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February 23, 2006

your favorite workout grooves

My mind is made up: I'm going to buy an iPod nano.

So cute! I'm going to love it and hug it and call it George. Wait. No, I'm not, because naming inanimate objects is a dopey thing to do. I will, however, knit and crochet it an entire little wardrobe; because, while also dopey, at least it's functional. Baby mustn't get scratched.

Here's where you come to my aid: my CD collection is packed with classical, jazz, and folk music. Hildegard von Bingen may have been consumed by the fire of inspiration, but she's never reported to have gone for the burn.

So, recommend some of your favorite workout grooves that will inspire me to get into the gym.

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you probably will end up naming it George, because the first thing itunes will tell you to do when you plug it in is pick out a name. mine is Argento :)

Posted by: wendy at Feb 23, 2006 3:36:53 AM

I have a ton of "world beat" stuff that is excellent... I find that if I can't understand the words, I work harder. However, I also have a few great bouncy 80s tracks. I could make you a CD...

Posted by: chelsea at Feb 23, 2006 6:25:56 AM

The new Madonna CD is pretty good; very upbeat and catchy, great for workouts.

Posted by: Laina at Feb 23, 2006 6:27:19 AM

You could always go old school with some Salt n Pepa...

Posted by: Donna at Feb 23, 2006 9:09:39 AM

I dearly love my iPod. I used it at the gym everyday and then when I started walking outside it was great. If you walk outside just be sure not to turn up the tunes too loud. I almost got run over by a jogger because I didn't hear him from behind me.

Posted by: Vickie at Feb 23, 2006 11:11:24 AM

never thought the day would come but i gotta second the madonna suggestion. the whole album is pretty strong and will inspire much sweat. also check out some le tigre. feel the burn!

Posted by: Sarah K at Feb 23, 2006 6:12:37 PM

I've been enjoying the Grey's Anatomy Soundtrack. Most of the songs are upbeat and perfect for a gym mix.

Posted by: Courtney at Feb 24, 2006 6:13:38 AM

You'll love it! I bought a Nano when it was still called the iPod Mini (okay, I know they are totally different gadgets) and I can't imagine not having one earlier. The only drawback is that it's difficult to listen to it in the car (other than via FM transmitter or just putting on the head phones.)

Posted by: Gloria at Feb 24, 2006 11:25:30 AM

I like "Shoot Your Gun" by the 22-20s. I like it best for lifting weights, but it works for running on the treadmill too. Somehow, I find that I really dig working out to loud, grungy alterna-pop rock (is that even a term?). For a mid-tempo dance track, I recommend "Beautiful Things" by Andain. Rihanna's "S.O.S" is fun too... It samples "Tainted Love", which, actually thinking about it, might be fun for working out.

Posted by: Lara at Feb 24, 2006 10:03:36 PM

Also? I think it's totally illegal to DRIVE with headphones on. Seriously. That's insane.

Posted by: Lara at Feb 24, 2006 10:04:28 PM

I used to teach indoor cycling classes, and my students loved my disco or my 80's hair band (Van Halen, AC/DC) stuff. If you want to work out hard, I'd go for the hair band stuff. Gets you going.

Posted by: Stephanie at Feb 28, 2006 9:40:45 AM

I orefer Techno. Daft Punk, AMD, or anything with a great beat that repeats, so you can keep a rythem in your running, jogging, weight-lifting, etc. If your working out with your ipod, then KUDOS to you! I (not kidding)work 110-115 hours a week, so no time or energy.
Have fun and lift a weight for me!

Posted by: GIA at Feb 28, 2006 11:33:54 PM

Disco always does the trick for me---the heavy beat just makes my feet wanna move!

Posted by: Kim at Mar 4, 2006 9:39:58 AM

Cascada - everytime we touch, orgy - blue monday, sean paul - temperature, anything linkin park. just some random stuff on my workout playlist. Good luck!

Posted by: Thuy at Mar 15, 2006 8:41:32 PM

Hi. Found you during a google image search for knitting images, and couldn't resist posting a comment, as this topic is near and dear to my heart.

Gorillaz! Great techno-pop. But my greatest treasure trove? I asked girls--I've got a 15, a 13, and an 11 year old in the family, and they couldn't wait to share the bounty of their music--not to mention their self-expression--with me. I said, "Do me up a compilation that you think would be good to exercise to" and man, I could never have gotten that eclectic in a million years. Sixty random songs, and hardly an exercise dud among them.

Posted by: Anne at Apr 13, 2006 12:59:29 PM