What Is a Workout Playlist?
A workout playlist is exactly what it sounds like — a list of music ideal for the gym. Working out is hard, but by playing music that gets you going, music that you love, and tunes that inspire you to push your workout to the next level.
So what goes into an ideal workout playlist?
Good Dance Music for Working Out
Ever notice that those ultra-cheery workout mavens on TV are always listening to some generic thumping dance music? Lots of bass and very little in the way of music? They use that music because it appeals to a larger number of audience members and because it sets a good “pace” for a workout. Here are good pieces of dance music to power your workout. These are faster tunes than most, at around 120 beats per minute each, so they’re best for faster workouts, or warming up with cardio.
1. Axwell, Bob Sinclair & Ron Carroll – What A Wonderful World
2. Metric – Help I’m Alive
3. Forever the Sickest Kids – Whoa Oh! (Me vs. Everyone)
4. Theory of a Deadman – Hate My Life
5. Chris Lake & Nastala – If You Knew (Feed Me Remix)
6. Hyper Crush – Keep Up
7. Metallica – Cyanide (dance mix feat. Danger Mouse)
8. Basshunter – Now You’re Gone
9. Trapt – Contagious
10. Booty Luv – Say It
Good Pop Songs for Working Out
Just because the exercise programs on TV use “dance music” doesn’t mean you have to. Your favorite pop songs can be just as inspirational as the latest piece of dance music. Here are some good classic pop songs to plug into your next workout playlist. These songs are all about 80 or 90 beats per minute, which should match most workout plans.
1. Jamie Foxx & Justin Timberlake – Winner
2. Katrina and the Waves – I’m Walking on Sunshine
3. Avril Lavigne – Girlfriend
4. Beastie Boys – Sabotage
5. Trina – Single Again
6. The Smiths – Ask
7. Whitesnake – Here I Go Again
8. Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks
9. Rihanna – Rude Boy
10. Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon – Palisades Park
Good Hip-Hop Songs for Working Out
It is no surprise that lots of people use hip hop or rap music to power their workout. Using hip hop tunes in your workout combines the best of the pop music and dance music worlds. You get a good loud beat, a little melody, and lots of rhythm. Here are the best hip hop songs for your workout playlist. These songs move from pretty fast (Outkast) to pretty slow, so make sure and tailor your hip hop workout playlist to the pace of your personal workout plan.
1. Outkast – B.O.B.
2. Kanye West – Stronger
3. Luke – I Wanna Rock
4. Onyx – Slam
5. 50 Cent – In Da Club
6. Crime Mob – Knuck If Ya Buck
7. Eminem – Lose Yourself
8. Daddy Yankee – Gasolina
9. House of Pain – Jump Around
10. A Tribe Called Quest – Scenario
Whatever music you decide to use, make sure it is inspirational, motivational, and easy to ignore. The point of your workout is to get in shape and build muscle mass, not to play rock critic. Put these tunes on your iPod, plug in your headphones, and rock your way into an amazing body.