I don’t know anyone who works out that doesn’t listen to some music while they’re doing so… in fact, there is so little people interacting with each other at the Gold’s Gym I go to, I sometimes wonder if anyone really goes there because they want to. What I’m saying about that they probably want to workout at home… but that isn’t what this column is about… this column is about work out music!
I’m what you might call a mixmaster. I create “mix tapes” of music that I like listening to and quite often that spills into things like workout music. In fact, I’ve curated two “workout albums” of music that I’d like to share with you and let you know that I’ve started working on a third one… but let’s not get ahead of myself.
My musical collections are known as “Pumped,” which gets me pumped up and ready to go just reading the title. On Pumped (volume 1), I have a collection of music that really gets me motivated to lift some weights. Golden Dawn by Ministry is a nice “wrestling theme music” style song to build me up and leads off my swing. Next comes Good Vibrations by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, and if you’re laughing, just think about how energetic the music is and don’t listen to the lyrics while you’re working out you have nothing to laugh at. I’m Bad by LL Cool J, followed by Bangarang by Skrillex, and Right Round by Flo Rida are next in line and just rocking enough to keep you through the “initial rush” of the beginning. You’re then treated to Cowboys from Hell by Pantera, More Human Than Human by White Zombie, Pound the Alarm by Nicki Minaj, Welcome to the Jungle by Guns and Roses, and Go Cut Creator by LL Cool J are the “pump back up” you need to get through towards the end portion of your workout… you’ll be waning a bit by this time but don’t stop, and that’s what the music is designed to do. Applause by Lady Gaga, Turn Me On by David Guetta and Nicki Minaj, Starships by Nicki Minaj, and I Don’t Wanna Stop by Ozzy Osbourne round out the music.
I won’t delve into the second list of music in this column but I want you to know that group is designed for a different reason. Pumped is different from Pumped 2 because I wanted them to achieve different ends. What do you want your music to achieve? Staying energetic is important, especially if you’re going solo, and if you’re at home then it’s even more so important. There is so much that you need to think about so you don’t have to think when you’re working out.
If your thing is country music, I’d go with the more “rocking” country music. If you like rap, I’d suggest going with the heavy and faster beat rap. If you’re like me, and you like a little bit of metal with some electronic sounding stuff, I’d start putting together this list and see how it works for you. Let me know, too. I’d like to see if my music works for others, too.