Reboot. Recharge.

When all else fails, just shut it down for 5 seconds and turn it back on. Just like new!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

New Thyme To Cook website

I've made some changes to my website as I've recently been certified as a Personal Fitness Chef :)

Thyme To Cook

Anyone need a fitness chef????

Monday, January 28, 2008

Spin Cycle 01/23-25/08

Yeah, I know, it's Monday, and I haven't posted the playlist yet....I was swamped last week, cooking for a party last Friday night.
Lots of prep to do, little time to computerize.
The classes were good. I broke the class down int 4 minute blocks. Each 4 minute block worked a certain body position. It was good - high energy.
Here's the music I used:
1. Highway to Hell - AC/DC
2. Dig In - Lenny Kravitz
3. Walk Away - Kelly Clarkson
4. Think I'm in Love - Beck
5. Better Way - Ben Harper
6. All Roads Lead to Home - moe.*
7. Dancing With Myself - Billy Idol
8. Pump It - Black Eyed Peas
9. Jerk It Out - The Caesars
10. Fine Line - Jiggle The Handle
11. These 3 Sins - Gomez
12. Police On My Back - The Clash
13. It's Not Over - Daughtry
14. Finally - Jiggle The Handle
15. Amsterdam - Coldplay
16. Grace - Jeff Buckley

* moe. just released their 12th album, Sticks and Stones. It was recorded in the studio without ever having played the songs live, with the exception of 2 songs, something moe. has never done before. It is a real great album, sounding at times like Cracker, The Rolling Stones, Jackson Browne and a bunch of 70s rock bands spun into 1.
Nothing like reinventing yourself :)

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Spin Cycle 01/16-17/08

I got a bit exotic with this playlist, using some Indian electronica, as well as some Duran Duran and Paolo Nutini. I guess you could say it was an international ride. I wanted to stress some hills, as last week, I worked up in 2 quite a bit. The Indian electronica was perfect for climbing, with downbeat grooves and interesting textures and sounds. The Indian music came from a release called Tantra Lounge - Volumes 1 and 2. Good stuff!
It was a solid ride, lots of climbing (my hams are letting me know just how they feel, and unfortunately, I need to suck it up and teach tomorrow morning as well!!!).

Here is the playlist:
1. Dunya - Karuan (from Tantra Lounge, Exotic Indian Electronica)
2. New Shoes - Paolo Nutini
3. Ready to Go - Republica
4. Falling Down - Duran Duran (co-written with none other than JT, Justin Timberlake)
5. Punjab de Rang - Dhol Foundation (Tantra Lounge, Vol 2)
6. Jenny Don't Be Hasty - Paolo Nutini
7. Nite-Runner - Duran Duran
8. Red Desert - James Asher (Tantra Lounge)
9. Drowning Man - Duran Duran
10. Brand New Delhi - The Tao of Groove (Tantra Lounge)
11. Rehab - Amy Winehouse
12. Ordinary World - Duran Duran
13. Vanilka - Transglobal Underground (Tantra Lounge)

If you like downbeat electronica check out the Tantra Lounge releases (2 volumes that I know of)....till next week....

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Spin cycle 01/09-10/08

I went for another super instruction type class, and worked every other song up in 2nd position. It was good. The Wed night class rock and rolled. The Thursday morning class did as well, however, there are a couple of students in my Thursday morning class that just don't take instructions.
One student cranks the resistance, no matter what we are doing, and climbs the entire class. She never rides with low -> moderate resistance.
Another student never adds resistance, and so, never really catches the hill.
There are other students that just don't do the "stunts", like accelerating to pick up speed, etc.
It kind of pisses me off.
I mean, I know that Spin is personal, individual and really, the student can personalize the class to make it work for him/her. But in this situation, it is out and out not trying. The students are just not making an effort.
I felt compelled to address this in class this morning - not calling anyone out, but making general statements during the ride about not trying.
I said to the class, It's ok to modify the class, but why not try the different things first, and then if what you are doing doesn't work for you, change it up. I said, if you don't try, then why bother getting up at 5am to come to a 6am class? It's just not worth the effort.
I don't know. I feel like I'm talking to the wall though, as these students didn't change anything when I said it during class.
Too bad for them - no wonder they have looked the same for years....
Here's the playlist. Every other song was up in 2, and so, every other song has a nice bounce to it:

1. You Dropped A Bomb on Me - The Gap Band
2. Lay Down Sally - Eric Clapton
3. Burn Rubber On Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me) - The Gap Band
4. Back On the Train - Phish
5. Up In Arms - Foo Fighters
6. This Is Us - Mark Knopfler + Emmy Lou Harris
7. Bring Me To Life - Evanescence
8. Ride The River - Eric Clapton and J.J. Cale
9. Party Train - The Gap Band
10. I Would Die 4 U - Prince and the Revolution
11. Church - OutKast
12. Let's Go Crazy - Prince and the Revolution
13. Purple Rain - Prince and the Revolution

I've picked up the Friday morning class, 6:15-7am. This week I am not going to use the playlist, since my legs are shot. But next week, I'll probably use the same music that I use on Wed/Thurs....

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Spin Cycle, December 26, 27 and January 2,3 2008

Ola, sorry for the lack of posts. With school vacation and going away, it became almost impossible to computerize.
Last weeks classes were all hills. The class was very effective and it was set to music that I have used before, Body and Soul, Volume 3. It is a compilation of dance tunes with a steady back beat making it perfect for hill work.
This weeks classes were set to another continuous beat, this time from the Latina Cafe series. I also have written about this music before - cuban/french dance music. The series of compilations comes from the Latina Cafe, a posh restaurant/club in Paris. Great food, great drink, great atmosphere. To start off 2008, I gave a super instructional class this week - instructional, but with flair. It felt good and I think the class appreciated the refresher. I know the dug the music!
Happy 2008.
Look for a new playlist next week.