Best workout songs for a killer exercise session
We are so excited to welcome you all back into our gyms very soon. While you have probably maintained some form of exercise during lockdown, we all know there is nothing better than getting a good workout done at a gym.
Is music good for a workout?
Let’s face it, while regular exercise gives a fantastic natural high; there are times when a workout session can feel particularly gruelling. Workouts can feel more laborious if you have enjoyed a carby takeout the evening before, or if you haven’t slept particularly well. But pushing through can leave you feeling even prouder than usual.
Not only can music help you to keep going during these more difficult sessions, but it can also actually improve the quality of your workout. Music can distract you from the fatigue, and a steady beat can help you maintain a good pace and keep your breath steady.
We know that getting back up to your previous ability-levels will take time after being away for so long, but a little dedication, patience and an awesome playlist will help you get there. While classes are a great way to motivate yourself, when exercising alone, it can be harder to keep pushing.
We’ve got you covered. Here are a few recommendations based on your music preference and chosen exercise.
Workout playlists by session
Best cardio workout playlist
Whether you are hitting the treadmill, bike, or Crossfit, energetic music can help keep you going for longer. Some fantastic songs to add to your playlist include:
Shotgun (The Wild Remix) - George Ezra and The Wild
My Love - Breathe Carolina and Robert Falcon
Poker face - Lady Gaga
Sexy and I know it - LMFAO
Good as hell - Lizzo
High-intensity workout songs
Songs with a fantastic beat can work wonders for a high-intensity workout. You want a playlist with a little sass and attitude, something similar to the following:
Bad guy - Billie Eilish
Radioactive - Imagine Dragons
Woman - Kesha
Supermassive black hole - Muse
Ready for it? - Taylor Swift
Yoga workout songs
Unlike high-intensity and cardio exercise sessions, yoga calls for something a little calmer, while still encouraging you to do your best workout yet. Here are a few little diddy’s for your session:
Free - Gavin Degraw
Underneath your clothes - Shakira
Stay with me - Sam Smith
You get my love - Pink
Say something - A great big world and Christina Aguilera
Exercise playlists by genre
Do you prefer to choose your workout songs by genre? Well, we have that sorted too!
Throwback exercise playlist
Whether you are a fan of hip-hop, rock or pop; there is something for everyone in a throwback playlist. Some fantastic songs for a good workout include:
Wannabe - Spice Girls
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - Will Smith
Please don’t stop the music - Rhianna
Beat it - Fall Out Boy
Survivor - Destiny’s child
Country workout playlist
Whether you are line-dancing or doing cardio, country music can give you that extra boost of energy you need to keep going just that little bit longer. Whether you prefer classic or modern country music, why not try listening to these during your workout:
Baby I’m burning - Dolly Parton
Honey Bee - Blake Shelton
While we’re young and beautiful - Carrie Underwood
Man, I feel like a woman - Shania Twain
Six-pack summer - Phil Vassar
Hip-hop and R&B exercise playlist
Hip-hop and rap is a fantastic option if you need to maintain a good pace and is an excellent choice whether you are hitting the treadmill or enjoying a HIIT session. Some songs include:
Timber - Pitbull and Kesha
Stronger - Kanye West
Motivation - Normani
Numb/Encore - Linkin Park and Jay-Z
Vossi Bop - Stormzy
What is considered to be ‘pop’ music adapts over time, but they are so-named due to how well-loved they are. From classic to modern pop, this genre can be used for practically any type of workout sesh:
I kissed a girl - Katy Perry
I don’t care - Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber
Rude - Magic!
Work B-tch - Britney Spears
Dumb blonde - Avril Lavigne and Nicki Minaj
Whatever your jam, get your ultimate exercise playlist ready for your epic return to the gym.
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