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May 7, 2013

When you're at the gym, you want to listen to upbeat music to keep you moving and motivated. Upbeat songs can set the pace for your workout and give you that extra push necessary to finish strong. No matter what genre of music you prefer, you can find upbeat songs that keep you working, even when you feel tired and want to stop. Choose songs based on their length and beats per minute to compliment your workout.

Modern Pop

If you like Top 40 radio hits, choose modern pop songs with steady bass tracks that keep your workout on pace. Songs like "Girlfriend" by Avril Lavigne, "Beep" by the Pussycat Dolls, or "SexyBack" by Justin Timberlake will keep you moving, and they're also great for dance and hip hop classes.


Even if your music tastes linger in decades past, you can still find songs with quick tempos for running or sprinting. Choose songs like "Born to Be Wild or "Magic Carpet Ride" by Steppenwolf, "Dancing in the Streets" by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis or "Louie, Louie" by the Kingsmen. Each of these songs has an upbeat tempo to keep your energy level high.

Hip Hop

If hard bass and fast lyrics inspire your most intense workouts, hip hop and rap songs are your best bet. Try "Hip Hop is Dead" by Nas, "The Workout Song" by Kanye West, "Change Clothes" by Jay-Z, or "Jump Around" by House of Pain. If more mainstream rap and hip hop is your style, try "Ching-a-ling" by Missy Elliott or "My Humps" by the Black Eyed Peas.


Just because you prefer country music doesn't mean that you're out of luck at the gym. There are many upbeat country songs that can inspire a good workout. Consider "Any Man of Mine" by Shania Twain, "Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train" by the Tractors, "Redneck Woman" by Gretchen Wilson or "Third Rock from the Sun" by Joe Diffie. These songs have high number of beats per minute that will keep you working at a steady pace.


Rock songs can give you an extra burst of energy through screaming guitars and thunderous drum beats. Songs like "Black Dog" by Led Zepplin, "Dancing With Myself" by Billy Idol, "How Far We've Come" by Matchbox Twenty, "Walking on the Sun" by Smash Mouth and "Paralyzer" by Finger Eleven can help you sustain your energy level while you're working out.


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