Gym Music: The Best Workout Mix to Max Out To

Everyone likes music, right? For us at IdealFit, music is pretty much a ‘must’ for every workday. The right song can help get you into a groove and focus, or take your mind off a roadblock, which is why we have a strict don’t-bother-me-when-my-headphones-are-on” rule in our office. It also explains why we sometimes have random dance parties in the middle of the day.

And don’t get us started on workout music! Research confirms what you probably already know: the right workout music can pretty much make your workout the best workout ever.

“You go all the way back to rowers on the Roman galleys,” says Carl Foster, Ph.D., of the University of Wisconsin. “The guy is sitting there beating on his drum and he drives the basic rhythm of the rowing. Part of that is coordination…but part of it is that people will naturally follow a tempo. It’s just something about the way our brains work.”

Researchers found that music can increase endurance by as much as 15 percent, and music devices have been banned by USA Track & Field for professional events because the music provides an unfair advantage! Lucky for you, music devices are still legal in your local gym.

Here at IdealFit we have everything from head-banging powerlifters to blissed-out yogis, but all agree that the right workout songs can boost their workout to the next level.

The thing is, none of us can agree on just what makes the right workout playlist. After polling our Utah headquarters for their favorite workout songs, we need your help:

What workout music gets you ready to go in the gym?

Rapper’s Delight:

Whether East Coast, West Coast, “Dirty South” or old-skool classics, you’re all about that “thug life.” With steady, driving beats and often aggressive lyrics, rap/hip-hop is a versatile choice for cardio sessions, HIIT, weight-training and more.

“Work Hard, Play Hard” – Wiz Khalifa

This is what it’s all about, right? As you approach the last minute on the stair climber, let Wiz’s chorus remind you that you’re working hard to play hard! Maybe imagine popping some bottles and making it rain after your cool-down as well.

“Lose Yourself” – Eminem

From the movie 8 Mile, based on his own life, Eminem starts this track with a rock bass-track and a question:

“If you had one shot, or one opportunity,
To seize everything you ever wanted in one moment,
Would you capture it,
Or just let it slip?”

Now there’s some motivation! Follow Marshall’s (his real name) lead and lose yourself in the music to this passionate rap, and you’ll be passing 8 Mile on the treadmill before you know it!

“You Don’t Own Me” – Grace and G-Eazy

A remake/update of a 1963 tune, singer Grace and rapper G-Eazy seamlessly mix the old and new into this rap/pop number. The original was one of the first “girl-power” anthems, let this modern mix remind you no one can tell you what to do or when to stop!

Rock Out Your Workout:

Sometimes you just gotta rock. Whether you’re shredding guitars while shredding your abs, or sweatin’ to the oldies, for those about to rock: We Salute You.

“Like a Rolling Stone” – Bob Dylan

Bob’s signature voice and deep lyrics have made him a favorite for decades, and make him a favorite for some of IdealFit’s yoga practitioners. This one is great for keeping things, well, rolling in our workouts. Ohmmm….

“Dance Dance” – Fall Out Boy

We said we had dance parties remember? These pop-punk rockers create some rapid-fire drum-and-guitar tension on this track guaranteed to get you dancing, or at least crank up your heart rate.

“The Warrior” – Scandal

It doesn’t get any more 80’s than Patty Smyth letting the world know that she is, indeed, The Warrior. Let your big hair fly and do another rep. You’re a warrior too, you got this.

“Testify” – Rage Against the Machine

For when you just need to rage against the (cardio and weight) machine, these are the guys you want to back you up. Pounding drums, heavy bass and wicked guitar solos? What more could you want?

Dance Your Pants Off:

Who said workouts have to be tough? Workout music doesn’t have to be either. These up-tempo tunes will get you up and moving with a bonus: high tempo music can actually boost your heart rate and increase performance.

“Lean On” – Major Lazer

Dedicated to your gym buddy, this funky drum-machine track reminds us all to “blow a kiss, fire a gun, all we need is somebody to lean on.”

“Sexy and I Know It” – LMFAO

For those times when you may need a tiny confidence boost. You’re sexy and we know it!

“Titanium” – David Guetta ft. Sia

Soaring chorus? Check. Spotless production? Check. Perfect workout anthem? Check. This inspiring, addictive track was a Top-10 hit in 17 countries, and launched Sia’s career as a performer after Katy Perry turned it down.

“Get Up Offa That Thing” – James Brown

Starting off with a primal scream, the “Godfather of Soul” doesn’t ever slow down on this classic feel-good tune. Need some motivation to get off the couch and get active? Just get up offa that thing, and dance ’til you feel better!

These are a few of our favorite workout songs, did yours make the list? Tell us your favorite genre and comment any of your favorite songs to work out to below!

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