Workout Power Mix… Not!

Pool Guy has started to play music in the mornings over a loudspeaker on the pool deck. This is why last week I heard Katy Perry and other pop singers whenever I pushed off the wall. (Plus the beep-beep-beep of my Finis Tempo Trainer.)

The high school swim coach/lifeguard/guy who is nice enough to open the pool at 5:30-ish AM has switched up the music during my last couple of trips to the pool. Smooth jazz now serenades me as I recover in the shallow end between sets. While it does make the rest period extra chill, I found myself wishing for something a little more up-tempo. “Maybe a little Public Enemy or Ministry or Rage Against the Machine. Yeah! ‘Killing in the name of . . . UNGH! Yeah!’ That’s the stuff! Of course, most of those songs drop an F-bomb every measure or two, so maybe not. Still . . . Fuck yeah!” And then the lap clock hit the top of the minute and I was off again.

That, of course, got me thinking about the “Workout Power Mix” that I play when I go to the gym or hop on the bike trainer or treadmill. Just for you, I put the playlist on shuffle and recorded it below. What’s your go-to genre when you’re exercising? Anything that always gets you instantly into your workout?

  • Huey Lewis & The News – Hip to Be Square
  • Prototypes – Je ne te connais pas
  • Guns N’ Roses – Welcome to the Jungle
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Isis (listen…)
  • Capella – We Met at a Party (drums and best bike video ever!)
  • Tupac – California Love
  • Jedi Mind Tricks – Terror (NSFW listen…)
  • 50 Cent, Cashis, Eminem & Lloyd Banks – You Don’t Know
  • Vulgaire Machins – Petit patapon
  • The Osborne Brothers and Red Allen – Ruby, Are You Mad? (pretty sweet pickin’)
  • M.O.P. – Ante Up (with muppets)
  • Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
  • Motörhead – Ace of Spades (They totally ripped off Blünt Lancet on this one.)
  • New Order – True Faith
  • Timbaland feat. Nelly Furtado & SoShy – Morning After Dark
  • Lady Gaga – Bad Romance (How does anyone not love this song?!)
  • Les Cowboys Fringants – Tant qu’on aura de l’amour (écoutez…)
  • The Arcade Fire – (Antichrist Television Blues)
  • The Killers – When You Were Young
  • Glasvegas – Geraldine (listen…)
  • Dropkick Murphys – I’m Shipping up to Boston (I know, Lisa Mather. I know. He should be able to get one from the on-ship carpenter, but that wouldn’t make for a good song, would it?)
  • James – Laid
  • The Crystal Method – Name of the Game
  • Croftwork – Peatbog Faeries (listen…)
  • Boyz N Da Hood feat. Yung Joc – We Ready
  • Engrique Iglesias feat. Pitbull – I Like It (Don’t judge me!)
  • 22-20′s – Devil in Me (Unbelievably, I first heard this hard-rocking song in India.)
  • Bedrock feat. KYO – For What You Dream Of (If a workout starts with this song, it’s going to be a great one!)
  • Indigo Girls – Yield
  • L’Algérino, IAM, Pay 4 de la Rime, Chiens de Paille, Bouga, Said & Veust Lyricist – La ronde
  • Dixie Chicks – Goodbye Earl (A murder ballad for the ladies.)
  • Grim Skunk – Vive le Québec libre
  • DJ Khaled feat. Akon, T.I., Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Baby & Lil Wayne – We Takin’ Over
  • Donna Summer – I Feel Love
  • Sam & Dave – Hold On, I’m Comin’
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
  • Tots & The Maytals – 54-46 Was My Number (Et tu, Maggie?)
  • Wolfmother – Woman (Not to be confused with Woman!)
  • Snap! – The Power
  • Camper Van Beethoven – Pictures of Matchstick Men
  • Plasticines – Pas avec toi
  • Nelly Furtado – Powerless (Listen. I mean it; listen to the woman.)
  • Les Cowboys Fringants – Histoire de pêche (écoutez…)
  • Sum 41 – Underclass Hero (Not to be confused with this cheeky cover performed on live TV minutes after the original band sang it.)
  • Tomoyasu Hotei – Battle without Honor or Humanity
  • Wolfmother – Back Round
  • Cindy Lauper – Girls Just Want to Have Fun
  • U2 – Vertigo
  • Elvis Crespo – Suavamente
  • The Cranberries – I Can’t Be with You (Who said it all has to be happy?)
  • Destiny’s Child – Lose My Breath
  • Morrissey – Irish Blood, English Heart
  • The Duke Spirit – The Step and the Walk (listen…)
  • Jedi Mind Tricks – Heavy Metal Kings (I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a more paranoid song.)
  • Sean Kingston – Fire Burning
  • Timbuk 3 – The Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades
  • Jimmy Eat World – Big Casino
  • Public Enemy – Welcome to the Terrordome (Often I’ll just start the workout with this song and then shuffle the list.)
  • Asobi Seksu – New Years (聞く…)
  • The Killers – Somebody Told Me
  • Kaïn – Mexico (écoutez…)
  • A-Ha – The Sun Always Shines on TV
  • Bomba Estéreo – Fuego (¡Escucha!)
  • Weezer – (If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To
  • Sherry Austin – Jolene
  • Van Halen – Why Can’t This Be Love?
  • Dick Dale – Misirlou (With the NSFW “Pulp Fiction” excerpt, natch’)
  • Depeche Mode – Never Let Me Down Again
  • Indochine – Alice & June
  • Belinda – Ni Freud Ni Tu Mama
  • Lenny Kravitz – Are You Gonna Go My Way
  • Rohff – La puissance (écoutez…)
  • Tech N9ne feat. T-Nutty & Sundae – Check Yo Temperature (NSFW listen…)
  • Taio Cruz & Ludacris – Break Your Heart
  • Lee Ann Womack – I’ll Think of Reason Later
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One Response to Workout Power Mix… Not!

  1. mary! says:

    i am super weird and never listen to mixes when i work out. i usually listen to the same full albums – back in the day when i was able to run, i’d always listen to bad religion’s “stranger than fiction” (sometimes i’d switch it up and listen to “against the grain” but it just wasn’t the same). nowadays, when i’m on the elliptical, i listen to the newest foster the people album.

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