Workout Playlists to Get You Going!

workout playlists

 

Okay, so I’m sure we’re all aware how much of an impact music has on our gym sessions. I mean, for me it is practically the worst thing in the world if I get to the gym and I have forgotten my earphones! It leaves me dreading the cardio because it just feels so much harder without the motivation and drive the music gives me. When my jam comes on, I can instantly feel my heart rate pick up and my pace increase…and I am sure I am not the only one!

 

For many people trying to get fit or lose weight, cardio can be tough and the bane of anyone’s existence. Most people actually dread it, but know that it is the fastest way to burn fat and calories. But let’s be honest: running on the treadmill can be SO BORING – making those 30 minutes feel like an eternity.

 

DO NOT FEAR!! To make those 30 minutes more interesting, I suggest breaking it up into 8 songs: each song represents a specific level of percieved effort. In other words – alternating speed and intesity with every song. BPM refers to how hard your heart is pumping oxygen to your muscles (i.e. your heart rate). A higher BPM equals a higher oxygen requirement = harder work for you!!

 


Song #1 (100-110 BPM): Warm up, enjoy the run/cycle without pushing yourself – this will warm up your muscles and make them ready for a higher intensity.

 

Song #2 (100-110 BPM): If on a stationary bike – turn up the resistance until you can stand-pedal in your seat. If on a run – increase the incline or run up a hill, a 5 out of 10 percieved effort.

 

Song #3 ( around 115 BPM): If on a staionary bike – keep the resistance where it is and take a seat. If on a run – take the incline back to where it was.

 

Song #4 (around 115 BPM): If on a stationary bike – the resistance remains the same, but include some sprints every 30 seconds. If on a run – also include sprints every 30 seconds (9 out of ten effort).

 

Song #5 (around 120 BPM): If on a stationary bike – crank up the resistance so that your percieved effort is a 9 out of 10, and stand-pedal. If on a run – run up a hill, or increase the incline until the desired effort is reached.

 

Song #6 (around 120 BPM): Include sprints for every song chorus.

 

Song #7 (140-160 BPM): If on a stationary bike – only turn the resistance down slightly, sit down, and pedal as hard as you can! If on a run – run a fast pace, around a 9.0 on the treadmill.

 

Song #8 (95-100 BPM): Cool down.


 

*REMEMBER TO STRETCH AFTERWARDS!!! (hamstrings, quads, glutes)

 

Or for an easier way to include a 30 minute cardio fat blast to your workout routine, below are some of my favourite cardio playlists (these follow the sequence of BPMs mentioned above). So use the beat of the songs to dictate your rhythm and pace…at the end of the 8 songs, YOU COMPLETED A 30 MINUTE FAT BLASTING CARDIO WORKOUT WHOOPIEEE!!!

 


8-SONG WORKOUT PLAYLISTS


 

upbeat hits playlist

 

SONG

BPM

DURATION

1. It Ain’t Me – Kygo and Selena Gomez

100

3:41

2. Shape of You – Galantis Remix

100

3:16

3. I Don’t Wanna Live Forever – 50 Shades Soundtrack

118

4:06

4. Deep of the Night – Goldfish

121

3:21

5. Dancing Again – Timo ODV

123

3:51

6. Scared to be Lonely – Martin Garrix

138

3:41

7. Make Me (Cry) – Noah Cyrus

153

4:02

8. Paris – The Chainsmokers

100

3:42

TOTAL DURATION

29:40 minutes

 


workout playlist

 

SONG

BPM

DURATION

1. Raging – Kygo ft. Kodaline

100

3:44

2. Omen – Disclosure and Sam Smith

106

3:17

3. Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley

115

4:29

4. Dancing in the Moonlight – Toploader

119

3:53

5. Bad Habit – The Kooks

123

3:41

6. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Elton John

131

4:35

7. I Don’t Want To Be – Gavin DeGraw

155

3:38

8. I Want It That Way – Backstreet Boys

99

3:33

TOTAL DURATION

29:50 minutes

 


workout playlist

 

SONG

BPM

DURATION

1. Starving – Hailee Steinfeld

100

3:02

2. Monster – Eminem

110

4:10

3. Up – Olly Murs

115

3:54

4. How We Do – Rita Ora

116

4:03

5. Who’s That Chick – David Guetta

128

3:21

6. Champagne Showers – LMFAO

130

4:24

7. All Night – The Vamps

145

3:18

8. The Ocean – Mike Perry

90

3:03

TOTAL DURATION

29: 15 minutes

 


workout playlist

 

SONG

BPM

DURATION

1. My House – Flo Rida

94

3:12

2. Work From Home – Fifth Harmony

105

3:35

3. Want to Want Me – Jason Derulo

114

3:28

4. Greenlight – Pitbull

115

4:04

5. Brokenhearted – Karmin

120

3:47

6. Raise Your Glass – Pink

122

3:23

7. Chained to the Rhythm – Katy Perry

190

3:58

8. I Feel It Coming – The Weekend

93

4:29

TOTAL DURATION

29:56 minutes

 


workout playlist

 

SONG

BPM

DURATION

1. Galway Girl – Ed Sheeran

100

2:51

2. Middle – DJ Snake

105

3:33

3. Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake

113

3:56

4. Fort Knox – Goldfish

117

3:17

5. I Gotta Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas

128

4:49

6. Faith – Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande

158

2:43

7. Coming Home – Diddy

168

3:59

8. Closing Time – Semisonic

93

4:34

TOTAL DURATION

29:42 minutes

 



HELPFUL TIP:
If you don’t like any of the songs in my playlists above – you can visit songbpm.com and search for any song’s bpm, and just use the heart rate BPM above as a guidline.

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