I Lift Things Up & Put Them Down

Another Joel post! This one made me “l-o-l-z” a lot. A few of you guys were asking about the explicit lyrics in some of the songs in Bootcamp Beats.  Check out Joel’s response about how he deals with dat shit here in the comments section.  Enjoy!  

Hey everyone! So obviously, judging from the title of this blog post, I am going to take a detour this week from my usual bootcamp playlists that I usually share with you guys. Let me explain why.

So the New Year has been filled with a lot of changes for me, including new jobs and moving to a new apartment in the city. And since I’m such a slave to routine, I have been ALL KINDS of messed up these past two months trying to get used to all these changes and new schedules and such. Nothing has taken more of a hit than my lifting routines. I have been lifting weights since I was around 15 years old (thanks, freshman year football team), and again, since I’m such a creature of habit, I haven’t stopped since. So when I get thrown for a loop and really don’t work out, it takes QUITE a toll.

Anyways, last Ash Wednesday, I finally found out what the true meaning of Lent is supposed to be. Now, I’m definitely not the religious type, but as it was explained to me, Lent is a period of time to reflect on oneself and try to become a better person, however that may be. So this is the perfect time to buckle down and really start cranking out those gym sessions regularly. Since these past few months have been super crazy, I haven’t really consumed any alcohol, which has done wonders for my abs, but now it’s time for the rest of my body to catch up.

In honor of my recommitment to lifting weights, I’m going to share with you guys some of my favorite tracks on my weight lifting playlist that really do the trick with getting me fired up and helping me bust out a few extra reps. I’m also going to share some new songs that I really like and that I’ll definitely be adding to my future bootcamp playlists.

Warmup/Stretch

  1. Example – Watch The Sun Come Up (3:22): As a general rule of thumb, you ALWAYS want to warm up and stretch before you lift. You especially want to loosen up the muscle groups that you plan on working out. I tend to spend about 10 minutes doing this before I work out. This song from Example is a slow and catchy way to start your workout. 
  2. Felguk & SportyO – 2Nite (5:27): Now we start to pick up the tempo. I first heard this song on the trailer for the Electric Daisy Carnival a few weeks back, and it instantly become my anthem for the summer when I came back from college.
  3. Three 6 Mafia & Tiesto – Feel It (4:02): I like to build the tempo of my songs before I work out so I can get in the right frame of mind for how much weight I’m about to throw around. Another classic dance song from a few years back. 

Weight Lifting

  1. Calvin Harris – Bounce (3:03): I tend to choose a lot of dance songs when I work out, especially those that have a build and a big beat drop. I like to hold off until the beat drops before I start a set, so I can power through the best part of the song. 
  2. Skrillex – First of the Year (Equinox)(5:06): And I think no song exemplifies that mindset than this song from Skrillex. When the beat drops and the dubstep begins, I feel like I can lift a car. 
  3. Jay-Z – U Don’t Know (Remix feat. MOP)(4:27): Now, I like to inject a little variety into my lifting music, so I’ll throw in a little rap here and there. This remix of a Jay-Z classic has the perfect beat and tempo to keep me powering through my workout. 
  4. Enter Shikari – Juggernauts (Nero Remix)(5:01): This is a great remix of a song that I’ve been listening to for years. Enter Shikari is a hard rock/hardcore band, but Nero perfects this song with a drum and bass beat. This song is pretty good for sprints/burpees/rope throws/any high intensity exercise. 
  5. Pendulum – The Island (Steve Angello Remix)(4:01): I heard this song for the first time when I saw Swedish House Mafia play in New York City, and it absolutely brought the house down. Probably the most popular song from their set. There’s just something about these songs with slow builds and a strong drop. 
  6. Motley Crue – Kickstart My Heart (4:44): I don’t think I’ll ever stop liking corny 80’s hair metal. Probably my favorite song when I’m doing those “curls for the girls.” 
  7. Shiny Toy Guns – Ghost Town (3:44): I LOVE this band! One of the best examples of dance and rock music fusion. 
  8. A Static Lullaby – Toxic (3:21): This is definitely my favorite hardcore/punk remix of a Britney Spears song. 
  9. Deadmau5 – Ghosts ‘N Stuff (3:15): The number one played song on my iTunes. Can’t have a workout without a little mau5. 
  10. M’Black – Heartbreak (Bare Noize Remix)(4:00): Another one of those songs that, once the beat drops, I find myself busting out a few more reps. VERY wompy, but great for heavy lifts, like squats, cleans and benches. 
  11. Drake, Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne & Eminem – Forever (5:57): This whole song is like a personal motivational speech. 
  12. Eric Prydz – Call On Me (2:51): I’m pretty sure this was my number one played song on my iTunes before I got my new laptop a couple years ago. Fitting that the music video is a sexy aerobics class. 
  13. Drake – Over (3:54): I like this Drake way more than the emotional one. 
  14. Nero – Reaching Out (4:45): If you ever wondered what Hall & Oates would song like if they were into dubstep, this is your answer. Nero samples the classic song Out Of Touch and infuses some awesomely wompy beats. For some reason, I love doing pull ups to this song. 
  15. La Roux – In For The Kill (Skrillex Remix)(5:11): After writing out this playlist, I think I know why I like these wompy songs with a slow build and a drop in them. The slow build gives you ample time to rest in between sets, and then you can start your lift when the bass drops. And usually songs like this one has a few builds and drops, so you can bang out three sets of a single exercise with just one song. I think I might be an accidental genius. 

And here are some new songs that I’ve been loving/adding to my workout and bootcamp playlists lately.

  1. Santigold – Disparate Youth (4:48): Her brand new single that just came out last week is straight fire. Such a perfect blend of so many different music styles. 
  2. Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso – Losing My Mind (Calling Vocal Mix)(5:39): Finally, a vocal version of an instrumental song that has been played non-stop in the club for months now. I believe the singer is from One Republic, and he kills it. Love this song. 
  3. Dirty South & Thomas Gold – Eyes Wide Open (5:22): These two DJs have collaborated on a couple of songs lately, and they’ve all been awesome. This song is their best yet. 
  4. R3hab – Sending My Love (5:28): This is an original song from DJ R3hab, and it even better than his remixes. Everything he touches lately is gold.
  5. Spencer & Hill & Nadia Ali – Believe It (Cazzettes Android Remix)(6:02): This song has quickly become one of my favorites, both in the gym and at the club. If a song has me dancing in between sets, it’s a keeper. 

I hope you guys liked all the tunes this week, and hopefully you can add some of these to your own playlists. Thanks for reading!

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