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Best 80’s Songs for a Workout [VIDEOS]

The 80’s gave us many things. Pump-up-able music is just one. Here are my favorite 80’s songs for a great workout.

This list has to be in no particular order, lest I start ducking to avoid dumbbells thrown at me by those who think I ranked it wrong. Some would say that this list should begin and end with Rocky. They are right.

Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

If this song doesn’t make you want to go to the ghettos of Chicago to prepare for a fight against Mr. T, nothing will.

It’s the thrill of the fight, rising up to the challenge of our rival…

Only the Young – Journey

It’s all about Loudon Swain(Matthew Modine) and that silver rubber suit. How could he beat ‘Shoot’? By running and listening to a lot of Journey.

Pride (In the Name of Love) – U2

What more in the name of love? In what else is there to have pride if not love? A driving tune, and great bpm for running.

Burning Heart – Survivor

Okay, a strong ‘Rocky’ bias is starting to creep into this post. There is absolutely nothing I can do about that. These songs are scientifically proven to be the best workout tracks from the 80’s. Or something.

This one hits really close to home for me. As a high school swimmer, I had to do things that were ridiculously hard, and the phrase that would go through my head again and again was from this song.

“Though his body cries ‘Stop!’, his spirit cries ‘Never!’.

Thank you, pool, may I have another?

We’re Not Gonna Take It – Twisted Sister

Take what? It, man. It. Run harder, lift more, and REFUSE to take it. Whatever ‘it’ may be.

Gonna Fly Now – Bill Conti

Cliche? Yep. Cheesy? Maybe. Effective? Try to tell me it isn’t. I don’t care if you’re training for a 5k, an Ironman Triatholon, or for nothing, this song makes you feel like you have to beat Ivan Drago or the East will take over the West. It’s epic, and that epic feeling is yours for the taking. My favorite is when it comes on shuffle, unexpectedly propelling me into Mickey’s gym. I can do it! And we will always love you, Mick.

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