A Workout Playlist That Motivates


Living a healthy lifestyle in college can be difficult, but it’s really important. I love working out because it keeps me feeling healthy. But I can’t workout unless I have my headphones in, so this is a motivating workout playlist I listen to in order to stay motivated throughout my entire workout. I separated the workout playlist out by songs to listen to while stretching, doing reps, intense cardio and cooling off. There’s a wide variety of artists and genres, so enjoy!

Stretching Songs

For when you’re stretching pre or post workout…

workout playlist stretch

I See Fire by Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran has an amazing voice. This song was featured on The Hobbit soundtrack. It’s quiet, but the instrumentals are full and intense. Quiet but intense songs make great stretching songs.

The Mixed Tape by Jack’s Mannequin

This is an amazing song to listen to, especially when you’re feeling giddy about a special someone. Stretching is a great time to reflect on how hard you just worked and your goals. If your goal is to make it work with the special someone, think about how your hard work will help you be the best version of yourself.

If It Means A Lot To You by A Day To Remember

Jeremy McKinnon and Sierra Kusterbeck collaborate on this track, creating a sort of story between two lovers. Very sweet, and really fun to sing along to. Another good reflection song to listen to when stretching.

Repetition Songs

For  when you’re bench pressing or just doing an insane amount of squats…

workout playlist reps

Somebody Told Me by The Killers

A Great rock song and it has a back beat you can follow. Aim for your reps to match up with the beat and build of the song. Focusing on that can keep your mind from thinking about wanting to quit or how tired you might be.

What Do You Mean? by Justin Bieber

Hey! Stop the groaning. JB is often cringe worthy, but this song has an EDM vibe, which makes doing reps not so bad. Warning: you may have this song stuck in your head the rest of the day. 😛

First Date by Blink-182

A feel good song, that everyone can relate to. We’ve all had that awkward first date when your hands won’t stop sweating. You likely feel the same way in the middle of reps. Let it motivate you!

Intense Cardio Songs

For when you’re really feeling yourself during a cardio session…

workout playlist cardio

All I Do is Win by DJ Khalid

I don’t even play sports and this song gets me hyped up for a big game. Any negative thoughts about not being able to keep running are completely diminished by this song because all you do is win.

Phenomenal by Eminem

This song is the king of the angry fight songs, let’s be honest. Use it to help fight through your workout!

Throne by Bring Me The Horizon

BMTH is often my go to band when I’m working out. They have a strong sound and even stronger vocals. The song Throne is a little more rock than metal, so give it a try.

Cool Off Songs

For when you’re walking and chugging water post workout…

workout playlist cool off

Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns ‘N Roses

You can’t have a playlist without some classic rock guys. This song is slow enough that it won’t get your blood pressure up, but it also keeps you awake. It’s good to keep moving when cooling down.

I’ve Got A Dark Alley And A Bad Idea That Says You Should Shut Your Mouth by Fall Out Boy

Come on. You can’t resist that song title! If you haven’t listened to this song, you need to. It’s got a relaxing, but the upbeat melody is perfect for cooling down after a hard workout.

Reckless by You Me At Six

This song is supposed to be that grand finale to your playlist. It’s fast enough and fun enough to wake you back up after you work out!

I hope this fiery workout playlist motivates you like it motivates me. Have a great workout and an awesome day!




Let’s be honest, we all know you’ve been counting down the days until Spring Break since the beginning of the semester, shoot I know I have. Well Guess what Amigos and Amigas?  SPRING BREAK HAS FINALLY ARRIVED.  (Insert crazy happy dance) Please pardon my excitement, but the thought of no lectures or due dates for an entire week just makes my brain sigh in relief. I’m ready to feel the warm of the sun on my skin, catch up with friends, and sleep…a lot.

What better way to get pumped for this upcoming week than with a spring break mix tape?! With guest appearances from Lorde, BANKS, American Authors and more, this mix tape is designed to help melt the snow away.

Bring on the fun.

WARNING: This playlist might give you a case of Spring Fever.  Symptoms include: Procrastination, Day Dreaming and Happiness.


I Miss Having a Gym in My (Campus) Backyard: A Smart Playlist for your Next Run


How are you staying in shape over the summer?  One thing I definitely miss about living on campus is a gym within walking distance with no monthly membership fees!  Fortunately, with your two feet, some tennis shoes and an .mp3 player (cool tips here if you have a smartphone as well) you can stay in shape on the cheap and get the most out of your workout time without fancy gym equipment.

A New York Times article reported that songs with a BPM between 120 & 140 were thetired running girl best motivators, enabling runners to fight through fatigue.  The numbers 120 -140 “roughly corresponds to the average person’s heart rate during a routine workout,” according to the article.

It’s really easy to detect the BPM of your music–the best application for this I could find as far as accuracy and ease of use was from  Download their BPM Analyzer and from there the  interface is extremely easy to use.  Just go to “File” “Open” and locate the music file you want to analyze.  It will keep a playlist (you’ll need to go into iTunes or Windows Media Player to actually play the file) for you that allows you to see the songs you’ve analyzed and the BPM count.

If you have a smartphone, there’s an awesome app for interval runs called RecordBeater that automatically detects the cadence of your steps as you hit the working and resting phases of your intervals and plays songs at corresponding BPM rates.  How cool is that?

We’ve already done the work for you if you want to do neither of those things, we’ve analyzed some songs that fall into the BPM sweet spot.

Summer Running Music Playlist


Miike Snow – Silvia (Felix Da Housecat Remix)

Chemical Brothers – It Began in Africa

smartphone application for runningAphrodite – Blue Mystique

Christopher Lawrence – Renegade

Far East Movement – 2gether

Kanye West feat. Lykki Li, Santigold – Gifted

George Acosta – Tubular Bells

Avicii & Sebastian Drums – My Feelings for You

Sponge – Wax Ecstatic

Prodigy – Climbatize

Pendulum – Blood Sugar

Feed Me – Blood Red

Prodigy – Warriors Dance (Slof Man dubstep remix)

Sander van Dam ft. Carol van Lee – Love is Darkness



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