by Malcolm Batten 14 days ago in playlist

Peter Parker & Miles Morales Workout

Just Waiting For That Radioactive Spider to Bite the Shyt Out of Me

Like everyone else hitting the gym whether it be at home or the limited training at what little gyms that are open. I keep tabs on the latest developing science that would unearth my superhero abilities. This is in preparation when I'm bitten by that special radioactive spider with my name on it. Huh? What? I know I’m not the only one making sure I’m in tip top shape to welcome their new powers…….ummm ok, (clears throat) moving on. From every fitness beginner to the nuttiest of fitness nuts, we need that motivational movie soundtrack we call our workout playlist. In the Multi-Verse of Madness realm of crazy, when you’re working out in your head it’s a movie bent on defeating the antagonist called the bulge. My playlist is kind of a like the Avengers, many different styles, abilities, and strengths joining together to serve one goal. And that is to save the world or universe. This world or universe happens to be that layer of fat that keeps taunting you like you’re in the front row of a stand-up comedians’ set. The music is primarily Hip-Hop with pop, rock, alternative metal, dancehall, and house sprinkled here and there.

For the mere amalgamation of two worlds i.e. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, I like to begin with one of the greatest underdog movies ever Rocky’s heavy sample of Bill Conti’s sample of “Going the Distance” and one of Hip Hop’s legend the Notorious BIG & Busta Rhymes with Puff Daddy on the amp up. This ultimate track is “Victory” Puff Daddy & the Family. Just give me those Philly steps and I whisper “On your left” like Captain America would when passing you to reach the top.

Eminem featuring Nate Dogg’s “Til I Collapse” is soooo self-explanatory because the objective for me is (in Jim Carrey’s voice)”Kick my own ass!” until I’m sometimes exhausted to failure where my muscles can’t take anymore but I need to push through it. And what else is Eminem going to do but push you through this party of gasping for air through a workout you volunteered for.

If I want to get amped and pissed at the same time through this physical punishment I have to roll with “Toxicity” from System of a Down. The song itself is so deep tackling attention deficit disorder and corporate greed with it’s heart rushing drums and guitar banging your intensity to Thanos level you need these tunes in your ears.

The gangs all here to basically using reverse psychology keep you disregarding the sweat in your eyes with 50 Cent featuring Eminem & Lloyd Banks “Don’t Push Me.” “I need you to pray for me, I need you to care for me, I need you to want me to win, I need you to know where I’m headed because I know where I been.” Fifty in my ear cheering me on. Shush, just let me have it.

Hey, even though I’m the next Peter Parker or Miles Morales when torturing myself with weights I constantly feel like it’s me against the world when in reality it’s just me against resistance bands, dumbbells, barbells, pull-up bars, etc. Godsmack’s “I Stand Alone” figuratively slaps me in the face with amplified motivation to finish these sets.

On any given workout regimen like in the movie “Any Given Sunday,” LL Cool J’s “Shut ‘Em Down” makes me feel like I’m invincible as Spider-man felt when he was in that Iron-Spider suit in Avengers: Infinity War. LL is literally yelling at you, “Get off me, you can’t hold me! Get off me, you can’t hold me!” First and foremost if you’re not intimidated for damn sure you might as well be motivated to push them weights.

And what I think is one of the greatest Hip Hop and Rock collabo’s of all time is Jay-Z & Linkin Park’s Collision Course EP. One of my favorite tracks from this gem I love to workout to is “Points of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer. All three of these hit songs merged into to one to get me through maybe that last rep while my body sticks to the mat from perspiration like the web of Spider-man.

There are many, many, many more motivational tracks on my playlist that matches the intensity of my workouts such as DMX’s “The Intro,” “Run This Town” with Jay-Z, Rihanna, & Kanye West, and last but not least Police’s “King of Pain.” Because let’s face it, at the end of my workout I declare myself the King of Pain! But I will continue to do what I gotta do until that radioactive spider bites the shyt out me. Until then, I'll keep repeating the mantra: With great power, comes great responsibility.........Twip!!!

Malcolm Batten
Malcolm Batten
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Malcolm Batten

Writer/Blog/Scrnwrtr/Dancing Dad/ Full Sail Bachelor's Entertainment Business/Master's in Creative Writing.

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