Music is such an important part of exercise. It inspires us, gets our adrenaline pumping, and often provides a rhythm to the intensity of our workouts.
Just as there are literally hundreds of ways in which to pursue fitness, there are also as many opinions on what constitutes good workout music. Sometimes, particularly in a group exercise setting, finding a playlist that accommodates everyone can be a challenge.
Sexy And I Know It – LMFAO
Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO
Lose Yourself – Eminem
Got 2 Luv U (Feat. Alexis Jordan) – Sean Paul
Poison – Bell Biv DeVoe
Where Them Girls At – David Guetta
I also had some general comments that favored any old school rock. With that in mind, I’ll link to one of my favorite rock workout tracks:
Kickstart My Heart – Motley Crue
See my workout music page for additional ideas for finding workout music!
Suggestions for creating the right bootcamp or workout music energy mix
Track Selection Guidelines
- Once a month grab top ten lists from rock, hip hop, and pop stations
Make mixes that include:
- 4 top ten indie songs
- 3-5 house or techno
- 1-3 hip hop
- 1-2 classics
Of course you should adjust this format to suit your tastes or the people you will be working out.
Each mix is one hour long and should be laid out by how energetic the song is, as follows:
- Songs 1-2: Funky, nice beats, not too crazy
- 3-5 progressively upbeat
- 6-9 Really Bangin’
- 10 Downbeats
- 11 ambient tracks (create closure)
What about you? What are some of your favorite workout songs, and how do you put your mixes together for your bootcamps or workouts? I’d love to hear about it! Please comment below.