Proper nutrition and a pre-workout stimulant might prepare the body for intense physical training, but working out is a state of mind. Nothing sets the mood and gets the neurons firing better than adrenaline stoking music.
Certain film scores and soundtracks can be the ideal sonic background to jack into when getting jacked up. Here are five soundtracks with plenty of euphoric inducing cues to get you into the zone.
“Tron Legacy” (2010) Daft Punk
Daft Punk’s score for “Tron Legacy” is a dazzling electronic symphony of imaginative wonders that infuses excitement and imagination into every scene it touches. The music is a blend of techno, pop, and orchestral melodic wonders that has been critically praised. The soundtrack album was a runaway best seller on several charts.
Crisp, melodic, propulsive, this score is the ultimate workout album. It is the perfect music for grinding out training sessions, especially high intensity cardio.
“Runaway” (1983) Jerry Goldsmith
80s style electronic action music was, along with disco and club music, one of the stylistic precursors of today’s techno music by bands such as Above and Beyond, District 78, and the aforementioned Daft Punk. And when it comes to pure 80s electronic action music, there is no greater example of elite artistry than Jerry Goldsmith’s hard to find soundtrack album to Michael Crichton’s underrated 1983 techo-noir science fiction film “Runaway”.
Goldsmith’s all electronic score is a propulsive version of what he would do three years later in “Hoosiers”. As with any Goldsmith soundtrack, it is sonic crack and instantly addictive. The original CD went out of print and vanished years ago. The 2006 limited edition Deluxe sold out instantly and commands a hefty price in the aftermarket if you can find a willing seller.
“King Arthur” (2004) Hans Zimmer
Highlights of this crisply produced soundtrack include “Tell Me Now (What You See)” performed by Moya Brennan (sister of Enya). This beautiful melody serves as the love theme in “King Arthur” and is one of Hans Zimmer’s best overall love themes.
But this is first and foremost an action score and a terrific album to train to. “Woad To Ruin” is a knockout action cue driven by a furious percussive rhythm that builds up into a frenetic burst of Zimmer style mayhem. The thunderous “Do You Think I’m a Saxon” is a blend of straight action and suspense augmented by layers of chanting choral work. “All Of Them” serves as a terrific final track featuring some beautiful work by Moya Brennan and a gorgeous violin solo of the love theme before moving into a reprise of the testosterone fueled action material.
“Total Recall” (1990) Jerry Goldsmith
The original “Total Recall” is famous for its irreverent attitude, dark humor and classic Arnold lines. But the film is also known for its groundbreaking musical score by the legendary Jerry Goldsmith.
An avant-guarde and innovative blend of bold, brassy, percussive action cues and mind expanding electronics, Goldsmith’s wickedly exciting music breathes extra life into every scene it touches, propelling the action forward at a relentless, pounding pace. It is a true musical masterwork that takes action scoring to an entire new level of artistic triumph. Arguably the greatest action score of all time and a rush of euphoric adrenaline guaranteed to maximize your muscle building sessions at the gym.
“Total Recall” (2012) Harry Gregson-Williams
“Total Recall” (2012) is “Dark City” (1998) meets “Minority Report” (2002) by way of director Len Wiseman’s own “Underworld” (2003). And thanks the absolutely gorgeous production design by Patrick Tatopoulos and a captivating performance by Kate Beckinsale, Wiseman’s approach works.
Harry Gregson-Williams soundtrack is loaded with plenty of terrific stuff for both techno afficionados and fans of action music in tracks such as “Rooftop Chase”, “Car Chase Pt.1″, “Car Chase Pt. 2″, and most of all “Elevator Chase”. Can you tell there is a lot of chase music in this soundtrack? While none of it approaches a classic level of sophistication or artistry, it is undeniably entertaining and at times downright exciting. The ideal soundtrack to have playing on your iPod when you run your wind sprints.