The soundtrack to your workout

Most of us who train and exercise in any way know the value of music to our efforts. It is an intrinsic part.

Music not only provides the soundtrack to our activities, but it can also be the driving force, impetus and momentum.


It can bring a sense of pleasure where it might otherwise be hard to find (lets be honest – training isn’t always pleasure!) as well as having the ability to drive us to levels we might otherwise struggle to reach.

Gain peak performance with music

And if you should need something a little more formal than my thoughts and words, here you go; In 2013, Scientific American stated, “For some athletes and for many people who run, jog, cycle, lift weights and otherwise exercise, music is not superfluous – it is essential to peak performance and a satisfying workout” (Jabr. 2013).

So it is official!

Lets look at it a little more closely

There are a plethora of reasons music gets you moving and can propel you through one more minute, set, rep or mile:

– It distracts you from how hard you are working
– It helps pump you up
– It puts you into a meditative frame of mind
– It unites spirit and body and uplifts
– It helps keep your pace
– It inspires us to keep going
– It increases endurance

Cardio boxing

Whatever your favorite type of exercise, cardio boxing is an excellent workout program and cv format to get in shape that combines a variety of boxing moves inspired by the disciplines of martial arts.

Boxing related exercises have long been recognised as fantastic for all round fitness and conditioning work.

Initially used by many coaches in cross-sports training scenarios, and then it was quickly picked up by the mainstream and whole classes and programmes were developed.

You will burn tons of calories, improve your cardiovascular health, balance and coordination, gain strength, build muscle, blow off boredom and ignite your motivation.

Here is a list of 20 of what I believe are the best cardio box songs

I’m sure they will bring some serious punch to your workouts!

1. What’s My Name? – Rihanna ft. Drake

2. Boom Boom Pow – The Black Eyed Peas

3. So What – P!nk

4. Waiting For Love – Avicii

5. Bang a Gong (Get It On) – T. Rex

6. Movement and Location – Punch Brothers

7. Rock It Out – Crush Effect

8. Everywhere  – Fleetwood Mac

9. Paper Planes – M.I.A.

10. La La La – Naughty Boy ft. Sam Smith

11. Jungle Anthem (Original Mix) – WildSound

12. When I Grow Up – The Pussycat Dolls

13. Queen of Peace & Long and Lost (The Odyssey – Chapters 4 & 5) – Florence + The Machine

14. A-Punk – Vampire Weekend

15. Drunken Lullabies – Flogging Molly

16. LoveGame – Lady Gaga

17. Beat It – Michael Jackson

18. Emergency – Icona Pop

19. I’m a Wheel – Wilco

20. Love Runs Out – One Republic

That list works for me!

But of course you can have fun with it, try out your own, listen out for new tracks that fit your tastes and your workouts.

Or maybe reach back into your music archives and find a few perfect tracks that you have never worked out to before. It might just lift you to new peaks!

Connect with Expert Leslie Olsen


Jabr, F. (2013). Let’s Get Physical: The Psychology of Effective Workout Music. Mind. Scientific American.

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