Setlist: Xtreme Endurance

When BreakThru Radio first came to be there was a concept to make easily accessible, free on-demand shows that people could tote around with them on their iPods. Being that many people turn to their iPods when they are working out, it seemed only natural that exercise enthusiasts would be a target audience.

That was five years ago, and since BTR has grown to be so much more. But in terms of sticking to the seed of the idea for this online radio station, I guess you could say that DJ Meredith’s Monday program Xtreme Endurance is a show that truly sticks to BTRs original mission.

The title of the program does nothing to hide the sixty-minute music session you are about to get into. DJ Meredith’s opening mic break lays it all out on the line: “I’m here every Monday for the next hour, to provide you with high intensity music from genres all over the world with the hardest beats that will keep you entertained and get you through the most strenuous workouts with ease. I want you to really bust your ass now so you can show off all that hard work while you’re on the beach. The road to success is always under construction.  Remember, we want to sweat now and flaunt later.”

At first listen, DJ Meredith’s playlist sounds like the music would expect to hear in a twenty-first century aerobic class; high powered base, energetic tempo, and electro-intensity. Yet when listening a little more closely, there is a variety to the tracks used on this show that stretches from Latino style Hip Hop to über-German break.

Xtreme Endurance is as much about the motivating mic breaks as it is about the tracks. DJ Meredith explains to me: “My goal is to get the listeners health focused by boosting their cardio and helping them build stamina so that they can become little endurance machines. What I really want is for them to commit to being fit and understand the importance of leading an active lifestyle. Health is a blessing money can’t buy.”

It is an important part of working out, to stay motivated and receive positive reinforcement from others. Why do you think professional athletes have personal trainers with them, yapping in their  ear during their entire workout? Xtreme Endurance as a workout partner is so much more effective and inspiring than putting your Nano on shuffle, not to mention it is a hell of a lot cheaper than a personal trainer. “I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. I don’t do things half-heartedly. Because I know if I do, then I can expect half-hearted results,” says DJ Meredith.

It is the summer, and we all want to look our best. I encourage you to spend some time raising the heartbeat and getting the blood pumping without dipping into your wallet for a personal trainer or gym membership. Hit the West Side Highway or Central Park (if  you’re in the NYC area) or any place outdoors elsewhere and let DJ Meredith take you through an intense workout for free by tuning into Xtreme Endurance on BTR.

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– Kory French


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