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It's worse than that - he's dead gym - The Paranoid Android
...musings of a mechanically depressed robot...
It's worse than that - he's dead gym
I went back to the gym.  I wasn't feeling particularly stiff or sore from Monday so I decided to up the ante a little.  I also had my iPod with me which made the experience that much more enjoyable.  There was a slight problem with this - I'll get into that in a bit.

I started on the bike again - I find cycling easy and mindless.  I think it's a good gentle warm up for me.  15 minutes at "Level 12" certainly warmed me up - but I was not badly out of breath and afterwards I could walk to the treadmills without problem.  After a minute to compose myself I set the treadmill for a fast walk up a slight incline.  A couple of really good songs came up and I marched 2km in 20 minutes whilst climbing nearly 60 meters.  I'll have to find the machine that is calibrated in miles and feet because I have trouble doing that sort of math in my head.

I was still feeling quite good so rather than destroy my buzz on the bastard rowing machine I went straight to the cross trainer and "cross-trained" (?) for 10 minutes. I still haven't quite worked out a knack for that machine.  I'll be getting into a rhythm then it'll throw me and I feel like I'm going to fall off... but I'll give it some time before I give up on it completely.  I had completed my planned 45 minutes "cardio" workout and I wasn't even close to puking... I wasn't quite beetroot red either... more a boiled lobster red.  That's better isn't it?

Another machine that has given me trouble in the past is the "stair master"  That was obviously a long time ago so I though - what the hell - let's try it out and see.  15 minutes later *I* was the master!  I had climbed the equivalent of about 50 floors and my legs were really starting to feel it... enough with the cardio I figured.

For the last 15 or so minutes I "played" with some of the weights machines... leaving my legs out as they were definitely not up for any more punishment... I did a few reps of bugger all weight of a whole bunch of machines just to try them out really.

This morning I felt fine!  perhaps it's just a little psychological - but I really feel better.

My only problem with the night was inappropriate music popping into the play list.  I really need to devise a couple of workout play lists.  I know some of you work out listening to music - what would you suggest?

My caveats would be:
Rap, Boy Bands, Girl Bands, "Karaoke" singers, Country or Western - NO
Pretty much anything else goes.

Now I know there are exceptions to the above - there are a lot of damn good artists who have no band and therefore fall into the category of "karaoke" singer - but better safe than sorry! :)

So please - tell me the music you would have me listen to while I'm dying...

Current Location: EC2Y 9AQ
Current Mood: calm calm
Current Music: Radiohead - Creep

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filterfactor From: filterfactor Date: October 27th, 2006 12:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
how weird you would post this- as I'm currently trying to sort out an mp3 playlist myself.

it ruins the vibe to suddenly have a random song thrown in there & then you have to kinda stop & hit the next track.

I have a bunch of Basement Jaxx songs & dance tunes for cardio- & I'm trying to figure out what to file as a "circuit training" playlist. It's all about being able to keep cadence- reps to beats.

paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: October 27th, 2006 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was marching along on the treadmill and a slow ballad type thing came on and I slowed down! - I almost fell off the back of the machine. - So from then I was hitting forward half the time.

My problem seems to be I have to many different types of music on my pod :(
tweezlebum From: tweezlebum Date: October 27th, 2006 01:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
No doubt (Oooh, actually, No Doubt would be good, too.) it'll pain you to hear this, but I suggest dipping into my "rock chick" music. Kaiser Chiefs, Killers, Mighty Mighty Bosstones if you have any, etc. Anything with a quick, solid beat but nothing too angry. Oh, and I listen to Moby's older stuff (Play, 18) a lot when I'm walking because it moves. Ohh, and definitely "John the Revelator" because every time I listen to it, I want to sing along loudly & dance about waggling my hands. ;D

paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: November 2nd, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I dont have any No Doubt on the iPod... do you have any CD's?

I have Killers and Kaiser Chiefs on there, plus a lot of Moby... I'll try them tonight.

...and you know I have every song DM ever did on there! :)
tweezlebum From: tweezlebum Date: November 2nd, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've never owned any No Doubt. Not a big fan. But I figured you had at least one of their albums...?
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: November 3rd, 2006 03:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I liked "Don't Speak" - and I did see them in concert but I've never bought one of their albums.
tabby_of_doom From: tabby_of_doom Date: October 27th, 2006 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I usually work out to Goldfrapp, Moby, Hooverphonic, and some Massive Attack songs. I once tried jogging to The Prodigy and I hurt myself, so nothing too RAH!, you know.
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: November 2nd, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
hmmm- cycling to the Firestarter might just kill me! ;)

I like a bit of Goldfrapp - not heard any Hooverphonic so I'll look out for those.
teya_uk From: teya_uk Date: October 27th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Richard has some great play lists that he uses when he's out running - you've got similar taste in music I think, I'll take a look at the titles and let you know ...
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: November 2nd, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes please! :)
dixiedew From: dixiedew Date: October 31st, 2006 03:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I got nothing on the song list, but you knew that anyway didn't you? I did want to thank you for the chuckle on the "cross trainer" though. :D
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: November 2nd, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I dunno what it is with that think - it's a bit like cycling standing up - but my feet don't want to do that!
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