Motivating workout music | Get the most out of your workout tunes


What you pump through your headphones can have real effects on your workout. Image: Flickr / talatlas / CC-BY-SA

Science has shown that the right motivating workout music can improve your workout. Not only can it motivate you to keep going, it can help your heart beat faster. Motivating workout music can make your workouts more effective.

The science behind motivating workout music

Study after study has found that the right workout music can improve a workout. A song with 120 to 140 beats per minute coincides with the target heart rate for most workouts. Music also provides a “timing cue” that helps time the moves of a workout to the beat. That means the right motivating workout music can even help you avoid an injury by encouraging smooth, regular movements. There are even businesses like Hella Sound to customize workout music to your goals.

Motivating workout music top 100

Most pop and commercial dance music clocks in with 120 to 140 beats per minute. Though motivating workout music is incredibly personal, there are standards across many genres. The readers of Fitness Magazine rated their top 100 songs, and the top 10 winners are:

  1. “SexyBack” by Justin Timberlake
  2. “Ain’t No Other Man” by Christina Aguilera
  3. “Fergalicious” by Fergie
  4. “Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne
  5. “Maneater” by Nelly Furtado
  6. “My Humps” by the Black Eyed Peas
  7. “Promiscuous” by Nelly Furtado
  8. “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race” by Fall Out Boy
  9. “It’s Not Over” by Chris Daughtry
  10. “This Is Why I’m Hot” by Mims

See the full list at Fitness Magazine

Manly motivating workout music

If the Fitness Magazine top 100 seems a little heavy on the “chick rock” for you, then The Art of Manliness blog has its own suggestions — and it doesn’t include “Eye of the Tiger.”

  1. “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC
  2. “Say This Sooner” by The Almost
  3. “Keep the Car Running” by Arcade Fire
  4. “Sabotage” by Beastie Boys
  5. “Loser” by Beck

See the full list at Art of Manliness.
No matter what you choose for motivating workout music, it’s all about getting yourself out and moving — no matter what kind of workout you chose.

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