Thursday, April 30, 2009

Quest for My Pretty - Songs That Keep ME Going

I don't believe anyone who says machines at the gym are fun - they are work. What's fun is what you're doing while you're on it. For me that's usually listening to music.

During my sessions at the gym I've discovered that I've been adapting certain strategies while working out. The songs that motivate me often have certain themes. Often those themes are best played at specific times during my workout. Here is a broken down list of the themes I've noticed, what songs I play that fall into those categories, and when I play them. I don't guarantee these songs will work for you, or that you'll even have the same taste in music that I do, but hopefully you'll get some enjoyment out of this, dear reader. I'm having fun analyzing myself!

Here's a sample...

Songs To Start With
  • Animals by Nickleback
  • Mercy by Duffy
  • Faster Kill Pussycat by Paul Oakenfold
  • Foxy, Foxy by Rob Zombie
  • Get In The Ring by Guns 'n' Roses
  • That's Not My Name by The Ting Tings
  • Bulls On Parade by Rage Against The Machine
  • Snakes on a Plane by Cobra Starship
Songs That Keep The Pace
  • Stuck In the Middle With You by Stealers Wheel
  • Whisky In The Jar by Metallica
  • Hey Now Now by Michael Franti and Spearhead
  • Tubthumping by Chumbawamba
  • Flake by Jack Johnson
  • Three Little Birds by Bob Marley
  • Hey Man Nice Shot by Filter
  • Headhunter by Front 242
  • Start The Commotion - The Wiseguys
  • Laid by James
There is a subset to this group - songs I happen to find a little sexy. Femminists will hate these selections by whatever - they appeal to my inner video vamp.
  • Pour Some Sugar On Me - by Def Leppard
  • Ragdoll by Aerosmith
  • Show Me How To Live by Audioslave
  • Beat Me by Custom
  • Paralyzer by Finger Eleven
  • Sex Type Thing by Stone Temple Pilots
  • Short Skirt/Long Jacket by Cake
For Some Unkown Reason These Help - I know, I could kill myself
  • Clumsy by Fergie
  • Candy Man by Christina Aguilera
  • Survivor by Destiny's Child

Songs to Play When I'm Frustrated That I'm Still In the Gym - sometimes these songs can be good starters if I'm frustrated by work when I get into the gym already
  • Party Up by DMX
  • Everything About You by Ugly Kid Jo
  • Momma Said Knock You Out by LL Cool J
  • Epic by Faith No More
  • April 29, 1992 (Miami) by Sublime
  • Jump Around by House of Pain
  • Mein Hearts Brennt by Rammstein
  • Wake Up Call by Maroon 5
Songs to Play in An Emergency - the last 10 minutes or so, repeat if going longer that original time estimate
  • Pump It by the Black Eyed Peas - The number one sing I play when I'm in trouble.
  • Play that Funky Music by Wild Cherry
  • You're Gonna Go Far, Kid by The Offspring
  • Supermassive Black Hole by Muse
  • Renegades of Funk by Rage Against The Machine
  • Intergalactic by The Beastie Boys
  • Santeria by Sublime
  • Freedom 90 by George Michael
  • The Other Side by Aerosmith
I'm always looking for more good music so if you have any suggestions, please feel free to let me know in comments!