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The strive to create an extraordinary life is a full contact sport.  There is no easy option when it comes to creating a life we can be proud of.

Wanna Elevate Your Life?

In consideration of these facts, I’ve always found that the daily grind, seemed less like one, when physically fit.

The better my fitness and physical strength, the better able I’ve been to weather the storms of life.

In fact, I would say that my successes in work, business, and family life have always had a positive correlation with my levels of fitness.

The stronger and more fit I became, the more focus and energy I could conjure up and put towards my family, work, or business.

This is not just something that happens to me and me alone, there is actually some science behind such phenomena.

Nevertheless; this post is not about convincing you of the benefits of the gym.

I know you already understand that our psychology is largely impacted by our physiology.  And that improved results in our health and physical fitness can lead to better results for you as an employee, executive, business owner, artist, parent, or whatever label you go by.


What this post is about, is intensity.  And helping you get more if it!

Anybody can go to the gym, but great results don’t just happen because we decide to show up.  Great results stem from showing up AND putting in extraordinary levels of effort.

The type of extra effort that is born from intensity.  The type of effort that is required to become a heightened version of yourself.

So, if you can dial up your intensity and focus in the gym, you can reach the physical results you are after.  And by extension, you can dial up the results in other areas of your life.

One of my secret weapons for getting the most out of the gym (and life), is to show up with music in hand.  And not just any music, but music that stokes the internal flames, the passion, the intensity… that in many ways, can’t be tapped by any other means.

Audio Fire: Best Motivational Workout Songs

Music can be used as a form of audio fire, as a catalyst, as the kick in the pants to get us on a higher mental level.  Music can make us rock 14 reps, not just ten.  Music can get us through those days when we don’t have much to give, the slumps.  It can also makes us forget the clock, and rock sessions longer than we ever thought.

There is certainly some magic and intensity that listening to some music can help to unlock.

So my friends, if you want to find more intensity in your workouts, never rely on the background music that gyms play for you.

The music that most gyms play in the background is essentially elevator music.   To dial up how we show up in the gym, forgo the elevator music, and instead leverage your own playlist to get elevated.

To help you do just that, check out this list below.  It’s a good place to start.

Behold, the playlist of our best motivational workout songs to dial up the intensity of your workouts 10 fold.


(Disclaimer – Some of The Songs on This List Contain Explicit Lyrics)

(Warning – Adverse side-effects may result from listening to this music while working out; such as ripped shirts, physical exhaustion, or being kicked out of the gym for being too intense or loud.  Use at your own risk.)

Intense Workout Playlist

Best Motivational Workout Songs for Rock + Heavy Metal Genre

Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N Roses

One – Metallica

We Will Rock You – Queen

Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

People of the Sun – Rage Against the Machine

We are The Champions – Queen

I Stand Alone – Godsmack

Bulls on Parade – Rage Against the Machine

Burning Heart – Survivor

Stress – Godsmack

Here Comes The Pain – Slayer

Down With The Sickness – Disturbed

Sad But True – Metallica

AC/DC – Thunderstruck

Best Motivational Workout Songs for Hip Hop + Rap Genre

Energy – Drake

Remember The Name – Fort Minor

Till I Die – Tech 9ne, 2Pac, Eminem

Humble – Kendrick Lamar

Lose Yourself – Eminem

Sabotage – Beastie Boys

Stronger – Kanye West

Till I Collapse – Eminem

Bawitdaba – Kid Rock

Alive – P.O.D

Lose Control – Missy Elliot

Best Motivational Workout Songs (Bonus BEATS)_


Born For Greatness – Paparoach

Cut The Chord – Shine Down

Turn Down For What – DJ Snake, Lil Jon

Final Words

If you enjoyed this post and you agree that some of the songs on our list are great for firing you up in the gym, please consider sharing it….

Now pump up the volume and get to work….

Till next time,


High effort, self-discipline, and fearless action are “my things”.  If you could use a bit more of these life-enhancing attributes, or if you want to be nudged from time to time to start taking action on your goals and dreams, follow me on Twitter.