Get It Right, Get It Tight! 10 Fitness Videos To Prep You For The Summer

Bianca Gracie | April 1, 2015 11:25 am
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It may still be below 50 degrees in New York City (seriously, is ever going to get warmer?), but we definitely have summer on the brain! The sunny months are jut around the corner, which brings outdoor cookouts, cruising through your local parks and jetting off to the beach. But can you still fit into that teeny-tiny bikini from year’s past?

Well today (April 1), we at Idolator are here to motivate you so that you (and us as well) can reach those summer body goals! Below is our curated list (in no particular order) of ten music videos that have an fitness theme. So grab some dumbbells, strap on your sweatbands and let’s get our exercise on!

1. “Fergalicious” — Fergie

Kicking off this list is Fergie’s “Fergalicious” single, which was taken off the singer’s underrated debut — The Dutchess. The tune is based around J.J. Fad’s “Supersonic” sample that is revved up by energetic synths and a rumbling bassline. The accompanying video is a candy-colored wonderland, which includes clips of the singer up in the gym just working on her fitness! Fergie-Ferg was supposed to have a redeeming comeback last year (it obviously didn’t happen), but hopefully she can release more motivating tunes like these!

2. “The New Workout Plan” — Kanye West

Next up is Kanye West’s hilariously brilliant 2004 single, “The New Workout Plan.” In Yeezy’s most fun video to date, he teaches ladies how to transform from being a ho to a housewife. Backed by a frantic production complete with hand claps, screeching violins and a funk-inspired groove, the song makes you feel like you’re actually sweating your weave out while on a treadmill. So if you planned on snagging a baller or shot caller for the summer months, this is the video to watch!

3. “Sexercize” — Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue has always been one hot diva. But the singer’s video for her 2014 “Sexercize” single takes steamy to a whole ‘nother level! In the dimly-lit clip, she is seen bouncing on exercise balls, sweating against other women and grinding on their lady parts. WHEW, is it getting hot in here?! If the Will Davidson-directed visual does not motivate you to move your ass to the nearest gym, we don’t know what will.

4. “Na Na” — Trey Songz

This next video will also have you sweating — in more ways that one! Trey Songz’ certified-Gold “Na Na” single (released January 2014) is one hell of a romp. Featuring WWE Divas The Bella Twins and video model Rosa Acosta, the seductive black + white clip finds Trigga gawking at the ladies’ rock-hard bodys (and booties). The singer also joins in for the intense workout, which leaves them all in an endorphin-filled frenzy. Oh na na, indeed!

5. “Hung Up” — Madonna

This next video tones down the sex factor just a bit, but it is still provocative — this is Madonna we’re talking about! Her visual for 2005’s chart-loving single “Hung Up” throws it back to the 1970s, as it tributes John Travolta and the disco era of dance. Directed by John Renck, the retro-style video shows Madge rocking a cheeky pink leotard as she does warm up exercises and dances in a ballet studio. Combine the clip with the heart-pumping pop tune, and you have yourself the ultimate treadmill anthem!

6. “Here It Goes Again” — OK Go

OK Go’s video for “Here It Goes Again” is the tamest out of all the ones mentioned, but it is a classic in its own right! In the clip (released in 2006), the alternative rock band. The concept is simple: the group is seen performing a choreographed dance routine on treadmills for the one shot video. It went on to become one of the most-watched videos on Youtube with over 52 million views, but it was soon taken down from their channel. But it currently has 25 million views and counting, which means it is still motivating people even nine years later!

7. “Sexy & I Know It” — LMFAO

Next up is the colorful video for LMFAO’s 2011 single, “Sexy & I Know It.” The clip was shot in Venice, CA, and features just about everyone rocking speedos, lifting weights and shaking their junk. The lyrics to the tune itself (“And when I’m at the beach, I’m in a Speedo trying to tan my cheeks”) will have you feeling quite confident in those short-shorts you’ve been waiting to rock! I mean, the title of the song is called “Sexy & I Know It” — what more could you ask for?

8. “Play” — David Banner

Here is yet another ultra-sexy video that will get your body tight for both in and out the bedroom! David Banner’s 2005 single, “Play,” is downright naughty! The clip has physically fit ladies working out in slow motion, with the rapper acting as the very horny gym trainer. The tune combines whispering and rapping that was popular at the time (thanks Ying Yang Twins) that will have you dripping sweat all over the place. Just be sure to clean up after yourself!

9. “Don’t Look Down” — Martin Garrix feat. Usher

Let’s avert this playlist to something a little more PG, shall we? Martin Garrix’s “Don’t Look Down” video was just released last month — which is the perfect time for you to begin your workout regimen! The playful clip finds a nerdy male teen working as a country club’s towel boy. There are many poolside scenes in the video that includes various water sports. It is a cute, tongue-in-cheek visual that has us ready for the summer months!

10. “Physical” — Olivia Newton-John

Rounding out this playlist is a visual classic — Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical.” The 1981 single from the Australian singer/actress still has us breaking a sweat 33 years later! The Platinum-selling tune became her biggest-selling one in the U.S., and the video made it all the more entertaining. Directed by Brian Grant, the visual finds Newton-John playing a gym teacher who tries to get some overweight men in shape. They soon transform into muscular hunks and the singer tries to snag her a piece — but she soon realizes they are gay. It is very ’80s, but who doesn’t love the cheesiness of that decade?

Is there an exercise-themed music video that we missed? Let us know what you’ll be working out to in the comments below!

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