Just like any other workout routine, keeping up with Ring Fit Adventure continues to be a challenge. I have a great time every time I play, but carving the time out of my day to workout has been difficult. Nevertheless, it’s still in rotation and I’m hope to find the willpower to keep going.
Part of that motivation comes from my workout mix. Still very much a work in progress, but I play with the TV on mute and I blast my own tunes. Here’s a sampling of what’s currently on my Ring Fit Adventure workout mix!
NOTE: In this specific instance, I went out of my way to pick clean versions for every song. Even so, I understand that for some, no amount of censoring will make songs like “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing Ta F’ Wit” any easier to listen to. Proceed with a smidgen of caution.
Mobb Deep – “Survival of the Fittest”
The only song that actually matches the workout theme, “Survival of the Fittest” is vintage 90s thug life hip-hop. A steady backbeat keeps the head nodding while Prodigy (R.I.P) and Havoc spit threatening bars overtop of a haunting piano loop. Being reminded that only the strong survive is a reason as good as any to keep pushing through my workouts!
The Fratellis – “Flathed”
Wildly shifting gears, “Flathead” by The Fratellis is a joyous rock song that I first discovered through Rock Band. The context may be different, but the song still gives me an adrenaline rush every time I hear. By the time the, “Ba-da dop, da, da, da, da, da” chorus kicks in, I’m in the zone.
LCD Soundsystem – “Losing My Edge”
This dance punk track was the debut single from LCD Soundsystem. Starting off with just a pulsing synth note. The song builds to a crescendo of distorted synthesizers. All the while, lead singer James Murphy rambles on about how he isn’t as cool as he used to be. Through the ups-and-downs of this eight-minute song, its steady backbeat keeps me moving throughout.
Wu-Tang Clan – “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing Ta F’ Wit”
As bold of a proclamation as one can get, this track off of the Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter the 36 Chambers hits like a punch to the face. Besides the amped lyrics and hyper-aggressive energy from the RZA, Inspectah Deck, and Method Man, this beat still stands as my all-time fave. Tiger style!
Fame on Fire – “XO Tour Llif3” (Cover)
Admittedly, I’m not overly familiar with the original works of Fame on Fire. However, I’m a huge fan of their rock covers of hip-hop songs. For the purposes of keeping my energy up during sessions of Ring Fit Adventure, I loudly sing, “Push me to the edge!/All my friends are dead!” to their version of Lil’ Uzi Vert’s smash hit.
Ariana Grande – “Everyday” (feat. Future)
Featured on the same album as “Into You” and Side to Side”, “Everyday” is a trap pop banger just before trap pop really took off. Ariana’s soaring vocals glide over the track’s grinding synthesizers and triplet drum fills to great effect. Future is…not my favourite rapper. However, his inclusion makes perfect sense here.
Ring Fit Adventure does a lot to keep players motivated. Even so, I prefer the benefits of adding my own soundtrack. What’s on your workout mix?
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