Time To Pump Up

Need an extra kick for your workout? Tired of the same “Rocky” music, standard dance, hip hop and top 40 that your iPod plays over and over? Give these songs a listen.

Flex That Muscle

Tips to maximize your workouts:

– Drink lots of water

– Don’t push yourself too hard; if you’re too sore to move, how are you going to work out?

– Wear comfortable clothes

– Some exercise is better than no exercise

Summer’s just about done and you’re not in shape. Sure September and October can still be warm months in which pool and beach parties go down every weekend.

However, you can’t get in shape in a week or two.

So set your goals to New Year’s. It’ll be tough with football season about to begin and, as we know, these games are synonymous with buffet-style binge eating.

Still, you have four months (damn, and that December month is always littered with landmine foods) to get in shape. Who knows, you might snag a midnight kiss on New Year’s with a hottie at a party.

You have to put in work. You have to earn it.

And here are some songs that’ll push you to pump those legs, move your body and make that heart beat like crazy.


Artist: D.J. Amuro
Year: 2002
Genre: Renaissance, dance

“A” (pronounced Ace in Japanese) is best known from the “Dance Dance Revolution” series, but actually originated in another rhythm game called “Beatmania IIDX” (the IIDX is pronounced two deluxe). Give it a listen, it’ll push you.

Ante Up

Artists: M.O.P.
Year: 2000
Genre: Hip hop

The perfect music to get you all hyped. It even has heaping scoops of profanity to push you through those hard times in the gym or cross training outdoors.

Boss B (“Star Fox 64”)

Artists: Koji Kondo and Hajime Wakai
Year: 1997
Genre: Video game soundtrack

Going into battle you need epic soundtrack music and this “Star Fox” boss theme delivers.


Artists: Daft Punk
Year: 2010
Genre: Symphonic techno

Daft Punk can do no wrong and their “Tron: Legacy” soundtrack continues the tradition. “Fall” is a song that will get you moving as it suggests the urgency of haste from the very beginning.

Inner Universe

Artist: Origa
Year: 2003
Genre: J-Pop

One of the strangest songs that you’ll ever hear, the lyrics are a combination of Russian, Latin and English. In the U.S., we’ll never hear such music so it’s no wonder this falls under the J-Pop genre and was featured as the opening theme for the anime “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.”

Jenova Absolute

Artist: Nobuo Uematsu
Year: 1997
Genre: Video game soundtrack

Not a typical song, but if you’re one of those Conan-the-Barbarian-going-into-battle lovers, this is for you. This is from the “Final Fantasy VII” soundtrack.

My Spirit Will Go On

Artists: DragonForce
Year: 2004
Genre: Power metal

This is one of those songs that’ll kick your ass into getting in shape. DragonForce keeps the beat fast and the music kick-ass loud.

Advent: One-Winged Angel

Artist: Nobuo Uematsu
Year: 2005
Genre: Orchestra, metal

“Advent” may sound weak at first, however, around the 3-minute mark, the metal gets crazy. Really crazy. Like how-the-hell-did-guitars-get-in-this-song crazy. Perfect for any workout routine. The song comes from the soundtrack of the film “Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.”


Artists: Alexis & Fido featuring Daddy Yankee
Year: 2010
Genre: Reggeaton

It’s difficult to understand what they’re saying, but there’s no denying the beat. This is one song that’ll get you to finish that last mile or pump out those last reps.

Welcome To The Jungle

Artists: Guns N’ Roses
Year: 1987
Genre: Hard rock

If you can’t get pumped for this song, you must be in a coma. Yeah, it’s an oldie. But this Guns N’ Roses classic belongs. Former steroids user Eric Gagne made his WWF-style entrance to this song. He won the Cy Young Award in 2003, which is given to baseball’s best pitcher. Gagne was so bad-ass, he won the award as a reliever.

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