Let's be real, you can't release a track where the chorus features the line "let's get physical" without explicitly acknowledging that you're making a reference to Olivia Newton-John's hit single. British singer Dua Lipa just went one better, shooting her own '80s-style workout video to accompany the remix of 'Physical', one of the lead singles from her upcoming album Future Nostalgia.
An homage to old-fashioned aerobics classes, the new 'Physical' video includes gloriously tacky neon gymwear, and a colorful lineup of workout buddies named Ginger Snap, Good Ol' Steve, Chitter & Chad, Extra-Va, Bruce the Juice, Sunny & Delight, Tardy B & Upset, and Shay & Dee. Lipa, naturally, plays the class instructor.
The 'Physical' workout consists of a whole bunch of different moves, including the Hip Thruster (famously employed in that Eric Prydz video back in 2004), the Fonda (a wink and nod to workout video queen Jane Fonda), the Step Back Step Touch, and the highly suggestive Rump Shaker and Crybaby.
But it's not just the lip service to vintage aerobics videos that makes 'Physical' such a great workout song; it's an uptempo dance pop banger, which is exactly what you need on your gym playlist — just ask science.
"We found that listening to high-tempo music while exercising resulted in the highest heart rate and lowest perceived exertion compared with not listening to music," says Professor Luca P. Ardigò of the University of Verona, lead author of a study which reveals that the right playlist can transform your workout.
If you're in need of further inspo after adding 'Physical' to your gym playlist, check out Men's Health on Spotify. We've got you covered.
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