Themed Thursday: Workout CDs
Now that we are about to enter our 6th month of the year, how are all those New Year’s resolutions to lose weight going? It’s a popular resolution that most of make and unfortunately fail at. In the past I have written a few themes with a selection of workout songs I find motivating to help me move along. Typically, I am a proponent of hard and fast music from DevilDriver, Slayer, or Amon Amarth. Rarely, I listen to a single album while working out. I find that at some point the steam dies and I have to flip though my iTouch to find something motivating while trying to run; it’s very distracting. However, there are a few solid albums out there that I think are great to turn to when you don’t feel like assembling a playlist to exercise to. Here are my thoughts on this.
AC/DC – Back in Black
This is a multipurpose album. It’s great to work out to and it’s also great to sit around and have friends over for beer and a BBQ. Back in Black is one album where every song is pretty much a perfect rock song. Each one has rhythm and groove and keeps the blood flowing. This one is probably the go-to album; great for cardio or weight-lifting if that’s your thing. Some songs are faster while others are heavier so it never gets monotonous.
Megadeth – Rust in Peace
There is really no bad song on this CD. If you run for about 30-minutes you should be able to finish before Dawn Patrol which is kind of a cool song, but throws me off when I run. Other than that Rust in Peace is both speedy and melodic; probably the best Megadeth album.
Iron Maiden – Somewhere in Time
There are times when I don’t need something entirely speedy to keep me going. Iron Maiden, particularly Somewhere in Time, is great if you want to run for a long time; you can lose yourself in thoughts with this album. That helps me personally, so I don’t have to actually think about how long I have been running. No pun intended with the song Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. That’s a coincidence, but it is a good running song.
Amon Amarth – Twilight of the Thunder God
This is a great album because the tempo changes and you can adjust your cardio workout accordingly. It starts off fast, but Guardians of Asgaard is more groovy and slow. Then it gets fast again. If I ran a heavy metal spin class I think I might just play this CD. Overall, there isn’t one bad song on this CD and it’s great for either an iron pumping workout or a 35-40 minute cardio session.
Dream Theater – Images and Words
This is the second album on this list to lose yourself in deep thought. If I am going to run longer than 3-miles I hate to think about what I am doing and an album like Images and Words allows my mind to wander. You could probably pick almost any Dream Theater album for this purpose, but Images and Words does have a level of heaviness I like during a workout.
As mentioned before, I mostly enjoy making a playlist that I can set to match the style of workout I want to do. However, when I just want one CD to cover all bases, these are the ones I turn to. Do you have any whole CDs you like to spin or play on your favorite device while working out?