What makes a workout session a million times more bearable? Cheese, of course! No, not that sort of cheese – although we are partial to the dairy, it must be said – we’re talking musical cheese. [CFG_OVERVIEW_END]
Picture the situation: you’re on the treadmill, your legs feel like they’re made of jelly, you’re sure you can’t possibly go on and the temptation to go home and have a bath is unbelievably strong. And then on comes one of your guiltiest pleasure songs – cue boundless energy, endless motivation, the least jelly-like legs you’ve ever had. Suffice to say, the power of musical cheese should not be underestimated. Here are 10 of our all-time favourite workout tunes that’ll help you go that extra mile – literally. Keep an eye out for the second part where we’ll be pumping out the second batch of 10. You lucky things!
Thin Lizzy – Boys Are Back in Town
It might not be that easy to relate to the lyrics, but hey – you can’t deny this song’s ability to lift your spirits.
Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
No workout playlist would be complete without this motivational marvel. Just be careful you don’t get so ‘Rocky’ that you start punching people at random. Not cool.
Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run
You might be feeling like you were born to curl up into a ball and cry, but Bruce will have you up and sprinting in no time.
Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch – Good Vibrations
Everyone needs good vibrations in the gym. You can either get them by standing on one of those crazy vibe plates, or you can get them from Marky Mark. Totes up to you.
Aretha Franklin – R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
We’d recommend a few bicep curls while blissing out to this feisty number. Feel the burn!
Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up
Sure, Kanye used Curtis’s sample admirably, but it’s no patch on the original. Plus it lasts nearly nine minutes – that’s a lot of positive motivation right there.
Pat Benatar – Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Listen to this rock classic during a particularly animated boxercise workout. And, if you fancy upping the cheese factor, there are alternative versions from both Pitch Perfect and Glee. You’re welcome.
Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
Speaking of great Glee covers…only joking – we couldn’t possibly deprive you of the original and best version. This one’s a lifesaver when your self-belief is really starting to ebb. You can do it!
Daniel Bedingfield – I Gotta Get Thru This
In classic early noughties style, this song title is weirdly written as if it’s being texted to someone. Oh well, it’s great for nostalgia and unquestionably a guilty pleasure.
Amerie – Gotta Work
Think of this track as your very own inner-ear personal trainer – you know, without all the shouting and 5am wake-up calls. Winning.