Do the Shuffle: Super Fun 38-Minute Workout Playlist


Sometimes there’s nothing more entertaining than putting a bunch of random songs on your iPod and hitting shuffle. I swear Victoria (I named my iPod. I love her.) can sometimes read my mind, delivering just the right song for just the right moment.

Well, as an experiment, Erin and I decided we should both hit shuffle five times, compare songs and then create the first-ever Fit Bottomed Girls shuffle. Erin’s random picks are the first five; mine are the second. We are eerily similar as you can see in this 38-minute workout that is perfect for your favorite piece of cardio equipment or run/walk outdoor combo.

The FBG Shuffle Workout Playlist

(2:44) Dune Buggy, Presidents of the United States of America: A perfect, hilarious tune to warm-up to. Gradually build in intensity to get your body ready.

Time to Shuffle

(4:48) Spellbound, Paula Abdul: Believe it or not, Erin’s iPod chose this one, not me. Victoria may have some competition on her hands as this is the perfect pick to help you transition from your warm-up pace to a steady, moderate one.

(3:53) I’m So Excited, The Pointer Sisters: Get excited yourself with this throwback. Don’t hide it either. Increase your pace evenly throughout the song, ending the last 30 seconds with a sprint.

( 3:32) Just Like Heaven, The Cure: Slow your pace back down to a moderate intensity and recover. Feel your heart rate return back to normal. See? Just like heaven.

(3:56) Rich Girl, Gwen Stefani: Sing along with FBG fave fashionista Gwen, as you increase your intensity a little bit each time she croons “If I was rich girl na na na na na na na na na na na na na na…” (And, yes, there are exactly that many na na na’s.)

(4:01) London Bridge, Fergie: Now that your intensity is up to a moderate to high level, it’s time for some interval work. Sprint for 1 minute, recover for 1 minute, repeat and rinse.

(3:10) Do It Well, J-Lo: This is another high-energy song. You didn’t think this was going to be easy did ya? Pick up your pace so it’s just a little faster than your normal pace, but not a sprint. Do it well!

(4:33) How Will I Know, Whitney Houston: We’re nearing the end, so hold tight with Whitney as you recover at a moderate-easy pace for the next 4 minutes and 33 seconds. 

(3:06) I Write Sins Not Tragedies, Panic! At the Disco: Last hard song! Start off slowly, increasing your pace for the first minute. Then pick up your pace through the second minute, saving your hardest push for the last 1:06. Then shut the goddamn door ’cause you’re done!

Cool down
(4:36) Live Forever, Oasis: Slow your pace down to a nice stroll and recover. With regular 38-minute workouts like that, you just may live forever. 

If you were to do this shuffle experiment, what songs would be on your workout playlist? —Jenn

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  1. Erica says:

    Nice! sweet list!

  2. Marcy says:

    Ohhhhh man it’s been forever since I’ve heard some Paula LOL

  3. tfh says:

    Fun experiment! I totally counted the “na”s. I love reading about your favorite workout tunes, since (a) music is a great motivator and (b) your commentary can often make me laugh when I hear one of these songs during a run and think back to it. (See? I’m not hiding my excitement– in fact, I’m even beginning to lose control, and I think I like it.)

  4. eatingbender says:

    Great experiment! I ought to name my iPod shuffle, too, since I love it so much :o) We have very similar taste in music – I’m pretty sure there’s a mathematical chance (don’t make me do the calculation!) that my shuffle list would come out with the same songs in the same order!

  5. Danica says:

    I love the Gwen Song and the one by J-lo too.. Good picks. Have you heard the latest Rhianna release? It’s called disturbia, and it’s one of my new go-tos. 🙂

  6. Jenn says:

    tfh: You can never go wrong with The Pointer Sisters in my book.

    Danica: You seriously read FBGs’ collective mind! We have heard that song, we like that song, and you’ll see us talking about it on a future FitHits!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I clicked on the place to find more workout songs and it brought me back to this post. What is that about?

  8. Jenn says:

    Anon: I hope you come back and get this comment because I don’t have your e-mail address. 🙁 The link we provide is a link to the FitHits label, so the most recent post appears at top. Scroll on down a bit and you’ll find all kinds of playlists and music reviews. 🙂