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What's your favorite music to exercise to?
March 18, 2005 7:37 AM   Subscribe

What's your favorite music to exercise to?
posted by barjo to Health & Fitness (36 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
 
Underworld.
posted by everichon at 7:42 AM on March 18, 2005


Metallica.
posted by scratch at 7:42 AM on March 18, 2005


Ska
posted by caddis at 7:51 AM on March 18, 2005


disco
posted by amberglow at 7:57 AM on March 18, 2005


Europe - The Final Countdown. On repeat.
posted by nitsuj at 8:03 AM on March 18, 2005


Shotmaker.

Tears for Fears.

Nas's Illmatic.
posted by saladin at 8:03 AM on March 18, 2005


Big Wreck or Thornley. Ian Thornley's crotch-grabbing frat-rock wall-of-Marshalls set to 11 type goodness is just packed with testosterone, but clever enough to not get boring. Or Orange 9mm, if I feel like pushing it.
posted by remlapm at 8:04 AM on March 18, 2005


Deep techno and booty rap.
posted by Mean Mr. Bucket at 8:05 AM on March 18, 2005


I like angry-ish dance music for this purpose.
posted by mosch at 8:06 AM on March 18, 2005


None.

Exercising is one of the few times during my day when I can focus on just one thing and I prefer to savor it. I consider music during exercise a distraction.
posted by driveler at 8:11 AM on March 18, 2005


It depends on what kind of exercise I'm doing. If it's yoga, I usually prefer ambient, dub, ambient dub, etc. If I'm walking or doing LSD bicycle rides (uh, that's long slow distance), usually books-on-tape. For jogging and more strenuous cycling, either bebop or the kind of modern jazz that's played too darn fast. For hiking, trail running and off-road cycling, I usually opt for no music.
posted by box at 8:13 AM on March 18, 2005


I consider music during exercise a distraction.

Yes, that's sort of the point, no? See, you're exercising, and therefore you need to be distracted from the fact that you're exercising... because it's unpleasant and stuff... not everyone is a masochist enough to "savor" it.

No workout mix would be complete without Revv Me Up, favored by Brock Samson of the Venture Bros. (top link is MP3 download). If it's good enough for Dr. Venture's Swedish murder machine, it's good enough for you!
posted by kindall at 8:25 AM on March 18, 2005


Dixie
posted by Witty at 8:34 AM on March 18, 2005


The stuff listed in this thread.
posted by googly at 8:39 AM on March 18, 2005


It probably sounds weird, but my absolute favorite CD for getting a great cardio workout is Rage Against the Machine's Battle of Los Angeles. I don't usually listen to "angry" rock, but that album really gets the energy up for me.
posted by dicaxpuella at 8:41 AM on March 18, 2005


you're exercising, and therefore you need to be distracted from the fact that you're exercising... because it's unpleasant and stuff... not everyone is a masochist enough to "savor" it.

Some people are -- it's how the president thinks. He has a treadmill installed in Air Force One and runs five miles a day but doesn't even watch television during, because he "gets into the fitness." I think it's indicative of the dial tone which would register, if his brain wave was monitored.

Myself, I'm constantly searching for music (anything, really) which matches my exact running tempo. I've so far compiled four tapes, which I play with a Walkman, while running on the treadmill. This exercise would be impossible otherwise.
posted by Rash at 8:44 AM on March 18, 2005


I've started watching movies while treadmilling. The first time I tried it, on a friend's recomendation, I got so distracted that I walked for an hour and a half (vs my normal 20 minutes). Well, not entirely true. I did know that I was on it for an extended period, it's just that I was so into the movie that it didn't feel monotonous.

OT: Someone recently asked MeFat about weight loss and a few people recommended Fitday for calorie consumption/expenditure tracking (and a whole lot more). Well, a big thanks to everyone who threw that out there because I absolutely love the site. Nothing has helped me more for losing weight than seeing actual daily caloric numbers in vs out, rather than simply guessing and thinking that I was eating 'pretty good'... I found that jounaling everything helped keep me focused and on track. ymmv...
posted by jikel_morten at 8:50 AM on March 18, 2005 [1 favorite]


I think I'm in the minority here, but I like the slowest longest droneyest music I can find when I'm exercising - particularly when running - I get lost in it and easily loose track of time, it's a perfect distraction for me.
posted by soplerfo at 8:52 AM on March 18, 2005


Garbage.
posted by grouse at 8:58 AM on March 18, 2005


My workout mix always includes Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls" - kind of meta-inspirational.
posted by bibliowench at 9:39 AM on March 18, 2005 [1 favorite]


Music to match the Heart-rate. Punk, mostly. See:
Minor Threat, Black Flag, Husker Du, Misfits, Refused, Bad Brains, Bad Religion, The Buzzcocks, The Clash, Superchunk, Wire, Red Monkey, Operation Ivy/Rancid, Anti-Flag, The Ramones, NoMeansNo, Jawbreaker, Minutemen, The Avengers, Ex Models, The Seconds, Gang of Four, Dag Nasty/Down by Law, 7 Seconds, Agent Orange, etc.
posted by safetyfork at 9:54 AM on March 18, 2005


The wretched techno-candy-pop remixes you can get in compilations from TV commercials - they have terrible names like Dance Club Fever and so forth. Dunno why, but they work
posted by angeline at 11:38 AM on March 18, 2005


Dunno why, but they work

Ought to be: Dunno why, but they work. With a period at the end. Because me=jeenyus!
posted by angeline at 11:39 AM on March 18, 2005


Sugar: Copper Blue
posted by davebush at 11:52 AM on March 18, 2005


Rush. Great rhythms to ellipticise to.
posted by pmbuko at 12:20 PM on March 18, 2005


Looker
posted by jacobsee at 12:31 PM on March 18, 2005


I've gotta second caddis' mention of ska--both first generation and Two-Tone, plus a smidgen of the third gen stuff. I've repeatedly noticed that I row a lot faster whenever I'm listening to this music!
posted by kimota at 12:36 PM on March 18, 2005


also was rocking out/jogging to shakira the other day
posted by jacobsee at 12:40 PM on March 18, 2005


DFA compilation #1 and #2.
posted by Quartermass at 12:57 PM on March 18, 2005


Most of the Global Underground sets are good for this sort of thing. They're mostly Trance, with some House.
posted by Who_Am_I at 1:07 PM on March 18, 2005


I like to walk, and find Sir Mix-a-Lot, the long version of "Rapper's Delight," the techno "Knight Rider" remix, the full verision of "The Streetbeater" (Sanford & Son theme), and "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)" by the Monkees really get me stomping good.
posted by mimi at 1:13 PM on March 18, 2005


Elliptical interval training = Dick Dale Tribal Thunder.
posted by cairnish at 2:13 PM on March 18, 2005


Liquid Child!
posted by Lynsey at 2:54 PM on March 18, 2005


When using an MP3 player while cycle-commuting, I would play whatever I felt like listening to when I set off, but I soon noticed that some kinds of music made me chill out and I'd take a nice relaxing cycle, while other kinds would ramp me up and I'd really work hard without even realising it. Either way, it had to be music I really liked - stuff I'd get into, (and for the later) stuff that makes you want to move :)

So, just experiment until you find the music that does the opposite of chill you out. Rammstein was one of mine, but I doubt it's the same from person to person, since I think it's more important that you really like the music and really get into it, than what the name of the band is.

Music from your favourite action movie might have a similar effect :-)
posted by -harlequin- at 3:26 PM on March 18, 2005


Strange, I'll be the first one:

Squarepusher for a long time. But now it's completely the Venetian Snares. Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding is so amazingly perfect, as well as Winter in the Belly of a Snake too. So addicted.
posted by Napierzaza at 4:22 PM on March 18, 2005 [1 favorite]


Definitely Punk Rock. Loud. Fast. Exercise!
posted by raster at 4:41 AM on March 19, 2005


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