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Music = Motivation?

Music = Motivation?

Warm-Up: 10 Games-Style Push Ups, 4 Air Squats Normal, Wide, & Narrow, 200m Run, 25 Sit Ups x’s 2

FS: 5-3-1-1-1

MetCon – For Time:

12 DL’s @ Highest FS weight

415m Run

20 HSPUs

215m Run

40 Jumping Air Squats

415m Run


It’s a little known fact around Ktown that I, CBo, am a music snob. This has come from many years of playing, performing, and writing music. It’s odd that a lot of you don’t know this about me because it is definitely my greatest passion in life. If you’ve ever been to a CrossFit competition then you’re destined to hear some certified God-awful music, and that’s not coming from a music-snob…that’s just science. I would say it’s safe to say we take pride in the music played at the gym, and to my standards they are much higher than the norm in the CrossFit community. However there’s always someone else to please, and you bet that we wanna keep a smile on all your faces. So the following reasons are the reason I’m writing this post

1. People are hard to please

2. Everyone wants to hear their favorite music

3. I don’t hear music while I MetCon – I’m in too much pain

4. There are a lot of people who compliment our music selection

5. I hate most mainstream music

6. I want to please proactive Ktowners

7. We can’t always listen to Radiohead

Sometimes I forget I’m a music snob, and I’ll apologize for all the many times that you may have said, “WHAT ARE WE LISTENING TO?!?!?!” mid-MetCon. Well, today is your day…this is your blog post. I need you, YES YOU, to give some feedback on what you want to hear while you’re in the gym. We try to keep the music family-friendly for the most part, nothing excessively or blatantly foul. So as long as it falls under those regulations the forum is now open for suggestions. I will begin to create playlists and seek out certain artists if we don’t have them already and am really excited to see what kind of music you guys want to hear. Don’t forget to BE SPECIFIC!

Andrew WK is my vote for the Ktown Playlist,

Coach CBo

By | 2017-04-25T14:39:11+00:00 April 18th, 2011|CrossFit Ktown Knoxville, Uncategorized|32 Comments


  1. Brandon April 18, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Andrew WK now and forever. No other artist necessary. Post closed, Cbo.

  2. JB April 18, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Dropkick Murphy’s
    Guns N Roses
    Rage Against the Machine
    Linkin Park
    Three Days Grace

  3. T-Pain April 18, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Childish Gambino and Kanye — Got your back G.

    I would also include 3 doors down, gaelic storm, 2pac, and katy perry

    Also, for any of you who are fans of the notorious honeybadger, please read this:

  4. Jake April 18, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    My first ever post on a blog, but I second the childish gambino nomination…

  5. forrest April 18, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    yeah we def need some more katy perry and miley cyrus…i just cant stay in the zone if it isnt a party in the usa

  6. Patrick April 18, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Kris Kross. Salt-n-Peppa. J-Lo.

    Don’t hate…

  7. crossfitktown April 18, 2011 at 10:01 pm


    I can tell you right now, Godsmack ain’t happenin. Love you guys still though!
    -Miss J

  8. "G8r" Dave April 18, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    I like the 80s mix and the ELO set.

  9. Brandon April 19, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Let me second Dropkick Murphy’s and Rage Against the Machine. I know Caleb loves Metallica so throw that in too?

  10. Samantha April 19, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Some of the more rowdy tunes by the Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, and Fleet Foxes could be a nice change. Always a fan of the Foo Fighters when working out. Other good artists for working out: The Black Keys, The Strokes, Feist, Florence & The Machine, Justin Timberlake, King of Leon, and of course, Lady Gaga.

    Caleb, I also agree that Radiohead is tough. They are one of my faves and after reading this last night I listened to them all night trying to pick a good, upbeat workout song. Not too much luck. Maybe Idioteque?

  11. Rise Up April 19, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Just a few of my favs.
    Cypress Hill – Rise Up
    Eric B. & Rakim – Know the Ledge
    Beastie Boys – Looking down the barrel of a gun
    Kool Moe Dee – I go to work
    MC Hammer – Turn this mutha out
    LL Cool J – Rock the bells
    Yung Wun, DMX, David Banner – Tear it up
    N.W.A. – 100 miles and running
    Dropkick Murphys – I’m shipping up to Boston
    Flogging Molly – Devils dance floor
    Saul Williams – List of demands
    Boston Symphony Orchestra & Seiji Ozawa – Carmina Burana: O Fortuna
    and last but not least, The Bleeding Frogs feat. Rob and Big

  12. G8r Dave April 19, 2011 at 8:52 am

    All I can say about the music is “Man, am I getting old.”

  13. Brandon April 19, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Dave: I am 100% with you on 70s/80s. You won’t find a bigger classic rock fan than me.

  14. Ben April 19, 2011 at 9:27 am

    @G8r Dave
    Dave I don’t know that band.

  15. Coach CBo April 19, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Good feedback guys! I’m thinking we compile a “gangsta” playlist featuring rap and hip hop, “aggressive” featuring rock and all things alike it, and “pop” that has everything in between, then lastly putting them all together and scrambling it up

  16. Jeff April 19, 2011 at 10:05 am

    The Toadies

  17. crossfitktown April 19, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Ben :

    @G8r Dave
    Dave I don’t know that band.

    Ben, I think it was an old wooden instrumental band that played during the Civil War.


  18. crossfitktown April 19, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Also, good to see Childish Gambino getting his due respect here.

    I think we should have a week where we play nothing but classical and opera tunes. It’s all about that variability to your training, amirite?


  19. Travis April 19, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I thoroughly enjoy listening to Chromeo while we work. I’m also going to agree with the sentiment on the 80’s mixes, listening to classic rock takes me back to a time when all you used to do for a warm-up was trim the mustache and do a line of blow.

  20. crossfitktown April 19, 2011 at 10:51 am

    I was hoping someone would hark us back to those days.


  21. Samantha April 19, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Chromeo, good call.

  22. G8r Dave April 19, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I agree with the sentiment that during WODs I tend to not really give a damn, though “Carmina Burana” and Samuel Barbar’s “Adagio” was apt the day Grant played that during the metcon. It did kind of suck that day so melancholy was good.

    @Brandon: The 70s/80s produced some crap too. I don’t hear much of that in the stuff on the gym ipod, thank goodness,
    @Grant RE Civil war band: Hark back to this and bite me, whipper-snapper.
    @Ben: Don’t know “Electric Light Orchestra”? Wow. I am old.
    @Rise Up: Not only the company but a specific conductor! Well done. I am a Berlin Philharmonic/Von Karajan man myself.
    @Travis: Sounds like someone has been watching “Miami Vice” re-runs for prose of that calibre.

  23. Brandon April 19, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Eeeee-eeeevil womaaan!

  24. Rachel H April 19, 2011 at 12:39 pm


  25. G8r Dave April 19, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Easily the most entertaining thread in a long time…we need more input sources here.

  26. Doug April 19, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I’m surprised Caleb didn’t mention his favorite artist of all-time, Jimmy Buffett.

    For some music during workouts:

    -Minus the Bear
    -Frightened Rabbit
    -Arcade Fire
    -Coheed and Cambria

    I do think working out to the tempo of most of John Cash’s songs is money because of the driving rhythm and sound.

  27. T-Pain April 19, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Lil Wayne… For Adam

  28. Rise Up April 19, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    @Rachel H Ah yes AC/DC, even though I always think about Varsity Blues when I hear Thunderstruck.

  29. Callie April 19, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    I agree with everything Samantha said except for Lady Gaga (no offense). She scares me…that being said, for my own input, although no one would probably agree, electronica music is excellent for working out. Awesome beats, good highs and lows, and often, if you pick the good stuff, w/o the horrendous lyrics that a lot of pop/rap seems to offer (although I know that’s some you guys’ favorite parts =) I would love to bring an album of Drum and Bass or old Chicago House (genres) just to see people’s reaction. That is all.

  30. Callie April 19, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    P.S. I also acknowledge that I would actually have to come back to that to occur…

  31. Genna April 19, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    I like the Florence & the Machine, Frightened Rabbit, and 80s suggestions. I also like Garbage, but I might stand alone on that?

  32. The Food Hound April 19, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Oh, CBo, I know I’m one of those peeps making you want to throw your lovely-smelling 6am roasted French Vanilla coffee because I am always suggesting such sub-par artists like Ke$ha (yes, I prefer the authentic spelling). And since I’m pretty sure E$ will letter-bomb my mailbox if you succumb to my request, here are some other ideas that might be more crowd-pleasing…

    Black Eyed Peas
    Dropkick Murphys
    Justin Timberlake (because at 6 am we ALWAYS bring sexy back!)
    Green Day
    Linkin Park
    Anything 80s that is NOT AC/DC because I HATE Varsity Blues and the BH makes me watch it

    And I even like your Sinatra mix every once in a while!!

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