10 Motivating Hard Rock Songs for the Gym

Posted in: Rock by gusano22 on July 1st, 2008 | 8 Comments

Here are 10 excellent hard rock songs to listen while working out in the gym.

These are, in my opinion, 10 of the greatest songs to listen while working out in the gym. Find the power and motivation you sometimes can’t get, and enjoy working out. Hope they work for you!

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Whitesnake – Here I go again

Year: 1982 Album: Saints & Sinners

In my opinion, a motivating song for anything you want to do that requires some extra effort, for example a gym routine. Personally I recommend the 1987 version, it sounds better and has more power.

A perfect opener for the gym routine CD. “I ain’t wasting no more time”

Alice Cooper – House of fire

Year: 1989 Album: Trash

Alice Copper is a must in this list, and surely this song will keep you pumped and full of fire from the beginning. Burn that muscles!

ACDC – Shoot to thrill

Year: 1980 Album: Back in black

Great song for a great album. Angus Young’s guitar creating some suspense in the beginning and then Brian Johnson’s voice appearing to blow your head and definitely motivating anyone.

“Shoot to thrill, play to kill!”

Aerosmith – Eat the rich

Year: 1993 Album: Get a grip

The other great opener of the list for the CD. The power of the guitar riff and the drums gives you the strength to wake up and start working out really motivated.

Deep purple – Burn

Year: 1974 Album: Burn

Keeps the fire alive, keeps you alive. There’s not much more to say about this song, it’s a classic and one of the best ones, it’s a must in this list and if you don’t know it, just listen to it and you’ll probably think the same way as me. An old one, but one of the best ones.

“All I hear I is burn!”

Motley Crue – Live wire

Year: 1981 Album: Too fast for love

“Plug me in”, “Turn me on”, Since the moment this song starts to bang in your head, you’ll be automatically with the need of using some energy, and what better place to do it than in the gym. Use the strength to become “a little bit better than you used to be”.

Def Leppard – Pour some sugar on me

Year: 1987 Album: Hysteria

Another classic album from one of my favorite bands. “Red light, yellow light, green light, GO!” Just listen to this song and it will be inevitable to start moving. Find the strength in this masterpiece creation.

Van Halen- Panama

Year: 1984 Album: 1984

“Pistons popping, ain’t no stopping now!” Come on, don’t give up, and take out some extra power to complete the work out by listening to Eddie Van Halen and company. Although I personally prefer Sammy Hagar, in this song Lee Roth can really make you move.

POISON – Ride the wind

Year: 1990 Album: Flesh and blood

It’s almost the end of the routine and probably your strength and motivation are going down quickly. The perfect moment for this song. Recharge the last batteries and ride the wind.

Deep Purple – Highway star

Year: 1972 Album: Machine head

Deep Purple does it again. The only band that has two songs in the list.

Finally, you’re about to finish the routine. And it’s the moment for this song that I personally love. Blackmore created here the best guitar solo in the history of music in my opinion. It really takes you to another place, full of power, full of speed; just let your head enjoy it while your body finishes the last reps of the day.

Now you’re done. “I’m a highway star!”

Bonus track

Edguy – Lavatory love machine

Year: 2004 Album: Hellfire club

OK, I know this is not hard rock, but is one of my favorite songs and it’s really full of power, keeps you alive and wanting for more. “No broken wings to stop me stream!” Long live Hellfire Tobi, power metal representative in the list. Optional.

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8 Responses to “10 Motivating Hard Rock Songs for the Gym”
  • gusano22 July 1st, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Hi! There was a mistake in AC/DC’s video link. The video for that song is in this link:


  • sir chesty cough January 31st, 2009 at 11:56 am

    absoloute idiot hard rock songs bunch of wankers you couldnt even get an erection to these songs never mind a hardcore gym sesh suck it

  • superboycito August 4th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Yeah, i mean this are a great song..but for the gym?…unless U r doing cardio or some pussy weights this songs dont are made for lift heavy!!!

  • AnAngryFetus October 17th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Where is The Eye of the Tiger, Live to Win, and You’re the Best Around?

  • Paully January 10th, 2010 at 6:55 am

    Songs that make me workout harder…

    Disturbed – The Sickness
    Drowning Pool – Bodies
    Papa Roach – Last Resort

    My workout mix throws in some intros between rockin’ songs

    Good Intros…

    Alan Parsons Project – Sirius
    Rocky Soundtrack (Bill Conti) – Gonna Fly Now, Going the Distance, Rocky Theme
    Let’s Get Ready to Rumble Mix

    Vary it up and make it inspiring, fast, fun, loud and mean. It’s your workout so create a mix that motivates you and your personal tastes.

  • Mark Martinez February 3rd, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Okay the “Pour some sugar on me” might work for an after-workout thing… I’m more into deep beat songs to uplift and bring the challenge within me to the surface. You know things like NAS, 2Pac, the classics.
    Mark Martinez
    your hypergain test lab

  • Go eat a dick December 8th, 2010 at 3:22 pm


  • Daniel Soo January 19th, 2011 at 2:56 am

    Should have put in some the two songs from Rocky and some 80’s hard rock of the `bikers’.

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