Back in the day I would get really psyched up before a big lift and couldn’t approach a barbell without In Flames, Killswitch Engage, AC/DC or Metallica blasting through the loudspeakers.
I’ve also mellowed out in the music department and in the last month alone have set PR’s listening to 50 Cent, Bomfunk MC’s and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
But I still get that extra kick whenever a raw, hard metal song with banging guitar riffs and a hoarse, heavy voice like that of James Hetfield comes on.
Here are my top picks for the best Metallica training songs of all time…
How can you not approach a weight with unshakable determination when James starts shouting “Some kind of MONSTEEERRRRR”. Instantly adds a 10% increase on any lift.
That scene where the Allied soldiers storm Omaha Beach in Saving Private Ryan is absolutely sick.
Watching it with Fade to Black in the background makes it epic.
Not the band’s most popular track but I dig the pace here. And those cool Mission Impossible vibes going on in the music video certainly don’t hurt their street cred.
A short but punchy song that makes you wanna lift shit.
Cool melodic intro followed by James’ powerful vocals before the instruments take over at the end. Feels like two different songs. Still rocks, though.
Metallica’s unbelievable rendition of the classic Bob Seger song. I could listen to this all day long.
Another cover that beats the original by a mile.
Best Metallica Unforgiven song?
What the heck, I’ll lump them all together…
Sick intro. S-I-C-K. That’s all I’m gonna say.
I get so pumped up when this song comes on that I’m ready to bash my head through a brick wall. Better than a bottle of ammonia.
A badass song with a badass music video. I can smell the testosterone through my computer screen.
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Yunus Barisik, CSCS, is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for an elite junior hockey organization based in Espoo, Finland. He has trained hundreds of hockey players at the junior, college and pro levels, including NHL Draft picks and World Champions. An accomplished author, Yunus has had articles published on top fitness and performance sites, including STACK and Muscle & Strength. He also wrote Next Level Hockey Training, a comprehensive resource for ice hockey players on building athletic strength, size and power, while staying injury-free.