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The Top 11 Songs To Pump Iron To

by dsussman   February 17, 2009 at 10:00AM  |  Views: 13,144

Who’s ready to get ripped? I know I am. I’m not the biggest gym guy in the world, but the times I have entered any weightlifting facility I’ve always made sure to have some serious jams to get me through my intense iron-curling set. Let’s do this!

By Dustin Sussman

The following article does not represent the opinions of Spike TV or its affiliates.


11. “Kickstart My Heart” - Motley Crue

Even though this 1989 Nikki Sixx-penned glam tune is mostly about being revived from a heroin overdose, I see no problem with using it for some serious weight room inspiration. Even if you don’t like the Crue that much, you can’t deny that this song somehow magically conjures up adrenaline in every human that listens to it.

10. “Know Your Enemy” - Rage Against the Machine


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I’m convinced most juiced-up frat guys around the nation keep this record on repeat while they blast out unlimited bench presses with their college homies. I know I do.

First off, Tom Morello’s guitar work on this record is pretty freakin’ brilliant. Mixing his all-natural aggressive licks with Zach’s uncontrollable rage (zing!) is a perfect recipe for some undeniable audio motivation. And if you’re not that into America’s failed foreign policy, all you have to do is ignore the lyrics as political and change them into something that really pisses you off. Like the fact that the McRib is only available for a limited time. Why?!?!

9. “Genesis” – Justice


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I could have chosen any number of hype Justice tracks for this list, but I really think this headlining tune is perfect for anyone’s next iron-curling session. The intro alone gets me so pumped I can’t even control myself. It makes me wanna fist punch every single emo kid on planet earth. I also enjoy this song because it seems much grimier than your average electronic/dance track. This song totally could have been used for a Stallone montage in Rocky IV. That would have owned.

8. "It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" - AC/DC


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As serious as it can be, you gotta have a little fun when you’re getting’ big in the weight room. This 1975 classic easily provides gritty rock and roll riffs with some playful vocals from the one and only Bon Scott.

AC/DC also has to be the only band on the face of the planet that could actually pull off a bagpipe solo in one of their songs. Well...maybe not.

7. "Protect Ya Neck" - Wu-Tang Clan

People need to understand that besides NWA, Wu-Tang was the most aggressive and raw hip hop crew ever to be assembled. These guys had the best of both worlds: They were extremely talented and legitimately f***ing scary.

It’s crazy how the raw and rugged lyrics of Deck, Method Man and the rest of the Wu crew can somehow turn you into a dark and disturbed human being ready to snap at the next person you see. It also makes you want to be as bad a man as you can, hence the lifting of weights and growing in size. I’ve always had this vision of inmates rockin’ 36 Chambers while they curl weights in "the yard."

6. “B.O.B.” – OutKast

Man, this song really never gets old. I’ve listened to it a bazillion times and I still get amped the second that insanely fast drum break first comes in. It could be argued that this track would be better for an aerobics class, but I find nothin’ wrong with busting out crazy curls to the ridiculous verses of Andre 3K and Big Boi.

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