Workout Playlist

Creating a good workout playlist can be overwhelming and while it’s good to have a motivating mix spending time creating the playlist takes valuable time from your workout. So I’ll make it simple for you. The only workout mix you’ll ever need:

Just kidding… unless that works for you. And in that case, you can just stop reading now. If you need more variability, READ ON!

Skip the musical roulette

Instead of setting your MP3 player on shuffle, proactively build timed playlists that provide the right energy all the way through your workout. Barney Stinson says a playlist should be all build. Here is his classic “Get Psyched” playlist:

For a workout mix though I would recommend starting slow for your warm up, building up to a peak and then bringing it back down for your cool down.

Keep it fresh

Every month, find a weekend to look around on iTunes charts to see what’s new by your favorite artists and in your favorite genres so your playlist never gets stale. Workout songs are a personal choice because it comes down to whatever gets YOU moving.

If you need a place to start, here are a few of my favorite workout songs:

  • “Get Down Tonight” – KC and the Sunshine Band (113 BPM)
  • “Rock and a Hard Place” – The Rolling Stones (129 BPM)
  • “Dancing with Myself” – Billy Idol (176 BPM)
  • “Moves Like Jagger” – Maroon 5 (128 BPM)
  • “Safe and Sound” – Capitol Cities (138 BPM)
  • “Beat It” – Michael Jackson (139 BPM)
  • “Walk This Way” – Run-DMC (106 BPM)
  • “All Shook Up” – Elvis Presley (125 BPM)
  • “Seven Nation Army” – The White Stripes (124 BPM)
  • “Stronger” – Kanye West (104 BPM)
  • “Radioactive” – Imagine Dragons (138 BPM)

Get in rhythm

Studies have shown that listening to music that syncs with your movements provides a better workout than exercising without tunes. The following is a good guide to follow based on what your workout involves:

Beats per minute    Perfect for

160 and up                  Running, jumping rope
140 to 160                   Jogging, Spinning
125 to 140                   Power walking, stair-climbing, elliptical
105 to 125                   Walking, toning
60 to 115                     Stretching, yoga, warming up


What’s on you workout mix?

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