Turn It Up! Here's What Stars Are Listening to at the Gym
Alba revealed her workout playlist to us in 2014, and it's just ... so perfect. "No Scrubs" by TLC, "Drunk in Love" by Beyoncé and "Roar" by Katy Perry rank among her top tracks. Alba also opened up about her fitness philosophy. "As I've gotten older and after I became a mom, it became more of a priority to be healthy for the right reasons. It's more important to have a balanced approach instead of trying to be perfect," she said. "I don't deprive myself ... I have [junk] if I want it. When I do feel that I am depriving myself, I find that I binge. That's not a balanced way to go about it."
The Strong Looks Better Naked author and gym fanatic says she has a "spin-spirational" workout playlist that includes Beyoncé's "Run the World (Girls)" and Christina Aguilera's "Fighter." Kardashian opened up about her go-to workout on her app and website: "I don't just love SoulCyle and Cycle House for the workout – for me, spinning is all about the music!" She continued: "The playlist makes or breaks my spin experience. The right songs pump me up, get me in the groove and make me push through the pain."
As of earlier this year, Kardashian was sweating it out to Kanye West's most recent album, The Life of Pablo. "Warning: when listening to Highlights in the gym and @ElDeBarge and @TheKingDream sing, you may start singing really loud. #TheLifeofPablo," she captioned a mirror selfie at the gym.
In 2014, the actress and Fabletics cofounder opened up about the music that energizes her at the gym. "Music for me is one of the most motivating factors, maybe because I danced for a long time as a hobby," Husdon told PEOPLE. "Sometimes a really earnest sad depressing song will actually be what motivates me. I'll just start doing really bad contemporary dance to some really emotional song. When I want a good workout I like old school hip hop — "Can I Kick It" always seems to get me revved up. Aerosmith's Big Ones is also a great album to put on when working out — Steven Tyler at his best. It's nostalgic and hard-hitting. And then of course anything girlie. Beyoncé is great. Any of the beautifully empowered females."
In an essay for Refinery29 on training for the N.Y.C. Marathon, Keys revealed that she doesn't actually listen to music when she's working out ... she listens to audio books. Her favorites? A New Earth (Eckhart Tolle), Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates), Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie), The Invention of Wings (Sue Monk Kidd) and God Help the Child (Tony Morrison). "But as much as I love music, what keeps me going on long runs are audiobooks," she wrote. "They're mentally stimulating and do an incredible job of keeping me engaged. There's always the next thing happening in the book, the next place the story takes me."
The celebrity trainer has some words of wisdom when it comes to workout music: Keep it fast and positive. "Sad country ballads and slow operas may not energize as much as something a little faster and with a more pronounced bass line. Try to stick to upbeat, positive music. Rihanna, Kesha, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry are consistently upbeat and usually sing about happy, fun stuff (and all happen to be clients)," he wrote in a blog post for PEOPLE. "For the most part, faster music best suits cardio: the higher the beats per minute (BPM), the faster you're going to want to move. If you're jogging, find something that matches your pace. If you're doing wind sprints, maybe trance or hard rock. Like Bizarre Inc.'s 'I'm Gonna Get You.'"
Phelps revealed his go-to warm-up music of the 2016 Olympic Games during a Facebook Live chat with PEOPLE. "I went back to 2003 and 2004 Eminem," the 24-time gold medalist said of his pre-race music of choice. Phelps added that Lil Wayne, Steve Aoki, Nero and Skrillex also made his pump-up playlist. "I was just trying to really get going and really get amped right before I would walk out and [the music] helped a lot – I was sometimes tired," he said.