The internet is swimming with workout playlists, but we all know that there’s no single type of music that can cover you through all the different phases of your exercise routine. You need your pump-up music, your steady cardio jams, a few head-bangers to get you through your weight lifting reps – the list goes on and on. When you’re in the thick of it and your heart rate is up, the last thing you want is to have to stop and fiddle around on your phone trying to find the right music for your next section. Solution? Create a few Flos in advance for each segment of your workup. Here’s a head start.
WARMING UP – HIP HOP
Getting to the gym is the first step to fitness, and we all know it can be a hard one! Make it a little easier on yourself by starting your warm-up while you’re getting ready. Upbeat, catchy music with a lot of attitude will amp you up and get that body moving. Hip hop is the prime selection here – you want something that will give you a little swagger and get you feeling loose.
AEROBICS – DANCE MUSIC
Anyone who does aerobics can tell you – it’s way harder than it looks. The terrifyingly manic instructors and hour-long death marathons of squats, thrusts and lifts would simply not be doable if not for the infectious dance music that comes as an added bonus. Your ideal playlist should be full of fun, positive songs that have a strong beat you can groove to.
CARDIO – ROCK
When you’re doing cardio, you’re shooting for music that falls between 130 and 160 BPM (beats per minute). Rock and pop with a consistent, upbeat rhythm and a positive tone is the best choice for pushing you to keep your pace up during a long run. Watch out for that last song… you won’t be able to help shouting “WOO!”. I would put money on it.
WEIGHT LIFTING – RAP
For lifting weights, Arnold Schwarzenegger favored such head-bangers as “867-5309/Jenny”…but don’t worry, we’re not in Austria. Rap music is one of the most popular soundtracks for pumping iron, and it’s no surprise – these tracks will inflate your swagger to an irresponsibly high level.
WEIGHT LIFTING – METAL
When it comes to pumping iron, everyone has their own specific magical musical formula, so here’s a bonus genre for those last few, nearly-impossible reps. There’s something about metal that gives people extra strength – maybe it’s all that built-up rage getting released, or maybe the noise simply drowns out any complaints from your aching muscles. In any case, it works.
COOLING DOWN – ACOUSTIC / MELLOW
Cooling down is an essential part of your workout. You might be feeling completely invincible at this point after all these banging tracks, but that doesn’t mean you can rip off your shirt and run out of the gym! Get some water, take some deep breaths, and put on some soothing, calm music for a long, slow stretch and a smooth return to your day.