Music & Exercise: Working Out to a HOT Beat!

Dear Davey,

I’ve been an avid gym-goer for over a year now and have been successful in shedding the title of skinny boy by putting on some 30 pounds of muscle and counting. However, I’m terrible with selecting music to work-out to and it’s becoming a problem. My limited selection of music is getting old and repetitive and I find myself needing to spice it up.

Would you care to share your work-out playlist? Or even, perhaps, solicit your other blog buddies for their input.

Many thanks and kind regards,


I have seen the headphoned masses, but you may be surprised to learn that I’m not among them. I don’t exercise to music.

At most, I’ll tune into a television while doing cardio – but in all honesty, I find music to be distracting. I prefer being fully present with my body, and being aware of the exercises that I’m performing.

I’m not great at doing two things at once – if my mind is on the music, I probably won’t be 100% focused on my body’s movements.

Having said that, I do know that a great number of people enjoying working out to their tunes. And in all honesty, I did go on a brief audiobook/podcast kick when I first received my iPhone. It certainly does up the fun factor! But exercise isn’t really about fun for me. It’s 90 minutes for me to spend honoring my body with movement, breath, and energy. It’s almost a waking meditation for me.

But… if I did listen to music at the gym, it would obviously be Scotty Dynamo’s amazing beats.

So, I turn to you, blog buddies: What music could you recommend for Will?

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  1. Vengaboys

  2. Russell McAuley says:

    I usually listen to club music. Top 50’s. I find music refreshing and a good motivator. I’m good at multi-tasking. ;D

  3. multi-tasking is good, music motivates me and as i power-walk i end up breaking into dance like moves.

    peace out


  4. henry Barrameda says:

    everything by madge. haha!
    but believe it or not classical music has worked for me better than any dance music while at the gym

  5. simple one word… GaGa lol

  6. Adam Lambert – “If I had you”

    Amazing workout song!

  7. Kris Corbin Lorenzo says:

    I gotta lot of house and trance music i can share if you want…

    email me if you need some tunes.

  8. In my gym they play music on the speakers, that´s enough for me.
    But when I go running I like Savage Garden đŸ˜‰

    Scotty Dynamo is nice to, that´s not really my style of music but there something about his music that I like.

  9. Get the Pandora app for your phone and create stations. If you like Lady Gaga then the “Lady Gaga” station you create will play her songs and songs from similar artists. Easy to do and you might find some artists playing on your station that are new and wonderful.

  10. I listen to either or Then I don’t even have to worry about the playlist. They do it all for me.

  11. The entire soundtrack from all 5 years of Queer As Folk…Club Babylon Tour included…is on my iPod Nano.
    Gets me through a week without any audio repeats.

  12. Listen to music you enjoy. Plain and simple. I have worked out to classical music, modern a cappella, choral arrangements, and other types of music that you wouldn’t consider “workout” music. The key is using the beat to help regulate the reps and sets.

    I’d like to hear Davey’s opinions on spinning as a cardio workout, because the few times I took a spin class, I found that the music is one of the biggest reasons that I could not only stick with it, but ENJOY it.

  13. I am with you Davey. I want to get into my workout, not tune out. I do listen to Pandora, as another commenter wrote about, while doing cardio, which is pretty boring and mindless. But when I lift or do mat exercises and stretching I want to be all present in it.

    And another problem with everyone walking around in their own world with headphones is lack of communication. Just yesterday I asked a guy if he was finished with some dumbbells he had been using and I wanted. He just turned and walked away without an answer because, of course, he had buds in his ears.

  14. Robyn, I always recommend Robyn.

  15. Download the tracks that they play in the Abercrombie & Fitch stores, they are awesome to work out to!!!!

  16. There’s nothing wrong with a little Eminem here and there, especially since he looks so hot with his natural hair color now.

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