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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
July 9, 2018
I have had a rather hilarious history with music here at Parsons Training. My reputation is rather sullied at the moment, especially since I sort of earned the derision I bring onto myself. Every time I have been the one to choose music to play in the gym, people get weary of the subject. The references to past choices always come up, and this had made me something of a pariah at the gym. Okay, the time I played the Fat Boys in the gym, I deserved the disparagement I got. When you got a rap song going on about eating meat flanks and exorbitant amounts of soda, that is not really the kind of music you wanna get your pump to. Truth be told I still get hungry whenever I hear that song. Must be the Pavlov’s Dog response for me. There was also the time where I played Mega Man music in the gym. While I was rocking to the 8-bit marvels, some of the other people did not get into it. I had to change the channel to a more rock friendly station. But this always leads to the biggest problem in the gym world…what music do you play? This has led to plenty of arguments over the years at various gyms across the world, for just about every group of people seem to have some type of music they want to listen to. When I went to my other gym—Snap Fitness—they always seemed to have inoffensive 90s music on the docket. Nobody really liked Sugar Ray back then, and nobody really likes them now. C’mon! Seriously, find me a person that does not feel shame for enjoying that band. You couldn’t give away their CD at a church rummage sale. Now this music choice was essential because you have a wide variety of people coming into the gym and you don’t want to offend people either with satanic death metal or dirty rap. So in this setting, listening Melissa Etheridge is par for the course. Anyway, the way we listen to music can really alter our consciousness and how we approach our fitness. I am no stranger to this ideal.
For most people, music is the perfect tool to help pace yourself in whatever you do. When your mind is being mentally stimulated, this allows you to push yourself into other realms you didn’t think possible. https://www.acefitness.org/education-and-resources/lifestyle/blog/5763/how-music-affects-exercise-motivationOne part of this article I really subscribe to is the fact the right kind of music can really help you with coordination. Think about that fast music you use when you are running. Do you go with a faster paced song when gunning for a personal best? A lot of people utilize this method when running, and I guess I am the weird one in this regard. When I used to run prominently, the pace of the song really had nothing to do with the run. Typically long, long winded songs were what I used for the first half of my runs. Typically I saved the faster stuff for the middle section of the run, for this was a good auditory cue to tell me that I need to keep going, and sometimes this gave me a jolt of energy. Typically I always ended my run with a really long song, which forced me to finish strong. Truth be told, I don’t know how people can run without some form of music going in their head. I mean, running is such a lonely pursuit that you might as well listen to some music in your head, right?
Now having fast paced music when you do a cardio based activity is kind of essential, especially when you need a good rhythm to keep you going. This can also be said to help with the boredom that is instituted with cardio based workouts in general. But what about weight lifting? Now there are two schools of thought on this, and this article kind of fleshes it out pretty well. https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/music-and-weightlifting-dont-mix-or-do-theyFor some people, getting that playlist right is the perfect impetus for making that personal best. Listening to something that makes you feel good or elevates your mood can mean the difference between getting that personal best and missing the lift. It works for me in that respect as well. When I got on a tear the other night writing my other blog, the words came quickly and thanks to a little Rage Against the Machine and Pearl Jam, I finished a massive blog post in a matter of hours. Elevating your mood can help elevate your blood flow and give you a much more positive outlook on the lift. Combining these two things can lead you to make the leap on the lift. The other side of the coin of course is silence. Go into a gym run by an old school lifter and you will see the difference. A lot of lifters would prefer the lack of music so instructions can be heard during the lifts in addition to words of encouragement (typically in the guise of expletive laden tirades). Either way is going to work in the process, especially since people react differently to the cues of the environment. There really is no right or wrong way to do this, but it might be a good idea to train yourself in both mediums, especially if you are doing competitions. The conditions you find yourself succeeding in are not always going to be the conditions at meets and competitions. So be sure to cross train in multiple mediums.
Now this really all depends on what type of person you are. For me, I often times have a problem with motivation, so making the mental conditions as comfortable as possible will keep me going. From time to time, I don’t need those conditions, kind of like last week where I did my “Mega Man” workout. It didn’t matter what the heck was playing, beating that beast of a workout was what I wanted to do. And then there are some days where I need that extra “oomph,” like the time I played a bunch of punk music during a workout that was extremely rep heavy. Hearing guys yell anti-pop culture diatribes really got me going. And then there is the final piece to the puzzle, one pioneered by Parsons Training. If you cannot do a set of exercises, then you might be “punished” with music you don’t like. In this case, I had to beat a certain number of reps or else my ear drums would be clobbered with country music. Trust me, the gym did not like the times when I did not make the rep count. I think we can all agree that Kenny Chesney and Toby Keith are not conducive to a good workout routine. In fact those two seem to make people wanna drink uncontrollably and question their life choices (at least that is what I hope).
Okay, jokes aside, what do you think is your power voice that allows you to succeed in your workout? Well, I say run with that idea and make the most of it!
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