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Top Athletes’ Workout Music

A workout playlist inspired by world-class athletes

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The next time you’re at the peak of your workout, imagine being transported straight to the thrill of a race, the roar of thousands of screaming fans cheering your name, motivating you with every step. That daydream can become a reality with a selection of workout music that world-class athletes listen to when they go for the gold. Whether you’re swimming laps at the pool and need a boost of inspiration like swimmer Missy Franklin or you’re looking for a blast of dance music to motivate you to the finish like fencer Dagmara Wozniak, these workout songs are athlete-approved to help you secure a win in all your fitness endeavours. 

Dagmara Wozniak’s Workout Music

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As a medal-winning fencer, Damara Wozniak listens to heavy bass and dance music to help pump her up before matches. According to W Magazine, her workout music playlist includes “anything with a beat” and features artists like Ellie Goulding, Major Lazer and Drake. Training nearly 16 to 19 hours each week, Wozniak uses the speed and sounds of heavy bass music to help amp her up before she takes to the mat. With the countdown to the Rio Summer Games officially underway, there’s one Goulding track that’s bound to be on Wozniak’s playlist — “Black and Gold.”

Missy Franklin’s Workout Music

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Melissa “Missy” Franklin swims laps around her competitors, winning international awards and recognition for her swimming prowess. Along with a collection of medals, she holds world records in the 4x100-meter medley relay and the 200-meter backstroke. Franklin began her swimming career at the age of five, and dove in alongside world champions when she turned 17. 

Her quest for swimming excellence will continue when she returns to the pool during the Rio Summer Games. Franklin relies on pre-swim prayers, faith and a variety of workout music to help prepare her for competition. In her playlist of pre-swim songs compiled for ESPN, some of Franklin’s favourites include Christian artist Hillsong United’s “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail),” Sam Hunt’s “Leave The Night On” and anything by the Zac Brown Band. 

Harrison Barnes’ Workout Music

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As the small forward for the Golden State Warriors and future Dallas Mavericks star, Harrison Barnes has to be ready to hit the court when the buzzer sounds. After an action-packed NBA season, Barnes will be aiming for nothing but net during the Rio Summer Games. According to UPROXX, Barnes enjoys a playlist of workout music that includes hip-hop artists like Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole and Bruno Mars, along with the smooth soprano of pop star Justin Timberlake. “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake is one of his favourites. 

Sanya Richards-Ross’ Workout Music

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Since the age of seven, Sanya Richards-Ross has been dashing around the track, racking up medals and making her way to international competitions. Unfortunately, Richards-Ross suffered a career-ending blow while trying to qualify at the U.S. Olympic trials for her fourth Games. As she accelerated into the final turn of her 400-meter preliminary heat, she felt a stab of pain in her hamstring, and instantly knew that Rio was no longer going to be in the cards. Despite this devastating turn of events, Richards-Ross continues to hold her head high, leaving behind a legacy of strength, speed and grace. If you’re curious about what Richards-Ross listens to when she needs some extra motivation, check out the workout songs she shared with ESPN. Along with the inspirational gospel music of J. Moss’ “We Must Praise,” Richard-Ross gets pumped up to reach top speeds with the powerful sounds of J. Cole’s “Love Yourz,” Nicki Minaj’s “Feeling Myself” and Omarion’s “Post To Be.” 

Wayne Rooney’s Workout Music

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Since he was 16, Wayne Rooney has been dazzling fans and fellow footballers with his superior skills as forward for Manchester United and the England national team. He was the youngest player ever to represent England, and has gone on to hold many all-time records in English football, among them all-time record goal scorer. Leading his team to victory requires the right mindset. In a playlist shared with his Twitter followers, Rooney revealed his pre-match tunes. Hoping to “Get Lucky” and secure a win, Rooney enjoys the dance music of electronic duo Daft Punk’s biggest hits, including “Touch” and “Within,” the riotous rock of Kaiser Chiefs’ “Heat Dies Down,” and gets motivated to give it his all with the fun and funk of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

Caroline Wozniacki’s Workout Playlist

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As the fifth-best tennis player in the world, Caroline Wozniacki relies on a mix of music to help motivate her before hitting the court. The former New York City Marathon runner told ESPN that she enjoys a variety of music to help calm her nerves and pump her up before a match. Her current workout music playlist includes the candy-coated pop of Taylor Swift, Sam Smith and Calvin Harris, the striking soprano of singer Céline Dion and the newest album of songwriter Tori Kelly.

Julian Edelman’s Workout Music

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As the wide receiver of the NFL’s New England Patriots, Julian Edelman has to be in the zone when the game begins. Known on and off the field for his charming personality and impeccable punt returning skills, Edelman needs workout music that pumps him up and keeps him motivated. He revealed to CoachUp that his favourite song to start kick-off with is “Trophies” from Young Money and Drake. Hip hop is Edelman’s genre of choice, with songs from Wale, Kid Cudi and Kendrick Lamar all making it on his workout playlist. 

Kick-off Your Workout

Now that you know all the inspiring songs that amp up some of your favourite world-class athletes, it’s time to sweat it out.

As you pack up your gym bag with all the necessary supplies, don’t forget to bring along a listening device that will match the seriousness of your speed. 

If your workout and training takes you into the outdoor elements, Sony’s NW-WS410 Sports Walkman® will go the distance with you, handling water, extreme temperatures and dust or grit. For those who prefer to work out indoors at home or at the local gym, the MDR-XB650BT wireless headphones pump up the bass, inspiring you to take that extra step with deep, punchy sounds. 

With these musical devices and a playlist of motivational music to inspire your training, you just might be the next world-class athlete in the making. 

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