What’s the most annoying thing about going to the gym? Is it the number of people? Weights all over the floor? Not being able do the exercise you want? It’s actually none of those.
The most annoying thing is the god-awful music they play on repeat. I don’t know about you, but music directly impacts if I’m going to get a good workout in, or if I just waste my time.
But fear not, because I have found some of the best songs to add to your gym playlist. They also all happen to be anime openings but that’s just a funny coincidence, scouts honour.
Jiyuu No Tsubasa (Attack on Titan)
Speaking of scouts, the first song that is guaranteed to get anyone ready to run an easy 10km is Jiyuu No Tsubasa, the second opening for Attack on Titan. Some might say that there are other openings from this show that are more fitting for a high intensity workout and to that I say, have you heard the chorus?
Gurenge (Demon Slayer)
This next one I have a feeling most people have at least heard once, Gurenge from Demon Slayer. Yes, one of the most popular shows of the last few years has one of the best openings for the gym- I know, what an original opinion. But even if this pick isn’t all that unique, Gurenge is still a certified bop for that 1 rep max.
Rise (The Rising of the Shield Hero)
Moving on from the well-known ones, here is one of my personal favourites – Rise from The Rising of the Shield Hero. This song fits perfectly with your cardio (because I know everyone loves cardio), with its constant energy and fast pace that’ll inspire you to go faster and faster.
Long Shot (Re:Zero)
Changing styles is Long Shot from Re:Zero. Even without the guitar solos, with the amount of determination the song can give you – especially leading up to the chorus and the chorus itself, you’ll be smashing out those reps in record time. A decent chunk of this song is also in English, so you can actually sing along a bit if that’s your thing.
Inferno (Fire Force)
Switching back to guitar solos is Inferno from Fire Force. Now this is a song that could be used for any exercise you want. It doesn’t matter if it’s cardio or weights, Inferno will get you pumped up to smash your personal best and maybe try out a dance move if you’re by yourself (or if you’re with others if you have the courage for that, you do you).
Peace Sign (My Hero Academia)
Next is a song from one of my favourite shows, Peace Sign from My Hero Academia. This fits best if you’re training for something like an event, competition, or match. The overwhelming feeling you’ll get from Peace Sign is that of striving for your best. Not only will this song motivate you, but it’ll also raise your mood as well – two effects for the price of one.
Black Rover (Black Clover)
You could pick any opening from Black Clover for your workout playlist, but I’ve gone with Black Rover. The steady build combined with the piano and explosive chorus is just what you need to finish of that last set and surpass your limits (that sounded cooler in my head).
Oath Sign (Fate Zero)
Here’s where some of my own personal bias comes in, but only a little bit with Oath Sign from Fate Zero. This song doesn’t immediately get going and if that is a deal breaker, completely understand. But if you can get through that initial section, the beat and vocals pick up and make you feel like you can fight god or become him!
Like Flames (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime)
One of the more recent inclusions in my workout playlist is Like Flames from That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. I think this would work best as the first song you listen to, maybe when you’re warming up (don’t forget to stretch). The general vibe of this song will put you in the right mindset to push yourself until you collapse (don’t actually though, it kinda sucks).
Ambiguous (Kill la Kill)
Now this one is definitely 100% biased and not for everyone. Ambiguous from Kill la Kill hasn’t left my playlist from the moment I heard it. Does it fit everyone’s definition of a workout song? No. Is it very different from everything else I have mentioned? Yes. Would you like the song more if you watched the show? Maybe. In the end though, this song never fails to get me through that last 100 metres or that last rep, so I don’t really care if I’m being biased here, just give me this one.
And there you have it, 10 anime openings that can help keep you motivated and entertained during your next workout. There’s plenty more out there as well so go find that next key song for your workout playlist by watching some anime.
You can read more about my thoughts on anime openings here.