The weather is warming up, and that means it’s a great time to take your workouts outside. Need a little extra motivation? That’s where music comes in. Hitting “play” on a list of upbeat tracks is the perfect way to keep moving through a tough run or bike ride. Here’s one to crank up while you sweat. Click the button below to listen to the full set on Made Man’s Spotify.
1. “Club Foot” by Kasabian
As you head out the door, ease into your run with the slow buildup of Kasabian’s “Club Foot.” That buildup doesn’t last long, though, and when the guitar and drums kick in hard, you’ll be itching to move your feet fast. So do it.
2. “& Down” by Boys Noize
You’re starting to hit your stride, and Boys Noize is here to help. The relentless, pounding rhythm of “& Down” puts you in a good place, while the pulsating, in-and-out wobble keeps you focused on what’s ahead.
The retro horn section on “Bust-Out Brigade” picks you up and drops you in the middle of Philadelphia, circa 1976.
3. “Bust-Out Brigade” by The Go! Team
The adrenaline is flowing and you’re feeling triumphant. Keep it going with the retro horn section on “Bust-Out Brigade,” a track that’ll pick you up and drop you in the middle of Philadelphia, circa 1976. Try not to pump your fist too hard. If you see some stairs, run up them.
4. “Gloria” by Them
Big sound is good, but sometimes you need a more subtle rhythm to keep your stride going. Cue Them’s “Gloria,” the aggressive protopunk anthem that put Van Morrison’s small-time Irish rock band on the map. Now it’ll put you in the zone.
5. “10 A.M. Automatic” by The Black Keys
Next, transition into “10 A.M. Automatic.” The Black Keys offer a beat-driven number that lets you chill in step while still pushing you to go faster. Which you should be doing right around now anyway.