April 25, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Gold's Gym, the world's leading authority in health and fitness, and top fitness publication
announced today that "Machinehead" by Bush was voted as the Ultimate Workout Song for 2013 in this year's March Music Madness competition. In a unique twist, the campaign featured a "Battle of the Bands" theme – meaning all songs were recorded by a band, duo or group − and included songs and collaborations from the past 50 years. Bush's famed track from their 1996 debut album was nominated for the competition by BMX biker
and ultimately beat out 63 other heart-pumping workout songs to earn the top spot.
March Music Madness is a bracket-based competition created by Gold's Gym to find out what gym-goers are jamming to while breaking a sweat. Celebrities and music enthusiasts nominated a song that personally motivates them in the gym, and these songs went head-to-head in the elimination-style tournament. This year's competition included hundreds of song nominations from notable celebrities such as
, Gabby Reece and Run DMC, as well as fans, members of Gold's Gym and
readers. The 64 most popular song submissions were chosen by Gold's Gym celebrity trainers and fitness experts to compete in four fully-stacked brackets.
More than 40,000 votes were logged by people from around the country throughout the competition, but "Machinehead" by Bush emerged as the fan favorite out of the "Final Four" that included Eminem ft.
in "Till I Collapse," "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO and GrandMastaz version of the Sir-Mix-A lot Classic "Baby Got Back."
"There's no doubt that music has become an integral part of the workout experience. In fact, studies have shown that music can increase the intensity of a workout by up to 15 percent," said
, Vice President of Communications for Gold's Gym. "We brought back March Music Madness because it's been a great way for fans to share and vote for their favorite workout songs, and maybe find a few some new additions for their playlists. It's also a great opportunity to give back to a great cause."
Another continued tradition of the March Music Madness competition, Gold's Gym will donate
to the charity of
's charity of choice, the Coastal Boxer Rescue of
, Inc., as a reward for his nomination of the winning song. The Coastal Boxer Rescue of
, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to rescuing abused, abandoned and neglected boxers and securing homes for them.
"Participating in the March Music Madness competition for the first time, I'm thrilled that my nomination of 'Machinehead' by Bush came out on top," said professional BMX athlete
. "It has always been one of my go-to warm-up songs before a big event, and it's cool that so many people out there agree with me and voted for this song. More than anything, I'm excited about Gold's Gym's generous donation to an organization close to my heart, the Coastal Boxer Rescue of
"It's been fun to hear which songs are helping our members knock out that last rep on the bench or mile on the treadmill," added Reiseman. We were excited to learn the results of this year's vote and congratulate both Bush and its nominator
on winning March Music Madness. We're also thrilled to help the Coastal Boxer Rescue of
with its important mission. While there will be plenty of passionate and spirited debate about the winning song, there's no debating that it's all for a worthy cause."
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