TOP 11 Metallica Training Songs - Next Level Athletics

TOP 11 Metallica Training Songs

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.


Over the years, I’ve moved away from a powerlifting-centric training program to one prioritizing bodyweight movements and dumbbell exercises that won’t beat up my joints as badly.

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…

#11 Some Kind of Monster

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.

#10 Fade to Black

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.

#9 I Disappear

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.

#8 Die, Die My Darling

A short but punchy song that makes you wanna lift shit.

#7 The Day That Never Comes

Cool melodic intro followed by James’ powerful vocals before the instruments take over at the end. Feels like two different songs. Still rocks, though.

#6 Turn the Page

Metallica’s unbelievable rendition of the classic Bob Seger song. I could listen to this all day long.

#5 Whiskey in the Jar

Another cover that beats the original by a mile.

#4 Unforgiven 1, 2 & 3

Best Metallica Unforgiven song?

What the heck, I’ll lump them all together…

#3 For Whom the Bell Tolls

Sick intro. S-I-C-K. That’s all I’m gonna say.

#2 Fuel

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.

#1 St. Anger

A badass song with a badass music video. I can smell the testosterone through my computer screen.

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Yunus Barisik

Yunus Barisik, CSCS, specializes in making hockey players strong, fast and explosive. He has trained 500+ 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 T Nation, 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.

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