Bootcamp Beats Volume 3

JOEL! Is back! Make sure to listen to the new Rusko song below – loving it. Enjoy, you guys! – ALB

Hey everybody, it’s been a while since I last posted, but I’m back this week for another banging bootcamp playlist. What a crazy couple of weeks it has been! Finally finished my move to my apartment in the city (being able to walk to work is the BEST), had my heart broken by the Patriots again, and surprisingly, have not seen a decrease in the amount of people coming to me for nutrition consults or participating in my classes, which is AWESOME. Maybe the Mayans were right, because in 2012, at least where I work, the resolutioners are still coming to the gym in full force.

However, today was somewhat slow at work today, so I had some time to put together a President’s Day playlist for you guys! No theme for this one, just a mix of some of my favorite tunes to play in my classes lately. Enjoy!


  1. Diplo – Climax (feat. Usher) (3:56): Now here is a perfect intro song. This is Diplo and Usher’s annual Valentine’s Day song, and it is a great downtempo electronic/R&B song for everybody to get their stretch on to. 
  2. Capital Cities – Breathe (Pink Floyd vs. Tupac mashup)(3:47): At first glance, a Pink Floyd and Tupac Shakur mashup seems like the most unpleasant and unlikely duo for a song. But when I first heard this song, I could not stop listening to it. I even had to send a link to Amanda immediately because it was so good. This is a definitely a must add to your warmup portion of your playlist. 


  1. Busta Rhymes – Why Stop Now (Remix feat. Missy Elliot, Lil’ Wayne and Chris Brown)(4:11): You can always count on Busta Rhymes for an intense, high BPM song for the intense part of your workout, and this new song is NO EXCEPTION. This beat is so sick, it is perfect for any jumping exercise. 
  2. Rusko – Somebody to Love (2:49): I have had this song in my personal workout playlist forever, but it only recently struck me how perfect it is for the cardio portion of my bootcamps. For the vocal parts of this song, I’ll do some moderate intensity toe touches on steps and risers, and then when the beat drops, we go right to mountain climbers or burpees. 
  3. DJ Fresh – Hot Right Now (3:05): This song is blowing up the charts over in the UK right now (the BBC Radio station on Sirius Satellite Radio almost singlehandedly makes the subscription fee worth it), and it’s not hard to see why. Another great cardio song. 
  4. Afrojack – Can’t Stop Me (6:26): Afrojack’s newest release might be my favorite song from him so far. In the club or at the gym, this song is a BANGER. 


  1. Dunson – Count On It (3:30): I’m not sure if I like this rap song from newcomer Dunson so much because he’s a really good rapper, or because this is the only rap song in existence that samples Sesame Street (insert Suspicious Fry meme here). 
  2. Lupe Fiasco – Sndclsh In Vegas (2:46): Third post in a row that I’ve featured a Lupe song from his mixtape Friend of the People. There’s just something that is so amazing about him rapping over some awesome dance beats. This time, it’s him killing it over the Kaskade & Skrillex collaboration Lick It. 
  3. Steve Aoki – Ladi Dadi (feat. Wynter Gordon)(4:08): My favorite song from Steve Aoki’s new album Wonderland BY FAR. Wynter Gordon just absolutely crushes the vocals here, and Aoki gets a little dubsteppy. Big fan. 
  4. Katy Perry – The One That Got Away (R3hab Remix)(4:39): DJ R3hab has such one of the most distinct sounds in the House music game right now, and that’s no more evident on his remix of this Katy Perry hit. Once that beat kicks in after the chorus, you know exactly who is working those turntables. No matter what you think of Katy Perry,  I dare you not to get down to this. 

Cardio + Weights

  1. Dirty South – Alive (Alesso Remix)(5:55): Here is a great example of a song for my cardio and weight portion of my bootcamps. Some great high BPM beats, mixed in with a slow, downtempo build. 
  2. David Puentez – Lose Control (feat. Andrea Rosario)(3:17): This is a vocal mix of a dance song that has been getting a lot of airplay on dance stations around the world, David Puentez’s Melodrama. I think it’s better than the original, and I think this is going to be a spring dance anthem for sure.
  3. Porcelain Black & Lil’ Wayne – Rock & Roll (R3hab Remix)(4:30): I’m clearly on a R3hab kick lately (I saw him at Pacha in NYC in December and he MURDERED the dance floor), and this is another great remix. Lots of compound movements during this song. 
  4. Kap Slap – Resurrect Paradise (5:26): One of my favorite mashup DJs right now is Kap Slap, who is masterful at making catchy beats and throwing ANY song over them. This song is no exception, which incorporates Coldplay, Cobra Starship, and Busta Rhymes, among others.

Cool Down

  1. Tyga – Kings & Queens (feat. Nas & Wale)(4:09): This is Tyga’s next single and if you like old school Nas, this song is straight FIRE. Great chill rap song to cool down to.
  2. Kanye West – Street Lights (3:12): Taking it back to 808’s and Heartbreak for my last cool down song. I still maintain that this album is supremely underrated. 

Thanks for reading everybody, and enjoy!


9 thoughts on “Bootcamp Beats Volume 3

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    • So my friend Joel sends me his playlists he uses for his bootcamp classes that he teaches every so often… this is his third guest post, and his style is super awesome which is why i’m so psyched he wanted to contribute to my blog! So anytime you see a “Bootcamp Beats” on spinmuse, it’s a guest post from Joel. He’s the coolest.

      • Good questions, you guys! I have let Joel know that he has comments on this post, and he said he’ll write a reply soon 🙂 Personally, if there’s a song I Really want to use but has explicit lyrics, I will edit them out (it doesn’t sound great – just a blank silence) using this program I got for my mac for free called Audacity. Pretty cool, but time consuming and if there’s more than like 5 swears in the song.. woof. Time consuming.

    • Hey guys, so here is how I approach the topic of explicit lyrics. I try to create a new playlist for every class that I teach, as I get a lot of regulars, and I like to keep things fresh. But, I do get classes that are filled with people who are uncomfortable with explicit music, so I have made a handful of “clean” playlists that I can fall back on. Usually I can tell whether a class is going to be receptive to music with vulgar lyrics or not, so if I get a class with some of my older or more conservative clients, I’ll go straight to the clean playlists. I found out fairly quickly that even though I’m talking/shouting throughout the entire class, people can still pick up on the swear words. Hope that answers your question!

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