The best punk-rock workout songs

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Blitzkrieg Bod, the new workout class at the Cobra Club in Bushwick, encourages workout fiends to get their ya yas out to all kinds of punk rock jams. Instructor Haley Groat shared her favorite rock songs for building rock-hard abs.

“Alternative Ulster” by Stiff Little Fingers

“It is a really upbeat and aggressive political anthem, and it works well for kicking ass.”

“Last Caress” by the Misfits

“The Misfits are perfect for working out to because all their songs features huge ‘woah’ choruses and they are all danceable, ‘Last Caress’ has a great 1950s pop melody, but it is so nasty.”

“Blitzkrieg Bop” by the Ramones

“The chorus of the song has a cheerleading kind of feel, so it is a great way to start off the class.”

“I Wanna Be Your Dog” by the Stooges

“It is good for dog-related exercises.”

“Suffragette City” by David Bowie

“It is one of my favorite songs. I use it to end the class with a dance party.”

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Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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JAY from NYC says:
ALL sorts of things wrong with this article, clearly NOT written by someone who knows ANYTHING about punk rock music.
First, "ya yas" is from a Rolling stones show recorded in 1969. Nothing against the Stones, but they are in NO WAY punk, and plus that phrase is from the baby boomer hippie generation, not the punk rock generation, and punk rock came about as a reaction of, and hatred towards hippe baby boomer generation "rock"
Second, David Bowie is NOT punk either, and does not belong on a punk rock play list. It is laughable that its on this persons list as such since pretty much everyone knows David Boiwe was never punk. Even the BP should know this, but alas, FAIL.
In short this class nor its instruction in my opinion are the exact opposite of punk rock.
For purely discussion purpose, if you want a top 10 punk rock song list from first gen punk for working out, here is mine (I chose to go with first gen only as as the few punk songs in the article are all first gen punk, but no disrespect to second gen, or all the sub-variants)

10) MC5 -Kick out the Jams
9) The Stooges- Search and Destroy
8) —— Sparrer- Runnin Riot
7) Sham 69 - If the Kids are United
6) The Dead Boys All this and More
5) The Jam- In the City
4) Black Flag- Rise Above
3) The Slits -Typical Girls
2) X-Ray Specs- Oh Bondage up yours!
1) Sex Pistols- God Save the Queen
March 25, 2015, 8:12 pm
Haley from Brooklyn says:
For Jay (above), if he sees this:
Hi! I teach this class, and I know that Bowie isn't punk. My class works out to punk, rock, glam, and new wave- generally from the 70s & 80s- and these are five songs that I like to use. Something got lost in translation. Thanks for all of your suggestions, but I actually use most of those songs already. X-Ray Spex are one of my absolute favorite bands to work out to, I wish I had mentioned them.
Anytime you put the word "punk" anywhere you're going to have people swearing up and down that you're "the exact opposite of punk", but really I'm just giving people an alternative to working out to Top-40 pop, hip hop, and dance music. Come to the class sometime, it's a lot of fun.
March 26, 2015, 6:09 am
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Hello Jay.
John Wasserman. I hate to be the one to tell you this, but "The jam" is not a punk rock band.
Have a nice day.
John Wasserman
March 26, 2015, 11:33 am
Jay from NYC says:
Wasserman, you clearly don't know punk or its history. The Jam was first gen punk and its well documented and accepted as fact, look it up at

Haley thanks for the post/clarification, would not be the first time BP blew an interview, they are kind of known for that.
As for coming to your class, thank your for the invite, very nice of you to plug yourself like that. However, I am skeptical that a class full of people playing dress up as a fake punk for a an exercise and then saying Yay!!! now lets drink a bunch of alcohol would be my kind of thing, while you charge 16 bucks for it. Fugazi shows were five bucks for a reason.
If you want to do a workout class and change the music music every so often, you can find that at pretty much any gym in any city, then have at it, but that is neither punk nor unique.It seems you understand that at least.
Maybe you could next do a class using the theme songs from 80s tv shows? You could open with stretching and warming up to Battle star Galactica, and then go to Miami Vice, then maybe move to Chips, then may be a little A-team, Magnum PI Hill Street Blues, and then Dallas, Saturday Night Live Monday Night Football, The Jeffersons? (Yes I am riffing from a song) You get the idea.
rrrriot on rebel girl.
March 26, 2015, 6:23 pm
JAY from NYC says:
Oh and Hayley, I assume you are making the required payments to ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC for use of this music, right? You would not be ripping these musicians off now would you?
March 26, 2015, 6:41 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Pardon me, but The Jam were NOT a "first gen punk band". They were the forefront of the Mod-Revival Movement. I'm not here to argue with a moron, such as yourself, but a fact is a fact:

They were formed in Woking, Surrey. While they shared the "angry young men" outlook and fast tempos of their punk rock contemporaries, The Jam wore smartly tailored suits rather than ripped clothes, and they incorporated a number of mainstream 1960s rock and R&B influences rather than rejecting them, placing The Jam at the forefront of the mod revival movement.

They had 18 consecutive Top 40 singles in the United Kingdom, from their debut in 1977 to their break-up in December 1982, including four number one hits. As of 2007, "That's Entertainment" and "Just Who Is the 5 O'Clock Hero?" remained the best-selling import singles of all time in the UK.[5] They released one live album and six studio albums, the last of which, The Gift, hit number one on the UK album charts. When the group split up, their first 15 singles were re-released and all placed within the top 100.

The band drew upon a variety of stylistic influences over the course of their career, including 1960s beat music, soul, rhythm and blues and psychedelic rock, as well as 1970s punk and new wave. The trio was known for its melodic pop songs, its distinctly English flavour and its mod image. The band launched the career of Paul Weller, who went on to form The Style Council and later had a successful solo career. Weller wrote and sang most of The Jam's original compositions, and he played lead guitar, using a Rickenbacker. Bruce Foxton provided backing vocals and prominent basslines, which were the foundation of many of the band's songs, including the hits "Down in the Tube Station at Midnight", "The Eton Rifles", "Going Underground" and "Town Called Malice".
March 27, 2015, 11:54 am
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Pardon me, but The Jam were NOT a "first gen punk band". They were the forefront of the Mod-Revival Movement, welcoming 60's music instead of rejecting it (as you've mentioned above). I'm not here to argue with a moron, such as yourself, but a fact is a fact. And this is just one man's opininion, but your own John Wasserman considers them to be a pop group.
John Wasserman
March 27, 2015, 11:57 am
jay from nyc says:
yeah umm, Wasserman you lifted that "narrative" directly form the wikii site, without attributing it so such, so nice job on the plagiarism.
Having said that you left out the first sentence of the wiki page on the jam, that you ripped off which is and I quote "The Jam were an English punk rock band active during the late 1970s and early 1980s."
So, no Wasserman, you are the moron, you steal from other peoples work, and then you don't even have the decency to properly quote what you swiped, and you fail to include the info that is at the heart of the discussion, so you are also beyond lazy.
Have a nice day f-hat. Die Die my darling.
March 28, 2015, 1:58 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
I'm sorry, Jay. But the truth is that the Jam is/was not a punk band. Of, course you are welcome to believe otherwise.
And yes, I cut and pasted information from Wikipedia, explaining why they were different than their contemporaries. Since this isn't a school paper, I thought it might be okay to do so.
I hope you have a successful day.
Pardon the interruption.
John Wasserman
March 30, 2015, 1:28 pm
Jay from NYC says:
Yeah Wasserman, you intentionally ommited the first sentence of the wikkipage that YOU USED AS YOUR OWN SOURCE which CLEARLY states the jam are a punk band. Most people might call that fraud, or to use the words of JOhhny Lydon, "Ever get the feeling you've been had?"
The truth is you don't know what truth means asserman. And no I wont pardon your nonsense. You don't know s*** from shinola, and you don't know punk
April 1, 2015, 6:40 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
I hate to say this, but it's "been ripped off", and not "been had".
Pardon the correction.
The Jam was a pop band.
John Wasserman
April 2, 2015, 12:55 pm

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