I am not sure this is an actual triathlon based post or not, but since music is a tool we all use at some point during our work outs, I thought it appropriate, and as I have said in other posts … it’s my blog. 🙂
Music is an integral part of all of our workouts. Unless you are riding outside (and I KNOW none of you have headphones on while riding outside right??) we use music during just about every workout. We even have special contraptions that make our iPods water proof so that our long swims are not mind numbing experiences.
The thing a lot of us don’t agree on is the TYPE of music we use to power us through. And there really is NO wrong answer to that … it’s whatever gets you motivated to move. I have heard grown women say that Hannah Montana does it for them (hopefully I never hear that from a guy). Hey, whatever floats your boat I guess.
But when hearing peoples suggestions and comments, I start thinking about how music has changed since I was a lad. I have always prided myself on my music knowledge (I played in bands growing up, starting on drums and learning guitar and bass along the way), and I am what you would call a liner note reader. Back in the old days of LP’s, the liner notes were often either on the back cover or printed on the inner sleeve. A wealth of information. If you look on the back cover of Van Halen I you will see the first person THANKED was Gene Simmons. This is because Gene Simmons discover Van Halen and produced their first demo, but Casablanca Records turned them down. Gene then released them to pursue another deal (nice of him) and the rest is history.
So anyway, I grew up in the 70’s (and I guess the 80’s). This in my opinion was a high water mark in music. The 70’s saw Alice Cooper, Led Zepplin, Black Sabbath, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Frampton, KISS, The Ramones, David Bowie, The Stones, etc. etc. The music was high level stuff, and proves it because every band (except KISS but don’t get me started on THAT) is in the Hall of Fame. The 80’s was the hey day of “Hair Metal”; Motley Crue, Poison, Ratt, Twisted Sister, Guns and Roses, Metallica, Iron Maiden, etc. Great head banging, groupie chasing, beer drinking music. GREAT stuff to run to.
No matter how I try, though, I cannot get into this “oomph oomph” dance crap that passes as music now. Where are the guitars?? It’s not just music to me. And it has NOTHING to do with me being a rock fan. I like a lot of different things, but even Hip Hop these days is weak. We had the Beastie Boys and Run-DMC. True Hip-Hop people, that put thought into what they wrote and sang about. Now we are inundated with these “thugs” who present themselves as street tough. We had NWA. THEY were REAL. The one saving grace is Eminem.
So you like rock? Try plugging in “Master of Puppets” or “For Whom the Bell Tolls” by Metallica and see if your legs don’t start moving. On an elliptical and like hip hop? Plug into “O.P.P” by Naughty by Nature and see if that doesn’t start you moving.
It’s works better than Justin Beiber I am guaranteeing you.