Gettin’ Yer Workout On
I like to run. Not long distances, but there’s something refreshing about getting out there and covering 3km in a little under 15 minutes. [And by giving a distance and a time that I can manage, REAL runners everywhere laugh at my slow-moving ass].
I know running is not for everybody, but I find it enjoyable and every time I finish a run, especially when I feel like I could go and do it again straight away, I know I still have the measure of this body I’ve been given.
When I run, I have to have music on. I have a cheapo MP3 player used solely for this purpose. It has no screen, just Play, track up/down, and volume up/down. Ain’t gotta be fancy.
Usually, I listen to Rollins. He’s a great motivator, and those albums hit HARD. They make me push myself harder. ROLLINS!
This week, I was rooting around online and found this list on livestrong.com. It contains songs suggested by various workout people and personal trainers as great motivator tracks. They called it “The 20 Most Intense Workout Songs (You Might Not Know).”
Here’s the list:
Guns N’ Roses – Welcome To The Jungle
Tiesto (f. Busta Rhymes) – C’mon (Catch ‘Em By Surprise)
Stone Temple Pilots – Down
Travis Barker, RZA, Raekwon, and Tom Morello – Carry It
Metallica – Enter Sandman
Audioslave – Cochise
Rollins Band – Are You Ready?
Eminem – Mosh
Van Halen – Hot For Teacher
Linkin Park – No More Sorrow
Public Enemy – Lost At Birth
Pantera – Mouth For War
Army Of The Pharaohs – Spaz Out
Coheed And Cambria – Welcome Home
AC/DC – Hell’s Bells
Disturbed – Down With The Sickness
Eminem – Til I Collapse
Kanye West – Power
Rob Zombie – Electrichead Part 1
50 Cent and Eminem – You Don’t Know
For several of these songs (Coheed And Cambria, Tiesto) I know the names of the band but I have never heard their music. I had to look up the Army Of The Pharaohs to even know who it is. So I guess the article’s title was accurate to some degree! But c’mon, who doesn’t know (for example) the G n’ R or Metallica songs?
Also, ROLLINS! There’s no mention that the song they chose for this list is a Thin Lizzy cover, though. And it seems like Eminem is big amongst workout people, eh?
Recently I mentioned that my player was loaded up with old school hip hop. That was a lark, and not my usual fare. I was happy to see Pantera in this list, though. Actually, it has a lot of the rawk. Cool.
My own perfect workout disc is an entire album: Rollins Band – The Only Way To Know For Sure, a 2CD live set. You wanna get pumped up? That record will kick you in the ass. Hard. It lets you know that you are mortal and you have a shit-ton of work to do if you want to get it done in any way even close to the way they got it done that night. DAMN!
But I don’t think I’ve ever tried making a targeted “perfect” workout mix. And I think I must! So, I HAVE A NEW PROJECT! Anyone wanna help? What are your biggest songs that get you pumped up? Drop your favourite motivation tracks into the comments [and if you have a favourite mix you’ve made, let us know all the tracks!]. Let’s see if we can build a KMA-Approved workout mix!
NB. Anybody who mentions Survivor’s Eye Of The Tiger is gonna get raspberried. 😉 Dio’s Stand Up And Shout is definitely a contender, if you ask me.
Alright folks, let’s GIVE ‘ER!