Boxing to Rock

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While rock isn't the only music to which you can box, it's probably the genre of choice for trying to synchronize your pace. Generally speaking, boxing workouts require tempos around 140-150 BPM. And this is simply too fast for most rapping. It's also faster than most folks can dance. So, you won't find a lot of pop or electronic music there either. Nevertheless, I was able to dig up some variations on the straight-ahead rock from Billy Joel, The Cure, and Sleater Kinney — along with a sporting classic...even if it's not this particular sport.

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1. Spoon - You Got Yr Cherry Bomb - 143 BPM

2. The Cure - Inbetween Days - 142 BPM

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3. Everclear - So Much for the Afterglow - 150 BPM

4. Blondie - Call Me - 141 BPM

5. The All-American Rejects - Dirty Little Secret - 144 BPM

6. Nine Inch Nails - The Perfect Drug - 149 BPM

7. Billy Joel - It's Still Rock and Roll to Me - 142 BPM

8. Sleater-Kinney - You're No Rock 'n' Roll Fun - 142 BPM

9. Blink-182 - All the Small Things - 148 BPM

10. John Fogerty - Centerfield - 142 BPM

mc-dj-2009-sm.jpgMC's resident DJ, Chris Lawhorn, weeds through each week's releases to find the best new music for a workout. The highlights are presented here, organized by their beats per minute.

More songs — and resources for matching them to the pace of your routine — can be found on

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