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Fit Radio DJ Spotlight: Treblemonsters

By Maire,

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Our team had a chance to catch up with Fit Radio‘s, Treblemonsters last week. This is what they had to say:

 

Q: Of all your pet-peeves, which is the strangest?

A: Wasteful people. I.e. the ones at the gym that use about 4 towels per person or run through half of a paper towel roll to wipe something small down.

 

Q: What is your favorite animal? Why?

A: Cats. They are clean and do not need much attention. (Like everything else in this world.) Also, most cats have a spontaneous/random/energetic, but innocent personality.

 

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

A: FIJI

 

Q: What would you do with one million dollars?

A: First, I would just cash it and pile it in my living room to stare at it for a small period of time. Then, invest most of it.

 

Q: Would you rather have money or love? Why?

A: LOVE. Because if we were able to materialize LOVE, than it would be worth much more than MONEY.

 

Q: Are you a good dancer?

A: Rusty now, but yes. I used to break-dance back in the day.

 

Q: What is the best feature about Fit Radio for our users?

A: It’s a mobile app. Anyone can access at anytime and anywhere.

 

Q: What are the perks being a Fit Radio DJ?

A: Other than a good resume builder and exposure, it challenges me as a DJ to come up with new and creative ways to supply high energy mixes in different genres. It steers me away from the generic and overplayed songs.

 

Learn more about Treblemonsters and listen to their latest Fit Radio mixes here.

Improve Your Fitness and Health in Just One Minute

By Maire,

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Got a Minute? Let’s Work Out

According to a lovely new study, a single minute of intense exercise, embedded within an otherwise easy 10-minute workout, can improve fitness and health.

Just one minute.

This is good news for busy people who have tried, unsuccessfully, to fit even short workouts into their schedules. The overall time commitment for interval-training sessions is not quite as slight as many of us might wish. Consider, for instance, an interval session in which someone rides a stationary bike as hard as possible for 30 seconds, followed by four minutes or so of easy pedaling. If that person completes four of these intervals, with two or three minutes of warm-up and cool-down added at the beginning and end of the workout, the entire session lasts for almost 25 minutes, a time commitment that some people might consider unsustainable.

These concerns reached the laboratory of Martin Gibala, a professor of kinesiology at McMaster University in Ontario. He and his colleagues have conducted many of the most influential recent studies of high-intensity interval training, and many of the scientists there regularly exercise with interval training.

They, too, had noticed that interval-training sessions were not quite as truncated as some people hoped and had begun to wonder if it might be possible to lower the overall time commitment.

But if so, they wondered, how low could someone go in terms of time and still gain health and fitness benefits?

To find out, the McMaster researchers recruited a group of 14 sedentary and overweight but otherwise healthy men and women. They focused on these volunteers, because sedentary, overweight people often are on the cusp of serious health issues such as diabetes, which might be kept at bay with exercise, but sedentary people also often cite a lack of time as their reason for not exercising.

They invited the volunteers to the lab, where researchers took muscle biopsies and measured their aerobic endurance, blood pressures and blood sugar levels.

Then they asked the volunteers to complete a truly time-efficient, interval-training program using computerized stationary bicycles. Each session consisted of three 20-second “all-out” intervals, during which riders pushed the pedals absolutely as hard as they could manage, followed by two minutes of slow, easy pedaling. The riders also warmed up for two minutes and cooled down for three, for a grand total of 10 minutes of total exercise time, with one minute of that being the intense interval training.

The volunteers completed three of these sessions per week, leading to 30 minutes of weekly exercise, for six weeks.

Then they returned to the lab to be retested.

Their bodies were, it turned out, quite different now. The men and women had increased their endurance capacity by an average of 12 percent, a significant improvement. They also, as a group, had healthier blood pressures and higher levels within their muscles of certain biochemical substances that increase the number and activity of mitochondria. Mitochondria are the energy powerhouses of cells, so more mitochondria mean better endurance and fitness.

Interestingly, the male volunteers also had significantly improved their blood-sugar control, but the female volunteers had not. The researchers suspect that fundamental differences in how the genders burn sugar or fat to fuel exercise might affect how each responds to some aspects of interval training. But more research is needed with both men and women before scientists will be able to understand the import of this difference, Dr. Gibala said.

In the meantime, the message from the study that most of us will grasp at is, of course, that one minute of exercise is all you need. But Dr. Gibala would like people to remember that 10 minutes of overall exercise time is involved for a total of 30 minutes per week.

He also suspects that, with this study, scientists are plumbing the lowest limits of worthwhile exercise time. “We’ve dropped from 30-second all-out intervals to 20-second intervals,” he said, “because for many people those last 10 seconds were excruciating.” Most of us, however, can complete 20-second all-out efforts without wishing to cry, he said.

Halving the intervals again, however, to 10-second efforts, probably would mot provide the same benefits, Dr. Gibala said, although “maybe if you did more of them, it might work.” He and his colleagues are studying these and other questions related to interval training.

For now, relying on one minute of hard exercise to ease you through the holidays with your health intact seems feasible, he said. And the exercise does not need to be cycling. Sprint up stairs in 20-second bursts, he said, or even run hard in place. The point is that time constraints shouldn’t keep anyone from exercise. In the time it took to read this column, you could be done with your workout.

How to Become a Better Runner Through Walking

By Maire,

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Better Running Through Walking

by Stuart Bradford – NY Times

I am more couch potato than runner. But not long ago, I decided to get myself into shape to run in the New York City Marathon, on Nov. 1, just 152 days from now. (Not that I’m counting.)

To train for my first marathon, I’m using the “run-walk” method, popularized by the distance coach Jeff Galloway, a member of the 1972 Olympic team. When I mentioned this to a colleague who runs, she snickered — a common reaction among purists.

But after interviewing several people who have used the method, I’m convinced that those of us run-walking the marathon will have the last laugh.

Contrary to what you might think, the technique doesn’t mean walking when you’re tired; it means taking brief walk breaks when you’re not.

Depending on one’s fitness level, a walk-break runner might run for a minute and walk for a minute, whether on a 5-mile training run or the 26.2-mile course on race day. A more experienced runner might incorporate a one-minute walk break for every mile of running.

Taking these breaks makes marathon training less grueling and reduces the risk of injury, Mr. Galloway says, because it gives the muscles regular recovery time during a long run. Walk breaks are a way for older, less fit and overweight people to take part in a sport that would otherwise be off limits. But most surprising are the stories from veteran runners who say run-walk training has helped them post faster race times than ever.

One of them is Tim Deegan of Jacksonville, Fla., who had run 25 marathons when his wife, Donna Deegan, a popular local newscaster and cancer survivor, began organizing a marathon to raise money for breast cancer research. When Mr. Galloway volunteered to help with the race, Ms. Deegan asked her husband to take part in run-walk training to show support.

“The only reason I did this is because I love my wife,” said Mr. Deegan, 49. “To say I was a skeptic is to put it very nicely.”

But to his surprise, he began to enjoy running more, and he found that his body recovered more quickly from long runs. His times had been slowing — to about 3 hours 45 minutes, 15 minutes shy of qualifying for the Boston Marathon — but as he ran-walked his way through the Jacksonville Marathon, “I started thinking I might have a chance to qualify for Boston again.”

He did, posting a time of 3:28.

Nadine Rihani of Nashville ran her first marathon at age 61, taking walk breaks. Her running friends urged her to adopt more traditional training, and she was eventually sidelined by back and hip pain. So she resumed run-walk training, and in April, at age 70, she finished first in her age group in the Country Music Marathon, coming in at 6:05.

“My friends who were ‘serious’ runners said, ‘You don’t need to do those walk breaks,’ ” she said. “I found out the hard way I really did.”

Dave Desposato, a 46-year-old financial analyst, began run-walk training several years ago after excessive running resulted in an overuse injury. He finished this year’s Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City, Mich., in 3:31:42, cutting 12 minutes off his previous best.

“I run enough marathons now to see everybody totally collapsing at the end is very, very common,” he said. “You wish you could share your experience with them, but they have to be willing to listen first.”

Another unconventional element of walk-break training is the frequency — typically just three days a week, with two easy runs of 20 to 60 minutes each and a long run on the weekend. The walk breaks allow runners to build up their mileage without subjecting their bodies to the stress of daily running, Mr. Galloway said.

Many runners take their own version of walk breaks without thinking about it, he says: they slow down at water stations or reduce their pace when they tire. Scheduling walk breaks earlier in a run gives the athlete control over the race and a chance to finish stronger.

While I’m planning to use run-walk training to complete my first marathon, I’ve heard from many runners who adhere to a variety of training methods. So later this week, the Well blog will have a new feature: the Run Well marathon training tool, with which you can choose any of several coaches’ training plans and then track your progress.

Besides Mr. Galloway, plans are being offered by the marathoner Greg McMillan, who is renowned for his detailed training plans that help runners reach their time goals; the New York Flyers, the city’s largest running club, which incorporates local road races into its training; and Team for Kids, a New York Road Runners Foundation charity program that trains 5,000 adult runners around the world.

The Run Well series also gives you access to top running experts, advice from elite runners, reviews of running gadgets and regular doses of inspiration to get you race-ready.

So please join me, the coaches and other running enthusiasts every day at the Well blog, nytimes.com/well, during the next five months of training. For me, this is finally the year I’ll run a marathon. I hope it will be your year too.

Motivation Monday Mix: Billy The Kid – “Still Fly”

By Maire,

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Still Fly” – Billy The Kid

  1. “Do It To It” – Cherish
  2. “Bust It Baby” – Plies (feat. Ne-Yo)
  3. “Shake Ya Tailfeather” – Nelly (feat. P. Diddy & Murphy Lee)
  4. “Satisfy You” – Puff Daddy
  5. “Still Fly” – Big Tymers
  6. “Winner” – Jamie Foxx
  7. “What’s Luv?” – Fat Joe (feat. Ashanti)
  8. “Replay” – Iyaz
  9. “I Wanna Be Bad” – Willa Ford
  10. “Bye Bye Bye (Scooter Remix)” – N’Sync
  11. “Me & U” – Cassie
  12. “Mess With My Man” – Nivea (feat. Jagged Edge)
  13. “Faded” – SoulDecision
  14. “Miami” – Will Smith

 

Learn more about Billy The Kid and listen to his latest mixes here.

Recap: Night Nation Run Los Angeles with Fit Radio DJ Kerry Glass

By Maire,

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Last week Fit Radio DJ, DJ Kerry Glass took to the Fit Radio stage at Night Nation Run in Los Angeles – The World’s first-ever Running Music Festival.

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We had a chance to sit down with Mr. DJ Kerry Glass about the event and here is what he had to say:

Q: How was your overall experience DJ-ing at the Fit Radio Stage at Night Nation Run in LA?
A: My experience was amazing from the time I arrived until the time I left. The entire Night Nation Run staff was friendly and extremely accommodating. The crowd was probably one of the happiest and most excited crowds I have ever seen in my life. 5 Stars!
 
Q: What was different about performing at this event?

A: The ENERGY from the crowd was insane throughout the entire event. Whatever interaction you gave to the crowd, they would give right back to you ten fold.

 

Q: Would you recommend our Fit Radio Fam take part in the NNR events?
A: Everything about NNR was AWESOME! From their friendly staff, to their impressive stage production to the incredible audience. I 100% recommend in taking part of the event and hope to be a part of it again in the years to come. NNR Rocks!
 
Learn more about Night Nation Run and find upcoming runs near you here! Fit Radio users get an exclusive $25 admission price (60% off the regular ticket pricing) using the coupon code FITRADIO at checkout for ALL RACES! Click here to find a Night Nation Run near you!
 
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What's in Your Workout Playlist?

By superadmin,

The Rimby Report

Chris Rimby, Music Director

Welcome!  For my weekly blog, I will be calling attention to some of the best new mixes on FIT Radio.

In the Top40 Genre, check out DJ Christyle’s “Marry The Night”.  It features superb song selection and combines Pop remixes with the best new commercial vocal House hits.  Look forward to tracks from Katy Perry, Nervo, LMFAO, Usher and Avicii.

 

In the Electronic Genre, give DJ Vice’s “Earthquakey People” a spin.  It opens with the Dillon Francis moombahton remix of Steve Aoko’s “Earthquakey People” and moves its way to the Progressive House banger “Alive (Tommy Trash Remix)” by Dirty South & Thomas Gold.  This mix is a recent personal favorite of mine!

 

In the Hip Hop Genre, I’m feeling DJ Rapko’s “I’ma Boss”.  It opens up with the Yelawolf track “Hard White Remix”, moves on to Big Sean’s “Dance”, makes an old school nod to Too Short and closes with the club hit “Good Good Night” by Roscoe Dash.  This mix works great in the weight room!

FIT RADIO TIP: You can find mixes on demand by searching for a specific DJ under the DJ tab. Every mix they’ve produced will be listed under their name and is available on demand.

 

Just go ahead and call me Guinea.

By superadmin,

Cari Seaman, Social Media

The premise of my blog posts will basically involve me morphing into a guinea pig and trying out any compelling articles that I come across while tweeting for FIT Radio. These articles feature fun undertakings, such as getting a workout while working at the office by sitting on an exercise ball (to improve posture and strengthen your back/core). This is exactly what I did for an entire week last week! I made notes throughout the process as to how I was adapting to my new fangled “office chair”, and (I have to admit) I am thrilled that the experience of the balance ball is no more.

Looking back at my notes from Monday, I thought it was going to be a piece of cake… maybe even a little fun. Psh! When I got to the office that morning, I pumped up the ball with excitement and looked forward to regaining the posture I had in the days I danced ballet. Dirk, our tech guy, was pretty jealous and kept trying to (unsuccessfully) steal my ball throughout the day.

Some notes I made included, “It might not be a good idea to cross your legs, Cari”. I also jotted down that my back muscles were definitely engaged after the first hour, and by the end of the day, I was convinced I was getting SOME kind of workout (my back was feeling pretty sore and as the hours passed, the harder it got)! The week went by just like the last couple hours of that first day, slowly. It worked my back from between the shoulder blades to all the way down my lower back. However, there were no feelings of soreness in the abdominal region (sad, I know). “TGIF!” We have a shorter workday on Fridays, so when 4:45 PM rolled around that day, I was pumped to trade in the ball for a chair with actual back and arm rests (you really don’t know how much you miss something until it’s gone).

Next time, I will just incorporate the balance ball every so often instead of multiple days in a row. I am happy to report my posture has improved! I sit up straighter at my desk and my posture is even better when I walk. Today, I finally let Dirk have the balance ball; he was already back in his chair after 2 hours! 😉 Ha!

Stay tuned for my next blog post and make sure to follow @FITRadio on twitter so you can give me ideas on what to try next! Also, please feel free to leave comments!! Actually, please DO! 😀

Welcome to our NEW (around-the-clock) Blog!

By superadmin,

The FIT Radio office stays energized with hard work, new ideas, excitement, laughter, and (of course) music. We work together as a team, but within our team we have the perfect array of people and personalities, which we believe will make for very interesting blogging. We are all extremely busy, but we have decided to each take an hour or so out of the week to share our lives and information with the people we love the most, our users. This blog will take you behind the DJ Booth at one of the best nightclubs in the country, to a music conference in San Francisco, to keg-stands at a local fraternity house, to the streets of Vegas, to a meeting with Pauly D, and so on. Not only will we take you places, but we will teach you things (maybe even as we learn them) about Music, Technology, Fitness, Health, Business, and Media. This is the exciting life of working in a Music Startup. So, Follow our blog and check back with us daily!

Let me introduce you to our team…

 

Russell Greene, CEO

Boss, skipper, number one, numero uno, honcho, sachem. You will (occasionally) hear from Rusty when we have some really big news or information to share.

 

 

 


Lexi Bellassai, Director of Operations

This is me. I have been involved with FIT Radio since day 1 and couldn’t be more excited about where we are headed! My posts will feature FIT Radio news, events, and globe-trotting.

 

 

 

 

Carolyn Seaman, Social Media

Cari loves having fun and trying new things. She is a huge believer in the trial and error method, and her posts will feature the trials and tribulations she faces while testing out interesting health and fitness articles she comes across while tweeting about them to our fans. Be prepared to learn from her mistakes and accomplishments!

 

 


Chris Rimby
, Music Director

Dance Music Producer, Rimby, has been involved in music his whole life and is on a mission to spread great music throughout the world. His posts will feature reports on FIT Radio’s latest mixes, DJs, and anything else you need to know about music.

 

 

 

Dirk (yep just Dirk), Director of Technology and Development

Dirk keeps our printer working, phones up to date, and (much more importantly) our development on track! His posts will teach you little tricks on how to improve your cell phone, FIT Radio app, and anything technical that he thinks can improve your life with a simple push of a button.

 

 

 

 


Trey Smith
, Intern

Trey is one of our newest Interns at FIT Radio. Since growing up listening to music in his father’s record store, he has always wanted to be involved in some aspect of entertainment. His posts will give you an inside glimpse of the life of an 18 year-old working as an intern at a new, exciting startup company.

 

 


Joey Commander
, Intern

Joey is a GSU student studying journalism with a concentration in public relations. His posts will feature the world of communications and Internet Radio through the eyes of a young college student.

 

 

 

There's an Armband for That!

By superadmin,

A message from Cari, A FIT Radio Promo Girl & Social Media Guru

Before I joined the rest of humanity and got a smart phone, I honestly thought my workouts were great; I was enthusiastic and motivated and thought I pushed myself hard enough to make a difference. Boy, was I wrong. This past weekend, September 9th to be exact, I became a proud owner of an iPhone 4. Yes, me, Cari, the girl who has been promoting a smart phone app for nearly 8 months, can finally boast about actually being able to use the app! I always listen to FIT Radio while I work at the office, however, I’ve never actually been able to enjoy it for its original intention (to amp your workout) until now.

I brought my brand new smart phone with me to the gym with my mixes favorited and ready to go. However, I was without a trusty armband to keep my little baby safe. Seeing numerous cracked smart phones, I was super paranoid of the thought of this happening to me. Needless to say, I kept the arm flailing to a minimum and rested my iPhone in the cup holder on the machine.

During my workouts, I typically start with a little warm up on the stationary bike and try to burn a few cals and get my HR up a bit to kick start the gym sesh. I’m kinda lazy, so my goal is to burn about 50 calories in no specific amount of time at level 7. Mind you, I generally listen to whatever Top 40 tunes are playing on the radio. Last night, I was on the stationary bike and chose to listen to a favorite mix of mine, Top 40 vol. 6 by Chris Rimby (an oldie but a goodie in my book), and all of a sudden I thought, “screw level seven, let’s go nine!” And so up to level nine I went. I’m sure anybody reading this is like whoa big whoop, 2 levels. But really, for music to give you that kind of motivation is kinda cool; it’s just a song! It gets better. As I get up to 50 calories, and I’ve got a solid HR of 157 and think “kk, time to get off and go row” (my newest obsession), it happened again. One of my favorite songs, I Am No Angel by Wynter Gordon, comes on and I have a sudden urge to go harder and longer on the stinking stationary bike, just as I was about to hop off and call it quits! I got through the rest of the song burning about 75 calories and was pretty proud of myself for the little extra umph.

Now, onto the rowing machine… Again, I am faced with the iPhone flying to it’s death I. tried putting it in my shorts (don’t get grossed out, you would have tried it too) and that was not going to work with the type of movement my legs do while rowing so I put it in the next best spot, right between the girls in my sports bra. It worked fine but as you can imagine, not super easy access. I bent over to put my water down and I was kinda nervous it was going to slip out of my shirt and at this point I was trying to conjure an armband out of thin air. But, I figured as long as I stay upright the phone would be safe enough.

I am happy to say FIT Radio greatly improved the quality of my workout. However, if you are having the same issue of not knowing where to put your phone or ipod touch, pick up an armband. I ordered a TuneBand, and it worked great! On the treadmill, I was able to fully concentrate on my workout without having to worry about accidentally dropping my phone. It was super easy to navigate FIT Radio while on the machines, and I ran a solid 3 miles at 6.5 🙂 Woohoo!

You can pick up a TuneBand or something similar on Amazon.com

Our FIT Radio Office Runs on Red Bull, Daily.

By superadmin,

 

FIT Radio recently partnered up with Red Bull to help host and promote the Red Bull Thre3Style Event: A World Renowned DJ Competition (Crossing Every Ocean!).

Let me start off by saying, here at FIT Radio, we are avid Red Bull drinkers (by this, I mean we have CASES of Red Bull in our office at any given moment). No lie. So, of course, we all wanted to start flying around the office when we heard the news that we were partnering up with Red Bull. Not only were we excited to work with Red Bull, but we were also pumped to have a number of our own DJs be invited to compete in the competition.

As our DJs got ready for their 15 minutes under the spotlight, our Marketing Team got buzzing. On the night of the event, 1,870 people came out to participate in the “dance floor mayhem” this event promised to produce. I can assure you, this promise did not fall short. The dance floor was packed; all you could see was a sea of people from the stage to the wall.

It was a night full of energy (We can thank the “Red Bull Perfect Pour” for that!) and, yes, mayhem. The crowd went nuts when they heard a song they loved, and they all joined in to cheer on and support their favorite DJs. All in all, it was a night to remember – especially for the DJs who participated. They all rocked it out! And, I am happy to point out, a number of our FIT Radio DJs placed in the competition!

Placed: 1st) DJ Jelly,  2nd) DJ KO, and  3rd) DJ Chris Rimby.Great job guys!

FIT Radio has put together a Red Bull Thre3Style Station playing mixes from DJs who competed in the event. Check it out, and, of course, tell your friends!

DJ Jelly will go on to Vegas to compete in the National Final. The winner from National will then go on to compete in the Final Competition against 9 other countries in Vancouver, Canada in December. Good Luck Jelly; Atlanta will be rooting for you!

 
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Some Insider Information: Working with Red Bull. We cannot say enough wonderful things about the experience we had in working with Red Bull and our Red Bull Event Marketing Manager, Michael Vaughn. Everything ran seamlessly from the very beginning, and you could tell it was not Michael’s “first rodeo”. The event turned out to be a complete success. We look forward to working with the professionals at Red Bull again in the future.

See more photos from this event: FIT Radio Facebook Page