Ten New Songs to Amp Your Workout

With February nearing an end, you might find that all your lofty fitness resolutions are starting to fall by the wayside. Just in case you need a little extra motivation, we’ve compiled a list of ten awesome new songs to help get revamp your workouts. So add these tunes to your iPod, grab your OGIO duffel bag, and get back on track!

The Messed Up Kids- Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg preforming

If you don’t know about Jake Bugg yet, it’s time to check him out. This talented 19 year old is being touted as the “British rock wunderkind” and “England’s new working class hero”.  Bugg is an honest lyricist whose songs range in style from country/ folk to punk rock. His self-entitled album was released at the end of 2012 followed by his sophomore album “Shangri La” a year later.  While “Lightning Bolt,” “Two Fingers,” “Slumville Sunrise” and “What Doesn’t Kill You” are all workout – worthy, try “The Messed Up Kids” first. This soulful tune showcases a little bit of everything Bugg is capable of and works great as warm up song. Ease into it on the verses and push yourself on the more up tempo chorus.

House of Gold- Twenty One Pilots

Twenty One Pilots preforming

When trying to describe Twenty One Pilots, the word that comes to mind is quirky. According to MTV the duo describes their style as a, “distinctive fusion of piano-driven schizoid pop and lyrical uplift.” This roughly translates to the fact that they rap, rock, and croon their way through their first studio album “Vessel.” The CD’s second single “House of Gold” features ukulele accompaniment, endearing lyrics, and a steady beat that make it a fun early workout song.

Laura Palmer- Bastille

Bastille preforming

Bastille’s chart topping single “Pompeii” made many “Top Work Out Songs of 2013” lists. This London based indie pop quartet’s debut album, “Bad Blood”, has plenty more tracks to make you sweat. For a heart pounding work out, check out “Laura Palmer.” Even if you don’t get the pop culture references to the cult television show Twin Peaks, this song is still sure to please.  It’s fast paced, intense, and has the potential to get stuck in your head just as easily as “Pompeii”.

Burn- Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding preforming

As the current queen of electropop, Ellie Goulding has produced a few workout playlist essentials. Her new hit “Burn” is another clubby track that will fit nicely into your cardio routine. Goulding herself is actually somewhat of fitness idol, with a half marathon and multiple workout shoots under her belt. So add this tune to your to your iPod and jam out while you “burn” fat like pop princess… sorry, couldn’t resist. The pun may be bad, but the song is pretty good.

Kangaroo Court- Capital Cities

Capital Cities preforming

You’ve probably danced to Capital Cities’ “Safe & Sound” over the last few months (whether in a club or in the car… we don’t judge). But the second single from this LA based band Indie pop band is even jazzier. With its steady beat and dancey rhythm, it’s perfect for hitting your stride and keeping you interested mid workout.

Falling- Haim

Haim photo

These three California sisters burst through the music scene in 2013, gaining notoriety in the United States, a spot at the 2014 Coachella Valley Festival, and a number one album in the UK. Haim’s music is reminiscent of decades gone by (often being attributed to artists like Fleetwood Mac) while still being very current and hip. Their new single “Falling” has a particularly fun, 80’s sound. It’s what Rolling Stone calls “the kind of micro triumph you sit up and root for.” With its refreshingly unexpected sound, this is a song that will also make you want to stand up and root for yourself when your workout is starting to drag.

Hey Brother- Avicii

Avicii DJ

You’re probably familiar with (and maybe even a little sick of) Avicii’s international hit “Wake Me Up.” But the Swedish house DJ’s new single “Hey Brother” is arguably more interesting and equally workout – compatible. The song combines impressive vocals from American bluegrass singer Dan Tyminski (the man behind O Brother, Where Art Thou?’s “Man of Constant Sorrow”) and the signature dance beat Avicii is known for. This awesome piece of folktronica will add something a little different to your routine.

Do I Wanna Know - Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys preforming

Cheeky English Indie rock band, the Arctic Monkey’s, have been played on select U.S. circuits since their forming in 2002, but they haven’t really made it big in America… until now. Their latest album “AM” is enjoying big success across the pond from their UK home. The band has already sold out its first U.S. stadium show. “AM’s” first track “Do I Wanna Know” is the perfect hill song for bikers and runners. It has a slower beat so you won’t exhaust yourself, but a powerful tone to keep you super motivated.

 The Man- Aloe Blacc 

Aloe Blacc preforming

Singer songwriter Aloe Blacc has been part of the music scene for a while. But while he’s had past singles such as “I Need a Dollar” and “Loving You is Killing Me,” “The Man” is his first Billboard Top 100 hit. The song, which was also featured in prime time commercials for Beats headphones, has an inspirational vibe that is somewhat akin to R. Kelly’s epic nineties hit “I Believe I Can Fly.” It’s the perfect new tune to help you power through the end of your workout even when you’re totally spent.

XO- Beyonce

Beyonce preforming

Of course no playlist would be complete without a track from Queen B. “XO” is one of the highlights of Beyoncé’s new self-titled album. It is a passionate number that is both magnificently powerful as well as sweet. With its slower tempo, this song is great choice for a cool down or some ab exercises at the end of a workout.

Just like great music, the right equipment is essential to having a productive workout. Make sure you’re properly outfitted for your gym sessions, runs, bike trips, and other fitness activities. OGIO’s endurance athletic gear can help you meet your all goals. Check out our fantastic selection of high quality sports backpacks and athletic bags. Work it out!

 

Blog Giveaway: Stick To Your Resolutions!

Stick to Your Resolutions Giveaway

So we’re a month into the New Year already, and if you’re like most people, your dedication to those lofty resolutions is already starting to lag.  It’s not too late to get back on track with your goals! Here are some tips and tricks to give your New Year’s goals a kick in the you-know-what:

 

• Write it down: There’s something about putting it on paper that makes an intention so much more tangible. Write it on a post-it, whiteboard, papyrus scroll, and you will feel more accountable for getting it done. Plus, it feels so good to cross it off your list when you accomplish it!

• Break it up: Break up your big goals into smaller, more manageable tasks. For example, if your goal is something big and general like ‘get healthy’, start by looking up some new healthy recipes and cooking at home once a week. Once you’ve got that down, layer on another task like walking 20 minutes each day or trying that new kickboxing class.

 

• Tell a friend: Sharing your goals with others will make it harder to give up, you sissy. Bounce fitness and nutrition ideas off each other for fitspiration! And lean on others for support when that slice of pepperoni pizza is calling your name. OGIO wants to help you stick to it, so we’re going to give away a 9.0 Endurance Bag to one lucky fan. Enter below, and good luck!

 

The Prize: The 9.0 Endurance Bag in Navy/Acid. Perfect for the gym, yoga class, krav maga, whatever you’re into. Valued at $160.00. Sense of accomplishment and self-worth included.

 

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Caring for your OGIO Bag…The Nice Way

We know that many of our customers use our products in all different kinds of ways. Some of you use the RIG 9800 for your MX gear, others use the Endurance bags for training and competition, and some of you take a backpack from home to the office. No matter how you use your OGIO bag, it’s bound to get dirty, grimy and yes, even smelly.

I use the Endurance 9.0 for all of my mountain biking gear and after a good long ride I’ll throw my sweat-soaked helmet, jersey, shorts, socks and gloves into the bag and head home. But after about 7 uses, I noticed that my bag started to stink. Imagine that! Not to mention that it started to pick up dirt and grease just from having the bag on the ground and next to my bike during transportation. 

So, how do clean your OGIO product?

OGIO products are designed to provide you with many years of use, however, it is important that you take the following steps for proper care.  Before we begin, it is important to note that any damaged caused to your OGIO bag due to cleaning will void the products warranty. Please be careful and use common sense.

1) Use a mild soap (never use detergents or solvents) and a damp sponge, wipe out the inside and outside of the bag.  Be sure to completely air dry the product with all zippers open prior to storing.

2) Stubborn stains may require scrubbing with a soft bristle nylon brush. However, please note that excessive cleaning may damage the protective coatings provided by the manufacturer and is NOT recommended.

3) Never put your bag in the dryer as the heat may damage the manufacturers protective coatings.  You should also keep it away from direct sunlight and away from direct heat sources (such as the oven, a space heater, radiator, etc).

4) The use of solvents and dryers may damage your bag.

5) Always store your bag in a cool, dry place.

That should be it! You’re on your way to a very clean bag. And I’m on my way to the mountain for another ride. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our warranty department. You can reach them at 800.922.1944 or at warranty@ogio.com.

Lava Magazine gives readers a first look at the new Ogio Endurance 9.0 Athletic Bag

Ogio Endurance 9.0 Athletic Bag LavaMagazine

Ogio Endurance 9.0 Athletic Bag from LavaMagazine.com

It’s great to not have to toot our own horns all the time. Quite often, OGIO fans do the tooting for us. Such is the case when last month Susan Legacki from LavaMagazine.com gave readers a first look at the OGIO Endurance 9.0 Athletic bag.

Susan is exactly the type of OGIO fan that the Endurance 9.0 bag was made for. Says Susan:

“If you actually counted out the amount of time I spend every night packing various bags for my next morning (gym, swim, work, hike, etc.), I estimate a good chunk of my life is spent organizing things into various zippered pockets.”

So, you can probably tell how excited were were to read all the kind things she had to say:

“Ogio athletic bags are the perfect balance of design and function. They’re sleek to look at, and designed with the athlete in mind.”

“…the straps on the Ogio are, like all of their other bags, incredibly adjustable and comfortable, so you can rest assured that if you decide to hop on your bike and ride to the transition area like I often do, you won’t be toppling over halfway there because of an ill-fitting, oversized bag. I’ve seen this end a race before it even began on more than one occasion.”

Head over to the Endurance 9.0 page now to check out the all the features and to buy your bag today.