Working out has been proven to make you feel better, as has music. So what happens when you combine the two? Pure bliss. Okay, so a 60-minute spin session isn't exactly our definition of bliss, but you can't deny that when good music is coupled with exercise, working out can—dare we say it—actually be fun. In an effort to boost our moods as well as our workouts, we reached out to Pilates aficionados, HIIT teachers, and personal trainers for their best workout playlists, aka the music that gets them through the day.
Thanks to these fitness experts, we now have the perfect selection of songs to take on our fitness goals. With mixes featuring Kanye West's "Fade" and a remix of Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know," these trainer-approved playlists are filled with upbeat tunes that will motivate you to get moving. For the music that might just transform the way you work out, keep on reading.
André Gary, Instructor at MVMT Theory
"Music causes a reaction, and with the right selection of songs, it can motivate, inspire, and guide us to respond in a specific way," says Gary. His playlist of choice is a mix of oldies, trap, reggae, and hype music, which he says pushes him to work out harder as if a trainer is in the room.
Meg Colvin, Trainer At Pilates Platinum
To match the intensity of her Pilates classes, Colvin has created an upbeat playlist of old-school remixes as well as new tunes like Iggy Azalea's "Mo Bounce."
Simon Lawson, Trainer at Fhitting Room
Starting slow with Drake's "Free Smoke" and picking up with John Legend's "Live It Up," this playlist is the perfect mix of tunes if you are looking to push yourself both mentally and physically, says Lawson.
Jonathan Valdez, Personal Trainer
With songs from Beyoncé, Britney Spears, and M.I.A, Valdez's playlist is equal parts nostalgic and inspiring. While Valdez says that music unconsciously motivates him in the gym, he makes sure it is just background noise when lifting so that he can focus and prevent injury.
Jess Sims, Trainer at Fhitting Room
Whether running, lifting, or boxing, Sims uses this curated selection of The Chainsmokers, Kendrick Lamar, and Kiera Weathers as her go-to workout playlist.