Article written by Marshall White for LiftBigEatBig.com
Alright, that's it! I've had a gut full and I have to say something! Listening to metal all the time in gym SUCKS!! There I said it. I know some of you are going to hate me for this but I have to say it. I'm so tired of going in to the gym and hearing that blaring screaming music and watching dudes walk around all puffed up and excited, gritting their teeth and mean mugging everyone.
Look I can get in to metal just as much as the next guy, I love Lamb of God and Meshuggah, hell I can even get down with some Belphegor and Children of Bodin. Here's the thing though, in my many years in the gym I've come to realize that the guys listening to metal, spreading their lats and mean mugging everyone the most are usually the ones lifting the least amount of weight. Now, this is not a hard and fast rule it's just a casual observation I've made, so don't go getting all butt hurt on me. If you are butt hurt then you just proved my point.
Think about this, the Spartans didn't have Pantera when they marched off to war, neither did the Scots, Vikings, or any other badass society. Yes, these societies had some horns and stringed instruments but do you know what they mainly whooped ass to? Drums. Yeah that's right they conquered and rampaged to some sick beats. The drums set a rhythm that they could follow and do work to. I'm sure there's some theories out there about circadian rhythms and all that, and that would be interesting to research, but for now what I know is I, along with tons of other big lifters lift better to drum beat based music.
Lets take a look at some of the best lifters in the world. Ever notice how Klokov's videos always have trance or house music playing in the background? How about Zydrunas Savickas? See what I'm getting at here? I'm not saying listening to metal is bad or even negative, what I am saying is that maybe you should try throwing on some hip hop or some dub step once in a while. I know that Streaky and Stephanie love listening to dub step while training and myself, Talia, and Pastor always throw on some dirty rap, and all of us as a team put up big ass lifts on the reg. Give it a shot, if nothing else hopefully it'll broaden your horizons and maybe make you a little less angry while in the gym.