Sunday, August 15, 2010

What’s on Your Workout Playlist?

When we get into the gym, we just want to go, go, go. But sometimes, we don’t realize that the music we listen to may be holding us back during our workout routine. Music affects your emotions, which in turn affect your energy level. And so high-intensity workouts are better with high-intensity music. If you’re listening to ‘My Heart will go on’ as you run (ummm…), you’re probably not going to have the energy to run as fast as you probably can. Since it’s actually pretty difficult to put together songs that best match your workout mood, I thought it would be fun to compile a list of my favorite workout songs. For example, if you want to get me going, Ciara ft. Missy’s ‘Work’ will do the trick every time. It does not matter how I’m feeling, I will hop on that treadmill. And Drake just makes me want to do push-ups. I have no idea why. Eminem's music makes me want to punch a bag, but that's relatively understandable. Please share your favorite workout music too!

Tearing up the treadmill
Work – Ciara ft. Missy Elliott
Shawty Get Loose – Lil’ Mama ft. Chris Brown and T-Pain
All I do is Win – DJ Khalid ft. Various artists
Baby – LL Cool J
Bumper to Bumper – Wande Coal
Commander – Kelly Rowland
Crush Crush Crush – Paramore
Na-Nana-Na – Nelly ft. Jazzy Phe
Get Your Money Up – Keri Hilson ft. Keisha Cole and Nicki Minaj
I can transform ya – Chris Brown
I don’t Care – Ricky Martin ft. Fat Joe and Amerie
Misery Business – Paramore
Swagger Like Us – Lil’ Wayne, Jay-Z, T.I., Kanye West
Proud to be African – 2face and Wyclef
You bad – Wande Coal ft. D’Banj

My Muscles Say Aah! (Strength Training)
Bizzy body – P Square
La Tortura – Shakira
Say Aah – Trey Songz ft. Fabolous
Rock Star – Rihanna
Forever – Drake ft. Kanye, Lil’ Wayne and Eminem
Winner – Jamie Foxx ft. Justin Timberlake
Wait a Minute – Pussy Cat Dolls ft. Timbaland
Over – Drake
Overboard – Ingrid Michaelson
American Boy – Estelle ft. Kanye

Yoga-nese (Stretching music)
Blame it on me – Chrissette Michele
How do I Breathe – Mario
Soulmate – Natasha Bedingfield
Halo – Beyonce
Unthinkable – Alicia Keys
This Woman’s Work – Maxwell
Already Gone – Kelly Clarkson
Happy – Leona Lewis
So Sick – Ne-Yo
I’m Yours – The Script

Getting my Mohammed Ali on (Punching bag)
Faint – Linkin Park
Decoy – Paramore
Kolomental – Faze
Walk Away – Kelly Clarkson
Don’t Let Me Stop You – Kelly Clarkson
Blah Blah Blah – Kesha
Wall to Wall – Chris Brown
Not Afraid – Eminem
Make Me Better – Fabolous ft. Ne-Yo
I Caught Myself – Paramore

Do you have any favorite workout music? Share them with us.

Cheers 'Eights' and 'Weights'!


  1. Music makes such a difference! If I ever got on the treadmill and realised I'd left my ipod at home or it wasn't working, I'd hop right back off - I can't imagine working out (more so with running) without my music! My fav treadmill songs at the moment are 'Baby by me' 50 cent feat. Neyo, 'Boom Boom Pow' BEP, 'Sexy Chick' David Guetta feat. Akon, 'A Milli' Lil Wayne and 'OMG' Usher. I'll be adding a couple of your list to mine :D I definitely keep changing the songs or I get bored!

  2. You have to put Eminem's 8 Mile in the 'running list'. If you have one of these Naija Praise and Worship mixes, just insert and push play. Actually, they even work better for aerobics. :)

    For Yoganese, I think I would enjoy Tuface's new album - Unstoppable.

  3. LOL @ Vickii! I do the same too, if I'm without my iPod, I promptly hop off. Aside from my workout iPod, I now always keep an extra iPod in the car... just in case.

    Anything by Beyonce gets me moving all the time. That woman is my "workout buddy" I start with VideoPhone and it just gets me going and going and going. My ultimate thredmill song though is "Jai Ho" Pussycat Dolls & A Rahman. Oh and Kanye's workout plan :) For strength training, Money can't buy it by Annie Lennox, for some reason, my confidence level shoots through the roof and so does my energy level when I hear that song. Music truly is everything.

    Great Post, I totally relate.

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