Updated: Oct 18
By Christian Corey
There are many great songs to listen to while working out. But these five songs are must-haves to add to your workout playlist to help maximize your pump!
1. After Dark - Mr. Kitty
“After Dark” by Mr. Kitty is an excellent song to listen to when you are in front of the mirror training your biceps, no matter if you’re using a straight bar or dumbbells. It is a great song for bicep training in particular because a person can mentally synchronize the beat and pace of the song with each individual curl. I think the natural pace of this song is slow enough that it won’t throw a person off or get them out of their natural rhythm. I also believe the lyrics of this song are motivating for anyone who is looking to up their biceps gains. Not to mention, I have also seen many gym-related social media accounts play this song over the training videos that they post.
2. Detroit Rock City – Kiss
“Detroit Rock City” by Kiss is a terrific song to listen to when you are working out your legs, whether you are on a leg press machine or doing old-school squats. “Detroit Rock City” is a great song for intense leg exercises. Loud rock/metal music can increase one’s adrenaline. As a result, an adrenaline increase can help a person successfully finish a set that might have been difficult for them to achieve in the past.
3. All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
“All Along The Watchtower” by Jimi Hendrix is a nice song to listen to when you are doing calisthenics like push-ups or sit-ups. It is not as loud or intense as the previous two I mentioned. This song has more of a rhythm that I believe can help a person focus and get into a nice pace when doing their push-ups or sit-ups.
4. Beat It - Michael Jackson
“Beat It” by Michael Jackson is a great song to listen to when you are on a treadmill or stair climber as you try to reach a new cardio goal. It’s great for cardio because of its fast pace. Also, since the song is entitled “Beat It” this can help motivate a person psychologically and encourage them to “beat” their personal goal of miles run or total amount of time on the treadmill. Finally, WHO DOESN’T LIKE MICHAEL JACKSON?
5. The Fighter - Gym Class Heroes & Ryan Tedder
“The Fighter” by Gym Class Heroes & Ryan Tedder is a perfect song for anyone who is training for a boxing match or just casually sparring because of its title. It is literally entitled “The Fighter” which is exactly what Boxers and Mixed Martial Artists are. Also, the lyrics tell a story about a struggling boxer who is trying to climb his way to the top of the boxing world and prove himself to his naysayers. I think that story can inspire and motivate anyone who is training in combat sports such as boxing. Not to mention my favorite modern-day vocalist Ryan Tedder sings the chorus.