Turn Up My Workout Review + I Love Explicit Music

I love my running music, as evidenced by my Running Songs section on the blog and my detailed race recaps by song. As much as I love my music, I have one little problem – finding NEW music for when I need a change. I don’t listen to the radio and I don’t usually know all the songs everyone discusses on the Twitters. I also don’t go out to bars as much as a single (yes) lady probably should to hear new music. But when you have to wake up early to run 7 miles, the idea of getting drunk and making poor decisions loses its appeal.

So I was excited when Adam from Turn Up My Workout contacted me and asked if I’d like to try out his service. Um, YES.

Turn Up My Workout is simple. You subscribe to the service and then you can select what type of music you like: Hip Hop, Country, Pop or a mix. Then you select your intensity level from Low, Medium or High. And then you get a list of workout songs that will motivate you and that you’ll enjoy! Easy as that.

Adam started this service after losing a lot of weight (over 100 pounds!). What was his most constant motivator to exercise? Amazing workout music. The music pushed and inspired Adam and he hopes a great playlist will do the same for you. As a former DJ and music director, and self proclaimed “freak when it comes to discovering new music,” it makes sense to trust Adam with your workout songs!

For my playlist from Turn Up My Workout, I selected pop music at a high intensity.

I got an email with a list of music. I had a few of the songs already, and some of them I already knew I didn’t like, and I downloaded the rest from iTunes. The list had so many songs that it’s OK if you don’t want to get them all. There is enough on there to pick and choose. The songs are divided into categories; Warm Up, Workout and Turn it Up (for an extra boost.)

I used the playlist thrice. I didn’t finish it during the first run, so the second run was like a whole new playlist. And the third time was just fun. My verdict? I loved it. First of all, it was so refreshing to hear a different set of songs. Second, the songs were fun and fast, just like I wanted! I felt like dancing during my run, and it was great to get to know new music. I’ll be able to listen over and over until I know all the words and can have even more fun with it (the way I am with my current playlists). And then, if I get bored it, I can just get my next month’s playlist from Turn Up My Workout.

Even better, I can pick my favorite songs and incorporate them into new playlists with my old favorites that I’ve been using forever, to make the ULTIMATE PLAYLIST. Turn Up My Workout is really a fantastic way to find new workout music that you might not otherwise find on your own. Some of the songs I’d heard before and really liked, but could never download them because I didn’t know their names. This is a great service for situations like those, too.

I’m not going to show you my playlist because, well, that would defeat the purpose of you trying it out for yourself! But I will say this: thanks to Turn Up My Workout, I found my new favorite running song. Favorite to the point that during my long run on Sunday, I had it on my playlist three different times!

What song, you wonder?

“Whatever You Like” by T.I.

OMG I LOVE THIS SONG. Okay, so something you all need to know about me. I like to listen to really explicit, vulgar songs when I am running. I like to learn all the words to said dirty songs and sing them in my head (or even out loud if no one is around). Vulgar lyrics make me happy.

So when I was looking through Adam’s list on iTunes, I was really happy to see that “EXPLICIT” box next to some of the songs. I had never heard Whatever You Like before (I told you I don’t know new music!) and I can’t get over how in love I am. It really pumps me up to go on a run – especially now knowing I’ve got it 3 times on my playlist. I am even more excited for my half marathon now that I have this song because I plan to include it at least 3 or 4 times throughout the race. What a GREAT song.

That said – does anyone have any suggestions for me for really vulgar, dirty, explicit running music?

It *DOES* need to have a good beat, it can’t just be shouting gross words. This is part of the reason I love Girl Talk by the way – download Girl Talk if you haven’t yet. So please tell me your vulgar workout music — I’d love to hear your suggestions!

Anyway, back to the review. So a subscription costs $7.97 a month and the first month is free. Very worth it for those of you like me who are stupid when it comes to new music. Some questions you might have for me:

Would you subscribe to Turn Up My Workout?


Are you going to subscribe to Turn Up My Workout?


Why not? You just said you would, so why aren’t you?

My health insurance premium was  just raised to $700 a month. I have placed myself on a $447 billion spending freeze.

But if you have  the extra $7.97 a month (as I did prior to my massive premium hike) then I’d say it is definitely a great deal. Also. You might be like me and take your favorite song on the playlist and type it in to iTunes or Grooveshark and find out there are OTHER VERSIONS of it.

Um ok so first of all, please listen to the Weird Al version of Whatever You Like. I don’t usually like him much but this version is HILARIOUS. Really, really hilarious. Every line makes me smile or laugh out loud. And then listen to the “Raw session” by Rome. AWESOME for those of you like me who listen to music such as the Counting Crows. A really cool version. Love them both. Still laughing at Weird Al. And still LOVING the original. You can listen to them all for free on Grooveshark or buy them on iTunes.

Adam and I had a lot of fun this afternoon on the Twitters with our new discoveries.

*Baby I can give you everything you please, even share my government cheese and you can have as much as you like.*

OK so get to it, kids. Check out Turn Up My Workout and comment with your suggestions for vulgar, explicit workout music!

12 comments on Turn Up My Workout Review + I Love Explicit Music

  1. Ashley
    January 26, 2010 at 10:49 pm (8 years ago)

    Welcome to Atlanta
    Anything by Ludacris :)

  2. Shannon
    January 27, 2010 at 8:38 am (8 years ago)

    What a great service! Thanks for the review. I don’t need another monthly payment either right now, but I’ll keep this in mind.

  3. MelissaNibbles
    January 27, 2010 at 9:59 am (8 years ago)

    That sounds like a cool service, but not something I would pay for. I can go online and Twitter to other runners for music ideas or just Google for running playlists you know? I’d also end up paying to download most of the songs too. It’s just not an expense I can afford. I think the idea is cool though.

    Dori, I love vulgar music when I workout! Why why why?! I thought I was alone in my dirty, dirty, music secret. hahaha!

  4. Becca
    January 27, 2010 at 10:38 am (8 years ago)

    “Vulgar lyrics make me happy.”

    I love it! I can’t say VULGAR lyrics are my bag, specifically, but I really dig a good beat. I enjoy upbeat hip hop/rap songs which USUALLY end up having vulgar lyrics. Whatever you like, listen to what pumps you up! Sounds like a nice service but again, there are so many free services out there. It may take more time, but to save the money…worth it!

  5. Trish
    January 27, 2010 at 2:54 pm (8 years ago)

    I like the idea of a site that suggests songs. But I wouldn’t pay for it. There are plenty of ways to get ideas for free. I still would have to pay for the actual music – so it’s just getting too expensive when all is said and done.

  6. Jen
    January 27, 2010 at 4:20 pm (8 years ago)

    I agree…music helps me get through all of my workouts! I will go through my music and try to find something vulgar for you :-)

  7. Jennifer
    January 27, 2010 at 7:52 pm (8 years ago)

    excellent post! i was just thinking that I need to beef up my running playlist :) i’m going to dl your suggested ones…

  8. Abby
    January 27, 2010 at 9:56 pm (8 years ago)

    siiiigh. I need new workout music.

  9. Sam Duffy
    January 28, 2010 at 4:58 am (8 years ago)

    I FEEL THE SAME WAY!!!! lol I LOVE dirty songs! why is that? what’s up with us girls that are like that?!! Ok, so Ke$ha isn’t TOO vulger…but she’s all about fun and partying. I freakin love her! Her music is so upbeat and very NOW. She has stuff that is very catchy. I suggest Tik Tok, Your Love is My Drug, Take it Off, and Backstabber for AWESOME running songs!!! I can’t stop when I listen to this stuff!!!

  10. Tiffany
    February 12, 2010 at 3:03 pm (8 years ago)

    I felt like I wrote this (ok about the lyrics not the insurance!) I can only listen to rap when running (but not when doing strength training or other cardio for some reason) and always gesture, rap along, etc. n my mind, it is motivating and Girl Talk is a great song!!

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