Wednesday Workout: POWER Playlists

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

One of the keys to staying motivated during long runs and killer workouts is good music. Ugh have you ever been in a spin class where you want to die and the instructor is playing folk music? Well I have and it makes everything harder.

Fortunately for me I am marrying a DJ who keeps my iphone stocked with all my requests, plus songs I would never have thought of. These are my go to power players right now, which I also occasionally listen to when I need an extra pick-me-up at work, so listen on!

Ok really 50% of my playlist is Beyonce. I mean. It's Bey.

There are a lot of great free online resources/apps for playlists. The key is to figure out what kind of music gets you hype. For me it's trap and hip hop, for some it's 80's, for others it's country. Once you know what you're looking for you can go somewhere like Panodra or Spotify and type in "hip hop workout" and it will come back with all kinds of results. Here are some good ones:

Spotify (website and app)
Spotify teamed up with sports scientists to analyze over 6 million playlists and compile the ultimate workout playlist. It's essentially every pop song that we've heard over and over, but speaking from personal experience, this list really helps kick up a workout. I tooottallly nerd out over data and stats sooo I'm sold, you can find the list here

OH! One thing I like about Spotify playlists is that you can see how many followers they have, which in my mind is how legit they are. Another cool thing- Spotify is constantly updating their playlists, and you can set it to email you when they do (what is worse than always having the same song come on at mile 3.5). Here are the tops:

  1. Running High Tempo (260,000+ followers)
  2. Power Workout (258,000+ followers)
  3. Cardio (236,000 + followers)
  4. House Workout (160,000+ followers)
  5. Workout (142,000+ followers)

Pandora (website and app)
Their most popular workout stations (**note Pandora hack: need the edited versions of songs? Type in any of these playlists with the word "clean" after. For example "Pop and Hip Hop Power Workout Clean" and it will come back with the radio edited versions of the songs.
  1. Pop and Hip Hop Power Workout
  2. Rap Strength Training
  3. Dance Cardio
  4. Pop Fitness
  5. Hard Rock Strength Training
  6. 80's Cardio

Youtube Playlists (website and app)
Youtube has allll kinds of playlists that are up to an hour long. Some will be playlists of videos, and others are one full hour long video of a music compilation. The playlists of videos have tons of commercials, so I stick with the long video compilation. These are my favs:
  1. Workout Motivation
  2. Best Hard Core Hip Hop Workout HD
  3. Training Music 2013
  4. Cardio Playlist

  1. Fabs Workout Playlist
  2. Workout Playlist
  3. Workout to Wineglass Running List
  4. Yearmix 2013


  1. I really need to download some new music.
    I love what I listen to and run to.. and it's as if my iPod just knows when I need to slow down a little bit.... perhaps Apple is watching us all.. CREEPY THOUGHT. Moving ON!

    I need new Jams! Thanks for reminding me!

  2. fun! i love spotify. i prefer working out to nothing, i know, im a weirdo!

  3. I LOVE Spotify thank you for sharing your playlists will play them tomorrow :) #wowlinkup

  4. I can't wait to try your playlist I love top 40 when I run and Timber is one of my favourites because the beat is fun to run to.

  5. I have a bunch of playlists on my iPhone depending on what I am doing because you are right, the right music can give you that motivation and burst of energy you need. I need to check out the Pandora radio stations for sure.

  6. Thanks for the great playlists! I only run with music on my solo long runs, but I will definitely give them a try! #wowlinkup

  7. Good music is definitely key...Dark Horse makes me want to work out hard! Thanks for sharing those...I'll have to check them out :)

  8. None of Your Business...I stil know all the words lol Thanks for sharing. I mainly use Pandora, but will def give the others a try.

  9. Thanks this was really helpful! I've been getting so bored with my running music.

  10. I could really use this, especially since I joined the gym last week! Holla at ya girl!!! Thanks for sharing!

    -Kristen | Kandid Kristen

  11. You are so right. I cannot do it without music! Thanks for all the tips . Great post

  12. I've been needing new music. It's been the same since I started running, like two years ago. Thanks for the song ideas and the Pandora recommendations!

  13. Awesome that your fiancee is a DJ! Love good music recs. Will definitely check out the spotify playlists. Thanks for sharing! #wowlinkup

  14. Love love love these suggestions! I listen to Pandora all the time...along with a tired cardio playlist that I have on Amazon...but I need something new. I never knew about checking for the most popular ones...going to check out the ones on Soundcloud too #wowlinkup

  15. My husband is a DJ too! Well, he was very actively in to it but then it took a back seat because of his career and well....I am grandma status and can't be hanging out at clubs until 5am anymore...and neither can he. haha. It is always fun to have stuff no one else has though, isn't it?!

    I honestly don't know what I would do without Spotify. It is my life line in the car!!!

  16. OMG seriously Lindsay you put this post up at the right time. I've been searching everywhere for upbeat music to run and lift to. Just downloaded spotify, thank you. #wowlinkup

  17. Oh my goodness you went IN with this post. Congrats on your fiance and a DJ at that - HELLO!! What is trap music? I feel so old. Anything Florida BASS, house or hip hop - I am SO ON IT!! #wowlinkup

  18. Love this! When I'm out running, it always crosses my mind that I need to add more good music to my workout playlist.

  19. Love all the songs! I really need to update my playlists!

  20. Hi from Amanda's blog / WOW! I love meeting other DC bloggers - like the layout!

  21. I have to check out pop fitness on YouTube. I play dance cardio in my classes and house music. Are you going to see Mr. and Mrs. Carter this summer? Visiting from the #wowlinkup

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