You’re just about to hit full stride on the treadmill, heart rate pumping, sweat pooling. You feel invincible, each step perfectly in sync with the music pulsing through your ears. Or maybe you’re one rep away from hitting a new PR.
Then the worst happens. A slow jam sneaks through your headphones. Your flawless flow comes to a sudden halt. Motivation is lost. But don’t panic—it happens to even the most carefully curated playlists.
This is why we’ve done the legwork to bring you 10 rhythmic tracks that are sure to put some pep in your step—and keep you moving through your entire workout. Create a new playlist and get pumped with these songs!
- My Body by Young the Giant
Let the drums take you away with this powerful melody, perfect for setting the tone of any high-intensity workout. You’ll be moving and grooving in no time.
Perfect for: Workout warmup
- Enter Sandman by Metallica
A classic that’s appeared on many workout playlists over the years, this track screams I-am-here-to-take-over-the-world along with a mean dose of motivation.
Perfect for: Powerlifting
- Good Nights by Whethan (feat. Mascolo)
Featuring a groovy beat and hum-worthy chorus, this tune’s cheerful vibe will keep you flowing through your sun salutations with ease.
Perfect for: Power vinyasa flow
- Hey Mama by David Guetta (feat. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha and Afrojack)
If you’re looking for a song to crush your next HIIT session with, look no further. This remix’s quick tempo will help you keep pace with high-intensity sets.
Perfect for: Interval training
- It’s Alright by Matt and Kim
This upbeat rock pop song will help you stay focused with its rhythmic drums and contagious energy—everything you need to fight through the burn.
Perfect for: Ab and core work
- Thunder by Imagine Dragons
Let the thunder roll with this song’s deep beat and uplifting chorus. Turn it up and let the music take over during your next squat set.
Perfect for: Lower body workout
- John Wayne by Lady Gaga
No cardio playlist is complete without some Lady Gaga. Use this track’s chorus to time your sprint sets during your next cardio session.
Perfect for: Cardio with sprint sets
- Limbo by Daddy Yankee
This reggaeton song might be in Spanish, but the motivation it exudes is universal. Let this tune guide you through your next cycling circuit.
Perfect for: Cycling circuit
- This Is What You Came For by Calvin Harris
Glide through your next barre or Pilates class with this dance-worthy song. The smooth vocals and graceful cadence will keep you moving at just the right pace.
Perfect for: Barre or Pilates
- There You Are by Colin Chase
Catchy and carefree, this song is ideal for warming up or cooling down—without putting a damper on your energy level.
Perfect for: Stretching and rolling out