When I’m not squatting, eating large animals, or writing articles, I am conducting scientific experiments in the LiftBigEatBig superlab. At the request of one of my readers, I have spent the last week testing and re-testing music designed to help you PR on your lifts. Music that can travel in through the eardrums, down the spine and into your muscle tissue so that you can wrestle that weight all the way to full lockout. After pulling a few late nights, sticking headphones on lab rats who were deadlifting and squatting, I have compiled the top ten songs that are scientifically proven to increase your squat (in no particular order). 1. Metallica: Broken, Beat and Scarred
If the title alone doesn’t sum up a workout, then maybe the lyrics will:
You rise, you fall, you’re down then you rise again What don’t kill ya make ya more strong You rise, you fall, you’re down then you rise again What don’t kill ya make ya more strong
I usually put this song on at the beginning of my workouts to help my insides boil with anticipation. The standard Metallica intro pairs nicely with a Burgener warm-up, with a slight aroma of SHUT THE F*CK UP AND SQUAT!
2. Daft Punk-TRON Legacy Soundtrack- C.L.U.
I have to thank Big Pao Sanchez for introducing me to this soundtrack. The songs takes a little while to get warmed up (as should you…don’t squat cold!) but at about 1:30 it takes your mind through an epic journey that requires the biggest of cojones. It pairs nicely with some pre-training mobility or the halfway mark of the Filthy 50, when time seems to slow down and you feel like you are in a battle scene of 300.
3. Amon Amarth- Twilight of the Thunder God
I don’t know about you, but any song that involves Thor kicking names and taking ass instantly increases my testosterone and HGH. This song pairs well with a final staredown with the bar before a backsquat. 4. Lifeseeker- Gone Guru
I’m still not sure what this song is about, but it has one of the best beats I have ever heard. Pairs well with a short metcon or if you are hunting down escaped zombie convicts in a Winnebago.
5. Black Label Society- Suicide Messiah
As the title suggests, this song is best played in an all-or-nothing situation. Best paired with your last attempt at a deadlift PR after failing the last 2 attempts. *Warning– May set your shoes on fire.
6. Pantera- Cemetery Gates
Kicking it a little old school with this one. But remember, there is no school like the old school, and Pantera is the freaking headmaster. Don’t let the slow intro fool you, or you may just end up falling on your face in the middle of a power clean when the metal starts. Pairs well with the sticking point on your OH press or bench press.
7. Dead Prez- It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop (Dubbed Out Mix)
It wouldn’t be a complete LiftBigEatBig.com playlist without a dubstep song in here. It’s an easy song to have in the background while you are hating life in the middle of your 6AM conditioning training. Pairs well with 100 burpees or never-ending sled drags.
8. Killswitch Engage-Holy Diver (Dio Cover)
Dio wrote a good song, KSE covered it and made a great song. The fact that the lead singer looks like Morpheus from the Matrix doesn’t hurt the band’s image either. Short and sweet, this song pairs well with the last set of a 5×5 to help you squeeze every last ounce of energy out of the tank.
9. Metallica- Human
Thought I was done with Metallica? Think again! I remember when I got my first Metallica CD. My dad found it and made me break it in half while he watched because he thought it was devil music. Now, he wants to go take me to a Metallica concert. Consistency is the key to great parenting. Pairs well with the first workout of the week when you aren’t sure how you feel after the weekend binge.
10. Septic Flesh-Rising
Never heard of Greek Orchestra Metal? What are you, homeschooled? Check out the other songs on the album. Guaranteed to make you bigger and better. Pairs well with the application of chalk, weight belts, headbands, and lifting shoes.
There you go, the top 10 songs to make you PR, courtesy of my team of scientists and myself. Play a few of these songs during your next training session and see if you don’t hit a giant PR. Happy Friday.