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Water Breaks with Music Selections

Do you offer a water break in your class? Consider this: in the beginning of your class,  announce when, and how long the water break will be. Prepared with this important information,  your students will stay committed to the workout without taking a break until “it’s time“.  Taking a water break as a group also leads to another opportunity for you to use a TEAM approach.

Offering a group water break has plenty of (obvious) benefits – including giving students an opportunity to make eye contact and commiserate about the intensity of the workout :). But taking a break also has its drawbacks.  Typically, once students walk into the hallway (for the water fountain) they disappear longer than you had intended.  Also – once they start chatting, it’s tough to bring them back to focus!

Remember:  every good coach has a plan. So, here are a few tips that have helped my water breaks become more effective.

  • As mentioned above:  announce when the water break will be – in the beginning of class.  It helps when people know what to expect.
  • Encourage your group to bring a water bottle to class.  Discussing the importance of hydration: before, during and after your workout is key.  Filling up a water bottle should be part of the workout routine.  Having a juice or sports drink in the bottle will help combat fatigue.  This is especially important for early morning workouts and lunchtime students. (Typically, the lunch crowd hasn’t eaten in hours… they may not have even eaten a decent breakfast!)
  • The water break is time to drink water. (Not ask you questions… you deserve water too!).  For the students who approach you during the quick break – kindly let them know you will be available after class – and this is a moment to recharge and refocus for part II of class.
  • Get your students accustomed to a short one-minute break (only!).  Use a 45 second -1:30 minute song, as a timer… “when the music ends, we’re back”!

This song-list is a compilation created by our willPower Teacher Trainers – touted as their favorite willPower waterbreak tunes.  Remember – not every song will be perfect for you… but you may as well give them a try.

A great way to use this songlist… when you click the song, you will be directed to iTunes, to the album that the song is from (you may need to scroll to find the song).  While you are on the album, sample some other songs by the same artist!  This method of “music surfing” could save you some time AND turn you on to some great new tunes!

Of course, if you click a song and it does not re-direct you, you can still enter the information into iTunes the old-fashioned way :).

Prelude John Legend 0:44

Gratitude – India Arie 1:05

Growth – India Arie 1:01

Big Ass Heart – Glee Cast 1:14

Theme from Eco-Challenge – Russ Landau 1:15

Kaleidoscope Heart – Sara Bareilles 1:02

Pirates Of The Caribbean – Curse Of The Black Pearl: Moonlight Serenade The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 1:18

Celebration Drums Japanese Taiko Drums 1:15

Vinheta Quebrante CéU 0:54

Use longer songs as CoolDown into Water Break OR, Water Break into Flexible Strength.

Tangens Guardner 1:44

Free (Prelude) Jill Scott 1:32

Crepuscolo Sul Mare (Twilight On The Sea) Piero Umiliani 2:44

I Love Art…Really! David Holmes 2:08



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  1. Rebecca Anthony
    Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 at 1:58 pm ·

    Awesome, thanks for the thorough list!

  2. Suzy Yeagley
    Monday, April 15th, 2013 at 1:41 pm ·

    Thank you! Hard to find one-minute songs!

  3. Meg McNeely
    Saturday, April 13th, 2013 at 7:00 pm ·

    This advice is so very much appreciated. Thank you!

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