I love me some Spotify. It seriously shines when I’m in the gym and I most def have my go-to Spotify workout playlists.
I used to be really good at downloading the latest music, organizing it into playlists, updating it when it got old, and all the stuff associated with the 90’s and 2000’s technology. Then online streaming services came along and all good habits went out the window. Who really feels like doing all that work when there is a good chance that someone has already created an algorithm (and multi-million dollar company) that will do all that for you?
Depending on your level of familiarity with online streaming sites like Pandora, Spotify, and Apple Music, you may have made your own playlists all figured out or you may have no clue whatsoever of what I’m talking about. I committed to Spotify at some point, and it has never failed me, so that’s one that I can definitely vouch for.
Also worth mentioning, if you’re expecting to see a mix of a ton of different genres like house or pop, sorry to disappoint. This list is going to be pretty damn saturated with hip-hop and R&B!
Spotify Workout Playlists For Cardio
Spotify – Workout Twerkout – The thing I like about this playlist is that Spotify keeps it pretty short (50 or so songs) and there’s a good mix of new and new-ish mainstream hip-hop tracks. I’m listening as I write and “Umma Do Me” (Rock0), followed by Throw Sum Mo (Rae Sremmurd). So whether you’re current on your radio hip-hop or haven’t been on the scene in a few years, you should get a mix of things you like.
Pandora – Pop & Hip-Hop Power Workout – I’m gonna drop one Pandora thing on this list, just to show that there is some good stuff on the app. Pop & Hip-Hop Power Workout is a pretty popular station (ie. you input in like one letter and this station is the first thing to pop up) and it makes sense. There’s a nice cross-section of main-stream hip-hop and general pop music. You’ll know no less than half the songs, and that can be an amazing thing during your workout.
Spotify Workout Playlists For Lifting
Spotify – Pre-Game Music – As the name suggests, this playlist was made for the pre-club ritual, and it also works perfectly for the gym. This is actually a user-managed playlist (meaning somebody like you or me created it, opposed to being managed by Spotify), so it’s more likely to randomly disappear or not be managed, but so far this person seems to be doing a great job of keeping up to date.
Snapshot of the Pre-Game Music playlist
Rap Caviar – This playlist goes hard. Like soooooooooooo hard! I don’t get much club time these days, and haven’t given the radio stations in the Bay area much of a chance (maybe unfairly so, but not sure I’m wrong) so I don’t hear a lot of the latest trap songs. Everything new and current in trap happens on this station, and my muscles respond exactly as they should. Best lifting days ever.
Spotify Workout Playlists For Running
Running music is its own little category for me. I strongly believe in the power of running to the beat of the music, similar to what you would do in a spinning class (the good ones anyway – I hate the ones where they just pedal). I discovered this love of the beat one day while I was running and Daft Punk – Doin it Right came on my playlist. It was the best 4 minutes of my running career and made running so much less torturous…borderline enjoyable. (Borderline.) I’ve been hooked to running to the beat since then.
The best thing about Spotify is that they have this all figured out for you! On your phone, go to Browse > scroll down to Genres & Moods > select Running. Every single playlist on this screen is magical. When you click on one, you will see a button labled Start Run. Hit this, and it will detect your current running pace. You can also skip that screen and select the pace manually. You should be running at 170-180 beats per minute, so put that in and you hear music based on what you selected.
Brilliant. It’s at least a top 3 Spotify feature for me.
That’s it. What did I miss? What are you favorite streaming sites or playlists???