South Beach Diet - Songs to include on a workout soundtrack?

Fat Melanie
07-03-2008, 08:40 PM
Yesterday, I did a workout DVD, today, I worked out to a lot of songs I've got on my windows media player playlist. I marched in place to the beat, doing arm movements with my handheld 1lb walking weights, along with knee lifts, jumping, "running" in place, (it was similar to the stuff I learned in the DVD and also similar to Leslie Sansone stuff) and chose different songs (some up tempo, others slower). I think that is sort of based on the interval training theory or something like that, where you do one fast and intense exercise for a few minutes, and slow it down some the next, and then back up to fast and intense again... I heard it burned more calories. Either way, I certainly worked up a sweat so I was doing something right. Anyway I chose two slower songs to gently wind down at the end. I need some song suggestions to add to my workout playlist. I am open to ANYTHING except for artists I really, really hate (Britney Spears, ICK!) I am 70% rock, 30% rap/R&B/hip hop... a bit eclectic.

Here's some examples of some of the songs I used in my workout today:

Paramore- Misery Business, and Emergency (the dun dun dunn dunnn of the guitars, is very bounceable)

Madonna ft. Justin Timberlake and Timbaland (very up tempo)

Danity Kane ft Missy Elliot- Bad Girl,
Danity Kane ft Lil Wayne- Phase

Kent- Ingenting (swedish rock band, this particular song has a techno-y dance-ish vibe which makes it a great workout track)

Busta Rhymes- Break Ya Neck

and to wind down, I used Amy Winehouse's "back to black" and Rihanna's new song, "take a bow."

There were more songs than that, but I was just mentioning a few. Those songs are more danceable and so, were more appropriate for a workout, although I do prefer rock.

Any song suggestions are greatly welcome. What do YOU listen to when working out?

07-03-2008, 09:42 PM
I like "venga boys", boom boom boom....very quick and up old 60's song call "shout".......a song called "ceilia".....some stuff by "pink" are some of my fav's

07-03-2008, 10:07 PM
I'd say Suddenly I See by KT Turnstall is just about my favorite song of all time for working out. That and Sandstorm by Darude- not in the sort of music you mentioned, but I really love it. The music video is people running. It is, in my opinion, God's gift to workouts. And the best part is, it works for me both during slower, easy workouts and when I've got a cramp in my side and three minutes to go and I feel like I'll never make it.

07-03-2008, 10:15 PM
My favorite workout song is "Bohemian Like You" by the Dandy Warhols. Other songs on my extremely eclectic workout playlist are: Weezer's "Hash Pipe", Korn's version of "Word Up", Disturbed's cover of "Shout", Jane's Addiction's "Been Caught Stealin'", Smash Mouth's "Walkin' on the Sun," the Offspring's "Come Out and Play," and Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name of." More mellow, but still fun songs to work out to, once you're pumped, are Death Cab for Cutie's "Crooked Teeth," Decemberists' "O Valencia," Fountains of Wayne's "Someone to Love," the Streets' "Fit but You Know It," Jane's Addiction's "Jane Says," Lily Allen's "Smile," and Weezer's "Beverly Hills."
If you like a bawdy laugh during your warm up or cool down, try Flight of the Conchords' "Business Time" or Ween's "P*** up a Rope." :o

07-03-2008, 10:51 PM
This couldn't have come at a better time! I was just thinking I neeed to update my music. Thanks for the great ideas. What I have on my iPod:
Animals by Nickelback (very quick tempo!), Bleeding Love(Dance Mix) by Leona Lewis, Please Don't Stop the Music by Rihanna, Pump It Up by Black Eyed Peas, Shut up and Drive by Rihana, Wake Me Up Inside by Evanescence, and my favorite Stringer by Kanye West to name a few.
Thanks for the ideas!!

07-03-2008, 10:56 PM
TYPO - that should say Stronger by Kanye West

07-03-2008, 11:04 PM
I love getting ideas like these, too; thanks.
Some of mine were songs I found on various peoples' iTunes workout mix lists (and a lot are from listening to my 15 year old son's music...)..


07-03-2008, 11:26 PM
hmm...something tells me you would hate what I work out to...

07-04-2008, 01:22 AM
break the Ice by britney spears... helps me alot !

07-04-2008, 02:12 AM
Right now?

Y Control - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
I see you baby - Groove Armada
Hung Up - Madonna
These Words of Mine - Natasha Bedingfield
Promiscous - Nelly Furtado
One Big Holiday - My Morning Jacket
By the Way - Red Hot Chili Peppers
This is the one - The Stone Roses
New Born - Muse
Blue Moon - The Marcels
Union City Blue - Blondie
She is Beautiful - Andrew W.K.

07-04-2008, 07:08 AM
When I had my gazelle I used to exercise to Avril Lavigne songs like Losing Grip, mostly pop songs as it would energize me..

Fat Melanie
07-04-2008, 04:54 PM
Haha, Meggoat, Korn's "word up" is one of the songs I've got on my playlist. Was planning on incorporating it into today's workout. Other songs I've got that you guys mentioned are Leona Lewis, Rihanna, the Yeah Yeah Yeah's (I've got the CD's, so that will be really fun ), Promiscuous... cool.

I'm going to D/L all of the suggestions here (except for the ones I already have.) Um, except for like, that Britney song (no offense, Norraa 627, I just can't stomach it, lol!!!) I'm most particularly interested in the song where they're running in the video, the poster said... That sounds pretty interesting.

07-04-2008, 04:54 PM
I feel really old. The only one I recognized is: an old 60's song call "shout"

I like anything fast. Mostly late 70's, early 80's stuff. I like country music too.

Fat Melanie
07-04-2008, 04:56 PM
hmm...something tells me you would hate what I work out to...

Oh no, not Britney!!!!!!! :p

Nah, I'm just kidding. What do you like? I might surprise you. I do have a pretty definitive "musical taste" but also have a lot of contrasting songs on my playlist.

Like for example, I'm not a country fan. But- I admit- I've got Carrie Underwood's "last name" and "before he cheats." And I don't like Britneypop but I do like Christinapop.. and just stuff like that.

07-04-2008, 07:23 PM
I guess I'm the only one that has "save a horse, ride a cowboy" by Big 'n' Rich on my iPod, huh?!


07-04-2008, 07:48 PM
I'm a huge eMusic fan so have a revolving assortment of new stuff I've found. Although I'm sure none of it will make this list ;)

Fat Melanie
07-05-2008, 11:40 AM
I would love to hear what sort of songs motivate you during workouts, CyndiM, because I looked at the exercises you do and I was amazed. You do a lot! I wish I had the energy to do it. Since I've started working out though, I've been feeling great.

07-05-2008, 01:30 PM
I don't have the "Save a Horse" song on my iPod (Thanks for the idea!!), but I do like that song!! :-)
I have some country on my iPod too, I have Rascal Flatts "Bob that Head", "No Reins", Keith Urban "Days Go By", "Stupid Boy" (a better cool down song).

07-05-2008, 01:33 PM
CindyM, what is eMusic?

happiness seeker
07-05-2008, 02:15 PM
Anything with a good beat works. I keep adding more and more to my "gym" playlist on my ipod. Aerosmith, All American Rejects (Love them!), Alterbridge, Bowling for Soup- (entertaining lyrics the tempo can vary), Buckcherry, Eve 6, Fall out Boy, .... and yes Save a Horse is on there too. I like to hit the library and friends and load CD's on to my computer, then you have a whole selection. My ipod is a great motivator, I would not be able to do the gym as much as I do with out my music.

07-05-2008, 05:29 PM
CindyM, what is eMusic?

eMusic is a website that sells DRM free music and it's cheaper than itunes. They have tons and tons of older stuff, independent artists, classical, country, folk, international... What they don't have are the people you hear on the radio (unless you listen to an alt station). If anyone wants to check it out PM me and I'll send you an invite. You get 50 free downloads with an invite and I don't remember any sort of commitment required. I got 35 free when I checked it out and realized after that members can send invites with more. Oh well :) I don't get anything for inviting you, but I am a fan of the DRM free option and like seeing a place to get older and lesser known stuff.

07-05-2008, 05:59 PM
I would love to hear what sort of songs motivate you during workouts, CyndiM, because I looked at the exercises you do and I was amazed. You do a lot! I wish I had the energy to do it. Since I've started working out though, I've been feeling great.

When I listen to music it's the same mix I listen to when driving - songs I can sing to :) As far as working out goes - I started with a goal of 500 minutes a month and had to push myself a few extra minutes each day. I'd promise myself 15 minutes and then I could stop. The rest has come with time and honestly, it's easier now that I weight less. My knees and back cooperate more often so I can do more. Apparently I'm also less crabby (or I was until I heard that ;) ).

When I use the treadmill I usually watch DVDs - either movies I've seen before or TV shows. This spring I watched all the episodes of Weeds because we don't have whatever cable it's on. I've gotten my money's worth and then some out of my Netflix membership.

My suggestion is set a minimum for yourself - what's the minimum acceptable number of days and minutes per week for you, and then make yourself stick to it. In time it really does get easier (most days) and you will miss it when you don't exercise. You're off to a great start!

Salubrious Fervor
07-05-2008, 06:54 PM
carbon leaf

the fighter

07-05-2008, 08:10 PM
Mel -

I listen to industrial most of the well as the random kiddie music cd.

Some of my favorites include:

Die Warzau
Funker Vogt (awesome workout music)
Razed in Black
Icon of Coil
Front Line Assembly

among others...