Gym + my headphones blaring music = my happy place. I’m 100% the kind of person who will literally turn around if I get to the gym and I left my headphones at home. I absolutely cannot work out without music. Music gets me going, ya know!
I’m not a super hardcore K-pop fan, but I have to admit, a lot of K-pop songs are perfect for working out. There’s just something super hype about bubblegum pop, mixed with a bit of EDM and a dash of hip-hop. I’d been going back and forth between a few K-pop workout playlists but finally decided to make my own on Spotify playlist (follow it here!)
I have a few favorite songs that really get me lit or some that just have special memories for me, so I thought I’d share them with you all!
This song has a special place in my heart. When I first found out I was going to be placed in a middle school for my first year teaching in Korea, I made sure to research K-pop songs and groups so I’d have some sort of connection with them. It paid off big time. My students were absolutely floored that I knew big K-pop groups and they instantly formed a bond with me. Win!
Anyway, this was the first K-pop song I was introduced to. I fell in love with T.O.P. (because HELLO THAT VOICE AND FACE). This song is perfect for stretching it out before you get into the heart pumpin’ stuff.
This is such a smooth mid-tempo R&B song that is perfect for warming up and stretching my muscles before I work out. I’ve always been a fan of Girls Generation, so I gotta support with the solo performers, too!
I think I am actually literally obsessed with this song. Every time it comes on, I have to listen to it like three times in a row. It’s just so freaking catchy I cannot deal. It’s like the instant mood boost. There are definite times where I don’t feel like working out, but I just blast this song and BOOM. I’m ready.
AYEEEEE! Just listening to this song makes me want to move my hips and get my life. Like a lot of K-pop, it has hints of multiple genres. You get a little EDM, some hip-hop, and a catchy pop chorus. It’s the perfect song to hype me up before a ton of squats.
“Yellow gold ain’t it glow like a yellow phone
Couldn’t see me with a selfie from my telephone”
When I need to hype myself up for a big heavy lift, I play this song. I mean, CL really is one of the baddest bitches alive, and this song is the perfect song when I need to feel like I AM IT, OK?!
If I were ever going to stan a K-pop group, I think it would be 2NE1. I know they aren’t together anymore, but they were always my absolute favorite. Just the title of this song gets me hype for my workout because honestly, during the hour and a half of my workout, I really am the best. This song will ALWAYS be a jam!
What are your favorite K-pop hype songs? Do you have a K-pop workout playlist? Link me because I’d love to add it!