Motivational Speaker Finds a Fabulous Way to Make Fitness Fun!

I am one of those motivational speakers who resist the “new fangled things” for as long as I can.  Would you believe I didn’t get a microwave until the early 90’s??  A computer finally made it across my threshold a couple of years later.  Cell phone?  Why you can just wait until I get home and try me then!

I have since become comfortably accustomed to these modern day conveniences so you think I would have jumped at the first chance to download rockin’ music onto a little MP3/Shuffle/Nano gizmo. Nope, same stubborn mindset had hold…until now.  YIPPEE  it’s fun to listen to and choose ANY music from thousands of artists, past and present, mixed and remixed, explicit or tame!!!

Ah, but therein lies the problem:  too much to choose from.  Where do you begin? That’s why I like what fitness magazines do.  Each month they feature a list of workout songs and the artists.  It’s very easy to sort through and pick a song that gets your toes tappin’ and your shoulders bouncin’! I’ve downloaded some really fun tunes that keep me going through my workout and I don’t even realize how much time has passed because I’m enjoying working out to great music.

So that got me thinking that YOU might like my song selections too and if you need a kick in the pants to get up and moving then these songs might just do the trick!  And as a bonus I’m adding 2 workouts, one for the Upper Body and one for Lower Body! Relax, they can be done by anybody and they are designed to last just for the length of 1 song (or as many songs as you like)!  So check out these tunes and check out these moves and have a great time getting fit!

1. Mr. Saxobeat, Alexandra Stan

2. Take Over Control, Afrojack

3. C’mon, Tiesto & Diplo

4. I Like It, Enrique Iglesias

5. On the Floor, Jennifer Lopez

6. Get Up Offa That Thing, James Brown

7. In and Out of Love, Armin van Buuren

8. Dynamite, Taio Cruz

9. Break Your Heart, Taio Cruz & Ludacris

10. You and I, Lady Gaga


Upper Body Workout: PUSHUPS!

Even if you’ve never done a pushup in your life, you can do these:  From a kneeling position, walk your hands out and drop your hips to form a straight line from your head to your knees.  Cross feet at the ankles.  Place hands wider than shoulder width and start with straight arms.  Bend elbows and lower yourself as far as you can go (1/4 to 1/2 way down is a great place to start) then push up to straight arms.  Keep abdominals pulled in and squeeze your buttocks the whole time.  Imagine your knees are on the center pivot point of a clock.  Your hands are on 12 o’clock to start.  “Cue music!”

4 kneeling pushups (fast single beat or slower 2/2 beat, 2 counts down/2 counts up, your choice)

Walk your hands around (in 4 counts or 4 beats) to 3 o’clock

4 kneeling pushups

Walk your hands around to 6 o’clock

4 kneeling pushups

Walk your hands around to 9 o’clock

4 kneeling pushups

Walk your hands around to 12 o’clock

Reverse direction and repeat until the song ends (or keep going as long as you can until really fatigued, then plop down gracefully!)

Lower Body Workout: SQUATS & LUNGES

Stand with feet parallel, hip width apart, hands on hips or out to side for balance (can also hold onto a chair).  The first move for a squat is to stick your booty back THEN bend your knees, like you’re lowering yourself into a chair.  Lower as little or as much as you want then stand back up.  For a lunge, start in the same position and slide one leg straight back, keep the back heel up off the floor, bend the back knee and lower yourself as much or as little as you want to go.  Bend both knees the same amount as you lower, keeping a straight back with shoulders aligned over hips.  Step back leg back up to parallel stance.  Switch legs.

4 squats ( fast single beat or slower 2 counts down/2 counts up beat)

4 alternating lunges

4 squats

4 alternating lunges

4 squats

4 lunges with the right leg

4 squats

4 lunges with the left leg

Repeat for the length of 1 song or keep going for as long as you can until muscle fatigue.

I hope you try these tunes and moves and please let me know how you like, or hate, it.  We need to move, move, move to stay healthy and fit so crank the music and get strong!

In Health,

Polly Pitchford, Your Motivational Speaker who wants you to rediscover the healthy you!


Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford didn’t always know the phytochemical benefits of kale, in fact, those words weren’t even in her vocabulary 30 years ago. Neither did she see any reason to do jumping jacks on a cement surface for an hour. But all it took was a chance vegetarian cooking class and some high-energy music to open her eyes upon a whole new world of healthy living. For 30 years Polly has practiced, studied, taught, educated and lived a healthy lifestyle that makes her such a powerful speaker.

Polly’s down-to-Earth and humorous approach mirrors her own lifelong journey to lasting, positive changes. The audience walks away with tangible plans for improving their health and their lives through food, fitness and fun.
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  1. This is awesome Polly! I feel even fitter just reading this! My mom is looking for some music she can power walk too – something that is made for fitness, that will give her beats per minute, or something like that. We looked for an app but we couldn’t find it. Any suggestions? I’d love to surprise her with some.

    Your motivational speaker who has found music to be the ONLY thing to get her through a workout. My fav at the moment is Queen’s Platinum Collection.

    Kisses and hugs, Kelly

  2. Wow! Wow! Wow! A motivational speaker who is also an aerobics teacher! How often does THAT happen! So when I have gone to an aerobics class – and the teacher (that would apparently be YOU!) plays all those great songs, I always walk out thinking, “Gee, I wish I knew what those songs were….” Well, now I DO! Can’t wait! I’m downloading immediately! Thanks sooooooooooooooooooo much!

    • You are so welcome Linda! That is the exact reason I posted this particular blog because it’s so nice to be given a few suggestions out of one million choices, yes? You might be surprised by some of my picks but hey, that’s what makes us all unique! Enjoy!

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