We've just entered a New Year, and there's no better time to turn things around than now. If you're on the heavier side, now is the time to slim down and bulk up. And if you're a bit on the skinny side, well, you know what to do. In fact, you've always had!
All we're trying to say is that it's never too late to change your body for the better. And our goal is to prove that to you for the whole month of January. Don't lose hope, bros. We're here to help you out!
Good news, FHM Nation! Global expert on music for exercise and sport, Dr. Costas Karageorghis, has created scientific workout playlists based on the top 2015 fitness trends. You know what this means? Our official #balikalindog playlist is here, and you can hear it on Spotify!
“A range of musical factors can affect our physical responses, making certain songs more suited as an accompaniment for exercise," explains Dr. Karageorghis, who chose the songs based on beats per minute, rhythmic construction, melody, and lyrical content. "These songs are optimally matched to help you push your performance to the next level."
Scroll down to see part one of our 2015 Workout Playlist!
I. CARDIO DANCE
“The rhythm of the songs is an important part of this playlist: an easily extractable rhythmic pulse facilitates the central goal of expressing the music through movement," Dr. Karageorghis points out. "With an average tempo of 111 bpm, as well as uplifting lyrics, the tracks on this playlist score highly for danceability and are loaded with musical features that promote rhythmic movement.”
"Fancy" by Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
Beats per minute: 95
Fitspirational lyrics: "I could hold you down, like I'm givin' lessons in physics / You should want a bad bitch like this / Drop it low and pick it up just like this"
Video via iggyazaleamusicVEVO
"BO$$" by Fifth Harmony
Beats per minute: 103
Fitspirational lyrics: "C-O-N-F-I-D-E-N-T / That's me, I'm confident / Don't want yo' compliments"
Video via FifthHarmonyVEVO
"Problem" by Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea
Beats per minute: 103
Fitspirational lyrics: "Head in the clouds, got no weight on my shoulders / I should be wiser and realize that I've got one less problem without 'ya"
Video via ArianaGrandeVEVO
"Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
Beats per minute: 115
Fitspirational lyrics: "I’m too hot / Called a police and a fireman / I’m too hot / Make a dragon wanna retire, man / I’m too hot / Bitch, say my name, you know who I am / I’m too hot / Am I bad 'bout that money"
Video via MarkRonsonVEVO
"Crazy Stupid Love" by Cheryl Cole ft. Tinie Tempah
Beats per minute: 120
Fitspirational lyrics: "Even though we ain't official / You official, you official / When you see me in a suit, say I'm so smooth criminal / Playing hard to get, girl you're being too difficult / Let me in your mind, before I get to the physical"
Video via CherylVEVO
"Right Here" by Jess Glyne
Beats per minute: 120
Fitspirational lyrics: "Finally, I’m content / Oh yes, I’ve found that thing / Right here is where I’ll stay, but I’m not complacent / Finally I’m content / Oh yes, I’ve found that thing / Right here is where I’d stay, but I’m not complaining"
Video via Jess Gyne
"I Loved You" by Blonde ft. Melissa Steel
Beats per minute: 123
Fitspirational lyrics: "Baby all I needed is more time and more money / More, everyday was sunny / More, if I think about it more"
Video via Blonde
"Fireball" by Pitbull ft. John Ryan
Beats per minute: 124
Fitspirational lyrics: "I saw, I came, I conquered / Or should I say, I saw, I conquered, I came / This little chico on fire and he no liar / While y'all slippin' he's runnin' the game"
Video via PitbullVEVO
"Real Love" by Clear Bandit ft. Jess Glyne
Beats per minute: 125
Fitspirational lyrics: "Time won't waste, and we just learn / To take it slow and wait our turn / Held my breath, cause I believed / That you'll find me"
Video via Clean Bandit
"I'm Not The Only One" by Sam Smith
Beats per minute: 82
Fitspirational lyrics: "For months on end I've had my doubts / Denying every tear / I wish this would be over now / But I know that I still need you here"
Video via SamSmithWorldVEVO
“Accordingly, the music is not used in a synchronous mode to direct the movement patterns; rather it plays in the background to enhance the training environment," says Dr Karageorghis. "The music should not be particularly loud given the internal sense of rhythm and stream of the trainer’s verbal instructions required to master the high-intensity movements involved. This is another mid-tempo playlist that creates an ideal sonic backdrop.”
"Don't" by Ed Sheeran
Beats per minute: 96
Fitspirational lyrics: "Knock, knock, knock on my hotel door / I don't even know if she knows what for / She was crying on my shoulder / I already told 'ya / Trust and respect is what we do this for"