Editor's Note (Nicole Nichols): Here at SparkPeople, we know just how powerful music can be as a motivator for your workouts, which is why we try to share new music ideas often. My friend Susie (who is an amazing Spinning instructor) uses a lot of instrumental songs in her classes, and I'm always surprised at how motivating and upbeat they are even though they have little to no words—and are often songs I've never heard before. If you are looking for some new fitness music that will push you, inspire you, and help you focus in your next workout (or race), this list is for you! Here are 15 of her favorite instrumental songs that are great for exercise!
Blackmill – "The Drift" (available from iTunes)
Blue Man Group – "Exhibit 13"
Gladiator ft. Izzy – "Now We Are Free (Extended Mix)" (available from iTunes)
Jorge Quintero – "300 Violin Orchestra"
Kodo – "Strobe’s Nanafushi (Satori Mix)"
Lindsey Stirling – "Transcendence"
Riding the Waves, AfroCelt Soundsystem – "Riding The Waves"
Rodrigo y Gabriela – "Juan Loco"
RP – "I'm Gonna Get Tribal (Climb)"
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Mike Simpson - "Hittin’ the Bars (Score)"
Safri Duo – "Samb-Adiago"
Silent Nick – "Palladio"
Supa Dups & Khan – "Drumline Riddim"
About the Author
Susie Crossland-Dwyer has completed many triathlons (including Louisville IRONMAN) and marathons—and two 50-mile ultra-marathons. After graduating college, she co-founded the life coaching company, ikigai (Japanese for “that which makes life most worth living”), to help others clarify and pursue their life goals. Through the process of leading others she discovered her own purpose: to help individuals find confidence and strength through fitness and healthy living. In 2010 she founded studio s, a boutique-style fitness facility in Cincinnati offering personal training, Spinning and Pilates. Featuring programs rooted in the community and classes infused with philosophical elements, studio s is a breeding ground for others to realize their physical potential and pursue their passions. Susie is marathon running coach and is certified in personal training, group exercise, Spinning, Pilates (mat and reformer), and True Movement. She blogs about her life and fitness adventures at www.marburgreal.blogspot.com.
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