The end of December is officially in sight, which means a lot of us are already planning our New Year's resolutions. If your 2015 goals involve getting healthier and fitter, team MBG is here to provide a little motivation in the way of music. Below, you'll find the songs we found ourselves listening to over and over again for workout inspiration this past year, and trust us when we say there's truly something for everyone on this list: One Direction, Feist and Michael Jackson all make appearances.
Jessica Hansen, Sales Team
I'm also a Pilates Instructor and have been doing and teaching Pilates listening to Gwen Stefani's "Baby Don't Lie" during class. Why? It's an amazing, fun, upbeat song. She exudes the meaning #foreveryoung. She's one hot, cool, current mama and the youthfulness she exudes at her age makes me feel like if she can do it, I can do it! I have mad respect for the polka dot outfit she rocks in the video. It was such a breath of fresh air to see a beautiful artist fully clothed, sexy and rocking out. Reminder to have respect for your body, respect yourself and have fun!
Christina Liva, Editorial Team
I've been taking classes these days so whatever they're playing is what I'm listening to, but "Uncle ACE" by Blood Orange on the walk to the gym pumps me up and "All I Ever Need" by Caribou is nice afterwards, while the endorphins are still in action. When I need that extra push: "We Dem Boyz" by Wiz Khalifa.
Will Paley, Sales Team
I listen to La Roux's latest album (Trouble In Paradise) because she's got the most bad-ass hair, brilliant, fast-paced beats ... and one of her songs is called "Sexotheque."
Rebecca Stump, Sales Team
"212," Azealia Banks: It's always fun to listen to songs about where you live. And I wish they still gave out that area code.
"***Flawless," Beyonce: Makes me feel like the baddest bitch at the gym.
"Sanctified," Rick Ross (ft. Kanye West & Big Sean): The beat is sick and unexpected, and like Rick and Yeezus, I also want a hundred million dollars.
Anthony Schneck, Editorial Team
"It Ain't Gonna Save Me," Jay Reatard: This frenetic, high-energy rocker is perfect for when you're pushing to go that extra mile, and it perfectly encapsulates Reatard's legacy.
"How Can You Really," Foxygen: Foxygen's most recent album is one of 2014's best, and this is the most coherent, feel-good throwback track on it.
"Forgiven/Forgotten," Angel Olson: Off another of 2014's standout albums, this track preserves the tradition of 90s-influenced, hard-rocking goodness and is great for when you're getting into a rhythm at the gym.
Jason Wachob, Founder & CEO
This year I fell in love with working out to "Morning Star" by Cass McCombs as well as "White Winter Hymnal" by Fleet Foxes. Both are mellow pick-me-ups that seemed to really work for me. Also, I got to know two of my favorite artists on a personal level this year, Ed Droste from Grizzly Bear and Leslie Feist from Feist, so I found myself listening a lot of their music in a way that was different and more special than I did before. They both became my go-tos for yoga practice.
Heidi Pashman, Editorial Team
I'm one of those people who can't imagine a good run or workout without a good playlist. I can get bored of my playlists quickly though, so am always trying to find new tunes (thank you, Spotify!). These are some of my favorites from 2014 — the ones that, no matter how many times I listen to them, I always want to bust a move!