This morning, as I was pumping iron (that phrase is so kitschy, isn’t it?) a particular song came on my iPhone and I really started “feeling it,” you know? When the music is perfectly synced and the adrenaline is pumping and you feel like you can lift the heaviest barbell in the joint?
I thought it might be fun to share my favorites, and, selfishly, I hope you’ll share yours too! I’m always looking for new songs to add to my power playlist.
Disclaimer: pretty much none of these are safe for work. Apparently I like curse words when I’m lifting…
1. “Outta Your Mind” by Lil Jon & LMFAO
The beat of this one seriously gets me going. Back when I was a runner, this was one of my favorite songs to run to. Now it’s transitioned nicely into a good strength training song. This version below is the clean one, but really, to get the full ass-kicking appeal, download the original. It’s really not appropriate for anyone under the age of 25, but it’s amazing. Especially the verse using hockey as a metaphor for getting drunk. Primo stuff.
2. “My Chick Bad” by Ludacris & Nikki Manaj
It’s really hard not to feel totally bad ass when you are listening to this song and lifting really heavy weights. I recommend listening to this while you squat something ridiculous or swing around the heaviest kettlebell you can find.
3. “Run the World (Girl)” by Beyonce
A lot of times, the free weights section of any gym can be chock full of testosterone. This girl power anthem helps me fight through the towers of sweaty boys that think they own the squat rack. Step out of the way, boys.
4. “Chelsea Dagger” by The Fratellis
This probably has something to do with the fact that this is the song played when the Blackhawks score a goal, but this song totally pumps me up. And makes me want to dance.
5. “The Beautiful People” by Marilyn Manson
This one comes straight from the mixed CDs I used to make in high school. This song has fueled many a hard, sweaty workouts for me.
6. “Mama Said Knock You Out” by LL Cool J
Don’t call it a comeback. Retro LL Cool J never, ever gets old. This song is especially effective if you can time it where you do something explosive on the “UH” part of the chorus.