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February 9, 2010

Music Playlist: Songs for Cross-Training

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In high school, I did no small amount of cross-training. But, it wasn't until I sat down to make this list that I realized I have no idea what term actually means. At the time, it entailed a lot of running. And it turns out this was probably not far off. Cross-training, as I understand it now, includes most exercises done outside the scope of one's usual area of concentration. Since I was a pole vaulter, running forced me to exercise different muscles. I may be the only person to whom this idea was fuzzy. But, there it is...just in case.

In terms of the playlist, I've tried to enable your own cross-training exercise switch by making a couple changes. The majority of "workout music" clocks in around 130 BPM and wouldn't be out of place in a club. In order to mix things up, I've put together a list that runs 155-160 BPM and features a more aggressive set of songs than usual.

You'll still find some exuberant tunes, courtesy of Ash and Hot Hot Heat. But, I've also put in some darker material from Joy Division and H.I.M. that wouldn't normally turn up here. And, if you prefer the melodrama and joy all at once, Andrew W.K. has just the song for you.

1. Queens Of The Stone Age - You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire - 160 BPM Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf - You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire

2. Bloc Party - The Prayer - 155 BPM Bloc Party - A Weekend In the City - The Prayer

3. U2 - I Will Follow - 156 BPM U2 - U218 Singles (Deluxe Version) - I Will Follow

4. Ash - Burn Baby Burn - 157 BPM Ash - Free All Angels - Burn Baby Burn

5. Squeeze - In Quintessence - 157 BPM Squeeze - East Side Story - In Quintessence

6. Hot Hot Heat - Pickin' It Up - 158 BPM Hot Hot Heat - Elevator - Pickin' It Up

7. Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart - 156 BPM Joy Division - The Best Of Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart

8. H.I.M. - Right Here In My Arms - 156 BPM H.I.M. (His Infernal Majesty) - And Love Said No: The Greatest Hits '97 - '04 - Right Here In My Arms

9. The Strokes - Juicebox - 155 BPM The Strokes - First Impressions of Earth - Juicebox

10. Andrew W.K. - Victory Strikes Again - 158 BPM Andrew W.K. - The Wolf - Victory Strikes Again

MC'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 RunHundred.com.

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