30-Minute Pop Interval Workout Playlist

One of my favorite parts of my job as a group fitness instructor is creating workout playlists. I see myself as part DJ and part motivational coach with a dash of athleticism thrown in for good measure. Fit Bottomed Girls asked me to come up with a few new workout playlists (with workouts!) that you can take on your own for the next time you are on the elliptical, treadmill or indoor bike.

I like to call this one my “Pop Interval” workout playlist — which means the intensity level will go up and down while you can groove to some fun tunes. So let’s get to it!


30-Minute Pop Interval Workout Playlist

Avicii “Wake Me Up” (4:10). Avicii is a Swedish DJ with crystal blue eyes and cheek bones so sharp I think you could slice pie with them. He also happens to know how to create excellent warm-up music. This is one of my favorite tunes from my new favorite dreamboat.

P!nk “Get the Party Started” (3:12). So now we need to start working the heart rate a bit and raise the body temperature. So pick up pace and keep tempo with the fabulous P!nk.

OneRepublic “Counting Stars” (4:17). If you are feeling warmed up, then you are ready to pick up the pace and do some sprints — 20 seconds on and 20 seconds off for the whole song.

Maroon 5 “Wake Up Call” (3:21). Now you can bring the energy down a bit. Add a little more resistance or incline and work harder for 20 seconds and then take 20 seconds to recover again and again for the whole song.

Kelly Clarkson “Stronger” (3:42). Now bring the resistance and incline down and go back to sprints — 20 seconds fast and then recover for 20 seconds. Repeat for the whole song.

Katy Perry “Dark Horse” (3:36). Now you are ready to climb. Turn up the resistance/incline every 30 seconds for this song until you get to the end where you should be working at your hardest.

Selena Gomez “Come and Get It” (3:52). Start to bring your resistance down every 30 seconds through this song and bring your energy down gradually as well until you return to no incline.

Rhianna “Stay” (4:01). Proceed to take a minute to cool down on the machine and then spend the remainder of the song stretching out properly on the floor nearby.

And here it is on Spotify!

Congratulations! You have completed the “Pop Interval” workout — now go grab yourself a healthy smoothie. You have earned it.

What are your favorite pop tunes for a great interval workout? You’ve seen eight of mine! Margo

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  1. Deb E says:

    Thanks Jenn! I’m following it on Spotify. Great choices too. I love this type of pop!

  2. Deb E says:

    Woops, I mean Thanks Margo! Jenn’s name is on Spotify as creator, lol.