use.

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Welcome, 2015!

by Alaina on January 2, 2015 · 0 comments

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a good time ringing in the new year. I ended up having to work that night until 11, and once my colleague and I clocked out, we headed to Grill 23 to meet up with some other coworkers for drinks. The restaurant was extremely lively and they even had a band playing. The restaurant recently underwent a renovation of their bar and I absolutely loved their new space. I’ll have to make it back there for drinks and dinner again. It’s definitely one of my favorites in the city.

Anyway, onto the evening! I enjoyed a couple glasses of chardonnay and the obligatory flute of champagne at midnight. One of the servers used a 135 lb. bottle of champagne to distribute amongst the diners.

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We were all having a great time!

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Before we knew it, they were counting down to the New Year! One of the last songs the band played was Don’t Stop Believing by Journey and there were two servers (?) or happy diners (?) dancing on one of the serving tables. We all had a blast and I didn’t get home until 2AM. Thankfully I didn’t have to work until 3 yesterday so I slept in until 10. A couple cups of coffee were needed to get through the day. Winking smile

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Happy Happy New Year! What did you do to celebrate? Anything fun planned for the New Year? Right now David and I have a trip to Florida planned for March, but other than that, a wide open schedule. And I still have no races on the calendar. I think this will be the year of anything goes. Smile

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Top 10 Workout Songs for 2014

by Alaina on December 27, 2014 · 0 comments

This was definitely a year where I barely listened to the radio. The songs weren’t really appealing to me, and I ended up either listening to my iPod or Pandora. I will say that there are a couple that I got hooked on: “Rude” by Magic! and “Animals” by Maroon 5. Otherwise, I was enjoying the tunes of the ’80s and ’90s, along with Jim Gaffigan and Gabriel Iglesias to make me laugh. ;-)

According to RunHundred.com, here are the top 10 songs to get your sweat on in 2014.

The Top 10 Workout Songs of 2014

With few exceptions, workout songs can be distinguished by two main attributes: popularity and speed. If a song has cracked the Top 40 chart and has a tempo above 125 beats per minute (BPM), there’s a good chance you’ll hear it in the gym.

In this look back at 2014, you’ll find lots of songs that meet the criteria above–along with a few outliers. Starting with the big winners, Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” was the most popular workout song of the year. (Not coincidentally, it’s also the fastest song in the bunch below.) Calvin Harris is notable for being the only artist to make the top 10 twice. Plus, Maroon 5 and Nico & Vinz both had songs so catchy that folks didn’t mind their slower tempos.
Rounding out the list, there are remixes of rock tracks from OneRepublic and American Authors, a song from Meghan Trainor that proved even more popular in the gym than her breakthrough hit “All About that Bass,” and a soaring, club track that pits Cash Cash & Bebe Rexha against dance titans The Chainsmokers.

On the whole, the list makes for an easy way to reflect on the year that’s passed, get acquainted with any songs you might have missed, and prep the perfect mix to kick off your first workout of 2015.

Here’s the full list, according to votes placed on Run Hundred–the web’s most heavily-trafficked workout music blog.
Cash Cash & Bebe Rexha – Take Me Home (Chainsmokers Remix Radio Edit) – 129 BPM
OneRepublic – Love Runs Out (Grabbitz Remix) – 124 BPM
Ariana Grande & Zedd – Break Free – 130 BPM
Maroon 5 – Maps – 120 BPM
Calvin Harris – Summer – 128 BPM
American Authors – Best Day of My Life (Gazzo Remix) – 125 BPM
Calvin Harris & John Newman – Blame – 128 BPM
Nico & Vinz – Am I Wrong – 121 BPM
Meghan Trainor – Lips Are Movin – 138 BPM
Taylor Swift – Shake It Off – 160 BPM

About: Run Hundred is a workout music blog featuring a database of songs that visitors can browse by genre, tempo, and era–to find the ones that best fit their particular routine. As always, I have not been compensated for this release.

(The list above represents the results of 78,000 votes logged on the 260 new singles and remixes added to the database in 2014.)

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