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    • CommentTimeOct 26th 2009 edited
    This year I reached a kind of milestone and started doing what I never thought I would do. I put down the potato chips and started exercising regularly. Either I do a regular workout indoors or run a mile or two every other day (sometimes every day). Combined with eating healthier, the results so far have been great.

    But here's the thing. For both the workout and the run, I tend to rely heavily on music to get my ass moving. It can be something contemplative to listen to as I'm running past the Toronto cityscape or something incredibly fast paced that helps get my heart pounding quicker.

    So the question is: Do you folks have any preferences or suggestions for exercise music? Songs, albums, mixes...whatever! I know I certainly wouldn't mind adding something new in to my playlist and you probably won't either.

    Lately what's been getting me moving is this 90s dance mix that I think tacopunch added in the Wedding Music thread.

    Murderbot 90s Dance Mix
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    POWERVIOLENCE makes everything better!

    add some THREATENER to your mix
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    my iPod's "gym" playlist has mostly metal on it. some Slayer, Prong, Mastodon, and a little Ministry does the trick for me.
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    I made this for the CD swap. It should work for exercise.
    • CommentTimeOct 26th 2009
    My workout music is embarassing. The "300" and "Conan" soundtracks, and some bombastic-ass metal.
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2009
    For both the workout and the run, I tend to rely heavily on music to get my ass moving.

    Same here. I go runnin' very often, but it does only work with music. Normally I'll go for something fast, straight forward but still somehow entertainive. If I don't feel like Municipal Waste or Napalm Death it may even be a silly Eurodance Trash-Mix with 2 Unlimited and Scooter once a year.
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2009
    The latest Lamb of God album is pretty good to get you moving, or Architects - Hollow Crown
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2009
    Isis! particularly the tracks 'False Light', 'Hall of the Dead', and 'Threshold of Transformation'

    I also recommend DJ Erb - fairly basic rock/80s/hip hop mashups (I hate that word, sorry), but good to run to..
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2009
    I barely exercise any more due to bike related knee-knack and ankle-gah (save for a weekly game of 5-a-side chase-the-pigs-bladder), but when I'm doing the more vigourous housework chores (the closest I like to get to a gym), the only choice of music for me is 70's Funk. Ass-shaking 70's funk to be exact..
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2009
    i find most "Dance" moves at too slow a pace for me, but i find these albums are brilliant for going for a good hard run...

    The Futureheads - the Futureheads
    At the Drive in - Relationship of command
    LCD Soundsystem - 45:33
    The Generators - From Rust to Ruin
    Leftfield - Leftfield
    Rage Against the Machine - The battle of Los Angeles

    I do also have an 8tracks mix called icelandbob's short sharp shock exercise mix! which you may enjoy!
    • CommentAuthorchenryhen
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2009
    When I force myself to work out, the only way I can get through any kind of cardio/aerobic exercise (weights are fine because you don't really need the attention span) I have to listen/watch something that just completely takes me out of what I'm actually doing. So I tend to favor TED talks and NPR podcasts. Music just isn't distracting enough for me.
    • CommentAuthorAlexGBYMR
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2009
    I've always found that The Bronx - The Bronx II is amazing workout music.
    Also Aesop Rock's Run (All Day) mix/track is pretty good for a long haul, as is the pitchblend of theFREEHoudini by Themselves.
    Minor Threat's Discography is good music to get psyched up to beat the shit out of a punching bag.
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2009
    I've gotten back into jogging the last few weeks, and having the right soundtrack is important for me. If I go for something too high tempo, I tend to match my pace to the pace of the music, and that leads me to burn myself out too fast. These work for me:

    Clutch - Strange Cousins From The West. Nicely driving blues rock riffs here, so it's good for finding my groove.

    The Mars Volta - Frances The Mute. Specifically, track five onwards. Lots of nice, open space-y bits that segue back into some good old fashioned freak out moments - the musical equivalent of an occaisional electric shock to spur me on.

    Flat Earth Society - Psychoscout. Moody, brooding jazz for the most part, but again it cuts loose often enough to give me that extra boost occaisionaly.

    Super Furry Animals - Love Kraft. I love the autumnal feel of this album, so it's great for those misty evenings when the sun is just setting over the sea.

    The same goes for Neil Young's After The Gold Rush. Plus, the steel guitar bit from the end of 'Southern Man' is great for when I'm starting to, ahem, "hit the wall".
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    These sound like an excellent soundtrack for the temporary and ultimately futile maintenence of the body.....

    Throbbing Gristle Heathen Earth

    Autechre Draft 7:30

    Kraftwerk The Man Machine

    Whitehouse Mummy and Daddy
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2009
    65daysofstatic.... good mix of dancey and rocksy
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2009
    Benny Goodman.

    Sometimes, Glenn Miller.

    But there's nothing like "In the Swing" to get you moving.
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    I used to thrash around to Pixies... worked briefly.
    • CommentAuthorMaliarenko
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2009
    It's all about the Girl Talk, for me.

    I just put Feed the Animals and Night Ripper on random. The songs tend to work together well enough to provide seamless music throughout my workout.
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd 2009
    Past few days, i've been going for Queens of The Stone Age. Straight 4 rock and roll and a decent tempo, easy to get into a rhythm with.
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    This is my #1 "hop around to instead of proper exercise" music track

    Floppy - Kimi wa suteki