View Full Version : Another important aspect of training

12-04-2005, 02:38 PM
Or at least I consider it an important aspect of training... tunes! Anybody have any preferences for music they listen to while working out?

I know at the gym I used to go to a huge difference was made in my workout depending on what radio station they were piping in. They catered to top 40 and girly-rock for a while, but when several members complained and actually threatened to go elsewhere, they switched over in the afternoons to a classic rock station. I had much better workouts then, as the psychological edge of some decent tunes helped me out versus listening to Hollenback Girls (or whatever it's called, I always thought she was singing about "Harlem Fat Girls" until my wife corrected me when I asked her).

I took it a step further for the home gym and burned a couple compilations of some favorite songs onto a couple of CDs. More to go still, since this is a new project for me, but thus far I've got 2 discs in my changer and I'm enjoying my workouts even more than I usually do!

12-04-2005, 04:01 PM
I expect I'm in the minority here, but I don't mind the crappy, top 40 tunes they play in my gym. Why? Because I can tune them out completely - when I'm working out (weights or cardio), I'm completely inside my own head...good music is a distraction, because it takes my attention off of what I'm doing.

The city recently built a new fitness facility, in partnership with the school district - it's housed in the new high school arena complex. There's a walking/running track built around the top of the arena - which relatively few people use, because "there's nothing to look at" (no windows). I loooove it - it's like they built the place with me in mind...it's completely stark, which means there's absolutely nothing to keep me from occupying the "zone." Needless to state, I don't wear a headset, or run/chat with other people either.

12-04-2005, 07:59 PM
Iím with Elissa on this one. My gym plays music. I usually tune it out but I have complained about it being too loud a few times. I am at the gym to concentrate on what Iím doing Ö modest as that may be.

12-04-2005, 09:22 PM
When I'm pushing / pulling weights then I'm there too, and in the few moments where I enter into my own personal state of zen before starting the lift. It's between the lifts where I enjoy it. And during cardio music comes in handy for me too, helps me keep my mind off the fact that I really do not care for cardio all that much (I tend to get bored easily).

12-13-2005, 06:05 PM
To follow up on this subject...
I've been wanting to create a compilation type CD with adrenaline pumping music. Anyone have any suggestions of songs that get them pumped? (I hope no one tells me to take an NO2 supp :rolleyes: ) I know that Thunderstruck by AC/DC gets me going but I need a good bunch of songs to listen to when driving to my hockey games...

12-13-2005, 06:43 PM
Where do I begin...

AC/DC is a great touch, for certain. I find the first Nativity in Black, Black Sabbath tribute album has some great tunes on it for pumping up purposes (Paranoid, Symptom of the Universe, Ironman, Children of the Grave, and one or two others done by various bands). I also like several songs off of the Queen of the Damned soundtrack for some blood pumping tunes.

I've also got a serious thing for Megadeth and Metallica.

And if you're a little bit odd (like me), I also really like some of the songs that Man o War has put out over the years (I forget song names, unfortunately, even though I have several of their CDs).

Oh, and one (or two) final suggestion(s) : Devil's Plaything by Danzig and, if you really like Danzig, Mother as well.

12-18-2005, 07:08 AM
I agree - I think environment affects athletic performance, and music is part of that environment. Unfortunately my gym mainly plays Metro Top 40 so I also tune it out. However if they played different music I think I would benefit, and I would not have to tune it out. Basically I just play this type of music on the way to the gym to try to get in the right mindset.

For me the best music is some hard stuff to get you fired up and ready to rip someone's head off. That may not be politically correct but Ashley Simpson doesn't cut it when you have several hundred pounds on your back.

To this end I like either heavy metal / rock or hard core rap / hip-hop. Classic rock like Zepplin, Sabbath, AC/DC definitely fits, Metallica of course, also Tool, Rage Against the Machine, newer stuff like Godsmack, Audioslave, etc. Rap-wise I will put in old Wu-Tang, NWA, 2Pac, Mobb Deep, DMX, 50 Cent works too. It has to be the right song too. For example with 50 it would have to be "In My Hood" and not "21 Questions" or love song BS.

It can be anything as long as it's hard and heavy. There is a lot of other music I prefer more in these genres if I am just relaxing, i.e. Incubus or Kanye West, but they are not the best for a workout because I like the harder stuff at that time. It's just what works for me and my personality.