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Training with Music September 23, 2011

Filed under: Running — Kelocity @ 12:02 pm
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Um. I looked at the calendar today and realized that I have just 23 DAYS til I run walk my next half marathon!

That’s like THREE WEEKS away! Oops. Guess I’m going to have to rely on all the walking I did in Europe for my training (I had multiple 13-17 mile days in there, so trust me that it counts as something!)

Even though I’ve let running fall to the wayside this year, I’m still getting out and walking multiple times a week. Irving has gotten back into a workout habit and we’re using our evening walks to catch up, get some fresh air and stretch our legs a bit. We’re both 100% committed to a healthy marriage and I’m glad I keep half marathons sprinkled throughout my calendar to keep me focused.

The other thing that motivates me to get outside and exercise is some good music. For years I used to run without an ipod, I used to like just listening to my feet hit the pavement and zoning out. But now I need something in my ears to keep me going.

I didn’t get compensated at all for writing this, but it was interesting so I thought I’d share. I got an email yesterday from someone who runs the website  The site has lists of songs that are perfect for working out and they are categorized by “beats per minute”.  Then you can decide how fast or slow you want your music to be for whatever workout you have planned and download accordingly. They also have an app that you can add to your smartphone and it will sort the music you already have by BPM.

I always thought Green Day was great for running because all of their songs seem to match my cadence and I can run to the beat. But this site has a bunch that I am definitely going to bookmark for future use. They also have mixes and suggested playlists for the gym too.

And in case you are interested, here’s a list of the top 10 workout songs this week, according to votes placed at

Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer – Give Me Everything (Sidney Samson Remix) – 129 BPM

Nicki Minaj – Super Bass – 128 BPM

Switchfoot – Dark Horses – 83 BPM

Gym Class Heroes & Adam Levine – Stereo Hearts – 90 BPM

Lady GaGa – Edge Of Glory (Bare Noize Remix) – 140 BPM

Pitbull & Marc Anthony – Rain Over Me – 128 BPM

Nadia Ali, Alex Kenji & Starkillers – Pressure (Alesso Radio Edit) – 129 BPM

T.I. & B.o.B. – We Don’t Get Down Like Y’all – 92 BPM

LMFAO, GoonRock & Lauren Bennett – Party Rock Anthem (Russ Chimes Remix) – 129 BPM

Alexandra Stan – Mr. Saxobeat – 129 BPM

To find more workout songs-and hear next month’s contenders—folks can check out the free database at Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era-to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.


I need some more suggestions. I’m currently listening to Green Day, Cold Play and Adele. Apparently my ipod’s  “beats per minute” has a pretty low cadence!


I almost swam a mile!! March 15, 2011

Filed under: Giveaway,Workout — Kelocity @ 7:17 pm
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Swimming is excellent cross training. My hips have been really tight this week, and getting in the pool felt so good to loosen everything up.

The last time I swam laps was almost a year ago to the day! Today, I swam about 60 laps. I guess 64 is a mile, so it was pretty close! I felt like Jello at the end. It was a great workout.

Wanna know who won the Kraft Philadelphia Cooking Crème Contest?
Only eight entries?  You can’t win if you don’t play!

Maybe I should have told you that I’m also throwing in a Trader Joe’s treat.

Your two winners are:



Congratulations to Tara and Erika.  Send me your address (kelocity at gmail dot com).


Safety First! January 20, 2011

Filed under: Running Gear,Workout — Kelocity @ 9:49 pm
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Tonight, I went out to a bar with some friends after work. Instead of alcohol, I got a seltzer/cranberry (two please!) And I passed on all the yummy (but incredibly greasy) appetizers. Part of me was sad because those deep fried cheese balls looked gooooood! But I also felt empowered. I am the girl with absolutely no will power. And tonight was victorious. I told my friends that I couldn’t indulge because I was going for a run after! And once I had in my head that I was going, there were no excuses and no battles in my head.

I was going running tonight. And that was that.

The other night, Irving and I almost got run over by a seemingly drunk driver. So tonight, we exercised caution and prepared for a nighttime jog. Don’t be jealous of my super reflective crossing guard running vest!

Florecent Yellow and pink is MY color, yes?


I also sported the blinking light arm band. Oh yes!

Irving and I did a slow 3-mile jog, it was fun to catch up, and keep my promise to myself to run. SUCCESS!


Biggest Loser Season 10 Taping! May 23, 2010

Filed under: Hollywood Events — Kelocity @ 8:59 pm
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Today, I spent eight hours hanging out with Jillian Michaels, Alison Sweeney and a whole bunch of past contestants from the show.

They were filming the season 10 premiere (which will air in September).


It was a lot (A LOT) of waiting around, but it was worth it to see the past contestants (they look great!) They are like celebrities! So much fun!

We arrived at 7am (because only the first 300 people got to work out with Jillian).


I was so glad to have my friend Stephanie there too!

We had wrist bands to get us into the taping:

While we were in line, they handed out Larabars and fruit for everyone.


First up, we met Amy and Philip!

And Tracy!



Brittany, Dan and Jackie:


And Dr. H!



Then we all got our Blue Shirts! (LA is rooting for the Blue Team!)

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The Biggest Loser Scale!


Then Jillian and Alison Sweeney took the stage and we did a mini bootcamp with Jillian (pushups, jumping jacks, squat jumps and mountain climbers).


I don’t want to reveal too  much information from the episode (I bet NBC wouldn’t like that very much)…
But part of the challenge involved aerobic step-ups.


And all 300 people were invited to join in with the contestants:


I did about 600 stepups during the filming. woo hoo!

Then the winners took off in a limo to head to the ranch!

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It was a very LONG day, and it was very cold down near the ocean, but it was really fun. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together in September.

And don’t forget that the Season 9 finale is Tuesday night!

Thanks to my friend Stephanie for letting me use some of her pictures!!!!


The Power Pyramid May 7, 2010

Filed under: Workout — Kelocity @ 7:31 pm
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Today, I had some pretty greasy fries with my lunch. Someone actually walked by and asked if I went to McDonalds because you could smell the oil in the air. While they tasted good at the time, I swear, I had grease coming out my pores by the end of the day. Ew, right?

So after work, all I wanted to do was sweat. I headed out for a run… but it turned out to be a 2 mile walk. But when I got back, I dusted off my weights and did one of my favorite moves that my trainer taught me last year.


I call it The Power Pyramid!

Step 1: Stand up tall with your weights on either side of you on the floor

Step 2: Jump down and do a push up


Step 3: Grab your weights and stand up and do a bicep curl

Step 4: Bring the weights up and do a shoulder press

Step 5: Continue the shoulder press all the way up

Step 6: Go back down and repeat

So they call it a Pyramid because each time you do steps 1 thru 6, you’re doing a different number of reps:

  • 1 pushup, 1 bicep curl, 1 shoulder press
  • 2 pushups, 2 bicep curls, 2 shoulder presses
  • 3 pushups, 3 bicep curls, 3 shoulder presses
  • 4 pushups, 4 bicep curls, 4 shoulder presses
  • 5 pushups, 5 bicep curls, 5 shoulder presses
  • 6 pushups, 6 bicep curls, 6 shoulder presses
  • 7 pushups, 7 bicep curls, 7 shoulder presses <—–The Top of the Pyramid!
  • 6 pushups, 6 bicep curls, 6 shoulder presses
  • 5 pushups, 5 bicep curls, 5 shoulder presses
  • 4 pushups, 4 bicep curls, 4 shoulder presses
  • 3 pushups, 3 bicep curls, 3 shoulder presses
  • 2 pushups, 2 bicep curls, 2 shoulder presses
  • 1 pushup, 1 bicep curl, 1 shoulder press

I really should start doing this every day to tone up a little bit. Plus, it’s fun to make karate moves using your camera’s self timer. Yes?


Do you have any quick, easy and powerful moves? Do share!


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