Here is a rare thing: a guest post from the Common Household Son. When I dropped him off at college last weekend, my jaw dropped when I saw where the college was housing him. I told him he would probably never again live in such a swanky place. I’m glad he’s taking advantage of his situation.
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Having spent all summer at a desk job and eating wonderful food provided by my mother, I decided this semester to try out this hip new thing called “exercise”. I am currently staying at a 4-star hotel until my dorm is finished being constructed, and since it has a fitness center free for guests, I resolved to avail myself of this opportunity.
One difficulty that presented itself was what music to listen to. Music would be essential to my workout, since there is no way I could exercise continuously for more than 5 minutes without any sort of entertainment. The problem is, I am as selective in my music choice as I am in my diet (as I’m sure my mom will attest), and I listen almost exclusively to classical music. Slow lyrical music is nice, but it’s not very motivating, so I had to go through my playlists and pick out the pieces that had little to no slow section. I came up with the following exercise playlist, reproduced here for anyone else who just can’t pump iron to the sound of Mozart:
Symphony #5 Mov. 1 (Beethoven)
Symphony #5 Mov. 4 (Beethoven)
Ride of the Valkyries (Wagner)
Festive Overture (Shostakovich)
First Suite for Military Band Mov. 3: March (Holst)
Pas Redoublé (Saint-Saëns)
Kingfishers Catch Fire Mov. 2 (John Mackey)
Symphony #4 Mov. 4 (Tchaikovsky)
The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Medley (Koji Kondo)
Gerudo Valley (Koji Kondo)
Candide Overture (Bernstein)
Star Wars: Main Theme (John Williams)
Star Wars: Imperial March (John Williams)
Star Wars: Battle in the Forest (John Williams)
Star Wars: Throne Room and End Title (John Williams)
E.T. Flying Theme (John Williams)
Superman Theme (John Williams)
Raiders March (John Williams)
March from 1941 (John Williams)
Olympic Fanfare and Theme (John Williams)
Wine-Dark Sea Mov. 3 (John Mackey)
Symphony #7 Mov. 4 (Beethoven)
L'Arlésienne - Suite No. 2: Farandole (Bizet)
Children of Sanchez (marching band version)
Big Noise from Winnetka (marching band version)
I spent an hour on the treadmill, running 5 mph in 10-minute intervals, and didn’t even use up half of this playlist. I realized too late that it might not have been a good idea to do this the night before the first day of school, when I had to bike all over campus. I’m still sore, and I’ll probably do it again on Wednesday. Still, I at least have some excellent exercise music to help me through. If you have any suggestions for classical exercise music, feel free to post them in the comments.
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Bonus: photo tour of his 4-star hotel room:
|We'll start with the bathroom, which is twice the size of the|
usual college dorm room.
|The bed is twice the size and has twice the mattress thickness|
of the usual college dorm bed.
|When he first went to college, we forbade him a TV.|
For the next few weeks, he's got the use of this one. Plus cable!
|This is the hotel lobby. Mahogany pillars.|
|Hotel lobby with non-ratty furniture.|
Doesn't being in college *require* the presence of ratty
furniture as part of the experience?
|DO NOT TOUCH THE STUFF IN THE MINI-BAR!|
THOSE ARE $20 POTATO CHIPS!