RFM: barre-style

This is my official Request for Music (RFM): barre-style.
(yes, I realize I’m a giant dork)

But seriously, now that I’m a regular instructor at barre n9ne, I kind of want to have awesome music every single time I teach. I mean, not an entirely NEW playlist each week, but at least some fun new songs thrown into the mix to keep everyone on their toes (literally and figuratively, of course!).

It’s so interesting. I have never been big into building playlists because well, I never needed to before. I don’t run with music. If I was lifting weights at home or at the gym, I never listened to music, preferring to stay in the zone instead. But with barre n9ne? The music can really get you through a really tough  last set of glutes at the barre (I played “Sexy Back” during that series the other day, totally stole the idea from my sis who did the same thing in one of her classes, see? I’m not even all that original, dammit!), or really *any* tough set of *anything* in a barre n9ne class. If you aren’t swearing under your breath by the end of a set, you aren’t working hard enough. 😉

So yeah, I’ve decided I’m kind of iTunes-illiterate. I’m fumbling around over here, on my iPhone and on my laptop, kind of blindly and well, I feel like a giant dork for even admitting this! Shouldn’t I be more technically-savvy when it comes to this stuff?? Clearly, notsomuch.

…but I digress.

My POINT is this. Well – I have two points (sorry, I’m writing this in very scatterbrained form, what is my problem??).
Point #1 – I need your best music ideas.
Point #2 – I love, love, love everything about teaching so far, including playlist creation. Even if I’m kind of a giant dumbass about it.

Bottom line I’m living my dream and LOVING every minute of it.

This is, by far, one of my favorite places to be, these days:

In class the other night (where I was the “student” vs. “instructor”), I was thinking of neat new things to take to my class on Thursday morning (all while swearing under my breath – of course-after the last set of “chair” — my most favorite love-to-hate move at the barre). My wheels are spinning like crazy over here trying to come up with fun approaches to my own class structure — truly using the structure to help those who take my class get the most out of that hour they spend at the studio with me. That is SO important to me — that they walk away feeling proud of themselves for giving that workout their all, and for knowing that they got their ass handed to them…in the best possible way. 😉

(And  again, I’m digressing — ack, I’m all over the place. Sorry friends.)

So here we go (the point of this post to begin with!) — I need your best most favorite fun and upbeat tunes to add to my iTunes collection so here it is: My RFM: barre-style. Lemme have it!!

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22 thoughts on “RFM: barre-style

  1. I love thinking of new ways to tweak classes too! It’s so FUN isn’t it?! you need shazam in the car so when you hear a song, shazam-it and then you know the title for later. Here are a few I downloaded for my Sunday class: Turn up the Music/Chris Brown, Pass at Me feat. Pitbull (Timbaland), Rockstar 101 – Rhianna, She doesn’t mind – Sean Paul, and I am keeping SexyBack in (glad you liked that one!), Whine Up, and Sweat – David Guetta. Oh! and I also am downloading Naked – Dev feat. Enrique Iglesias (but it might be too slow)

    • It IS so fun – both in terms of figuring out music and how the class structure will flow. Wish I could spend all day on it! ha!

      I do have shazam but always forget to use it, duh me!!

  2. Ok, I’m so bad at playlists (and itunes) that I can’t be of any help to you at all.. However, I love it when other people post about this so I can learn and get ideas!

  3. I’m not sure either of these will work, but right now I’m insanely obsessed with “All Of The Lights” by Kanye West and Every Teardrop is a Waterfall by Coldplay. Both worked to get me moving in spinning, so maybe they will work for you!

  4. Oooh you know me – I have TONS of playlists at home.

    I’ll send you some ideas tonight. My fave song right now though is “Fences” by Paramore. It’s SO FUN and upbeat!

    • Mostly anything upbeat – hip hop, pop-ish stuff mostly. My iTunes for music listening at home is a mishmash too, sounds very similar! When it comes to playlists for working out tho? I’m at a loss!

  5. Hmmm, so I’ve never taken a barre class so not sure what type of music would be best but here are a few that I like to run/spin to. Kind of a random mix of stuff but hope it helps! Every Teardrop is a Waterfall (Coldplay), Shake It Out (Florence + The Machine), We Found Love (Rihanna), Not Over You (Gavin DeGraw), Kids and Time to Pretend (MGMT)

    • I suppose I should’ve qualified what kind of music we use – it’s all up-tempo stuff, mostly pop/hip hop but when it comes to cool down music, it can be anything really so a lot of what you’re suggesting would be great. Thank you!!

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