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♪FitHits: The Artist Known as Prince


Credit: Rolling Stone

I love this photo of Prince. He seems to be nicely asking me to repeat myself because he liked what I said so much and wants to hear it again.

What you missed before I started writing this post was me exclaiming to my husband: “One of our readers, Vicki, suggested that we do a Prince workout playlist, and I LOVE PRINCE! Wheee!!!” And then I ran around the room singing the best Purple Rain that I could, pretending that I was decked head-to-toe in purple and rain.

Instead of uploading a video of my encore (as if such a thing exists), we decided to give Prince his own best-of workout playlist as an offering to his musical greatness. As Vicki pointed out, MJ may be the King of Pop, but Prince ain’t too shabby either. This 45-minute Prince-fest is guaranteed to get you in the cardio groove, just be careful as to what lyrics you belt out—some are, ahem, a tad naughty. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.


Musicology—This is a newer Prince track, but it’s so awesomely infectious that it’ll have you studying “musicology” in no time. I have no idea why this perfect warm-up song isn’t on iTunes, but thankfully it is on Amazon!

Main Workout

Delirious—Let the workout really begin with this song that’ll have you happily losing your mind. Use the happy beat to set a solid moderate pace as the workout craziness begins.1999—It still amazes me how fun this song is, despite the fact that they’re singing about 10 years ago like it’s centuries ahead of them (really, it was just the 80s). Let this 6-minute song take you back to where you were on New Year’s Eve 1999 as you slowly bring yourself up to a moderate-hard pace.

Cream—You should be a little sweaty now, and what better state to indulge in a ridiculously over-sexual Prince song? (I know, there are too many too count.) Every time Prince says “get on top,” sprint for 30 seconds. Again, DO NOT SING ALONG in a public place.

Little Red Corvette—We’re back to the more PG-rated stuff with this one, so feel free to karaoke it, especially for the intro. (I seriously think the intro to this song may be the best of any song ev-ah.) Use these 5 minutes to slow your pace to an easy-moderate intensity.

When Doves Cry—This is a fave of my preteen years. Take the four minutes of this track to tackle a hill outside or increase the resistance on your elliptical, bike or stair stepper. Your booty will thank Prince later. (Gosh, that didn’t sound right.)

U Got the Look—This is such a happy, feel-pretty-and-dance-around-the-house-singing-into-a-hairbrush song. Plus, Sheena Easton helps on the vocals, and who doesn’t love a little Sheena now and again? Enjoy this guilty pleasure song, and take your pace back to moderate and/or take it to flat ground.

Raspberry Beret—Time to pick it up again! Slap on that invisible raspberry beret and get to moving at a hard pace for 1 minute. After that, slow down to an easy pace. Believe me, you’ll need it for the next track…

Gett Off—Possibly the dirtiest of the dirty, only download this one if it can’t make its way into young children’shands. Once you’re in a kid-free zone, pump up your intensity to one smidgen above hard for one minute, followed by 30 seconds of moderate intensity. Repeat until the song is over. Then, “gett off!” The equipment that is.

Cool Down

Purple Rain—After all that hard work, slow your pace down to easy and enjoy the Purple Rain. For Prince fans, it doesn’t get much better than this. (I really wanted to add Nothing Compares 2 U, too, but figured two long cool down songs would be overkill. Feel free to download on your own though. It really rocks and is the Sinéad O’Connor original!)

Did we miss your fave Prince song? Tell us below in the comments. And be sure to check out and download the full Prince playlist—minus the warm-up song—on iTunes now! —Jenn

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    I love this! Purple Rain is my go-to starting line song at races. It's long enough to get me through the first mile (which is always my least enjoyable mile) at an even steady pace. Weird? Yes. But it works.

    …I'm tempted to rock this entire playlist. Thanks!

  2. Tish says:

    the way to a sista girl's heart.

    the man did need his own playlist…i mean he's probably got the best calves out of any man in the world under those purple pants…heels will do that for ya.

  3. Dave Fannin says:

    doesnt get much better than prince!

  4. Karen says:

    I Could Never Take the Place Of Your Man also has a good beat:) Prince rocks!

  5. Vicki says:

    This is AWESOME! Thank you!

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