Ours Is Not To Question Y

Recently, we've started going back to the gym again. I'm always surprised at how much better I feel—about myself, about life in general, about everything—when I get into the groove of doing regular exercise, and I'm always even more surprised at how this mind-boggling revelation strikes me anew every single time. Should there not come a point when my body figures out that it needs to send a continuous message to my brain that says "just keep doing this, don't stop, you like it when your jeans fit, remember?" Because mine doesn't do that. Mine is all "just keep doing this, don't st—oooh, donuts!"

And then I forget to exercise for, like, an entire season of the Real Housewives of Wherever and the YMCA gets a handsome amount of money every month for me to sit at home and make ever-larger butt dents in my couch cushions.

Yes, I go to the YMCA. Are you picturing me doing the Village People dance right now, maybe dressed up like a fireman or a construction worker? Trust me, I picture it every time I walk in the door; I can't help it, I grew up going to Club Med for my vacations, my brain just wants to make that association. Really, though, on the gym bearability scale, the Y is right up my alley; it is basically just me and a bunch of old people, so there is really no "scene" whatsoever, unless you count the scene I want to make every time I witness an octagenerian exercising in shorts and penny loafers. Honestly, sir, I am as impressed as you are that you're lapping me on the treadmill right now, but what do you say we look into getting you some of those new-fangled "sneakers" the kids are all wearing these days, hmm?

I know you think I'm kidding about all the old people at my gym, so here is a poster that I spotted recently on the communal notice board:

At first glance, I was all "Whoa, a sock hop! What wacky, ironic fun! I will pull out my poodle skirt, daddy-o!", but when my eyes scrolled down a little further, I saw that the next line said "4pm to 6pm in the Senior Annex" and I had the slow and decidedly crushing realization that this wasn't going to be one of those novelty hipster parties where everyone wears their vintage store finest and uploads pictures to Facebook the next day showing how well-suited their face shape is to Buddy Holly glasses.

No, this sock hop at the YMCA was clearly targeted at people who ACTUALLY WOULD HAVE POODLE SKIRTS TO PULL OUT. And not ones purchased at the Alameda Flea Market.  

(Actually, I tell a lie, it's not all old people at my gym; there are about seven squazillion children as well. So basically it's just people born at the beginning of the 20th century and people born at the beginning of the 21st, and no-one but me and Sean in between. )

Easing back in to working out, I've found that often the only thing that'll get me excited about slogging my way through thirty minutes on the elliptical machine is the promise that I'll get to listen to some music really, really loud. I like anything with a good beat, obviously—helps to push your pace even faster as you're flinging your body up and down; when I exercise, I like to turn myself into a human metronome—and also anything where it sounds like the drummer just had a really awful day and has been told by his therapist to channel that anger into beating the shit out of the drums. This is why I find most of the National's oeuvre to be perfect workout music—that drummer has to be the hardest-working man in the music business—with a particular emphasis on "Abel," which has never not pushed me to run or row or cycle or ellipti....cize (?) as hard as I possibly can.

Other favorite workout songs include "Love Me Like You" by the Magic Numbers; "Hey Ya" by Outkast; WHAT, NO, I DID NOT SAY I LISTENED TO SHAKIRA,WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT (so that would be "Whenever, Wherever," by Shakira then); "Fangela" by Here We Go Magic, and a smattering of Jay-Z (who, if you will remember, became my new boyfriend last New Year's Eve.) Also, I am not above saying that I have been hugely motivated by that "F*ck You" song by Cee-Lo Green, but that was only the once, and it was right after Sean and I had just had a huge fight in the gym parking lot, and I found myself WISHING HE WAS RUNNING ON THE TREADMILL IN FRONT OF ME so I could stare at the back of his head while mentally singing along with the lyrics of the song. (Real mature, yes. That is how I roll.) (Don't worry, we made up shortly afterwards, and now we laugh about how I wanted to HATE LIP SYNC at him in the gym.)

All this is to say—and I'm sure you know where this is going—that, in order to stick faithfully to this gym routine I've got going, I find myself in need of some new workout music. The other day, I used the Pandora app on my phone for the first time and found a station called "Pop and Hip Hop Power Workout Radio," which, cumbersome name aside, was basically the equivalent of watching The Hills while inside a nightclub, and while I have not been in a nightclub since 1996*, I discovered that the sort of music they play in there is basically exactly what I need to move super, super fast. I even have a favorite song from this Pandora channel now, and it is the grammatically problematic "Where Them Girls At?', the chorus of which goes—you guessed it—"Where them girls at? Where them girls at?" (When I am feeling particularly ill-tempered, I like to answer back to this singer in my head. "Well, where do you think they are?" I seethe. "They're at the YMCA, you idiot, busting their asses on the elliptical machine.")

* I just realized that this isn't true. While I did indeed inhabit nightclubs in 1996, my most recent foray into one was in January of this year, during my former company's offsite marketing meeting in Las Vegas. I am not exaggerating when I say that a group of us walked in, saw one co-worker grinding on another co-worker and....walked right back out again. Ah, the mental pictures your brain tries so hard to erase!

Anyway, let me end this here by saying that I'd love if you wanted to let me know your favorite workout song, the one that pushes you to go faster and keeps you going and always makes you step it up a notch. Let's make it loud and fast and entirely impossible to stand still for. I won't tell about the Shakira if you won't.

Oct 07, 2011

Viva la vida - Coldplay and Is it any wonder - Keane. And, of course, the Black Eyed Peas.

Oct 07, 2011

Janelle Monae's Tightrope is entirely responsible for my not being able to walk for two days. It is such a compelling running song that I kept putting it on repeat, entirely forgetting about the fact that I hadn't run in months and was supposed to be doing intervals. I clocked my fastest 5k time since 2007 - totally worth the subsequent bandy-legged hobble.

Rachel B
Oct 07, 2011

Rock Your Body by Justin Timberlake, anything by *NSYNC, anything from Kylie Minogue's Fever album, and I Turn to You by Melanie C. Apparently I like to pretend I'm working out in 2002.

Oct 07, 2011

I go Old Skool! I have a 90's mix which has lots of cheesy Euro-pop like No limits!

Oct 07, 2011

Anything by the Foo Fighters, several Muse or Editors songs, and shhh, but some Girls Aloud songs too. Those girls got me round the last few miles of the Great North Run!

Domesticated Gal
Oct 07, 2011

U+Ur Hand by Pink.

And I am so glad I'm not the only one in love with working out at the Y. Except in the summer. When all the college lifeguards are home for the summer and decide to live at the gym when not stretching out their XXS bathing suits poolside. Skinny bitches. Bet they couldn't save my 37lb toddler if I accidentally pushed him in the shallow end, now could they?

Kate in Ohio
Oct 07, 2011

I can't help but move when I hear Ricky Martin's Livin' La Vida Loca. Or that other one that i can't remember the name of. And no, I am not proud of this.

Oct 07, 2011

I rarely say this out loud, but I listen to lots of Britney, Eminem, and Franz Ferdinand at the gym.

Oct 07, 2011

I rarely say this out loud, but I listen to lots of Britney, Eminem, and Franz Ferdinand at the gym.

Oct 07, 2011

I need some new music too! But LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem is pretty awesome to add to your playlist

Oct 07, 2011

My favorite song on the treadmill these days is Marchin On - Timbaland ft. OneRepublic. The louder it is, the more effective it is :)

Oct 07, 2011

While I never thought I'd own a Shakira song either, I find that 'Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)' is quite a good motivator while on the elliptical. Also 'Hot and Cold' by Katy Perry and what all the kids are listening to these days, 'Pumped Up Kicks' by Foster the People.

Oct 07, 2011

Shake It by Metro Station, giving up the gun by vampire weekend, magdelena by branding flowers, royal blue and bulldozer (2 songs) by cold war kids, soy by gypsy kings. Eclectic but upbeat.

Oct 07, 2011

I'm loving "Pumped up Kicks" by Foster the People right now. It's got a good and steady beat ---- great for getting into a rhythm on the elliptical.

Oct 07, 2011

I'm definitely in the same boat as you with preferring a cheesy-but-fast-paced mix for working out. (I also like to name my workout playlists amusing things like "Buns n' Runs," "Asstastic" and "The Runs" - anything to distract me from the fact that I'm about to hurl my body on a moving conveyor belt for 30 straight minutes). Here are some of my favorite songs right now:

- Lil Wayne I Got No Ceilings - (a much better take on I've Got A Feeling)
- Kanye & Jay Z Ni@#az in Paris
- Kanye West Monster
- Nicki Minaj Super Bass
- Nicky Minaj Check it Out

Also, anything by Girl Talk is a good bet, though I have to warn you that it sometimes makes you try to figure out how to sneak little dance moves into the middle of an elliptical rotation. Which one day will result in me falling off the elliptical, I'm sure, but it's still worth it.

Oct 07, 2011

At the moment? Don't Stop the Party by The BEP.

Oct 07, 2011

At the moment? Don't Stop the Party by The BEP.

Oct 07, 2011

Oh! And multiple Lady Gaga songs like "Hair." Rivals "waka waka"in terms of lyrical poetry but excellent. And Britney too. Love (but only in the gym!).

Oct 07, 2011

I take Zumba classes so basically anything latin at this point. Pitbull, J Lo or Enrique. Oh and Proud Mary as a warm up song.

Oct 07, 2011

I take Zumba classes so basically anything latin at this point. Pitbull, J Lo or Enrique. Oh and Proud Mary as a warm up song.

Oct 07, 2011

Enter Sandman by Metallica is my current favorite.

Oct 07, 2011

We Used to be Friends by the Dandy Warhols; Moneygrabber by Fitz and the Tantrums; Helena Beat by Foster the People; and especially Get Some by Lykke Li.

Oct 07, 2011

"Train in Vain" by the Clash. It's got an awesome beat and is just really fast and loud and fun; perfect for working out.

Oct 07, 2011

Next hate lip sync song-Pink, So What...excellent to run to.

Also try Arcade Fire, Everything's Magic or U2 and Green Day, The Saints are Coming (holla end of 20th century teens!)

Oct 07, 2011

Sun Shower by Busdriver

Oct 07, 2011

I have quite a wide range of music on my workout play-list. One rediscovered song comes to mind fits well with your post . . . No Scrubs by TLC. I purchased it in the middle of the first season of Real Housewives of Atlanta (which I must say is the only season of RHW Atlanta I could tolerate watching).

Oct 07, 2011

"Panic Switch" by Silversun Pickups
"When I'm Small" by Phantogram
"Little Secrets" by Passion Pit
"Every Night is Friday Night (Without You)" by Old 97s
"Do What You Want" by OK Go.

Good luck!

Oct 07, 2011

I love the song "Selfish Jean" by Travis, throw in some No Doubt, some rap, some Eminem. And I love the Y! It's the only place around here with an indoor pool. I go during the day so I can mostly avoid the millions of children.

Oct 07, 2011

Silent Shout by The Knife. Even if I hear it while driving or otherwise being forced to be still, in my mind I whip up some wild choreography. It's so fun.

Oct 07, 2011

Anything and everything by GirlTalk. Remixes are good for a short attention span, too!

Oct 07, 2011

Hey Rosetta, "Red Heart"!

Oct 07, 2011

An oldie but goodie, "Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen never, ever fails to get me moving.

Oct 07, 2011

Give "The Cave" by Mumford & Sons a try. It sounds a little weird, but the tempo changes and instruments are ridiculously motivating. The end of that song could probably get me across nearly any finish line or to the end of any workout.

Oct 07, 2011

This might be way off the mark, but the song that always makes me feel like jogging in place is "Goin' Against Your Mind" by Built to Spill. I also have the strange idea that I'd love to work out to Elastica and Wild Flag just by doing tons of pogoing and high kicks and air punches. That's a workout, right?

If you want something poppier and dancier, Cut Copy's Zonoscope album seems about right.

(Related: I'm headed to the shops at lunch today to buy a jump rope. Two months of living in a driving society and working from home have not been kind to my hips and thighs.)

Oct 07, 2011

A few items from my own playlist:

"America, F**k Yeah!" from Team America
"Antmusic" by Adam & the Ants
"Atom Bomb" by Fluke
"B.O.B" by Outkast
"Black Cat Bone" by Laika
"Blind" by Hercules and Love Affair
"Count Five Or Six" by Cornelius
"Don Gon Do It" by The Rapture
"High Drama" by Timo Maas
"I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked" by Ida Maria
"Leeds United" by Amanda Palmer
"Pot Kettle Black" by Tilly & The Wall
"Pure Pleasure Seeker" by Moloko

Oct 07, 2011

Perhaps to balance out the "hate lip syncing" you should try...
"I Believe in a Thing Called Love" by The Darkness
"Best of my Love" by the Emotions (circa 1977, it's wonderful!)
"You've got the Love" by Florence and the Machines

(Is it strange that I make playlists themed around words or phrases? What is wrong with me.)

Operation Pink Herring
Oct 07, 2011

Hang on while I dust off my workout playlist. It, uh, hasnt been used in a while.
Major Tom by Shiny Toy Guns
Zero by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Stadium Love by Metric
Heads Will Roll by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Ambling Alp by Yeahsayer
Bulletproof by La Roux

Oct 07, 2011

Infadels - Love Like Semtex
Robert Randolf - Ain't Nothing Wrong With That
Kate Nash - Do Wah Doo
Macy Gray/Velvet Revolver - Kissed It
Beast - Mr. Hurricane
Fort Minor - Remember The Name
Jason Walker - Won't Stop Getting Better

Oct 07, 2011

Temperature - Sean Paul
Firework - Katy Perry
Crazy In Love - Beyonce
Yeah 3x - Chris Brown
Move Like Jagger - Maroon5

So different than what I listen to during non-running hours.

Oct 07, 2011

"Dog days are over" by Florence and the Machine, "Just Can't Get Enough" by the Black Eyed Peas and E.T. by Katy Perry.

Oct 07, 2011

Oh my lands, I love the YMCA. Mine is only full of old people. Even in the mornings there are usually only four of five other kids in the childcare place and all of the old people just DIE looking at the girls. I am telling you, if I am having a down morning? I just go to the Y and let people fawn over my children and then TAKE THEM FROM ME while I listen to music and check Twitter for an hour on the treadmill. That right there is the swindle of the century.

Anyway. I listen to Pandora but I am partial to the Teen Pop station (though I will now be checking yours out). I am too lazy to upload my iPhone with actual music that I own. Wow. That's really lazy, isn't it?

Oct 07, 2011

I Have Patience by Butterflies of Love
The Good Life by Weezer
Take it Easy by Bright Eyes
Machine Head by Bush

Oct 07, 2011

The Killers... All These Things That I've Done.

Ari Marsh
Oct 07, 2011

Always Black Eyed Peas/Fergie. But also:

Funny Little Feeling by Rock 'n' Roll Soldiers
To Hell with Good Intentions by McLusky
Handguns and Second Chances by Senses Fail

Oh, Shakira.

Oct 07, 2011

Bubbles by Biffy Clyro. I've never been to the gym (they used to intimidate me at university so I've still not been to one) but when our trapeze teacher makes us do hanging sit ups and the like, this is a good song to do them to.

" I'm always even more surprised at how this mind-boggling revelation strikes me anew every single time" - me too, I just got back into the groove and am now kicking myself that I didn't start much earlier.

I actually just posted my October playlist yesterday if you want to check it out - lots of high energy and dance :)

Oct 07, 2011

Love me some Girl Talk at the gym.


Really inspired mash-ups. I like the variety and short bursts - life shuffle without the weird albums you forgot you put on your ipod.

Oct 07, 2011

I feel kind of meh about Metric in general, but 'Combat Baby' makes me want to run and run and run every single time I hear it. And I don't ever run, like, at all.

Laura B.
Oct 07, 2011

Firework by Katy Perry. Yes, I know its WAY overplayed, but it still makes me up the speed on my elliptical every single time it comes on.

Oct 07, 2011

Citadel by the Cruxshadows and The Bomb by Neuroticfish. Those both make me treadle like there is no tomorrow; depending on the mix!

Oct 07, 2011

- anything by Junior Senior (which also happens to be a nice pun on the population of your Y)
- Bodhisattva by Steely Dan
- Could You Be Loved by Bob Marley
- Gamma Ray by Beck
- Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) by Arcade Fire
- Blitzkrieg Bop by the Ramones
- So Begins our Alabee by Of Montreal
- Too Too Too Fast by Ra Ra Riot
- Girlfriend is Better by the Talking Heads

I can't think of more! I have so many that they are overwhelming the center of my brain that makes my fingers type and are bottlenecking between my ears in a big, fat, drum-driven cacophony.

Oct 07, 2011

I just dropped in to tell you that the person who illustrated the sock hop poster is the same one that did all the illustrations on the menstrual information pamphlets that were passed out to the girls in sixth grade.

Oct 07, 2011

I love me some dance music when I'm at the gym. It's a secret shame! Take Over Control by Afrojack, I'm in Da House by Steve Aoki, Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO, and anything with David Guetta keep me going on the treadmill and elliptical even when I'm spent.

Oct 07, 2011

I have thrown myself off the elliptical machine to "Speak Like a Child" by Style Council.....try it - very fun to be very dramatic

Oct 07, 2011

Definitely Eminem. "Lose Yourself" has a particularly fun to chase with your feet type beat, and it never fails to push me a little harder when it pops up on my playlist.

Jay-Z's "Moment of Clarity" is another fave, as is the techno-funky version of "Let Me Clear My Throat." (Why no, I'm not embarrassed to have just admitted that last one to the Internet, not at all!) :)

And you should know that I laughed out loud at your description of that song title as "grammatically problematic." Classic.

Oct 07, 2011

Harder, better, faster, stronger. -Daft Punk.

It's bleeding obvious this one. Great motivator.

Oct 07, 2011

Foo fighters. Monkey Wrench, Pretender, Everlong, Rope, Bridge Burning, My Hero... those guys make you GO.

Kristin H
Oct 07, 2011

Can't go too far wrong with Flogging Molly! "Devil's Dance Floor" comes to mind.


Girl Talk! Any album... they're all amazing to get you PUMPED up. Oh, yeah.

Oct 07, 2011

Mine runs heavy on ska music - Dance Hall Crashers, Toast, MMB, etc. The beats are fast and pretty similar song to song so you can get into a groove. Any song by the Ramones and Guns-n-Roses from AFD (Sweet Child, yes!). If you haven't checked out the some of mashed up remixes, you should. Nothing like a little Jay Z mixed with Billy Joel. A personal favorite is Evacuate the Dance Floor, Cascadia(?) I built a Pandora station from that song and it is awesome.

Oct 07, 2011

Tight pants/Body rolls by Leslie Hall. It's my go to tune during long runs when I need a boost. Vessel of shimmy.

Nothing But Bonfires
Oct 07, 2011

Chris, "Evacuate the Dance Floor" is my SECOND favorite song on my teenybopper Pandora station! I think it's played me about five different remixes so far, and I love it. In a totally ironic, only-for-the-gym way, of course.

Oct 07, 2011

If you tell anyone I said this, I will just deny it. "On the Dancefloor" - David Guetta featuring Will.I.Am & Apl De Ap. It's about as cerebral as it sounds.

Oct 07, 2011

Ted Leo - Me and Mia. it seems wrong to listen to a song about his eating disorders while working out (I swear I'm not bulimic!) but it's very upbeat and catchy.

Oct 07, 2011

So, so with you on F*ck You and Hey Ya and generally on hip hop that was cool in my twenties - you might try Britney's Toxic, Justin's Sexback, Beyonce's Crazy in Love.

Yay for the elliptical and the awesome moods that come from getting on it regularly!

Oct 07, 2011

I don't have any specific recommendations since the only exercise I do is rock out in the car, but I just found out about http://jog.fm/ today. Put in the time it takes you to run a mile (or your aspirational time) and it gives you songs with the right beat/min count to keep you on track. I was even honest with it and put in a 15 min/mile, and I got some great stuff: Rock Your Body by Justin Timberlake, Suddenly I See by KT Tunstall.

Oct 07, 2011

MJ! 'pyt' and the like ... also "3" by brittney spears, that's my RUN song.

Oct 07, 2011

You're So Damn Hot - OKGO
Raise Your Glass - Pink
Rill Rill - Sleigh Bells
Crazy In Love - Beyonce/Jay-Z
Like a G6 - Far East Movement

Oct 07, 2011

Ha! You are hilarious, always!

So, my favorite gym songs:

Here It Goes Again by OK Go (this is amazing for sprinting at the end of a treadmill workout)

Just Fine by Mary J Blige

Dirt of Your Shoulder by your boyfriend (but you have to turn up the music when he says to, and brush your shoulders off when he says 'ladies are pimps, too.' I like to do this and pretend I'm just adjusting my sports bra or wiping away some sweat

Crazy in Love by your boyfriend's wife

Breathe, Stretch, Shake by Mase

Booty Bounce by Dev

Bass Down Low by Dev

The New Workout Plan by Kanye West

Blowin' Me Up (With Her Love) by JC Chasez (I know. I KNOW)

Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne and Lil Mama

Kids in America by the Muffs

Loser Like Me by the Glee Cast

More Bounce in California by Soul Kid #1

Ms. New Booty by Bubba Sparxxx

Raise your Glass by P!nk

Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind

I have lots more but I'll stop for now! Now I want to go for a run! Or eat ice cream. Probably ice cream.

Oct 07, 2011

Okay, you need to read my other favorite blog - Julia is talking about the same thing:


And then you two need to blog talk or something because I think you would both enjoy each other's blogs immensely (since I enjoy both of yours so much =)

And, hey, I understand the hate lip sync - really!

Oct 08, 2011

My workout playlist is constantly evolving. These days I enjoy Drumming Song by Florence + The Machine and, yeah, The National. Classics on my list are:
the Daft Punk live record from 2004 (especially Touch it/Technologic), almost any Placebo (see Meds, Special K). Also, Shantel's Balkan mixes are super energetic and fun.

Oct 08, 2011

Raise your glass - Pink
A Wish for Something More - Amy MacDonald
Good Life - OneRepublic gets me up that last mile long hill before home
Rock & Roll - Eric Hutchinson
Some Days You Gotta Dance - Dixie Chicks
Faster - Matt Nathanson
A little Less Conversation - Elvis Presley
Barrowland Ballroom - Amy MacDonald
Animal- Neon Trees

Now off to see what others have suggested so I can add to my playlist....

Oct 08, 2011

I also work out at the Y. There are plenty of kids and old folks. There are also lots of men who live at the YMCA, so that's an interesting mix, too.

I'm a fan of "Sour Cherry" by the Kills. Great beat for the eliptical!

Staci Magnolia
Oct 08, 2011

The Paul Oakenfold remix of Maroon 5/Rihanna's "If I Never See Your Face Again". I don't typically like techno-y but this is super well done; and you will want to MOVE.

Oct 08, 2011

i love this game! I am so much more motivated to work out if I know I have a good playlist waiting for me :)

Arcade Fire -- Keep the Car Running
The Avett Brothers -- Matrimony
Bob Dylan: Subterranean Homesick Blues
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah-- This Home on Ice
The Helio Sequence-- Keep Your Eyes Ahead
Jimmy Eat World -- A Praise Chrous
My Morning Jacket-- One Big Holiday
Peter Bjorn and John-- Young Foiks
The Thermals-- A Pillar of Salt, How We Know, No Culture Icons
Wild Flag-- Romance, Future Crimes
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Man, Tick, Pin, Honeybear, Black Tongue, Date With the Night

**I probably have at least five pounds of weight loss that I can attribute entirely to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs-- if you can handle the batshit crazy (but charming!) things flying out of Karen O's mouth, they will speed you up every time.

Leslie Anne
Oct 08, 2011

A topic close to my heart! I'm always updating my workout jams! My tried and true power songs are:

Rocks Off-The Rolling Stones
Born This Way-Lady Gaga
Think-Lyn Collins
When I Come Home-Sharon Jones & The Dap-King

Hot Pants-James Brown, gets me through any stair climb!

I feel I should also point out the my running playlist is titled: Run Bi**h, Run.

Oct 09, 2011

Definitely Florence + the Machine, especially "Cosmic Love" and "Dog Days Are Over." And Flogging Molly, for sure!

Oct 09, 2011

You can't judge because it's only workout music, right? So Rihana is really helping me run, as well as a french band called BB brunes. Besides them, I like most Garbage/Pink/she wants revenge songs for that. Can't think of many brazilian bands though.. Maybe Raimundos, Pitty or Monobloco. Hope it helps, I googled "workout songs" many times but never found anything that really worked for me.

Oct 09, 2011

I'm with Shannon: Foo Fighters makes me MOVE. I generally end up pogo-ing around the house to Monkeywrench whilst sweeping. Junior Senior is also a 100% guaranteed motivator.

Oct 09, 2011

I work out at the Y too. On the weekends its basically younger families. My husband gets all the old people work-out buddies since he works from home and can hit the gym at 2pm with the Matlock crowd.

I have an INSANELY great work-out mix. Some are here:http://elzabelz.blogspot.com/2010/08/i-like-to-move-it-move-it.html

New favorites are: Nicki Minaj (LOVE her stuff)
My Chick Bad-Ludacris
Break Ya Neck- Busta
Careless Whisper- Seether

Pretty sure NONE of them counted on me in their demographics. Whatever, I like to jam when I work-out!

Venita Michelle
Oct 09, 2011

SO SO SO bad, but...Get Your Roll On by Big Tymers.

Oct 10, 2011

Follow Me by Breaking Benjamin turned up really loud

Oct 10, 2011

Rolling in the Deep and Rumour Has It by Adele. Shake a Tail Feather by Tina Turner. Highway to the Danger Zone (I love you Maverick!) and the Rocky theme/Eye of the Tiger always get the job done.

Pickles & Dimes
Oct 10, 2011

I never listen to him otherwise, but Rob Zombie. Lots and lots of Rob Zombie.

Michelle Duke
Oct 10, 2011

Right now I am loving the Indie Dance Radio station on Pandora. It is definitely helping me stay on the elliptical for 30 minutes or until my toes go numb which always happens to me on that machine.


This whole post cracked me up.

It also made me feel bad, because I'm sitting here drinking a sidecar cocktail (1 1/2 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice, 1/8 c. brandy, 1 Tbsp. Cointreau, shaken over ice and poured into a chilled, sugar-rimmed martini glass and garnished with a brandied cherry -- mmmmmm). I'm NOT working out.

Except maybe my liver.

Ironically, your description of the kids at the gym made me want to take another sip. Way to enable.


Oct 11, 2011

OMG. I get so excited about listening to Hot Chip while I run, that I actually run along with a big grin on my face. While RUNNING. And I have to try really, really hard not to sing along and dance as I run (some really enthusiastic arm-pumping does happen).

I just love them so much! And their name is nothing if not motivating.

Their whole oeuvre is great, but especially:
One Pure Thought
No Fit State
I Feel Better

Oct 11, 2011

I'm so glad someone else works out to Leslie Hall! In addition to Body Rolls, Blame the Booty is a great workout song too.

Bulletproof by La Roux is a little cheesy, but is really motivating!

Have you heard of The Herbaliser? They're great, especially Amores Bongo and Can't Help This Feeling.

Oct 12, 2011

Anything by Robyn!

Oct 13, 2011

My workout playlist always has a combo of the usual poppy stuff: Britney, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, and BEP; plus assorted hip hop (currently, Lupe Fiasco and Wiz Khalifa); faves like Florence + The Machine, and Mumford + Sons, plus my favorite appropriately paced songs of the moment from other genres.

A few randoms from this summer:
Grace Potter + The Nocturnals - Paris
Chris Brown + Benny Benassi - Beautiful People
All Time Low - I Feel Like Dancing
Hellogoodbye - Here (In Your Arms)

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