Contrary to what the very ripped personal trainer at the gym keeps screaming at you, sometimes the best motivation for working up a sweat isn’t the grunting encouragement of a stranger clutching a protein shake – oftentimes, you just need to listen to one of the tracks on this list of the very best workout songs. Whether you’re powering through leg day or sitting on the couch with a Shake Weight, the perfect soundtrack is essential to getting your blood pumping and your body moving.
To help you on your fitness journey, we tapped our stable of music geeks – some of which are in much better shape than others – to scour their knowledge of hip-hop, pop, classic rock and more to come up with 50 high-energy motivators. Strap on the sweatband and get ready to move.
Written by Kristen Zwicker, Marley Lynch, Hank Shteamer, Gabrielle Bruney, Brent DiCrescenzo, Sophie Harris, Andy Kryza, Andrew Frisicano, Nick Leftley, Tim Lowery, Carla Sosenko, Kate Wertheimer and Steve Smith.
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