There’s workout music and then there’s workout music. I created a little list of the things that tend to be the trend of my best workout music. There’s a magical trend…a combination of artists, beats, lyrics, and music videos that make a song absolute magic for getting through a workout.
At least that’s how I see it.
Check out some suggested songs and tune your radio to Pandora and Spotify accordingly.
Songs by David Guetta and Justin Timberlake
There’s something about both of these dudes (white guys with swag maybe?) that gives them the power to consistently make a hot dance/party track. JT’s Future/Sex/Love Sounds is pretty much my favorite workout album, with 20/20 Experience coming in close second. David Guetta teams with like every artist in life and makes absolute magic (Usher, Sia, Kid Cudi are a few). Party in my ears every time.
I even made a little graphic for this.
For those of you unfamiliar with the term“ratchet”,(when used to describe something, not the device) it is today’s version of the word “ghetto” and usually describes someone or something as being or classless or “of the hood”. However, when used to refer to music, it means pure awesomeness during a workout. I’m talking about artists like Lil Wayne and Waka Floka. Once the rhythmic clapping comes in (you’ll know it when you hear it) magical things happen with your energy.
Songs with music videos that you should be in
I know, this sounds silly. But for everyone, there has to be a music video where you are pretty sure you should have been casted – if you could dance, or play the guitar, or whatever cool thing they’re doing that you love. Studies have show that visualization actually works. I get crazy results from any song where I can envision myself being the main dancer, and I basically do a routine on the treadmill. I mean, I don’t really do the routine, but it’s enough that it happens in my head.
This one is kind of hit or miss and has so many variables – but house music is like the fall back of all workouts. When all else fails, tune Pandora to some flavor of house music, and the least that will happen is you stay awake. Of course, there are different types of house music – Euro-House (what seems to be the most popular), Classic House (a Chicago fave and where this genre was born), techno (Detroit what!), and like a million other variations. They are all high energy and once you find something you like, you’ll be hooked.
What did I miss? Let me know your formulas for workout awesomeness.