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yet another music question

what is the perfect workout music?

perhaps for you it's a classic like "eye of the tiger". perhaps you prefer something more modern, like christina aguilera's "fighter". or you could be like me, and enjoy a modern classic as you treadmill, something like "supermodel (you better work)" by rupaul. specifically, for me, in the context of the brady bunch movie soundtrack. because if "keep on" and "it's a sunshine day" don't make you feel like gettin your exercise, i don't know what does! what music gives you a feeling of purpose and determination and makes you want to sweat?

also i don't know much about portable mp3 players. can you usually move music on and off them as you please? who makes the good ones? because maybe if i have a good set of music i will actually exercise. or something.

i think i would also pay someone to mod out DDR pads for me (well, i mean. the ones i modded out are crap.). on the other hand, DDR is just a huge expense (as in i'd probably have to get a PS2 and/or new pads etc.). this is a problem i should not be throwing money at. i never did buy a bike. i certainly can't do all three expensive things i just listed here, or if i can, i should not. but i digress. workout music! share!

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booyeah
Sep. 30th, 2003 09:54 pm (UTC)
I celebrate the majority of the ddr collection. As to the cost, It is significantly less than buying a bike or a treadmill.

My modded soft pads are history though. One can only register about half of the right arrows. The other registers twice as many back arrows as it should. I'm actually going to sell my treadmill for just enough money to buy a pair of fancy metal pads. Basically I'm trading a piece of exercise equipment I don't use, for one I will.

If you need help with your pads, I'm happy to offer advice, or tools or whatever. Were I to mod another set of soft pads, I have a list of things I'd do differently than my first set.
snidegrrl
Oct. 1st, 2003 12:21 am (UTC)
I am seeing all of these things as being in the same ballpark - about $200-300 for an mp3 jukebox which might supposedly make working out more fun. $200-300 for a PS2 and modded pads. $200-300 for the kind of bike I'm interested in. Obviously if I am going to do any of them, I can only choose one; there are pluses and minuses to all of them. DDR is great but noting that I already have a relatively functional pad and PS1, I shouldn't shell out more money on it; the only thing lacking there is apparently my motivation. I keep telling myself though, if I had pads that consistently worked and a greater song selection I would do it more.

Heh. I tell myself alot of things. :)
snidegrrl
Oct. 1st, 2003 12:21 am (UTC)
note to self: buy a used damn bike for cheap at a pawn shop or something. sheez.
snidegrrl
Oct. 1st, 2003 01:42 am (UTC)
note to self: get a new timing belt before all this frivolousness.
subliminaltea
Oct. 1st, 2003 05:17 am (UTC)
As an alternative to an expensive mp3 player, might I suggest one of the newer Sony CD walkman portable players. You can get one that plays regular CDs AND mp3 CDs that you burn with a regular CDR for just $100. I think there's a "sport" version that costs $20-50 more, for more skip resistance. But I suppose how much you'd need that depends on what your chosen form of excercise is.
snidegrrl
Oct. 2nd, 2003 12:24 am (UTC)
Hrm. A good thought but I think the thing I was thinking of was the little 128mb memory stick type devices. Im sure the CD would skip one too many times and annoy me. :) Also since I already have a cd walkman I would feel silly buying another one. Of course, given that I should feel silly buying anything. :)
snidegrrl
Sep. 30th, 2003 11:41 pm (UTC)
wow, limited edition inside out reese's cups. how annoying. it is like they are laughing at me, mocking me for my love of the dark chocolate reese's cups. i hate them.
summer_queen
Sep. 30th, 2003 11:50 pm (UTC)
Depends on the MP3 player. My little Creative Labs Nomad, while I love it to death, is a pain in the ass because of the proprietary software that I *must* use to move songs onto the jukebox and manage song tags. It will often freeze my entire computer if it decides it doesn't like the CD in the drive. So I resort to ripping via MusicMatch, then moving songs via the Creative software.

On the other hand, the Archos jukebox I bought malkin uses MusicMatch for ripping and is drag and drop. Blessedly easy by comparison, I'm told by more than one.
snidegrrl
Oct. 1st, 2003 12:16 am (UTC)
Cool, thanks for the advice!!

The Archos one - is its size and durability suitable to something like jogging? Not that I go jogging, mind you. Just curious what it's like for bouncing around on your hip.
summer_queen
Oct. 1st, 2003 12:44 am (UTC)
The 20 Gig jukebox weighs 12.3 ounces, the 10 G is 12 oz and both are kinda chunky. While I wouldn't consider it something you'd want to wear while exercising, their Web page pic suggests otherwise (whether realistically or not is up to you).

http://www.archos.com/products/fam_mp3_music.html
snidegrrl
Oct. 1st, 2003 02:09 am (UTC)
Holy moly, I think the photoshop artists went a little overboard with her sucked-in cheeks there. That or she ate something really, really sour when they took the picture.
larksdream
Oct. 1st, 2003 09:33 am (UTC)
Goodness, that is alarming... she appears to be in imminanent danger of a tragic implosion... fashionable dieting finally goes too far...
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snidegrrl
Oct. 2nd, 2003 12:25 am (UTC)
Re: Yo.
get a 64mb or 128mb MP3 player.

OMG you are so right. Thank you!
cheetahmaster
Sep. 30th, 2003 11:55 pm (UTC)
Workout music: Let me recommend the soundtracks to Bring It On and The Replacements.
panicsyndrome
Oct. 1st, 2003 03:20 am (UTC)
i've found that anything around 140bpm is ideal for the running types of exercise i do. that said, some psytrance and most "this is techno" compilations have sufficed. especially that one with "james brown. is dead." on it.

and i love my archos, but i haven't tried jogging or anything while wearing it. since it's really a hard drive, i would be suspect of its ability to deal with lots of bouncing around. as far as mp3 mobility though, it is surely great. especially if you have a usb2 card.
ex_nostradom25
Oct. 1st, 2003 04:19 am (UTC)
ROFL
"Eye of the Tiger" lol

If I'm going to work out and I have my druthers, it's solid techno. Of the bassiest and most repetitive sort.
dissonant_etak
Oct. 1st, 2003 05:05 am (UTC)
workout music: goa! best ever.

i need some modded ddr pads too.. also a bigger TV and living room.
snidegrrl
Oct. 2nd, 2003 12:35 am (UTC)
erm... i don't think i know of this goa. :)
andthesparrows
Oct. 1st, 2003 07:41 am (UTC)
Glenn Hollis!!
I listen to a lot of "dance" mixes--it really pumps me up. I have a few standards that are on every mix-- "Remember by BT-Sasha remix", "Someone" by Ascension, and some more. I have about 10GB of mp3s on my work computer and 3GB on my laptop at home and I just mix and match. After working out with music, I can't workout without it. I use an Emerson CD/MP3 player--I burn them onto CD-RW's and then just keep rotating them. It works well enough for the gym. Eventually I'd like to get an iPod but my money tree needs to grow some.
snidegrrl
Oct. 2nd, 2003 12:41 am (UTC)
Re: Glenn Hollis!!
You mean seriously someone in the universe other then me listens to 97.1????? :D

Although I have to admit about one out of four songs I have to change the station because I can't stand to hear Kelly Clarkson or something like that.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 29th, 2003 07:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Glenn Hollis!!
Hey! This is Charles Carroll, the producer of "After Hours with Glenn Hollis"... I just wanted to take the time to thank you guys for listening! You should call up and make a dedication sometime!

Sorry about the Kelly Clarkson thing... that's out of my control :-)
subliminaltea
Oct. 1st, 2003 11:26 am (UTC)
I prefer dance/trance type stuff for working out. Sometimes I'll spice it up with some electronic stuff, or... game music. Especially DDR. I have never worked out to Eye of the Tiger. :D
y2kdragon
Oct. 1st, 2003 12:12 pm (UTC)
Ya know, we got an eliptical machine in storage right now that we just don't have room for in the apartment. Perhaps I can convince my better half that a 'loan' to her former roommate might be in order. I'll ask her about it. No promises, but I was the one who laid out the $$$ for it, and put it together. :)

As for music, I find a good, loud techno CD, even a Trace mix, is good. Trance makes me forget how long I'm working out.
snidegrrl
Oct. 2nd, 2003 12:34 am (UTC)
I don't even know what an eliptical machine does! But I bet we don't have room for it. :) Thank you though!!
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