What I REALLY listen to at the gym

I listen to an odd selection of music at the gym and I thought it would be funny to share it with you guys! From musicals to rock to pop, I have a real mix of genres and tastes when I’m working out and will often be in HMV looking for new tracks to add to my collection. I hope you guys are ready for this – don’t judge!!

Musical numbers:

There’s something about the build of a musical ballad that makes them great for working out (no? just me???) and they always put me in a good mood. I’ve included a couple Disney classics in this section too, because.. duh.. Disney is great.

Revolting Children – Matilda the Musical
Gaston – Beauty and the Beast (2017)
The Time Warp – Rocky Horror
Cell Block Tango – Chicago
I’ll Make A Man Out of You – Mulan (This is the BEST track ever to work out to… but I do get a little carried away and start karate chopping across the gym)
Don’t Rain On My Parade – Barbra Streisand

Rock songs:

This is so oddly specific but I will listen to one rock album, and one album only. I don’t know why but it’s just perfect.

Phobia – Breaking Benjamin

Sassy pop songs:

There are SO many to choose from but here are my top five. Guaranteed to make you sweat the f*ck boys out of your system.

Work B*tch – Britney Spears
That’s My Girl – Fifth Harmony
Survivor – Destiny’s Child
Shout Out To My Ex – Little Mix
NO – Meghan Trainor

It’s an odd mix but it works for me. Share your favourite gym songs in the comments!

*This post is in collaboration with HMV. All opinions are my own.

Ali Hemsley
Ali Hemsley

Ali is a 24 year old lifestyle blogger. She combines her advocacy and awareness work for chronic illness and mental health with her love for fashion. You can follow Ali on social media @alihemsley


  1. February 9, 2018 / 3:59 pm

    omg good choices! for the musicals category, I’d add one shot from Hamilton and bend and snap from legally blonde! I also love side to side by ari (bae) and the workout song by kanye – so so good xxx

    • Ali Hemsley
      February 9, 2018 / 4:01 pm

      Bend and snap is a brilliant choice! And yes got to love a bit or Ari – that song always makes me want to try spinning! xxx

  2. February 9, 2018 / 4:14 pm

    I’m the same, I listen to a mix when I go running! My favourite artist I like listening to is probably Jason Derulo… xxx

  3. February 11, 2018 / 10:28 pm

    absolutely love this! Such good musical choices especially for a workout! xx

  4. Sian
    March 1, 2018 / 6:22 am

    I absolutely love that Mulan song, it’s also on my gym playlist 😂

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