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by Justin Farrar

October 3, 2014

Ultimate Heartland Rock Workout Mix

by Justin Farrar  |  October 3, 2014

City slickers prefer their fancy private gyms and even fancier EDM workout mixes, but not those of us who call small-town America home. Instead of heading to fancy private gyms, we lift weights on our front porches. And, rather than using computerized treadmills, we run through cornfields (or, if living in Appalachia, straight up mountains). Our workout mixes are different, too. No techno for us. We go for meat-and-potatoes heartland rock: Bruce Springsteen, Georgia Satellites, Tom Petty, Melissa Etheridge, John Mellencamp, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and that Michigan-bred badass Kid Rock. We also crank plenty of John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival. "Centerfield" and "Fortunate Son" are pure working-classic populism that will get you sweating, pumping and panting. Because the bulk of heartland rock is rooted in second-gear hip swagger (as opposed to high-octane banger beats), this workout soundtrack is significantly better-suited for pumping iron than hardcore cardio stuff. That said, the T-birds do hit the perfect jogging groove on the synth-laden "Tuff Enuff" (which, not surprisingly, was recorded at the height of the aerobics fad in the mid-'80s). The same goes for Bryan Adams' exquisitely nostalgic "Summer of '69." Don't forget: If you're not rocking a muscle shirt when working out, then you're not really working out. Suit up. Turn it up. Get ripped!

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