Are you sick and tired of the 5 doof-doof songs that get played ad nauseum at your gym?

Is your current workout playlist feeling a little stale?

Do you wish you had a playlist that transported you back to the 20th century without its wild modern stresses?

Listen, it really hit home that I was in my 30s the other day when I realised I don't know new music, I don't understand new music, and I honestly don't like it (apart from Lady Gaga, of course).

Yes, I'm well aware that it makes me a Nanna, but I also refuse to give up my side part, and baggy jeans do nothing for my ass, so it is what it is and there's nothing we can do about it.

And if you're in the same boat as me and you're looking for a workout playlist that's equal parts nostalgic and motivational, I've got you.

This bumper playlist of 137 songs contains NOTHING after 2005, and is guaranteed to contain some bangers to grapevine, chasse and sidestep to in your retro workout.

  1. Eye of the Tiger - Survivor

  2. Just Like Paradise - David Lee Roth

  3. Mambo No 5 - Lou Bega

  4. Any Way You Want It - Journey

  5. Atomic - Blondie

  6. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' - Michael Jackson

  7. Everybody (Backstreet's Back) - The Backstreet Boys

  8. Wake Me Up Before You Go Go - Wham

  9. Hollaback Girl - Gwen Stefani

  10. Just Can't Get Enough - Depeche Mode

  11. Black or White - Michael Jackson

  12. Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley

  13. The King of Wishful Thinking - Go West

  14. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper

  15. Wannabe - Spice Girls

  16. Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Pat Benatar

  17. Get Low - Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz

  18. Don't You Want Me - The Human League

  19. We Didn't Start the Fire - Billy Joel

  20. 1999 - Prince

  21. Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran

  22. Mickey - Toni Basil

  23. I Want You - Savage Garden

  24. Our Lips Are Sealed - The Go Gos

  25. Milkshake - Kelis

  26. Walking On Sunshine - Katrina & The Waves

  27. Killing In the Name - Rage Against the Machine

  28. Kids In America - Kim Wilde

  29. Young Hearts - Candi Staton

  30. I Ran (So Far Away) - A Flock of Seagulls

  31. Running on Empty - Jackson Browne

  32. Jump (For My Love) - The Pointer Sisters

  33. Fox On the Run - Sweet

  34. All Star - Smashmouth

  35. Paint It, Black - The Rolling Stones

  36. You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) - Dead or Alive

  37. My Sharona - The Knack

  38. We Will Rock You - Queen

  39. Mamma Mia - ABBA

  40. What A Feeling - Irene Cara

  41. You Get What You Give - New Radicals

  42. Born to Be Alive - Patrick Hernandez

  43. Tainted Love - Soft Cell

  44. Surrender - Cheap Trick

  45. Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics

  46. Tubthumping - Chumbawamba

  47. Maniac - Michael Sembello

  48. Don't Cha - The Pussycat Girls

  49. Beat It - Michael Jackson

  50. Rasputin - Bony M

  51. Stronger - Britney Spears

  52. Walk of Life - Dire Straits

  53. Nothin' But A Good Time - Poison

  54. Holding Out for a Hero - Bonnie Tyler

  55. Spice Up Your Life - The Spice Girls

  56. The Final Countdown - Europe

  57. Baby Got Back - Sir Mix a Lot

  58. Whip It - DEVO

  59. Bring It All Back - S Club 7

  60. Blue Monday '88 - New Order

  61. Summer of 69 - Bryan Adams

  62. Uptown Girl - Billy Joel

  63. Don't Say You Love Me - M2M

  64. Dancing In The Dark - Bruce Springsteen

  65. Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N Roses

  66. Rock You Like A Hurricane - Scorpion

  67. Stop - The Spice Girls

  68. Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins

  69. No One Like You - Scorpions

  70. The Power of Love - Huey Lewis & The News

  71. Everybody Get Up - Five

  72. Girls, Girls, Girls - Motley Crue

  73. Bootylicious - Destiny's Child

  74. Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi

  75. 5, 6, 7, 8 - Steps

  76. Cum On Feel The Noize - Quiet Riot

  77. Kick - INXS

  78. We're Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister

  79. Just A Girl - No Doubt

  80. Ace of Spades - Motorhead

  81. Under Cover of the Night - Rolling Stones

  82. Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division

  83. Waterloo - ABBA

  84. Absolutely Everybody - Vanessa Amarosi

  85. Simply Irresistible - Robert Palmer

  86. Mr Blue Sky - Electric Light Orchestra

  87. Together In Electric Dreams - Phil Oakey & Giorgio Moroder

  88. Believe - Cher

  89. The Touch - Stan Bush

  90. My Humps - Black Eyed Peas

  91. Let My Love Open the Door - Pete Townsend

  92. Lollipop (Candyman) - Aqua

  93. Play With Me - Extreme

  94. We Built This City - Starship

  95. Real Wild Child (Wild One) - Iggy Pop

  96. Destination Calabria - Alex Gaudino

  97. Let's Hear It For the Boy - Deniece Williams

  98. Cherry Pie - Warrant

  99. Call Me - Blondie

  100. Spaceman - Babylon Zoo

  101. Material Girl - Madonna

  102. Poison - Alice Cooper

  103. Working for the Weekend - Loverboy

  104. Moving On Up - M People

  105. I'm Still Standing - Elton John

  106. Barbie Girl - Aqua

  107. Everybody Have Fun Tonight - Wang Chung

  108. Cotton Eye Joe - Rednex

  109. Kickstart My Heart - Motley Crue

  110. Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

  111. Mony Mony - Billy Idol

  112. I've Been Thinking About You - Londonbeat

  113. Footloose - Kenny Loggins

  114. Tush - ZZ Top

  115. Hot Stuff - Donna Summer

  116. Another Night - Real McCoy

  117. September - Earth, Wind and Fire

  118. Born to be Wild - Steppenwolf

  119. Respect - Aretha Franklin

  120. I'll Be There for You - Rembrandts

  121. Shake Your Groove Thing - Peaches & Herb

  122. Shake That - Eminem

  123. Disco Inferno - The Trammps

  124. Things Can Only Get Better - D:Ream

  125. Don't Stop Me Now - Queen

  126. More Than a Feeling - Boston

  127. Stayin' Alive - The Bee Gees

  128. I Wanna Rock - Twisted Sister

  129. Boogie Wonderland - Earth, Wind & Fire

  130. (Shake Shake Shake) Shake Your Booty

  131. Heart of Glass - Blondie

  132. Talk Dirty to Me - Poison

  133. You Should Be Dancing - The Bee Gees

  134. The Boys Are Back in Town - Thin Lizzy

  135. Don't Stop Til You Get Enough - Michael Jackson

  136. White Wedding - Billy Idol

  137. It's My Life - Bon Jovi

It's a bit of a mix bag, but that's just the way I like it! So, what do you think? Which songs will you be adding to your workout playlist?

What have I left out - do you have any suggestions? Let me know in the comments below.

Now without further ado, onto the Captain's Log for yesterday.

If you’ve just joined us, I’m on a 90 day fitness journey and I’m logging every day of progress, including my meals and workouts, as I journey back to my health.

I’m a certified personal trainer who struggled with yo yo diets and extreme workouts until one day, I just couldn’t take it anymore and gave up on my weight altogether ... that is, until a recent health scare that landed me in the hospital (you can read more about my story here).

Now I’m on a mission to finally take charge of my health and fitness, lose weight in a healthy, self loving way and get into the best shape of my life. If you’re on a similar journey, I’d love to stay in touch.

Keep reading to read yesterday’s log, scroll to the bottom to read the previous days, and if you’d like to stay updated on the journey and receive the FREE guide that’s helped me get amazing results so far, click the pic below to be taken to the download page.



I woke up today not feeling hungry at all, so I didn't eat until about 1 pm and broke my fast with a bowl of Oat Flake and All Bran cereal (3/4 cup cereal, 1/2 cup milk).

It's rare that I don't feel like food, but it does happen, especially in summer. I tend to lose my appetite if it gets too hot. Does this happen to anyone else?


Yup - told you I wasn't hungry!

For dinner tonight I had my leftover pizza and if you can believe it, it tasted even better the second night. What is it with leftover pizza? Pasta's the same I find. As yummy as it is, it's 10 x yummier the next day!


Dessert was a Quest protein bar. Quest bars are my favourite thing - I tried a birthday cake flavour this time, but I don't think I liked it as much as the others.

My favourite Quest flavour is raspberry white chocolate. Have you tried Quest bars? What's your favourite flavour?


Kept my workout really basic today with a 30 minute feel good workout - a Mousercise blast from the past. Do any of my fellow 80s babies remember Mousercise?

I really hope they add it to Disney+!!!

Well, team, it's a short but sweet one (I spent a long time collating the playlist, so I'm out of writing juice and need to get dinner on).

Let's huddle in for a super quick motivation message.

Happiness isn't a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

We can feel happy at any moment we choose.

We can find joy in the tiny moments now.

Don't put off feeling happy until you've reached your goal. Choose to be happy now.

Choose yourself and your joy today.

Even if things aren't perfect yet.

Choose to smile, to laugh, to be kind to others, and to appreciate the little things (and yourself).

When you do that, reaching your goal becomes the cherry on top, instead of the whole sundae.

How will you choose to be happy today?

Until tomorrow, keep shining bright.

- xo, Rhi

Are you sick and tired of the 5 doof-doof songs that get played ad nauseum at your gym?  Is your current workout playlist feeling a little stale?  Do you wish you had a playlist that transported you back to the 20th century without its wild modern stresses?  If you're looking for a workout playlist that is equal parts nostalgic & motivational, I've got you with 135+ hits from the 80s, 90s and 00s. #workout #fitness #workoutplaylist #retroplaylist #retromusic #retrofitness