What Fitness Experts Actually Listen To When They Work Out
Earlier this month, we here at MindBodyGreen shared the tunes we used this year to get our sweat on. The playlist was so much fun to put together that we decided we'd give you guys a second dose of pump up music, this time courtesy of our fitness experts. After all, who better to take workout music advice from than the people who eat, sleep and live fitness?
During my warm ups with the jump rope, I usually listen to "All About That Base" by Meghan Trainor. Another song I like to listen to during my warm up is "Courtyard Marriot" by Jason Feathers. It makes me feel like everything is possible. "The Catch Up" by Drake pushes me through challenging push-ups and squats, and makes me feel like a badass. Eminem's "'Till I Collapse" is badass burpee music and keeps me going, feeling strong and confident. To cool down, sometimes I like to dance around to a happy song like "Jubel" by Klingande.
Listen to this music with: Ines' #1 move to getting a sexy, toned butt.
I'm, a hip hop and house girl when I work out, so here are a couple of favorite songs, plus an insanely motivating house mix. Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty" never fails me. Whenever the sax comes in playing that Bollywood-inspired hook, I swear I run twice as fast, head bopping and fists pumping.
I think there's a Bollywood theme happening in my choices (i.e. her video for this song)! "Bounce" by Iggy Azalea is a perfect blend of hip hop and dance music, sure to get your butt wiggling as you silently repeat your mantra "I want to be like Iggy. I want to be like Iggy. I want to be like Iggy..."
My third choice isn't a "song," but a person I follow on SoundCloud who posts the most amazing house music mixes from DJs around the world. Hi name is Nokturnalist and if you're a raver at heart, follow this guy! My current favorite mix is a set from Amsterdam by a set from Amsterdam by a DJ named Solumun. Guaranteed to pump you up as you pump iron.
Listen to this music with: Lara's secret to getting muscle definition.
Listen to this music with: Julie's moves to balance and strengthen your core
"Shut Up and Dance" by Walk the Moon: It has a great tempo that will get you moving. It's the perfect song for the peak part of any cardio workout!
"One Night Town" by Ingrid Michaelson (ft. Mat Kearney): No matter what workout you have planned, this song will fit into your playlist.
"Heavenly Father" by Bon Iver: This is the first song on my playlist. It helps free my mind from outside distractions and focus on my workout.
"Love In The 21st Century" by Neon Trees: Adding this song to your running playlist will help you pick up your pace.
Listen to this music with: the exercise habit you've created after following Jeff's five tips.
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Listen to this music with: Dr. Austin's science-driven explanation of why music is good for workouts!
I pretty much only listen to electronic or hip hop when I'm working out — I really need that high energy pump to get me moving and working hard. I love listening to Calvin Harris and other high energy stuff when I'm working out, especially if I'm feeling a little less than motivated to start with. The cooler the beat, the better, and Calvin Harris is the best at creating awesome beats. My favorites from this year? "Dollar Signs" and "Sweet Nothing."
I also really like hip hop to get me feeling pumped up and like I can crush my workout. Drake's "Started From The Bottom" makes me feel like I can do anything if I work hard enough.
Listen to this music with: Krista's 12-minute HIIT workout you can do anywhere.
I have to say number one is pop's reigning queen Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" because it's an upbeat, feel good song that always motivates me and my clients to keep moving. Great for cardio, lifting weights, kickboxing, you name it! Another one I really like and find gets me grooving is "Uptown Funk" by Bruno Mars. It's just a great groove and beat and makes me happy, which always makes a workout more fun!
Listen to this music with: Laura's 5K training workout.
"Rather Be" by Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynn: It has a smooth, brisk rhythm that's perfect for cycling or running.
"Blame" by Calvin Harris: It has a strong beat to takes your mind off what's going on, so you can push through physical challenges.
"L.A.LOVE (la la)" by Fergie ft. YG: This song has a fun, funky vibe. Great for lifting, but also for cardio as intensity builds over the course of the song.
Listen to this music with: Nikki's guide to the perfect lunges.
I don't use music a lot as most of my workouts are traveling workouts. All of the workouts are outdoors, so the music is just background for inspiration. But I do have some fun, inspirational "go-to" songs with great beats.
"Come With Me Now" by Kongos: Good rhythmic beat, inspirational.
"Take Me To Church" by Hozier: Great voice and different. A slow song, but inspirational nonetheless.
"Stolen Chance" by Milky Chance: Another slower song, but with a good beat.
Listen to this music with: Tracy's seven body-weight exercises you can do anywhere.
I'm a group fitness instructor and teach one or two classes a day, so music is my job ... I'm obsessed! My favorites are "Fancy," "Bang Bang," "All About That Base" (girl power!) and "Come Get It Bae" by Pharell for its fast, lively beat and fun lyrics.
Listen to this music with: Chris' pointers on how to do the perfect push-up.
"Love Runs Out" by One Republic: This brings me right back to the lunge-plie combo I have my classes do at the ballet barre ... such a great burn!
"Riptide" by Vance Joy: Great for mat work (I have a bridge series that meshes perfectly with this song!).
"Waves" by Robin Schulz (Mr. Probz remix): So great for stretching, deep breathing and re-centering at the end of a sweat session.
Listen to this music with: Brianne's one-minute fitness routine you can do in the bathroom.