We all know that working out is good for our health, numerous benefits, blah blah blah — but let’s be honest, working out is hard. The physical toll is worth it in the end, but every gym rat and workout warrior needs a good playlist to get them through that last quarter-mile, that last rep or that last set.
So power through, thinking of the gains or losses to come. These songs are sure to help to make the workout just a little bit easier.
Chance the Rapper — No Problem (Feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)
If you’re going to be hitting the workout hard, you have to get some music to match. A constant BPM (beats per minute) is important in keeping a good rhythm during your workout, and this song is perfect for that. Plus, let’s face it, it’s hard not to get hype when it involves 2 Chainz.
Rich Homie Quan — Flex (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
You’re in the process of getting swole or svelte, and you need to keep that end goal in mind. While this song isn’t talking explicitly about that perfect bod you want, it’s going to keep you in that good groove.
Streetlight Manifesto — With Any Sort of Certainty
Now you might be thinking to yourself, ‘Ska? Really? Is that workout music?’ You bet your shaker bottle it is. You try listening to anything from these Ska-Punk legends and not get hyped.
Neon Indian — Polish Girl
This is for those of you who might be a little Indie Music-minded. It may not stick out immediately as a stereotypical workout song, but a rhythmic bassline layered with synth lines keep the mind active without demanding too much attention, allowing you to put that last little bit of mental focus into your routine.
Kanye West — Black Skinhead
Do I really need to explain this one? It wouldn’t be a workout playlist without one of the most pounding song from one of the kings of music game. If it’s good enough to get the football team hyped during games, it’s almost certain to get you feeling it on the track or in the REC.
Kendrick Lamar — m.A.A.d. city
This one is another one of those ‘no-brainers.’ Kendrick has some of the best songs to come out in the last decade and this one is no exception. From the first second, the beat is hitting you hard and doesn’t stop until you do.
Drake — Back to Back
Alright, so you may not be ending another rappers career with a diss track, but we can all identify with Drake on this one. Prove the haters wrong and get those last reps done, you’re almost there.
Big Wild — Aftergold (Ft. Tove Stryke)
You made it, you crushed that workout and you’re feeling good. Make sure you hydrate, reload the playlist with some new beats and get back to it tomorrow. But, just for a few minutes, enjoy this one. You earned it.