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Perfect Playlist: The Two-Hour Workout

Editor’s note: The Mixologist, also known as Mer, is a music nerd (with a class called World Music and Gender under her belt) who also likes working out. She used to DJ and swim competitively, and is very excited to be here.

If I can’t go for a swim, my favorite hard-core, sweat-your-face-off workout involves running for an hour, then lifting for half an hour and then capping things off with a half-hour light jog/walk. It takes about two hours and leaves me feeling like a champ even though my muscles usually end up screaming for mercy.

But two hours is a long time. (You could see a movie in two hours. You could go out to dinner. You could hit both Target and Best Buy. You get the idea.) And it takes the right mix of tunes to carry you through. When I go for this particular workout, I like a mix of rap and hip-hop (some harder stuff and some of the stuff you’ll hear on the dance floor) that segues into some rock and punk (maybe a little ska thrown in for good measure) and then caps itself off with some angry, empowered chick music. This is the latest mix that’s kept my butt in gear:

Live Your Life – T.I. feat. Rihanna

Breathe – Blu Cantrell feat. Sean Paul

Cyclone – Baby Bash feat. T-Pain

Right Round – Flo Rida

Shake That Ass – Eminem feat. Nate Dogg

Stronger – Kanye West

‘Till I Collapse – Eminem & Nate Dogg

Lose Yourself – Eminem

Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio

Izzo (H.O.V.A.) – Jay-Z

Roll – Flo Rida feat. Sean Kingston

Heartless – Kanye West

Wavin’ Flag – K’naan

Crayons – Donna Summer feat. Ziggy Marley

Devil In A Paper Cup – Colouring Lesson

The Boxer – Carbon Leaf

Is She Really Going Out With Him – Goldfinger

Sucked Out – Superdrag

Banditos – Refreshments

Beer – Reel Big Fish

Forever Young – So They Say

Umbrella – All Time Low

Duck and Run – 3 Doors Down

Minority – Green Day

Everything I Want to Be – Save Ferris

‘Cuz I Can – P!nk

Hollaback Girl – Gwen Stefani

Bad Influence – P!nk

Ladykillers – Lush

The Sweet Escape – Gwen Stefani

Valerie – Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse

U+Ur Hand – P!nk

Goodbye to You – The Veronicas

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