Hey everyone, the holidays and are on the way which means it is a great time to get your fitnesson and work hard for the oncoming onslaught of tasty treats and delicious meals. Since you willbe training your brains out from October (or Rocktober as we know it) to the end of the year,what better excuse to explore some new music and pump up the volume?
As a trainer, music fan, musician, and former Nashville native, music is a critical part of my owntraining schedule. It should be a part of yours too! You will be surprised at how much an ampedup chorus in your favorite song can enable you to go the extra mile or crank out a few more reps. Music is a tool for naturally enhancing your work output capacity in exercise. It also has the abilityto put you in the zone, and temporarily remove you from your agenda whether that be in work,school, business, projects, stress, etc. I love using amped dance and rock music on mymetabolic, sprinting, and circuit training days to give me an extra boost for grinding through arigorous workout.
Using music that you love in your workout is more than just a pump up though, you can also useit to get in the zone in a more relaxed and focused manner. I love using powerful songs with aslower tempo on my hypertrophy (muscular growth) training days and for my long runs. There’ssomething about a steady beat, a piano, a string quartet,a good vocal, some acoustic guitar,classical, and even jazz that can get you on another level. Heck, I used to listen to Coldplay, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Citizen Cope, and Jack Johnson on 5 plus mile runs! Be adventuresomeand see what works for you.
On your slower resistance training days or your long, steadystatecardio days a slower tempocan help you detach from the world around you so that you are completely absolved in thatmoment. You can reach an almost zenlikestate with the music to where it is just you and thegoal in front of you. Block out the stresses of the day, this is your time!In case you want some ideas of what to listen to this fall, these are some of the artists that I’musing in my training.
● Justin Timberlake/The 20/20 Experience
● Thirty Seconds to Mars/Love, Lust, Faith, and Dreams
● Kings of Leon/Mechanical Bull
● Drake/Nothing was the Same
● The White Panda
○ Barely Legal Parts 1 and 2
○ Selected Tracks Parts 2 and 3
● Avenged Sevenfold/Hail to the King
● John Legend/ Love in the Future
● Somo/ My Life
● Gary Clark Jr./ Blak and Blu
● Deap Vally/ Get Deap!
● Van Halen/ Van Halen
● JayZ/Magna Carta Holy Grail
● Daft Punk/ Random Access Memories
● Luke Bryan/○ Tailgates and Tanlines○ Spring Break…Here to Party
● Fitz and the Tantrums/ More than Just a Dream
● Swedish House Mafia/ Until Now
● Buddy Guy/ Bring ‘Em In
● Maroon 5/ Overexposed
What music moves your workout?