What’s On Your Playlist? Part 2

We’re back with part 2 of “What’s On Your Playlist?”, this time with AST Operations Manager Julie Flynn.

My workout playlists probably routinely coincide with America’s Top 40, some of which I have included, but there are always a couple songs that I have to throw into the mix. For me, a workout song has to be perfect to make the list otherwise I’ll spend my entire workout trying to find the next button on my armband. My main concern with workout music is MOTIVATION. It needs to have a good beginning that immediately makes you want to smile at yourself in the mirror, pick up the weight and say, “I can do this.”

Ellie Goulding – Lights

The theme for most of my selections is if I have a build-up and can sing to the song, it gets me through the set and helps me forget about how heavy the weight is or how much my legs are burning.

Spice Girls – Stop

Have to have some Girl Power music on there… Who better than the Spice Girls?

Maroon 5 ft. Wiz Khalifa – Payphone

One of my current favorites. I’m a sucker for Adam Levine and it also makes me laugh to hear Siri on the iPhone say “Wiz Khalifa”

David Guetta ft. Usher – Without You

Great build-up and good beat. I have most of David Guetta’s mixes on my workout playlist.

Phoenix – Listomania

This also my ringtone and has been for a couple years. The beat makes me happy, and the best thing for me about working out is to take a break from the real world and give yourself a reason to smile no matter how your day is going.

Balance Means Failure

Many a self-help book has been published and a motivational speaker has lectured on the notion of leading a “balanced” life, integrating family, work, friends, hobbies, etc., into one harmonious existence where every aspect of your existence gets equal treatment, and everything is wonderful and perfect, and you become a better, more “enlightened” person because of it.

Well guess what? That’s all bullshit.

If your goal is to be a success in any aspect of your life, you need to be very unbalanced. Are you an entrepreneur looking to start or grow a successful company? Prepare to kiss your personal life goodbye for a few years and get ready for 4 or 5 years (if you’re lucky) of working 60, 70, maybe 80 or more hours a week. Hobbies? Good luck with that – most every spare cent you have will be funneled back into your business so it can turn a profit as fast as possible – then maybe you can start thinking about that Harley you’ve always wanted.

The same goes for anybody who has ever been successful at transforming their body. I cannot count the number of excuses I have heard over the years about why somebody wasn’t able to make their training sessions, or why they didn’t have money for their supplements, or why they were unable to eat the way they were supposed to. Maybe some of these sound familiar:

“It was my cousin’s friend’s roommate’s birthday – we HAD to go out drinking on Saturday!”

“Thirty bucks for a multivitamin? I need that money for my life-sized Lego statue of Darth Vader that I’m building in my garage!”

“You want me to stretch for 20 minutes a day? I don’t have the time – Netflix now has every episode of The Golden Girls and that takes up 5 hours of my night, every night.”

“Sorry, I can’t train for three weeks. I got stupid-ass drunk this weekend and walked in front of a bus.”

“You want me to diet? On a Sunday? That sounds like work, and my religion doesn’t allow working on Sundays.”

It boggles the mind how many times I have encountered people who walk in the door, credit card in hand, highly motivated to start working with a coach. “I want to drop 12 dress sizes by this time next year.” Then, after their first nutritional consultation, the excuses start pouring out. “There is no way I can give up my morning latte. And I’m addicted – ADDICTED – to bread. I can’t get rid of it.”

I have some very unpleasant, yet very accurate, news for those people – you are going to fail. If you want to look like a cover model, yet still go out with friends two or three nights a week, only train twice a week, and have an “easy” diet, guess what? It’s not possible. It doesn’t matter what ad you heard on the television, or what Oprah said, it’s all bullshit. Success in any area of life – parenting, starting a new business, trying to go pro in a sport, or having a six-pack – it all requires that you discard and reduce things that get in the way. Sometimes it isn’t pleasant – in fact, it’s almost NEVER pleasant – but it has to be done.

Then, when you have succeeded, you can begin to think about “balance” again.

What’s On Your Playlist?


Looking for something new to add to your workout playlist? We’re asking the AST staff and clients what they’re listening to, and we’re kicking things off with AST head coach and co-owner, Zach Trowbridge.

Tremonti – Wish You Well

Prepare for a theme – I tend to listen to mostly guitar-driven rock and metal when I train (Sergio would refer to it as “Zach’s angry music”). While you could pull any song off of Tremonti’s new release All I Was and it would work just fine, this is probably my most played.

Bullet for My Valentine – No Easy Way Out

A non-keyboarded cover of a Rocky soundtrack song? I’m in. And it’s awesome.

AC/DC – Thunderstruck

Needs no explanation. You could just pick an AC/DC track at random and drop it in here, but the intro riff here gets your head right, every time.

Black Label Society – Demise of Sanity

The musical equivalent of a kick to the skull. This one probably is not for everybody.

Kanye West – Power

A little deviation from the rock and metal stuff, but a great training song nonetheless.

Have a favorite track right now? Leave a comment and tell us what you’re listening to!