SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 12: New iPod earphones are seen next to a display of the new iPod Nano at an Apple media event September 12, 2006 in San Francisco. Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced new iPods and video downloads from iTunes as well as a sneak peek at a device tenatively called iTV which allows you to channel iTunes to your television and is expected out in early 2007. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Some people can work out without music. Some people even enjoy working out without music. Something about focus and concentration and all that.
I am not one of those people.
I am a weakling who will walk right back out of the gym if I realize I'd forgotten my iPod. I need the crutch of the oontz-oontz-oontz to even get me going.
Here's the semi-embarrassing playlist you'll find filed under "treadmill" on my iPod ("stair mill," "bike," and "elliptical" get their own, thank you very much).
Here's a great site for finding new workout music (RunHundred.com). There, too, you'll find this YouTube video showing a demo of an app that allows you to determine the beats per minute (BPM) of a given song. So if you're looking to assemble high-BPM songs for a run, this could be a great guide:
If you've got a kick-butt playlist of your own, by all means, please share!