I get asked often, “Jen, how do you stay motivated at the gym to have a successful workout?”
The short answer is that success of my workout is highly dependent on the music blaring through my headphones. Now, that’s not to say that gyms don’t play good music to keep the blood flowing. Headphones are definitely not a requirement for a great workout, but they do definitely help!
So, I’ve decided to compile my Top 10 Songs on my current playlist, Beast Mode, which is available on Apple Music. It is close to 100 songs, but of course, I’m not going to go through each and every one. But here is a good inside look!
Let’s start with Number 10:
10: “Bet That” – Trick Daddy (2006)
Yeah, I’m never gonna get out of my mid-2000’s music obsession. It was, by far, one of the better eras for music (especially for modern rap.) Ah, but the mid-2000’s brought us the reign of Houston in the hip-hop/rap industry. If you disagree with me, then BYE! Just kidding, you can stay, but you have a terrible taste in music and you’re wrong.
Anyway, “Bet That” makes its way into my workout playlist because it isn’t too fast nor slow, it has a catchy beat, and makes me wanna move. Definitely more for cardio than weightlifting. It’s that catchy beat you want while coming down from a good run.
9: “Mi Gente” – J. Balvin & Willy Williams (2017)
Reggaeton… a guilty pleasure for my gym playlists. This song, like the last, has that catchy beat that makes the heart pump and gets the body moving. If I was into things like Zumba workouts, I think this would be my kind of music for sure. Again, this is a good cardio bump, but works throughout my workout, especially full-body grit workouts.
8: “Bitch Better Have My Money” – Rihanna (2015)
This is one of those petty songs that I love to listen to, especially when I’m in a shitty mood. Hey, sometimes I’m angry, and angrier music makes my soul happy. What can I say? I’m complicated, haha.
Anyway, BBHMM is an anthem of not giving a damn and getting revenge by any means. It’s a banger for my weightlifting and cardio alike. Like the rest so far, it gets the blood flowing and gives me an overall badass vibe that is killer for my workouts.
7: “Boom” – P.O.D. (2002)
An early 2000’s jam that doesn’t show any signs of getting old, “Boom” has been on every workout playlist I’ve ever had. This is one of those songs that just makes you want to jump around, punch something (or somebody?) and get shit done. Which is why it is perfect for my (and any) workout. Seriously, anything P.O.D. is worthy of a gym playlist. Also, I got to see them live once and yeah, it was even better live.
6: “The Good Life” – Three Days Grace (2010)
Like P.O.D., anything Three Days Grace definitely works on any workout playlist. “The Good Life,” however, is one of those songs that has a great beat AND great lyrics. That’s probably one of the reasons why it’s so far up on my list.
Best verse of the song: “I don’t really know who I am // It’s time for me to take a stand // I need a change and I need it fast // I know that any day could be the last” Overall, a powerful song and it’s got the fast-paced, heavy beat that keeps you going, especially during the slumps in your workout.
5: “You’re Going Down” – Sick Puppies (2009)
Shout out to my high school self, who had ever Sick Puppies album out there. She knew what was up. This has always been one of my favorites by Sick Puppies. Also, this song was one of the first I’d ever heard by them. It is one of those DGAF songs that you just wanna jam to without worrying about anyone but yourself. Definitely one for the lifting playlist, but will work well in a cardio situation.
4: “Get Right” – Jennifer Lopez (2005)
This one is a lot higher up on the list than others because, well it’s JLo. This is one of my favorites for cardio or squats. It’s a bit fast-paced and it’s catchy. It’s one of the few that I do not mind hearing on repeat because it gets the job done.
3: “Out of Control” – Hoobastank (2003)
This one is simple, the pain and anger in this song makes it perfect for lifting, especially when I’m having trouble getting into “go-time” mode at the gym. Doug Robb’s vocal range is just awesome. End of story.
2: “Addicted to Pain” – Alter Bridge (2013)
This song is aggressive and has the badass guitar riffs and a catchy bass line. On top of all that, it has some good lyricism. That’s always important. Songs that tell stories are always my favorite. It’s a song about trying to help someone, but their addicted to pain. Don’t we see that everyday?
And before I reveal number one, it’s time for an honorable mention:
HM: “Never Again” – Nickelback (2002)
Yeah, I put Nickelback on my list. All y’all haters can stay hating. This song is one of my favorite from the band, for many reasons. One of the biggest, I went through a lot of hateful shit in my life. I got treated pretty bad, and I always said I’d never let it happen again. This song is an anthem of moving on from the darkness for me. This is on the lifting portion of the playlist for me, obviously. Helps with the pent up aggravation.
And finally… my number one song for the gym…
1: “Jekyll and Hyde” – Five Finger Death Punch (2015)
Yeah. This song is just perfect. Also, as you may have guessed it, it’s on my lifting playlist. This is one of those songs that I use when I’m trying to hit a new PR or just really grit my teeth and make it through the pain if I’m not having a great day. And, like most of these, it’s a relatable song. “Wear a smile on my face, but there’s a demon inside” A good rule of thumb, you should be nice to people, y’all. You never know what people are going through.
So, I hope this has been a good pile of songs for you all. I know it’s just a taste, but if you’d like to check out the rest of the playlist, you can check it out HERE.