This is a list I have always used successfully down the gym and is my definitive top 25 songs for working out when I want to squeeze that last set out or push a little more weight.
These songs will really get your blood pumping, really motivate you and get that adrenaline flowing through your veins:, play them loud, there’s a bit of everything like rock, rap etc. so take a look:
An amazing song for when you want to lift like a mad man, this is really a tune that helped define heavy metal. If it helps you get that extra rep in then all the better.
This is a great song for getting motivated, this was produced by Phil Spector with George Harrison on guitar, it was recorded on the same day that it was written and then released a mere 10 days later, it is sure to make you move quickly too.
This is the only female entry in our list (This isn’t including LL cool J’s mama). Janis went for passion over pitch with this track as listeners are ordered to take it, well what are you waiting for?
Even Mike Tyson loved this song, once choosing as a side track whilst stepping into the ring for the first fight after serving time, the booming beats and great lyrics will get you seriously hyped.
Plant’s ungodly vocals and Bonham’s thunderstorm drumming will have you pumping iron like a berserk Viking.
Jagger may have a face like Dorian Grey downhill but has the body of someone who does a lot of cardio and here is why. The song is relatively short at 2:22 but it does put you in the mood for some serious work, whether that’s a treadmill or smith machine.
They talk about music like a weapon which is how I see it in a construction sort of way of course, the song is heavy on rage and a really good weight lifting title.
This powerful composition plays a large role in Apocalypse now, set the volume high and you might just get that personal best.
On days when you are struggling to get mean then get the walk on, maybe as in walking through a brick wall, this is a locker room fave about a back stabbing friend that will hit a nerve somewhere.
There is a reason this is from the groups best-selling album ‘Solid Gold Hits’, it mixes old school soul groove with hip hop which really helps you dig that last scrap of energy from the bottom of the barrel.
You really can be inspired by an actual bodybuilder here – three-time Mr.Olympia. Ver Dylan esque in a muscle head kind of way.
This great band has put out plenty of great workout tracks (Under Pressure, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions), this comes out above the rest with its heavy bass and brash sentiment.
Some people don’t like Eminem very much but this tune really is noteworthy for a workout, pulsating bass line, mesmerizing lyrics and the message is Ali-esque. Don’t let anyone talk you out of getting what you want.
This is Nu-Metal at it’s finest, a great classic with lyrics that help promote the right attitude to really punish those weights.
We have all been in the situation where someone is dawdling hogging the bench, when you do finally get settled in send that rage into extra reps.
Even if you think of classical music as the Black Crowes you will know this booming composition, Tchaikovsky himself said it was not artistic but when you have cannons who cares?
Some songs eventually become great training companions or they are already great, this particular song from Rocky is definitely the latter, hearing those trumpets makes you want to put on your tracksuit, climb several hundred steps after downing 6 eggs raw.
LL’s rep was at the lowest point when he launched this song onto the hip-hop scene, thumping bass and scorching beats will help you reclaim that aggression.
The guy next to you is sucking in air like an overweight marathon runner whilst you are pumping out muscle-building dumbbell rows, this is because your ears are being assaulted by the inspiring sounds of Kurt Cobain.
As scathing as it is explicit, this was 2 Pac’s verbal assault on Notorious B.I.G. whilst bragging about sleeping with a certain someone’s wife, this song brims with anger and cockiness for when you need extra help in the gym.
This was classed as hard rock in the 80’s and lyrics were really cheesy, but it did work for Rocky so will work for you.
Gives you exactly the mindset you need to enter the gym, powerful lyrics, shattering bass and staccato beats will have you in an aggressive state ready to tackle that first set with gusto.
Nothing is more masculine than this little number, Back In Black will be cranked up for as long as there is a sound system.
Heavy riffs and rhythms, really is the ultimate song when training heavy, when listening to Lars Ulrich smash those drums you just get some serious motivation to hit the weights.
When you think about it the gym is a jungle, with Axl’s snarling vocals and Slash’s impressionable power chords, they will have you repping like a mad man. If you want proof this really is the ultimate song then think about this, when Dorian Yates was training for his six Mr.O titles this song was nearly always played on leg days.
These in my opinion really are some of the top songs for working out and they will surely help you out when you are struggling to squeeze out that last rep.
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