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10 Songs to Keep You Moving Through Any Workout
Fitness
Published Monday Nov 27, 2017 by Brittany Raine

10 Songs to Keep You Moving Through Any Workout

Motivation

You’re just about to hit full stride on the treadmill, heart rate pumping, sweat pooling. You feel invincible, each step perfectly in sync with the music pulsing through your ears. Or maybe you’re one rep away from hitting a new PR.

Then the worst happens. A slow jam sneaks through your headphones. Your flawless flow comes to a sudden halt. Motivation is lost. But don’t panic—it happens to even the most carefully curated playlists.

This is why we’ve done the legwork to bring you 10 rhythmic tracks that are sure to put some pep in your step—and keep you moving through your entire workout. Create a new playlist and get pumped with these songs!

1. My Body by Young the Giant 

Let the drums take you away with this powerful melody, perfect for setting the tone of any high-intensity workout. You’ll be moving and grooving in no time.
Perfect for: Workout warmup

2. Enter Sandman by Metallica

A classic that’s appeared on many workout playlists over the years, this track screams I-am-here-to-take-over-the-world along with a mean dose of motivation.
Perfect for: Powerlifting

3. Good Nights by Whethan (feat. Mascolo)

Featuring a groovy beat and hum-worthy chorus, this tune’s cheerful vibe will keep you flowing through your sun salutations with ease.
Perfect for: Power vinyasa flow


4. Hey Mama by David Guetta (feat. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha and Afrojack)

If you’re looking for a song to crush your next HIIT session with, look no further. This remix’s quick tempo will help you keep pace with high-intensity sets.
Perfect for: Interval training

5. It’s Alright by Matt and Kim

This upbeat rock pop song will help you stay focused with its rhythmic drums and contagious energy—everything you need to fight through the burn.
Perfect for: Ab and core work


6. Thunder by Imagine Dragons

Let the thunder roll with this song’s deep beat and uplifting chorus. Turn it up and let the music take over during your next squat set.
Perfect for: Lower body workout


7. John Wayne by Lady Gaga

No cardio playlist is complete without some Lady Gaga. Use this track’s chorus to time your sprint sets during your next cardio session.
Perfect for: Cardio with sprint sets


8. Limbo by Daddy Yankee

This reggaeton song might be in Spanish, but the motivation it exudes is universal. Let this tune guide you through your next cycling circuit.
Perfect for: Cycling circuit


9. This Is What You Came For by Calvin Harris 

Glide through your next barre or Pilates class with this dance-worthy song. The smooth vocals and graceful cadence will keep you moving at just the right pace.
Perfect for: Barre or Pilates


10. There You Are by Colin Chase

Catchy and carefree, this song is ideal for warming up or cooling down—without putting a damper on your energy level.
Perfect for: Stretching and rolling out
 

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
Written by
Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
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Fitness
Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

Yoga
Fitness
Expert Advice

If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.

To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.

1. Go at your own pace

Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you.  And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!  

3. Nourish your body

Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.

5. Bring the right equipment

Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.

So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.

Ready to jump back into your hot yoga routine? Browse Mindbody to find the perfect class for you

While you’re at it, check out some Intro Offers near you that can help you get back to your cadence of hot yoga classes.

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Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!