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Let’s Catch Up!

“Well its been a long time glad to see your faceI knew we’d meet again another time another placeCant believe its been so many yearsYou’d better grab a chair and a couple of beers…”

Hello World!

As soon as I signed in to write this post, some old Jo Dee Messina lyrics came to mind :) It seems as though I write, promise to write more frequently and then a few more weeks or months go by again! I love to write, I absolutely love it. At this time however, my blog is simply a means to express my heart and connect with those reading so it takes a back seat from time to time.

Over the past few months, there’s been a lot going on and when I sit down to share / blog, it’s been directed over at our Girls Gone Strong site. For those of you who haven’t caught those posts, I’ve linked to them below. Thanks always for spending time on here and to many of you who have written kind notes towards my work. Also be sure to check out all the awesome posts from Molly and Neghar on, plus compilation GGS posts and our newest, GGS Spotlights.

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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 ;)

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Music Makes My World Go Round, Vol 2!!

Well! My tank is full of hustle and motivation these days!! I am gearing up for a photoshoot in six weeks and it’s on to two-a-days. With all the extra activity, I have filled my ipod with new and energetic beats :) As promised, Music Makes My World Go Round Vol 2 is below! If you dig these tracks, you can check out Volume 1 here for another glimpse at my current playlist.

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