When I was at the gym this morning, I realized that my most effective workout playlist is travel-themed and samples music from various cultures, so I thought I would share it with you all!
I’m not sure if the songs are just more motivating, or if they remind me why I’m putting in so much effort (Machu Picchu, I haven’t forgotten you!). But one thing is for sure – it really helps me work up a sweat!
I tend to do my cardio on the elliptical, so my notes are related to a 30-minute workout on that equipment. If I’m feeling particularly lazy, I’ll just fit in this 30-minute elliptical workout and call it a day, but today I had plenty of energy, so I had my 25-minute personal training session (which focuses on strength training) and then completed the cardio workout below.
- Yoshida Brothers – Inside the Sun Remix
Great to get warmed up and into the groove! I like to keep the resistance at medium (5-6) and the incline low (1-2), and just relax/loosen up while matching my steps to the beat.
- African Herbsman – Bob Marley (Remixed By Sen Dog Of Cypress Hill)
I like to turn up the resistance (10-11) and slow it down a bit for a long hard climb (incline around 8-10). At the end of the song I’ll drop the resistance to 5 for about 30 seconds of recovery.
- Jai Ho – A. R. Rahman (from Slumdog Millionaire)
Time to up the speed and resistance again. Here I like to make it a little tougher (resistance 8-10, incline 5-6), because the song is great at keeping you going when you feel like you’re exhausted. Right when you’re feeling like quitting, it splits into the beat-heavy dance section and you get a second wind.
- Hips Don’t Lie / Bamboo – Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean (from FIFA World Cup 2006)
Now for a little recovery. I like to turn the resistance down (5-6) and the incline up (8-10) and just go along with the beat.
- Indian Fever – David Starfire
This next song helps you to work up to the next song, so I like to take it a little easy here. I put the resistance up (8-10) and the incline down (2-4) and just zone out to the beat.
- River Deep, Mountain High – Glee Cast Version
Almost done, so just gotta push through this final high intensity song. I like to keep the resistance low (5-6) and incline flat for one last sprint. It might not be “world music” to someone in the US, but it is a fantastically motivating workout song!
- Barcelona Sunsets – Armik
This is a great cool down song, because it is very relaxing and chill after the last song. Here I just turn the resistance down (3-4) and relax my legs, straighten my posture, and take some deep breaths.
Do you have any other suggestions for world-inspired workout music?