Want that extra beat to motivate your workout? Choosing the right music for your gym routine can make a noticeable change! Here are Hive Life’s picks for hype music to boost your workout performance.
You finally got off your couch and made it to the gym. You are ready to jump on that treadmill or lift some weights, but cannot pick the right track to get you in the zone. For many gym goers, music is vital to determining workout session productivity- there is nothing worse than not having a playlist filled with hype music to keep you moving.
Like so, music has become an essential part of people’s fitness routines for its many benefits. A good track does not only relieve boredom and stress, but studies show that with good music, your physical performance increases. Listening to music with a high BPM and stimulating tempo pushes people to workout more by achieving longer distances, faster speeds, and higher reps. It also works to keep the mind off of pain and fatigue.
When our performance is so dependent on music, how do we choose the right songs for a workout? Beats Per Minute (BPM) weighs heavily on the music you should be playing. Have you ever found yourself running to the beat of a song? This is because BPM sparks an innate response within us to get moving and give more energy, and we tend to naturally synchronise with a beat. Depending on the exercise, different BPM rates are suitable, for example, cycling routines are optimised with 125-140 BPM, while running requires tracks with 123 – 131 BPM.
So, music makes or breaks the quality of your exercise. Are you having trouble compiling a playlist on your own? Here’s our list of hype workout tracks to get your adrenaline pumping!
When your head is in the game and you need that extra strength to lift your PR or run the extra mile, a heavy powerful bass might just wake the beast inside you.
Before his unfortunate passing, Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke was supported by many, who even referred to him as the ‘King of New York.’ Dior, his hit single from his debut album ‘Meet The Woo,’ carries a signature UK Drill beat and a shaky bass which leaves you ready to take on anything.
DaBaby has definitely made his way to becoming one of the hottest rappers out now. His latest single, ‘Ball if I Want To’ is a slightly shorter track, but a catchy one. While its lyrics may be explicit, in a sweaty and heated environment like the gym, they will give you the kick you need to keep going.
Moving over to the UK rap scene, the country’s two leading rappers collaborated to release the hit of the summer. In this unique collaboration, the repetitive lyrics of ‘Clash’ boast success and achievements that will definitely keep you motivated throughout your workout.
Not a rap fan? ‘Red Light Green Light’ by British DJ Duke Dumont is a classic for Dance/Electronic music fans. Similar to most Electronic Dance songs, the absence of lyrics might make a better fit for a focused gym session. It is a hard song to skip because of its unexpected yet powerful bass drops that will have you energised and ready for that last set.
Speed It Up
One of the biggest hits of 2010s pop, Flo Rida definitely has many timeless songs, but this collaboration with Sia is one you can play anytime for a good vibe. Opening with Sia’s remarkable vocals, the beat drops with a sudden increase in tempo, making for a perfect song to work on your sprint training, or short repetitive sets.
America’s highest grossing DJ with South Korea’s leading boy band is a collaboration nobody knew they needed. Steve Aoki’s feature on BTS’ ‘Mic Drop’ gives that extra spark, with a BPM as high as 170 BPM keeping you motivated and energised.
Among the rap duo Rae Sremmurd’s multiple hits, ‘Powerglide’ is definitely the song that gets a crowd jumping with contagious energy at concerts. Powerglide’s catchy hook and fast beat makes it the ideal song to run or cycle to.
More often than not, it is the lyrical impact that really speaks to you and keeps you achieving more. If you are someone who is motivated through words, these songs may have the affirmations you need.
If you need reassurance to help you get back on track with your workout, or just a positive reminder of your progress, ‘The Way Life Goes’ is the song to play. With lyrics reminding you of your strength and potential, Lil Uzi Vert reignites that flame within you.
Are you a fan of pop rock? Adding a twist to normal rock and roll, the American pop rock band Imagine Dragons sends a powerful message through their single, ‘Believer’. The song speaks about turning the pains of life into a platform of growth and learning. Hearing such positive messages during the fatigue of a workout can fuel you to grow stronger.
Everybody makes mistakes. The important part is to bounce back from them. ‘Bounce Back’ by rapper Big Sean talks about coming back and returning better, stronger, and wiser after a fallback.
Working on yourself is when you glow the most! Sometimes you feel your most empowered lifting at the gym, and these songs are perfect for getting you into that groovy and confident mood.
Queen B is the go-to when you want to feel like a queen! ‘Partition’ has a very seductive and sassy tone, reminding you of the powerful woman you are. A mashup of ‘Yonce’ and ‘Partition,’ this track is longer than the usual song length, and as you think the song is over, it comes back with the second part, keeping you feeling confident at the gym!
Another timeless song by a queen, Rihanna is an inspiration for many, and her songs speak to many of her fans. ‘Only Girl’ is one of the classics you hear blasting at a dance party scene. As much as it gets everyone vibing on the dance floor, it will surely pump the energy you need to run that extra mile.
Another loved duo from the UK rap scene, Krept & Konan gained a lot of love for their track with Jeremih. With a rhythm that makes you want to dance, it is enjoyed by many for the lively and upbeat vibes it creates.
Make You Dance
Another throwback song that just makes you want to get moving, ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ is rhythmic with a memorable melody. Just as Shakira is showing off her talented belly dancing moves in her music video, once it starts playing, you will not be able to reisst the urge to dance!
For those who enjoy music with minimal lyrics, this track by Disclosure focuses on beat and melody. With only one main verse, ‘When a Fire Starts to Burn’ is loaded with heavy bass and beat drops.
Another track with fewer lyrics, ‘Fade’ by Kanye West gained a lot of attention for its memorable music video featuring Teyana Taylor. Different from the usual musical style of Kanye, ‘Fade’ was inspired by house-style music sampled from ‘Can You Feel It’ by Mr. Fingers, and ‘Deep Inside’ by Hardrive.