20-Somethings - Motivating Workout Music

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04-30-2008, 10:28 PM
So tonight I hopped on the treadmill with my ipod. I know, not a foreign idea by any stretch of the imagination, but for some reason I tend to forget I own an ipod. I have a CD player in my car and *gasp* still play CDs vs. satellite/radio. Whenever I'm at the gym I'm with my work out buddy so we're always talking or watching TV.

I hit shuffle and Paul Van Dyk's "Time of Our Lives" came on (you can look up the vid on youtube). OMG What an amazing song! It so made my night and was a COMPLETE motivation.

What songs really get you going while you're working out?!

Apple Cheeks
05-01-2008, 04:57 AM
I have a few that I really enjoy, but I found out that I will actually run the fastest, longer, when I am watching action movies on TV!

I was watching "Aliens" the other day while I was on the treadmill, and I got so pumped up by it that I found myself running harder during the scenes where they are all shooting and going crazy. It was like I was a part of the chaos or something! :lol:

As for music, a few songs seem to make the time on the treadmill more fun. These are two of my favorites:

"F*** the Pain Away" by Peaches (yes, it's a crass song but I smile when I hear it anyway. I feel like I'm in some dive bar having a good time:hat:)

"Jump Around" by Cypress Hill :dance:

05-01-2008, 11:35 AM
Church by T-Pain, Basement Jaxx- Romeo, and also Bleed it out by Linkin Park gets me up and running. I just like music that is fast so I don't realize that I hate exercising. I will definitely try to download more Peaches music.

05-01-2008, 11:41 AM
i love listening to ska music. ska is like super, bouncy, happy, feel good music. it puts me in such a good mood.
this is a list of my favorite ska bands:
reel big fish
catch 22
mustard plug
stamp'd (local band from around here, but so amazing)
big d and the kids table
old school no doubt

05-01-2008, 12:29 PM
OMG! LOL How could one forget about SKA?! Man. I feel like an idiot. I'm going to blame this on my computer crashing a year ago and I won't tell you just how much music I lost. It makes me sick to my stomach thinking about it, I haven't fully recovered from that one yet!

Alright, lets keep going with a list of music! :) That way I can go home and add it to my collection

05-01-2008, 12:47 PM
I like to run and do my core work to hip/hop, something with a nice, fast beat that I can pace myself to. I also like songs with lyrics that'll motivate me to keep on going. Lately I've been listening to Till I Collapse, Soldier, and Rabbit Run by Eminem. Till I Collapse has to be one of the best running songs ever, from the opening verse you can relate the entire song to running and it just keeps me going when I feel like I wanna give up.

05-01-2008, 01:17 PM
I second old school no doubt.
I love the new serge tanken album. cant think of the name right now.
SOAD makes excellent running music. Just not in the gym, it makes me rebellious and feel like a rat in a cage :D

05-01-2008, 07:02 PM
Apple Cheeks: I never thought to work out to action movies... I love them and they amp me up so I can't believe i never thought of that... it would help to have a tv in front of the treadmill though.. I guess I'll try it with my laptop....THANKS!!

Apple Cheeks
05-01-2008, 09:16 PM
Sugar--I kinda discovered it by accident.

I noticed that I just wanted, needed, to go faster while I was watching the movie, so I punched up the pace and stayed there until all the shooting was over! I couldn't believe it when I looked down at the timer and saw that I had been running for 20 minutes straight at a pace faster than I usually am comfortable with. It was crazy! :p

05-01-2008, 09:48 PM
Ohh....collapse by eminem is a great workout song! I love the beginning also! I listen to everything when I workout - from rock, rap, hip hop, pop, metal. Whatever is fast with a good beat. One of my favs right now is take me there by Sean Kingston. I also like touch my body by Mariah. I love her! Number one by Nelly is a motivating song also.
Forgot to add Damaged by Danity Kane. Love the beat!

Apple Cheeks
05-01-2008, 10:10 PM
Here are some more of my favorite running songs:

* "Stealing Fat" by the Dust Brothers (from the Fight Club soundtrack)
* "Fancy Footwork" by Chromeo
* "Speedballin'" by OutKast
* "Bounce" by System of a Down
* "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" by Santa Esmerelda (caution! This one is over 10 minutes long!!)

05-01-2008, 10:22 PM
I was running on the treadmill to GI Jane one time...All those scenes where they're running through obstacle courses, doing push ups in the water, etc and the commanders are screaming at them...I felt like they were screaming at me ;)

Rise Against is what I'm really enjoying running to right now. I particularly like The Good Left Undone, Worth Dying For (I do my sprints to that :)) and Injection. My Chemical Romance will always be my staple workout music. House of Wolves has been played liek 1000 times according to my iPod.

I also have the occasional "girl power"ish pump up song like U and Ur Hand by Pink and Fighter by Christina Aguilera. And then Eye of the Tiger, Final Countdown...all those cheesy sports movie songs. Hahaha. I'd shoot myself without music to run to.

05-01-2008, 10:34 PM
this is what i listen to when i walk as of right now.. No Laughing please

Soilder by Destineys Child
Maria Maria by carlos santana
Damaged by Danity Kane
party People by Nelly and Fergie
Like Glue by sean paul
Lose my breath by destineys Child
Aint it Funny by J.LO
Bonnie and Clyde by Jay Z and Beyonce;;

I know it is one messed up list..LOL

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05-01-2008, 11:59 PM
This is what I listen to while running (currently 25 minutes) or during HIIT. If I'm doing steady state cardio I usually just hit shuffle on my ipod.

My workout mix right now includes:

Breath - Breaking Benjamin
Life is Beautiful - Sixx AM
Animal I Have Become - Three Days Grace
I Hate Everything About You - Three Days Grace
Cold - Crossfade
Just Like You - Three Days Grace
Gone Away - Offspring
Paralyzer - Finger Eleven
Little Things - Bush
Fine Again - Seether
Comfortable Liar - Chevelle
Never Too Late - Three Days Grace
Face Down - Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Swallowed - Bush
Hey Man Nice Shot - Filter
Twisted Transistor - Korn
Remedy - Seether
Miserable - Lit
Colors - Crossfade
Fake It - Seether
Pain - Three Days Grace
Get Stoned - Hinder

05-02-2008, 09:13 AM
Some songs on my workout list:

Ever Fallen in Love - Buzzcocks
Beautiful Day - U2
My Doorbell - The White Stripes
Last Nite - The Strokes
Beer - Reel Big Fish
Barrel of a Gun - Guster
A Little Respect - Erasure
Smile - Lily Allen
Cabron - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Don't Stay Home - 311

However, I've been watching old episodes of NCIS and Arrested Development recently - I find that listening to music while I'm riding my bike makes me focus more on the time. When I watch an episode of NCIS, that's my 45 minute timer :)

05-02-2008, 10:01 AM
oh, these lists are great! I will have to update my MP3. "stealing fat" is going to be my new anthem! ;) thanks for the idea!

05-02-2008, 03:25 PM
When driving, and just listening to music I'm a fan of punk, rock, alt... like rise against, iron maiden, nofx, social distortion, slightly stoopid etc.

But when I'm working out doing cardio I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE techno, or top 40 dance music. Especially faster tempo stuff for when I do intervals.

The right music makes the workout go by MUCH faster.

05-02-2008, 04:06 PM
When driving, and just listening to music I'm a fan of punk, rock, alt... like rise against, iron maiden, nofx, social distortion, slightly stoopid etc.

But when I'm working out doing cardio I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE techno, or top 40 dance music. Especially faster tempo stuff for when I do intervals.

The right music makes the workout go by MUCH faster.

Yeah see the majority of the music on my comp/ipod is all old skool techno. I won't even bother posting what I have as far as that is concerned because no one would know who they were anyway (majority of it is old skool jungle/break beat hardcore). That will get me going in NO time!

I love love love anything by 311, incubus (not so great for running to though), Social D...

as far as something to run to: anything with Jenna G, Bad Religion,The Killers, The Bravery, Missy Elliot, Joe Budden, Lupe Fiasco, Pink, 30 Seconds to Mars,Korn, Staind, Rhianna, Jay Z vs. Lincoln Park...

I could go on. Those are just a few of my favs in the ipod right now.

05-02-2008, 04:30 PM
Oh man! I cant believe no one has mentioned "Stronger" by Kanye West yet... that song gets me so pumped up. Same with "The Way I Are."

Anything hiphop makes me want to get up and do something.

just keep swimming
05-02-2008, 07:25 PM
Yay! Cool thread; I love finding new workout music. I'm going to add some of my favorites, in no particular order (some of them are kind of dorky; don't judge... :D):

Lose Yourself - Eminem
Rush - Aly & AJ
Low - Flo Rida
Love Song - Sara Bareilles
Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall
Fergalicious - Fergie
Shut Up and Drive - Rihanna
Out Tonight - Rosario Dawson (Rent)
Head Over Heels - The Go-Go's
Hanging On - Cheyenne Kimball
Hey Driver - Lucky Boys Confusion

05-03-2008, 03:38 PM
I said this on another thread, but sean of the dead is an excellent treadmill movie.

05-03-2008, 04:59 PM
I've recently found that I've got wayyy too much relaxing music on my iPod...so that's kind of a disappointment. So I guess that means I need to stock up. But anyway.
Most recently I've been listening to the album "Absolution" by Muse. In my case, it isn't so much lyrics of songs that get me pumped (though it sometimes is) as it is the beat. I need something with a fast beat, so I've found rock definitely does that. Before my friend burned that CD for me, though, I had been listening to Pink--mainly her album "I'm Not Dead" which not only has some pretty upbeat music, but the lyrics are often empowering as well. :)

05-04-2008, 05:00 PM
Oh man! I have to add another song to the list...

"Something Good" (High Contrast Remix) by Utah Saints

Song is unbelievable (if you like electronica)

05-04-2008, 05:20 PM
Some songs I have on my shuffle for cardio:

- couple songs by Hot Chip
- "Stronger" Kanye
- "Body Movin'" Beastie Boys
- "The Middle" Jimmy Eat World
- "I Disappear" The Faint (a lot of their songs are great for workouts)
- Postal Service
- Britney Spears :)
- U2, especially "Where the streets have no name"
- "Way I Are" Timbaland
- and my favorite, Daft Punk (good for running)

As you can see I have a random mix of songs on my shuffle! But I've tested them all out on the road and find they're good for motivating me. Some songs I like to call my "secret weapons" for when I need that extra push.

05-04-2008, 05:33 PM
I like to listen to a Jason Mraz live album I got off eMusic...good, boppy beats for walking to, and it's so darn happy that it keeps me from *hating* my workout.

I also like the following when I need to kick it into gear:

If You're Going Through **** -Rodney Atkins
Before He Cheats -Carrie Underwood
SOS -Rihanna
Shiver -Maroon 5
Blue Orchid -White Stripes
Offend In Every Way -The White Stripes
Yeah -Usher
Who Says You Can't Go Home -Bon Jovi
With A Little Help From My Friends -Joe Cocker
Its My Life - Bon Jovi
Beat It -Michael Jackson
Hand In My Pocket -Alanis Morissette
I am the Walrus -Jim Carrey (trust me...it's a good one)
Sweet Child O Mine - Guns N' Roses
Blue Orchid -White Stripes
You Learn -Alanis Morissette

05-04-2008, 06:28 PM
Here's my current list :

The Distance - Cake
Machinehead - Bush X
Shut up / Lets Get it Started - Black Eyed Peas
I Just want to live - Good Charlotte
Home - Three Days Grace
Fire in the Head - The Tea Party
We can work it out - The Beatles
Brat - Rainbow Butt Monkeys
Machine Punch Through /Push / Silver / Resurrection / Tangerine - Moist
I Alone - Live
In the End / Numb / One Step Closer - Linkin Park
Behind these Hazel Eyes - Kelly Clarkson
Bye Bye Beautiful - Nightwish
Paralyzer - Finger Eleven
Feeling Good - Nina Simone

Instrumental tracks :

Duel / Victory Bond
Toccata and Fugue in D minor / Vanessa mae
The Warriors - Lord of the Dance

05-05-2008, 07:18 AM
i always work out to music....
cant do it anyother way....
favs at the moment r trancwey tunes....
seem to give me more energy n motivation to go with the beats....

theres a fantastic ix of warrior, im loiving it at the mo....
great tunage....

05-05-2008, 06:36 PM

I just started working out today and although I'm normally a rocker at heart, I threw on (3) songs that I can't help but want to get up and move around to.

1) The Dixie Chicks "Somedays You Gotta Dance" Because it's oh so true
2) 69 Boyz "Tootsie Roll" because it really makes your tootsie roll lol
3) Michael Jackson "The Way You Make Me Feel" When MJ says "go on girl!" in the lyrics, I can't help but shout "Oh I am!" :-P

Apple Cheeks
05-05-2008, 08:50 PM
Oh Lord, "Tootsie Roll" brings up an embarassing memory for me!

I remember walking down the street in an unfamiliar neighborhood, and saw a group of young guys watching me from across the street. Well, as soon as I had passed them they started shouting out this song, and of course I knew they were referring to me and my big bottom. :o

I wanted to run away from there as fast as I could, but I kept walking and kept my head up instead.

I can laugh about it now, though. Sort of.

05-05-2008, 09:00 PM
I really love digital hardcore when I'm working out like Atari Teenage Riot and Lords of Acid. Anything with a fast, hard beat! I like to work out to Dragonforce too! :P

05-06-2008, 09:26 AM
Well, my ipod killed itself so I've been stuck with the TV lately....but as soon as I get my economic stimulus check, I'm buying a new one! And when I do, I'm def. using this thread for some new music!

That being said, I plan on buying Fergie's album and putting it on there. I just saw her in concert this weekend at a music festival. I figure if I feel like giving up, I'll picture her abs and work harder so mine will look like that!!

05-06-2008, 10:21 AM
HAHA! I see you're a Dawgs fan. Your location says AL though. Are you originally from Ga or just a fan? I just moved back to NC from ATL. :)

And I have to admit, I'm not a Fergie fan, but Big Girls Don't Cry is a guilty pleasure of mine!

05-06-2008, 11:50 PM
These songs always make me run faster:

Rihanna- Pon Da Replay, SOS, Pls Don't stop the Music & Shut up and Drive
Missy Elliot- Pretty much any of her fast singles

05-07-2008, 12:43 AM
HAHA! I see you're a Dawgs fan. Your location says AL though. Are you originally from Ga or just a fan? I just moved back to NC from ATL.

Ha. I grew up in GA and graduated from UGA(Gooooooo Dawgs). When I joined 3FC, I was living in AL. I've since moved back to GA for about 3 months and I'm now living in TN! I just haven't bothered changing it.

05-09-2008, 10:57 AM
These are just a few songs that I love to listen to when I'm at the gym:

Aquagen ft. Rozalla-Everybody's Free
Benni Benassi-Satisfaction (Club Mix)
Rihanna-Please Don't Stop the Music
(don't laugh) Spice Girls-Spice Up Your Life
Utada Hikaru-Simple and Clean (techno version)
Britney Spears-Give Me More, Piece of Me, Toxic

05-09-2008, 12:08 PM
lol i got a trancey mix of ghostbusters on atm!....