Summer Shape-up

Jenna Wolfe: What's on my workout playlist

May 10, 2012 at 3:00 AM ET

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On top of her gig as a TODAY anchor and reporter, Jenna Wolfe is also a personal trainer -- not to mention, a regular TODAY Health blogger!

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My favorite workout partner is not my best friend, or my yoga instructor or my spin teacher. My favorite workout partner is music.

Music meets me at the gym everyday (and is never late). Music gives me energy when I'm lagging. Music motivates me, inspires me, pushes me and stimulates me. A customized, unpredictable workout mix, with a good balance of high energy music, along with steady, sometimes slower-paced rhythms can turn a sluggish 30-minute routine into a 60-minute experience. In fact, a growing body of research lends scientific credence to music's motivational powers.

I have 12 different workout mixes that I change every month to keep everything fresh. I use certain mixes for strength training, others for cardio, and others still for yoga and meditative exercises. Whatever music you respond to, just make sure it's customized before you get to the gym so as to avoid constantly switching songs and distracting you from your workout.

My favorite workout songs change all the time. This week's picks will undoubtedly be different than next week's, but I'll share mine with you if you share yours with me.

1) "Wild Ones" by Flo Rida, featuring Sia

2) "Ageless Beauty" by Stars

3) "Tonight is the Night," by Outasight

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