The Key to Exercise: Shamelessness

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Noah Brand is an Editor-at-Large at Good Men Project, and possibly also a cartoon character from the 1930s. His life, when it is written, will read better than it lived. He is usually found in Portland, Oregon, directly underneath a very nice hat.


  1. Michael Philp says:

    Excellent article, and I love much of your list.
    I tend to stick to electronica or techno for my exercise, I find the regular, simple beats to be quite useful. I haven’t exercised in a while though, so the only example I can remember is “Don’t F*****g Tell Me What To Do” by Robyn

  2. Richard Aubrey says:

    I find “Mille Regretz” covered by Paula bar Giese–available on Youtube, excellent for isometrics.

  3. WOW~! I totally agree. I started shooting hoops to be outside, take advantage of my neighborhood park, and avoid a gym membership. Like you, I have earphones and listen to all my favorite songs. Which is where shameless enters the scene. Naturally, I began playing to the beat! As my shooting improved, so did my moves. My game has evolved into a form of dance. My favorite time to play is after dark, under the streetlamp. It’s cooler and the night breeze enhances sensations–feels amazing on my skin, my face. Gentle gusts rearrange my hair, and rustle the leaves of big trees: applause-applause. The ball is my drum, the stars my fans, and the moon—my most ardent admirer. Shameless, right? Yeah, and the best part is, my whole neighborhood has been totally respectful of my shall we say, unique style? In fact, I think I’ve inspired a lot more people to come out and play. And I’ve even seen quite a few guys shooting solitaire with phones in. So there you have it: a new genre of exercise incorporating basketball and dance. You should see my spin shot! (for real , hahaha)

  4. FlyingKal says:

    For all my love of Bruce Springsteen, I find it a bit odd that anyone would select “Thunder road” and “I’m on fire” for a running/exercise playlist :-)

    Anyway, excellent article! Keep up the good work please.

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