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Workout Music March 12, 2010

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First, a confession. I have not been to the gym since Monday (although I DID do an hour and a half of dance cardio that night). Between work, moving, getting drunk, being hungover, girls night and getting my hair done, it’s fallen to the bottom of my list. This is kind of unfortunate, because this is my last week at my current gym 😦

That being said, on Saturday (or Sunday, or Monday, whenever I’m in the new ‘hood), I’m joining a new gym. I’m hoping it will be a (mostly) seamless transition. The new place has lots of spinning classes, as well as dance cardio (which is my new thing, methinks). It’s also really busy, I hear. We’ll see how that goes.

Full disclosure: I also just ate half a jelly donut. Feels better to admit that.

Anyway, on to the planned topic: Workout music.

I like music to begin with. People always say, “oh, I’ll listen to anything,” but with a few exceptions (techno, country and death metal), that’s pretty much true for me.

Except when it comes to workout music.

I’ve discovered that I am exceptionally picky when it comes to music that I work out to. I’m not the type of person who can just run to anything, and then have a few “clutch” motivational songs when I start to drag ass. I work out MUCH better if EVERY song is a “clutch” song (which I suppose no longer makes it “clutch” … but whatever). This is especially true if I’m doing a self-spinning class.

I am a huge nerd, but I do a lot of research on music. I usually go to other health/fitness web sites (because they usually have playlists), review the lists (and the comments!), and then listen to the songs on Grooveshark before purchasing them on iTunes. Nerd, I know.

And then, I don’t listen to any of this music (even though I love most of it) unless I’m at the gym. I sort of treat it as a reward. “You want to listen to your favorite music/crappy pop songs? Get thee to the gym.” It seems to work (this week excluded). This even worked on the cruise in January!

My preferred music tends to have a heavy beat or just be SUPER catchy (but beat is paramount). Traditional super-clutch songs include “The Hand that Feeds” by NIN (just give it a chance), “Bombs over Baghdad” by Outkast, “Maneater” by Nelly Furtado and “Bleed it Out” by Linkin Park.

I’m always on the hunt for good new songs. Any ideas for me? 🙂

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