Workout Jamz

  • February 20, 2019
  • Tips
  • By: Ben Hitch


There is no denying that music fuels the soul and somewhere out there is a collection of musical doodles for everyone. Have you ever heard someone say, “I don’t like music”? No, you haven’t, because it’s simply not possible. The all-encompassing library of music is unlike any other, composed of thousands and thousands of artists, genres and instruments to which many have never been heard. It’s poetry backed by rhythmic notes that gets the toes tapping, the hips swinging and the typical white guy snapping. No other “language” in the world transcends across more barriers.

Take a look around, there are headphones and air pods as far as the eye can see. And there is no denying the diverse assortment of musically driven activity found at the gym. What leads you through the ironclad plates? Is it Kid Rock’s “Bawitdaba” that helps you sculpt that seventh ab for the selfied mirror pose or Aaliyah’s “Are You That Somebody” that’s the driving force through the fourth set of curls or maybe you’re looking for inspiration to push you through that last press?

This is no Sadie Hawkins gathering of songs, and it surely won’t leave you in the bleachers twiddling your thumbs hoping someone will bring you a glass of punch. And there is no harm in hitting the skip button. These songs are meant to propel and help you kick into overdrive. And if you are the one to wear headphones to the gym, game ready, you need a “walk up” song to get it going, to announce your arrival and survey the fellow dumbbell enthusiasts.

  • SpottieOttieDopalicious – Outkast… is the southernplayalistic style with the funky soul brass section to lay the catwalk. The horns announce your entrance like the king/queen gracing the day folk with their presence. And it’s all about getting your mind right. You can’t come running in, headstrong, waiting for the EDM bass drop.

With the horns fading to the mist, your shoes are laced up, and the judgment laid over the afternoon attendance, you’re ready to get ‘em stacked. It’s time to, as the kids say, get turnt and enter the world of Schwarzenegger. Use the intro to Dire Straits to get the adrenaline pumping, and start your sets at 1:36 on Money For Nothing.

  • Money For Nothing – Dire Straits
  • Seven Nation Army – White Stripes
  • Wat Da Hook Gon Be – Murphy Lee
  • Clique – Kanye West, Jay Z, Big Sean

It’s all happening now, and you’re starting to migrate from juiced to swull. Your heart has the beat of a war drum and the formation of the two-step from the inclined press to the assisted machines has begun. This is the point in the workout where the playlist has to drop a gear, pedal to the metal, and redline it. It can’t just be white noise, as the intricate melodies have to distract the mind from pain and push it to set 4… set 5… and maxed out.

Clearly the sweat is real, and hopefully, the cal count has polished off that burrito from the weekend. But you can’t dial up your walk-off song just yet. Every session should end with a stretch and at least, a quick ten on the treadmill or stairs. You can’t just flip the switch and shut it down. You have to bring it down slowly and let the aural pleasure guide you.

Whether you put in 45 minutes, close to 2 hours or if it is your second trip to the gym today, there is only so much the surrounding subtitled TVs can do for you. The acoustics echoing through your headphones is what’s going to get done. Don’t take chances and bet on what will be playing from the front desk – it’s way too ballsy. Bring the noise cancelers, block out the haters and dig deep. And when it’s a job well done, grab your towel, your protein shake and flip it down and reverse it because there ain’t no denying you’re too sexy for your shirt. This is your time to bid adieu to those still grinding, knowing you got yours. It’s time for that mic drop and the no look back, walk out the door “cause I’m a muh’fuckin’ renegade!” Jay Z, Eminem.

Full list for Non-Spotifyers


  • SpottieOttieDopalicious – Outkast – Aquemini
  • Money For Nothing – Dire Straits
  • Seven Nation Army – White Stripes
  • Wat Da Hook Gon Be – Murphy Lee
  • Clique – Kanye West, Jay Z, Big Sean
  • Fame – David Bowie
  • Level – The Raconteurs
  • Midnight Voyage – Ghostland Observatory
  • Bulls On Parade – Rage Against The Machine
  • X Gon’ Give It To Ya – DMX
  • Everyday – Logic, Marshmellow
  • Break The Ice – John Farnham
  • Colors – Beck
  • Holdin On – Flume
  • One Day They’ll Know – Pretty Lights (Odesza Remix)
  • DNA – Kendrick Lamar
  • Hip Hop – Dead Prez
  • Troublesome ‘96 – Tupac
  • Patiently Waiting- 50 Cent, Eminem
  • Coastin – Zion I
  • Patience – Nas, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
  • North By Northwest – Blue Scholars
  • Credible – Joywave
  • Learn to Fly – Foo Fighters
  • When I’m Alive – STRFKR
  • New Person, Same Old Mistakes – Tame Impala
  • Busy Earnin’ – Jungle
  • Feel It Still – Portugal. The Man – Medasin Remix
  • Smooth Operator – Big Daddy Kane
  • Renegade – Jay Z, Eminem


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