Classic beats in the weight room


Mason Berger

The site of it all: the Panther Fitness Center

Throughout my whole time in Elder’s weight room, some things have never changed. Obviously, we’re in a new state of the art facility, but many aspects of the weight room still are the same, and may never change.

One thing that has stayed consistent throughout my four years of lifting is the music, believe it or not. I have heard a plethora of songs played in the weight room in my lifetime, and there definitely some better than others.

A couple years back, there was an article written on the most overplayed weight room songs, so I’ll talk about some of the better songs to be played in the weight room.

While there are so many songs played in the Tank, I could only list a few. A few that I can recall off the top of my head. But, here are some of the better songs to be played in the weight room.

The Devil is a Lie by Rick Ross and Jay-Z

There are plenty of Rick Ross songs in the weight room, but this one tops all of them. Honestly couldn’t make out any words in this song for years, but it’s perfect for the weight room environment. This should be played at Elder for the rest of Elder Strength’s existence.

Draco by Future

People sleep on this one. Many people would recognize this in the weight room, but have no clue of it outside of the weight room. One of those songs that you know the music, but not the name.

The Notorious B.I.G.

Going Back to Cali by The Notorious B.I.G.

Nothing bad to say about this one. You can never go wrong with playing Biggie in the weight room. I hear it a lot, but I’m not complaining. It’s a song that every Panther knows of, specifically due to lifting.

Right Above It by Lil Wayne and Drake

Possibly the most inspirational song played in the weight room. Lil Wayne and Drake are frequent artists played, so two in one is a bonus. You can count on hearing this song multiple times per week, so you better get to like it.

Walk by Pantera

This song is quite strange. Very heavy metal, it’s a head banger. Nevertheless, in my opinion, I associate this song so much with Elder strength that I have no choice but to put this on the list. RE! SPECT! WALK! ARE YOU TALKIN’ TO ME?! Never will I forget those lyrics, for as long as I live. Plus “Pantera” means panther in Spanish, so that’s pretty neat.

0-100 / The Catch Up by Drake

Possibly the top song played in the weight room. Even though it’s getting more and more dated as the years go on, this song is still great. You also get to see some guys try to rap this song lyric for lyric, so it’s quite comical as well.

The Who performing live

Baba O’Riley by The Who

For all the classic rock guys in the weight room, this is easily a favorite. When this song comes on, there is immediately several guys who start playing air drums, piano, or guitar. It really does something to the atmosphere of the room. Never a bad time to play this song.

Are You Gonna Be My Girl by Jet

Everyone at Elder was introduced to this song once they started lifting at Elder. This song reminds me of a car chase scene in a movie, to be honest. Anyway, it’s fitting for the weight room, and is loud and upbeat.

Now, songs are being added by the week, so it’s not like we’re stuck with the same playlist for eternity. But, most of these songs have been played for years and years, even before I was at Elder. These songs are basically staples in Elder’s weight room.

If you are at all interested in some of the songs we play in the PFC, check out this playlist on Spotify. Feel free to provide some suggestions.