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!
For when you’re stretching pre or post workout…
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.
For when you’re bench pressing or just doing an insane amount of squats…
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…
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…
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!