We all love some Led Zeppelin and Queen, so why not blast some of the best classic rock hits at the gym?
Music does the body good as well as the mind, especially when it helps you tackle those pull-ups you've been dying to master at the gym. (See: Your Brain On Music.) And whether it's leg day or ab day, nothing helps you push through those last few seconds or reps than some great guitar riffs.
We want to help you maximize your gym time, so we've assembled 20 tracks to help you zone out and hone in on building muscle and burning calories. The Who, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Pink Floyd—rock 'n' roll holds up, people, and so should your muscles. So turn up the classics in your earbuds and push yourself to newer, stronger heights. (Fun fact: There's Proof That Listening to Music Out Loud Makes You More Active.)
Obviously shuffle is acceptable, but we recommend starting off with the slow buildup of AC/DC's "Hells Bells" followed by a little "Foreplay" from Boston. "Rebel Rebel" from David Bowie and Elvis Costello's "Pump It Up" will keep you going, while Pink Floyd's "Money" and Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotion" will help you hit that sweaty groove. Push through the hardest reps with "Ironman" or "Slave," and use "Voodoo Child" to tune out your heavy breathing. Then cue up "When The Levee Breaks" for cooling down, "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'" for stretching, and stroll out to "Fat Bottomed Girls."
If classic rock isn't quite your speed, there's always a great rap and hip-hop alternative to jam out to. Having the right playlist can make all the difference to whatever mood or baggage you might be carrying with you into the weight room. Follow SHAPE x Fitness on Spotify to find more great playlists for your workout pleasure.