Pump It Up: 5 Fun Fitness Tracks for Your iPod

By , SparkPeople Blogger
As a fitness instructor, I spend a lot of time listening to music, searching for new (and old) songs I can add to my Spinning classes or listen to while I run. I can't emphasize enough how important music is to my workouts—it really motivates me to get started, and to keep going when I'm feeling tired. So I'm going to share with you some of the newest tunes on my workout playlist. Then I want you to tell me what you're listening to!

Here are five of my new favorite workout songs. Click on each link to listen to a preview (or purchase the mp3) at amazon.com.

The Academy Is…: About a Girl (pop/rock)

Black Eyed Peas: I Gotta Feeling (pop/dance)

Boys Like Girls: The Great Escape (pop/rock)

Lady Gaga: Poker Face (pop/dance)

The Ting Tings: Shut Up and Let Me Go (pop/alternative)

Now it's your turn. What's on your iPod right now?

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My top five: 1. Addison Road - Sticking with You
2. Rascal Flatts - Life is a Highway
3. Lonestar - Walking in Memphis
4. Pink - So What
5. Heather Rigdon - Gravity for Grace (this is a great cool-down number. If you haven't heard her check her out on iTunes... she is amazing!)
This list would be forever long... so I just chose 5 of my favorites..which are constantly changing... lol!
My top 5 are:
boom boom pow-Black Eyed Peas
Workout- Kanye West
Hate On Me- Jill Scott
Sister Big Bone- Anthony Hamilton
Earth Song- Micheal Jackson

Gotta have these 5 Love the Attitude in them Report
My fav right now is Beautiful Day - U2 Report
Some lively music, the album, "Intimo" by Incendio. Check it out at Amazon.com, http://www.amazon.com/Intimo/dp/B00

Then to help keep me in a positive state of mind, I have the album "Wonder" by Faith Rivera. Also found on Amazon.com, http://www.amazon.com/Wonder/dp/B00
Boom, boom pow by Black Eyed Peas - It gets me moving like no other. Just when I feel like giving up (while running) a super fast, upbeat, motivating tempo tells me to keep going, don't stop, get in my zone. I love it. Report
I got the Leslie Sansone3 mile walk from Itunes, shape walk(power music) and fabulous 50's.
Just go in Itunes and type in walking music then go from there Report
1. Swag Surfin
2. Lil Wayne Every Girl
3. Mario Breakup
4. Mary Mary--God in Me
5. Beyonce--Diva
I like KMFDM and Pantera the best on my IPOD right now Report
My mp3 player has an assortment of music on it. I make a point of listening to different music every time I work out on the stair climber and elliptical machines.

I tend to pace my workout to the beat of the music, so sometimes it's fast, and sometimes it's slow -- the pace changes with each song, so it's a custom workout each and every time, based on the music -- no two workouts are ever the same!! Report
My MP3 player has a wide variety of tracks, from 80s pop to rap metal, from Kylie to Metallica. I have a couple of playlists, one for walking and one for cycling, as I perform these activities at different speeds. I find that HM is better suited to my walking speed, while dance music is better for cycling to.

My cycling playlist has a lot of EuroDance on it - Cascada, Alice Deejay, Lasgo, N-Trance, Prodigy - but I also have the Black Eyed Peas, Metro Station, Rihanna and Lady Gaga on there.

My walking playlist has Linkin Park, Blink 182, Def Leppard, Guns 'n' Roses, Fall Out Boy, LostProphets and Green Day, to name a few. There's some Kylie and Girls Aloud in there too - basically anything that I can walk at a decent speed to.

I add to my music all the time - I have a large memory card on my MP3 player, so I don't have to delete very often. I keep my favourites on hand at all times, as music really lifts my mood and motivates me to work harder. Music definitely helps me to work out and I don't do nearly as well without it. Report
Cross Canadian Ragweeds! Report
Here are my top five from my current workout playlist, although I'll probably be making a couple more to keep it fun.

Next to You - Buck Cherry
Grace Kelly - Mika
Love in a Trashcan - The Raveonettes
The Book I Write - Spoon
Children of the Revolution - T. Rex
I love music. Bands like No Doubt, Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco, Reel Big Fish really help me get through a workout. Anything with an upbeat tempo makes cardio machines a bit more doable :) Report
I have a range of music on my Ipod, from country to oldies to newer music. I got some new songs now. I can not wait to put them on and listen. Thanks so much. Report
My iPod has a variety of music, everything from the Beatles to some 80s Tunes, some Christian, and local favorites to who knows. I have an older 2 GB I use for work outs and have created playlists, especially ones for when I run races. Report
Temptations, Steve Wonder, Michael Jackson, Billy Holiday, Kelly Clarkson, I can't of her name but she wrote, "Girl Put Your Record On." That gets the workout party started!! Woohoo All I wanna do is dance dance dance. . . . Report
I have TONS of songs on my ipod but my top 5 favs are:
1. Stronger by Kayne West
2. Circus by Britney Spears
3. Watch me Shine by Joanna Pacitti
4. One Girl Revoloution by Superchick
5. Right Round by Flo Rida Report
I have a range of music on my ipod, it's a bit all over the place, really! Anything from classical, opera, musical theatre, jazz through to pop, rock,dance, r'n'b. My top five workout songs are:-

1. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (Wham). Yes, it's totally cheesy, but it puts a huge smile on my face, and makes me walk quickly.

2. Fighter (Christina Aguilera). Great for staying motivated.

3. Pump It (Black Eyed Peas). Again, keeps me motivated.

4. Crazy In Love (Beyonce). Love power walking to this, for some reason.

5. Chelsea Dagger (The Fratellis). Love jumping around the house to this track. Report
I'm a country girl at heart so my #1 fave end-of-my-work-out-gotta-push-it song has gotta be Hicktown by Jason Aldean. Great beat helps me keep up the pace :o) Report
Pick Up The Pieces - Average White Band

There I said it. :-) Report
I have everything on my ipod from Ella Fitzgerald, Glen Miller, Louis Armstrong, etc. to 50's and 60's (Beatles, Beach Boys, etc.) to Michael Jackson to Linkin Park, Lady Gaga, Blind Pilot, etc. and country (George Strait, Reba, Brooks & Dunn, Jack Ingram) I usually just use it when I'm working in the garden or on my stationary bike. Just turn it on and hit shuffle :) what can I say, I like a WIDE variety of music. Report
I could fill up my IPOD on all these songs alone!! How much fun it was to read this and the comments that followed. Thank you, everyone who entered. I have so many I can't add them all but one I absolutely love and it was entered just recently is: "When She Drinks Tequila Her Clothes Fall Off"
The video is even better and everytime you hear the song, you will think of the singer's grandma at the end!! So entertaining to even think of it. Great and up beat, too. Report
Prince - Paisley Park
NuShoes - Baby I Can't Wait
Native Deen - M-U-S-L-I-M
David Bowie - Magic Dance
Crazy Frog - The Gummy Bear Song
Crazy Frog - I Like to Move It
Prince - Pop Life

That's the playlist I use when I walk. It starts out a little slow for warm-up and then really gets moving. M-U-S-L-I-M has a funny beat, and forces me to really swing my hips to stay with it. Sort of breaks up the walking a little.

When I started walking, I could only get through three songs. Now, I can get through the whole playlist twice, and still pass the "talking" test! Report
Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits for Warm Up, Stretching
Days Go By (Mitsubishi Song) - Dirty Vegas - Step Routine
Riders on The Storm - The Doors - Resistance Bands
Come Talk to Me - Peter Gabriel - Cool Down, Stretching

Yanni Live at the Acropolis - 5k on Treadmill

hmm.... I love this blog bc music is such an awesome motivator :D
Pump It, I Gotta Feeling, When Love Takes Over, Calabria 2007, Do Your Thing, Infinity 2008, Top of the World, When I Grow Up, and many more Report
I really need an ipod!!! Report
Any music will do for me as long as it takes my mind off of running. Report
I like to listen to upbeat Christian pop and rock when I'm working out, and podcasts. I have to concentrate on the podcasts so I'm not noticing how many minutes I have left on the treadmill.
TobyMac has awesome, fun songs, I also love Family Force 5 and Addison Road Report
country and classic rock like: Shania Twain's Not in it for love, Sugarland's Already gone, Bob Seger's Old Time Rock n Roll, Guns N Roses' Sweet Child of Mine. Report
70's Disco hits
Beethoven, the entire collection
Katy Perry
Jason Mraz
Third Eye Blind
Fatboy Slim
George Michael
One of my favorite songs to listen to is Bite the Hand that feeds you - nine inch nails Report
For those of you who like coffee house, alternative, indie music you might hear on Grey's Anatomy:

Think I'm in love- Beck
There is so much more- Brett Dennen
9 Crimes- Damien Rice
1259 Lullaby- Bedouin Soundclash
A Bitter Song- Butterfly Boucher
Live and Learn- the Cardigans
You Are my Joy- the Reindeer Section
Unlike Me- Kate Havnevik
Swan- Unkle Bob
Hide and Seek- Imogen Heap

whole albums of Nickel Creek, Vega 4, Snow Patrol, Scissor Sisters, Joshua Radin, Jaime Cullum, Ingrid Michaelson, Fleetwood Mac... Report
Auuuugh I have been looking for that song EVERYWHERE!!! (Shutup and Let Me Go). THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! I love the song "That's Not My Name" by the Ting tings . . . I'm glad I now know they did this song too!!! thank you thank you!! :) Report
I am getting some of these when I get home...thanks for the list!!! Keep them coming... Report
Everyone should download "Sweet Disposition" by The Temper Trap. I get quite motivated by all the key changes. Also, almost anything by MGMT. Report
Many different things - a couple of favorites are Free to be Me by Francesca Battistelli and Pump It by Black Eyed Peas Report
Top 40 and oldies but goodies set to a fitness disco beat. Also, I stretch to "Proud" (theme song from Biggest Loser) Report
Mama Mia soundtrack
You are the Sunshine of my Life by Stevie Wonder Report
I need more music in my life! Report
I have Lady Gaga "The Fame" and Micheal Jackson his greatest hits CD. I usually only workout with their songs playing, they make me go faster, which I love. Report
My MP3 player contains everything from upbeat showtunes to 70's-80's dance tunes. Report
Prince, Madonna, George Micheals, Whitney Houston, Vickie Winans, Missy Elliott, Tramaine Hawkins just to name a few. On my really energetic days Podrunner. The power of motivation. Report
All American Girl -Carrie Underwood
Hollaback Girl- Gwen Stefani
Lose yourself - Eminem
This ain't a scene, It's an Arms Race-Fall Out Boy
Circus-Britney Spears
Crazy in Love-Beyonce
Girlfriend-Avril Lavigne
Get the Pary Started-Pink
Miss Murder-AFI
My Humps-Black Eyed Peas
Womanizer-Britney Spears
Hey Ya!- Outkast
Crazy B****-Buck Cherry
Lose My Breath- Destiny's Child
Sweet Dreams- Eurythmics
Dance, Dance- Fall out Boy
Maneater-Nelly Furtado
I don't wanna be in love- Good Charlotte
Canned Heat-Jamiroquai
Here it Goes Again- Ok Go
What You Waiting For-Gwen Stefani
Bleed it Out-Linkin Park
U and Ur Hand-Pink
Mr Brightside-The Killers
SexyBack -Justin Timberlake
Footloose- Kenny Loggins
Pocketful of Sunshine-Natasha Bedingfield
Jump (For my Love)-The Pointer Sisters
Say it Right -Nelly Furtado
The Way You Move-Outkast
Just Dance-Lady Gaga
Suddenly I see-KT Tunstall Report
Oh I was so hoping "I Gotta Feeling" was on the list. YAY! It is my absolute FAVORITE to work out to, it always gets me going and makes me feel so happy too.
"Boom Boom Pow" and "Pump It" are good to work out to too! The B.E.P.'s have fast beats and catchy songs!
Christina Aguilera's Candy Man, Fighter
Kevin Rudolf's Let It Rock
Taylor Swift's Love Story
Flo Rider's Right Round
(ducking head embarassingly, ahem, Miley Cyrus' See You Again, it's got a really fast beat, lol.)
Kid Rock's All Summer Long, Cocky, Forever
Lady Gaga's Love Games
Kt Tunstall's Suddenly I See Report
I love Pop & Rock to work out- but sometimes a great classical piece works as well OR BETTER. Plus - an entire work can last pretty long..... Try Carl Orff's Carmina Burana- EPIC! Report
I have a lot of 80's songs and some Salsa & Meringue, some Bachata and a litte bit of Beatles. I like a variety of music, but I'm old school mostly! Report
I enjoy working out to gospel music so my currrent playlist includes some uptempo Isreal Houghten as well as some Fred Hammond. Report
My August playlist:

Dirty - Christina Aguilera
Lovegame - Lady Gaga
Wannabe - Spice Girls a la Zebrahead
I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) - Pitbull
You're Gonna Go Far, Kid - The Offspring
Ray of Light - Madonna
Bombs Over Baghdad - Outkast
Put Your Hands Up for Detroit - Fedde La Grand
The Middle - Jimmy Eat World
You Can Do It - Ice Cube
Murder She Wrote - (No idea who the artist is, but it's off the Save the Last Dance soundtrack)
Maria, Maria - Carlos Santana ft. The Refugees Report
A lot of reggaeton! Report
Here's my latest.

Bad Religion - Change of Ideas
Bombay Vikings - Angel Eyes
Brother Ali - Forest Whitaker
Chicago - 25 or 6 to 4
Cowboy Mouth - Jenny Says
CSN - Chicago/We Can Change the World
Danielson - Did I Step on Your Trumpet?
Dead Kennedys - California Uber Alles
Descendents - Rotting Out
Dropkick Murphys - The Gauntlet
Hot Water Music - Trusty Chords
Junior Senior - Move Your Feet
Matthew Sweet - Girlfriend
Michael Jackson - Leave Me Alone
Missing Persons - Walking in LA
Modest Mouse - Float On
N.I.L.8 - Old McDonald's sXe Dilemma
NoFx - The Brews
The Pillows - Ride on Shooting Star
Queens of the Stone Age - God Is In The Radio
Rocket From The Crypt - On a Rope
Steely Dan - Bodhisattva
The Ting Tings - That's Not My Name Report