Take a quick look around the weight room or down the rows of ellipticals, bikes, and treadmills, and you’ll see most of your fellow Columbia Basin Racquet Club members are listening to their own music. Are you looking for suggestions? Just ask around…
Need something to motivate you during your warmup? Try Get Me Bodied by Beyoncé.
Maybe you’re getting ready to run? Shawn always starts with Promises by Sam Smith.
Finished with your cardio for the day and need to foam roll before you head home? Got It by Marian Hill makes a good soundtrack for stretching.
Or maybe you don’t like to wear headphones while you exercise, so you have a playlist for your drive to CBRC that gets you in the right frame of mind to sweat.
For your individual workout, you choose what you listen to. If you’re in a group class there’s already a playlist ready to go. But just because your instructor selects the music doesn’t mean you can’t choose to hear what you like.
Personal trainer Jess Phillips says the Alloy instructors have a shared playlist on Spotify and many of the tracks are selected by members. Sometimes they request specific songs and sometimes she just notices what individuals sing along to and she makes sure to play those songs when they’re in her class.
She knows Dan likes Intergalactic by the Beastie Boys. Low by Flo Rida is for Stephanie, Deb wants to hear Pon de Replay by Rihanna, and Rick works harder during Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.
Jess says, “I love it when clients request the songs for my playlist. If they hear what they like, then I know they’ll be motivated during their work out. Plus, it’s a great way for me to discover new music.”
So, whether you’re working out on your own or with a group, listen to what you like. After all, you know what music will make you move.
by Jana Kay Lunstad