Nothing gets you through an intense cardio workout like a carefully selected playlist of motivational music. But how do you differentiate between the average and the awesome? Eevee’s Kate Haddigan explains…
Once upon a time, I used to work as a DJ.
Whilst it was almost too fun to ever be considered work, the late nights meant I was living on take-away food and Sailor Jerry’s with diet coke. The fancier bars would squeeze a wedge of lime in there, and I think that was the most nutritious thing in my diet. After a while, I was just tired and chubby. I was struggling to DJ and study at Uni, so I packed away my decks and swapped dive bars for the squat bar.
I started going to yoga classes first, years of bright lights and loud noises had left me a little edgy so I figured I could use some Zen in my life. Then I started the seemingly obligatory Zumba classes (name one girl you know who hasn’t been to a Zumba class? I swear it’s a cult) and eventually I grabbed life by the medicine balls and joined a gym.
One advantage to knowing the difference between BPM in tracks and BPM on the treadmill is combining the two to create some super amazing workout playlists, even if I do say so myself. I can indulge in whatever music takes my fancy and stop subjecting my long-suffering friends to being a total playlist dictator at parties.
Whilst doing strength exercises, I prefer to listen to something instrumental like Lazerhawk, particularly the album Redline, awesome electro that sounds like it’s from an 80s cop drama. I also love Ratatat, paced to keep me working in a controlled manner, with enough pep to keep me motivated.
A good running mix is different for everyone but they are all little works of art. Today I am sharing the playlist I have been perfecting for a few months now. A culmination of tracks that makes me sprint like a panther, tunes to force you through your “I’m-going-to-die!” threshold, ending with a cool down track for when you’re ready to sashay from that treadmill like the freakin’ cardio champion that you are.
Date with the night – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
For your love – The Yardbirds
Deceptacon – Le Tigre
Y.A.L.A – M.I.A
Numbers – These New Puritans
I look to you – Miami Horror
Animals – Martin Garrix
ZOMBIES! – Designer Drugs
I think I like it – Fake Blood
Titanium – David Guetta ft. Sia
Talk dirty – Jason Derulo ft. 2 chainz
Pause – Pitbull
Fancy – Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
Odessa – Caribou
Jump in the pool – Friendly Fires
Pursuit of Happiness – Kid Cudi