Music Makes a Difference! (A Workout Playlist Update)

Music makes a huge impact on a workout. They’ve done studies that have shown that a good playlist not only keeps you motivated, but it also encourages you to work harder, and for a longer period of time. Great music is absolutely what keeps me going – it helps me pace my run, keeps me entertained when I am getting to that “wish I was done already” point on the elliptical and gives me an excuse to sing to my Spinning classes every once in a while.

If you’ve been keeping tabs on my blog for a while, you know I post my playlist after every Spinning class that I teach (currently I’m on the XSport Alexandria schedule on Thursdays at 5:45 p.m.) But I also spend a lot of time in the gym outside of my classes: running, lifting, or on some other random cardio machine (mostly  unrelated side note: I went to see my chiropractor on Monday, and in a kind of roundabout way, he told me I need to work out less and find a boyfriend. Not sure how I was supposed to take that … I love working out, and trust me, if I was good at finding myself a boyfriend – which, based on the number of years I have been very single, I clearly am not – I would have found one by now). So, yeah, as a former singer who is easily bored, music makes my workouts even better.

That said … here’s the question of the day: What’s playing on my cardio playlist right now? Check it out:
Locked Out of Heaven – Bruno Mars
Blow Me (One Last Kiss) – Pink
Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself) – Ne-Yo
Feel Again – One Republic
One More Night – Maroon 5
Don’t Wake Me Up – Chris Brown
Good Time – Owl City ft. Carly Rae Jepsen
Uprising – Muse
Animal – Ke$ha
Burn It Down – Linkin Park
We Run the Night – Havana Brown
Dressin’ Up – Katy Perry
Peacock – Katy Perry
Let’s Go – Calvin Harris ft. Ne-Yo
Scream – Usher
Everybody Talks – Neon Trees
Repeat – David Guetta ft. Jessie J
Where Have You Been – Rihanna
Touch Me – Smash Cast ft. Katherine McPhee
Feel So Close – Calvin Harris

Looking for something a little slower? Here’s what’s playing in my Pilates classes (and my cycle cooldowns) right now:
Miss Me – Andy Grammer
Too Close – Alex Clare
Next to Me – Emeli Sande
I Never Told You- Colbie Caillat
Give Your Heart a Break – Demi Lovato
We Are Young – fun.
Shake It Out – Florence + The Machine
Where I Sleep – Emeli Sande
Not Like the Movies – Katy Perry
Some Nights – fun.
The Fighter – Gym Class Heroes ft. Ryan Tedder
The A Team – Ed Sheeran
Wide Awake – Katy Perry
Mad – Ne-Yo
Eyes Open – Taylor Swift

What songs fuel your workout? Any good suggestions you think I should add to my list?