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

Football Pump Up Songs Inspired by ‘Hard Knocks’

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It’s a lock: Football fans are loving the players and heart of this season’s “Hard Knocks,” airing Tuesday nights throughout August on HBO. Each year, the reality series spotlights an NFL team’s training camp, and this time the ballers are the ever-hopeful Houston Texans and their F-bomb-loving coach, Bill O’Brien.

There was a lot to like in the opening episode, which showed players like Frigidaire-sized Vince Wilfork playing catch with an elephant (that’s not a typo), and lovable defensive lineman J.J. Watt flipping 1,000-pound truck tires for fun.

It’s enough to make you want to go out and run some laps (well, almost). Ok, so you may not have an elephant to train with like Vince does, but you can still get pumped for practice like those pros by borrowing some of their favorite songs.

J.J. reveals his love for Fort Minor‘s “Remember the Name” in “Hard Knocks,” while Instagram fans are probably familiar with Vince’s famous barbecue-grilling dance to Young Jeezy‘s “Put On.”

Even Coach O’Brien has admitted, “I like Rick Ross. I’m a renaissance man.”

With that in mind, we’ve come up with a football pump up playlist inspired by the Texans and this season’s “Hard Knocks.” Download these 25 songs to your MyMusicCloud account and play them at your next practice or tailgate party. With our free music app, you can make playlists and listen to them on any device with or without wifi.

So let’s flip those monster truck tires, y’all, and, hey, if these songs don’t pump you up, don’t blame us – tell it to these red, white and blue Texan fans.

1. “Houston” by Slim Thug featuring Paul Wall & ZRo
2. “H Up 4 Dem Texans” by Dre LaDon
3. “Put On” by Young Jeezy featuring Kanye West
4. “I’m a Boss” by Meek Mill featuring Rick Ross (for Coach O’Brien)
5. “Red Right Hand” by Nick Cave
6. “Wanna Be a Baller” by Lil’ Troy
7. “Let’s Go” by Trick Daddy featuring Lil Jon & Twista
8. “Come Out and Play” by The Offspring
9. “Remember the Name” by Fort Minor (for JJ)
10. “I Am the Bullgod” by Kid Rock
11. “This Means War” by Avenged Sevenfold
12. “Enemies” by Shinedown
13. “Burn It To The Ground” by Nickelback
14. “All American Nightmare” by Hinder
15. “Tick Tick Boom” by The Hives
16. “Cannonball” by The Breeders
17. “Elephant” by Tame Impala (for Vince LOL)
18. “Riot Rhythm” by Sleigh Bells
19. “Berzerk” by Eminem
20. “Uprising” by Muse
21. “Unbelievable” by EMF
22. “Forever” by Drake featuring Lil Wayne, Eminem and Kanye West
23. “Numb / Encore” by Jay Z and Linkin Park
24. “Turn Down for What” – DJ Snake and Lil Jon (for JJ)
25. “Live and Let Die” by Paul McCartney

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The Best Portable Wireless Speakers Under $175

man-with-boomboxBack before the Interwebs, you had to carry a mini-Cooper-sized stereo on your shoulder if you wanted to enjoy music at the beach, campground, or tailgate party. (Not to mention all those giant D-sized batteries.) But now that it’s so easy to travel with your entire music library on your tablet or smartphone via MyMusicCloud, it’s also a cinch to pump up the jams with lightweight, powerful portable speakers.

Happily, today’s urgent speaker question is not, Can the ER docs fix my dislocated shoulder before “Yo! MTV Raps” comes on? But do you want your speakers with Bluetooth? Speakerphones? Or extra bass?

PC magazine just released its list of the Top 10 Bluetooth Speakers, and we’ve selected 5 of their most affordable (read: cheapest under $175) picks for your listening pleasure.

(Tip: They advise that if you want to tote them to the pool, lake, or Slip N Slide, look for speakers with IPX ratings and guarantees of water and shock resistance.)

  1. Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker $129.95 On the higher price end, this colorful vertical speaker charges via micro USB cable and is “loud enough to fill an entire room with sound, and amazingly, possibly even loud enough to power your next party,” according to PC magazine.
  2. Divoom Voombox Party $99.99. If you’re the type who drops your speakers often or has rambunctious kids, this shock-resistant rubber and metal model is for you. It’s “one of the more powerful portable speakers of its size” with impressive bass, courtesy of a built-in subwoofer. Also has a speakerphone for taking calls.
  3. Logitech X300 Mobile Wireless Speaker $66.49. For just under $75, the tiny X300 delivers “room-filling sound” and impressive bass. It has a built-inbest bluetooth speakers speakerphone, and Bluetooth capability.

 

 

 

 

 

4. JBL Clip+ $49.95 Listed in our previous Best Smartphones, Earbuds and Speakers article, the slightly retooled Clip+ delivers loud, although not necessarily bass-heavy, sound and is splash-proof. It includes speakerphone and optional 3.5mm cable input for plug-in, plus the convenient clip-on feature. Battery life is on the lower side, however — about 5 hours vs. the typical 8.

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5. Jabra Solemate Mini $55.10. Delivering a “clean, surprisingly bass-forward sound,” the Solemate has Bluetooth capability but also includes a USB charging cable and 35 mm audio jack. For just $4 more, you can get the Solemate, which has a travel bag and carrying strap.

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15 Great Summer Songs for BBQ, Pool and Tailgate Parties

When you’re out by the pool, manning the barbecue, prepping for the big game, or tubin’ down a lazy river, don’t forget your favorite feel-good songs. With music app MyMusicCloud, you can create the perfect summer playlist and listen to it on your smartphone or tablet wherever you go — even if there’s no wifi for miles. Will it ever be too far away? No way, no!

As you can see, our playlist starts with the loose, reggae sounds of Magic!, pumps up with Pitbull, Fetty Wap and Flo Rida, and cools down with  Little Big Town‘s “Pontoon,” Sam Hunt‘s  “House Party,” and Taylor Swift‘s “Style.”

No Way No — Magic! (Watch above.)

All I Wanna Do — Sheryl Crow

Good Time — Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen

Peaches N Cream — Snoop Dogg feat. Charlie Wilson

Time Of Our Lives — Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo

Trap Queen — Fetty Wap

G.D.F.R. — Flo Rida feat. Sage The Gemini

Firestone — Kygo Ft. Conrad Sewell

Bills [Explicit] — Lunchmoney Lewis

Water – Brad Paisley

Pontoon — Little Big Town

House Party — Sam  Hunt

John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16 — Keith Urban

Handsome — The Vaccines

Style — Taylor Swift

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Top 10 Songs About Dads for Father’s Day from MyMusicCloud


Is there a certain someone you’ve been taking for granted lately? Maybe he’s the guy who gently but insistently bugs you to check your car’s motor oil level.  Or makes you grilled cheese sandwiches when you’re sick. Or taught your kids how to hold a baseball bat.

We’re talking about dads, of course. Cool or square, thin or pot-bellied, wisecracking or stoic, beer-chugging or bottled-water loving, dads rarely get the thanks they deserve. Since Sunday is Father’s Day, we dug up the 10 coolest, funniest, and most heart-tugging songs about the “Old Man” we could think of. Download them to your MyMusicCloud  library and make a custom Father’s Day playlist for his tablet, PC, or mobile phone, or search our music store (more than 11 million songs) to select your own choices.

Among our picks are hits from Eric Clapton, rockers Black Stone Cherry, Latin hip hop group Bang Data, Will Smith, Luther Vandross, Kenny Chesney, and a host of country artists. If you were ever a teenage girl, you’ll relate to “Cleaning This Gun,” Rodney Atkins’ humorous riff about an overprotective dad and his daughter.  In it, Rodney shares the speech he uses to scare his daughter’s amorous dates: “I’ll see when you get back, probably be up all night, still cleaning this gun.”

Late R&B superstar Luther Vandross yearns to see his sire once more in “Dance with My Father,” and so does Paul Carrack of Mike & the Mechanics in the ‘80s tearjerker “The Living Years.” While Kenny Chesney laments the day his daughter heads off to California in “There Goes My Life.”

On a happier note, Will Smith recorded “Just the Two of Us” for his son Trey, who also costars in the music video with comic Damon Wayans, Magic Johnson and more stars and their kids.

Enjoy these top 10 Songs About Dads list, share them on Facebook, and sync them across your friends’ devices with our free store-and-play music app. Happy Father’s Day from the staff at MyMusicCloud.

10. “There Goes My Life” Kenny Chesney

9. “The Living Years” Mike & the Mechanics

8. “Dance with My Father” Luther Vandross

7. “Things My Father Said” Black Stone Cherry

6.  “Mi Viejo” Bang Data

5. “Father and Daughter” Paul Simon

4. “In My Father’s Eyes” Eric Clapton

3. “Cleaning this Gun (Come On In, Boy)” Rodney Atkins

2. “Daddy, Dance with Me” Krystal Keith

1. “Just the Two of Us” Will Smith