Music of the Month: May


Before I got into triathlon and other outdoor sports and decided to try and lose weight to speed up my racing, I spent a lot of time in the gym lifting weights and the like, trying to do the exact opposite and bulk up. Whilst the end goals of these could not be more different, there are actually a lot of similarities: both involve spending a lot of time working out, diet plays a major role (although what you consume obviously changes), and each needs a lot of motivation.

As I have mentioned before, music plays a massive role in the latter of these for me, and whilst some of the monthly themes I have had before are not necessarily the most appropriate for the big equipment (fast dance music makes slow heavy lifts a potential hazard!) there is one genre that happily straddles both sides of the gym, as well as any decent car stereo with the windows down.

Of course I am talking about Rock, and specifically of the ‘Classic’, big hair, air guitar nature, which in my book is anything from between 1960 – 1990 (ish). Fast or slow, heavy or smooth, funky or chilled, these are the kind of tunes that get you over the start line early, and keep you going through that tough final mile:

  • Guns & Roses – Welcome to the Jungle
  • AC/DC – Shoot to Thrill
  • Deep Purple – Highway Star
  • Thin Lizzy – Out in the Fields
  • The Cult – Fire Woman
  • Judas Priest – Breaking the Law
  • Iron Maiden – 2 Minutes to Midnight
  • Motley Crue – Kickstart My Heart
  • Ozzy – Crazy Train
  • Whitesnake – Here I Go Again
  • Toto – Hold the Line
  • Van Halen – Dreams
  • The Police – Message in a Bottle
  • Eric Clapton – Bad Love
  • Jimi Hendrix – All Along the Watchtower
  • Queen – One Vision
  • The Clash – Train in Vain

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