RCUK's Top Ten Turbo Tunes©

Just remember you read it here first… so we’ve bumped this up a bit as it seems to be the time of year to get the Turbo out of the shed and find the plastic office fan…

It’s tricky enough trying to stay motivated to get on to the turbo in the first place, let alone do a 45 minute workout without completely losing the will to live.

Seriously though ten songs gets you about 45-50 minutes which is about right for a warm up, training session and a warm down. You can do ‘one-song-on, one-off’ for a standard long interval session. Or a ramp up to a max-out with a progressive build up (e.g. start with Bob Dylan and finish with the Chemical Brothers)

Here’s a list to get you started:

  1. A Roller Skating Jam Named “Saturdays” – De La Soul – 4:01
  2. Tour De France – Kraftwerk – 5:10
  3. Firestarter – The Prodigy – 4:39
  4. Take California – Propellerheads – 7:21
  5. Beating around the bush – AC/DC – 3:56
  6. Road Block – Stock Aitken & Waterman – 3:18 (trust me, it’s a cracker)
  7. Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand – 3:57
  8. Breathe – The Prodigy – 5:34
  9. American Idiot – Green Day – 2:54
  10. Bang On! – Propellerheads – 5:45

Obviously you can buy these songs from the iTunes website. Ask for an iPod for Christmas, you can set playlists easily and it saves skipping around changing CDs etc. I now look forward to a turbo session… (actually this is a lie, but it’s a lot easier than it was)

More suggestions for playlists for the following genres:

  • Indie Intervals
  • Seventies Soul Session
  • Diggin’ Deep Disco
  • Eclectic Eighties Endurance (I’ve got one of these already… sad isn’t it)
  • (Cross) Country
  • Theme Tune Thunderin’
  • Rockin’ Rollers
  • Sixties Sprinters
  • ‘Easy’ Listeners

Last year we had a competition… but failed to pick a winner so we can carry on the fun through this year’s winter months… Ian Cleverly’s list was, however, suitably eclectic:

  • 1. Public Enemy – Fight the Power
  • 2. Specials – Guns of Navarone
  • 3. Gotan Project – Queremos Paz
  • 4. Lemon Jelly – Return to Patagonia
  • 5. Ojos de Brujo – Ventilator R80
  • 6. Ash – Burn Baby Burn
  • 7. Arrested Development – People Everyday
  • 8. James Brown – Sex Machine
  • 9. Blur – Song 2
  • 10. P.I.L. – Public Image
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