If you’re planning a high-intensity workout session, you need to be prepared. Water? Check. Comfortable workout clothes? Check. Motivation? Double check. It sounds like you’re good to go, but there’s one final piece of the puzzle that can ensure your workout is as beneficial as it can be: the perfect Spotify playlist.
For many of us, music is an essential component to the perfect workout session. For an intense workout, you need music that encourages you to keep going as you work through your paces – and we think we’ve found five playlists that are more than up to the task…
For runners with a need for speed, look no further than Energetic Run to keep you focused. All the tracks on this playlist are over 160-165 beats per minute (BPM), so striving to keep pace will push your workout to the next level. While not necessarily packed with the most recognizable of songs, Energetic Run will soon become an old favorite for your running and sprinting workout sessions.
If you’re looking for a trip down memory lane as you work out, then Throwback Workout is the perfect playlist choice for you. Classic favorites such as Gold Digger, Yeah! and In Da Club make up a retro playlist that is more than capable of keeping you feeling good during your thoroughly modern high-intensity workout.
Created by NikeWomen, this playlist is an eclectic mix of artists that you wouldn’t always imagine being placed together – but somehow, it works. Generally upbeat and featuring an inspirational tone that thankfully steers clear of becoming too sickly-sweet, High-Intensity Training Tracks is a great choice if you’re looking for variety from a workout playlist.
In modern fitness, the term “high intensity” doesn’t just mean fitness: it also applies to strength training, a form of exercise that has exploded in popularity over recent years due to its plethora of benefits. If you’re a fan of strength training, then look no further than Beast Mode when seeking to enhance your workouts. The songs have been selected specifically to appeal to your tough, beastly side, and should help to encourage you to just one more rep – multiple times over. There’s plenty to love on this playlist, with modern options from the likes of Drake and Nicki Minaj combining with old favorites such as Still D.R.E. to create the perfect high-intensity strength training session.
High-intensity intermittent training – most commonly abbreviated to HIIT – is very much the workout of the moment, and if you’re tempted to give it a try, this playlist is a great choice. Due to the nature of HIIT, playlists in this category tend to be short, and this option is no different – it features just 13 songs, less than half the total on the other playlists mentioned above. However, HIIT workouts are all about getting the best results in the shortest possible time, and the HIIT Workout Playlist is more than capable of fulfilling that requirement. With favorites from the likes of Rihanna and Madonna to keep you company, your HIIT workout will be effortlessly enhanced thanks to the careful selection of songs.
With one – or more! – of these playlists to keep you company during your high-intensity work, you’ll see results sooner rather than later, and you’ll have a good time getting there. Enjoy!