Sunday, February 19, 2012

Extended Remixes - Great Gay Club Music and Gym Workout Tunes

Whether on the gym floor - or out bouncing up and down on a Gay dance music club floor - we need time. More time to get into and work the dancing groove, or to progress through multiple reps and sets during weight-training and exercises. We need more time... to get Fabulous! This sampling of Loved-By-Gays music tracks deserve a place on your iGadget or MP3 player.

I'm particularly fond of EXTENDED remixes for my workouts. You know, instead of the commercial airplay 3-4 minute radio edits, the extra-long club mix versions that really take a music track through a great progression. One of my favorite remix artists is Jody Den Broeder. Perhaps the best example is his work on Lady Gaga's breakout hit: Poker Face (Jody den Broeder Remix)- Really a great exercise warmup tune that runs a long, perfect 8+ minutes.

Ditto for the Den Broeder remix of the 2008 Grammy Award winning song from Rihanna - Umbrella (Featuring Jay-Z)- Give the sample a listen! At over 9 minutes it adds a great pace and tempo to what was NOT a good track for Gay club dance floors in it's original, uninspired slow, plodding version - but became AWESOME in the remix.

Amongst dozens of remixes - My clear fave is the 7+ minute version of Pussycat Dolls alumni - Nicole Scherzinger's Don't Hold Your Breath (Dave Aude Remix)- It really is a standout rendition.

Although Aude did a mix of Jessica Sutta's hit - it pales compared to this particular version by Rosario that Queer club kids love: Show Me (Ralphi Rosario Club Mix) Like Nicole, Jessica is once again proof that quitting - or being thrown out of - The Pussycat Dolls can lead to some even more memorable and danceable music tracks reverberating through Gay dance clubs and iPod headphones long afterwards.

David Morales and Lea Lorien knock it out of the park with the Rauhofer remix : How Would U Feel (Peter Rauhofer Club Mix) Listen closely and your ears might pick up on what a great potential MASHUP the chord progression would be if matched-up with Madonna's 'Sorry'.

Speaking of which; Grand Master Paul Oakenfold deserves kudos for his long-version of Madonna's Sorry (Paul Oakenfold Remix) Again when multiple, very talented mixmaster's take a stab at it - some are 'good', some are ok but just 'ain't quite right'. Oakenfold nails this one.

Monday, February 13, 2012

G-Force Workout For Muscle Bear Wanna-Be's

I wasn't there in class for the photo shoot that day. In fact I hadn't even started Ted Guice's G-Force fitness class at that point. I was just 'working up the courage to TRY his class someday' - You know, when I felt I was finally in good-enough condition to get through a WHOLE HOUR of fast-paced, cardio-pumping, heart-throbbing, try not to go into Tachycardia and end up in the E.R. sort of physical fitness I keep trying to achieve.

The first few GForce workout classes I only lasted 20 minutes. But I tried. And eventually I lasted for 40 minutes before the dreaded 'Get out of the exercise room before he kills you!!!' sort of muscular and pulmonary distress hit it's peak. This was Gawd's way of saying: "You are still an overweight, out of shape Bear." But I didn't let that discourage me.

Are You Man Enough To Handle These???

Okay, so 2 months into this, I may still only be using #2 PINK dumbbells but at least I am now lasting the WHOLE HOUR and emerge from Ted's G-Force class curiously exhausted, soaked in sweat -- and totally dreading the next classes on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

As Ted says: "We don't stop. We never quit. We keep going. Why?!? Because our G-Force class kicks ass!"

And so it goes. Another day at the Fabulously Gay World Gym Palm Springs. Another day in the life of an aging, 54 year old, 'I-should-decided-I-wanna-be-a-Muscle-Bear-20-years-ago -- And now, I'm getting my ass kicked' kind of guy.