7 Rap Songs Guaranteed to Get You Pumped at the Gym

Rap songs don't only serve as bops on the street, they are also great for the gym. Here are some rap songs that will get you pumped for all your workout sessions.


Dec. 8 2023, Published 4:55 p.m. ET

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There is nothing quite like the feeling you get after a successful workout. Your body feels relaxed, healthier, and sexier. However, we all need a little motivation to keep going sometimes — and the music you are listening to can make or break a workout.

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In fact, listening to music while working out has been proven to reduce the perception of fatigue and exertion during exercise, according to a study.

So whether you do your workout at the city gym, a home gym, or your backyard, make sure to add these rap songs to your playlist right now to get your energy pumped and ready for that workout.

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"Going Bad" — Meek Mill (feat Drake)

"Going Bad" by Meek Mill is about going bad on enemies, so it works perfectly for those working on getting revenge bodies. This is an 86 BPM tempo and 3 minutes long, so you will not lose your rhythm when doing those reps.

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"X Gon' Give It To Ya" — DMX

DMX's "X Gon' Give It to Ya" has been played on adrenaline movie scenes for years because it's that perfect song. It's perfect for pre-workout, or that first five minutes when you’re doing your warm-ups. It speaks to people’s struggles and reminds them that they can overcome adversity and have successful lives.

It’s highly energetic and you might just find yourself singing along.

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"Mama Said Knock You Out" — LL Cool J

LL Cool J has always just been that good guy. His message in this song is positive and motivating. The song has a tempo of 102 BMP and runs for almost 5 minutes. This means you can do about two sets of exercises while knocking out your opponent. The song is highly energetic and danceable.

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"Lose Yourself" — Eminem

This is a personal favorite, Eminem took us into his soul with this song. It’s a 171 BPMA tempo, running for nearly six minutes. It’s a highly energetic song and it’s also danceable. This song is perfect for pre-workout or that treadmill run.

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"APES--T" — The Carters

"APES--T" is a moody track by Beyoncé and Jay-Z. It has a tempo of 160 BPM and runs for almost five minutes. This song has high energy and it’s danceable.

You would never mess up your reps when you have this song on as it gives you rhythm with its beat.

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"Hold On" — Skepta (Fred V & Grafix Remix)

This is a song by Skepta, and it has a tempo of 87 BPM. The song is highly motivational, in the sense that it works as a "pick me up". So if you are struggling with that workout, this song will keep you going. The track is almost five minutes long, it has high energy, and is somewhat danceable.

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"Work REMIX" — A$AP Ferg (feat. A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Trinidad James & ScHoolboy Q)

A$AP Ferg can always be trusted to deliver such high-energy sogs. This is a moody song with a tempo of 130 BPM, Overall, the song is about living a lavish lifestyle that comes with hard work and perseverance, despite the risks involved. A perfect song to get you working those muscles at the gym.

What is your go-to rap song at the gym?

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