Music. I pretty much have it on all the time. Some may say this is a bad thing, as it is a distraction but it was how I was brought up. Mum would have the radio on constantly and kept up with all the pop music. My Dad never drove without his beloved U2, Sting, Simple Minds or Bryan Adams to name a few, so it’s natural for me to follow suit. The gym is a place where you NEED music. I’m currently not back at any of classes yet due to taking it easy after Piglet and a knee injury so music for my work outs is a must. Some of the songs I listen to regularly I have listened to for years! So I thought I would share my top 10 gym tracks and a bit of a story (short…don’t worry) behind each. In no particular order of preference or time period…
Firestarter by Prodigy
This is awesome for getting the motivation going; sure starts a fire (like what I did there?) I still have memories of that video of Keith Flint prancing around in that tunnel. My Mum used to hate it but now think she quite likes it! Classic and it always gets listened to.
Right Here, Right Now by Fat Boy Slim
Again, I just loved the video for this when I was growing up and the base and beat are brilliant for cardio. It reminds me of being at high school. Now with all the CGI advances, the video looks crap.
Zoo Station by U2
Have you ever watched the film About a Boy when they play this? Love it. U2 were one of my Dad’s fave bands and I also love them. The beginning of this song sounds AMAZING when played loud with good headphones.
King by Years and Years.
I have listened to this song about 10 billion times over the last couple of years. I love it! Such a catchy song and after seeing them last year (they were brilliant), I play it in the gym most times I go. I love the lead singer, Ollie – so cute!
Addicted to Bass by Puretone
This one just reminds me of being at college and the charm is in the title – Bass! It is great for a workout and getting the endorphins pumping.
This is What You Came For by Calvin Harris and Rihanna
I have been listening to this track for months; all the way through being pregnant and will always remind me of my car journeys to and from work, at the later stage of my pregnancy. I just never seem to get sick of it! It’s really current and pop but I love it.
Killing in the Name by Rage Against the Machine
This one actually makes me laugh as I used to HATE it. My ex boyfriend loved it and I gave him so much stick many moons ago. However, as time has passed I realise it is brilliant for weights and especially good if you have had a bad day at work. It is sweary though, very sweary!
We Found Love by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris
I do like a bit of Ri Ri. This is another I have been listening to for a long time now. I love the video and it’s another really catchy one. She looks amazing in it.
One Vision by Queen.
Bit of a random oldie but the drum solo in this one is amazing! I’ve been a Queen fan since I was a kid; I had a T Shirt and everything!
Sandstorm by Darude
This is a classic from my younger years and quite potentially a very annoying song. The video involves a lot of running and I used to play this when running all the time. It’s brilliant for cardio.
And there you have it! It’s random, it’s kind of cringey but it gets me through my workouts.
What are your favourite tracks to exercise to?