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 Posted:   Aug 22, 2014 - 1:04 PM   
 By:   davefg   (Member)

So I'm planning to go back to the gym in two weeks time and I was wondering if anybody listens to film music while working out and if so do they have any playlists/albums that they could recommend? Outside a lot of Hans Zimmer/RC scores I can't really think of any music bar futile escape from Aliens

 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2014 - 1:13 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Nothing gets the testosterone going more than Conan the Barbarian soundtrack! Also Rocky.

 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2014 - 1:18 PM   
 By:   mstrox   (Member)

There are a few tracks from Giacchino's "Speed Racer" that were on my running playlist for a while, until I wore them out - "32 Hours," "Reboot," "Let Us Drink Milk." Murray Gold's "I Am the Doctor" from Doctor Who S5 has been on there. "The Long Song" from Doctor Who S7. "Everything Has to End Sometime" from Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol (not a Christmassy track, just a variation of "I Am the Doctor" that I like). The Superman March is a really good one. "The Fratelli Chase" from The Goonies. I had "Evil Annie" from Patrick Doyle's Igor on there. The river/barrel chase from the most recent Hobbit score was on there.

It's hard to find something with a good workout energy to it, with consistency throughout, etc. Lots of really good tracks have parts that dwindle out, tempo shifts, etc, that make them hard to recommend. I'd recommend just remembering certain bits while you're listening to music, and trying them out while you're exercising. If they don't work, chuck 'em and try the next one smile

 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2014 - 1:24 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Well, I have a 4 CD-R set of compilations with edits of score I use for exercising.

One of most of Volume 1 of "CHiPs" (FSM)

The second is a compilation of tracks from all the "Knight Rider" Volumes (and the FSM release).

And then I have two with personal edits of tracks from various film and television scores. Example of some of the tracks used:

"The Chase"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrPWkIRWY9U

"Saving Palmer"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbaklTAVQ2E

"You Have the Power" (edit of just the first half of the cue, as presented in this link)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLEBdX_nX5g

And edit of some of the action material from "Superman: The Animated Series" (episode, "In Brightest Day" -- available on the LLLR's set)

And edit of two cues from "Uncommon Valo9r" (just the STII:TSfS Klingon material)

And edit of pieces from two cues from "Predator", one of the pieces is the opening action material from this cue:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvEqrPoNgno

Among other cues.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2014 - 1:32 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Nothing gets the testosterone going more than Conan the Barbarian soundtrack! Also Rocky.

agree with rocky. And rocky 3 eye of tiger. Plus bill contis Escape to victory - the football match bits and the marches.

 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2014 - 3:09 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

I've put allmy Charles Gerhardt albums on iPod and I listen to the various suites at times.

I've also got the last season of "Lost", John William's "The Accidental Tourist", Alex North's "Shoes of the Fisherman", etc.

And then there's Giacchino's "John Carter".

 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2014 - 6:07 PM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

I understand people using music jogging (though if there's traffic around that's not a great idea) but in the gym it's distracting. I'd bet you just switch it off after a while.

On isotonic machines like treadmills and cycles, maybe, but even there it's more to do with functional distraction from the boredom. On weights equipment it's distracting, and if you're using freestanding weights, then that distraction could be annoying and a trifle dangerous.

If you must go poppish, then Moroder's chase music from 'Midnight Express' is an idea.


The 'intuitive' logic that 'exercise' music, such as, oh, 'The Rowing of the Galley Slaves' (which might just work on a rowing machine ...) or some sort of macho steely material from some awful Schwarzenegger thing is ideal, just doesn't work in the real world. They say that old Mr. 'Don't get sand kicked in your face' Charles Atlas recommended his pupils listen to Bach.

It's more to do with Alexander the Great perfecting his physical powers at the gym before his afternoon chats with Aristotle than some mindless baboon 'I'll build up my biceps and ignore my triceps' tee-shirt gorilla who wants to impress the girlies. Think princely.



Interestingly, if you try marches when long-distance walking, you'll be surprised how many marches, though sounding inspirational, actually don't fit every stride, leg-length, tempo etc.. Music is more of a distraction in concentration exercises. Many press type exercises require a slow, smooth movement (unless you incorporate cheaters) that has no real musical form relevant.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2014 - 6:25 PM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

William pretty much points it out for me.

Occasionally I'll have the radio on but I mostly train with no music. Anything I love I can find distracting, a lot of film music with its changing rhythms can be very off-putting.

Whatever works for the individual I guess.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2014 - 6:29 PM   
 By:   dbrooks   (Member)

My list includes:
Hymn to Red October - Basil Poledouris (Conan the Barbarian is also a good choice)
Going the Distance and Rocky theme - Bill Conti
Tryouts from Rudy - Jerry Goldsmith
Charging Ft. Wagner and Closing Credits from Glory - James Horner
The Finals from Hoosiers - Jerry Goldsmith
Vale of Plenty and Synchrotone from Black Hawk Down - Hans Zimmer
Last of the Mohicans main title, Elk Hunt and The Kiss - Trevor Jones
and some Ennio Morricone like Fistfull of Dollars and Good, Bad and the Ugly.

That's just a few.

 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2014 - 7:52 PM   
 By:   Freejack   (Member)

Best Gym Track EVER......
Just put this on repeat and you'll be in shape in notime... big grin

ROCKY IV - Training Montage - by Vince DiCola (1985)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Y0J_-Mq6Zg

 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2014 - 8:59 PM   
 By:   Steve H   (Member)

Vince DiCola's Transformers the Movie.
Daft Punk's Tron Legacy.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2014 - 2:52 AM   
 By:   davefg   (Member)

Thanks for the recommendations guys! Just one more thing what kind of earphones do you use?

 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2014 - 3:20 AM   
 By:   pete   (Member)

Thanks for the recommendations guys! Just one more thing what kind of earphones do you use?

I bought iSport Freedom headphones last month while travelling in the US. I had no intention of buying anything, but I had a few hours to kill at Detroit Airport and found myself browsing the shops. Before I knew what hit me, I was 270 bucks poorer.
http://www.trustedreviews.com/monster-isport-freedom_Headphones_review

The main selling points were the bluetooth connection - I was always knocking the cord when running on the treadmill and that would send my iPhone flying. The sweat proof factor clinched the deal. I had killed a few pairs of headphones from sweating, again on the treadmill. They are a little big, but I also prefer doing weights while listening to music, and the wireless aspect is a big plus.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2014 - 4:29 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

First of all, I don't go to the gym anymore, and haven't in a couple of years. I've become fat and useless. But back when I did, I only listened to whatever music they played on the speakers. Feels uncomfortable to wear earplugs when you're working out. If I HAD listened to any music, it would not be film music, however. Most likely some hardhitting psytrance or maybe hard rock, like Rammstein. In the event I WOULD pick some film music, however, I agree on stuff like Di Cola's ROCKY IV (at least some of the tracks). Or the Clayton/Mullen remix of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE. Etc.

But in general, film music is too dynamic in range and styles and moods and tempo to be useful in such a setting, IMO.

 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2014 - 5:01 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

I listen to film music while I jog/run and I've made suites of the following (leaving out the quieter tracks in favor of the more rhythmic action material):

Amazing Spiderman (Horner)
Avengers (Silvestri)
Bourne Legacy (Howard)
Cliffhanger (Jones)
Commando (Horner)
Con Air (Rabin/Mancina)
Event Horizon (Kamen)
Ghosts of Mars (Carpenter)
G.I. Joe Rise Cobra (Silvestri)
Hoosiers (Goldsmith)
Lawnmower Man 2 (Folk)
Lost (Giacchino)
Matrix Reloaded & Revolutions (Davis)
Rambo III (Goldsmith)
Rambo IV (Tyler)
River Wild (Goldsmith)
Sneakers (Horner)
Spiderman 2 (Zimmer)
Star Trek (Giacchino)
Star Trek First Contact (Goldsmith)
Star Trek Insurrection (Goldsmith)
Star Trek Nemesis (Goldsmith)
The Fugitive (Howard)
Timeline (Goldsmith)
Total Recall (Goldsmith)
Tron Legacy (Daft Punk)
Under Siege (Chang)
X-files (Snow)

My favorites of late are the Matrix sequel scores by Don Davis. "Mona Lisa Overdrive" a preferred go to track of late. smile

 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2014 - 5:16 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

I understand people using music jogging (though if there's traffic around that's not a great idea) ...


For outside running don't use in-ear earplugs, they will drown out outside noise and they will amplify the sound of your shoes hitting pavement. I find the following Sony earplugs the best for running as you can still hear oncoming cars behind you, they hold well in place and they come with a small gripping pin to attach to your shirt so the wire doesn't pull.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2014 - 5:31 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

You're such a jogging pro, Francis!

 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2014 - 6:00 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

You're such a jogging pro, Francis!

It's my favorite leisure activity and have become somewhat addicted to the runner's high. A pro I wouldn't call myself as I doubt I'd finish first in any race. wink

By the way, isn't this how they jog in Norway? big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2014 - 7:00 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

How about "Montage" from "Team America" running on a loop?

 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2014 - 7:01 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Don't laugh but Rock Dreams by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Also any of the Eric Kunzel film theme compilations.

 
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