Music and Gear to Pump Up and Train Like an NFL Player

Now, that NFL’s bone-crunching, tire-flipping season is back, there’s no better time to get pumped up and start training like your favorite pro footballer. So here’s some of the key workout equipment, exercises, and music to get you ripped for game time.

Heart monitor apps: Most NFL players and coaches use heart monitors to ensure they’re reaching their optimum cardio rates, but phone apps like the Instant Heart Rate app by Azumio and Runtastic Heart Rate Pro work just as well. A good target to shoot for is 50 to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate, according to the American Heart Association. (Your maximum heart rate is approximately 220 minus your age.)

Resistance bands: Strengthen your throwing arm like the pro QBs do with three simple resistance exercises using these multicolored bands, advises Stack.com. The bands help develop the specific shoulder muscles that rotate the arm back, over and inward while throwing a ball.

Kettle bells: These cast-iron balls don’t look intimidating until you start doing the reps that NFL UP! Suggests. Pretty soon you’ll be crying for Momma Lynch – Marshawn’s mom.

Tires: Texans’ sack king J.J. Watt swears he stays in beast mode by flipping 1,000-pound tires and even proved it on this season’s TV series “Hard Knocks.” You don’t have to go that big. Start with a 200-300-pound tractor wheel — you know, something small, Bodybuilding.com suggests.

Beats headphones:  Cam Newton, Tom Brady, and Richard Sherman may be fined $10,000 every time they wear their Beats headphones instead of the NFL-sanctioned  Bose brand, but you won’t. So go ahead and sport those shiny ear cans.

Wireless music app: Make pump-up playlists, listen without wifi or a cellphone signal, and access all your music on the field with free music app MyMusicCloud.

But, wait-a-sec, you’re going to need some songs to get your adrenaline pumping. Billboard.com interviewed the team DJs for the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks to see what their players listen to at real NFL practices. Here are some samples …

Seahawks Football Playlist

“Let’s Groove” by Earth, Wind & Fire

“Bugatti” by Ace Hood featuring Future, Rick Ross

“Hot Boy” by Bobby Shmurda

“Energy” by Drake

“Who’s that Lady” by The Isley Brothers

“I” by Kendrick Lamar

“No Flex Zone” by Rae Sremmurd

“All Day” by Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney

“Marshawn Lynch” by Mistah F.A.B.

“TTU (Too Turnt Up)” by Flosstradamaus featuring Waka Flocka Flame

Atlanta Falcon Football Playlist

“Workin” by Waka Flocka Flame

“Work” by A$AP Ferg

“WDYW” by Carnage featuring A$AP Ferg, Lil Uzi Vert, & Rich the Kid

“We in Da City” by Young Dro

“Watch Out” by 2 Chainz

“Real Sisters ” by Future

“Mind Right – Remix” by TK N Cash featuring B.o.B.

“March Madness” by Future

“Where Ya At” by Future featuring Drake

“Blasé” by Ty Dolla $ign featuring Future & Rae Sremmurd

Awesome NFL Football Drinking Games: Playoff and Super Bowl Edition

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It’s NFL playoff season, which means it’s time for you football fans to stop washing your lucky jerseys and socks, no matter how stiff or smelly they become. You don’t want to jinx your team now, do you?

To make these Sunday smackdowns even more entertaining, we’ve created these fun Football Drinking Games, which include live-action challenges along with prompts for your favorite team pump-up songs. Even non-football fans can enjoy the shenanigans with the dares below.

At this writing, there are still four teams left before Super Bowl Sunday on Feb. 1, 2015, so we’ve come up with categories for each championship contender: The Green Bay Packers vs. The Seahawks and the Indianapolis Colts vs. the New England Patriots. But there are plenty of Super Bowl-themed tilt-and-gulps too.

So whether you’re cheering in the stands or lazing in your favorite recliner, hoist the (nonalcoholic or, ahem, other) beverage of your choice whenever these events take place …

Everybody!

Drink when …
*An ad plays with an AC/DC song (Examples: “Play Ball” or “Back in Black”)
*There’s a time-out
*An announcer reports how loud the fans are
*A Beats by Dre commercial airs starring Seattle’s Richard Sherman or any NFL player, really
*An announcer volunteers a random stat that has no relation to the action on the field
*Someone in the room yells like he (or she) just scored the touchdown
*Justin Bieber’s new Calvin Klein ads air

Green Bay Packers Fans

Drink when …
The camera cuts to a fan wearing a cheese head hat
Todd Rundgren’s “Bang the Drum All Day” plays
Announcer Troy Aikman mentions the Dallas Cowboys
A Packer does the Lambeau Leap after a touchdown

New England Patriots Fans

Drink when …
Bon Jovi’s “This Is Our House” Plays
Tom Brady over-celebrates completing 10 yards
The Gronk scores and spikes the ball, possibly denting the field
An ad featuring Gisele plays

Seattle SeaHawks Fans

Drink when …
“Outta Your Mind” by Lil Jon plays
The first four notes of Phish’s song “Wilson” play (“duh dunt, duh dunt”) and the crowd cheers “Wilson!” (Usually after Russell Wilson and the offense take the field for the first time)
Richard Sherman mouths off to a referee, coach, fan, hot dog vendor or anyone within 15 miles
“Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis plays, typically after a touchdown

Indianapolis Colts Fans

Drink when …
Andrew Luck gets tackled and compliments the sacker (Example: “Nice hit, guy”)
The Colts pull a 3rd down blitz
Anyone references Peyton Manning
An announcer mentions Luck’s “beard” or his Stanford stats

SUPER BOWL HALF-TIME BONUS:

Take a Shot if …
Halftime performer Katy Perry is wearing a ridiculous wig or visible bra
She sings the word “Roar”
Co-headliner Lenny Kravitz performs “American Woman”
Lenny’s wearing fringe or sunglasses

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Great College Football Entrance Songs

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Watch the Virginia Tech Hokies bounce around to “Enter Sandman”

Virginia Tech has Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.” The Iowa Hawkeyes “swarm” out of the tunnel to “Back in Black.” And those crazy East Carolina University Pirates jog through purple smoke to Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze.”

So what’s your favorite college football entrance song? We’re talking about the pre-game music played as the players run out onto the field before kickoff. Some schools use videos, some (like Notre Dame) use their classic fight songs, and others grab onto the latest trend.

When it comes to getting fans pumped up about their home teams, teams will adopt nearly any pop song as their anthem, from AC/DC to U2. So before this weekend’s big rivalry game, why not make a music playlist of the songs that stir your alma mater spirit? Crank it in the car, take it to your tailgate party, and listen on any music device, regardless of brand. It’s easy with store-and-play service MyMusicCloud.

To start you off, here’s a list of 10 Great College Football Entrance Songs. Enjoy some classics and discover some new ones. And don’t forget to “Jump Around.” (Select videos below).

10. Texas Tech Red Raiders — “A Warrior’s Call” by Volbeat
9. Auburn Tigers – “Ladies and Gentleman” by Saliva
8. University of Miami Hurricanes – “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins
7. Texas A&M University Aggies – “Power” by Kanye West
6. Ohio State University Buckeyes – “Testify” by Rage Against the Machine (Honorable Mention: The McCoys’ 3rd Quarter “Hang On, Sloopy”)
5. East Carolina University Pirates – “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix
4. University of Wisconsin Badgers — “Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2 (Honorable Mention: 3rd Quarter’s “Jump Around” by House of Pain)
3. University of Nebraska Huskers – “Sirius” by the Alan Parsons Project
2. University of Iowa Hawkeyes – “Back in Black” by AC/DC
1. Virginia Tech Hokies – “Enter Sandman” by Metallica

Eat Their Smoke! Watch the ECU Pirates’ Entrance

The Aggies Get Pumped to “Power”