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The 20 Most Intense Workout Songs (You Might Not Know)

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Susy joined LIVESTRONG.COM at its inception in 2008. Focused on all things food, fitness and health related, her daily contributions as the LIVESTRONG.COM community manager is an asset to the site and the millions of community members. She has a M. A. in Clinical Psychology.

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The 20 Most Intense Workout Songs (You Might Not Know)
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Who knows workout music better than the trainers who work at some of the best gyms in the United States? We asked fitness experts for the most intense songs that get them going, and these were their suggestions.

1. Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses
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1 WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE - GUNS N' ROSES

If you’ve ever tried Tabatas (20 seconds of exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated eight times), this is the perfect workout tune, says nutritionist Mike Roussell, founder of Naked Nutrition, LLC.

Related: Your Guide to the Official Tabata Body Workout

2. C'mon (Catch em' By Surprise) - Tiesto featuring Busta Rhymes
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2 C'MON (CATCH EM' BY SURPRISE) - TIESTO FEATURING BUSTA RHYMES

You can't really go wrong with Tiesto if you need something to bring up the pace and keep you moving, says strength coach Tony Gentilcore, C.S.C.S. He uses this song to help push through sprints or running steps.

Related: 20 of the Smartest Fitness Trainers You Might Not Know

3. Down - Stone Temple Pilots
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3 DOWN - STONE TEMPLE PILOTS

Some songs are so powerful that they make you want to hit something. This STP tune is no exception. Joe Dowdell, C.S.C.S, owner of Peak Performance, recommends "Down" for boxing workouts.

Related: 14 Moves to Build the Strength and Stamina of an MMA Fighter

4. Carry It - Travis Barker, RZA, Raekwon, Tom Morello
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4 CARRY IT - TRAVIS BARKER, RZA, RAEKWON, TOM MORELLO

Pop this in on your ride to the gym and start getting fired up. It’s perfect because it’s not too crazy, so you don't fry yourself before, says strength coach Jason Ferruggia, C.S.C.S.

Related: 7 Tips to Help You Build More Muscle Than Ever This Year

5. Enter Sandman - Metallica
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5 ENTER SANDMAN - METALLICA

When you’re doing a strongman circuit, which requires both strength and endurance, few songs fit the bill better than this classic, says Joe Dowdell, C.S.C.S.

Related: Build Strength and Improve Performance in Just 4 Weeks

6. Cochise - Audioslave
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6 COCHISE - AUDIOSLAVE

If you’re looking for a song before lifting heavy weights, this has to be a go-to option, says Tony Gentilcore, C.S.C.S.

Related: How to Get Started With Weightlifting

7. Are You Ready? - Rollins Band
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7 ARE YOU READY? - ROLLINS BAND

After you finish your warmup, this is the perfect song right before you begin your workout, says strength coach Jason Ferruggia, C.S.C.S. "Are you ready to rip it up? Are you ready to tear it down?" The lyrics will have you ready.

Related: 10 Dynamic Warm-Up Exercises to Prime You for Your Workout

8. Mosh - Eminem
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8 MOSH - EMINEM

The beat alone is enough to have anyone ready to hit the gym. Tune this up before doing a heavy lift or an exercise you struggle with, suggests strength coach Jim Smith, C.S.C.S.

Related: 13 Benefits of Weightlifting That No One Tells You About

9. Hot For Teacher - Van Halen
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9 HOT FOR TEACHER - VAN HALEN

What more could you ask for? Great drums and a good up-beat tempo that gets you moving, says health and weight loss expert, Brad Pilon.

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10. No More Sorrow - Linkin Park
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10 NO MORE SORROW - LINKIN PARK

This song is good for heavy pulling exercises because it starts a little slow (while you're getting your head together), and then ramps up when you're ready to pick heavy weights up off the floor, says strength coach Eric Cressey, C.S.C.S.

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11. Lost at Birth - Public Enemy
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11 LOST AT BIRTH - PUBLIC ENEMY

“This makes me lose my mind right before a big set or max effort,” says strength coach Jason Ferruggia, C.S.C.S.

Related: 9 Essential Strength Benchmarks for Men

12. Mouth for War - Pantera
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12 MOUTH FOR WAR - PANTERA

Some people only need songs for that final mental push. In that situation, save this song to help you work a little harder, says nutritionist Alan Aragon, M.S.

Related: 20 Top Trainers' Favorite Motivational Quotes

13. Spaz Out - Army of the Pharaohs
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13 SPAZ OUT - ARMY OF THE PHARAOHS

For anyone who does squats or deadlifts, this is perfect right before you start moving the weight, says strength coach Jason Ferruggia, C.S.C.S.

Related: The "Burn Fat Faster" Workout

14. Welcome Home - Coheed and Cambria
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14 WELCOME HOME - COHEED AND CAMBRIA

You might have never heard of this song (we didn’t), but it’s another favorite for heavy lifts, says Tony Gentilcore, C.S.C.S.

Related: The 17 Most Effective Fat Loss Moves - No Equipment Required

15. Hells Bells - AC/DC
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15 HELLS BELLS - AC/DC

Intervals are one of the best forms of fat loss currently used by trainers, and this song fits the bill to help you get through the mentally draining sessions.

Related: One Simple Change That Will Maximize Your Fat Loss

16. Down With the Sickness - Disturbed
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16 DOWN WITH THE SICKNESS - DISTURBED

Some people think of the dynamic warmup as a passive process. But when done right, it should have your heart rate pumping and your body ready to go. That’s why strength coach, Bret Contreras, C.S.C.S., uses this song to prepare his muscles and help avoid injury.

Related: Use a Dynamic Warm-Up to Boost Your Workout Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/blog/use-dynamic-warm-boost-workout#ixzz3csazS6cm

17. 'Till I Collapse - Eminem
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17 'TILL I COLLAPSE - EMINEM

The song’s beginning should have you focused: “You gotta search within you. You gotta find that inner strength…” If you’re looking for the perfect time to pull out this song, it’s great for metabolic circuits, Airdyne Sprints, or battling ropes, says Patrick J. Striet, Owner, FORCE Fitness & Performance LLC.

Related: 8 Habits of Highly Fit People

18. Power - Kanye West
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18 POWER - KANYE WEST

Think what you will about Kanye, but this tune has the all the elements of a great workout song. If you’re having trouble dragging yourself to the gym, pop this on, grab the keys and go. It’s a pre-workout favorite of Jim Smith, C.S.C.S.

Related: 16 Best Motivational Quotes for Fitness

19. Electrichead Part I - Rob Zombie
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19 ELECTRICHEAD PART I - ROB ZOMBIE

You won’t hear this song on the radio, but you’ll probably find it playing at the highly acclaimed, Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training, where co-owner Mike Robertson, C.S.C.S., recommends this as part of his go-to playlist.

Related: 18 Rockin' Workout Songs

20. You Don't Know - 50 Cent and Eminem
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20 YOU DON'T KNOW - 50 CENT AND EMINEM

The best way to finish a timed-circuit still standing? Pick a fast-paced song and keep on pushing till you’ve performed all your work. This song is a favorite of Jim Smith, C.S.C.S., and his Diesel Crew.

Related: Ultimate Summer Workout Playlist

What Do YOU Think?
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WHAT DO YOU THINK?

What are some of your favorite songs to include on your workout playlist? Do you have different playlists for different workouts? What songs get you motivated when you don't feel like working out? Share your favorites in the comments section below!

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