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5 Ways To Keep Your Workout Playlist HOT!

by Nellie

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Since I can never workout without music I am always on the lookout for new music. Having an old stale playlist can deter your workout motivation quickly! Today I am sharing 5 easy ways to make sure your workout playlist stays HOT!

5 ways to keep your workout playlist fresh

Spotify radio


I love Pandora, and I even love Songza* but something about Spotify wins me every single time. Ever since I got the premium account for ($9.99) a month I have been a self appointed Spotify ambassador. Here why:

1) You have access to pretty much 98% of every song EVER made. Current songs, songs from your childhood, songs that your children will love (hello kidzbop!) and more. Having this kind of access makes you feel very powerful!

2) You can listen to these songs OFFLINE! That’s right, on the subway with not a lick of reception, I am listening to one of the hundreds of songs I have downloaded to listen to offline (and they don’t take up as much space as a regular iTunes download!)

3) They have a radio feature that helps to dredge up old music that you forgot you LOVED back in the day. It’s GENIUS people.

Go through old playlists

If you are anything like me you love a good playlist. I tend to save my playlist and then when I get a new group of songs create a new one. Go through old playlists and find songs that make you want to move everysingle time you hear it. Those are the songs you want to be on your playlist forever and ever.

Install Soundhound on your phone

Ever been in public and heard a song that is just amazing, or even watching a TV show and you wish you could just find out what the name of that song is? SoundHound is here to help. With this music recognition app you can nail down the song name and artist, and all in one swoop either download it on Spotify OR purchase it on iTunes.

Consider different genres/decades

Your workout playlist doesn’t have to have the latest and greatest hits! I have been known to throw in songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s AND 90s! A great way to find songs in multiple decades is to think of ONE song you like for example: “Janet Jackson: Escapade” In your favorite web app (Pandora, Spotify etc.) hit “play radio” the app will select more songs that are similar that you likely would have loved as well from that time period.

Ask your friends!

My friends often come to me and tell me what sng they heard and they thought would be perfect for my Zumba class. Unfortunately we don’t have the time to listen to the radio all the time or watch music videos to see what is new. Your friends are likely sitting on a gold mine of awesome music!

5 tips for creating the PERFECT workout playlist!

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So tell me, what are you listening to these days? How do you find your new music? Are you a fan of music from different decades?

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Janine Huldie February 2, 2015 - 5:27 am

You are the second person to tell me about Spotify and have a Beats account, but have been meaning to look into them. Now, I may just have to. Thanks, Nellie 😉

CARLA February 2, 2015 - 5:44 am

I ALWAYS need to ask the friends.
Im so so very very music unhip.

Nellie February 8, 2015 - 4:21 pm

Sometimes I feel as if I fall in to the music dark hole and never come out so I know what you mean!

LaShawn February 2, 2015 - 9:18 am

I always need more songs. I love Spotify! I always find songs that i’ve forgotten about on there!

Nellie February 8, 2015 - 4:20 pm

I saw your post in FB for suggestions and got a ton to add for the half!! So thank YOU for that!

Kita February 2, 2015 - 9:42 am

I love me some music. I can’t work out to anything boring. I need a song that is so hood or so crunk that it makes me move more. Something upbeat and fun. I want to feel like I am in a movie when I work out like Rocky or something lol

Nellie February 8, 2015 - 4:19 pm

Lol exactly and those songs are different for everybody

Allie February 2, 2015 - 10:17 am

I always use Spotify for my spin classes and I’m constantly looking for new/different music for those classes so I can keep things fresh. One of my fav throwback spin songs is “Think” by Aretha. It kills ’em every time!! Great ideas here and I need to get Soundhound asap!!

Nellie February 8, 2015 - 4:19 pm

Think is such a great song!! Especially for spin. I need to add that to my oldies but goodies list!!

Kim February 2, 2015 - 1:09 pm

Well, I prefer music from the 80s and classic rock but I do like some current stuff. Not into the techno stuff that is so popular with the kids right now!!!

Yum Yucky February 2, 2015 - 3:37 pm

I need to get my playlist situation together. Currently using a few stations on Pandora, but when a lame song comes on, I’m like, meh.

Drea February 3, 2015 - 12:24 am

In all honesty, a dope playlist is what gets me through my workout. And while I love new music, I love jamming to those old school hits as well. You make me want to try the premium Spotify–especially if I can still listen to music offline. I gotta check this out.

Thanks for sharing, love. Great post!

Nellie February 8, 2015 - 4:18 pm

Hey hey Drea!!! The premium spotify is absolutely every single thing. I think they have a 30 day trial. Try it and let me know what you think!!

Sherelle February 3, 2015 - 4:09 pm

Ever since my hubby signed us up for Spotify, I’ve been hooked! I also use the ‘Rock my Run’ app occasionally. I love songs with lots of bass!

Teems February 3, 2015 - 4:42 pm

I don’t have a premium account but I love pandora and spotify. I love the spontaneity. When the beat drops from something you haven’t heard in a while…EVERYTHING!

Britt February 3, 2015 - 4:55 pm

Great suggestions! I had a free premium account to Spotify for six months and I totally squandered it because I didn’t know how to use it. Too bad!

Tamara February 3, 2015 - 4:58 pm

You know, you’re so right. When I go through old playlists there are always favorites on each one. Maybe one or two. I’d love to do a new playlist full of all of the old and new favorite songs on each!

Leslie February 3, 2015 - 8:55 pm

Oh, I am so bad about updating my playlist! Though that has been a pretty big focus of mine lately. I tried listening to Pandora, but got irritated by the music it kept playing…and then just to find out I’d used up all my skips in a matter of minutes! I like accuradio for free streaming at work. That and sometimes I just put a song into YouTube and then see what recommendations come up afterward.

Tracy February 17, 2015 - 5:39 pm

I’ve been on an alternative kick lately. My three favs are Imagine Dragons, Coldplay, and OneRepublic. Bastille’s album “Bad Blood” has some good stuff for workouts too. “Pompeii” was actually in my spin class a few months ago!

Erika Ann August 2, 2018 - 3:49 am

Love this! Been using spotify for a month now and it really helped my workouts.


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