Your St. Patrick’s Day Playlist Is Here!

Get your St. Patrick's Day row on! Irish pub songs and modern melodies combine in TWO great rowing playlists. #rowing #stpatricksday #fitness #workout #playlist

 

St. Patrick’s Day playlist anyone? How about two? Because the only thing better that one St. Patrick’s Day playlist is two!

 

We couldn’t decide which workout and playlist we wanted to do more in advance of the corned beef and cabbage. So we decided not to decide! Instead, we made one grouping that’s a standard playlist and another to fuel your best interval workout.

 

Both lists combine classic Irish pub songs and more popular music by Irish artists. Leprechaun-approved, and we hope you’ll like them too! If you have suggestions for songs we should add, post them in the comments and we’ll give them a listen.

 

ABOUT THE PLAYLISTS’ TEMPO

 

In general, we’ve tried to respect the guidance to keep the beats per minute around 100-120 for rowing, with some latitude to bump it up when the band really gets going. Mostly though, we think you’ll find that music that’s too fast will result in bad rowing and fewer meters than you might expect.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Row Playlist

 

The main list, St. Patrick’s Day Row, is set up so you can “press play” and get a few minutes of warmup before getting into a generally higher-tempo workout for about an hour.

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day Intervals Playlist

We also created a separate playlist, St. Patrick’s Day Intervals, that allows you to do about a half hour of intervals of 3 minutes of work with equal amounts of paddle rest (no-pressure rowing). If you want a workout where you can just hit “play” and go (starting with a bit of warmup), that would be the one.

 

 

Try both and let us know what you think!

 

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Rowing Playlists: Row 2K’s Winter 2015-2016 Hits

We all need good rowing playlists! Get your erg on with this indoor rowing playlist that Row2k crowdsourced from on-water rowers.

We can always count on our friends at Row2k to come up with good indoor rowing playlists.  When winter ice arrives, on-water rowers move inside whether they like it or not.  So each year, Row2k is only too happy to oblige with crowdsourced music to make the indoor meters go by a little easier.  Bonus for those of us who like to row indoors all the time.  We’ve tested this year’s Winter Erg Playlist 2015-16 in our own rowing workouts, and we like it!

The whole playlist runs 50 minutes, just about right to get through your 10-12k piece or teach an indoor rowing class. The list starts with Dillon Francis’s Get Low, which is a great warmup tune  – a good bass beat with nice intensity.  Other favorites from the list include Fall Out Boy’s Centuries, Demi Lovato’s Confident and Imagine Dragons’s I Bet My Life.

WHAT’S ON THE LIST, WHAT’S NOT

We all need good rowing playlists! Get your row on with this best-of-2015 indoor rowing playlist. Row on! ucanrow2.com

 

One notable absence: Where is Walk the Moon’s Shut Up and Dance, 2015’s song of the year? Or Tiesto’s Let’s Go (Technically 2014 but still very popular last year), one of our favorites for starting off a HIIT interval workout?  PS: Yes, Row2k’s list leans pop (although certainly not exclusively) so if that’s not your thing we understand.  All good, no judgement.

Actually not everything on this playlist is our cup of tea, either.  We’d skip right past Gas Pedal, for example, and we’re getting tired of Fight Song, sadly.  We’re optimistic we’ll love that one again if we give it a little rest and we stop hearing it in TV commercials for cars.  In general though, we think this is a good addition to the rowing playlists category, and certainly easy to call up and play on Spotify when you want grab-and-go rowing playlists.

The post on Row2k includes great comments on why people submitted their fave songs, and you can play the whole list straight off Spotify here.  One note: Any time you’re working with rowing playlists you didn’t make you should preview them first.  The lyrics that are appropriate for one group may be beyond uncool for another.  You don’t want to find out you’ve made that mistake when you’re strapped in on your erg trying to guide your group through a minute on-minute off workout.

Here’s the song list:

Andy Grammer – Honey I’m Good

Demi Lovato – Confident

Dillon Francis – Get Low

Dorothy – Wicked Ones

Elle King – Ex’s and Ohs

Fall Out Boy – Centuries

Flo Rida – GDFR

Galantis – Peanut Butter Jelly

Imagine Dragons – I Bet My Life

Pegboard Nerds – Emergency

Rachel Platten – Fight Song

Sage the Gemini – Gas Pedal

Shinedown – Cut the Cord

The Struts – Could Have Been Me

Timmy Trumpet – Freaks

listen to it here

What other songs would you like to have seen here? Post them to the comments, if we get enough submissions we’ll do our own best-of indoor rowing playlist and share!

Rowing Music: Fall 2013 Electronic Playlist

Rowing IntensityNeed a new playlist to put the spark back in your erg workout or get you through that 30-minute piece?  Who doesn’t??

Rowing website Rowing Related has come to the rescue with its Fall 2013 Rowing Playlist.   They’ve crowdsourced a rowing playlist featuring 11 “heavy-base, electronic” tracks that will “get you ready to tackle your 10k steady state, interval training, or whatever your assignment may be in style.”

Artists include Lana del Rey, Avicii, Luminox, etc.  Nice mix of intensities and beats per minute to keep it interesting.

The best part?  You can preview the whole thing right from the website.

Want another playlist to peruse: We wrote one up here.

What’s your favorite music to row to?  Profess your love in the comments!

The Ultimate Erging Playlist

Indoor rowing classMusic for rowing classes or a great rowing playlist is always a big topic of discussion around the UCanRow2 office and Concept2 instructor trainings.  We usually tell people to aim for workout music with little to no lyrics and relatively slow beats per minute, usually in the 120 bpm range or slower.  Indoor cycling music is often ideal for workout playlists, as long as it allows you or your students time to really focus on their rowing technique and not get so lost in the tunes that proper rowing form goes out the window.

All of that being said, sometimes you have a really long steady state workout in front of you, or you need a musical pick-me-up to shake off the day, or you just want to get your groove on.  For all of that, enter Rowing Journal, which has published a list of 90 minutes of erging tunes they love.  Beyond just giving you the list of songs, their Ultimate Erging Playlist goes into some detail explaining which songs you might put at which point in a workout, be it a 2k test or a steady state 10k.

Rowing workout playlists are, of course, a very personal thing but we love the thinking behind this piece … plus it made us laugh!  For example:

“First and Foremost: If it reminds anyone of the dance routines young Spice Girl wannabes made up at primary school then it is not
acceptable erg music. Ever.

“High ratings must always be accompanied by up tempo, heavy rhythm music, ideally Classic/ Hard Rock or Wagnerian Opera. There is
a feeling of invincibility as you complete your 2K PB to the inspiring sounds of Ride of the Valkyries!

“Rap has all the musicality of a ringing telephone and is easily dismissed from this discussion. In fact, the only R&B allowed is R Kelly’s
World’s Greatest.”

Check out the whole article, it’s great reading! For those of you who can’t wait to reorganize your iPods though, here’s the Rowing Journal list (Personally, we’d rather stick hot needles in our eyes than row to Livin’ on a Prayer yet again, but there’s something here for pretty much everybody):

Thunderstruck – AC/DC
Come Follow Me – The Answer
Party Hard – Andrew WK
Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
Layla – Derek and the Dominoes (Good Rhythm setter)
Sultans of Swing – Dire Straits
Fans – Kings of Leon
Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley
Smooth – Santana
Under Pressure – Queen
Baba O’Riley – The Who
Where The Street Have No Name – U2
Sunshine On Your Love – Cream
Peaceful, Easy Feeling – The Eagles
All Right Now – Free
Man’s World – James Brown
Grace – Jeff Buckley
Mars – Holst Planet Suite
Jupiter – Holst Planet Suite
Ride of the Valkyries – Wagner

What’s on your playlist for this weekend?  Tell us in the comments and we’ll try it in class next week!