Amped up: CU’s workout playlist

I walk into the campus gym and my heart drops. 

Where the hell is everybody? 

I was hoping for a little bit of variety of people to choose from, but forget about that. 

Anyway, I walked up to Nate Warrington, who was clearly in the grove. I might as well ask him about the music that got him into that groove.

Warrington claims to listen to a lot of hard rock from the ‘80s and ‘90s. My kinda jams.

“It was what we listened to in high school during wrestling. It just gets me going,” Warrington said. He’s got me interested so far. Let’s see what specifics he names.

Warrington’s go-to workout song:

“Bleed It Out” by Linkin Park – The opening got me pumped up. The beat, the clapping, and the guitar riff got my feet tapping. The verses have a neat flow and tone that really got me jazzed up. Throw in Chester Bennington’s intense vocals and you’ve got one hell of a workout song. Definitely got me amped up.

Now lets see what else Warrington’s got for me…

“Other than that, I really just listen to Apple Music’s hard rock workout playlists and see what comes on,” Warrington said.


Guess I’ll go over to Jacob Griggs, who looks like he could bench press the entire campus. Surely there’s something good blasting into his ears.

“Country, hip-hop, and rap would be my top genres. Also rock and roll,” Griggs said. I’ll definitely get some variety for this post.

Griggs’ must-have songs are:

For country, “Boys ‘Round Here” by Blake Shelton – Typically country is 50/50 for me, but I know a good tune when I hear one, and this I’m digging it. It’s so clean and smooth. I’m thinking it’ll be a good entry song or warm-up. Then it gets cranked up a notch for the chorus. I’m a big fan of the vibe this song gives off. I’ll add it.

For rap, Griggs likes “Myron” by Lil Uzi Vert – Lil Uzi brings so much energy to his music, and I think energy is the key to a solid workout song. It’s really upbeat, and the flow is so pleasant to listen to, with some nice bass, and the end result is a song that’s going into the playlist.

For rock, “anything from AC/DC, honestly,” Griggs said. 

His top picks were “Thunderstruck,” “Back In Black,” and especially “You Shook Me All Night Long,” all of which are some of the rock-workout staples. Those guitar riffs, the drums, that god damn voice that sends shivers down your spine. These are going in. 

I don’t really like adding every song that gets suggested, but I genuinely enjoyed all of these. Warrington and Griggs went 6-for-6.

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