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I was reading Self magazine the other day (don't tell anyone) and was inspired by research conducted by the University of Maryland that found that listening to your favorite songs can increase blood vessel diameter by up to 26%. I'm not a doctor, but I hypothesize that increased blood vessel diameter makes it easier for your heart to get oxygen to your hard working muscles and increases work capacity. This factoid lead to a google search on the benefits of listening to music during exercise and I found that it can actually improve brain function post workout (great news for the early birds and lunchtime crew!)

What this all boils down to is we should listen to good music. In an effort to build on the selection at the gym, I have taken it upon myself to compile a "CrossFit Santa Cruz Greatest Hits" volumes I, II and maybe more. I can't do it without your help.  I need your favorite songs so you can reap the benefits of this phenomenon. Please post, or email me a few of your favorite tunes to sweat to - artist and song name will be helpful, and soon they will be in the mix! Special thanks to CFSF for inspiring me to do this after reading it on their blog a while back, and to Kyle and Olivia for getting us started with "Kyle's Recipe for Booty Shakin'"


Workout: "Fran"
95 pound Thruster