When it comes to working out, celebrities are just like us. Sometimes, they need that extra push to motivate them to hit the gym and sweat it out. What fires them up? More often than not, it’s an excellent workout music playlist. Ever wonder what songs international pop star Katy Perry listens to when she needs to get in shape for a worldwide concert tour, or the songs that the First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama listens to during her kickboxing sessions? Luckily for you, we’ve curated a list of workout songs that inspire our favorite celebrities to go the extra mile. Maybe you’ll even discover a song or two to add to your own workout music playlist.
Miranda Kerr’s Workout Music
Australian supermodel and former Victoria’s Secret Angel Miranda Kerr is naturally stunning, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t work hard to keep her body in tip-top shape. When she’s not strutting down runways or finger painting with her son Flynn, she’s usually trying to sneak in a workout. Her go-to exercises typically consist of Pilates, ballet and yoga. To get into the right frame of mind, Kerr relies on her eclectic workout music playlist that includes everything from classical composers like Mozart and Chopin to upbeat jams like “Work” by Rihanna featuring Drake and “NO” by Meghan Trainor, according to StyleCaster.
Michelle Obama’s Workout Music
U.S. President Barack Obama’s right-hand woman needs no introduction. The First Lady’s passion for raising awareness about healthy living inspired her “Let’s Move” campaign, which seeks to end childhood obesity. As the face of this campaign, Michelle Obama is a huge proponent of living a physically active lifestyle. So, how does she stay fit and maintain her famously toned arms? Her regular workout routine consists of jump-roping, weight lifting and boxing. And she keeps it fun by listening to her favorite workout music. Women’s Health reports that her go-to songs include classics like “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” by Stevie Wonder and “Unbreakable” by Michael Jackson, as well as more contemporary music like “Love Song” by Sara Bareilles and “I Was Here” by Beyoncé.
Jillian Michaels’ Workout Music
If there’s any celebrity you’d want workout music recommendations from, it’s personal trainer Jillian Michaels. You may recognize her from her appearances on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” and her own series “Losing It with Jillian.” Michaels whips her clients into shape by coaching them through strength training techniques, including kickboxing, yoga, Pilates, plyometrics and weight training. When it comes to her own workouts, this fitness superstar focuses on high-tempo beats to motivate her through the most grueling sets. According to Fitness Magazine, some of her go-to pump-up songs include “Judas” by Lady Gaga, “Down on Me” by Jeremih featuring 50 Cent, “Run the World (Girls)” by Beyoncé, “Everyday (Coolin’)” by Swizz Beatz featuring Eve, and she even enjoys a little Snoop Dogg every now and then.
Katy Perry’s Workout Music
Pop singer Katy Perry is famous for her flamboyant personality, powerhouse vocals and her amazingly fit physique. But getting in shape for an international world tour doesn’t come easy. When she really needs to buckle down, the singer makes time to exercise with her personal trainer five times a week, focusing on short, high-intensity workouts, including lunges and hip thrusts, as well as jump-roping. When she’s not gearing up for a big tour, Perry’s preferred form of exercise is getting some fresh air and taking long hikes around Los Angeles, rather than hitting the gym. She uses this time to relax and catch up on new music. According to Access Hollywood, Perry’s favorite artists to listen to while hiking include Solange Knowles and Sky Ferreira. She’s also a big fan of “Closer” by Canadian indie pop duo Tegan and Sara.
Kendall Jenner’s Workout Music
Now 20 years old, American fashion model Kendall Jenner has made quite a name for herself since her first appearance on the E! reality TV show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” where her older half-sisters — Kim, Khloé and Kourtney Kardashian — dominated the limelight. Today, she’s walking the runways for high fashion designers, starring in multiple editorials and cover shoots for various international Vogue editions and acting as a brand ambassador for Estée Lauder’s multimedia ad campaigns. To get her body runway-ready, Kendall embraces an extremely active lifestyle. She shares a personal trainer with her older sister Khloé and exercises every day that she can — even when she’s traveling. Whether she’s in New York City boxing at Gotham Gym, or getting a quick workout in at a hotel gym, she never allows herself to slack off on her fitness routine. Jenner shared her current workout music playlist on her website, so you can check it out for yourself. It includes R&B jams like “Body Party” by Ciara, “Unfoolish” by Ashanti and “Ignition (Remix)” by R. Kelly.
Stephen Curry's Workout Music
The Golden State Warriors are making basketball history, and it looks like the team’s golden boy, Steph Curry, can do no wrong. When the NBA MVP manages to sink a three-point shot time after time again, you can’t help but wonder what secrets this 28-year-old has up his sleeve. Well, it turns out that the “secret” is just plain old-fashioned hard work. Curry typically heads to the Warriors’ practice gym in downtown Oakland at around 10 or 11 o’clock at night. He’ll set a goal (like sinking 500 shots) and won’t leave until he makes it happen. While he’s practicing, Curry listens to his favorite music to help him tune out all distractions. According to SFGate, his workout music playlist typically features a lot of rap (Lupe Fiasco is his favorite), R&B and heavy metal.
Hugh Jackman’s Workout Music
Hugh Jackman is a man of many talents. The Australian actor, producer and musician has starred in films ranging from romantic comedies like “Kate & Leopold” to action-horrors like “Van Helsing.” His performance in “Les Misérables” earned him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and his first Golden Globe Award for Best Actor — Motion Picture Musical or Comedy in 2013. But the role that Jackman is best known for is Wolverine, the mutant hero who possesses animal-keen senses, claws that are made of an indestructible metal and powerful regenerative abilities. To prepare his body for the “X-Men” film series, Jackman took his strength and physique to new heights by working closely with his personal trainer, David Kingsbury. To get him ready for his role in “The Wolverine,” the two would start training early in the morning, and some days were limited to just five to six hours of sleep per night. Men’s Health reports that Jackman relies on heavy metal bands like Metallica and Godsmack to get him through a particularly brutal workout.
Revamp Your Workout Playlist
Now that you know what workout music your favorite celebrities are jamming out to while getting in shape for their next movie, photoshoot or game, you can borrow their go-to pump-up songs to inspire your next workout. Load them up on the NW-A20 Series Walkman®, so you can bring these workout songs with you to the gym, on a hike or wherever your next exercise session takes you.