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"Best of" Albums for cardio

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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?
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    You have great taste, I was born in the 80's and I love this music, great job on the fitness minutes.
    1853 days ago
  • SHEL_V2
    I picked up an old Red Hot Chili Peppers album, Uplift MOFO Party Plan last night. It was a true kick in the pants, but only about 30 minutes. I might just have to gin up a 60 minute play list. I have their more recent albums; just need to dig out the CDs.

    If I keep on this way, it is only a matter of time before I'm listening to L7 while surrounded by senior citizens who are watching FOX news.
    1863 days ago
  • JAN155
    You and I could workout to the same music any time! Coming from the '80s I have some of the same music. Of course, some of those I have on albums! (Ha!) Good news - there is a 'best of' Def Lepard. It's called 'The Vault' and I have it. It's worth adding.

    Keep on rockin' and have a great weekend! Jan
    1863 days ago
    oh my, brings back memories. I have such a mix myself. Believe it or not, I don't only listen to Christian music... I like a mix of other tunes too. I have favorites that span years... from 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, right up to today in almost every genre. I guess I just love music. :)
    1864 days ago
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