10 motivational mixtapes to get your fitness regime back on track

Hitting the gym after the calorific overload that is Christmas?

We’ve compiled a list of adrenalin-packed mixtapes aimed at easing you back into the routine.

1. Alexis Hot Chip DJ Set

This offering from Hot Chip frontman Alexis Taylor may be a number of years old, but it more than stands the test of time. Encompassing everything from classic house to hip hop, with sprinkles of grime and disco and even Jimi Hendrix thrown in, this is guaranteed to get you out of bed and into the gym despite the cold and miserable weather. Featuring tracks from Hot Chip, Joe Smooth, Jay Z, Yellow Magic Orchestra , Wiley, Ludacris and many more.

2. Jon Phonics & DJ Milktray (Milkmakerz) Mix For Astral Black

What this mix lacks in length it more than makes up for in quality. Littered with R&B and hip hop throughout, with the occasional Sean Paul number to keep listeners on their toes, this works well for a quick treadmill session or for a lengthy warm up for those wishing to stay longer.

3. Jackmaster Dummy Mix

Glaswegian Jack Revill, aka Jackmaster, has put out some of the most motivational mixes of the last decade, so narrowing it down to one in particular is challenging. However, this mix for Dummy Mag is an all out feel-good selection of dance classics from Stardust’s ‘Music Sounds Better With You’, to Modjo’s ‘Lady’, to Armand Van Helden’s ‘You Don’t Know Me’, and will more than get you through even the toughest, most challenging of workouts.

4. DJ EZ RBMA Boiler Room

A classic Boiler Room from arguably the most technically gifted garage DJ of all time, this is blessed with DJ EZ’s trademark, swift mixing style from start to finish. Never lacking in energy, and with a healthy selection of garage anthems (with a bit of Lethal Bizzle thrown in for good measure), EZ is sure to keep you on your toes throughout your training and make any workout fly by in next to no time.

5. Denis Sulta Boiler Room

Denis Sulta is a young Glaswegian DJ and producer whose rise to fame is showing no signs of letting up, and his debut Boiler Room appearance is testament to that. A well executed selection of disco, house, and including everything from Sulta’s own productions to an edit of Jackie Moore’s classic, ‘This Time Baby‘, this builds in energy throughout – a surefire way to instill some motivation into even the laziest of days.

6. Jamie XX Boiler Room x Young Turks DJ Set

Despite being under the age of 30, Jamie XX’s impressive musical career boasts an enviable production catalogue, alongside a well deserved reputation as a DJ, and that’s not to mention his work with The XX. This Boiler Room demonstrates his diverse tastes, showcasing classic house, a number of his own productions, alongside several garage and grime cuts, and is a certified way to get you through your workout, from the warm up right to the final stretch down.

7. Bicep – Essential Mix

Starting as it does on an a capella track discussing bodybuilding, and produced by the notorious DJ duo Bicep, this could not be more suited to those looking to bulk up over the winter months, although that’s not to say it wouldn’t work equally well for a cardio based workout. Made up of a vast selection of emotive, high octane house tracks, Bicep are set to keep you going no matter what the situation holds.

8. Bonobo Essential Mix

Alongside putting out one of the most influential albums of 2013, North Borders, Simon Green, aka Bonobo, is also a highly gifted DJ. Starting off calm and harmonious, Green builds the tempo throughout, whilst always maintaining a strong focus on melody. This Essential Mix brings together both his own productions, alongside a firm selection of songs from the likes of Maya Jane Coles, Jungle and Maribou State, and is one to ease you back into a fitness routine after the “one too many” mince pies that come in tow with the Christmas period.

9. Eclair Fifi Fact Mix

With her trademark blend of R&B, hip hop, house, disco and whatever else finds it way into her record bag, Eclair Fifi creates an energy in her sets which can be easily burned off in the gym. From legendary disco numbers like Midnight Star’s ‘Midas Touch’ to R&B slow burners from the Whitehead Bros, to a number of releases from her own label, LuckyMe, this mix caters for all tastebuds.

10. Dimitri From Paris Live @ The Berkley Suite Glasgow

Filled with a vast selection of uplifting, disco edits and soulful house numbers from start to finish, Dimitri From Paris amasses such a force of positive energy in a manner that is truly unique to him. There’s not a dull moment in this mix, leaving the listener itching for more – guaranteed to leave you feeling energised and enthralled at the end of a gym session.

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