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10 Soca Songs for Your Spring Socamotion Playlist

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Socamotion Fitness and Wellness ~ Join the fitness carnival!

Hey SocaMovers!

We’ve been getting a lot of requests for tips on how to jump start your workouts for Spring.  One guaranteed way to get you to Move Your Mas is to plug some fiery hot soca music into your iPod .

Here is a list of the 10 must-haves on your Socamotion playlist ~

(the order is somewhat significant…but we reserve the right to change our minds 😉

1. Bucket by Swappi

2. Miss Behave by Fay Ann Lyons

3. Born Ready by Bunji Garlin

4. Pump Yuh Flag by Machel Montano

5. Precision Wine by Kes The Band                    

Socamotion Top 10 Spring Soca ~ "Bucket" by Swappi soca 2012

Socamotion Top 10 Spring Soca ~ "Bucket" by Swappi

6. Badder Dan We by Shurwayne Winchester and Popcaan

7.  Bacchanalist by Kerwin DuBois

8. Link Up by Destra Garcia

9. Single Forever by Ki Persad

10. People’s Champion by Benjai

Oh my goodness!   Have we reached 10 already?

I think we’re going to need another list, but this is good enough to get you started.

What songs would you add? Add them in the comments below or tweet them to @Socamotion1

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“How Carnival Keeps Me Fit” {Guest post} by Elle Boogiee

Many thanks to Elle Boogiee for contributing this great post that shows how the Carnival spirit and global schedule can help provide motivation to lose weight and develop a healthy lifestyle.  Elle is a Trinidadian living in the US,   who describes herself as a “Soca lover” and “Carnival junkie” and travels the world participating in different festivals.   She has kept herself “carnival-ready” by developing healthy habits of consistent exercise and healthy eating.  

Elle Boogiee for guest post for SocaMotion

Elle Boogiee is a self-proclaimed a "Carnival Junkie"

How Carnival keeps me fit

 by Elle Boogiee

The moment was finally here!

With carnival costume in hand, I jumped into my car and hustled home to try on my eagerly awaited costume.  It was time to see how my 3 weeks of dieting paid off.  With pure excitement I delicately tried on my ‘barely there’ costume to have my first ‘jump up’ in my bedroom mirror.   The waist band fit a bit snug but I did not think much of it – nothing a minor adjustment with Velcro couldn’t fix.  The bra was a little stifling but I figured it was only because of the beef roti I had earlier that day.   Arm piece on, foot gear in place, I felt like a kid on Christmas morning.  Yet when I looked at myself in front of the mirror, I quickly felt like the kid with no Christmas presents because I was fat.

Now I was by no means obese, but what I was looking at was far from a ‘carnival-ready’ body.  I had an unpleasant muffin top and back fat falling out the sides of my bra.  I was in tears.  It was evident that the Christmas ham and black cake won the battle. At that moment I vowed that it would be the last time and I would win the war.

Something had to change.


The *CARNIVAL COUNTDOWN* Workout Series has begun!

SocaMotion has developed a special workout series that is a hybrid of exercises from SocaeRobix, SocaFlags and SocaStetix to get New Yorkers in Brooklyn and Queens ready for Trinidad Carnival!


Carnival is around the corner and many SocaMovers in New York are getting ready for the migration south to Trinidad!   Some make the pilgrimage every year while others are “Carnival Virgins” and will be participating for the first time.   For them and others who catch the Carnival spirit, the countdown has begun to March 7th and 8th when the main parades of the festival occur.  SocaMotion has taken this a step further by creating a “Carnival Countdown” workout series to get SocaMovers sexy and ready for the  season.


This workout series is a  charged-up version of group fitness classes that target the main fitness areas critical for Carnival survival: stamina, strength and agility.   Carnival season actually starts months prior to the beginning of the Lenten season and is bursting with various concerts, competitions and parties or fetes.   However, those who journey down from the US usually arrive the week before Carnival Monday and Tuesday at the peak of activity and are called
to engage in a concentrated succession of events with high activity and few periods of rest.   If you aren’t physically fit, you can miss out on a lot just trying to recover.   So, SocaMotion has developed a systematic series of workouts to mimic Carnival events and address the demands on the body.

CARNIVAL COUNTDOWN™ Workout Series - by SocaMotion


One of the major differences with the SocaMotion Carnival Countdown series is that it is lead by a Carnival veteran. Onya West, founder of SocaMotion, has “played mas” in Trinidad since age 6 as a bystander, masquerader and individual and has also participated in carnivals around the Caribbean, in the US, UK and Canada.   She understands the different ways that people experience Carnival and developed the workouts to maximize exercise during those key months before Carnival.  She can also advise you about preparations and planning for Carnival whether you plan to attend many fetes or want to experience more cultural events.

It is the worst feeling to struggle to catch the Carnival spirit because you are not familiar with the music. That’s why it is critical to hear the best, new soca music soon after it is released so that you can let it get under your skin and you can more easily slip into things when you touch down. We have developed a playlist online that you can listen to and become familiar with the new music.  At the classes, look out for surprise visits by local djs to make it feel like a fete for fitness!

The hybrid of toning, cardio and flag waving will feel more like a Carnival event and less like a workout.   That is only possible through the fusion of workouts developed by SocaMotion.  Finally, the Carnival Countdown features added bonuses including information from Trinidad about bands, events, and vacation planning.   More importantly it features SocaSLIMDOWN™ weight loss tips to help you shed a few unwanted pounds in healthy ways.  We do not advocate crash dieting especially just weeks before the festival.  Those who signed up for the original SocaSlLIMDOWN Weight Loss Challenge that started in October and ends in February are ahead of the game and took a steady pace over 5 months.   Come to the Carnival Countdown to get some tasty, Caribbean recipes and researched nutritional tips to help you look your best for the Carnival


Brooklyn is known to have the highest concentration of Caribbean people outside of the region, however we couldn’t neglect those who also live in neighboring Queens.  SocaMotion started offering classes at the Theatre of Dance Movement in St Albans last winter and will be bringing the Carnival Countdown to the people of Queens every Sunday at 12:30 pm. Of course, we will also offer our series on Eastern Parkway on Saturdays at 10 am at New You Aerobics & Fitness.


To really see results, you need to work out at least 3 times a week.    Those who are in Brooklyn have the option of attending multiple SocaMotion classes per week to tone your arms with SocaFlags™ on Mondays, whittle your waist in SocaStetix™ on Wednesdays, and then max out at the Carnival Countdown on Saturdays.   So, when one class a week is not enough, you can become a member at New You Aerobics and Fitness to save and attend these multiple classes to see more dramatic results.


We haven’t forgotten those who are not able to journey down to the “Best Show on Earth” at Trinidad Carnival for whatever reason.    The week before Carnival, we will host special sessions that will ease the longing for those who are not able to attend Carnival in Trinidad so that you can set your spirit free!


Email, call 347.560.9210 or check out our website for details. - official site for the SocaMotion movement – Official Website

New Things for the New Year! ~ Classes, locations and more


Today is 1.1.11.  The 1st day of the first month of the 11th year of the new millennium and it’s time for a new start.

Caribbean beach scene

Each season brings a new Wave of classes

We are working hard at SocaMotion to bring innovation and excitement to fitness and would like to announce some new projects that will launch this Winter 2011 Wave.

New Classes

We will be adding 2 new classes this season to keep your routine fresh and adapt to the changing temperature:


Exercise during the Holidays

There are 5 days until Christmas and 12 days until New Years, however at SocaMotion we are doing all that we can to remind people that extending the festivities beyond those special days can sabotage progress made in past exercise and diet changes.

The cold weather and increased offerings of baked goodies and homemade favorites are a lethal combination for those trying to maintain or lose weight.     This weather has an increased effect on those who come from tropical regions and yearn to return “home” even more.   If you succumb to these temptations there are many who are waiting for you to want to make good on your new year’s resolutions and join their fitness programs.   However, there are ways to hedge against this trend and maintain your current weight or even lose a little weight over the next 2 weeks.

Yes, you can achieve results even during the holidays.

The two main ways that you can do that are by:

1. Sneaking in exercise during the small windows of spare time during your day, and

2. Balancing indulgence with restraint in your diet.


Changing Tides ~ New Season, New Classes

An integral part of the SocaMotion model is creating classes that change with the season.   It is a concept, created by Onya West, to incorporate different disciplines as well as fight boredom and the plateau effect.    Soca music has so many different flavors that overlap with several musical genres and the people of the Caribbean reflect the entire ethnic spectrum and training.   SocaMotion embraces all of this within its business model.

The classes from the previous two seasons adapted to the activity levels and changes in metabolism for the season.  Here is the lineup for the Summer 2010 Wave and Fall 2010 Wave.


Fitness in waves - SocaMotion

SocaMotion follows the Wave Model and honors the Caribbean Sea that unites the region


SocaMotion Makes Weight Loss Fun and Tasty!


From its start in  Summer 2010, SocaMotion was created to provide a balanced approach to nutrition and exercise that would be a great benefit for those trying to lose weight.     Just as we developed a variety of classes – such as SocaStetix™ and SocaFlags™ – that embraced different kinds of soca music and offered choices for different tastes and fitness levels, SocaMotion found a way to encourage healthy weight loss with a Caribbean flair.    Hence, the SocaSLIMDOWN Weight Loss Challenge was born as a twist on the Biggest Loser concept and the trend of weight loss challenges that are community-based versions and could be integrated with our fun classes.

Anyone who has tried to lose weight before knows first hand that when it comes to achieving results exercise is  helpful, but diet is essential.

The Caribbean diet features fresh, natural ingredients and tasty ways to lose weight