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Cardio Drumming: The Ultimate Workout Playlist

March to the beat of your own drum with one of the latest (and most fun!) fitness trends! Cardio drumming takes a simple movement - drumming - and turns it into a full-body workout that will leave you smiling, sweating, and feeling great.

What is cardio drumming?

Cardio drumming brings together drumsticks, an exercise ball, and an exercise ball stand to create one of the most fun workouts you’ll ever do. Using the exercise ball and the floor as your drum, and mixing in fun moves, cardio drumming turns keeping a rhythm into a workout you won’t want to stop.

What are the benefits of cardio drumming?

There are many! Cardio drumming will raise your heart rate and help you burn hundreds of calories, improve your coordination and ability to focus, and help strengthen many muscle groups, including your core. The best part about cardio drumming? It’s fun! Studies have shown that when people find workouts they enjoy and have fun with, they’re more likely to stick with their routine. 

Where should I do my cardio drumming workout? What do I need?

Cardio drumming is a great workout to do at home, since you’ll only need drumsticks, an exercise ball, and an exercise ball stand. Some of our favorite videos we listed below use multiple exercise balls to enhance the intensity of the workout. Finally, if you’re looking to use these videos as-is, we recommend getting multiple exercise balls and grabbing a friend!


With the right music playlist and some YouTube videos for inspiration, your fun, total-body workout awaits! Watch all these videos together for a 25-minute at-home cardio fitness drumming workout, or draw inspiration from each of these to create your own.

Todd Rundgren - Bang on the Drum All Day (3:30)

Can you think of a more fitting song to get this workout started? We most certainly cannot. The angle of this video provides the perfect perspective to mimic the moves at home. With the medium tempo of this song and the fun nature of the beat, this is the perfect song to kick off your fitness drumming workout!

The Black Eyed Peas - I Got a Feeling (4:10)

Now that your muscles are warmed up, take it up a notch with this fun, dance-worthy beat. Especially during the bridge, the tempo picks up, so we hope you’re ready to really get into it!

LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem (4:25)

Keep the workout alive with Party Rock Anthem! A little slower than “I Got A Feeling,” it will help cool your body down a bit before picking up the pace for the next song. The angle on this video is another great one for following along from home.

Lady Gaga - Poker Face (3:51)

You’re over halfway done with your at-home workout! Lady Gaga always keeps us inspired and “Poker Face” is no different. This song is the perfect balance of tempos - you’ll have quick, upbeat movements and slower moments of recovery.

Kenny Loggins - Footloose (3:50)

One last upbeat song before the cool down. You got this! “Footloose” is an upbeat classic that will get your muscles. This is one of our favorite songs for an at-home cardio fitness drumming workout!

Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars (4:20)

The tempo of this pop hit is great for a cool down! After working up a sweat (and hopefully having some fun!), Uptown Funk is a great way to begin recovery.