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


Check out our Spotify cardio playlist.


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


Try our high-intensity workout playlist.


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


Unwind with our yoga workout playlist.


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


Workout to our throwback playlist.


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


Cowboys hats off when you exercise to our country playlist.


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


Push yourself with our hip-hop playlist.


Pop playlist


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


Our full pop exercise playlist can be found here.


Whatever your jam, get your ultimate exercise playlist ready for your epic return to the gym.