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Yoga Workout Playlist No. 5 (Spotify Playlist)

Yoga Workout Playlist No. 5 (Spotify Playlist)

Alright, so another playlist means another story. (See my last story and playlist here.)

I’ve been *really* bad with stretching in the past 6 months. I foam rolled for maybe 5 minutes before my workouts. But aside from that, I didn’t stretch at all, and I didn’t go to yoga once this semester.

So about two weeks ago, my lack of stretching finally caught up with me. I developed a weird tightness in my left forearm and wrist, which was 100% because (1) I’ve been doing pull-ups every day and (2) I went heavier too fast on some pulling exercises. My advice – don’t do that.

On top of that, my back and hamstrings became so tight that I had a strange twitch run up and down my leg a few times for a day or two. That tightness was definitely due to starting a new dead lift program and not stretching after each *brutal* workout.

So yeah. I was asking for an injury. And I don’t think sitting, studying, and typing on a computer for exams basically 24/7 for two weeks helped the situation either.

I took all of these symptoms as a sign to just chill for a few days despite how much I love getting outside, getting sweaty, and taking a mental break every day to work out. I did some serious foam rolling coupled with some yoga movements. I even got two massages, which were magical but also kinda painful in the best way possible.

When I returned to my regularly scheduled workouts, I felt super fresh and flexible. I even hit a few new PRs (personal records). So chilling for 3-4 days was 100% the right decision.

Moral of the story?

Go to yoga once per week if you can!!! In the very least, spend 5 minutes doing a *really* thorough warm-up and at least 5 minutes stretching after a workout. You could also foam roll for 10 minutes every day. In my opinion, 10 minutes is a completely manageable amount of time. I’m holding myself to 10 minutes of stretching every day to avoid weird cramps, tightness, and soreness . . .

and I’ll be listening to the playlist below while doing it. ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. See the links to the playlist, my Spotify profile, and my favorite stretches below this image.

Hungry Gator Gal's Yoga Workout Playlist No. 5

My Spotify profile

This playlist on Spotify

My favorite yoga stretches

 

Questions:

  1. Do you stretch every day?
  2. If so, for how long do you stretch?
  3. Do you have any favorite yoga playlists? If so, please share a link to the playlist in the comments! ๐Ÿ™‚
  4. What are your favorite stretches or yoga poses? In the comments, please share links to photos of the stretches if you can! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Summer Food & Fitness Essentials

Summer Food & Fitness Essentials

Hydrate, exercise, jam out, eat, repeat. ๐Ÿ™‚

From the top, left to right:

one // Nike Pro Classic Swift Bra and Nike Women’s Dri-Fit Pro Classic Bra

No chafing. No band rolling. Everything stays in place. In other words, Nike Pros are everything I could ask for in sports bras when it’s 90+ degrees Fahrenheit outside with 80+ percent humidity every damn day.

two // La Croix Sparkling Water

Because drinking plain water all the time gets old.

three // Aladdin Classic Insulated Mason Tumbler 32oz.ย 

Water bottle. Huge-a** smoothie holder. Every preppy girl’s best friend…
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four // Andy Grammerย 

I wrote Andy Grammer off a while ago as “too much pop” for my taste, but then I saw him live at Fort Knox for the Army’s 240th birthday concert. All I can say is that this guy is talented. Very down-to-earth but full of personality. He put on a fantastic show and made me a fan for life.

five // Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 Running Shoes – Women’s & Men’s

After trying on a bazillion brands and other Nike running shoes, I decided to stick with the Nike Pegasus line. My Pegasus 31s made it through 10 months of Army PT and individual runs, so why reinvent the wheel? And did I tell you how amazing the flywire technology is?!? The shoes fit like a glove and feel like pillows on my feet. Bye bye, shin splints.

six // Ben Howard – I Forget Where We Wereย 

Crazy, intense slow jams will have you playing this adult alternative album on repeat. It’s one of those rare albums that captures thoughts and feelings you had no idea could be vocalized or let alone made into a melody.

seven // Twenty One Pilots – Blurryfaceย ย 

Linkin Park meets Fall Out Boy meets Eminem meets Jamaican jams. I dare you to play this in the car and try to NOT sing along.

eight // Nike SFBsย ย 

I LOVE THESE BOOTS. They become more comfortable with every ruck, hike, battle drill, march through the rain and mud, etc. I didn’t get one blister while wearing these for a month in Fort Knox.

nine // Homemade pizzaย 

Cook three pizzas one night for the fam and you’ve got meals for two days. Pizza with cheese, veggies and protein always = a well-balanced meal.

ten // Nuun Energy Hydration Tablets

Running in the heat = no bueno if you don’t refuel with electrolytes. And as much as I love Gatorade during field training, sugar water isn’t necessary when I only spend an hour outside every day at home. These tablets pack serious flavor without the added sugar.

eleven //ย  POSH DJs App

Listen to club mixes outside of a club. The continuous streams are perfect for getting in the zone during workouts.

Note: This post contains affiliate links, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Question:

  1. What are some of your summer food and fitness essentials?

 

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Fall 2014 Workout Jams + Benefits of Group Fitness

Fall 2014 Workout Jams + Benefits of Group Fitness

Listening to music while working out is SUCH a treat these days. Let’s just say armbands, headphones and Spotify are no bueno while working out with the Ranger Challenge team. 

Needless to say, it’s been months since I created a new playlist for the gym. The one below is a mash-up of my current favorite songs.

Fall 2014 Workout Jams from Hungry Gator Gal

Spotify playlist:

P.S. Follow me (Brianna Kolota) on Spotify if you like what you’re hearing. I pay $5 per month as a student to have access to a bazillion songs with zero ads. I have the ability to follow and make as many playlists as my heart desires. It’s TOTALLY worth the money. Ask for a Spotify Gift Card $30 (affiliate link!) for your b-day or a holiday. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m not going to lie and say working out without music is easy. Learning how to run four miles with only my own thoughts was difficult at first. . . especially when I was thinking about how much I dislike running. HA!

But you know what? I’ve learned that I don’t need music. I have my teammates, their words of encouragement and the inner motivation to push through the last mile, the last rep, etc.

If you’re a regular reader, you know I’m a longtime fan of group fitness, and Ranger Challenge is no exception. The workouts are never easy, but my teammates and I bond in our pain and constant endeavor to become faster, stronger and smarter.

The good news is that you don’t have to be in the Army to reap the benefits of group fitness. Check out a class at your local gym. Find a CrossFit box or boot camp club. Find or start a running club. Join a local club sport or intramural league.

The key is to find a group of people who are in similar shape or slightly better shape than you, whatever that may be. They’ll push you to improve, and you’ll probably make friends in the process. You might even build teamwork skills that are transferable to other parts of your life (i.e. your job).

Sounds like a win-win situation to me. What do you think?

Note: If you need help finding fitness clubs or group workouts, check out apps like peerFit and SweatGuru. They’ll help you “try before you buy.” You’ll pay for individual classes or a pass to try a bunch of different classes before deciding to commit to one single gym. You can also check the group fitness schedule at your local gym. Most gyms will let you try the first class for free.

Question:

  1. Are you a fan of group fitness? If so, why?
  2. If you’re a fan of group fitness, what’s your favorite class? (I’m always looking to try new formats!) 

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Yoga Workout Playlist

 

Pumping Iron Playlist

Pumping Iron Playlist

Here’s playlist for when you need motivation to lift things up and put them down.

Pumping Iron Playlist from Hungry Gator Gal (an @spotify playlist)

Here’s the Spotify playlist for fans of streaming.

P.S. I pay $5 per month as a student to have access to a bazillion songs with zero ads. I have the ability to follow and make as many playlists as my heart desires. It’s TOTALLY worth the money. Ask for a Spotify Gift Card $30 (affiliate link!) for your b-day or a holiday. ๐Ÿ™‚

And don’t forget to follow me (Brianna Kolota) on Spotify if you like this playlist and want to see more of my music. I listen to mainly EDM and pop in the gym, but I like alternative hits while I’m chillin’ at home, studying or working. You’ll find a mix of all three types of music if you check out my playlists.

Question:

  1. What are some of your favorite workout songs right now?

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Yoga Workout Playlist

Yoga Workout Playlist

I love EDM, pop and rock for cardio and strength training, but that music doesn’t exactly work when I’m trying to focus on my form and breath in yoga.

I created a playlist of my current favorite “zen”songs specifically for yoga workouts. The 30-song playlist includes a good mix of slow and upbeat songs.

You’ll find a graphic below for the playlist. Feel free to pin, save or print the list if you need relaxing music for your practice too.

P.S. If you know me well, you know I had to include a minimum of two John Mayer songs.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Below you’ll find the spotify playlist for fans of free streaming. You can find additional playlists like this one if you follow me (Brianna Kolota) on Spotify.

P.S. I pay $5 per month as a student to have access to a bazillion songs with zero ads. I have the ability to follow and make as many playlists as my heart desires. It’s TOTALLY worth the money. Ask for a Spotify Gift Card $30 (affiliate link!) for your b-day or a holiday. ๐Ÿ™‚ 
 

Let me know what you think of the playlist if you give it a listen. I’d love to know what you think!

Questions:

  1. Do you practice yoga? If so, what type? How often?
  2. What are some of your favorite relaxing, “zen”songs?

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