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Debbie Harry on Sex, Drugs (Not Really), Rock & Roll and Fitness. Exclusive Interview!!!



I am so excited to join the MizzFIT team and feature music for your physique. I've been inspired by Debbie Harry’s style and music for years. I was beyond honored that she took some time out of her busy Australian tour with Blondie to talk to me about how she manages to rock out and work out while still keeping up her iconic style. Read my interview with Debbie below to find out how fitness "fits in" with her music lifestyle.


Me:  What inspires you to work out? How do you work out? And is it true that you love the Insanity workout?

Debbie Harry: I have a great trainer who runs me through all kinds of hoops. He takes exercises from everywhere - it's unlimited. He shows me multitasking plyometric techniques to do on my own.

Me: You were a part of the sex, drugs, rock + roll scene in the 1970's. Did fitness have a role in that scene? When did you start working out?

Debbie Harry: Ha! Yeah right. No, I started working out later on.

Me: You are known as much for your style as for your music. What's your go to fitness look?

Debbie Harry:  Light and easy - but with a crazy hat, to throw people off.

Me:  What has changed about how you eat over the years? And what has NOT changed?

Debbie Harry:  I try to eat healthy. I eat mostly vegetarian, chicken, fish.

Me:  I hear you guys just started your December tour in Australia. Do you work out on tour?

Debbie Harry:  Yeah. I live to hit the gym. Then get a nice massage, post-workout.

Me:  Any tips for our readers on how to work out while traveling like a rock star?

Debbie Harry:  Don't be too hard on yourself. Remember, you have to play a show tonight!

Me: There have been some really cool mashups of your music like Sprawl of Glass (mix of “The Sprawl” by Arcade Fire and your classic “Heart of Glass”) by the Hood Internet and Rapture Riders (the mashup of “Rapture” and “Rides on the Storm” by The Doors) that are great for working out. What's your favorite style of music for workouts? Can you work out to your own music or is that weird?

Debbie Harry: Rapture Riders is really amazing - they nailed that one. The Arcade Fire one is great as well. As far as workout music goes, I love Eminem, Iraqi military music - political haranguing stuff.

Me: One of my favorite old school Blondie songs to run to is One Way or Another and a more recent fave is What I Heard from the Panic of Girls album. What album or song always gets you energized?

Debbie Harry: Whatever Iran is doing these days.

Me: Of course I have to ask: If you had to pick one Blondie song as the best workout song to recommend to our readers, what would it be?

Debbie Harry: Warchild probably!

Me: Thanks Debbie. I am definitely going to load up Warchild and some military music on my iPod for my next workout and see how it goes!

For more on Debbie Harry and Blondie check out their Website, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages. 


Like Blondie? Well then I want to know...

....which Debbie Harry/Blondie song gets you the most pumped to work out!

Thanks for reading, Sari Beth

Photo credits: Top photo of Debbie in glasses courtesy of, all photos that follow courtesy of

written by Bianca Jade a.k.a Mizzfit



Say what's on your mind!

ally c January 10th, 2013 7:26PM

yay. love this interview. i vote for Tide Is High!

bianca p January 10th, 2013 7:30PM

so funny re: debbie harry working out in the 1970's!
absolutely love Heart of Glass and One Way or Another

Kristin January 10th, 2013 7:55PM

Wow! this is so awesome:))) I personally love Rapture and The Tide is High, my favorites.

Jenn b January 10th, 2013 9:15PM

Music is such an integral part of the fitness scene. Thank you for finally bringing the artists into this dialogue! Debbie Harry is a music icon and a fashion trendsetter who's music and style is as relevant today as when she first started. I loved hearing how important her fitness routine is to her creative life. Whatever she's listening to and wearing will go to the top of my list! Can't wait for more!

Sari Beth January 11th, 2013 12:43AM

hey ally. me too. love that song!

FitnessJunkie January 11th, 2013 12:56AM

Wow, Blondie! I loooove her... hope I look like that when I'm her age! I'm curious about what kind of crazy hat she wears to work out?? A top hat? Anyhow thanks for this cool interview...

lilyan stern January 11th, 2013 12:59AM

facinating interview great photos looking forward to the next one

Sari Beth January 11th, 2013 1:17AM

Rapture is amazing. Did you check out the Rapture Riders remix? xo sari beth

Sari Beth January 11th, 2013 1:22AM

Jenn thank you so much for your comments. I is such an integral part of fitness and it is so inspiring to hear how Debbie fits in fitness with her busy life as a rock star and fashion icon. More to come! Thanks for reading. xo sari beth

Sari Beth January 11th, 2013 1:23AM

thank you so much lilyan. more great interviews to come (and photos!) I promise xo sari beth

megan January 11th, 2013 4:45AM

Awesome! Rock on Sari Beth!

Irina January 11th, 2013 1:19PM

Great interview, Sari. I'm listening to War Child now. :)

Laura Kovall January 11th, 2013 9:58PM

So psyched you have joined our team Sari! Where were you when Sophia was in the womb? That's okay, you're here now and could help her learn what's hip and cool on the music scene


Sheryl January 11th, 2013 10:53PM

Great interview....she is an icon and inspiration....beautiful pics....look forward to reading your next pieces.

Swilx January 13th, 2013 10:53PM

She'll never age. Need to find her on stage at some point. Thanks for the interview and Iranian inspirations.