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Songs To Sweat To: CapRadio Work-Out Tunes

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Living Pages / Flickr

A work-out without great music is like slogging through a marsh, thigh deep in mud on a cold windy day - it sucks and you want to stop doing it. 

A great tune can keep you motived to the bitter end of any rigorous exsercise, so here's a playlist made up of our favorite songs to get us sweating.

Melody Stone, CapRadio Music Web Editor

"The Final Countdown," Europe

I chose this song because I love the TV show Arrested Development and a character always plays this song during his magic act. One day at the gym it came on as I was wrapping up my workout and it just made me so happy and helped me push through the final reps.

Evan Matsler, Director of Operations

"Final Teen Spirit," a mash-up of "Final Countdown" and "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

Building on Melody’s choice of “Final Countdown.” I’m a big fan of mash-ups, and this one adds another workout-crunching layer to an already great workout song.


Marianne Russ, Managing Editor

OK GO, "This Too Shall Pass"

This band is famous for its videos, and this one is awesome.

Kent Teeters, Classical Host

"Ride Of The Valkyries," Richard Wagner

The hands-down classical music workout choice is the Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner. To paraphrase Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore in the movie Apocalypse Now: I love the smell of heavy opera in the morning…it smells like…the gym. 

Steve Milne, Morning Edition Anchor/Reporter

"Exodus" Bob Marley & The Wailers, Exodus Deluxe Edition

The live version of this song (recorded during a 1977 performance at London's Rainbow Theatre) is a nearly 12 minute opus of heavy bass lines and driving, four-on-the-floor drumming coupled with Marley's impassioned singing spurring us to "walk - through the roads of creation." I can't help but move to this one!

Donna Apidone, Morning Edition Host

"Uptown Funk," Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars.

'Cause I need to dance.

Victor Forman, Jazz & Classical Host

"Electric Eye," Judas Priest, Screaming For Vengeance

Oh, come ON! Just listen to this! How can one NOT give extra pumps of the iron or run faster on the treadmill? My workout mix is full of AC/DC, Scorpions, Def Leppard, Ted Nugent and so on. But this entire album by Judas Priest is probably the most energizing, and this song most of all.


Devin Yamanaka, All Things Considered Host

"Good Day," The Click Five 

This song and much of the band's oeuvre is pop-rock goodness. Use this at the beginning of the workout, especially if you don't feel like working out.

Gary G. Vercelli, Jazz Music Director

A Love Supreme, John Coltrane

This 33 minute suite of heartfelt prayer in music works well during my sun salutations. As an Iyengar practitioner, it's more of a work-in than a work-out.

Amy Quinton, Environment Reporter

"Going the Distance," Cake

"Reluctantly crouched at the starting line," are the first words in the song. That seems to be my mindset before any workout, which is why it's the first song on my workout playlist. The song's positive "going the distance" lyrics is repeated enough to keep me running or pushing me to do that extra rep.

Cody Drabble, Morning News Producer

“Birth In Reverse,” St. Vincent 

“Birth in Reverse” is an excellent workout song because the up-tempo beat sets a great pace for a jog. Annie Clark ferociously shreds in the last minute of the song, and the video looks pretty cool too. No workout mix is complete until there are a few St. Vincent tracks to pump up your energy.

James Morrison, Insight Producer

"Satellite Skin," Modest Mouse

I like how it has a nice and steady tempo that builds in sections. Whenever I’m on a bike ride and it comes on my song list I find myself getting out of the saddle and pedaling a little harder.  

Devin Yamanaka

Afternoon News Host

You can hear Devin Yamanaka weekdays during All Things Considered. She also contributes to CapRadioMusic and is an avid tweeter (and re-tweeter) of all things baseball, animals, music, and public radio.  Read Full Bio 

Donna Apidone

Morning Edition, Classical & CapRadio Reads Host

Donna Apidone came to Capital Public Radio in 1998 after working in commercial and public radio in other states. She hosts Morning Edition, the midday classical show and CapRadio Reads. She loves to emcee community events and fundraisers.  Read Full Bio 

Marianne Russ

Former Managing Editor, News

Marianne served as Capital Public Radio’s Managing Editor for News through July 2015.  Read Full Bio 

Steve Milne

Morning Edition Anchor & Reporter

Steve is the Morning Edition anchor for Capital Public Radio. He covers stories on a wide range of topics including: business, education, real estate, agriculture and music.  Read Full Bio 

Amy Quinton

Former Environment Reporter

Amy came to Sacramento from New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) where she was Environment Reporter. Amy has also reported for NPR member stations WFAE in Charlotte, WAMU in Washington D.C. and American Public Media's "Marketplace."  Read Full Bio 

Victor Forman

Afternoon Classical Host

Victor Forman hosts jazz and classical music programs on Capital Public Radio's music stations and on JazzStream. He programs music, provides voice for various on-air elements and you might see him introduce acts at concerts sponsored by the station.  Read Full Bio 

Kent Teeters

Former Classical Music Coordinator and Host

Kent was Capital Public Radio's Classical Music Coordinator and morning host through the fall of 2015.   Read Full Bio 

Gary G. Vercelli

Jazz Music Director

Jazz Music Director Gary Vercelli produces CapRadio's terrestrial and online jazz programming, including He also hosts Excellence In Jazz and Acid Jazz and writes reviews of new jazz releases.  Read Full Bio 

Melody Stone

Former Interactive Producer

After working in newspapers and doing print journalism for years, Melody transitioned into digital marketing and design. With a healthy blend of journalistic and digital media skills she builds out interactive web stories for  Read Full Bio 

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