Music Mondays: Black Widow (Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora)

Most have already heard of Iggy Azalea’s Black Widow, this week’s Music Mondays featured song. It’s Top 5 of last year’s Billboard Hot 100 and one of the things I’ve already noted to feature in a previous post about butts but have not really gotten into it until now. I was reminded of it when I heard it on the radio today.

I love how music can be interpreted in so many ways—through the title alone, the melody, the lyrics, or some or all combined. And you know how I like looking at different choreography done on songs. This time, choreography for Black Widow was diverse enough that I’d like to share them with you and in no particular order.

Disclaimer: I don't have formal dance training so I might get some of the terms or types of dance wrong. Your corrections are welcome, though. (",)

 Black Widow by Iggy Azalea Feat. Rita Ora

1. Lyric Hip-Hop (choreography by Chris Clark)

I like this one the most since it’s feminine enough and makes me want to find a slow-mo version of this to learn. It has quick and slow bursts of movements, plus they hit the parts worth hitting, even when there’s no lyrics. I don’t know any dance terms so just fill it in if you know, ok?

2. Sexy Heels (choreography by Michelle Jersey Maniscalco)

I wouldn’t dare dance this fast on heels, especially if I’m required to do a lot of hair flipping and head rolling. But you gotta love those heels. My favorite part here is the slide in 1:24. What’s yours?

3. Hip-Hop to Krump (choreography by E. Kulakovskyi and Y. Tsibulskaya)

This one, compared to No. 1, is much more intense and gives me same feeling I usually get when I watch someone Krump. I catch my brows furrowed after watching this video. Maybe yours would be the same.

4. Dance Fitness (choreography by Diva Dance Fitness)

They had me at the hair flip. It’s perfect and I see myself doing just the hair flip. If you’re looking for a simple dance fitness routine with pizzazz, you’d like this. If you want one with toning, I’d suggest this one by Mariadela Ramirez.

5. Contemporary (as seen on Dance Moms)

Of course, last but not the least, something I could never do without injuring myself first—contemporary. I love the lines, the beginning and ending pose, the parts where one ends her movement and the other picks it up, and so much more. This has much love from me. ♥

P.S. This post will probably reach all of you at different dates depending on the time zone. Music Mondays are supposed to be enjoyed first thing in the morning but well, if this got to you on a Tuesday, let’s call it Tuesday Tunes instead.

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What’s your Music Mondays—er, Tuesday Tunes?

Squat Circuit Challenge Update: Day 10 and 11

For the past few days, although I’m able to continue the daily challenges, I find myself having little time to spare to post updates. So in case I miss those update days, such as Day 10 and 11, I’ll just do a consolidated update on a rest day, like today! Hurray!

Day 10: 6 reps of each, 2 sets

This is the same as Day 3 and so is relatively easy. I have little to say about this day’s challenge, except that it felt like a clam before the storm.

Day 11: 5 reps of each, 4 sets

True enough, Day 10 is just the calm. It took me so much time to finish Day 11’s challenge, on top of being dragged by my friend to the gym. So hello tired body!

You really start feeling it in the quads, glutes, and inner thighs. I don’t see any cellulite disappearing but I do feel the strength coming in. It’s progress!

Here’s a photo of me taken by my friend, doing my after squat stretches.

Quick workout for me, a bit of yoga showoff for Kaye.

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Hurray for rest days!

Squat Circuit Challenge Update: Day 9

No, I didn’t miss the challenge. Whew! I just missed doing the update. My bad. I was recovering from an illness and it isn’t an excuse for skipping this relatively easy workout, I still wanted to fully recover so I was at a social media abstinence. I also avoided any continuous staring at monitors so as not to aggravate the illness.

Having said that…

Day 9: 9 reps of each, 2 sets
I can say that I am getting stronger. But rests on between sets are a must, especially if it’s the only workout you’ll be doing.

I now treat the first set as a warm-up and try to be more intense in the latter set/s. It’s no good to shock your muscles.

Cool downs have also become a requirement on my part. Otherwise, I get muscle cramps. So stretching the concerned muscles is a must.

Update on Day 10 coming right up!  🙂

Squat Circuit Challenge Update: Day 7

Finished today’s circuit at the end of the day, not because I forgot but because I didn’t have any time to squeeze it in. I attended two dance classes early this morning (almost missed it) and then went to the BDJ Fair near lunch to after lunch, then I went home to do some work.

I have to confess though, I did the circuit to wake myself up because what I’m reading for work is a bore. Enough about that. We don’t want to hear about work here unless it’s to work out, right?

Day 7: 8 reps of each, 2 sets

I think I’m getting stronger. But I have to pause in between sets now, about 5 seconds. I think I’m supposed to rest in between anyway, but only started it now. :p

I’m lucky that tomorrow’s a rest day. Today was a really physically challenging day.

Are you doing your squats?

Squat Circuit Challenge Update: Day 6

Due to the many things that happened, it being my Dad’s birthday, I forgot to post an update about Day 6 of the Squat Circuit Challenge.

Day 6: 10 reps of each
It actually surprised me to find this easier that the Day 5 combo. So I guess it’s the variation rather than the consistency that gives the challenge. That’s why it’s always recommended to vary the intensity or even the type of exercise. Amazing!

Needless to say, I finished this one faster than yesterday. I hope can conquer tomorrow’s combo.

Wish me luck!