Kinky Boots’ Assistant Dance Captain Shares His Workout Playlist

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Creating the perfect workout playlist is like programming a concert—every song counts. SoulCycle instructor and Kinky Boots Angel, Robert Pendilla, lends us his soundtrack for our weekend workout.
Robert Pendilla
Robert Pendilla

As a cast member of the hit Broadway show Kinky Boots, the perfect playlist is something I think a lot about. It might start off mellow to get you into the mood, crescendo in the middle then close with something introspective.

The best playlists are personal. I adapt them to how I feel, what's going on in the world or what's happening with the weather. Music can dictate your workout, so choose songs that put you in the right place for that moment.

I like to start with a warm-up song: something to set the tone and get me focused. Then I add beat-driving music with great lyrics for the bulk of the workout. It might be a pop anthem or a remix of a classic rock song, but it's usually something I can sing along to in my head. I like to bring it back with a cool-down song that will send me out of the gym with a great outlook on the day.

A few good songs can be the difference between a mediocre and a great workout. Let music be the soundtrack to your success.

Warm-Up:
”Defying Gravity” by Kerry Ellis (Anthems album)
”96,000” from In The Heights (Original Broadway Cast)

Workout:
”Pinball Wizard” from The Who’s TOMMY (Original cast recording)
”Just Another Day” from Next To Normal (Original Cast Recording)
”Voulez-Vous” from Mamma Mia! (1999 re-release album)
”Hair” from Hair (NEW Broadway cast recording)
”My Shot” from Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
”You Can’s Stop the Beat” from Hairspray (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
”Raise You Up/Just Be” from Kinky Boots (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

Cool Down:
”A Whole New World” from Aladdin (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
”I Know the Truth” from Aida (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

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You can hear how Pendilla does it by visiting one of his daily classes at SoulCycle Bryant Park.

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