Depending on the stage of a workout you find yourself in, there are plenty of things about getting your sweat on that could be considered the worst part. The good news is that like many of life’s woes, these problems can usually be solved by music. Music and improving your fitness are such a natural pairing that Spotify is filled to the brim with playlists designed to make working out a much more enjoyable experience. Different folks have different workout music needs at different times, though, so below, I’ve found some of the best Spotify workout playlists right now that should prove effective in a variety of situations.



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Whether or not you listen to adrenaline-fueled, post-grunge rock music on a regular basis, you have to admit that when it comes to getting pumped up, it can really hit the spot. That’s the itch that this “gym rock” playlist scratches, and since it’s large and updated regularly, you should be able to mix up the riffs effectively. Bands like Linkin Park, Avenged Sevenfold, and Rise Against are what you’ll find here, but if you’re looking to machismo but want to stray into more metal territory, “Workout Playlist METAL” has similar offerings but, of course, leans more towards metal than rock.



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With cover art featuring an absolutely shredded gym aficionado, it’s a pretty safe bet what this mix is best for. Featuring barrel-chested rap bangers with Jay-Z ,Kanye West’ and Rick Ross’ breakout hit “Hustlin’,” this is motivation music of the highest order.



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What if nothing I’ve talked about so far does it for you, though? What if you’re really just looking to burn off the cold beer you had on the farm on a Friday night with some country? This 16-hour country workout playlist ought to get the job done, then. Featuring favorites by Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, and others both huge and more obscure, this mix of anthemic pop country tracks will complement any workout, whether or not you’re wearing your cowboy boots.



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Just as every workout should start with a warm-up, it should end with a cool-down, and Spotify has you covered (the playlist at the very top of this post would serve this purpose well too). There are a ton of relaxed vibes here to help ease you out of your workout as you pace with your hands over you head or as you sit doubled over, dripping in sweat. Unlike the introductory playlist, though, this one appears to be largely instrumental, because maybe at the end of your workout, your internal monologue is congratulating you, so there’s no need to drown that out with other words.

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