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My Workout Playlist

Music can be a great addition to your workout. It can help you keep the pace, push you harder, or it can distract you through those last agonizing moments to your finish point.

Below, I’ve provided a sample (100 Songs) of the music I like to listen to while working out – these songs incorporate what I use for weight lifting, cardio, pole fitness, aerial silks, kickboxing and many other workouts, so you will find a great variance in music choice. My tastes range from musical scores and theme songs, to things you might hear on the radio, right into obscure bands that aren’t well known.

Where available, I’ve attempted to include Youtube links to the songs. I hope you enjoy, and perhaps find something new to add to your list!

  1. Escape the Fate – Gorgeous Nightmare
  2. Metallica – Fuel
  3. Katzenjammer – A Bar in Amsterdam
  4. Mariana’s Trench – Toy Soldiers
  5. Mariana’s Trench – Desperate Measures
  6. Mariana’s Trench – Haven’t Had Enough
  7. Mariana’s Trench – Stutter
  8. Mariana’s Trench – Shake Tramp
  9. Mariana’s Trench – September
  10. Mariana’s Trench – Vertigo
  11. Mariana’s Trench – Celebrity Status
  12. Mariana’s Trench – Sing Sing
  13. Rob Zombie – Dragula
  14. Sonata Arctica – Kingdom for a Heart
  15. Sonata Arctica – San Sebastian
  16. Sonata Arctica – Still Loving You
  17. Rev Theory – Hell Yeah
  18. Theory of A Deadman – Bad Girlfriend
  19. Saving Abel – Addicted
  20. Saving Abel – New Tattoo
  21. Jakalope – Witness
  22. Emily Osment and Josh Ramsay – Hush
  23. Hot Rod Herman – Dragula Remix
  24. Rammestein – Feuer Frei
  25. Enomine – Mitternacht
  26. My Chemical Romance – Black Parade
  27. My Chemical Romance – The Sharpest Lives
  28. Voltaire – Zombie Prostitute
  29. Voltaire – Vampire Club
  30. Voltaire – Brains
  31. Christina Aguilera – Express
  32. Christina Aguilera – Show Me How You Burlesque
  33. Christina Aguilera - Not Myself Tonight
  34. Christina Aguilera – Vanity
  35. Pink – You and Your Hand
  36. Pink – So What
  37. Danny Fernandes and Josh Ramsay -Hit Me Up
  38. Shinedown – Sound of Madness
  39. Shinedown – Devour
  40. Shinedown – Sin With a Grin
  41. Shinedown – Cry for Help
  42. Hammerfall – Hearts on Fire
  43. Hammerfall – Blood Bound
  44. Hammerfall – Natural High
  45. Dropkick Murphys – The Gauntlet
  46. Within Temptation  – What Have You Done?
  47. Within Temptation – The Howling
  48. Within Temptation – Angels
  49. Nightwish – Amaranth
  50. Nightwish – Bye Bye Beautiful
  51. Cee Lo Green – Fuck You
  52. My Darkest Days – Porn Star Dancing
  53. Adam Lambert- For Your Entertainment
  54. Repo! The Genetic Opera - Zydrate Anatomy
  55. Paramore – Thats What You Get
  56. Paramore - Let the Flames Begin
  57. Paramore – Fences
  58. Versa Emerge – Fixed at Zero
  59. Papa Roach – I Almost Told You that I Loved You
  60. Papa Roach – Hollywood Whore
  61. Oingo Boingo – Dead Man’s Party
  62. Oingo Boingo – No One Lives Forever
  63. Symphony X – Accolade II
  64. Symphony X – Out of the Ashes
  65. Game of Thrones – Intro Theme Song
  66. Ascetic Junkies – Dracula
  67. Concrete Blonde – Bloodletting
  68. DJ Bobo – Vampires are Alive
  69. DJ Bobo – Pirates of Dance
  70. Army of Lovers – Crucifed
  71. Dragon Force – Through the Fire and Flames
  72. Dream Evil – Fight You to the End
  73. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals – Paris (Ooh La La)
  74. I am Ghost - Lovers Requiem
  75. I am Ghost – Killer Likes Candy
  76. Jonathan Coulton – I Feel Fantastic
  77. Jonathan Coulton – Skullcrusher Mountain
  78. Maroon 5 – Moves like Jagger
  79. The Trews – Not Ready to Go
  80. Princess and the Frog – Friends on the Other Side
  81. Selena Gomez – Naturally
  82. Tom Jones – Sex Bomb
  83. Tom Jones – You Can Leave Your Hat On
  84. Warren Zevon – Werewolves of London
  85. Young Artists for Haiti – Wavin’ Flag
  86. Drowning Pool – Bodies
  87. Rancid - Red Hot Moon
  88. Finger Eleven – Paralyzer
  89. Nine Inch Nails – Hand that Feeds
  90. Blackmore’s Night – Storm
  91. Blackmore’s Night – Rainbow Blues
  92. Bowling for Soup – The Bitch Song
  93. Christina Perri – Bang Bang Bang
  94. David Guetta - Love is Gone
  95. Flogging Molly – Black Friday Rule
  96. Freedom Call – Carry On
  97. Gackt – Vanilla
  98. Great Big Sea – Company of Fools
  99. Great Big Sea – Consequence Free
  100. Great Big Sea – Ordinary Day

 

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Where Are My Abs? How To Build A Great Abdominal Foundation!

This article was written for Muscle and Strength, look for it now in the January 2012 issue of Natural Muscle Magazine!

When people start working out, they almost invariably go straight for their abs. And perhaps it is reasonable – the abdominal area is where people are most acutely aware of carrying extra weight, bloat, or softness, and it is the spot almost all people want to see direct improvement.

What’s more, having a great set of abs is the primary marker of ‘fitness’ in the general world. And when the abs don’t seem to be improving any more drastically than the rest of the body despite receiving the most attention, people get discouraged and begin to think that perhaps they are just not genetically capable of building a tight, lean six pack.

However, as we should all know, there is no effective way to spot-fix a body part. Regardless of how manycrunches you may do, an isolated focus is an ineffective way to change your body, especially when it comes to your midsection.

In order to train your abs for the best results, a full-body approach is necessary. In fact, if you are carrying extra weight in your abdominal area, chances are it is not the only culprit. Bearing this in mind, there are two key concepts that are crucial to building a strong foundation for ripped abs: Engage, and Diet.

Engage:

Rather than going straight for the crunches, consider that the most effective way to see improvement in your abdominal areas is to hold off on direct and exclusive ab exercises until you have begun to reduce your overall body fat percentage. Why? Like all other forms of resistance work, ab exercise increases the growth of muscle, and muscle under fat has a tendency to look like more bulk.

This is why some people get discouraged with their middle thickness despite heavy ab workouts — they have the muscle, but the fat overtop is hiding their achievement. This is not to say ‘neglect your abs entirely until later on’, as this would be a serious detriment to your fitness goals. Strong core muscles (Abs, obliques, back, glutes, etc) are vital to all other types of workouts — without them, you could seriously injure yourself, especially while lifting.

So what do you do? You engage. Engage your core muscles in everything you do. Squeeze your core tight when you jog, when you squat, when you do jumping jacks, when you do push ups, when you lift weights, when you do pull ups, when you do ALL types of workouts. If you are doing squats and not even thinking about your abs, you are missing out on the full potential of what that move can do for your body! Is it not better to work more at once?

Abdominal engagement can be done anywhere – in the office, at home while cooking dinner, or even while enjoying your favourite evening TV show. By doing so, the strength in all your core muscles, especially your abs, will start to improve, while you are working on melting the fat from all areas of your body, and building a nice frame of lean muscle. You will be surprised, when they softness burns away, that you have a nicer, flatter stomach to work with, and finally give that extra attention to.

Diet:

Here, the old adage of “abs are made in the kitchen” truly needs to be stressed! What you eat and how you eat are fundamental to the aesthetic results of your midsection; if your diet is not en pointe, shredded abs are not going to develop. Even the fittest of people will noticeably bloat and soften when they consume something full of sugar, fat or sodium – and this shows most in the midsection.

It must be emphasized that a diet full of processed, sugary foods will be a serious detriment to the fat burning process that will uncover your strong, toned abs. If you want to have a great six-pack, your focus needs to be on eating clean, eating at proper intervals, and most importantly, eating enough! If you’re not getting enough calories to support your caloric burn and exercise activity, your body will begin to cling to fat as a survival instinct.

Eating smaller, more frequent meals that comprise of lean proteins, whole wheat or whole grain complex carbohydrates and bountiful portions of veggies are the best way to ensure that you are left feeling satisfied and energized with every meal, while still shedding fat from your midsection to reveal your abdominal foundation. So never forget to think about what you are eating, and how that one thing will reflect on your body, especially when you want to see firm, taut abs.

Overall, these two key concepts are crucial for building the best, strongest and most aesthetic foundation for your midsection. Utilizing these tricks will help you to sculpt your abs into the six pack of your dreams!

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