Today I want to talk about music choices for training, I’ve mentioned it already this week on my Facebook pages but wanted to write something a little longer to properly explain myself. I got some really good feedback when this was covered on FB so I want to show that feedback to you and offer a revised opinion. This was what I put on FB which outlines the points I want to make today:
Those of you who train at Fit Performance gym with me may know that recently I have been experimenting with different types of music during training, especially slow classical, piano music. (much to the annoyance of my training partners) I had been overly reliant on fast, heavy music in the past to wind myself up and falsely create an adrenalin buzz, then rely on that to get me through a heavy session. However this can only get you so far and in the end I wound myself up so much I ended up not concentrating on what I was supposed to be doing. Coach suggested actually trying to relax before and during training by sitting down in a corner, sipping a cold drink and listening to some slow tunes.
You need lots of concentration when doing lifts like this one! Adrenalin is the last thing you want in this situation.
These are some of the comments I received:
I’ve used this before and actually found it beneficial. I listen to a lot of violin music while I train. Standing in front of the bar visualising the movement and slow breathing whilst listening to classical music was far more effective than my earlier on rage inspired work out, my technique went to the wall when listening to heavy music. Although, I agree with Phil, doesn’t always matter! I still like a bit of rage on a 1RM day!
I’ve found if I’m in the right frame of mind for t he session it doesn’t matter what is playing, sometimes silence is fine as you would have in most competitions. Each to their own.
To be honest I think both guys have hit the nail on the head with their comments, everyone is different and what helps someone get through a session won’t necessarily work for another. It may not even work for the same person on different days as Phil alludes to!
Maybe here you need some fast tunes for the last 150m of a race!
I suppose my message is really to find several types of music that seem to work for you, experiment with them and don’t be afraid to train in silence sometimes. See if you can psyche yourself up without the aid of music….
PS-thanks for the feedback Phil and Scott!