Working to the BEAT!

18 Oct

Before I head to the gym, I go through the following list:

  • Towel & gym pass – check
  • Dri-fit or moisture-wicking workout gear – check
  • Nike frees 2 – check
  • BCAAs – check
  • Post-workout protein shake – check
  • Shaker bottle – check
  • Earphones and iPhone with all my music stored on it and sorted into playlists – check!

The last one for me is the MOST important thing.  There is nothing that will get me amped up for a workout more than good tunes.  I often get asked, “Don’t you get bored doing long sessions of cardio?”.  NOPE.  As long as I have my tunes I am good to go!  I seriously get so very peed off if I forget my iPhone or even WORSE when I forget just the earphones.  YOU ARE USELESS TO ME NOW, IPHONE!  USELESS!!!

So, when I was contacted by Chris at to do a blog post on the most popular workout songs for September 2011 I thought, why yes, I would love to do that!  This is a great chance for my readers to understand the benefits of training with music!

The best type of songs to listen to when doing moderate cardio activities like jogging or working out on an elliptical trainer are songs that are 120 – 140 beats per minute.  This tempo is similar to the average person’s heart rate when working out.   For a higher intensity session, go for songs with about 150 beats per minute.  Work out in time to the music and feel the minutes just pass you by!

Here’s the full list, according to votes placed at  I have highlighted in bold my personal favourites.  😉

Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer – Give Me Everything (Sidney Samson Remix) – 129 BPM

Nicki Minaj – Super Bass – 128 BPM

Switchfoot – Dark Horses – 83 BPM

Gym Class Heroes & Adam Levine – Stereo Hearts – 90 BPM

Lady GaGa – Edge Of Glory (Bare Noize Remix) – 140 BPM

Pitbull & Marc Anthony – Rain Over Me – 128 BPM

Nadia Ali, Alex Kenji & Starkillers – Pressure (Alesso Radio Edit) – 129 BPM

T.I. & B.o.B. – We Don’t Get Down Like Y’all – 92 BPM

LMFAO, GoonRock & Lauren Bennett – Party Rock Anthem (Russ Chimes Remix) – 129 BPM

Alexandra Stan – Mr. Saxobeat – 129 BPM

Now here is the cool part!  To find more workout songs – and hear next month’s contenders— folks can check out the free database at Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

If this sounds like it might be up your alley, here are six reasons to subscribe:

  • It’s free
  • You’ll get the weekly updates and the monthly top 10 list
  • The songs come from Top 40 radio, college radio, and the clubs
  • Each song’s BPM (beats per minute) is listed, so you can sort them by tempo
  • If you like any of the songs, there are links to buy them on and itunes
  • Lastly, your email address will be kept private – they don’t share or sell your info

This is an awesome resource that I know I find really useful and I hope you guys do too!

What’s your favourite workout tracks at the moment?

14 Responses to “Working to the BEAT!”

  1. Kirsty October 18, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

    I make playlists for the gym. Shuffle is no good!

    What iPhone case/arm thing etc do you use? I’m presently using .. *drum roll* .. a sock in my bra.

    • Amanda October 18, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

      I was using one I bought from eBay but have lost it! Your system is much more sophisticated… mine currently goes straight down the top. 😛

  2. Julie October 18, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    Arlandia – Foo Fighters.

    It’s about 4:30something long, and I try to run a full km to just that one song. Great motivation. Love it.

    • Amanda October 18, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

      Oh I love the Fooeys! And that is an AWESOME challenge!!!

  3. Cooper October 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    You’re a jerk – you always blog what I’m just about too! Hahaha.
    It’s okay I’m just going to do it anyway… Maybe I’ll have to wait a bit now 😉
    I see you feel my pain though… re: headphones … grrr 😦

    • Amanda October 18, 2011 at 2:49 pm #

      Haha! Naw. Poor you. Get onto it you lazy blogger! 😉

      Yes! I saw your tweet in passing and thought GRRRRR!!!!!!!

  4. Mellie October 18, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

    I just posted my current fave workout song on my blog yesterday! LMFAO Sexy & I Know It.. particularly the part that goes ‘Girl look at that body.. I work out!’ It’s 129bpm.
    I have this iphone holder.. I couldn’t find any that held my phone properly but this one is perfect 🙂

    • Amanda October 18, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

      That’s my FAV at the moment too! And ALL LMFAO tracks! So good. So energising! 😀

  5. Rosalie Hamilton October 18, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

    Love it! I need to get my music properly sorted, nothing worse than being totally in the grove to some funky music and The Wiggles come on… hazards of having a 2 and a 4 year old I guess 🙂

    • Amanda October 20, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

      LOL oh god, yes you need to get that sorted! HAHA

  6. juganaut's (@juganauts) October 20, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    I’ve got heaps of favourites but here are a few:

    For running…
    Mass Destruction – Faithless 165bpm
    Do you want it all – Two Door Cinema Club 154bpm
    Freestyler – Bomfunk MCs 151bpm
    Sour Cherry – The Kills 157 bpm
    Power – Kanye West 153bpm
    Call me anytime – The Cops 150bpm

    for walking…
    Technologic – Daft Punk
    Run the World – Beyonce
    Love Generation – Bob Sinclair
    Hollaback Girl – Gwen
    Save Me – Gotye

    • Amanda October 20, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

      GREAT choices there love!

  7. @girlbarista October 22, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    My favourite music to run to is a genre I like to refer to as ‘Bogan Rock.’. Cue AC/DC ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’, Billy Idol ‘Cradle of Love’, Aerosmith vs Run DMC ‘Walk This Way’, Guns ‘n’ Roses ‘Sweet Child Of Mine’, Alice Cooper ‘Poison.’ You get the idea.

    Throw in a bit of Gaga (‘Edge of Glory’) and Cee Lo Green (‘Fuck You’), and the deepest, deepest shame buried in my digital music collection – ‘That’s Freedom’ by John Farmham. For some reason, I find it a fantastic song to run to.

    Also, I’ve converted a number of friends to Sony headphone MP3 players. They’re wireless and just hook over your ears and hold about 4hrs of music – they’re lightweight and stay in place, and there are no pesky cords getting in your way.

  8. Stef October 27, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

    I generally love anything by The Prodigy for running, Art vs Science Parlez Vous Francaise is another great track. Totally agree on the LMFAO Party Rock Anthem – I can’t sit still when I hear that song!

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