Frank Bruni Going through his Pilates paces. (Credit: Soo-Jeong Kang)
Few things can spark and sustain a good workout the way music can, and those playlist preferences offer a compelling view of the listener's personality. This week, we get a peek at the workout playlist of New York Times magazine writer Frank Bruni:
All my life I've had an enormous appetite and loved food a bit too much, and all my life I've fought the wages of that. Exercise is my main weapon in the battle.
I try to run a few times a week, and to hit the gym another two days. I don't work out every single day, and I could be in much better shape. But at least three and usually four times a week, I work up a sweat: on a footpath in Central or Riverside parks; on a treadmill; at the Training Ground, a private training center on West 72nd Street, just two blocks from my apartment, where I've been using the same trainer, Andrew Ginsburg, for about two years. I feel I get much more done in an hour with him than I would in 90 minutes or even two hours on my own. It helps me enormously to have someone egging me on, revving me up, making sure I don't cadge five minutes at the water fountain after every three minutes of exertion. I'm a pitiably slothful sort deep inside.
Because Andrew's a total mensch and because I'm something of a veteran at the Training Ground, I enjoy iPod playlist rights, and am constantly making song mixes that I hope will keep me diverted, happy, motivated. Here's one I've played a few times recently. It goes for 66 minutes, so if Andrew and I exceed an hour, the music doesn't stop.
Frank Bruni, a staff writer for the New York Times magazine, was the newspaper's restaurant critic for more than five years, from June 2004 to August 2009, and contributes an every-other-week column on the drinking life, "The Tipsy Diaries," to the newspaper's Weekend section. He has also been the newspaper's Rome Bureau Chief and a White House correspondent. He is the author of several best sellers, including, most recently, a memoir about his odd relationship with food over time, "Born Round: a Story of Family, Food and a Ferocious Appetite." He is 46 and lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.