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My main inspiration for this post (and workout) can be summarized in one line: “He was a boy, she was a girl, can I make it any more obvious.”
Hearing “Sk8er Boi” on the radio last week was enough for me to remember the glory that was the music of the early 2000’s. Side note: why the heck does she spell it that way? Since most of the pop-ish music of that time was before I started running in 2007, many songs never made it on playlists. That’s probably why I never really got sick of them. But now I want to bring them back, even if I’m alone in this desire.
I titled this playlist “throwback” even though I’m not sure what the qualifications for a “throwback” are. The ’90s? ’80s? Earlier? I know people would make fun of me if I said “old-school” or anything like that, so throwback it is. Heck people hashtag #TBT (throwback Thursday) for posts from last year. Most of these songs are from 10-15 years ago.
I did this workout on the spin bike in my gym and listened to the playlist during a run. These songs are great for any cardio workout….or solo car-jam session. I won’t judge.
*I work on a resistance scale from 5-10. 5 being your flat road and 10 being peddling through mud *
- The Boys of Summer- Warm-Up: find your flat road and focus on waking up your legs (5/10)
- Pon De Replay- Jumps on the chorus: 4 counts seated, 4 counts standing in position 2, stay in position 2 in between rounds (6/10)
- Dance, Dance– Moderate hill seated: move out to 3 and pick up pace on the chorus (7-8/10)
- Sk8er Boi- Sprints on a hill: flat road on the chorus, increase resistance to an 8/10 and sprint in position 3 on the chorus; lower resistance in between sprints
- Toxic- Jumps on the chorus: start 4 counts seated, 4 counts standing in position 2; run in position 2 in between rounds (7/10)
- Fighter- Heavy hill in 3: pick-up the pace on the chorus (8-9/10)
- Crazy in Love-*Active recovery*: Light/moderate hill in positions 2 and 3 (6/10)
- Get Up- Jumps: continuous 4×4 count (6-7/10)
- SexyBack- Moderate hill: in positions 2 and 3 (7/10)
- Gone- Moderate hill seated: pick up the pace on the chorus (7-8/10)
- Just Like a Pill- Heavy hill in position 3: pick up the pace on the chorus (8-9/10)
- 4ever- Flat road sprints on the chorus (5/10)
- My Happy Ending– Cool down
Here’s the Spotify playlist:
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Susie @ SuzLyfe says
There needs to be more Backstreet Boys on this playlist. :D You know how I feel about that lol
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Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie says
LOVE this playlist. Whenever I get sick of my running playlist I always go for the throwbacks from the 00s because I always forget how much I actually remember from those songs and they give me an instant mood boost.
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Amanda @ ExploringLifeAndThings says
Omg the Veronicas.. I love that song so much! Listening to throwback music always puts me in the best mood ever.
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Alyssa @ Renaissancerunnergirl says
I totally had these songs on my first iPod (my parents were early tech adapters, I got one for my 8th grade graduation in 2005) and “justify” having bought them a decade ago (!!) on the iTunes store by listening to them now on the run…
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Liv @ Healthy Liv says
This playlist is so good. The songs of the early 2000s are some of my favorites and so fun to go back and listen to. I kid you not, I somehow found myself listening to Justin Bieber’s FIRST album (One Less Lonely Girl, anyone?) on a run through Spotify the other day. And it was actually so fun!
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kerri mcgrail says
I love fun workout playlists! I remember jamming to Sk8er Boi when I was in the third grade with my friends in my basement so that is making me feel kind of old lol. This playlist is also giving me some inspiration for my marathon playlist for sunday!
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Claire @ My Pink & Green Life says
Oh gosh, I haven’t thought about so many of these artists for such a long time, haha! When I started running in high school, I’d just listen to “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson on repeat for my entire run. Not sure how I didn’t get completely sick of it, but I did it for a good six months! :P
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