This 30-minute workout playlist will honor you inner flannel-wearing, EMO-loving self with a selection of power rock songs that will kick your butt and really work those leg muscles. This will work for whatever cardio equipment you use, including the elliptical, treadmill or indoor bike.
This workout playlist will help motivate you to alternate between moving at a fast pace and a strength workout. Get ready to rock!
“Power Rock Climb” 30-Minute Workout Playlist
1. Vampire Weekend, “Unbelievers” (3:23). Vampire Weekend is a Brooklyn band that makes me happy, and this song is perfect for a warm-up as it will get you in the mood to move your booty.
2. Fitz and the Tantrums, “Out of My League” (3:31). Now it is time to take it up a notch and add more resistance/incline to get your body temperature up and increase your heart rate. This song is just too peppy and fun to resist.
3. Puddle of Mud, “Blurry” (5:04). Here we have our first climb/strength segment, so you need to gradually increase the tension/incline until you are working your top level of cardio output and muscle exhaustion. Take it up every 30 seconds until the end of the song.
4. Bastille, “Pompeii” (3:55). Time for some relief with a light amount of resistance to recover and help prepare you for speed intervals. At half way through the song, mix in a few sprints for 10 seconds on and 20 seconds off until the end of the song — enjoy the “break” for now!
5. Sublime, “Doin’ Time” (4:14). Second climb of the workout, and I picked this fun song that always reminds me of summer and hanging out with my friends. Keep adding resistance/incline gradually until you are at your top level of effort for the last minute.
6. Silversun Pickups, “The Pit” (4:40). Back to light resistance/flat incline and bring your heart rate back to a level where you feel you can work in a few sprints once again. Once there, try going as fast as you can for 10 or 15 seconds at a time and recover for at least 20 seconds between.
7. Foo Fighters, “My Hero” (4:19). It’s the last climb of the workout so pretend Dave Grohl himself is cheering you on as you add resistance/incline until you work at your max level of effort.
8. Alanis Morissette, “Hand in My Pocket” (3:42). Finally it’s time to bring the resistance down and keep it there. Take the time to bring down your heart rate and then properly stretch out on a free space nearby.
Congratulations! You fit in a 30-minute workout today — go celebrate!
You might have noticed that this strength workout playlist featured quite a few 90s songs … which songs of the 90s are your faves? —Margo