Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Readers’ Choice

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Earlier this week, we asked readers on the blog, Facebook and Twitter to share their favorite workout songs for a massive readers’ choice playlist for this week’s lineup of sweat-able tunes. We got lots of great responses from Robyn’s “Hang with Me” (well, anything Robyn, actually) to Eminem’s “Shake That” to Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now.”

So without further ado, here are your picks for nearly three (!!) hours of sweating your face off.

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7 Reasons Beach Workouts Are the Best Workouts

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The weekend has finally arrived, friends! I’m betting a large chunk of us will be flocking to sandier sidewalks for a few days away from the city. And while you’re there, maybe, just maaaaybe, you’ll find some time to squeeze in a workout. Here are seven fun reasons why a beach workout is so worth it.

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The Checkup: 9 Tricks to Becoming a Committed Morning-Workout Person

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• If you’re not one of those “spring out of bed and chirp with the birdies like a Disney princess” type of people, I’m with you—I’m so not a morning person. But in the interest of fitting in a workout (and getting it out of the way!), here’s how to become a committed morning-workout person, even if you’re not a fan of mornings. [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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BeWOW: Total-Body Cardio and Conditioning Workout

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This week, your workout is going hit your entire body, with strength-training exercises and cardio to boot.

You’ll tackle a circuit of six different exercises, as outlined below. At the end of the circuit, you’ll do 100 jumps with a jump rope. (If you don’t have a jump rope, do jumping jacks.) Your goal is to complete the circuit, top to bottom, five times through.

A couple of optional tweaks: If you do not know how to do kettlebell swings (video tutorial below), you can always just do squats. For the one legged squats, you’ll need a bench or a chair: Do your squat with one leg raised, sit until your butt taps the bench, then stand right back up. And if you’re just starting out and five rounds is too much, try two or three rounds and build up from there.

Good luck!

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Songs That Get Stuck in Your Head

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Sorry for what I’m about to do, you guys: This week’s playlist is two hours of songs that are pretty much guaranteed to get stuck in your head. The good news is, all the songs are awesome, which means having them stuck in your head, on repeat, isn’t totally a bad thing.

I got some outside input on this one, so the songs really span generations and genres: the Grease soundtrack’s “Summer Nights,” Boyz II Men’s “Motown Philly,” Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” and, the pièce de résistance, Aaron Copeland’s “Rodeo.” (I thought I was pretty clever with that one.)

Enjoy!

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BeWOW: How to Shred with Kettlebells

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This week, we’re using a kettlebell. Just one kettlebell. Don’t be intimidated!

If you don’t have a kettlebell at home or if you don’t have access to one, I would suggest going out and buying one. It’s a great piece of equipment to have in your repertoire. If you do have some bells, pick a weight that you can do a lot of different exercises with and a moderate amount of reps.

For the workout, you’re going to do a circuit of five different kettlebell exercises five times through as fast as you can, while maintaining good form. Good luck!

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