You’ll never stop moving with these inspiring gym anthems
1. LOSE YOURSELF – EMINEM
From the soundtrack to his 2003 semi-autobiographical movie 8 Mile, this hard-edged track is all about Eminem trying to psych himself up for a rap battle. After a lovely lilting instrumental with vinyl crackle to ease you in, a cutting bass line kicks in as Marshall Mathers III rhymes about having only one chance at life and, well, this is it, yo, so what’re you gonna do except do it? Perfect for getting into the zone and pushing through the pain barrier, especially when lifting, “Lose Yourself” brims with inspiring lyrics such as: “Opportunity comes one in a lifetime”, “Lose yourself in the music, the moment, you own it.”
2. GALAXY BOUNCE – THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS
When you need to go to a place beyond words to feel the burn and keep it going, look no further than this throbbing number with anthemic but indistinguishable whoops and yeahs from 2002’s album Come With Us. It featured on the original Tomb Raider soundtrack, so you if it’s good enough to keep Angelina Jolie tumbling through a Cambodian labyrinth it’s good enough to get you up to 40km/h on the stationary bike.
3. DAFT PUNK – GET LUCKY
The French music duo who dress like motorcycling robots know a thing or two about making electronic music that gets the pulse racing. This disco-styled number about hooking up is guaranteed to keep a smile on your dial as you crank that treadmill just a little higher and faster. And if you want bonus Daft Punkiness, try their Tron Legacy soundtrack. Naff movie but their musical contribution is boss, particularly “Derezzed” and “End Of The Line”, both great for sprints.
4. C+C MUSIC FACTORY – GONNA MAKE YOU SWEAT (EVERYBODY DANCE NOW)
Time to kick it old skool? This is your jam. The title doesn’t lie and it’ll have you flinging sweat around the gym as you try to keep up with the 1990 break-beat and Freedom Williams’ fully dope rap. Don’t let anyone tell you this is daggy because it doesn’t get much more inspiring than this: “Come on let’s sweat, baby / Let the music take control / Let the rhythm move you / Sweat, sweat…”
5. LITTLE SISTER – QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
It can’t all be rap, hippity hop and dance muzak, can it? Bonus: this so-cal stoner rock classic keys you in with cowbell and then keeps up its metronomic beat as it piles on driving guitars, pounding drums and Josh Homme’s woozy vocals. Not sure what the lyrics mean but it doesn’t matter. At almost exactly three minutes (2.57), it’s also the perfect length for a specific activity or number of sets. Ends with a triumphant rock blast, too.