“A Fat Man’s Guide to Happiness” Volume 1: Blog 16

“Geoff’s Blog: A Fat Man’s Guide to Happiness” Volume 1: Blog 16

By Geoff Adler

One of the most important things any gym member can do is manage their playlist. You see them in the gym; members wearing hooded sweatshirts, heads covered deliberately for focus and intent. For most people, music stimulates the body and inspires the soul. The key to generating a good playlist is to have peaks and valleys where cadence shiftsregularly. It would be exhausting to listen to high intensity music without the balance of slower tunes. Conversely, it would be imprudent to listen to Barry Manilow’s complete anthology while trying to spin. A good playlist offers a variety of well balanced music.


By now I am sure you are rolling your eyes and are tempted to “X” out of this blog. I beg you not to. Why am I saying this you ask? It happened last week during an intense interval training session where I was shifting from station to station during a chest and shoulder workout. On the bench, I was listening to “Geoff’s Kick-Ass Playlist.” While doing so, my MP3 player inadvertently shifted playlists. How or why this phenomenon occurred, I’ll never know, but it did. I was bench pressing a high rep weight when the song shifted from “Wasted Years” by Iron Maiden to Jim Henson’s “Bear in the Blue House.” The moment the music changed the set was over, and the mind-set gone; I nearly dropped the bar!

So this week, in the spirit of keeping things light and fluffy, I offer you my top 11 workout songs among dozens that I have archived.

  1. “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” – Green Day (warm up)
  2. “What I’ve done” – Linkin Park (warm up)
  3. “I Ran” – Flock of Seagulls
  4. “Rock You Like A Hurricane” – Scorpions
  5. “I Wonder Why” – Dion and the Belmonts (one of my dad’s favorite songs)
  6. “Your Love” – The Outfield
  7. “Wild and the Young” – Quiet Riot
  8. “Wasted Years” – Iron Maiden
  9. “Dream On” – Aerosmith (and I’m ashamed to say the ‘Glee’ version too)
  10. “The Final Countdown” – Europe
  11. “Home Sweet Home” – Motley Crue (cool down)

Now is your opportunity to contribute. Please use the comment section below to share the songs that inspire you. In the meantime, stay strong and focused.

See you in the gym!


“Get in. Get fit.” – MFC