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Rising Up: A Workout Playlist

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It’s New Music Monday here at Roni’s Weigh! I was so excited when Chris from Run Hundred asked if I’d be open to music suggestions based some of my favroite songs. I love music when running but I tend to ignore things like beats per minute (BPM) when selecting running/workout mixes. I simply go with what I like.

Chris, on the other hand, knows his stuff! He put together this awesome mix that I listened to on my 7 mile run yesturday. The run actually turned into a run/walk as it was my first time getting out there since my illness this past week. The music was perfect for a high tempo walk and it really kept me going when I needed a break from running.

Anyway, I’ll let Chris take over and make his reccomendations. I’m thinking about making this a weekly or bi-weekly feature so let me know what you think!

Roni and I’d talked about trying to piece together a workout playlist based around a few of her favorite gym jams. 

The challenge here was to take her song of choice ("Uprising" by Muse) and find nine more songs with the same tempo (128 BPM).

My hunch is that the lady loves rock.  But this is, no joke, one of three BPMs where most all techno/dance music clocks in.  If you’re curious, 125 BPM and 132 BPM are the other two tempos to which Jersey Shore-style, fist-pumping music generally adheres.

Having said that, I tried to include a little something for everyone.  So, there’s  Bloc Party, Sweet, and Weezer for the rock fans.  And Prodigy, Deep Dish, a Lily Allen remix for dance fans.  Plus, there’s a track from Peter Gelderblom that splits the difference by turning a Red Hot Chili Peppers track into a club favorite.  Lastly, if you’ve got no allegiance–there are curveballs from both Sia and Junior Senior. 

Regardless of what moves you, there ought to be something here that fits with your workout routine. Especially if you’re workout routine is around 128 BPM (think:  brisk walking), there’s a lot here that’ll fit.


  1. Muse – Uprising
  2. Junior Senior – Together For One Last Dance
  3. Deep Dish – Sacramento
  4. Lily Allen – The Fear (Stonebridge Club Mix)
  5. Bloc Party – Kreuzberg
  6. Sweet – Fox On The Run
  7. Peter Gelderblom – Waiting 4
  8. Sia – The Girl You Lost To Cocaine
  9. Prodigy – Warriors Dance (South Central Remix)
  10. Weezer – Dope Nose


Chris Lawhorn is the resident DJ at Marie Claire magazine and runs a workout music database.  If you’d like to hear the current releases, vote on upcoming tracks, or find out who didn’t make the cut–you can check out Run Hundred.

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    August 16, 2010

    Good for you for getting out there and getting it done, even with having to do a walk/run combo!
    Thanks for the recommendations – I’m always looking for some new jams! :)


    August 16, 2010

    Hey Roni,

    My husband and I are training for our first half marathon in December as part of Team Challenge for the CCFA and I really need to update my iPod! My first thought was “Roni!”… This is great! I (and by “I” I mean “my husband”) will have to update my play lists soon!

    I love reading about your journey…you are an inspiration!



    August 16, 2010

    Hey Roni,

    I love workout music. I don’t think I could get the same workout with no music. There is a community thread that people list their current favorite workout music! Check it out!

    Congratulations on your journey! That is amazing!


    August 16, 2010

    I like it when health and fitness bloggers post their workout songs, since it usually opens me up to new tracks I can add to my own list.

    I just found one by the art of manliness, they have some interesting picks!


    August 17, 2010

    I really like “podrunner” mixes on itunes. best of all, they are free! of course, it is just a stream of techno music but it is organized by BPM. sometimes I like the techno music because it is easy to zone out and be carried by the beat. other times you want to sing along to your faves but alternating what I listen to helps keep it fresh.


    August 17, 2010

    Love it–Sia “The Girl You Lost to Cocaine” is actually on almost all of my jogging playlists already–too funny to see it pop up here.

    I’m a huge music dork, so bring it on!!


    August 17, 2010

    Im always looking for new music for my ipod…Ill have to check some of these out!

    Amanda Ingle

    August 17, 2010

    Kate you should tell others what you listen to! I know I am always looking at this thread for more ideas for NEW music. Love it.

    Neil Denslow

    August 18, 2010

    Hey Roni!! thank you so much ! I love the playlist! i let my nephew download them into my ipod and i listened to it for my daily exercise it keeps me pumped, thanks


    August 19, 2010

    Thanks for the playlist – I struggle trying to find new music for running. One day while surfing the web for running music I stumbled upon which offers playlist suggestions for a variety of bpms. I am going to check out the other sites listed here too. Thanks!


    August 27, 2010

    How in the Hell do you figure out Beats Per Minute??? Teach me! I must know!


    September 6, 2010

    I’m still figuring it out myself Laura. I’m planning a post on it soon!