Bootcamp Beats Vol. I

Today, I have a special post for you guys!  Through our mutual friend, Lindsay @, Joel and I have connected, and low and behold… He is my male-workout-music-match (Ali @ whipmeintoshape is my female match).  Joel will tell you a little bit about himself in his post below, but when I opened his e-mail and read the post, my ears had a bit of an excitement quiver.  If I could get away with playing all of this music 24/7 for every spin class, I most certainly would.  I hope you guys enjoy this post, it’s full of electronic, house, and some dubstep beats that he uses for his Bootcamp Class at Boston Sports Club.  Enjoy, and expect another post this week!  (Also, I would like to try to incorporate soundcloud into this post so you can listen to the tunes, which might have to come later when I have more time to throw the links in)

Hey everybody, my name is Joel Attardo, and I will be your guest blogger on SpinMuse this week! I have written a few blogs for my amazing friend Lindsay’s site, PinkSneaks, and I plan on being a regular contributor to this site as well (if Amanda approves!). (<–I APPROVE! – ALB)

I HATE talking about myself, but I will give you a little background on me. I am currently a Nutritionist (University of Arizona, BS in Nutrition, 2010) and Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA) working at Boston Sports Clubs. In addition to giving nutritional consults and training clients, one of my favorite things to do is teach group exercise classes. I have a background in Mixed Martial Arts, specifically Muay Thai kickboxing, so I love to teach cardio kickboxing, boxing technique, and, my favorite, BOOTCAMP.

My first blog is going to take you through my latest bootcamp playlist. Each of my bootcamp classes varies, but they usually take on the same basic structure. Introduction (warmup and stretch) for 10 minutes, cardio (mostly bodyweight, high intensity movements) for 15 minutes, weight training (light weight, compound movements using two or more joints), more cardio (with some light weight) for 15 minutes, then a cool down for about 5 minutes. I like to switch up my playlists every week, as I do have a lot of regulars in my classes, and music can get stale, as any workout can as well. So, here is my newest playlist to get your sweat on to.


1.     Nero – My Eyes (4:50) : One of my favorite slow electronic jams from 2011. I use this song to talk about myself and the class for the non-regulars. 

2.     Justice – On ‘n’ On (4:31): Another slower paced song. We are getting into a nice stretch and warmup.


1.     Jay-Z – Public Service Announcement (2:53): Nothing like a little Jay-Z to let everyone know I mean business. 

2.     Swedish House Mafia feat. Deborah Cox – Leave This World Behind (2:50): Sets the tempo for the rest of the cardio portion of the workout. The build up to the high beats per minute is perfect for high intensity, quick movements. Burpee time.  

3.     Pendulum – Watercolour (5:04): I usually start this song at around the minute thirty mark. The quick drum and bass continues with the theme of high intensity. 

4.     LMFAO – Champagne Showers (4:30): Probably my favorite LMFAO song, and definitely their most uptempo. 

Weight Training

1.     Kap Slap – E.T. Feels Starry Eyed (3LAU Remix) (4:17): One of the better mashups out there, this one features Katy Perry, Ellie Goulding, and Kanye West, among others, under a great electronic beat. This song kicks off the weight portion of the workout. 

2.     Lupe Fiasco – Lupe Back (4:31): I can’t stop listening to Lupe Fiasco’s new mixtape, Friend of the People, where he raps over a number of dance beats. This is my favorite off the mixtape, which samples a loud, intense Nero beat. 

3.     Wolfgang Gartner feat. Will.I.Am. – Forever (5:45): This song has the perfect BPM to keep everyone pumping iron in unison. 

4.     Taio Cruz feat. Kylie Minogue – Higher (3:08): Another great song that has an ideal beats per minute for compound weight lifting movements. 

 Cardio + Weights

1.     Daft Punk feat. M83 – Fall (3:55): This is a gem from the Tron: Legacy soundtrack, and is a great blend of fast and slow beats for the cardio plus weight portion of the workout. This is where I like to switch up the exercises frequently. 

2.     Fedde Le Grand – So Much Love (2:52): Such an infectious song! I like this song when I incorporate risers and steps into the bootcamp. 

3.     Coldplay – Paradise (Fedde Le Grand Remix) (3:00): Not really a big Coldplay fan, but this remix is really good, and it gets the middle aged women in my class REALLY fired up.   

4.     Avicii – Levels (Skrillex Remix) (4:44): A little dubstep twist on a song that I’m sure everyone is getting sick of by now. 


1.     Steve Aoki feat. Lovefoxxx – Heartbreaker (4:15): This is a great downtempo song from Steve Aoki’s new album, Wonderland. Perfect for a cooldown and post stretching session. 

2.     Collin McLoughlin – Bromance (3:17): A casual remix of Avicii’s popular track, Seek Bromance. And that is a wrap for bootcamp! 

I hope you enjoy those songs, and can throw a few of them onto your iPod to listen to during your workouts! I’ll be back again with another playlist, as well as some nutritional and diet advice, and some strength and conditioning tips. Thanks for reading!


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