Best and Greatest Workout Songs Ever!
As an Ironman triathlete, I workout a lot - like 15-20 hours a week. I typically only listen to music when I swim and run. I have a waterproof MP3 player I use in the pool - a Finis SwiMP3. I also have a MP3 player that I use when I run. Certain music really makes me workout much harder. I've noticed that when I hear certain songs on my MP3 player that I swim or run faster and things seem more effortless. In this article I cover the main songs that I find motivating during my workouts. I realize everyone has their own tastes, but these songs consistently make me workout harder!
Given Up by Linkin Park
I love Linkin Park, but pretty much hate every song on this CD (Minutes to Midnight), minus this one. I'm not sure how this song slipped into this crappy CD, but this song rocks harder than just about any other Linkin Park song. Right now, for instance, I'm listening to this song and I feel like running 20 miles, rather than write this hub. Check this song out and your fitness will surely improve!
Ready Steady Go by Paul Oakenfield
I'm not sure when I first heard this song, but I love this song. I've also noticed that they've been playing this song at the start of some of the Winter Olympics activities. A friend of mine went skydiving with me last year and they played this song on his video...his video rocks, and it's partly because of this song!
Learn to Fly by Foo Fighters
I love this song. One of my most vivid memories of this song is during the swim start at Ironman Arizona last year. A couple minutes before the race was about to start, and, as I was treading water, this song came on over the PA. I got totally pumped because of this song. For some reason this song calmed me down and allowed me to appreciate the moment - the sunrise in front of me - the buoys in the distance, etc. I ended up having a PR (personal record) at this Ironman and I think it's partly because of this song!
Breath by Prodigy
I remember reading an interview with Sarah Reinertsen (first every female above-the-knee amputee to finish Ironman World Championship). The interviewer asked her about her MP3 playlist and she mentioned this song. I've always been a huge Prodigy fan, but the fact the Sarah liked this song and worked out to it made me add it to my playlist. I love this song and it's great to workout too!
Bleed American by Jimmy Eat World
I'm really not sure what about this song makes me workout harder, but I always run or swim faster when this song comes on my MP3 player. Maybe it's the beat or the lyrics...I don't know. All I know is this song is great for your workout playlist!