When you are running down the road, the asphalt under your feet, you may turn to some good ole fashion 90’s pop. When you lift heavy weights, you may be inclined to tune into loud rock. When you think “workout,” you may not think of our beloved country music … but you should. Country music has some gym gems hidden in the rough, you just have to be able to pinpoint those songs that will get your adrenaline flowing and your heart rate rising. Here is a list of country music must-haves for your workout playlists:
1. “Cruise” – Florida Georgia Line
This song is great for a cardio workout, whether it is cycling/spin, elliptical, or running. If you want to take it up a notch (for you naysayers out there), there is also the option of the remix with Florida Georgia Line’s rappin’ pal, Nelly. “Cruise” has a fun, uplifting beat; catchy lyrics; and helps you think of a more fun time in life, when you weren’t torturing your body, for just a short while.
2. “Fastest Girl In Town” – Miranda Lambert
What’s more inspiring when you are running down the street, perhaps in the middle of a race, than hearing “ain’t no use in trying to slow me down, ‘cause you’re running with the fastest girl in town; ain’t ya baby?” I have been lucky enough to have my iPod/iPhone shuffle upon this gone for a run goodie in my final stretch and, in true runner fashion, pep talked myself and said “Yeah! You’re fast! And what?!” Give it a try. You may find yourself charging for the finish, just to prove Miranda right!
3. “Ain’t Goin’ Down ‘Til the Sun Comes Up” – Garth Brooks
It’s fun, it’s rowdy, it’s fast. You may find yourself singing along, bobbing your head, and picking up your pace as you listen to this Garth Brooks classic.
4. “Before He Cheats” – Carrie Underwood
Hear me out. There are few feelings that trump anger when you are in the middle of a workout. Whether you are picturing your feet, with each step, crushing someone who has doggone done you wrong, or you are using your rage to add a few more pounds to that barbell, the gym hath no fury like a man or woman scorned.
5. “5-1-5-0” – Dierks Bentley
This song is a little crazy. It’s a little insane. But, I hate to break it to you … if you are anything like me, so are you! You simply have to be a “side of loco” to put those miles on your legs! Happy running to this jam!
6. “Live Like You Were Dying” – Tim McGraw
Country music has blessed us with a lot of reflective songs, but very few hold a candle to Tim’s message of living for every moment. Think of it this way: as much as the temporary pain can be absolutely grueling, at least you have the chance to experience it. Use this song to push you at that point when you think you have nothing left in that body of yours.
7. “Done” – The Band Perry
If you are looking for a little bit of rock during your workout, this is where you can find it. The Band Perry provides us with another song that will get our blood flowing and heart rate pulsing. Putting the hatred aside, if you put this song toward the end of your playlist, the words “all I want to be is DONE” may hit home during a rough workout … “UGH!”
8. “How Do You Like Me Now?” – Toby Keith
My stepmother and I call this “the best F-U song” that exists in country music. Unfortunately, one of the reasons people hit the gym is to look good to others. That being said, what song could possibly be better as you are burning calories, trimming down, and building muscle? Toby sings, “How do you like me now, now that I’m on my way? Do you still think I’m crazy, standin’ here today?” What is more inspiring than seeing someone who rejected you catching a glimpse at a new, improved, and more confident you with his/her jaw plastered to the floor? “Tell me baby. I will preach on.”