Living by the shore of New Jersey, relaxing by the pool or at the beach is a necessity in the summertime. Although I am not much of a beach fan for a Jersey girl, I have felt especially motivated in the past couple months to get into shape for the summer. If you easily get bored while going for a run like I do, you know that having the perfect workout playlist is mandatory. As I’ve been mastering the treadmill and my abdominal workouts, I have found some of my favorite tracks from different genres that help me get through exhaustion, aches and boredom. Whether you need an electronic anthem to push you through those last few sit-ups, an indie breeze that lightens your jog, or a forceful breakdown to help you lift those weights up higher, these tracks will surely make your time in the gym a little more enjoyable.
1. “Swine” – Lady Gaga
ARTPOP is always my go-to album when I want to have a good time working out. Although Lady Gaga’s music is usually under fire, the carefree attitude and colorful style of this record is so enjoyable to listen to. “Swine” is one of my favorites from the album and shows Gaga’s forceful strength in producing dance music. The track’s EDM elements intensify as the increasing tempo crashes into an overwhelming bass drop. Fun and catchy vocal hooks make their way into the track too, creating a spirited environment for listeners. This rollercoaster of excitement can motivate anyone on the dance floor or in this case – the gym.
2. “My Body” – Young the Giant
Since release of their self-titled record in 2011, Young the Giant have reached great lengths in the indie music scene. Nevertheless, their classics never fail to brighten my mood. “My Body” encourages your body during workouts with its free spirited tone and relatable lyrics. “My body tells me no / but I won’t quit / cause I want more” is the perfect motivator when you are feeling your lowest at the gym. These words of encouragement are also supported by an uplifting melody of sharp guitar riffs and a powerful rhythm to help power through your last lap or set.
3. “I Have A Problem” – Beartooth
Over the past year, Beartooth have been the rising stars of the hardcore music scene with their debut EP Sick. One of the heaviest and most thrilling songs on this EP is “I Have A Problem.” Although the theme of this track is negative and discouraging, as it describes alcoholism and its demons – the pounding tempo, fierce breakdowns, and antsy clean vocals can get anyone moving. The vicious screams are overpowering and transitions energy to the listener, being great enforcement as you break a sweat.The contrast of the captivating vocal hooks balance out the track’s brutality and keep listeners entertained as well. The ferocity and power that Bearooth displays in their music makes for perfect workout intensity.