Take the HIIT approach to cardio by adding these alternating slow and speedy songs to your playlist for a fat-burning good time.
While it's easy to overcomplicate interval training, all it really requires is slow and fast movement. To simplify this even further—and up the fun factor—we've assembled a playlist that pairs speedy and slower songs together so that all you need to do is follow the beat.
The songs here alternate between 85 and 125 beats per minute (BPM), providing two different ways to use the playlist:
1. For a low/mid-rep workout: Use the beat of the songs below. You'll be going 85 BPM half the time and 125 BPM the other half.
2. For a mid/high-rep workout: Use the 85 BPM songs at double the pace.* You’ll be going 125 BPM half the time and 170 BPM the other half.
*You can double the pace of a song by doing two movements per beat. For example, if you're running and hear a beat with each step, doubling your pace will mean you hear a beat with every other step.
In addition to the varying the beat, the tracks below incorporate a variety of genres—with B.o.B., Karmin, and Bassnectar holding down the low end and Nicki Minaj, The Ready Set, and Swedish House Mafia pushing you into high gear. Here are the songs, when you're ready to start:
Lil Wayne & Cory Gunz - 6 Foot 7 Foot - 85 BPM
Avicii - Hey Brother - 125 BPM
Karmin - Acapella - 85 BPM
Nicki Minaj - Pound the Alarm - 125 BPM
Bassnectar - Bass Head - 85 BPM
Kesha - C'mon - 125 BPM
Coldplay & Rihanna - Princess of China - 85 BPM
The Ready Set - Give Me Your Hand (Best Song Ever) - 125 BPM
B.o.B. - So Good - 85 BPM
Swedish House Mafia - Greyhound - 125 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.