The Ultimate Workout Playlist

Workout Playlist: A Little Auditory Assistance at the Gym


What’s worse than working out? Working out to no music. And don’t give me that “they play music on the radio” bullshit. It’s either to low to give a damn, or too loud to distract you and get on your nerves. You might as well be working out with no music.

Well, in case you haven’t figured it out, I’m a little bit of a music fan. So here is, what I believe the ideal utopian workout list should be. Sync it to the MP3 player, and if you don’t have the songs…well you know how to get them. Whether you’re a fan of these bands or not, we challenge you to try a workout with these songs.  Just don’t hurt anybody!

“Soldier” by Eminem


“ These shoulders hold up so much they wont budge…Ill never fall or fold up.” What other words are better for a true soldier? Eminem delivers aggression, adrenaline, and bad-assity (Yeah, I just made that up) in this song. Militant beat with the assault of Marshall Mathers makes this one definitely make my list.

“Awake” by Godsmack


Navy. Accelerate you life. Remember that commercial? Not the newer ones, but the one with the heavy grunge guitars and that booming voice. The hard rock veterans Godsmack did that. Funny enough, the song that the Navy used after Awake was Sick Of Life, also done by Godsmack. Basically anything Godsmack can be used to work out.

“So Cold” By Breaking Benjamin


Structurally, this song is perfect for working out on one piece of heavy lifting. The beginning is soft, so get your breathing right before the exercise. Musical buildup brings you to the main riff. (Heavy guitars, melodic soloing on top…punch it all out) The song comes back down, and there is your first set of reps. This continues on throughout the song. Check it out, you will see.

“Victory” by Puff Daddy feat. Busta Rhymes and Notorious B.I.G.


The Rocky Balboa fanfare. The church bells in the horizon. The horns so triumphant. Makes you want to be a superhero almost. But since you’re just working out, this will do. Busta brings it in the chorus, P Diddy and Biggie divide the rest of the air time, bringing you the best of Brooklyn in the trifecta. There is also a 50 Cent version which is entitled Victory 2004 which has P Diddy.  Busta’s animal touch, while shouting his verse, is enough to make you burn a city to the ground.

Amazing” by Kanye West feat. Young Jeezy


Let me tell you one thing. If I was an amazing monster, then I believe I’d be pretty jacked. Kanye West never ceases to amaze us with another amazing song. It’s simple and cutthroat. I’m amazing and I’m a monster! The first verse states, “I’m exhausted, barely breathing/Holding onto what I believe in//” Greatness for working out wouldn’t you agree?

…Other songs that make the list even better…


Trapt – Headstrong

Kanye West – Stronger

Nas – Hip Hop Is Dead

N.E.R.D – Rockstar

Rage Against The Machine – Calm Like a Bomb

Papoose – Born To Win

Sevendust – Driven

Shinedown – Devour

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About Cliff Englewood Cliff goes to MSU and is TSB Magazine resident "College Life" contributor with tips and advice to get the most out of your time in college.

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