When it comes to working out, you need a good soundtrack to 'hit the weights', run on the treadmill or down the street, and for Cardio based workouts. 

Not going to lie, I'm lazy when it comes to the motivation to actually want to workout but when I muster it up, I need some killer tunes to get me to push myself to the limit.

Here are my Top 5 albums that you can usually find blasting out of my earbuds on a regular basis. Enjoy!

  • Soilwork "Natural Born Chaos"

    Swedish melodic death metal band Soilwork kicks off our list with the album that introduced a new sound for the band, "Natural Born Chaos".

    This album was a departure from their previous speed/death metal sound and gave the band more melody in their songs. This was my first taste of the band and I've been a fan since.

    "Follow The Hallow" kicks off the 10 songs album and never looks back thrashing from one track to another. If you need some motivation, you've found it here.

  • Hail The Villain "Population: Decline"

    A very under appreciated album from a band that really went under the radar upon their debut release. Hail The Villain's "Population: Decline" is one of those straight up, non-stop, in-your-face rock albums that gets you pumped the entire way through.

    Pick up this album and be surprised, a lot of people don't know about it and now you do.

    Currently the band is looking for a new lead singer after their original (heard on the album) had major vocal issues and had to leave the band.

  • Blue Stahli "Blue Stahli"

    Blue Stahli I happened upon in a search for Electro-Rock bands like Celldweller. Blue Stahli has done soundtrack for a variety of video games you've played (Dead Rising 1 & 2) and movies/trailers you've seen (Iron Man 3, Expendables 2).

    The album rocks from track one, "Ultranumb", all the way to the finale with "Give Me Everything You've Got". This has been blasting in my ears on a regular basis for almost 2 years in the gym.

  • Fort Minor "DJ Green Lantern Presents: We Major"

    Though not a thorough "rock album" the DJ Green Lantern mixtape "We Major" puts a killer twist on Mike Shinoda's Fort Minor debut. Featuring mesh-ups and samples straight from Led Zeppelin, Guns N' Roses, Jimi Hendrix and more; the album is a perfect workout soundtrack from start to finish.

    "Cover & Duck" is one of my personal favorite picks off the album.

  • Pantera "The Best Of..."

    16 blistering hits in one shot, don't get no better.

    Pantera is one of those bands that can bring out the drive to start and finish a workout. Wither you go front to back or hit random - it works.