04/04/2014 08:24 am ET Updated Jun 04, 2014

HuffPost Workouts: The Perfect Playlist to Squeeze Out That Last Rep


I went to the gym this morning. Like any other morning, I laced up my shoes, put on my Nike Dri-FIT, and walked out the door. I saw the same guy walking his dog and the same Starbucks customer sitting at the counter window. This morning was normal.

I got to the gym, swiped myself in, and threw my stuff in the locker room. I hopped on the treadmill, strolled through a five-minute warm up, and headed for the iron. This is where my routine took a left turn.

Normally, I never listen to music while lifting. I feel like it distracts me and takes away from my concentration. For some reason, this day, I wanted to try something new. Luckily, my headphones were in my jacket from yesterday's cardio session. I took them out, plugged them in, and the rest was indescribable.

Most people think I'm crazy when I tell them I don't like listening to music while hitting the weights. Don't get me wrong, while running, it's probably the best thing ever. But while lifting, I always felt I would be distracted singing the lyrics or imagining the music video in my head. Boy, was I wrong.

When I slid underneath the bench press, ready to conquer my PR, I turned the music on, and boom. Killed my personal record by four reps. I was in awe. Was it the music? Was it the Dri-FIT?

It was the music.

Throughout the whole workout, I was choosing different songs from random playlists and in the end, created the ultimate, iron-smashing group of songs that can get you through any grueling workout.

The genres range from rap, pop, and house.

So if you're about to smash shoulders or light up your chest, throw this playlist on for some serious gains... but first, let me take a #Selfie.

#Selfie - The Chainsmokers
Animals - Martin Garrix
Boy Oh Boy - Diplo & GTA
Dark Horse - Katy Perry
Shirt Off - Blank
Bird Machine - DJ Snake
Ode To Oi - TJR
Perfect Day - Dj Antoine vs. Mad Mark
Sweet Nothing - Calvin Harris, Florence Welch
We Found Love - Calvin Harris, Rihanna
Only The Horses - Scissor Sisters
Timber - Pitbull, Kesha
I Choose You - Timeflies
Touch - Raquel feat. Diddy, Dourrough & Yo Getty (David May Edit) [not currently available on Spotify]
Show Me Love 2k12 - Sean Finn