There are definitely some artists that should be on your gym playlist. Let’s be honest, most of us HATE working out! If we had the choice of either watching “This is Us” while devouring a bag of crunchy Flamin’ Hot Cheetos or going to the gym to sweat like an explorer in an African jungle, we would choose the first choice. However, working out is essential to staying healthy and in shape so we got to push our asses to the gym.
Though working out can sometimes feel like extreme torture, it can be fun if you have the right workout playlist.
Your workout playlist is crucial to your workout; it is literally the heart and soul of it. Slow jams and R&B will not get you through conquering that devil in machine form called “the stair-master.” However, if listening to Usher’s “Confessions” helps you run like Florence Griffith Joyner on the treadmill, then you go girl!
To me, your work out playlist needs to hype you up and make you feel invincible like Beyoncé in her “Lemonade” short film.
So, here are some of my suggestions for artists that should be on your gym playlist.
1. Kanye West
There is no denying that Ye’s songs and beats go hard AF! From “Lost in the Woods” and “Power” to “Black Skinhead,” Kanye knows how to amp anybody up for the simple fact he himself is always amped up. You can also pick any song from his and Jay-Z’s “Watch the Throne” album to feel help motivate you. He's one of the best artists that should be on your gym playlist.
DMX was the man back in the day and his songs are forever classics. “X Gon’ Give it to Ya,” “Where the Hood At,” and “Party Up” are just a few of his legendary hits that are some straight bangers! I know for me personally, when I’m on the elliptical, his songs push me to go as fast as a man who’s running from paying his child support.
Obviously, Jay’s latest “4:44” album is not for the gym, but his past works most certainly are. “Roc Boys,” “99 Problems,” and “Dirt Off Your Shoulders” all have hardcore beats that can help keep you amped up during your workouts.
Of course I have to include “Queen B” in the workout playlist. Beyoncé definitely has the extensive catalog of songs that can empower anyone in the gym. “Get Me Bodied,” “Run the World,” “Countdown,” and “7/11” are a mere few of Queen B’s fast-paced songs that will make you feel like a conqueror of the gym.
5. Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick’s last album “Damn”, possesses songs like “DNA” and the smash hit “Humble” that should without a doubt be on everyone’s workout playlist. His incredible producing skills of the “Black Panther” album, should also have you add the entire album to your playlist cause each song on there is LIT.
6. DJ Khaled
DJ Khaled’s whole energy and vibe is all about positivity and being hype so, of course, his songs would reflect that as well. A few of his hits such as “All I Do is Win,” “I Got the Keys,” and “On Everything” are the definition of HYPE and will have you feeling like you could box with a jaguar. Ok, maybe that’s a stretch.
Get these tunes blasting and go have a beast-mode workout!