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" by Guns N' Roses
2. "C'mon (Catch 'Em By Surprise)" by Tiesto featuring Busta Rhymes
3. "Down" by Stone Temple Pilots
4. "Carry It" by Travis Barker, RZA, Raekwon, Tom Morello
5. "Enter Sandman" by Metallica
"When you're doing a strongman circuit, which requires both strength and endurance, few songs fit the bill better than this classic," says Dowdell.
6. "Cochise" by Audioslave
"If you're looking for a song before lifting heavy weights, this has to be a go-to option," says Gentilcore.
7. "Are You Ready?" by Rollins Band
"After you finish your warm-up, this is the perfect song right before you begin your workout," Ferruggia says. "Are you ready to rip it up? Are you ready to tear it down?" The lyrics will have you ready!
8. "Mosh" by Eminem
9. "Hot For Teacher" by Van Halen
10. "No More Sorrow" by Linkin Park
11. "Lost at Birth" by Public Enemy
"This makes me lose my mind right before a big set or max effort," says Ferruggia.
12. "Mouth for War" by Pantera
13. "Spaz Out" by Army of the Pharaohs
"For anyone who does squats or deadlifts, this is perfect right before you start moving the weight," Ferruggia says.
14. "Welcome Home" by Coheed and Cambria
You might have never heard of this song (we didn't), but it's another favorite for heavy lifts, Gentilcore says.
15. "Hells Bells" by 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.
16. "Down With the Sickness" by 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, CSCS, uses this song to prepare his muscles and help avoid injury.
17. "'Till I Collapse" by 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 PJ Striet, owner of FORCE Fitness and Performance, LLC.
18. "Power" by 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 Smith's pre-workout favorite.
19. "Electric Head Pt. I" by White Zombie
20. "You Don't Know" by 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 Smith and his Diesel Crew.