August 25, 2014

Metal Mixtape: Steff’s Gym Playlist

Metal Mixtape


Since I was talking about my gym routine last week, I thought it would be appropriate to post a playlist for some of my favorite gym tunes.

Depending on the type of exercise you do, certain songs are only going to work for certain activities. You probably can’t do yoga to Gojira, for instance. There aren’t many people belly-dancing to Absu. Although if you are, more power to you! I lift weights and run around, so I like mid-paced to fast stuff that’s a bit uplifting and epic. Here are some of my favourites:

Accept – Teutonic Terror

The first single from Accept with Mark Tornillo as the vocalist, and it’s gold. Blood of the Nations and Stalingrad are always on my ears during workouts.

Blind Guardian – Time Stands Still (At the Iron Hill)

I like a lot of Blind Guardian’s punchier songs for lifting. This is one of my all-time faves. “Nightfall” and “Bright Eyes” are also good.

Sabaton – Primo Victoria

Pretty much every Sabaton album is on my gym playlist. Basically, this is perfect gym music.

Manowar – Number One

Yes, I am a cliche. Manowar are awesome. My favorite gym albums are Kings of Metal and Louder than Hell.

Heaven & Hell – I

I was at this show. Also, Dio rules.

Iron Maiden – Run to the Hills

Sticking with a bit of a running theme. All Iron Maiden makes great gym music – the galloping riffs are awesome for cardio.

Megadeth – Sweating Bullets

It seems appropriate.

Skyclad – Just What Nobody Wanted

Silent Whales of Lunar Sea is my favorite Skyclad album, and I have this on a lot at the gym.

Iron Maiden – Running Free

One of my favorite Maiden songs. The video’s a bit crap quality, but I love live version.

Electric Six – Gay Bar

OK, maybe it is something about this video …

The best bit is the hamster.

Korpiklaani – Vodka

Voices of Wilderness is my favourite Korpiklaani album, but all the songs by these crazy Finns make great workout music.

Amon Amarth – Guardians of Asgard

Mid-paced melodeath makes great gym music, especially if you’re really in the mood to push yourself. Nothing makes you want to lift shit, throw shit and punch shit like viking music.

Genitorturers – Kebangin’ All Night

Not one you should really sing aloud with your headphones on in the gym …

(she says from experience)

Alestorm – Keelhauled

There is no band more silly or fun to listen to than these guys. Alestorm have a new album out now, Sunset on the Golden Age, which you should definitely check out!

Manowar – Warriors of the World

I did mention that Manowar are awesome, right?

So there’s a snapshot of my typical gym playlist. What’s on yours?

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12 Comments on “Metal Mixtape: Steff’s Gym Playlist

September 19, 2014 at 8:46 am

Can’t go wrong with Rotting Christ, especially the Aealo album. My workouts are mostly HIIT so I need some hardcore motivation and pretending I’m a training Spartan does that for me.

BTWz, you can totally bellydance to odd things. When I’m in a committed work out phase, I often do 15-30 minutes of “free dance” on my rest days so that I don’t just sit around like a log and get sore. Some of my favorites are Immortal and Summoning.

September 6, 2014 at 10:54 am

Can’t go wrong with BATTLE BEAST!

August 28, 2014 at 5:20 am

I have a finely tuned Hammerfall playlist that has become my #1 workout soundtrack.

August 28, 2014 at 6:28 pm

@Gaby – ooh, good call. I often have Hammerfall songs on my list, too. Hearts on Fire and Home of the Brave and the like :)

September 1, 2014 at 11:17 am

omg heading the call is always on when i work for anything ahah

Aris Panagiotopoulos
August 27, 2014 at 6:11 am

I don’t go to the gym but I agree with most of your choices Steff, great taste you have there girl! Actually many of these, including Sabaton, Maiden, Manowar, Accept etc are always in my iphone and you can always find a random cd from one of these bands in my car, he he!

August 25, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Haha, I too think that Manowar’s Number 1 is great for training. It’s not musically too genius, but the lyrics are the thing that makes me somehow stronger lol. And not only for gym/sports. I actually played that song over and over again before my matriculation examination for university couple of months ago. In the end I didn’t get in, I was two points short, but Manowar’s Number 1 made me feel good after studying for months for the exam.

When I hit the gym or go for a walk, I really don’t have songs that I play every time I train. I just listen to music that I like to listen to at the time anyway. It changes over time. For now it’s actually for me too the Tornillo-era Accept-albums. Blood of the Nations and Stalingrad are close to perfect and Blind Rage is really good too, but not as good as the two before it. Nowadays I also listen to Overkill, Battle Beast, Sacred Reich, Kvelertak, Alestorm, Testament, Running Wild and some others I propably forgot. Also randomly some single songs from other bands. That list will propably look much different two weeks from now, but that’s what I listen to at the time.

August 28, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Actually now that I tink of it, there are couple of songs that I’ve been listening to a long time almost every time I’m at gym. For example these two:

Battle Beast’s “Fight, Kill, Die” is somehow very powerful and it also include’s one of Noora Louhimo’s best vocal performances. Battle Beast has many other songs like “Justice & Metal”, “Out of Control”, “Victory” and “Into the Heart of Danger” that I often listen to at gym, but this is the song I find myself listening to most.

Overkill’s “Armorist” from their new album hit me like a shovel in the face the first time I heard it. It’s easily one of their best songs and it’s so powerful that I get exhausted just listening to it.

August 28, 2014 at 6:27 pm


September 4, 2014 at 5:57 am

Haha yeah. :D Have you listened to them before?

September 11, 2014 at 8:01 pm

@JypeK – yeah, I’ve got their first album. Missed seeing them at Wacken because Blind Guardian were playing at the same time. It was the only clash I had the entire festival, and it was a doozy :(

September 17, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Oh, nice. Good to hear them having fans outside of Finland. You should check out their second album, it’s awesome too.

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