For a short time while I lived in New York City, I went to this super damn fancy gym (like, the dressing rooms had a eucalyptus steam room and Kiehl’s products and free tampons). I got a discount through work, and even though I’d never been a gym-goer, I thought maybe if I belonged to a gym it would inspire me to be less… stationary. I say belonged, but I never really belonged there, mostly because I’m not a person who likes to do structured workouts or work out at all really.
Because this gym was less like a gym gym and more like a spa that happened to have workout equipment in it, I didn’t totally hate it. I learned that I actually like to run (short distances at least) and that I get a delirious amount of satisfaction from elliptical machines (tip: try going BACKWARDS). Anyway, there was this guy I’d see occasionally who was incredibly fit and incredibly energetic and I loved to watch him while I huffed and puffed my way through a mile. Not only did he murder the stairmaster, he would flat-out dance like it was his last day on earth the whole time. I’m talking full-out: air punches, whooping, gyrating hips, all of it. I never got to the point of giving few enough fucks to do the same, but I was dancing on the inside.
This playlist is to inspire us all to be like that guy when we’re working out, and even when we’re not.
Playlist: Workout Songs to Stay Home and Dance to
Warrior – Kimbra
Echelon (It’s My Way) – Angel Haze
212 – Azealia Banks w/ Lazy Jay
A Milli – Lil Wayne
Latch – Disclosure w/ Sam Smith
Bad Girls – M.I.A.
7/11 – Beyoncé
Ni**as In Paris – JAY Z w/ Kanye West
Psy–Chic – Ssion
Sorry – Justin Bieber
WTF (Where They From) – Missy Elliott w/ Pharrell Williams
Set Me Free – Original Mix – Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique
Dark Horse – Katy Perry w/ Juicy J
I Run This Club – Cakes da Killa
Rebel Girl – Bikini Kill
TiK ToK – Ke$ha
Lose My Breath – Destiny’s Child
Starships – Nicki Minaj
Wet Dollars – Tink w/ Tazer
S&M – Rihanna
Wish You Would – Mykki Blanco w/ Princess Nokia
Closer – Tegan and Sara