Need music to help stay focused and motivated at the gym? Look no further than this week's American Idol performances. The nine American Idol hopefuls sang their versions of several Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame hits. Pia Toscano gave us the up-tempo song that we were looking for, and James Durbin showed us his quiet more emotional side with "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." But not only did these American Idol stars sing their little rockin' hearts out — they gave me some great ideas for my workout playlist. Here are several of this week's hits that will get your heart rate up and your fat burning right off.
Jacob Lusk started the evening off with "Man in the Mirror" by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. You can kick off your workout with this song blasting from the speakers. Get your body warmed up for an intense workout with this song while you start stretching and doing jumping-jacks.
Haley Reinhart took Janis Joplin’s "Piece of my Heart" to a whole new level. Head over to the dumbbells to work on your biceps and triceps, and really get into the groove by doing curls along with the beat. Then hit the floor for some crunches with Joplin's hit.
Hop on your bike with Scotty McCreery’s version of Elvis' "That’s All Right," and you might find yourself riding all the way to Graceland! It’s a great song to help you keep the pace, and pedal your way to a slimmer physique. Don't like the bike? Try brisk walking with this Elvis hit.
Need an up-tempo tune to get pumped on the treadmill? Toscano chose "River Deep, Mountain High," by Tina Turner, and you should too! Blast this song on your iPod for a turn on the treadmill or Elliptical machine, and watch those inches melt away. You won't want to stop!
If yoga is your thing, get to a peaceful place with a song like "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Casey Abrams' rendition is the perfect tune to help you relax and feel calm.
Lauren Alaina can help you cool down and bring your heart rate back to a normal speed with a smooth tune like "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin. Also, try some cool-down breathing exercises that go along with the melody.