Sweating to the Beat: 5 EDM Artists to Help You Get in Shape
If you're looking to drop ten pounds for summer, now seems like a great time to start hitting the gym. If you're one of the many that don't do well left to their own devices, then you'll probably want to be part of a workout group.
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If you've never been before, though, you're about to learn one of the unfortunate truths of working out: 90 percent of the time, the music sucks.
Unless you're one of the rare people who end up in a hip gym, you'll probably find yourself sweating to bad remixes of '70s tracks or burned copies of the Biggest Loser Workout Mix.
It shouldn't have to be this way. Music is supposed to motivate us to work harder, not make an already difficult task worse. We deserve a better class of workout mix.
Most artists are open to new monetary streams, and aren't above licensing their works for profit. If most workout music is already dance-based and we live in an age where DJs and producers are the new rock stars, isn't it time we combine the two? Rocks Off hit the gym to shed some pounds and do some brainstorming.
Workout Type: Zumba
Artist: Girl Talk
Billed as "The Original Fitness Party," Zumba is a Latin-infused combination of dances including samba, salsa and hip-hop, with a dash of belly-dancing and karate. It's become the go-to workout for those who want to get healthy while having a bit of fun at the same time.
With its combination of different styles and the fact that Zumba Fitness doesn't charge licensing fees, Zumba seems like a natural fit for hip-hop/rock/dance mash-up maker Girl Talk, who releases his albums essentially for free (although you can pay if you'd like).
Because of the wide variety of styles his mixes pull from, each section of the mix could be geared toward enhancing the type of exercise taking place at that point in the workout. Plus, there'd be a little something for every type of popular music fan to enjoy.
Workout Type: Crossfit
Crossfit workouts are fast and intense. The goal is to give everything you can for a short period of time, keeping track of how well you do and how much better you're doing than your neighbor.
When it comes to fast and intense electronic music, the first thing that comes to mind is drum and bass. The tempo regularly pushes past 160 beats per minute, the perfect background for full-body exertion over a limited amount of time.
Noisia are a solid pick for this type of work. They've made a name for themselves doing solid remixes for acts like Moby and having good working relationships with non-DnB artists like Deadmau5. Even more impressive is the fact that they're a member of the Roc Nation family and a Jay-Z cosign is a Jay-Z cosign, no matter the genre.