Get bumping in the club with this hip-hop playlist. Because after all, nothing pumps you up more then a little Jay Z and Kanye. Pop in your headphones and get jacked up with these high-energy Hip-Hop jams during your next workout.
“Holy Grail” – Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake
“The Monster” – Eminem (feat. Rihanna)
“Stronger” – Kanye West
“Started From the Bottom” – Drake
“Show Me” – Kid Ink
“All I Do Is Win” – DJ Khaled (feat. T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg & Rick Ross)
"Can't Hold Us" – Macklemore
“A Milli” – Lil Wayne
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Meet Jay, a member of the Grand Forks, North Dakota Snap Fitness who started his fitness journey two years ago at 475lbs. Jay blames his unhealthy weight on poor eating habits and not exercising. He decided to change his ways when his doctor asked if he was going to do anything about his weight. Jay knew he didn’t want to do surgery so after going to a dietician he knew he would have to start exercising to be successful. Jay already had a membership at Snap Fitness that he hadn’t been using so he found his keycard and off he went.
Because Snap Fitness was open 24/7 Jay could go anytime and not use holidays as an excuse. He would go late at night and early in the morning to ride the stationary bikes for about 5 minutes. This 5 minutes was a large accomplishment for him. Eventually, Jay added the Octane machine and started eating right. The weight started to drop. After a few months he noticed that he could exercise longer and eventually added the treadmill.
After two years Jay has lost a total of 295lbs and now exercises a minimum of 65 minutes a day. He uses a variety of machines, added weights, and does Fitness on Demand classes. Jay says that he never felt intimidated going to Snap Fitness, even when first starting out. Snap Fitness was, and still is the perfect fit for him.
Way to go Jay! You are such an inspiration and we are so proud of you!
It’s crucial to maintain momentum when training for a race, whether you’re preparing for your first 10K or fifth marathon. However, maintaining a consistent regimen can become difficult if you deviate from the normal routine for any reason—such as taking a vacation.
Travel arrangements alone can present a challenge to runners gearing up for their next endurance event, not to mention diet and schedule. Luckily, with some improvising and creativity, it’s possible to stay committed to your training, while savoring your getaway in the process.
Use the following tips to strike a balance between training and indulging.
Plan Your Routes Before Leaving
Make a game plan ahead of time to maximize your running time. Otherwise you risk spending too much time finding a route you like when you could already be running, or better yet, enjoying vacation. Chart the course with a tool like MapMyRun where you can find routes other runners have taken and made public.
Plan for Cross-Training
On occasions where a run isn’t conducive to your schedule, find creative outlets for cross-training instead. Register for a yoga, pilates or barre class at a nearby studio, or take advantage of the hotel’s onsite fitness equipment.
Explore your vacation spot while staying active with a hiking or biking tour, combining both sightseeing and training into one activity. If there’s access to a pool or ocean within walking distance, swim laps for a half-hour.
Schedule Your Workouts in the Morning
Do your workout first thing in the morning to avoid skipping planned excursions or even a much-needed poolside respite. While this often means waking up early and logging miles when the rest of your group is asleep, you’ll be glad once it’s done. It also allows you to remain present and engaged with everyone else—not agonizing over a missed or postponed workout. From this mindset, sacrificing an extra hour of sleep is worth the payoff.
Travel with Your Preferred Fuel
The all-you-can-eat buffet and cocktail menu won’t provide adequate nutrition for your training requirements, so bring nonperishable alternatives for yourself. Store them in the hotel room and grab and go as needed.
Protein bars, raw almonds, peanut butter, raisins or additional on-the-go food choices are healthier and easy to take on the go. As you head out the door for the day, take a few snacks with you to keep fueled as you sightsee and explore.
Find Local Running Groups
Many popular tourist destinations are also home to small stores and groups that offer weekly training runs for the general public to participate in. For example, in Orlando, the boutique fitness store, Fit2Run offers weekly training runs—check out their schedule here.
Other popular destinations with similar opportunities include:
· New York City: Jack Rabbit
· Chicago: Fleet Feet
· Phoenix: Sole Sports
· San Francisco: A Runner’s Mind
Do a quick search of the area you plan to visit and check the website for a running schedule.
Staying on track for your upcoming race is possible, even when enjoying vacation. When you plan ahead, log your miles early, and connect with local running groups, it’s easy to stick with your training schedule and get the rest and relaxation you need.
Bio: Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer is a long-time health and fitness writer. As the managing editor of Natural Awakenings, she gets to explore and research a wide variety of health and wellness topics. She’s a regular contributor for MindBodyGreen and is frequently writing new posts for her personal blog Health Be a Hippie. Follow her healthy musings and adventures on Instagram.