21 Classic Rock Workout Songs

1

Boston, “Foreplay / Long time”

Via Epic Records

2

AC/DC, “You Shook Me All Night Long”

Via J. Albert & Son (Pty.) Ltd.

3

Rush, “Working Man”

Via The Island Def Jam Music Group

4

Jimi Hendrix, “All Along the Watchtower”

Via Experience Hendrix L.L.C.

5

Black Sabbath, “Paranoid”

Via Warner Bros.

6

Heart, “Barracuda”

Via Capitol Records

7

The Animals, “House of the Rising Sun”

Via ABKCO Music & Records

8

Queen, “Fat Bottomed Girls”

Via Hollywood Records

9

Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Fortunate Son”

Via Concord Music Group

10

Led Zeppelin, “Immigrant Song”

Via Atlantic Records

11

The Doors, “Break On Through (To the Other Side)”

Via Elektra Entertainment

12

Stevie Nicks, “Edge of Seventeen”

Via Reprise Records

13

Scorpions, “The Zoo”

Via Universal Music Enterprises

14

Ozzy Osbourne, “N.I.B.”

Via Sony BMG Music Entertainment

15

Blue Oyster Cult, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”

Via Sony Music Entertainment

16

Golden Earring, “Radar Love”

Via Red Bullet

17

ZZ Top, “Sharp Dressed Man”

Via Warner Bros

18

David Bowie, “Suffragette City”

Via Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company

19

Journey, “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)”

Via Sony BMG Music Entertainment

20

Pink Floyd, “Another Brick In The Wall, Pt. 2”

Via Pink Floyd Music Ltd

21

The Who, “Baba O’Riley”

Via Geffen Records

Top 50 Songs to Add to Your Workout Playlist

It’s not rocket science; music can help fuel your workouts. Research reveals that if you match the tempo of a song to your desired heart rate, or beats per minute (bpm), the song will help you maintain or pick up the pace. It’s no wonder many professional athletes listen to music before a big competition; it gets their minds focused and blood pumping. Not only does music amp up workouts, but it also helps distract the mind from long runs or hard efforts.

When choosing songs for you playlist, make sure it has the distinct rhythm and tempo/beats per minute (bpm) for your sport/activity.

Running: 150 10 175 bpm
Cycling: 135 to 180 bpm
Weight Lifting/Core/HIIT: 108 to 150 bpm
Walking: 135 to 140 bpm
Swimming: 99 to 125 bpm

More: How Music Can Boost Your Workout

Coaches, trainers, athletes and regular gym goers shared their favorite songs to help us compile the top 50. Fill your iPod or mp3 player with these hits.

Top 50 Songs to Add to Your Workout Playlist

50. Counting Stars by OneRepublic: 122 bpm
49. Get Lucky (Featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers) by Daft Punk: 116 bpm
48. Rock and Roll by Led Zepplin: 169 bpm
47. Wake Me Up by Avicii: 125 bpm
46. Love Shack by B-52’s: 134 bpm
45. We Got the Beat by The Go-Go’s: 152 bpm
44. Dark Horse (Featuring Juicy J) by Katy Perry: 133 bpm
43. Fight for Your Right by Beastie Boys: 135 bpm
42. Catch Hell Blues by The White Stripes: 97 bpm
41. Take Back the Night by Justin Timberlake: 109 bpm
40. The Pretenders by Foo Fighters: 172 bpm
39. Janglin by Edward Sharpe + the Magnetic Zeroes: 124 bpm
38. Talk Dirty (Featuring 2 Chainz) by Jason Derulo: 125 bpm
37. Roar by Katy Perry: 180 bpm
36. Timber (Featuring Ke$ha) by Pitbull: 130 bpm
35. Turn Down for What by DJ Snake and Lil Jon: 100 bpm
34. On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons: 100 bpm
33. Can’t Hold Us (Featuring Ray Dalton) by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: 146 bpm
32. In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins: 95 bpm
31. Hearts on Fire by John Cafferty: 136 bpm
30. Yeah! (Featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris) by Usher: 105 bpm
29. Good Vibrations (Featuring Loleatta Holloway) by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch: 128 bpm
28. Bootylicious by Destiny’s Child: 104 bpm
27. Eye of the Tiger by Survivor: 109 bpm
26. Love in An Elevator by Aerosmith: 92 bpm
25. You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) by Dead or Alive: 128 bpm
24. Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses: 126 bpm
23. Lose Control by Missy Elliot: 125 bpm
22. Farewell Ride by Beck: 82 bpm
21. Scentless Apprentice by Nirvana: 94 bpm
20. Shot Me Down (Featuring Skylar Grey) by David Guetta: 128 bpm
19. Pump Up the Jam by Technotronic: 126 bpm
18. Jessie’s Girl by Rick Springfield: 132 bpm
17. Work B**ch by Britney Spears: 128 bpm
16. Black Betty by Ram Jam: 117 bpm
15. More Than a Feeling by Boston: 114 bpm
14. Renegade by Styx: 105 bpm
13. U Can’t Touch This by MC Hammer: 133 bpm
12. Rock N’ Roll All Night by Kiss: 142 bpm
11. The Devil Went Down to Georgia by The Charlie Daniels Band: 135 bpm
10. You Really Got Me by Van Halen: 139 bpm
9. The Phoenix by Fall Out Boy: 138 bpm
8. Born to Be Wild by Hinder: 146 bpm
7. Blurred Lines (Featuring T.I. and Pharrell) by Robin Thicke: 120 bpm
6. Give It Away by Red Hot Chili Peppers: 183 bpm
5. Livin’ on the Edge by Aerosmith: 169 bpm
4. Beat It by Michael Jackson: 139 bpm
3. Dancin’ With Myself by Billy Idol: 176 bpm
2. Thriller by Michael Jackson: 117 bpm
1. Gonna Fly Now by Bill Conti: 96 bpm

Download and add these top 50 songs to your workout playlist.

More: 6 Tips to Pick and Stick to Your Fitness Goals

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10 Classic Rock and Roll Hits That’ll Rock Your Run

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April is a big month for music-right now, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is holding its annual induction ceremony. But beyond resurfacing some of our favorite classic acts (and maybe learning about a few new ones!), the event is the perfect opportunity to uncover old songs that can help you rock your run.

The playlist below highlights Hall of Fame members of every variety. You’ll find music from natural selections (The Beatles and Van Halen), artists not generally considered rock acts (Madonna and Run-D.M.C.), and some of this year’s inductees (Green Day and Joan Jett). One of the main benefits of a rock-based mix? Its speed. Apart from a warm-up and cool down track, the list focuses on songs above 120 beats per minute (BPM)-with half the list clocking in around 140 BPM.

In addition to the variety and increased tempos, the virtue of these Rock and Roll Hall of Fame picks is that they celebrate timeless music. That means the tracks are ideal for anchoring a playlist-they’ll never go out of style! So when you need something quick and reliable to power you through a session, turn up this mix-below, we’ve got five decades of musical movements in 10 dynamic jams.

Beastie Boys – So What’cha Want – 86 BPM

Blondie – Call Me – 142 BPM

Green Day – Minority – 138 BPM

The Beatles – Twist and Shout – 129 BPM

Madonna – Burning Up – 138 BPM

Guns N’ Roses – You Could Be Mine – 149 BPM

Run DMC – It’s Tricky – 128 BPM

Van Halen – Panama – 142 BPM

The Supremes – You Keep Me Hangin’ On – 128 BPM

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll – 92 BPM

To find more workout songs, check out the free database at Run Hundred. You can browse by genre, tempo, and era to find the best songs to rock your workout.

  • By Chris Lawhorn

Rock ‘n Roll Abs: Rollout Moves for a Rock-Hard Core

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Everyone wants a great midsection. But the core is more than just six-pack ab muscles. Doing Sit-Ups and Crunches all morning might prep you for the beach, but they should not be the only exercises you do to get ready for high levels of athletic performance.

Ab muscles might be hidden under body cushioning or feel like a soft pillow , depending on your physical state, level of fitness and the condition of your muscles. Exercising those muscles will make them stronger, toned and able to function more efficiently. But in a core routine, make sure to work more than your abs. Even more important are the muscles involved in moving and stabilizing the spinal column: the obliques, transverse abdominis and multifidus.

Your actions on the field—and even in everyday movement—are complex, involving numerous muscles, so your training program should be set up in a similar fashion.

Barbell Rollouts

One great movement is the Rollout. An old method employs a small wheel with a handle on either side. Start on your knees, grab the roller and extend.

Below is a barbell variation that can make your program rock.

  • Take a regular barbell and put 10- or 25-pound plates on each end
  • Kneel on a mat and grab the barbell with hands evenly spaced
  • Keeping body tight, roll out as far as possible, extending arms past head; do not let hips drop
  • Pull back to start position; repeat

To add variety, roll the barbell out at a 45-degree angle to the right, come back to start position and roll out to the left.

Physioball Rollout

Similar to the Barbell Rollout, but start with your hands or your forearms on a physioball for support.

  • Kneel on a mat with your hands on the ball; the lower you place your hands, the more difficult the exercise becomes
  • Keeping your body rigid, roll out as far as possible, extending arms past head; do not let hips drop
  • Allow your head to drop between your arms for full extension
  • Come back to start position.

To add intensity, work to a stand-up position instead of on your knees.

Suspension Training System Extension

Although the body movements are the same as with other rollout exercises, suspension extension is more difficult, because you are working from a standing position. You have to stabilize more weight, plus you use your entire body as a “lever arm”—instead of just your knees. All these qualities make it an advanced drill.

  • Holding the handles of the suspension system, maintain braced core
  • Extend arms straight overhead, letting your body move toward the floor
  • Allow your head to drop between your arms, working to keep body in straight line; do not arch the back
  • Pull back to start position by contracting core

Standing more upright makes the exercise easier. If you start lower with your feet farther back, you have to support more weight, making the extension harder—which means you incorporate more core work.

Power Wheel

The Power Wheel is similar to the old wheel rollout device, but you place your feet in straps on the wheel.

  • Get into a Push-Up position and lift hips up
  • Pull feet toward chest, keeping legs straight
  • Slowly work back to start position, maintaining good posture and bracing through entire movement

You can move in different directions and vary the range of motion. By moving your legs and keeping your upper body stabilized, you work through the core but affect different prime mover and stabilizer muscles.

Slide Board Rollouts and Pull-Ins

You need a slide board or similar device to perform this exercise.

  • Place booties on your hands and kneel at the end of the board
  • Slide hands forward, extending arms over head
  • Pull back to start position

To change the exercise to a Pull-In, put the booties on your feet, position your body on the end of the slide board and hold onto the end piece. Slide your feet toward your hands, keeping legs straight and knees locked. Then slide back.

You can also do side-to-side slides. Get in a Push-Up position on the slide board, hands on the ground and booted feet in the middle of the board. Keeping your hands in same spot, move your feet to the right and left to work rotation movement.

Incorporating these five exercises into your core training workout can make you a rock-hard star on the field this year.

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