For the longest time I didn't train to my own music.
My iPod (given to me by a friend years before) was stolen from my car when some “youth” hoodlums busted the window and I never bothered to buy a new one.
I didn't like the idea of shuffling through the music to find the perfect song, messing with the volume and other settings instead of focusing on my workout.
I was wrong.
I purchased an MP3 player a couple months ago and I noticed an absolutely huge change in the quality of my training. Far more aggressive, lifting heavier and taking shorter rests.
To get pumped up I walk around the gym with my mood enhancing tunes until I'm ready to attack the weights and then it's on!
Music is a necessity in the gym. The right music takes you to a new level. The right music will turn your workout from ‘ok' or ‘good' to ‘monster‘.
Music makes a huge difference. Music makes ALL the difference. Music that moves you and makes you want to move puts you in a more aggressive state of mind and helps you hit the weights harder. Music fires you up more than anything.
It wouldn't matter so much if one were able to work out in silence or to the simple clanking of weights, but that is impossible in almost any gym. All gyms play music for teenage girls, the most inappropriate workout music known to man. Even trying to ignore that baloney it still affects your workout in a negative way. Working out to your own music is the only solution unless you like working out to teeny pop.
Heavy music that pumps you up, Ballads that remind you of pretty little Mary Sue in the 7th grade and flood you with emotion, Hip Hop that has an animal beat, music that transports you into another world, music that FIRES YOU UP – it all helps to push us further in the gym.
The right music can transport you into beast mode in the gym. Music is a way to manufacture a feeling. To feel energized listen to energetic music. To feel happy listen to happy music. To feel sad listen to sad music. To get into the mindset of a gym warrior, listen to a warrior's music.
Gym time is no time to be a music snob. Pick the music that pumps you up, not the music that makes you cooler and smarter than everyone else.
The Official BOLD & DETERMINED Gym Playlist:
Hard and Heavy:
Slayer : Here Comes the Pain
Metal is the gym music. The above songs were just made to pump iron to.
Rock n Roll:
Godsmack : I Stand Alone
Coheed and Cambria : Welcome Home
These rock songs are full of fire and energy.
Achozen : Deuces
Ill Bill ft. Immortal Technique and Max Cavalera : War is My Destiny
BOLD & DETERMINED hates rap but these songs are full of fire.
Ballads / Soft:
Dwight Yokam : A Thousand Miles From Nowhere
Sun Kil Moon : Duk Koo Kim
Guns N Roses : Don't Cry
These songs are great for light-weight days or cardio days. These aren't pump-up songs, these are songs for steady-state work.
Survivor : Eye of the Tiger (Rocky Theme Song)
Hulk Hogan : I Am a Real American
Nine Inch Nails : Closer (Seven Remix)
These songs make you want to get up and kill and do it with a smile.
Check out one of these songs before gym time and get FIRED UP!
Post your favorite gym tunes in the comment section.