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Workout Playlists: 5 Great Ideas for Music, Podcasts, and Audiobooks

When it comes to your fitness goals, the right soundtrack can make all the difference in your motivation to achieve them. Music can drive us, help push us to the finish line, and hype up our mood. Whether pounding the pavement, powering through a spin class, or winding down with some yoga, having a playlist will boost your focus and give you that endorphin rush. That’s why our team at Fitness World has collected a variety of audio entertainment options, from high-energy tunes to insightful podcasts and can’t-stop-listening audiobooks for your workout!

So put on your headphones and head to any of our Fitness World locations to take advantage of our free 3-day pass and workout with us!

5 Great Workout Playlist Ideas

Opening yourself to a range of audio options will keep your workouts fresh and keep you looking forward to your fitness routine. Here are five unique playlist ideas for your next workout.

1. Genre-Specific Music Mixes

Tailoring your music to the workout intensity can enhance your performance and keep it fun! For instance, pump up your cardio sessions with some electrifying EDM, rock your strength training with hard-driving Metallica or Linkin Park, and maintain your yoga flow with lofi beats. Here’s what we’re listening to:


Songs: Lean On by DJ Snake, Body by Loud Luxury, Five More Hours by Deorro, How You Love Me by 3LAU

00’s Pop Hits

Songs: Since U Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson, Shake It by Metro Station, Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne, It’s Gonna be Me by *NSYNC, Hot N Cold by Katy Perry

Best of 90’s R&B

Songs: No Scrubs by TLC, Motownphilly by Boyz II Men, No Diggity by Blackstreet, Return of the Mack by Mark Morrison, Bills Bills Bills by Destiny’s Child

Top Rap Hits

Songs: Started from the Bottom by Drake, The Real Slim Shady by Eminem, In Da Club by 50 Cent, Industry Baby” by Lil Nas X feat. Jack Harlow, Day ‘N’ Nite by Kid Cudi

Hard Rock

Songs: Pour Some Sugar on Me by Def Leppard, Cherry Pie by Warrant, Enter Sandman by Metallica, My Hero by Foo Fighters, Thunderstruck by AC/DC

2. Themed Playlists

Match your workout vibe with a themed playlist. Tailored playlists enhance your motivation and energy levels for both extended sessions and quick bursts of activity. Each theme can set the mood for the type of exercise you’re doing, setting the course for your workout. Check out these examples for inspo:

Running Tempo Mix

Songs: Bad Habits by Ed Sheeran, Your Love by Glass Animals, bad guy by Billie Eilish, Sucker by Jonas Brothers, The Other Side by SZA,

Post-Workout Chill

Songs: Somebody Else by The 1975, Heat Waves by Glass Animals, Peaches by Justin Bieber, The Business by Tiesto, Wave of You by Surfaces

Hype Workout Mix

Songs: High Hopes by Panic! at the Disco, Truth Hurts by Lizzo, get him back! By Olivia Rodrigo, The Man by Taylor Swift, Best Friend by Saweetie

Stretching Mix

Songs: Bloom by The Paper Kites, Lover by Taylor Swift, Someone New by Hozier, Northern Attitude by Noah Kahan, Used to Be Young by Miley Cyrus

Feed Good Workout

Songs: Fun by Pitbull, Hide Away by Daya, Bust a Move by Young MC, Most Girls by Hailee Steinfeld, HandClap by Fitz and the Tantrums

3. Motivational Podcasts

Need an extra boost of inspiration? Incorporate motivational podcasts into your routine to fuel your drive for movement! These can propel you through tough workouts by providing uplifting stories and powerful motivational speeches.

Here are some of our current favourites:

  • Mind Pump
  • Happier with Gretchen Rubin
  • On Being with Krista Tippett
  • Barbell Shrugged
  • 40+ Fitness Podcast

4. Educational Podcasts & Audiobooks

Why not learn something new while you move? Educational podcasts and audiobooks can be great companions during longer, steady-state exercises. From fitness tips and nutrition advice to personal development stories, these resources make your workout time doubly productive.

  • The Motivated Mind by Scott Lynch
  • Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris
  • The School of Greatness
  • Brilliant Thoughts with Tristan Ahumada
  • The Fitness Mindset by Brian Keane

5. Curated Playlists by Top Streaming Platforms

Need something quick on your favourite streaming platform? We got you! With streaming platforms at your fingertips, we searched for top playlists that will be sure to put a pep in your step. From curated workout playlists to good vibe jams, these curated playlists can help you crush your workouts:

  • Throwback Workout by Spotify
  • Good Vibes Only by Apple Music
  • HIIT Workout by YouTube Music
  • REDISCOVER The 2010s: Love Songs by Amazon Music

Move to the Beat at Fitness World

Whether you’re a hot girl walker, an Olympic lifter or anywhere in between, Fitness World has you covered. With top-of-the-line cardio equipment, dedicated turf areas, and ample lifting platforms, you can match your workout of the day with the vibe you’re after. Haven’t been to a Fitness World yet? From fitness classes to recovery tools, you can try everything we offer FREE for 3 days with our free pass!