Press Play. Hip Hop for Your Training

If you and I were meeting for the first time, you would discover three of my loves very fast… 1. training 2. the beach and 3. music. Even as a little girl, I can recall sitting by my radio waiting for certain songs to come on just so I could hit the “record” button on my cassette player. (Thank goodness for the progression in acquiring music) ;-) Then in high school, I became most known for my playlists and mixed cds. Still today, two of my regular spending indulgences are manicures and music.

What’s my favorite? I rarely discriminate ;-) but I probably listen to Hip Hop and R&B / Soul most. I also have an ear, mood and appreciation for dance / electronic, reggae, country, alternative, rock and of course, instrumental. My father is definitely gifted musically – I wish I was too, but I at least got his ear for it. Before I devoted myself to the fitness industry, I actually wanted to take the record industry by storm either as a DJ (ALMA would have been my stage name which not only are my initials but the word “Soul” in spanish as well) or I wanted to be an A&R Rep in the music industry. Instead, training grabbed my attention more but music still makes my world go round.

Different things catch me in a song. Usually it’s the message via lyrics, followed by an energy (beat) or emotion. Needless to say, I always use music to enhance my training sessions. I operate to different playlists whether I’m out for a run, in a strength training session or hitting strictly conditioning.

I frequently post about a song here and there, so thought it was time again to share a playlist. The following are some of my fav Hip Hop songs to train to. Some are old, some are current. Some you’re probably familiar with while others are hopefully new-found gems. This is by no means an exhaustive list but a “few” of my favs that get me fired up… and no, you will not find anything like “Call Me Maybe” on this playlist ;-) sorry.



So without further adieu, an ALMA Playlist ;)

New Day (feat. Dr. Dre & Alicia Keys) – 50 Cent
Feel It In the Air – Beanie Sigel & Melissa
Written On Her (Remix) – Birdman, Jay Sean, Flo Rida & MackMaine
They Reminisce Over You – C.L. Smooth & Pete Rock
Mirage (feat. Nas) – Chris Brown
Blue Sky – Common
The Believer (ft. John Legend) – Common
Blown Away – Curren$y Ft Jean LaPhare & Dee Low
This Way – Dilated Peoples
Cinderella Man – Eminem
Make Me Better (feat. Ne-Yo) – Fabolous
My Time – Fabolous & Jeremih
Everything, Everyday, Everywhere – Fabolous & Keri Hilson
A Dream – Faith Evans, Jay-Z & The Notorious B.I.G.
Blueprint 2 – Jay Z
Poly Sci - John Forté
Tonight (Feat. JC) – K.P.
Cold (feat. DJ Khaled) – Kanye West
Amazing (feat. Young Jeezy) – Kanye West
No Church in the Wild (feat. Frank Ocean) – Kanye & Jay Z
Clique – Kanye West, Jay-Z & Big Sean
The Recipe (feat. Dr. Dre) – Kendrick Lamar
The Drop (Intro) – Lecrae
Free from It All (feat. Mathai) – Lecrae
Falling Down (feat. Swoope & Trip Lee) – Lecrae
No Regrets (feat. Suzy Rock) – Lecrae
Fuego (feat. KB & Suzy Rock) – Lecrae
Start It Up (feat. Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, Ryan Leslie, & Fabolous) – Lloyd Banks
Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free) – Lupe Fiasco
Break the Chain (feat. Eric Turner & Sway) – Lupe Fiasco
Say Goodbye To Yesterday – Non Phixion
Bullet (feat. Citizen Cope) – Rhymefest
Adrenaline! – The Roots
The Fire – The Roots & John Legend
My Life (feat. Cee Lo Green) – Slaughterhouse
You (The Only Ones) – Strange Fruit Project
Chain Music -Wale
Ambition (feat. Meek Mill & Rick Ross) – Wale
Focused (feat. Kid Cudi) – Wale


If you want to check out other playlists I have posted in the past, check out these blogs posts as well Music Makes My World Go RoundMusic Makes My World Go Round Vol 2 and Put On Your Rocky Cap


2 Comments on "Press Play. Hip Hop for Your Training"

  1. Moe says:

    You just described my childhood… From waiting to press record on the tape deck to being known for my mix cd’s! Growing up, my dream job was “the person who chooses the songs that get played in movies and tv shows” until I found out the producer does that :)

    Great playlist!

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