You have to be able to have some fun in the gym.

Sure there is work to be done but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it with a laugh or a smile. That’s one of the advantages of training small groups. If someone is having a bad day, another person might break out into a laugh trying to balance on the BOSU. Next thing you know we’re all giggling (or at least smiling).

Music helps too. There is nothing wrong with striking a tongue in cheek power pose or taking a dance break between sets. When Uptown Funk came on recently, while I was prepping for the days sessions, I couldn’t help but dance like no one was watching. (Thankfully no one was). If you’ve been a little too serious in the gym lately, try out my Fit Funk Workout Playlist for your next workout. If it doesn’t make you smile I don’t know what will.

  • Got to Give it Up (Part 1) by Marvin Gaye: If this song doesn’t get you up and moving, nothing will.
  • I Got You (I Feel Good) by James Brown: I had no idea this song was called I Got You until I went to search for it. Admit it, you thought it was simply I Feel Good too.
  • Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars: The inspiration for it all.
  • Gone Daddy Gone by Gnarls Barkley: I may be stretching the boundaries of the term “funk”. You’ll want to shake it no matter what you call it.
  • Music Sounds Better With You by Stardust: Help me out. This was in a movie, right? Which one?
  • Jungle Love by Morris Day and the Time: I love Morris Day and the Time perhaps even more than Jay and Silent Bob.
  • Valerie (Version Revisited) by Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson: Until I heard a recent NPR interview I had no idea he produced her masterpiece album, Back to Black.
  • Kiss by Prince: Act your age, not your shoe size. Best line ever.
  • Treasure by Bruno Mars: While sometimes his lyrics are creepy, you have to admit he has style.
  • This Song (feat. Andrew Wood) by Busy P: Mellow out and cool down.

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