04/27/2012 08:00 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

HuffPost Workouts: Amp it Up Playlist

Every once in a while a workout comes along that feels like moving a mountain. Sometimes it's a new routine or the final push through an exercise plateau, other times it's just an early morning when it feels particularly difficult to get out of bed when the alarm goes off.

In those moments, for me, the best songs are larger-than-life anthems of confidence and self-worth. They work for the same reason the commercials from my favorite Nike ad campaign work:

If we all walked around saying things like "My strong apologizes for making your strong look like cottage cheese," we'd probably lose a lot of friends. But in those solitary fitness moments, when, for whatever reason, your brain is threatening to convince your body to quit, we can all stand to get a little cocky if that's what it takes to reach the finish line. The right amount of confidence can only help your workouts.

I call this my "Amp It Up" (or "I'm The Ish") playlist. While many of the lyrics are admittedly pretty over-the-top, there are relatable messages underneath the grandeur. So go ahead; believe your fast is that fast.

  • King Of Anything -- Sara Bareilles
  • I'm The Best -- Nicki Minaj
  • Replaceable -- Ella Riot
  • Get Outta My Way -- Kylie Minogue
  • Ragtime Interlude/I'm Really Hot -- Missy Elliott
  • Dirt Off Your Shoulder -- Jay-Z
  • Took The Night -- Chelley
  • I'm The Ish -- DJ Class
  • Chelley -- Took The Night
  • List Of Demands (Reparations) -- Saul Williams
  • Monster -- Kanye West
  • The Jump Off -- Lil' Kim
  • Pretty Girl Rock -- Keri Hilson
  • Diva -- Beyonce

For more music, check out the rest of the HuffPost Workouts series here.