5 Songs to Pump Up Your Workout Playlist

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There’s a reason why you’ll hear fast-paced music pumping out of group exercise classes at the gym. Music with a quick tempo makes you naturally want to move. A workout playlist can get your butt in gear and keep you going when you feel like giving up. Definitely choose songs that make you feel good and have a high number of beats per minute, or bpm.

5 “Stronger”

Do you want to be harder, better, faster and stronger? Kanye West’s “Stronger” has the perfect line to persuade you to push through workout pain—”Now that that don’t kill me, can only make me stronger.” West won a Grammy for this song in 2008, but the 135-bpm workout remix is particularly motivational.

4 “Beat It”

“Beat It” by Michael Jackson is not only one of the best songs off the world’s No. 1 best-selling album, “Thriller,” it’s also one of those hits that makes you want to keep fighting. When you’re feeling the burn or exhaustion is setting in, “Beat It” will persuade you to keep going. At 132 bpm and with a killer guitar solo, you’d have to be dead not to get pumped up listening to this song. Even the undead would dance to this beat.

3 “Eye of the Tiger”

Whether you’re about to run a marathon or jump into a cardio kickboxing class, “Eye of the Tiger” is undeniably a go-to jam. The song is often referenced in movies and TV shows for a reason: It’s incredibly motivational. Check out the 158-bpm workout mix for extra motivation. Don’t get too lost in the music, however, or you may end up on the on your couch with a post-workout injury.

2 “Don’t Phunk With My Heart”

Despite being one of those songs where no one gets the lyrics quite right, the Black Eyed Peas’ “Don’t Phunk With My Heart” is definitely “phunky.” The catchy chorus and upbeat tempo will have any Peas fans dancing in their seats—and burning calories on a stationary cycle or rowing machine. At 128 bpm, the hit song can definitely speed up your workout and remind you to take care of your heart, plus your cardiovascular system .

1 “Sexy and I Know It”

LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It” is not only fast and funny, it also reminds you of one of the most motivating reasons to exercise: to look good. At 130 bpm, “Sexy and I Know It” will have you pumping iron or shaking what your mama gave you from start to finish. Just don’t get caught singing along when you’re wearing headphones.

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