Some may call this a vice, but my favorite music to listen to when I work out is hip-hop and dance mixes.

I love it. When I’m working out, I slip into my fighter mentality. I don’t advocate a dog eat dog attitude, but I think that there is a lack of tenacity that is perpetrated in our American culture and even within the church. Meek, mild, and fatalistic really isn’t all we’re called to be.

Although they don’t channel their frustrations and desires well the vast majority of the time, one thing a lot of these artists get is that you’ve got to be willing to fight for what you’re working towards. No one will hand it to you.

The fact is that the things that are worth the most in life are things you have to fight for. For me, something I’ve had to fight for is my self-esteem, and my new workout regimen has been a big part of that.

So here is my workout playlist that pumps me up to kick butt through my workout. The bold are the ones I feel keep with the theme of the post.

  • Shut Up and Drive- Rhianna
  • Low- Flo Rida
  • Let’s Get it Started- Black Eyed Peas
  • One, Two Step- Ciara
  • Mama Said Knock You Out- LL Cool J
  • Party Like a Rock Star- Shop Boyz
  • Stronger- Kanye West
  • Lose Yourself- Eminem
  • This is Why I’m Hot- Mims
  • Sexyback- Justin Timberlake
  • Hips Don’t Lie- Shakira
  • Don’ Cha- Pussycat Dolls
  • Vertigo- U2

*note, author does not necessarily recommend these songs

What are the songs that pump you up? What do you work out to? I’m always looking for new workout music.