Over the next five weeks I am going to post 5 motivational training strategies that work for me. Here is week one:
Motivation Strategy One: Bagpipes.
For years I trained in a big corporate gym that played life sucking, God-awful, stick a screw driver in my ear, music. I swear they had a contract with the Black Eyed Peas to play that Tonight’s Going to Be a Good Night song four times an hour – God do I hate that song, and if you don’t then you live under a rock because that song has been played so much no one could possibly continue to like it. Anyway, I got an iPod shuffle but I was too cheap/principled to buy music from Apple that I already owned so that didn’t help much. Then I discovered Pandora and it was like the gates from heaven opened to my ears. I can listen to music that actually doesn’t suck! Music like bagpipes. Something about listening to the pipes and drums makes me want to go to war and in a gym that is a good feeling to have. Next time you are standing in a squat rack blast some Scotland the Brave and I bet you kill that set.
Ok I am sure bagpipes doesn’t work for everyone (maybe if you’re a Brit) but we all have that music that makes us want to lift, run, hurt someone…figure it out and that 5th set of deadlifts won’t suck half as bad.
I know they are pretty much just a boy band with a banjo, but tell me this song doesn’t make you want to go running, do some pushups, play the fiddle…
Was that Froning on the keyboard?
This song by Flogging Molly always makes me train hard. I think if I was a fighter I would walk out to this song:
If neither of those songs work for you, this one works for EVERYONE. Admit it, this song rocks!
Music is great motivation. One time I was finishing up a set of pushups and the Go-Go’s song, Vacation, came on and true story–I did pushups for the rest of the song AND IT WAS EASY.