How To Make a DOPE Workout Playlist For Your Boxing Workouts

How To Make a [DOPE] Workout Playlist

A carefully curated workout playlist can amp up any sweat session. Learn how to create a workout music playlist for a 6-round boxing workout, beat by beat!

Published: May 27, 2021

Topics: Tips & Technique, Training

Author: Aaron Swenson

Music can make or break your workout. When I was a fitness boxing coach at a studio in Santa Monica, we used to curate a new 45-minute playlist every day, and box to the beat of the music--kind of like SoulCycle, but for boxing. At first, I thought it was kind of corny, but ultimately, I learned that music does enhance the workout.

The ebbs and flows of a thought-out playlist invoke emotion and energy. That is when I learned how to create a playlist with an arch to it, meaning, we start with a song that has a “warm-up feel to it”, build up to a fast-paced set of songs mid-workout, and then slow down the tempo for the cool down. To do this, I pay attention to the BPM (beats per minute). Certain movements work better with certain BPM.

Once you learn to count the BPM, you can start adding a movement to it (like a jumping jack) and practice syncing movements to the beat. Moving to the beat of the music adds an element of choreography to the workout, and honestly - it’s just fun!

To count the beats of the song, download an app called “Tap Tempo” and just tap the button to the beat as you listen to the song. You can count beat half-time or double-time and match movements accordingly. To curate a playlist, I prefer Apple Music, but Spotify is great, too. I recommend organizing your music based on BPM or by genre because it will make it easier to curate playlists in the future.

Let's get started! Here's an example of how to make a workout music playlist for a 6-round workout.

Warm Up: 120 - 130 BPM

  • Raise the heart rate with an active stretch

  • Engage the muscle groups that will be used during class

  • Get boxers accustomed to moving with the beat of the music

  • Recommended exercises: Active stretching, band work and stretching bar work

  • Recommended music: Pop workout songs

Round 1: 130 - 155 BPM

  • Demonstrate and teach the 6 punches, kicks, and 2 defensive moves

  • Create a “push” with calisthenics that help to spark the heart rate

  • Recommended exercises: Introductory drills and basic boxing punches, kicks, defensive moves, calisthenics

  • Recommended music: Anything that energizes you

Round 2: 135 - 160 BPM (Climax)

  • Start to create simple, 2 - 3 punch / kick combinations, option to add in footwork (1-2-3, 1-2 step, 1-2 slip, 1-2 rolls)

  • Build in calisthenics during the push of the song

  • Introduce kicks if it’s a kickboxing class

  • Recommended exercises: Simple 2 - 3 punch and kick combinations, footwork drills, basic kicks, calisthenics

  • Recommended music: Remixes

Round 3: 150 - 160 BPM

  • Review the 6 punches and kicks on the bag with a catchy, easy-to-keep beat

  • Half-time to double-time / high and low punches

  • Keep it on the heavy bag, no plyos during this song

  • Work both stances (southpaw / orthodox) for advanced boxers

  • Recommended exercises: Basic boxing punches and kicks, boxing stances

  • Recommended music: EDM

Round 4: 170 - 180 BPM

  • Faster-paced 3-punch and kick combos (1-2-3 / 2-3-2) or 2 punches + 1 defensive move

  • Incorporate sets of plyometrics and calisthenics: Squat jumps, jump switch lunges, etc.

  • Recommended exercises: 3-punch and kick combos, defensive moves, plyometrics

  • Recommended music: Classic rock

Round 5: 140-180 BPM (Climax)

  • Depending on the length of your songs you may have 2 or 3 additional bag songs

  • 6 - 7 punch / kick combo (should be built up)

  • Off-beat punching sets work great for certain songs where the beat fades away

  • Bring boxers back on the beat when the music suggests

  • Practice syncopated combinations (sharp punches, fast)

  • Continue to incorporate plyometrics and think about varying from strengthening to cardio

  • Make it heroic!

  • Recommended exercises: 6 - 7 punch and kick combos, fast and sharp punches on the boxing bag, plyometrics

  • Recommended music: Remixes

Round 6: Cool Down

  • Play something calming and chill to cool down

  • Calm the nervous system

  • Recommended exercises: Static stretches (held for 10 seconds)

  • Recommended music: R&B or reggae

Making music playlists can take time, but it does make a difference in the workout. The more you do it, the easier that it gets. Now, when that beat drops, I want you to go HAM! I am excited to see how this adds to your FightCamp workouts. Keep going!


Speedy Swenson

How Can I Stream Music For My Workout?

FightCamp Music Streaming

Follow these 6 steps in the FightCamp App to stream music through Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, and SoundCloud for your workouts.

1. Go into the FightCamp app and select the workout that you'd like to do.

2. At the top of the screen select the music icon.

3. The Music Drawer will open and you'll have the option to choose FightCamp Radio, Music Apps, or No Music at all. That's right, FightCamp radio is still available for you.

4. Now, if you'd like to choose your own music select the "Music Apps" icon. This will open up the compatible apps that you already have installed on your device.

5. Select the Music App you want to use, choose your playlist and start your music.

6. Trackback to the workout screen and begin your FightCamp workout.

》You can also find the Music Streaming options by selecting "More" and "Music Selection" under "Settings."

》One more thing... we've also added the capability to control the audio with Music Leveling. Tap the screen during a workout to choose more Trainer, more music, balanced or no music.

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Aaron Swenson

Aaron “Speedy” Swenson began in his family’s Chicago dojo. By 2013, Aaron had two National Kickboxing titles & a USA National Kickboxing Team spot. Aaron is a Founding Coach at FightCamp & USA Boxing Coach certified.

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