Music Playlist: Strength Training & Weight Lifting

by David Eckoff · 18 comments

I’ve been getting numerous requests for the music playlist from my strength training workouts, here’s what’s on my iPod when I train. What’s your take? What songs would you add to the playlist?

Track, Artist, Album

  • Gonna Fly Now, Rocky Balboa: The Best of Rocky
  • Eye of the Tiger, Rocky Balboa: The Best of Rocky
  • Burning Heart, Rocky Balboa: The Best of Rocky
  • Gonna Fly Now (John X Remix), Rocky Balboa: The Best of Rocky
  • Remember The Name, Fort Minor, The Rising Tied
  • ‘Till I Collapse, Eminem, The Eminem Show
  • Going the Distance, Rocky Balboa: The Best of Rocky
  • Fanfare for Rocky, Rocky Balboa: The Best of Rocky
  • Welcome To The Jungle, Guns N’ Roses, Appetite For Destruction
  • Ain’t Talkin’ ’bout Love, Van Halen, Best Of Van Halen
  • You Really Got Me, Van Halen, Van Halen
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nirvana, Nirvana
  • You Shook Me All Night Long, AC/DC, Back In Black
  • Live And Let Die, Guns N’ Roses, Use Your Illusion I
  • Back In Black, AC/DC, Back In Black
  • Lose Yourself, Eminem, Curtain Call
  • Refugee, Tom Petty, Anthology
  • Born In The U.S.A, Bruce Springsteen, Born In The U.S.A.
  • Panama, Van Halen, Best Of Van Halen
  • Born To Be Wild, Steppenwolf, Steppenwolf
  • Lithium, Nirvana, Nirvana
  • Desire, U2, The Best Of 1980-1990
  • Overture, Rocky Balboa: The Best of Rocky
  • Warm Down & Celebrate, Anthony Robbins, Get The Edge (Bonus Day #8)
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    { 18 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 Agron January 14, 2009 at 3:58 am

    some songs on there suck..not in a way that the song isn’t good. but that its not for working out. It doesn’t get your blood pumping.

    Great Weight Lifting Song

    Behind the Mask by Anarchy Club

    Running Song to sooth you and get you past that last mile

    Speed of Sound by Coldplay


    Viva La Vida by Coldplay

    Other work out songs are

    Paranoid by Black Sabbath

    Point Of Authority by Linkin Park


    2 David Eckoff January 14, 2009 at 7:12 am

    Hey Agron, thanks for stopping by and for making suggestions for these other songs.

    What do you’all think? Which of these songs would work for you? Which do you not like? What songs would you add to the play list?


    3 Nick millican February 5, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Anything by staind is good 4 warming up,4 getting focused on the task ahead.

    Once your ready 2 start sum heavy lifting,especially Back and Legs day,you ought 2 consider sumthing by the Breaking benjamins,So cold is an awsome track that u cant ignore.
    Couple more good ones- Korn-coming undone
    papa roach-forever
    switchfoot-meant to live


    4 David Eckoff February 5, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Nick, thanks for those suggestions! I’ll check them out on Rhapsody!

    I have lower body workout this weekend, will have to check out “So Cold”.

    Good stuff, and looking forward to adding them to my playlist.

    What else do you guys like? What would you add to the list?


    5 Dan February 5, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Rob Zombie – Scum of the earth
    Rob Zombie – Dragula
    Korn – Coming undone

    This is just to get pumped up, im listening to this and many more while training boxing and strength. I also like to listen to some techno songs once in a while.


    6 Casey February 27, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Please stope with the Rocky tunes!!!!!! Very cheesy music. Mine involves some “Tears don’t fall”- Bullet for my Valentine
    “Click Click Boom”- Saliva
    Alot of songs by Mudvayne
    Some songs by Egypt Central
    Just go with what pumps you up I guess. Some times a hardcore rap song can even pump me up. You just gotta feel it! :)


    7 Mr. Roy June 28, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Lose Yourself & Till I collapse – Eminem
    Temperature – Sean Paul
    Stronger – Kayne West


    8 anonymous July 10, 2009 at 2:22 am

    Dude I’m sorry but this is not good. I think your mind might be blown if you try working out to some metal. This is playlist is for chilling with a beer. Try Indestructible by Disturbed or Killing in the Name of by Rage.


    9 tj November 23, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Fort Minor- Remember the Name
    Motorhead- The Game
    Drowning Pool- Bodies
    Deboniare- Dope
    Powerman500- Bombshell
    RobZombie- Dragula and Human
    POD- BOOm
    Stemm- Face the Pain
    Saliva- Click Click Boom
    Mudvayne- Determined
    Trapt- Headstrong
    Ozzy- Dont wanna stop
    BuckCherry- Lit Up
    Nickelback- Animals and something in ur mouth.
    Rap and R&B work well for cardio for me


    10 Deuce March 1, 2010 at 4:02 am

    I gotta say, that I am not to big on all the Rocky movie songs. and I have to believe that you can find music for weightlifting that wasn’t popular in the 80’s.

    Anyway here is my contribution.
    Rob Zombie- Never gonna Stop
    Kid Rock- American Bad Ass
    – Cocky
    – I got one for ya
    – No woman no cry (very kewl remake, if you can find it)
    – wasting time
    Nickelback – Animals
    Korn – coming undone
    Breaking Benjamin – I will not bow
    Linkin Park – One step closer
    drowning pool – step up
    Eminem – the way i am
    saliva – click click boom
    Marilyn Manson – rock is dead
    Rob Zombie – scum of the earth
    Slipknot – wait and bleed
    Pantera – Walk
    Metallica – anything from their early albums
    – better than you
    Three days grace – Riot
    Acid Bath- a lot of good stuff, gotta do some research.



    11 David Eckoff March 1, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Deuce, thanks for stopping by and for contributing those songs. Good ones!


    12 DS June 2, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Hit up some Tech N9ne:
    Drill Team
    Absolute Power
    Like Yeah
    Everybody Move
    I Am Everything (ft. Hed P.E.)
    Let’s Go
    Too Much


    13 Jose Perez July 20, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Alot of the songs are good… The rocky songs are good if you grew up in the era, when i hear them i think of a machine training, i think it hits the point of training music. Not everyone can listen to heavy music, i like to switch it up.

    what i listen 2..

    passenger – deftones ft. Maynard of Tool
    run rabbit run – eminem
    session – linkin park
    under the knife – rise against
    behind closed door – rise against
    drones – rise against
    give it all – rise against

    hell alot of rise against songs are good, and i just noticed i have alot of them, as well as some stuff from muse.


    14 Paul August 22, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    My workout mix uses transition songs between some harder rocking music. Have the music crossfade between tracks and it really flows together. For example:

    Alan Parsons Project – Siruis (good opening/Chicago Bulls intro)
    Survivor – Eye of the Tiger (I know – cheesy, but it transitions well with Sirius)
    Adelitas Way – Invincible
    Disturbed – Down with the Sickness
    Drowning Pool – Bodies
    Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name of
    Van Halen – 1984 (another transition – cool synth!)
    Rush – Tom Sawyer
    Living Colour – Cult of Personality
    Billy Squire – The Stroke
    Queen – We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions (can’t have one without the other)
    Cage the Elephant – Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked
    Seether – Gasoline
    AC/DC, Metallica, Megadeth

    Put in your “Rocky” music throughout the mix instead of one after the other. They can separate these music block (3-5 songs) and give you the pump you need between sets. I hope some of this helped. Enjoy!


    15 Brydon September 25, 2010 at 6:20 am

    Man, i like this harder sh*t. but you should check out some of this songs:
    -pursuit of happiness (steve Aoki remix)
    – go hard – DJ Khaled
    – Dat new new – kid cudi
    – overtime – ace hood
    i do my thang – snoop dog ft. kid cudi
    spaceship – benny benassi
    time to win – down with webster
    and most of that harder shit that people left already.


    16 The Boss 302 December 23, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Mostly sh*t suggestions. Here is some good stuff:

    Queen – I Want It All
    Dropkick Murphys – The Warrior’s Code, Your Spirits Alive, Flannigans Ball, Worker’s Song

    Steel Panther – Eyes Of A Panther
    Rise Against – Incjection
    Dead By April – Stronger
    Bullet For My Valentine – Scream Aim Fire
    Glamour Of The Kill – A Hope In Hell



    17 David Eckoff December 23, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Thanks for the suggestions, Boss! “Eyes of a Panther”… wasn’t that the theme song to Rocky III? :)


    18 Shaun Lehane June 19, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Here’s whats in playlist at the moment for when I’m lifting:
    Coming Undone Korn
    Remember The Name Fort Minor
    We Own It (Fast & Furious) [feat. Wiz Khalifa] 2 Chainz
    Crazy Bitch BuckCherry
    Show Me How To Live Audioslave
    The Hand That Feeds Nine Inch Nails
    Point of no return Immortal Technique
    Boom P.O.D.
    Devour Shinedown
    Frontline Pillar
    Hell Yeah Rev Theory
    Riot Three Days Grace
    Dragula Rob Zombie
    Party Up DMX
    We Right Here DMX
    Ruff Ryders’ Anthem DMX
    Y’all Don’t Really Know DMX
    Word Up! Korn
    Right Now Korn
    Futures Jimmy Eat World
    Pain Jimmy Eat World
    Nickelback Woke Up This Morning
    The Way You Like It Adema
    Undead Hollywood Undead
    Burn it to the Ground Nickelback
    Drop The Bombshell PowerMan 5000
    Million Miles Away The Offspring
    Ante Up M.O.P.
    Can’ Be Touched Ray Jones Jr.
    Exploration Of Space Cosmic Gate
    Hate Me Now Feat. Puff Daddy Nas
    Komodo (Save A Soul) Mauro Picotto
    Mortal Kombat Theme Unknown
    Headstrong Trapt


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