The art of playlisting: Part II

How to craft your own motivational masterpiece:

You already know it — at the HB, music is a must. We know that a motivating and inspiring playlist is key to an effective sweat sesh and that the rhythm of the music can make or break a workout. Here are some tips on how to create the perfect playlist for your workouts to keep you on your toes.

  1. The warm-up song will make or break your workout
    The beginning of a workout is arguably the hardest part, so it’s super important to make sure you start off with a song that is sure to get your blood pumping. We’re all too familiar with those days where we hit the pavement wanting to quit before the music even starts, but with a pump-up song on cue, you’ll want to keep listening, and thus, keep running.
  2. Choose familiar songs
    When adding music to your playlist, choose songs that you know and can sing along to. There’s not much that can replace the feeling of hearing one of your best jams come on when you’re really struggling to find motivation. Often times, it’s that song that makes the difference between half-assing a workout and giving it your all.
  1. Mix up old and new
    Whenever that new, high energy, song with addicting lyrics or a killer bass drop hits the radio, we tend to listen to it over and over again until we tire of it. Mix up these songs with some of your favorite old school jams to keep it varied. Hearing catchy, new songs mixed with throwbacks keeps you engaged in your workout and excited to hear what comes next.
  1. The pace of the song = the pace of your workout
    Whether you’re conscious of it or not, the beat of the song you in your ear buds will set the pace of your workout. By incorporating two or more fast, upbeat tracks, you can push your work out to the next level—killing the calorie game guided by a great beat. At the HB we match our pedal strokes to the beat for the ultimate workout; whether it’s a tough climb or a speedy downhill, we choose the songs to match the ideal RPM of a hefty calorie burn.
  1. The home stretch track
    The last song before cooling down is almost as important as the warm up track. By this point, the feeling of fatigue and the anticipation of completing your workout are just begging you to give up – to call it quits because, “what do the last 5 minutes matter anyway?” A lot, actually. Believe it or not, the last few minutes of intense cardiovascular exercise is where you make your gains. If you’re consistently copping out 5 minutes early, you miss out on the equivalent of 1 workout a week, and not to mention, you’re probably skipping out on stretches too. That stuff adds up (or subtracts…). So, having a track that makes you push through to the end could make worlds of difference to your fitness.
  1. Your exercise playlist is just that—for exercising
    We know how much you love that new Iggy Azalea beat, but save it for your workout! Songs are overplayed on the radio enough as it is, so why make your workout a bore, too? Plus, there are days when working out isn’t as easy as others. Because of this, keeping your workout playlist strictly for exercising will get you excited to listen to your favorite new songs and inspire you to push through each time you sweat it out.
  1. Choose songs with meaning
    Okay, so maybe not your high school break-up song—that might garner a little too much of the wrong emotion. Just be sure to throw in some songs with meaningful lyrics that will remind you of why you came to sweat in the first place.
  1. Choose songs YOU love!
    It should go without saying, but we’ll say it anyway. When it comes down to it, nothing will motivate you more than a song YOU love. Picking songs that cater to your taste of music no matter how popular, or old school they are is the best thing you can do for your workout. And when it comes down to it, it’s your playlist now, so there’s no reason not to cater to your own tastes.

For us HB’ers, playlisting really is an art. It can make or break a workout, so why set yourself up for a mediocre workout with beats from 2010? Take 20 minutes out of your day to create a playlist that will get you pumped up to sweat it out during your next workout. Lacking inspiration? Look no further than our Spotify page for some of our instructors’ most inspiring beats. 

See you—and your shiny new playlist—in the saddle!

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