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The HC Team Weighs In: Workout Music

Half the battle of working out may be just getting there — but the next battle is having the right music to keep you motivated throughout the sweating. Check out the music that keeps the collegiettes at Her Campus going and let us know what you like to work out to by leaving a comment below!

“Where Have You Been” by Rihanna. It’s just really upbeat and sassy. It never hurts to feel sassy on the treadmill.
– Kenyatta Giddings, Campus Correspondent, University of Texas

“Countdown” by Beyoncé is the ultimate workout song. It’s super upbeat and Beyoncé’s voice is incredible. If you haven’t seen the Snuggie music video, go check it out!
– Hannah Orenstein, High School Editor, New York University

I will always love to work out to “Waka Waka” by Shakira because in high school it was on our soccer warm-up playlist and it will forever get me pumped up!
– Rachel Crocetti, Campus Correspondent, Hofstra University

“Fighter” by Christina Aguilara. This song makes me want to get pumped up and go for a great workout, plus the beat is perfect for the elip!
– Gillian Katz, Contributing Writer, Colby College

“Feel Again” by OneRepublic because I love to work out to songs with a good beat, because when I feel like I’m going to collapse on a run, I need something to keep me going!
– Quinn Keaney, Campus Correspondent, University of Pittsburgh

“Work Hard, Play Hard” by Wiz Khalifa. There’s nothing like a song that keeps repeating “work hard” to motivate me to keep going with my cardio!
– Michelle Lewis, Life Editor, UNC Chapel Hill

My favorite song to work out to right now is “Glad You Came” by Timeflies. I am obsessed with Cal Shapiro (the lead vocalist) and his freestyles are so witty (and sexy)! The song just motivates me to work out and look as amazing as possible.
– Leta Stevens, Campus Correspondent, Purdue University

Well, since I’m the last one on earth not to have a portable music player (I listen to the radio in my room while I work out), I don’t have a specific go-to song like others might. But I will definitely pump up the volume on Kelly Clarkson’s Stronger whenever it comes on. It’s an awesome song to listen to while doing pushups.
– Andrew Bensch, Real Live College Guy, San Francisco State University

“One More Night” by Maroon 5. It has a great rhythm to jog to, and the mixture of melodies keeps you distracted so you don’t realize how long you’ve been running when you put it on repeat.
– Elizabeth Tompkins, Editorial Intern, The College of William and Mary

“Stronger,” by Kelly Clarkson. I am an unabashed Kelly Clarkson fan, and the chorus of her latest song is particularly good for long runs, when you’re tired and miserable and want to stop running, but then all of a sudden ‘WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU MAKES YOU STRONGER” comes on and you’re like “oh yeah, I got this.”
– Maddy Foley, Contributing Writer, Kenyon College

“Vogue” by Madonna. It’s got a great beat, and it makes an hour on the elliptical feel a little more glamorous.
-Emilie Sintobin, Editorial Intern, Boston College

“Original Don” by Major Lazer. It’s so fun and the beats keep me motivated!
– Alexa Johnson, Campus Correspondent, James Madison University

“Lucky Strike” by Maroon 5.
Kelsey Damassa, Contributing Writer, Boston College

“Some Nights” by Fun. It’s so inspiring!
– Mary Bryce Hargis, Campus Correspondent, University of Southern California  

Cara Sprunk has been the Managing Editor of Her Campus since fall 2009. She is a 2010 graduate of Cornell University where she majored in American Studies with a concentration in cultural studies. At Cornell Cara served as the Assistant Editor of Red Letter Daze, the weekend supplement to the Cornell Daily Sun where she also wrote for the news and arts section and blogged about pop culture. In her free time Cara enjoys reading, shopping, going to the movies, exploring and writing.  
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