5 Fun Artists to Add to Your Workout Playlist

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Jessica - Middle Tennessee State
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Like many people, my biggest New Year's Resolution for 2015 was to put down the Ben & Jerry's and get in shape. I can happily say I've been going to the gym roughly 3 to 4 times a week for the past two months with my best friend, and it's surprisingly become a really enjoyable part of my day. I actually look forward to going!

Aside from the obvious physical and mental health benefits, my favorite part about working out has been having an excuse to listen and move to my favorite music.

I personally can't exercise to songs that are slow or calm, so anything I listen to at the gym has to be full of energy and fun. If you're like me and are looking for some high energy tracks to sweat to, here are 5 artists to add to your workout playlist:

1. Beyoncé

First things first, I am not ashamed to admit that I am unhealthily obsessed with Beyoncé. I am also not ashamed of the fact that listening to her during my workouts makes me feel like a certified diva (which, in case you didn't know, is the female version of a hustler).

Try listening to "Run the World (Girls)" while doing some squats and you'll see what I mean. You'll be feeling #flawless in no time.

2. Girl Talk

As someone who needs constant distractions to keep my mind off the fact that I feel like I'm dying every time I step on the treadmill, Girl Talk  is seriously the perfect artist for me to listen to during a run. The constant transitions between the different samples and genres of music really helps to keep my mind in the right place throughout my warmup and set the tone for the rest of my workout.

(Just a heads up, since Girl Talk's tracks are mashups of rap and pop music, and most of the songs contain some pretty strong language/explicit lyrics.)

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3. Phantogram

Phantogram is definitely one of my favorite bands to listen to during elliptical workouts. Their songs are energetic and catchy, but also really chill at the same time, which is exactly the kind of vibe I like during low-impact cardio. "When I'm Small" and "Black Out Days" are two tracks with great tempos that are perfect for helping you get into a comfortable rhythm on the elliptical machine.

4. M.I.A.

M.I.A. is another artist I love listening to while I'm running because most of her songs are super upbeat. I like to try and match my pace to the speed of whichever track I'm listening to, which really helps me focus on reaching my distance goals rather than thinking about how tired I'm getting.

"Bring the Noize" is my favorite song of hers to run to lately, but pretty much anything by M.I.A. is guaranteed to be full of energy that can really help to motivate you during any workout.

5. Bruno Mars

If there's one artist that can keep me feeling positive and energetic throughout my entire workout, it has to be Bruno Mars. Everyone and their mother is obsessed with "Uptown Funk" right now, and I'm definitely guilty of listening to it several times in a row on most days at the gym.

I especially like listening to songs like "Locked Out of Heaven" and "Treasure" while lifting weights or doing exercise machine circuits because I can just chill out and enjoy the music rather than try to match my pace to a certain tempo.

CF's Workout Playlist:

I've put together a playlist filled with songs from all of the artists mentioned above. Enjoy!

What did you think?

Which genre of music do you like listening to at the gym? Leave a comment down below and tell us what artists and songs you love working out to, and feel free to subscribe to this playlist on Spotify!