A few months ago, Erin and I did a fun game to create a unique and totally random workout playlist. The game includes us both going to our iPods and shuffling our workout playlists five times. Seeing that Erin and I are darn near carbon copies of one another, our picks are pretty indistinguishable and appropriately random, as our love of music is quite eclectic. Here are the results of our second shuffle experiment. We recommend walking, running, elliptical-ing or biking to the below 38ish-minute workout.
(3:47) Bones, The Killers:I have a total soft spot for The Killers and love to use this song as a warm-up to walk to. It’s fast but not too fast, and I find the song kind of romantic and sexy. If you don’t, then just focus on the fact that weight-bearing exercise, like the kind you’re doing now helps build strong bones! And who doesn’t love strong bones?
(3:22) You Wreck Me, Tom Petty: Erin and I both have a soft spot for Tom Petty. Sure, he may not be the most attractive fellow on the block, but he puts together some great music to exercise with. For this song, up your intensity to a moderate pace.
(2:46) I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch), The Four Tops: Everyone likes this song, and if you don’t then you just haven’t gotten in touch with your inner Motown doo-wop diva. This 1965 hit is perfect for sweating, as it’s upbeat, fun and light-hearted. Use this one to increase your intensity a bit more, bringing you to a moderate-high level.
(5:16) The Other Side, Pendulum: We were actually hipped to this techno band from a reader, and we’re so happy we were! This song is high energy, fun and a bit edgy. This is a longer song, so it’s perfect for a mini interval. Start with a 30-second sprint and follow it with a one-minute recovery at an easy pace. Repeat two more times. Then sprint for the rest of the song (about 45 seconds). Do it, and you’ll get to the “other side!” (You can snicker; I deserve it.)
(3:40): Go Your Own Way, Fleetwood Mac: After a tough interval, slow back down to an easy pace while you croon away to this classic with Lindsey Buckingham.
(3:10) See You Again, Miley Cyrus: I’ll take full responsibility for this one. Yes, I have Miley Cyrus on my iPod. And you know what? I LOVE this one for working out. It’s cheesy, poppy and a total guilty pleasure. Pick your pace back up to moderate with this quick and deliciously teeny-bop track.
(3:32) Shut Up and Drive, Rihanna: This is another high-energy one, so start your engines. Increase your speed, incline or resistance to bring you up to a hard intensity. Now stay there for the whole song—you should be out of breath by the end!
(3:33) Hump de Bump, Red Hot Chili Peppers: Probably the most fun song title to say ever, this one is insanely fun. In fact, this is one of Erin’s picks, but I’m adding it to my playlist this second as it’s a brilliant addition. Use this song to slow back down to a moderate pace, but be sure to get a little extra bob in your step or rhythm as the song demands it.
(4:05) Waiting for Tonight, Jennifer Lopez: This is also one of Erin’s pick, but it’s on my playlist, too. I adore it, and it’s a definite go-to song for the last pick of an exercise session. Go at an easy pace for the first minute to recover from the Hump de Bump, and then gradually build your pace for the next three minutes, ending in a full-out sprint. Tonight is your night after all.
(5:17) Crazy, Aerosmith: That workout was just crazy, wasn’t it? Har har. Cool down with this oldie-but-goodie track at an easy pace. Feel free to mentally revisit the song’s awesome video with Alicia Silverstone and Liv Tyler. Yes, it was a bit weird that Steven Tyler chose his daughter for a Catholic good-girl-gone-bad role, but whatev, it’s a good cool down track.
For more good workout tunes, check out the FBG-recommended Britney Spear’s CD (for pop) and Beck’s album (for you alterna fans).
Photo grabbed from re-ality on Flickr.