Summer 2011 Workout Playlist

After yesterday’s workout to some fantastic Michael Jackson songs, I remembered just how much music can invigorate a workout. It was high time for me to update my iPod with some new motivational music.

Since many of you weighed in with song suggestions on the PBF Facebook page and Twitter, I thought you might be interested in my latest playlist to get some ideas for a workout playlist of your own.

As always, this playlist has a lot of throwback ‘90s music (my fav!).


Now don’t you just wanna dance!?

wedding dancing

Past playlists that have popped up on PBF include:


You better believe my new playlist gave me renewed energy as I tackled this morning’s workout. I began my workout with 20 minutes on the elliptical before hopping off to conquer a total-body weights workout that looked like this:


Exercise Weights Reps Sets
Leg press 130 lbs. 15 3
Incline bicep curls 15 lbs. 15 3
Side shoulder raises 10 lbs. 20 3
Tricep dips Bodyweight 15 3
Deadlifts 25 lbs. 15 3
Leg extensions 40 lbs. 15 3
Chest press 15 lbs. 15 3
Bicep rows 15 lbs. 15 3
Hamstring ball curls Bodyweight 20 3
Various crunches Bodyweight 30 3

I was actually pretty proud of myself for doing a chest exercise on my own. I typically skip chest and back exercises when I do my own strength training (thank goodness BodyPump doesn’t neglect them!), but since I know I will likely be joining a gym in Ocala that doesn’t have BodyPump, I’m trying to incorporate those moves back into my own routine.


After my workout and Sadie’s morning walk, breakfast time arrived!

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My morning meal included two toasted waffles, muenster cheese and veggie bacon.

I ended up eating it like a waffle sandwich and it was crunchy, cheesy, salty and delicious.

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A solid amount of peanut butter fingers were also enjoyed as the waffles toasted because I am apparently too impatient to wait the 90 seconds it takes to toast a waffle to eat something.

Gotta get to work!

Today is Ryan’s last day of work at his current company and he will likely be home in the early afternoon. We’re hoping to see a late afternoon/early evening showing of the latest Harry Potter movie, so I’m hoping I can fly through some of the more mundane things on my to-do list today knowing that there’s such a fun activity awaiting me later today!


  1. says

    I want that playlist in my ears RIGHT now. Hah. Oh and Ryan’s face in that picture is totally priceless, hahaha made my morning brighter 😉

    Enjoy your day and wafflewich! 😀


  2. says

    Hahah love that pic of you and ryan dancing :). I can’t wait to see the harry potter movie!! I’m pumped! Oh and I told my bf about your t-shirts and he loved what they said..his heart is totally a flutter for pb (maybe I’ll buy him one and make him wear it ;))


  3. krista says

    Girl you can lift so much more than that for chest press and deadlifts! Lifting heavy is good. Didn’t you learn that too on O2? 😉


  4. says

    Ahh, I can’t WAIT to see the new HP! I don’t know if I will brave the crowds tonight though… we will see.

    I also had a waffle sandwich this morning, only with peanut butter and banana. It was a yumfest, fo’ sho’.

    I am totally downloading a few of those songs to invigorate my iPod…I need some new running motivation.


  5. says

    Oh man – you have some great ones on that (TLC “No Scrubs” is a CLASSIC! Also obsessed with Glee’s “Teenage Dream”).

    That waffle sandwich looks awesome – I used to make them a lot and haven’t in a long while – thanks for the reminder 🙂

    Love that picture of you and Ryan dancing at your wedding. His face is perfect.


  6. Lizzy says

    Hi Julie,
    That wafflewich looks soo good I am convinced cheese makes everything taste better. I too always have tons of peanut butter fingers in the morning haha and I tend to beat myself up about it I was wondering if you had any advice?



    • says

      oh i feel ya! i’ve definitely ate enough pb fingers to qualify as a meal many times. this has actually been a struggle for me b/c i’ll just keep going! i’ve found that concentrating on the fact that i’m eating pb finger after pb finger really helps. and sometimes i’ll set a limit – like “have three AMAZING pb fingers, and then move on.” it’s hard, but having an ending in mind before you uncap the jar helps… sometimes. 😉


  7. says

    Hey Julie! Quick question for ya (and I’m sure you’ve covered this before, but I have no idea where). Do you take a rest day each week from working out? Or do you typically work out 7 days a week? Just curious. I usually take 1 rest day, because I don’t want to overdo it… but I am wondering if it’s ok to still do some ‘light’ cardio. I know you aren’t a ‘fitness expert’ or anything. Just curious your perspective! 😉


    • says

      oh i definitely take a rest day… or two! (under my work it out page, you can see my daily workout log, just in case you’re curious – last week i took three rest days!). and you’re right, i’m not a fitness expert, but i will often make my rest days “active rest” days and still take sadie on a long walk or something b/c i like to move!


  8. Anne @strawberryjampackedlife says

    If you like Country, there are some really great new ones out right now like “You Lie” and “Honeybee”. Not exactly fast songs, but still a lot of fun!
    Enjoy HP7.2!!


  9. says

    Can’t wait to see Harry Potter! So jealous you might go today. Love the new playlist. In my spin class this morning the instruct played some good ole 90’s tunes. I missed Barely Breathing by Duncan Sheik, such a good song.


  10. Emily says

    I LOVE that Pitbull song! You’re so right it’s the song of the summer. I’ve found my lil tush swaying in the car numerous time, I just can’t help it! He’s been on a roll lately cause his song with Miss Lopez was a booty shaker as well


  11. says

    90’s music rocks. I was recently talking about that DJ Cool song to a coworker who graduated this past year. Can you believe he didn’t know it!? Omg, I have never felt so old. But then I thought about the fact that when I was 14 or 15 when that song came out he was 7. Reality check!


  12. says

    TOTALLY random, but I love that your favorite song of the summer is Give Me Everything! I always call Pitbull my boyfriend (even though I’m married..we all have to have our ‘married bf’ 😉 )as a joke..all of my friend’s refer to him as that to me- lol! He’s not even that cute, but he just has that swagger..HAHA! Ok, now I feel like a TOTAL nerd..but I just had to share!
    His new album is AWESOME! I listen to it almost every day on my way to work & home from work…gets me pumped up 😀


  13. says

    Yummm! I always make waffle sandwiches with PB and banana, but this savory one looks fantastic.
    You’ll have to be sure to blog about what you think of Harry Potter! I’m curious to how it is!


  14. says

    I saw Harry Potter on monday because I had advanced screening tickets and it was awesome! I seriously think this might be the best one yet! True to the story, funny, moving, happy, and super sad! Bring tissues, you’ll need them!!!

    I always make these awesome workout playlists and never listen to them when I work out. I jam out in the car on the way there though!


  15. Alexandrina @ TheCardioQueen says

    1) love the 90s throwbacks…always!
    2) such a cute picture!
    3) Im super impatient as well with anything that’s toasting and gobble down quite a few peanut butter fingers myself and…
    4) Harry Potter is awesome! Saw the midnight showing; you won’t be dissapoited! 🙂


  16. Courtney @ girl in the pink says

    Love all the old songs on your playlist – I think Mariah Carey Honey was one my first CDs ever!! Either that or s TLC cd!!


  17. says

    First of all, can I just say how much I love “Another Night, Another Dream” and am dying to run home and download it to my ipod?? I didn’t even think to look for it on itunes before haha blast from the past!

    Also, is it weird that I think that veggie bacon is pretty? I’ve never eaten it and have no idea how it might taste, but it matches your plate very well. 😉


  18. Danielle Spellman @ Squirrel Snackin' says

    Love this playlist! 🙂 I remember dancing to “No Scrubs” back in middle school dances! And the DJ Kool song at the end just makes the playlist haha


  19. Yolie @ Practising Wellness says

    Lol! I’m chair dancing to Black Betty, from your link to youtube, as I write this…LOVE that playlist! I literally gasped out loud when I saw it 😛 Seriously divine breakfast…wow, so good. That melted cheese looks drool-worthy! 🙂 Have a great day and a fantastic time at the movies later! <3 xyx


  20. says

    Have you tried Kashi 7-Grain waffles yet? They smell like heaven when they are toastin’ up! I like to make a pbb&J sandwich on them- pb, banana, and jelly! yummo


  21. Stephanie says

    BBV is my JAM! I swear, that was the soundtrack of every single time I went rollerskating in junior high. And I absolutely have DJ Kool on my iPod.

    We’re going to see HP tomorrow night. I’m pumped to see it, but sad that I don’t have any more to look forward to. =/


  22. Bianca says

    You will LOVE Harry Potter. It was great, though I think they could have done some scenes better. I went to the midnight showing and only woke up an hour ago, it was so worth it!


  23. Bianca says

    Oh, and Glee covered Michael Jackson’s P.Y.T not too long ago. Its pretty good, but nowhere as good as MJs. Check it out!


  24. says

    What a great playlist!! I’m going to have to download some of those songs! Btw, I have not heard “No Scrubs” in so many years, yet I still no all the words! Funny how that happens! I like the idea of melting the cheese on the waffle! I might try that! Congrats to Ryan on his last day!


  25. says

    Congrats on doing the chest exercises on your own. I find that women tend to neglect their pectoral muscles a lot for fear they’re going to bulk up. Which is….really hard to do in reality. Have you ever considered going heavier with exercises like the row and deadlifts?


    • says

      Err, just saw your comment about your wrists. In any case, doing a dead hang from a chin up bar is a great way to strengthen your grip. Farmer’s walks are really good for that too…if you have any interest.


  26. says

    haha I always munch while things are cooking, it just takes so stinkin long

    enjoy Harry Potter!! It was SOOOO good!!!

    how exciting for Ryan to finish work today! I hope you’re able to find a good house in the next week and enjoy your time together!


  27. says

    OMG you just took me back to 5th grade and roller rink parties!! (They have those everywhere, right?? not just Texas??)

    *another night another dream* and *rhythm is a dancer* will definitely be added to my list of jams. Holla!



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