How Good Music To Workout To Can Improve Your Performance!

Lately I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with Chris from Chris’s passion for fitness and writing have led him to share his knowledge that he has acquired over the years.

Chris kindly offered to write a guest article for noeXcusefitness, which I am sure that you will all enjoy. Here is Chris’s article on how good music can improve your training performance.

Most gyms usually have some kind of music in the background while their clients work out while some members prefer to carry their ipod with them to listen to all their favorite tracks.  Others prefer no music at all when they exercise.  Whatever your preference read on to find out the pros and cons when it comes to listening to music while you workout.

How Music Can Motivate You To Train

The main reason most persons opt to play music when they are working out is that it makes their workouts more enjoyable.  Sometimes exercise can get monotonous and what better way to get through these rough patches than listening to your favourite songs?

The time seems to pass by more quickly and many times the music serves as a motivating influence to push you to get through that difficult last rep.  Therefore, in this way music can be beneficial.

On the downside, I’ve seen major rows and confrontations among clients at gyms over what type of music is being played.

Gyms should be conscious about the musical preference of their members as this could have devastating effects on their client’s workouts.  The drudgery of working out to music you might find offensive might kill your spirit and leave you demotivated.

For example, religious people and even non religious people might take offense to songs that are sexually suggestive or violent in nature.  Some persons might prefer music at a soft level while others might prefer it at a loud volume.  At the end of the day compromise is important or maybe just no music at all.  Music is very tricky when it comes to the gym.

Nevertheless, when you exercise on your own you have more latitude as to what type of music you choose.  I really like upbeat music when I’m working out although sometimes slower songs do give me a great vibe.  For some reason Adele is one of my favorite “slow” artistes to listen to as I workout.  I love the sultry, soulfulness of her voice which puts me in a meditative mood to power though my sets.


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Below Chris has put together his personal workout playlist:

  • Walk This Way – Aerosmith
  • Trouble – Damion “Junior Gong” Marley
  • Don’t Phunk with My Heart – Black Eyed Peas
  • We Belong Together – Mariah Carey
  • Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson
  • Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
  • Lose Yourself – Eminem
  • Beautiful People (feat Benny) – Chris Brown
  • Stronger – Kanye West
  • Till the World Ends – Britney Spears
  • We found Love – Rihanna
  • She Ain’t You – Chris Brown
  • In Da Club – 50 Cent
  • SexyBack – Justin Timberlake
  • With You – Chris Brown
  • The World’s Greatest – R. Kelly
  • Look at Me Now (feat Lil’ Wayne and Busta Rhymes) – Chris Brown
  • Hey Ya – Outkast
  • Lose My Breath – Destiny’s Child
  • I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
  • 10,000 Chariots – Damion “Junior Gong” Marley
  • Hold It Against Me – Britney Spears
  • Love Lockdown – Kanye West
  • Rihanna – Disturbia
  • Boom Boom Pow – The Black Eyes Peas
  • Fighter – Christina Aguilera
  • Pump It – The Black Eyed Peas
  • Love Sex Magic – Justin Timberlake
  • Temperature – Sean Paul
  • Set Fire to the Rain – Adele


About the Author: Chris Brown is a 25 year-old fitness enthusiast who is the founder of, where he writes about how to gain lean muscle weight.


Drop a comment below to let us know what’s your favourite tune to train to at the moment!

  1. Hey Niko.

    Music does do a lot to help pump you up. Not too long ago I put together of over 100 songs that are great to workout to. So are the same as yours. You may want to check it out. Even add a few you feel i have missed.

    • Thanks Jason, great list mate. It’s always good to look at other peoples playlists, you sometimes find songs that you had forgotten about!

  2. Thanks for the list! Music makes my workouts so much more enjoyable.

    Occasionally I’ll leave for the gym without my headphones. That’s the worst!

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