Music as Motivation + A playlist for YOU!

Alright my babes (& dudes) – who’s trying to get in shape for Spring & Summer? It’s never too late. I’m obviously just getting back into it this year and let me tell you it is NOT easy starting basically from scratch (more on this later.) Prior to baby, I was diligent and pretty awesome [not to toot my own horn] at making monthly workout playlists that I loved. I used them for both personal use and for teaching my boot camp classes.  I started doing this again and honestly my music has been my life saver in the gym these past few weeks when I’ve needed more than an extra push. 

I’m here to tell you that if you take the time to make a good, motivating playlist full of jams that you love, it will kick start your workout and keep you going. It’s kind of like a pre-workout without all the chemicals, lol. When I make a REALLY awesome list, I honestly get excited to go workout so that I can listen to it! Dorky huh? If you make playlists you know you love, you’ll spend less time fiddling with your music and more time on your workout. Start here: 

Invest in a Music Service
Gone are the days of napster and limewire (damn) so it may cost to have unlimited tunes. Good news is that the music is much better quality than in 1998 as well. I personally use Spotify, where I can make unlimited playlists, follow others, and I don’t have to download the songs to my phone, which can take up a ton of space. I’ve heard Apple Music is awesome too – I just haven’t made the switch or tried because I am happy with Spotify. Am I so behind on times? LMK if I need to try Apple Music! Yes I pay a monthly fee, but it is worth it for my personal goals to invest in this service.
Identify What Type of Music Motivates YOU
When browsing for music, you’ll slowly start to learn that a certain type of music really gets you going. Whether it’s techno, rap, country, or classical – identify it and fill your que with this type of music. Everyone is different. You’ll see below when I share my playlist that all of the music I listen to is pretty similar.
Follow Others’ Playlists/Stations or Make Your Own
Once you identify the type of music you like best, you can follow playlists of this genre or begin to make your own. I like to name my playlists by either tying to a goal, a time period, or day of the week (ex: Spring Break Jams, April 2016, or Mon/Wed/Fri Mix.) My latest is a combo titled, “Back to Shape – April 2016.” I’m constantly editing throughout the month, and when I wear that playlist out, I just make another. Another perk of unlimited services. If you workout every day, it’s good to set up different lists for different days so they stay fresh.


Get Your Butt to the Gym
Seriously the hardest part is getting ready and going. Once you’re there, turn on your jams and just start – you will get in a groove and make it happen. Promise!

“Back to Shape-April 2016”
Never Forget You – Zara Larson
Sex – Cheat Codes
Drive – Glades
Where You Are (Radio Version) – Hillsong Young & Free
I Took A Pill in Ibiza (SeeB Remix) – Mike Posner
Fast Car (Radio Edit) – Jonas Blue
Light it Up (Remix [feat. Nyla & Fuse ODG]) – Major Lazer
Never Be Like You (feat. Kai) Wave Racer Remix – Flume
Ignition/Do You… (Mashup) – Phoebe Ryan
Come Back to Me – Urban Cone
Kiss Me – Rebel
Rock Bottom – Hailee Steinfeld
Stitches (Seeb Remix) – Shawn Mendes
Work from Home (Workout Mix) – DJ Recess
Wild Things (Workout Mix) – Veronica Jax
Drive (Mt. Eden Remix) – Glades
Her (Loving You) – Glades
Until You Were Gone (Boehm Remix) – The Chainsmokers
Running Out (Sumaraii Remix) – Matoma
Takes My Body Higher (feat. Lincoln Jesser) – Shoffy
Mine (Michael Keenan Remix) – Phoebe Ryan
Roses (The Him Remix) – The Chainsmokers
I’d love to share this mix with you! To get this playlist, you can:
  1. Follow me on spotify here 
  2. Go straight to the playlist here
  3. Leave me a comment below with your Spotify name or email and I will send directly to you
  4. Listen below straight from the embedded playlist
Happy Listening & Happy Friday!! I hope you had an amazing weekend and have an inspired week!
❤ Kayla




  1. Hannah Ulrich

    Thanks for sharing this playlist! I am also always on the lookout for new jams to push me through my workouts. After scrolling through some of your playlists, I thought it was funny that we both name our updated workout playlists using 2.0, 3.0, etc. haha 🙂

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