Despite the physical and psychological benefits of working out, I’d be lying if I said it’s easy to motivate myself to give my workout all I’ve got after a full-day at the office. When I feel like giving up and just going home to relax, that’s when it’s time to turn it up and play it loud. I’m energized and ready to rock, finding my motivation in my music.
There’s nothing like a good song to get your adrenaline flowing, helping to push out those last few reps. I find music motivates me just as much at the office and while I gravitate toward different artist depending my mood and activity, there’s nothing better when I have to focus on a big report. Outside of the gym I gravitate towards Indie rock and Pop; my favorite bands include Jimmy Eat World, the Juliana Theory, Alkaline Trio and a new favorite recently, Biffy Clyro.
At the gym, I need something a little more intense to get the blood flowing. Heavy metal, hard rock, and rap are my go-to staples and for your listening pleasure, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite tracks to enjoy when you need that extra edge.
Metallica- Enter Sandman: a true classic from one of my favorite albums of all time.
Disturbed- Indestructible: the band wrote this song as an anthem for the American military.
Walk- Pantera: fun fact, this song used to be wrestler Rob Van Dam’s entrance theme back when he first started in Extreme Championship Wrestling.
Kiss- War Machine: I’m not a big fan of most of their music but this song has a really awesome intro that gets you going.
Hatebreed- Perseverance: Great name for a band and the lyrics are all about pushing yourself no matter what.
All That Remains- Two Weeks: I really love the combination of the angry, yelled verses with the melodic sound of the chorus.
Avenged Sevenfold- Hail to the King: There’s something very empowering about feeling like an all-powerful monarch with an army at his command as you struggle to squeeze out that last rep.
Five Finger Death Punch- The Pride: Another great name for a band, there are several of their tracks which are great for working out but I chose this one because it reminds me of a metal version of “We Didn’t Start the Fire”.
Mudvayne- Scarlet Letters: I like to lift to several of their songs. I also recommend lead singer Chad Gray’s other band, Hellyeah.
Linkin Park- Pushing Me Away: While Linkin Park has diversified their sound on their more recent albums, this song from their debut album is my favorite.
While I personally lean towards the harder side of the musical spectrum, I have a friend, Joe, who finds the upbeat sound and lyrics are more to his liking. A personal trainer and a great resource for staying fit and strong, he thrives on more upbeat music. Here’s his top picks:
Joe: The songs I tend to lean on during my workouts fall on the happier side of music. I find pop, country, and indie pop to be my go to song genres. I also love working out to songs from the 80s and 90s as well.
Superbad – Jesse McCartney: I actually really like his whole album In Technicolor. Pop dance tracks that put a little pep in your step and a smile on your face. Back Together is another fun track from this album.
Too Cool To Dance – Eden XO: Upbeat and randomly fun. A guilty pleasure.
Wrapped Up – Olly Murs ft. Travie McCoy: Upbeat, fun, happy. Meets the requirements.
Starlight – Taylor Swift: All friends know I’m a huge Taylor Swift fan. I was skeptical when she turned to full time pop but her catchy hooks work no matter the genre. This tune from her album Red, was not a radio single but one of my favorites from this album.
Suit – Boom! Bap! Pow! I heard this track from a commercial and it kept getting stuck in my head. Catchy and quick, give this one a try.
Girlfriend – NSYNC: I like pop music including boybands so this track on my list should surprise no one.
Overprotected – Britney Spears: I love her, always have and always will. Boom.
Figure It Out – Royal Blood: A guitar driving track this one is a bit more hard rock but not too aggressive. This track keeps my man card in check.
The Wire – HAIM: One of my favorite bands that have come out in recent memory. Indie pop at its best.
Good Day – Nappy Roots: This song just puts a smile on my face and makes me feel happy. A rap track with a positive upbeat message.
Ignition (remix) – The Wind and the Wave: An R. Kelly cover by an indie duo with a fun sound. Less hip-hop more chill. Fun track.
Yeah Boy – Kelsea Ballerini: Pop country track, that’s a Taylor Swift favorite. Good enough for me.
2 in the Morning – New Kids on the Block: The boys from Boston grew up and still make good tunes. More rhythm and blues then pop, this track still makes me sing out loud while lifting.
My advice at work and the gym: Create your own “Motivational Master Mix!” that keeps you pumped. Turn it up, play it loud and get moving! And share your favorite tracks for your work out in the comments below!
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By Joshua Goldstein | Josh is Sutherland Global’s Social Media Strategist. He is a proud graduate of Brandeis University where he majored in American Studies and Near Eastern & Judaic Studies. After several years as a video game tester, Josh enrolled at the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester. After attaining a master’s degree in Marketing Analytics, he decided to pursue an MBA with a concentration in Brand Management which he is scheduled to complete in March 2016. Josh loves horror movies and is an avid New York Jets fan.