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When I first started teaching Pilates back in September, one of the biggest sources of stress for me was coming up with a playlist that matched the beats of the music for the beats that I wanted to do. There was a whole choreography process that took me a few weeks, and I ran through the class a few times in my living room. I thought from time to time I might share these playlists. This is the first playlist I came up with for my pilates barre class:

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And here it is broken down by section:

Warm Up

  • Take A Bow: Rihanna

Pilates Section

  • Who Knew: Pink
  • Titanium: David Guetta ft. Sia
  • Footloose- Holding out for a Hero
  • 300 Violin Orchestra: Jorge Quintero (just instrumentals)

Planks Section

  • Rumour Has It: Adele

Cardio Section

  • Can’t Hold Us: Macklemore

Barre Section

  • Te Amo: Rihanna
  • Bright Lights, Bigger City: Cee Lo Green
  • Call Me Maybe: Carly Rae Jepsen
  • Raor: Katy Perry
  • Applause: Lady Gaga
  • Stronger (What doesn’t Kill You): Kelly Clarkson
  • Stompa: Serena Ryder (I do flat back kicks to this song- it has a fantastic beat)

Cool Down

  • Blessed To Be A Witness: Ben Harper
  • Blessings: Betsy Walker

This playlist clocks in right at 59.8 minutes. The funny thing is that now, when I hear a song from this list, I immediately start doing the moves that I have my students do during the song. For example, everytime I hear the song “can’t hold us” on the radio, I start doing jumpking jacks in my head. This playlist has a lot of energy though, which is perfect for 6 am class!

Now it’s your turn to share! What are a few of your favorite work out songs right now? How do you build a playlist?