But add in real-world complications like a hectic day of work, a too short night of sleep , or a too long social media scroll, and you might feel yourself dragging before you even complete your first rep. In fact, even if you go into your workout feeling drained, you still can knock out an effective exercise session—all you need is a little mental pick-me-up. And chances are good you have a pretty damn potent one already at your disposal: music. And science backs me up on the workout benefits of music: When researchers in India asked 50 young adults to run on a treadmill until they felt tired enough to stop, they discovered that those who were able to listen to music of their choice exercised for an average of about 15 minutes longer than those who ran in silence. So go ahead: Fire up your playlist to crank up the heat on your workout.
Need some inspiration for your next training playlist? We hopped in a time machine and handpicked the best banger to blast on every gym stereo—from to Stay motivated to ride every single day with Bicycling All Access! This funk masterpiece—listen for the dirty bass licks and sneaky trumpet squeals—will deliver an extra dose of adrenaline, but it could also compel you to strip down to your skivvies. Play it in public at your own peril. One side features the most memorable beat in music history. The other packs a stadium-sized motivational punch. Into shape!
Jamie N Commons & X Ambassadors – Jungle (2013)
Nothing has the ability to get you in the mood for a workout like music does. If you listen to the right songs that is. Our list of killer tracks embraces a variety of genres, from dance to hip hop to rock and electro-pop. Kicking off with songs that deliver the fewest beats per minute, the pace of our playlist rises as the beat builds. If it gets too intense, just hit the pause button. Every playlist needs an opener with the power to get you in the zone.
Sick of hearing the same workout songs play on repeat on the radio and pop up on every single trending Spotify playlist? We hear you. Want a playlist that's already cued up? Head to Shape 's Spotify page to get something playing RN. Download them all or pick your faves to pepper into your current workout song line-up.