Ipod Obsession at Gym

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    Dec 28, 2010 6:08 AM GMT
    So has anyone else been addicted to their ipod while at the gym? I always find myself fiddling with it a) because I get tired of the song that's playing b)trying to get the perfect song for running, lifting, or stretching. I've tried to create playlists, but even then I often don't want to listen to a song all the way through...annoying.
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    Dec 28, 2010 6:33 AM GMT
    Just don't be one of those asshats sitting on a bench for 10 minutes searching for the perfect swell song. Ipod playing & phone txting on a bench is my biggest pet peeve since startin off at the gym. it's all good if it's on the playlist and next'd. But for guys who just wanna do their set and jet, bench warmers aren't exactly necessary.

    I get what you're sayin bout getting the perfect song, cuz music is an awesome motivator. Just get 'er done beforehand.
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    Dec 28, 2010 11:57 AM GMT
    I like the guys who fuck with their iPod too much. It gives me a change to jump on their machines while they're too busy to notice. icon_twisted.gif
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    Dec 28, 2010 12:18 PM GMT
    i never touch mine!............. ipod i mean! need to have a proper set playlist ready for when im running etc
  • turbid2wenty

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    Dec 28, 2010 12:38 PM GMT
    I'm not obsessed with it, but I'm not too huge a fan of arriving and finding out my battery is dead...makes me feel naked.
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    Dec 28, 2010 1:05 PM GMT
    I'm not obsessed but I do use the shuffle and it's simple....I update playlists weekly and upload them when I get tried of them.
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    Dec 28, 2010 1:23 PM GMT
    I've almost never used my iPhone or its predecessors for music in the gym, except to have the phone there on vibe. But then I'm not doing weights, just cardio, and for that I can usually find an open machine near a TV tuned to CNN HN with closed captions. One complete news cycle runs 30 minutes, my usual time on any single machine. I just don't like earbuds when I'm moving & sweating, and it's not how I prefer to listen to music, at least not the kind that I have.
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    Dec 28, 2010 2:30 PM GMT
    I have TRIED to work out without my iPod. No go.

    I don't have the same drive, stamina or enjoy the experience without it.

    One of the reasons I joined my current gym is because they have a DJ spinning most days, but it's usually house music that really doesn't work well for weight training.

    Plus... without it I have to hear what the guys around me are chatting about. The surprisingly high feminine voices on this hunky men are so disappointing.:-(

    I'm very happy with my current playlist and the treadmill plays back videos, to which I also have a great playlist that has me charged up. But I do jump around a lot.

    For some reason, Stevie Nicks "Talk To Me" has worked wonders when doing bicep curls. Joan Jett's "I Love Rock n Roll" works for lats. Roxette's "You've Got the Look" for heavy weight ab work on cables or shoulder shrugs.
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    Dec 28, 2010 2:31 PM GMT
    turbid2wenty saidI'm not obsessed with it, but I'm not too huge a fan of arriving and finding out my battery is dead...makes me feel naked.


    I turn around and go home.
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    Dec 28, 2010 2:56 PM GMT
    It's kind of hard to mess with an iTouch when it's on your arm. I use the little remote thingy to change songs, but that's about it. (Unless I start playing random songs off YouTube. Then I turn into an iPod junkie)
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    Dec 28, 2010 3:03 PM GMT
    lifecast2020 said
    turbid2wenty saidI'm not obsessed with it, but I'm not too huge a fan of arriving and finding out my battery is dead...makes me feel naked.


    I turn around and go home.


    Ditto
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    Dec 28, 2010 3:10 PM GMT
    Solution: work out naked.
  • starboard5

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    Dec 28, 2010 3:27 PM GMT
    Was starting to get hooked on the iPod at the gym but then it seems it aggravated my tinitus. Imagine going to bed with a smoke alarm going off in your right ear. That broke me of the habit real fast.
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    Dec 28, 2010 3:45 PM GMT
    I used to be like that. I even used to make lifting and running playlists. Now instead I bring a book or my Barnes and Nobles Nook with whatever I am currently reading and I read in between sets and I rarely listen to music when I run now. It's worked a lot better for me.
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    Dec 28, 2010 4:37 PM GMT
    I listen to songs non-stop on my mp3 player, but never waste too much time selecting what to listen.
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    Dec 28, 2010 5:19 PM GMT
    Since I must have music, it looks as though I just need to get organized and compile a workable playlist.
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    Dec 28, 2010 5:25 PM GMT
    I need an ipod at least when it comes to running.
    I don't know why but if I don't have an ipod, when I'm on the treadmill I will literally stare at the timer until I finish.

    I know it probably makes it feel like I'm running longer if you stare at the time but for reasons unknown to me I always stare at it.
    With my ipod, after one song I look at the time and try to judge roughly how many more songs I'll listen to til I'm finished haha.

    I'm really strange...
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    Dec 28, 2010 5:48 PM GMT
    lifecast2020 said
    turbid2wenty saidI'm not obsessed with it, but I'm not too huge a fan of arriving and finding out my battery is dead...makes me feel naked.


    I turn around and go home.


    So legit tho because I always turn around and go home too. Or if I forgot it...that's always a blueball too
  • fitartistsf

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    Dec 28, 2010 6:18 PM GMT
    I gotta have my Ipod!!!! I usually can't listen to the crap the gym is playing, so I have to have MY music... usually a full album, or greatest hits, or compliation (if a period of time, like the 60s/70s/80s, etc.). I then can do a full workout listening without changing music frequently... hell sometimes it's a movie orchestral soundtrack, anything by James Horner, Jerry Goldsmith, James Newton Howard, Howard Shore, Jan Zimmer, John Williams, to name a couple. What I listen to daily at the gym, changes from day to day... I even listen to classical music...
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    Dec 28, 2010 6:20 PM GMT
    turbid2wenty saidI'm not obsessed with it, but I'm not too huge a fan of arriving and finding out my battery is dead...makes me feel naked.


    i concur. otherwise, i will be subjected to Taylor Swift songs being played overhead. icon_mad.gif
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    Dec 28, 2010 10:33 PM GMT
    This is why I only take my iPod to the gym when I'm doing cardio. I have playlists with songs that I know are (for me) good for running or whatever I'm doing. I used to wear it doing weights but I was the guy sitting there fiddling with it, trying to find the perfect "lifting weights" song. Always threw my rhythm, so now I do weights sans iPod.
  • Sk8Tex

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    Dec 28, 2010 10:42 PM GMT
    So funny... I thought I was the only one having issues finding that perfect workout music. I've also discovered that if theres any sort of catchy lyrics that you can sing along to... you just end up hyperventilating icon_confused.gif

    But if I dont listen to music or something when im working out, I get bored very quickly..
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    Dec 28, 2010 10:53 PM GMT
    dash_8 saidThis is why I only take my iPod to the gym when I'm doing cardio. I have playlists with songs that I know are (for me) good for running or whatever I'm doing. I used to wear it doing weights but I was the guy sitting there fiddling with it, trying to find the perfect "lifting weights" song. Always threw my rhythm, so now I do weights sans iPod.


    Funny, I'm the exact opposite. I don't like using an iPod on the treadmill, because I've found it beneficial to be able to hear my foot cadence and 'weight' as I'm running, but need it to get pumped while lifting. Maybe it's just cuz I'm puny.
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    Dec 28, 2010 11:11 PM GMT
    There is no way I can workout without music. I have three main playlists. The first is electro, dubstep, pop, upbeat rap...anything that pumps me up for cardio. Tons of Deadmau5, Yeasayer, Kanye, Jamiroquai. The second is rap (especially Southern rap) that makes me feel invincible while lifting weights. That one is mostly Three 6 Mafia, Lil' Boosie, Webbie, Young Jeezy, etc. The third is really chill music to stretch to...trying to get my splits back. So Bon Iver, The Weepies, Manu Chao.

    I've gone to the gym to realize my iPhone is dead, forgot headphones, etc. I've turned right back home...the only time I don't listen to music is if I'm running a race (and even then I have songs "playing" inside my head to keep me pumped).

    What can I say, I love music.
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    Dec 28, 2010 11:28 PM GMT
    turbid2wenty said
    dash_8 saidThis is why I only take my iPod to the gym when I'm doing cardio. I have playlists with songs that I know are (for me) good for running or whatever I'm doing. I used to wear it doing weights but I was the guy sitting there fiddling with it, trying to find the perfect "lifting weights" song. Always threw my rhythm, so now I do weights sans iPod.


    Funny, I'm the exact opposite. I don't like using an iPod on the treadmill, because I've found it beneficial to be able to hear my foot cadence and 'weight' as I'm running, but need it to get pumped while lifting. Maybe it's just cuz I'm puny.


    I am NOT built for distance running, so I need music to keep me going otherwise I'll get distracted and end up not finishing oh look something shiny over there (kidding). Usually the last 10 minutes of my run is sprints, so I need dance music to help me get up the speed and keep it.