My Workout Playlist: Flywheel’s Josh Arden

Still running to songs of seasons past? We’re here to help! Here, we share the tunes of popular fitness instructors who’ve got a serious knack for cranking out amazingly motivating music.

Aside from an early flight to somewhere warm, there are not many things that can get me out of my bed at 5:45 a.m. Which is what makes Josh Arden, the uber-motivational instructor at Flywheel in New York City, one of the exceptions; he has me waking up with the sun not once, but three times a week.

What his class lacks in tropical drinks and sandy beaches, it more than makes up for in endorphin-pumping, pulse-raising, sweat-inducing energy. And the playlist is no slouch, either; on more than one occasion I’ve found myself singing along (sorry, bike neighbor!).

His style? “Early in the morning, I try not to slam people with loud and crazy pop remixes,” he says. Instead, each song is finely tuned to motivate you through the warm-up, climbs, and downhill sprints without being too peppy.

Can’t make it to his class? He shared with us his ultimate playlist—the earlier in the a.m. it’s played, the better. —Sarah Sarway

Looking for happy, danceable tunes to get you through a HIIT workout? We’ve got you covered.

(Photo: Josh Arden)


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