Monday Motivation: use music to energize and invigorate your workouts

Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.

~~~ Hunter S. Thompson

If I’m feeling draggy and leaning towards missing a workout, nothing gets me to the gym faster than the promise of a new playlist. It always amazes me how the right combination of songs can turn an otherwise uninspiring workout into something fantastic.

Music motivates! Use it to energize and invigorate your workouts!

Sunday evenings, I can usually be found on the computer, trolling iTunes for some musical motivation. Although my tastes are broad (everything from John Prine to Nickelback), when it comes to workout music I lean toward Top-40, hip hop and rap. To be considered for inclusion in my workout playlist, a song has to have (1) a good tempo and (2) a strong, driving beat.

(Ever notice how mid-tempo the music is at the mall? Your pace slows to match the music and you end up spending more time shopping than you planned?)

Yesterday, I created a new playlist for today’s spin class. We ride hard for 40 minutes and need some great tunes to push us up those hills and keep our legs moving quickly through the sprints. I combined some new downloads with some old favorites; songs that we can sing along with, if so moved (I always invite my class participants to sing along with me; it’s a great way to make sure that they’re not working too hard!).

You don’t need to be in spin class to enjoy this workout. Take it with you to the gym, hop on your favorite cardio machine (treadmill, bike, elliptical, Cybex ARC Trainer) and use the music to tell you when to vary the resistance and speed of your workout.

I’d love some ideas for great workout songs; what are your favorites?

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  1. Music is such a huge motivator…I agree! One time in a spin class I got really pumped up by a “Toxic” mix by Britney Spears and Usher that I ran home and downloaded immediately!

  2. Good stuff you’ve got on your playlist! Stereo Hearts, Marry You …. and YESSS anything by Pink. I don’t intentionally load her on to my playlists, but I really should , because whenever she comes on, her songs get me so pumped and keep me moving, pushing through. They all have a great beat and motivating words; they make me want to kick butt!

  3. I love Good Feeling by Flo Rida, and some new stuff from Enrique Iglasias with Pitbull, gets me going in the gym….Black Eyed Peas songs are good too!


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