James Gorman's Tips For Maximizing Your Workout

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James Gorman is taking over Morgan Stanley on January 1 (4th?). Some of you (shareholders, employees) would probably appreciate a little insight from the horse's mouth as to how he's planning on running the place, etc. We're not going to give that to you. What we will share is Jimbo's favorite track to blast while hitting the bag.

During the financial crisis, Mr. Gorman...blew off steam by hitting a punching bag in a gym while listening to music. With "Back in Black," by the Australian band AC/DC, playing, Mr. Gorman said, "you'll definitely go faster."


Obviously that got us thinking-- what do our other favorite CEO's listen to while whaling on their pecs or, in some cases, doing an easy 30 minutes on the Elliptical because they have bad knees? So far we've been able to gather the following information from various trainer/towel-boy moles. If you have any further intel please share at this time.
* Lloyd Blankfein- toss up between "We are the Champions" and "Pussy, Money, Weed"
* Vikram Pandit- "Get Your Freak On"
* Jamie Dimon- "Born to Run"
* Ken Lewis- "Love Will Never Do"
* John Mack- ??
* Dick Fuld (he still counts)- ??

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