Lifting: The Movie

15 April 2015
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Lifting: The Movie

Greetings, gravity busters. So far, we've strived to help you build the soundtrack to your quest for gains by tapping into music in general, as well as the video game industry. So, as you can easily guess, it is time to look to the wonderful realm of movies, where music is crucial when it comes to the tone of a scene or even an entire film. So, in no particular order:

Danger Zone (Top Gun)
When badass super spy Archer obsesses over a song, that piece deserves our attention. So take off your shirt and grab that volleyball. Hm, perhaps not, but this is still a pretty awesome song! 

Eye of the Tiger (Rocky III)
This one's a no-brainer. Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" is all about challenge, going the distance, and staying hungry. Incidentally, all of those terms can be found in the lyrics of the song, along with "hanging tough" and "thrill of the fight". This track exists to motivate and push one's limits, so it's very easy to see how it made it on this list.

Confusion (Blade) 
Back when the first Blade came out in 1998, I went in not expecting much. Remember, this is about a year before the first X-Men came out, and Marvel was on the verge of going belly up. And then, I was hit with the rave scene right at the beginning of the movie. Holy crap! Right then and there, I knew this would not only be an awesome flick, but one based on a comic book, no less.

Navras (Matrix Revolutions)
Say what you will about the Matrix trilogy's final installment, there is no denying that this track is one of its high points, and gets your heart pumping. After I heard this one, I was ready to kick some ass!



Mona Lisa Overdrive (Matrix Reloaded)
I've never been big on car chases. In most cases, they are the low points of action movies. But if there is one exception that springs to mind for me, it's the car chase in The Matrix Reloaded. Where Navras made you feel like you can bring about the apocalypse all by your lonesome, Mona Lisa Overdrive feels like you can take on all comers and no challenge is too ambitious. When this track hits your ears, you want to be the underdog!



Duel of the Fates (Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace)
Come on, guys, do I really have to explain this one? The only, only truly good part of Episode 1 was Obi- Wan and Qui-Gon versus Darth Maul, and I'll be damned if this track doesn't match the huge amount of awesome presented to us by this fight scene.

Anvil of Crom (Conan the Barbarian)
Mongol General: Conan! What is best in life?
Conan: Crush your enemies. See them driven before you. Hear the lamentations of their women.
Mongol General: That is good! That is good.


Predator (main title track)
You could be lost in some jungle, with some alien armed to the teeth with high tech gear hunting you for sport. As long as you have your gains and this track on your playlist, you'll be fine!


Terminator 2 (main title track)
On top of being one of Arnie's best movies, Terminator 2 featured a bitchin' soundtrack, the best of which is the theme track itself. Not only does it kick any lack of energy in the balls, but it even features some metallic percussion demanding the pumping of iron.



What do you guys think? What other movie tracks should have made on this list? There is no such thing as too much good music, so please let us know about your favorite gym tunage from the movies.

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