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Podcast vs. Music: What's the Best Workout Companion?

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Welcome back to the Total Source Fitness blog! At Total Source Fitness, we live by our motto: GO HARD OR GO HOME! But when it comes to going hard, what’s your best workout companion—music or podcasts? Let’s dive into the pros and cons of each to help you decide.

The Case for Music


Music can give you a motivation boost. Upbeat and fast-paced songs can provide that extra push to power through tough workouts, elevate your mood, and enhance performance. Music can help you maintain a steady pace, whether you’re running, cycling, or lifting weights. Matching your movements to the beat can improve your coordination and rhythm. A great playlist can help distract you from the physical strain, making workouts feel less intense and more enjoyable.


Without regularly updating your playlist, the same songs can become monotonous. Over time, even your favorite tracks might lose their motivational edge. While music can pump you up, it doesn’t engage your mind in the same way a podcast can, which might make longer workouts feel tedious.

The Case for Podcasts


Podcasts can turn your workout into a learning opportunity. Whether it’s fitness tips, true crime stories, or comedy, engaging content can make time fly, especially during longer, less intense workouts. With an endless variety of podcasts available, you can switch topics and genres to keep things fresh. Podcasts can help you unwind and focus, which can be beneficial for low-impact activities like walking or stretching. Some podcasts are specifically designed to motivate and inspire, offering advice, success stories, and positive affirmations.


Focusing too much on a podcast might detract from your intensity, especially during high-energy workouts. Detailed or complex topics might pull your focus away from your form and breathing. Unlike music, podcasts don’t offer a rhythmic beat to sync your movements with, which might affect your pacing and performance.

Top 10 Spotify Podcasts for Your Workout

  1. The Joe Rogan Experience - Dive into long-form conversations with Joe Rogan and his eclectic range of guests.

  2. Stuff You Should Know - Learn something new every day with this informative and entertaining podcast.

  3. TED Talks Daily - Get inspired with short, powerful talks from TED conferences.

  4. The Daily - Stay updated on current events with this news podcast from The New York Times.

  5. The Mindset Mentor - Boost your motivation and mindset with Rob Dial’s inspiring episodes.

  6. The Tim Ferriss Show - Explore tips and strategies for optimizing performance from high achievers.

  7. Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard - Enjoy deep, insightful conversations with a variety of guests.

  8. Crime Junkie - If true crime fascinates you, this podcast will keep you hooked during your workouts.

  9. The Minimalists Podcast - Learn how to live a more meaningful life with less.

  10. WorkLife with Adam Grant - Understand the science of work and how to make it better.

Which is Better?

Ultimately, the choice between music and podcasts comes down to personal preference and the type of workout you’re doing. For high-intensity sessions, music might be your best bet to keep the energy high and your spirits up. For longer, steady-state workouts or those times when you want to multitask, podcasts can keep you entertained and mentally engaged.

Final Thoughts

At Total Source Fitness, we encourage you to try both options and see what works best for you. Mix it up—start with a motivating playlist to get your heart pumping, then switch to an intriguing podcast to keep your mind occupied as you cool down. Remember, the key is to GO HARD OR GO HOME—whether you’re rocking out to your favorite tunes or diving into the latest episode of your go-to podcast.

What’s your preference? Share your favorite workout playlists and podcast recommendations with us in the comments below!

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