19 February 2010


About four months ago, I decided I'd get back in shape, so I got a membership at the Jewish Community Center near my apartment.  Of course, this led to me being a homebody and not really exercising for the next few months, and keeping the membership anyway.  Not recommended, folks.  With Lent upon me, and my sister's wedding approaching, I've decided to actually use the membership.  I went swimming a few times when I first joined, but I'm now looking into alternative things to do.  I'm a really efficient swimmer, so it's not really a workout if I'm just there by myself.  This equals me, clueless, in the Fitness Center, staring at a bunch of equipment and not knowing what to do.  However, I've gone now twice this week.  My abs hurt like HELL thanks to exercises I remember from the swim team, and my arms are a little achey from the rowing machine.  I'm a fan of the rowing machine (and am doubling my current workout as a result), and of walking as a warm-up and cool-down (yesterday I went a mile to start and a half mile to finish out the day).  I'm planning on starting Krav Maga on Monday.  If you're wondering what that is, I'll give you the quote from Future Ted on How I Met Your Mother: "Krav Maga is not a form of yoga. It's a form of guerrilla street fighting developed by the Israeli Army."  Which means it's mad cool, and I can't wait to start.

I am realizing though that it's really boring to just be in there by myself with no one to work out with, and nothing to listen to.  Which brings me to the point of this entry: workout music.  When I was on the swim team, we had CDs that played our favorite "pump-up" songs.  I took it for granted, and now I need to build up a new playlist.  So here goes... my new pump-up songs.  A few classics, a few mainstays, and a few new ones.  With a few notes.  Am I missing anything?

Don't Get Killed - Andy Breckman
The Last Saskatchewan Pirate - Arrogant Worms
Alcoholics Unanimous - Art Brut
The Boys of Summer - The Ataris (or Don Henley)
Dota - Basshunter
Ticket to Ride - The Beatles
Poison - Bell Biv Devoe
The Blues are Still Blue - Belle and Sebastian
Rockin' the Suburbs - Ben Folds Five
Song for the Dumped - Ben Folds Five
Why Should I Worry? - Billy Joel (from Oliver and Company)
I Like the Way You Move - Bodyrockers
You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi (duh, as far as pump-up or get psyched songs go, this one is full of win.)
Girl All the Bad Guys Want - Bowling for Soup
Short Skirt, Long Jacket - Cake
Wheels - Cake
Does Anybody Really Know What Time it Is? - Chicago
Take Your Sweet Time - Chooglin'
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger - Daft Punk
The Wanting Comes in Waves/Repaid - The Decemberists
Boyz-N-the-Hood - Dynamite Hack
September - Earth, Wind & Fire
Got to Get You Into My Life - Earth, Wind & Fire
40 Day Dream - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
The Final Countdown - Europe
Dance Dance - Fall Out Boy
Sugar We're Going Down - Fall Out Boy
Hot Lunch Jam - Fame
Big Bang Bionic - Freekbass
Get it Go - Freekbass
Junkyard Waltz - Freekbass
Twilight Zone - Freekbass
Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
Lordy Lordy - Heatbox
Too Much Food - Jason Mraz (from Tonight, Not Again; featuring John Popper)
The Dynamo of Volition - Jason Mraz
Make it Mine - Jason Mraz
Bad Reputation - Joan Jett
83 - John Mayer
Olympic Theme Song - John Williams
Don't Stop Believing - Journey
Carry On My Wayward Son - Kansas
Walk Away - Kelly Clarkson  (don't judge me...)
Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins
Movin' Right Along - The Muppets, from the Muppet Movie
Girl on TV - LFO (seriously, please don't judge me.)
Summer Girls - LFO
We Like Sportz - The Lonely Island
Natalie's Rap - The lonely Island
I'm On a Boat - The Lonely Island
Airport Surroundings - Loney Dear
The Potion - Ludacris
You Just Got Slapped - Marshall (from How I Met Your Mother... I also need Let's Go to the Mall)
Help I'm Alive - Metric
Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson
Love Today - Mika
Brand New Day - Neil Patrick Harris, from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
City on Down - O.A.R.
Hey Ya! - Outkast
Misery Business - Paramore
Where Is My Mind? - The Pixies
Underdog - The Profits (this band no longer exists... but their music for damn sure does.)
Space Jam (Yeah, I went there)
I Want to Break Free - Queen
We Will Rock You / We Are the Champions - Queen
Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? - Rockapella
Tapestry - Roster McCabe
Fever - Sarah Vaughan, Adam Freeland Remix from Verve Remixed
F.N.T - Semisonic
Murder on the Dance Floor - Sophie Ellis Bexter
Edge of Seventeen - Stevie Nicks
Kick Some Ass - Stroke 9
Make Damn Sure - Taking Back Sunday
How Bad Do You Want It? - Tim McGraw
Battle Without Honor or Humanity -Tomoyasu Hotel (used prolifically in Kill Bill)
We're Not Gonna Take It - Twised Sister
Girl, You Really Got Me Now - Van Halen
75 and 17 - We The Living
Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
Miami - Will Smith
Dirt off Your Shoulder/Lying from You - Jay-Z/Linkin Park Collision Course
Big Pimpin'/Papercut - Jay-Z/Linkin Park Collision Course
Try - John Mayer Trio
America, Fuck Yeah - from Team America
See-Line Woman - Nina Simone, remixed on Verve Remixed
The Boy's Don' It - Hugh Masekela, remized on Verve Remixed

Apparently, this is over five and a half hours of music.  Not enough, I'll wager.  So folks - what am I missing?