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My Workout Playlist: Lindsay Luv, DJ and athleisure designer


lindsay-luv-zobhaWhat does a DJ know about the ins and outs of fitness fashion? If it’s Los Angeles’ turntable queen Lindsay Luv, the answer is: plenty.

Not only does the star blogger and self-described “sound stylist” work out every day—she hits up The Bar Method in Silver Lake and Air’s aerial classes in between gigs for Victoria’s Secret and Chanel—but she’s also fresh from designing her first athleisure collab with Zobha. And when we say “designing,” we don’t just mean slapping her name on a label.

liindsay-luv-zobha-2“I was very involved in this collection, down to using myself as a fit model and creative directing the lookbook shoot,” explains Luv. The “city-chic” nine-piece collection, which officially drops this week, found inspiration in the DJ’s own personal history. “I wanted to come up with something that was a really strong blend of my New York background and LA lifestyle,” she says.

The result of that unique vision is an entirely black and white capsule that isn’t just stylish—think strategically slimming mesh panels, reversible fabrics, and rose-gold zippers—but also ultra-functional, with details only a music pro would think of. “We added headphone loops [in the jackets] to keep the cords separate, and have a place for fitness instructors to put the microphone in the back of their pants,” Luv notes. (Um, Thoughtfulness Award!)

And what’s playing on those headphones while Luv is hiking Griffith Park or sparring at City of Angels boxing? Here, she shares her favorite workout songs for every occasion, from adrenaline-boosting beats to the 50 Shades of Gray soundtrack slow jams which are actually perfect for stretching. Stream it below, and then get her workout-specific tips after. —Erin Magner

The Weeknd – “Earned It”
“Pre-workout stretching sounds! Perfect for those barre ballerina moves.”

Tinashe – “All Hands on Deck”
“A fun warm-up song to get things flowing”

Selena Gomez ft. A$ap Rocky – “Good for You (Phantoms Remix)”
“Nice consistent down-tempo [beats] for after your warm-up.”

Jennifer Lopez ft. Iggy Azalea – “Booty”
“The perfect motivational workout song—love this for squats or tucks!”

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix Radio Edit)”
“Perfect track for the pinnacle of your cardio workout. Try this while running or spinning!”

Britney Spears – “Work B**ch”
“Great for push-ups or anything that needs some pumping up.”

Calvin Harris & Disciples – “How Deep is Your Love”
Play this when you’re slowing down from a run to a jog.”

Odesza ft. Madelyn Grant – “Sun Models”
“For those downward dogs! Good for stretching or yoga-type movements with flow.”

Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
“Tuck, tuck, tuck.”

Foxes – “Better Love”
“Great for that Pilates pulse.”

Beyonce – “Crazy in Love (Remix)”
“Stretch it out and wrap it up!”

If what you really need is a playlist that will pump you up for early a.m. workouts, you’ll want to load this one up before you go to sleep tonight.

(Photos: Lindsay Luv x Zobha)