Fitness Pros Share Their Workout Playlists

Fitness pros know when the going gets tough, the music gets louder. The perfect playlist can help you complete that last rep or set of eights or push just a little longer to run your farthest distance yet. This isn’t a theory. Studies have proven that music can boost your running performance by 15 percent and that people who listened to music while cycling needed 7 percent less oxygen than those who did not. To help you find the perfect songs to upgrade your workout playlists, I turned to three local fitness pros to see what they’re blasting. Get ready to pump up the volume on your routine.

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Donna Spadaro, Founder and Master Trainer, Barre-Tique Fitness in Port Jefferson

Method to Her Madness:
“Barre-Tique Fitness is not your ordinary barre class. One of the defining factors is the music and well-choreographed classes that are fun, upbeat and anyone can follow along to. When you are on-beat and on-tempo during a workout it feels like dancing, even though you’re performing a barre class. It is extremely common to take a class with a wide variety of fitness levels and ages, all getting the same exact burn. Our customers range from early 20s to woman in their seventies. Music is often what bans us together. Now that’s powerful!”

Donna’s Playlist
Prince and The Revolution, “Raspberry Beret”
Goldfrapp, “Ooh La La”
Maroon 5, “Sugar”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
Eric Bellinger ft. French Montana, “I Don’t Want Her” (Remix)
Natalie La Rose ft. Jeremih, “Somebody”
Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake, “Love Never Felt So Good”
DJ Snake and Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What”
Pitbull ft. Chris Brown, “Fun”
Ciara, “Got Me Good”
Dillon Francis and DJ Snake, “Get Low”
Madonna, “Lucky Star”
Selena Gomez ft. A$AP Rocky, “Good for You”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
The Weeknd, “Earned It” (Fifty Shades of Grey) [From The” Fifty Shades of Grey” Soundtrack]

Billy Richards, Trainer, Gold’s Gym in Islip

Method to His Madness:
“In order to achieve a change in your body you must step out of your comfort zone, so if you’re going to listen to music, you need something that will amp you up. The playlists and styles of music I listen to vary depending on what type of workout I’m doing. If I’m weight training or doing lower-maintenance cardio like walking on a treadmill, I’ll put on rap music or something with a slower beat but still somewhat aggressive. I like to call it ‘tough guy music.'”

Weight Training/Treadmill Walks:
Eminem, “Til I collapse”
50 Cent, “Patiently Waiting”
Judas Priest, “Breakin’ the Law”
Dr. Dre, “187”
D12, “Fight Music”
LL Cool J, “Mama Said Knock You Out”
Cypress Hill, “Rock Superstar”

Felicia Walker, Spin Instructor, NYHRC in New York City

Method to Her Madness:
“I get to meet a variety of members in my classes. Demographics vary, but there are general rules that I apply when choosing music to create a playlist. Because beat is crucial, house music usually prevails. Often, that means choosing a dance, R&B, hip-hop or pop song and finding a remix that is upbeat. Because spinning is layered with flats, hills and movement throughout, beats per minute (bpms) will range song to song so that the ride has texture and more importantly, so that it is interesting.”

Felicia’s Playlist
AteliaGail ft. Amanda Renee, “Close to Your Love” (warm up)
The Party ft. Monte Jordan, “This is How We Do It” (Original Mix) (run)
Fredde Le Grand featuring Denny White, “Cinematic” (Extended Mix) (hill sprints)
Selena Gomez and A$AP Rocky, “Good For You” (DJ Anonymou5 Remix) (steep hill/intervals)
Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne, “Real Love” (Danny Verde Remix) (flat/run)
Calvin Harris, “How Deep is Your Love” (Calvin Harris & R3Hab Remix) (hill jumps- odd count)
Pitbull ft, Chris Brown, “Fun” (Jump Smokers Remix) (steeper hill/jumps and movement)
Kiesza, “Giant in My Heart” (Patrick Hagenaar Colour Code Club Mix, VJCastors Edit) (hill/intervals)
Jess Glynne and Tinie Tempah, “Not Letting Go” (cool down)

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