It’s February and for those of us working a five day week of stressful proportions, we can afford little time for the gym and are often swayed towards the comforts of the junk food aisles at Tescos.
Therefore we need a release of some sort to burst out the fat that we chuck into our bodies, and to accompany that we require a calorie busting workout playlist, intended to provide the optimum motivation.
You cant work out in silence after all. Well I can’t, as having the concentration span of the most distracted fish means I bore easily.
So originally I designed myself a playlist of tracks that I would use to keep myself in shape. Or that was the intention! Various tweaks were made to it over the months, with songs not providing enough intensity or power were weeded out, and other more accomplished and storming tunes being brought onto the list.
Some of those that remain end up on constant replay as they prove irresistable to my head in the attempt to rid myself of the evil beer belly and attached moobage that appears when life becomes a bit too strenuous.
So here is my top 5, the songs that I never tire of, and those that force me into submission as easily as possible:
#5 – Faster Kill Pussycat by Paul Oakenfold ft Britanny Murphy
This was a beauty of a dance track when it originally came out in the noughties, and asides from the now eerie sound of the late Murphy’s voice, it still stands for me as one of the easiest tracks to move to.
The bass kicks in instantaneously and you are left with a beat that pulsates through you, egging you onto to lose that excess baggage. The voice of Brittany Murphy etches into your brain in a hypnotic trance and you are left powerless against it’s defenses.
Obviously anything with ‘Faster’ in the title will spur you on to greater speeds making this effective in any workout designed with vigorous exercise in mind.
Yes. I admit it. It is not cool to like a girl band like The Saturdays. But this edgy slice of futuristic pop remixed by the Wideboys (who have also worked with Shaznay Lewis) provides an insatiable chorus that whilst simplistic in its nature provides the backbone to a warm up or a cool down.
If you watch the video at the same time also you will be mesmerized and will submit accordingly to the movement of your body.
Nicole Scherzinger doesnt dominate on a Pussycat Dolls track for once, which allows the lesser known vocalist of the group Melody to churn out much of this stomper. Similarly to the aforementioned Paul Oakenfold track it initiates a thumping bass right from the outset and the chorus is one of the catchiest around.
The opening line to the chorus ‘Jump in my painted windows, baby lets go’ wills you on to fight yourself fit and puts yourself in good stead for a mighty fine session.
How can you not work out to a song which has the opening chorus line of ‘Well I can run, about as fast as I can.’ Although probably detremental to your health if at the mention of that line you change speeds quite dramatically it still provides the back drop to a near perfect work out tune, which accompanies a rock fuelled melody with Pink’s revelationary vocals.
Forget that the song is about drugs and just ponder that she is asking you to run as fast as you can away from the two for one on Jaffa Cakes and you’ll be fighting fit as fast as you can say 'Bob’s your uncle'.
Rihanna is not a great singer. So forget her vocals on any track and just listen to the monumentous production that is often piled into her music. This track is no exception as her rusty vocals protrude over the most epic bassline of any track on the face of the Earth. It is a song of intention, determination and inspiration and when your pushing yourself to the limits this track often allows you to forget what it is Rihanna is actually singing about. It all becomes overshadowed by the awesome backing and the line ‘I’m breakin dishes’, which wills you on to throw your weight around, go a little crazy, and maybe cause an injury, all in the name of rebellion. You want to smash it up, quite literally.
Such a song is perfect for an aerobic session, and can be quite sensational with anything boxing related, although you just have to remember to box with gloves and not dishes!