Two years ago I dropped 50 pounds and I did it the old fashioned way I exercised. I’ve since gained about 40 of it back but I’ve recently hit the gym and have started the process once again.  Today while I was on the treadmill I was listening to my cardio workout mix.  I thought it’d be a good idea to share just what songs get my juices flowing just in case anyone else was thinking about getting on the treadmill.    So here are just a few of the songs on my cardio mix.  When doing cardio I find it better to use more rhythmic music so there’s a lot of hip-hop and dance on there.

L.L. Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out – If my mama said to knock you out I really wouldn’t have a choice sorry.  My favorite inspirational line in this song “I’m gonna take this itty bitty world by storm and I’m just gettin’ warm!”.  I just burned 50 calories by listening to this song.  CAUTION: This song also has a side effect of making you want to punch someone in the face so make sure you work out alone.

Chemical Bros. – Block Rockin’ Beats – This bass line alone will make you want to get up off your fat ass and do something about it.  This song also has a side effect.  It makes me want to get into some sort of high speed chase with a motor cycle or something.

Matisyahu – King Without A Crown – Matisyahu is so pious I feel like anything he says is inspirational.  I love this song.  Best line “You’re like water for my soul when it gets thirsty”.  Speaking of water I’ve been running for about ten minutes now and could use a drink.

Eminem – Not Afraid – Although I love angry Eminem I have to say this new inspirational Eminem is pretty decent too.  Eminem has had some issues and it looks like he’s battled through them.  In this song he says to take his hand and he’ll help you do the same.  Isn’t that nice?  I’m with you buddy let’s all walk together with Eminem.  That’s be fun party just don’t piss him off or his posse might beat the crap out of you.

Kanye West – Stronger – Yea I know he’s a complete A-hole and yea I know he ripped this off from Daft Punk but it’s still a good workout song. “That that don’t kill me can only make me stronger”.  You what else can make you stronger?  Running on the treadmill and lifting some weights that’s what.  So brush those potato chip crumbs off your shirt and get to it.

Rob Base and EZ Rock – It Takes Two – In my opinion this is simply the greatest dance song of all time and there really isn’t even a close second.  I like this on the treadmill too.  Be careful not to start dancing while on the treadmill though you could get seriously hurt.

Gary Glitter – Rock and Roll Part 2 – So as it turns out Gary Glitter is a pretty serious child molester.  But I just can’t help but love this song.  They play it at arenas all across the country to pump the crowd up.  So when you’ve been running for a while and you’re tired this gets you to go that extra mile quite literally. Most inspirational line this song “Hey!”.

Tribe Called Quest  – Scenario – When a young Busta Rhymes kicks in with his verse you can’t help but pick up the speed.  He’s so raw and angry on this song.  I believe it was his debut if I’m not mistaken.  “Roar Roar like a dungeon Dragon!” seriously just got goose bumps after hearing Busta deliver that line.

Bill Conti – Gonna Fly Now – Anything from the Rocky movie is a winner.  I actually have 3 songs from the Rocky movies on my workout lists.  It makes sense that such inspirational songs come from one of the most inspirational movies of all time.  If only we could do a 2 minute workout montage and automatically get into shape life would be so much easier.  This song makes me want to run up a large set of stairs in front of a big building.

Well here’s a few songs to help you get off your ass and lose some wait.  I mean come on we’re the fattest country on the planet.  Let’s eliminate that this way the French can stop calling us fat, loud and obnoxious and get back to just calling us loud and obnoxious.  I’ll see you at the gym.  What are your favorite workout songs?  Let me know.


  • Matisyahu? I’d like to punch a heavy bag with his picture on it………is that what you do?

    I like the other songs though. It Takes Two is such a good dance song, it sometimes tricks me into thinking I know how to dance. Of course, if it is a wedding and there is an open bar, I’m sure the dirty martinis contribute a bit to the spectacle.

    I’m running a 1/2 marathon in September in Philly, and have Gonna Fly Now and Eye of the Tiger in my running mix. I love those damn songs. And you know I’m running up those steps.

    And as for working out……I recommend training for a 5K. I’ve come to love making playlists, getting out of the house a bit, and smoking 75 year old women in these open field competitions. Sometimes, I even throw a few elbows.

  • I do things kinda ass backwards. Most people work out to get in shape for bathing suit season; summer’s over and I’m ready to start going back to the gym. Oh well… Good timing for your list, Coach. I haven’t updated my playlist in awhile but I had:
    Sum 41 – Fat Lip
    Green Day – American Idiot
    Dee-Lite – Groove is the Heart
    Papa Roach – last resort
    Linkin park – one step closer
    Presidents of the usa – Lump
    Need to do some updating…

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