Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Me Against the Music?

I love music.  This should not be confused with: I have musical ability.  I am tone-deaf, and unable to play any instrument (I tried the clarinet - I know...what was I thinking?!? - and the guitar, which I am still sad that I didn't stick with).  I believe music will help you get through just about any task and/or duty faster, and with a better attitude.  I have a slight addition to iPods, and have given many of my dollars to Apple.  I should really consider buying stock.  I believe music (or TV when it is available...but we are talking about music, now) is an absolute necessity when exercise is taking place!

Apparently the music sounds better if you really arch your back?  You should also always wear your iPod on your butt.

I was reading through my Health magazine (shout out to Chauncey for getting me the subscription) the other day, and found a snippet about this very topic.  It said that people who listen to music with moderate-high beats per minute (bpm) were able to work out longer, and exert more energy.  A moderate bpm count caused a 15% greater output of endurance than those listening to no music (I suspect the "no music" group also included the poor people listening to the Musak that is piped through the speakers at the gym.  It typically has the same effect as a tranquilizer dart, and causes about the same amount of motivation.  Who puts their lists together?  They are awful...sorry - done ranting...back to the topic).  It said there is an iTunes Plug-in called Tangerine! that would help with the creation of play lists.  (I haven't checked it out, yet - but will be in the near future)

This got me thinking about creating my ultimate workout play list - something I have considered many times, but never gotten around to doing.  Different music motivates different people (shout out to my BiL who listens to Monster Ballads while he pumps iron) in different ways - - but I thought I would share some of my selections with you.  Hopefully they help keep you moving!!

  • SexyBack by Justin Timberlake (it is like the SDtS theme song!)
  • Eye of the Tiger by Survivor (the beginning alone will make you feel like you can kick ass!!)
  • Say Hey (I Love You) by Michael Frati & Spearhead (I just love this song!)
  • Suavamente by Elvis Crespo (I can't understand one word, but I kind of love it)
  • Kerosene by Miranda Lambert (she is just awesome - and who doesn't like a good song about revenge to pump them up?)
  • Ice, Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice (ridiculous/guilty pleasure)
  • Sin Wagon by Dixie Chicks (it played at the start of my 4th set of calf raises, and saved me)
  • Only the Good Die Young by Billy Joel (come on!  It's Billy Joel!)
  • Lido Shuffle by Boz Scaggs (also makes a great karaoke choice)
  • Cup of Life by Ricky Martin (Do you really want it?!??!??!!!)
  • You Can't Hurry Love by the Supremes (it is true...you can't)
  • Humpin' Around by Bobby Brown (enjoy Bobby before he went crazy)
  • Rub You The Right Way by Johnny Gill (what you've been missin'...in a man...)
  • Poison by Bell Biv Devoe (might as well get another New Addition alum in here)
  • Dip It Low by Christina Milian (try not to move to this....)
  • Karma Chameleon by Culture Club (it's like you're back at the roller rink)
  • Bailamos by Enrique Iglesias (embrace your inner Latina/Latino) 
  • What Was I Thinkin' by Dierks Bentley (I love him)
  • Shake Your Ass by Eminem (well....shake it!!)
  • Low by FloRida (especially good when you're doing squats?)
  • Stutter (remix) by Joe and Mystikal (Fantastic!)
  • One Woman Man by George Jones (oldie but goodie)
  • Now That We Found Love by Heavy D & The Boyz (remember how you moved at your high school dance?)
  • Yeah! by Usher (it is just so good!)
What song(s) always makes you want to move??


  1. Thanks for posting your list - I'm definitely going to incorporate some of those goodies into my new workout playlist! Bel Biv Divoe - now you know.

  2. Love your list Nat! But I tend to slow dance to Eminem, so I may have to leave that off the list.

  3. LOL to this post and the comments!!! I also would add Fighter by Christina, Miss Independent by Kelly Clarkson, and "Ain't nothin gonna breaka my stride" by God knows who!! I'll be updating my playlist this weekend!

  4. Get Up by Ciara is my most played on my i-pod. It makes me so happy! Get It Shawty by Lloyd and Miss Independent by Ne-Yo are good. Just Fine by Mary J. Blige is mighty empowering to me!


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