6 Slipknot Songs That Will Take Your Next Workout To The Next Level

Honestly, you don't need to go to the gym to enjoy them

April 10, 2019

“One day you will get wings and you will go, ‘Slipknot got me through some of the hardest times in my life...’” -Shawn “Clown” Crahan, discussing the origin of the term "maggots”- which what this rowdy band from Iowa calls their diehard fans.

I’ve been a maggot for well over a decade. Slipknot got me through some of the hardest times of my life. I often refer to Iowa as my best friend from high school. It helped me feel understood instead of crazy. It connected with me when I was at my loneliest and most isolated.

Eventually I found the gym to help me sort and channel my negative emotions. Which is absolutely the most important part of working out for me these days and why I’m such a big advocate for it. Before that, I had Slipknot to help. Today, those worlds collide.

Here are MY top 6 Slipknot songs to lift to (in reverse chronological order):


The raw emotion of losing Paul Gray shines through on this one from their most recent album, which is named after their late bassist. If you ask me the 2:35-mark sounds the most like Iowa of anything they’ve put out since.


Opium of the People:

Corey Taylor repeatedly reminding you that “THE ONLY WAY IS ALL THE WAY” while you lift weights? Are you kidding me? No-brainer.


The Shape:


These two are both slammin’ and I chose them because they’re deep cuts (as deep as songs from such a legendary album can be) from Iowa. Everyone talks about what a great record it is, but often bring up songs on the first half. I totally get it, but I’ve also developed an even deeper love for the second half as I’ve continued to listen to it over the past 16 years or so. Sentiments aside, these are just f***in’ BANGERS in the gym. The aggression of the music and the agony in Corey’s vocals will get you through those tough reps.



If you’ve watched the Disasterpieces DVD as many times as I have, you just automatically say “We’re all goin’ home in a body bag” at around the 15-second mark. It’s just what it is. The gym is a great place to listen to the chorus. It’s also a great place to go to escape the things that make the lyrics of the chorus so relatable.


Spit It Out

The song that started it all for me. I might’ve heard Wait and Bleed first, but I really fell in love with Slipknot with this music video. I didn’t get any of the Shining references cuz I didn’t see that til a few years later, but I just thought the whole thing was super badass (I’ve had dreams about that kid’s white eye balls at the 27-second mark) and loved the song. LIke Surfacing, it has a super sweet live addition on the Disasterpieces DVD, WHICH YOU CAN SEE IN PERSON AT PAIN IN THE GRASS, but in the gym, you want the studio version to keep the intensity up!

That was fun.

I didn’t start #WeightRoomWednesday to give you rep and set schemes or fancy exercises. There’s enough of that out there already if you wanna look for it. It all works if you do it consistently, which includes being smart enough to not let your ego pick the weight, which is a surefire way to get hurt, which prevents you from staying consistent. Use your muscles, not momentum. Feel them working. Remember- a good lifter makes the heavy weight look light, and the light weight FEEL heavy. Here’s some more tips to go with your awesome soundtrack.

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Have fun and do your best,

Matt Koch

Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach (American Council on Exercise; Precision Nutrition)