The Beat Goes On
As a popular instructor for 16 years at Barry’s Bootcamp ( in Sherman Oaks — a workout hot spot for Los Angeles fitness-istas — Martin George knows full well the motivational power of music. And at Barry’s, where celebs like Kim Kardashian, Jay-Z, P. Diddy and Michael Strahan might drop in to feel the burn, instructors know they must tap into the current music zeitgeist and kill the room every day with primo tunes.

“Every day is different, depending on my mood,” George notes of his playlists. “But we always want a strong, driving beat … something around 120 to 136 beats per minute.”

What songs would make George’s Top 15, all-time best workout songs? Here are his picks (at least for one particular day):
  1. “Where the Streets Have No Name” — U2
  2. “Shut Up and Let Me Go” — The Ting Tings
  3. “Finally” (Roman Hunter Remix) — CeCe Peniston
  4. “Night of Your Life” — David Guetta (featuring Jennifer Hudson)
  5. “Let’s Groove” (MySpace Mashup Mix) — The Foundation (featuring Deskee)
  6. “Applause” — Lady Gaga
  7. “100% Pure Love” (Spencer & Hill Radio Edit) — Selda
  8. “Survivor” — Destiny’s Child
  9. “Let’s Go” — Calvin Harris (featuring Ne-Yo)
  10. “Sexy Back” — Justin Timberlake
  11. “Moves Like Jagger” — Maroon 5
  12. “Firework” — Katy Perry
  13. “Give It To Me” (Paul Oakenfold Remix) — Madonna
  14. “Raise Your Glass” — Pink
  15. “Don’t Stop the Music” — Rihanna