Whatever exercise you choose to do, it’s always so much better with workout music. And we’re not just saying that, science agrees: studies show that the right workout music can increase performance and endurance — without you even realising it!
Scientists have discovered that the ultimate workout playlists combine two factors: tempo and rhythm response (how much a song makes you want to get up and dance, or, in this case, get up and do squats). In short, choose fast tracks that have strong beats to turn your workout from this:
To get you started, we asked bikini champion and online fitness expert Jenna Lithgow to share her top workout music with us. Here are 5 songs that she says are sure to keep you motivated — you’re guaranteed to leave gym sweaty, and satisfied.
1. How Deep Is Your Love — Calvin Harris & Disciples
An upbeat dance track that has catchy, fast tempos to help you crank out more reps. Put this song on while you’re working your abs — it’ll keep you going when you think you can’t.
2. Smoke filled room — Mako
The perfect workout music for cardio HIT sessions; speed up with the music and slow down as the tempo eases, then ramp up the pace again. You’ll be hitting your max heart-rate in no time.
3. Are you with me — Lost Frequencies
A song that’s made for those days when you really don’t feel like exercising, and you’d rather be lounging on the couch. You won’t be able to resist the urge to move with the music on this track, which makes it ideal for your workout playlist.
4. I bet my life — Imagine Dragons (Alex Adair remix)
“I’ve told a million lies
But now I tell a single truth
There’s you in everything I do”
Listen to the lyrics and they’ll stoke your session — especially if you’re having a hard time staying motivated. A few songs with great lyrics are key to a killer exercise playlist because they give you something to focus on instead of how much your muscles are objecting.
5. Wonder — Adventure Club (featuring The Kite String Tangle)
This is a good cool down or stretching song; it has a fairly low tempo in places, but ups the pace to just the right beat for the mat.