100 Best Workout Songs
Pages in this Story:
- The Best Hip-Hop Songs
- The Best Power-Up Songs
- The Best Dance Workout Songs
- Motivating Workout Songs
- The Best Remixes
- The Best Yoga & Cool-Down Songs
- The Best Songs for Strength Training
- Best Country Workout Songs
- The Best Rock Workout Songs
- The Best Workout Songs of All Time
- Build the Perfect Workout Playlist
Build the Perfect Workout Playlist
Skip the musical roulette.
Instead of setting your MP3 player on shuffle, proactively build playlists that provide the right energy all the way through your workout.
Keep it fresh.
Pick one weekend a month to see what's new on the iTunes charts by your favorite artists and in your favorite genres so your playlist never goes stale.
Get in rhythm.
Studies have shown that listening to music that syncs with your movements provides a better workout than exercising without tunes. See how to match your grooves to your moves below.
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
Meet Your DJs
We polled readers and leading fitness and music pros for the top tunes of 2010 -- and a few all-time faves -- to sweat to. Then we asked the producer of Motion Traxx workout music podcasts, Deekron, known as the Fitness DJ, to curate the most-thumping nominees into 10 kick-butt playlists. Our panel also included:
Derek Beres, DJ and yoga teacher for Pure Yoga in New York City; Amy Blackburn, star of the Dance Off the Inches: Country Line Dance DVD; Cat Chiarelli, instructor for Crunch gym in West Hollywood; Yomi Desalu, director of music and talent for mtvU; Karina Diaz-Acosta Mahmoud, fitness instructor for Gold's Gym Venice; Johnny Dynell, resident DJ for DavidBartonGym Chelsea in New York City; Neil Haislop, country music journalist and author; Sunwoo Hwang, DJ for celebrity trainers and CEO of Proof Social in San Francisco; Jeanette Jenkins, FITNESS advisory board member; Bianca Kosoy, senior creative director and resident DJ for Equinox Fitness Clubs in New York City; Marion Roaman, owner of Ride the Zone cycling studio in New York City; Ziggy Roman, club DJ based in Union City, New Jersey; Misty Tripoli, Nike Elite trainer
Originally published in FITNESS Magazine, January 2011.
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