"Best of" Albums for cardio
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
For most of the last year, I watched TV when I worked out. I don't watch much at home, and either Survivor Man or How it's Made kept me going. I upgraded my phone and started working out in the mornings, so I figured music on the phone would keep me going.
I've settled on a strategy of buying "best of albums". I'm too lazy to buy separate tracks. The idea of work out mixes leave me cold; I'd rather have the real song, with tempo changes, pauses and all. I grew up in the 80's, so my selection of booty-moving music may not work for you. These have made for great 60 minute work outs on the elliptical:
Guns N Roses Greatest Hits - their long, overstuffed songs are great for staying in a rhythm. It makes the time whiz by.
Motley Crue, The Greatest Hits - don't listen too close to the lyrics, these are rude boys. But the gist and energy always push me on.
Van Halen, self-titled - the classic, with enough punch to keep the feet moving.
The Beastie Boys, Solid Gold Hits - perfectly paced for my workout, only shame is that it ends at 54 minutes. Body Movin' and Sabotage arrive just on time, making up for the short length. I just loop back to "Brass Monkey" and finish strong.
Duran Duran - when you need to get in touch with that 80's feeling of Nagel posters and shiny lycra. Good music for a smooth ride.
Talking Heads, The Best of Talking Heads - Upbeat, but more about revisiting all the quirky music. I keep going, but it doesn't have half the booty pushing factor of the Beasties.
The last three are the most recent arrivals. I think I've bought all the hair metal I need. I've got AC/DC and Metallic on CD, just need to get them in my computer and uploaded to my phone. I'd looked into getting Def Leppard and was surprised there wasn't a decent "best of" CD available.
Now that I've exposed some of my musical taste, any suggestions?