“This playlist was pulled together and ordered following the flow of an OPT workout session. Ranging from slower music for SMR and the warm-up, to a rise in tempo for a bit of cardio, to a strong beat for strength to help keep me on track and focused on my speed of movement and rep tracking, and back to a slow tempo for the cool- down. Asking clients their favorite songs, artists or genres to create playlists is yet another opportunity to further personalize their exercise experience. Choosing music for myself versus a playlist for a group training takes on some quirky turns–sometimes these songs just make me laugh or inspire me to train harder and longer versus what I would use to help motivate others.”

Share your favorite workout playlists in the comments!


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Stacey Penney, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FNS

Stacey Penney, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FNS

Stacey Penney is the Content Strategist with NASM and AFAA. A 20+ year veteran of the fitness industry, she's worked with the top certification and continuing education groups. At NASM and AFAA she drives the content for American Fitness Magazine, blog and the social media platforms. Stacey received her degree in Athletic Training/PE from San Diego State University and an MS in Exercise Science from CalU, plus credentials in Health Promotion Management & Consulting (UCSD), Instructional Technology (SDSU), group fitness and yoga. Previous San Diego Fall Prevention Task Force Chair, she’s developed continuing education curriculum for fitness organizations in addition to personal training, writing, and co-coaching youth rec soccer.


  1. Gregory
    July 28, 2015 at 2:02 am — Reply

    Here’s a few
    Noisia – Machine Gun (16 bit remix)
    Deftones – You’ve seen the butcher
    Immediate Music – Farenheit
    Adventure Club – Do I See Color
    DJ Khaled – They Don’t Love You No More

    • July 28, 2015 at 3:55 pm — Reply

      Great list–thanks for sharing!

      • Gregory
        July 29, 2015 at 1:54 am — Reply

        No Prob

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