Music and sports go hand in hand. Music raises your adrenaline to new heights, enabling you to run that extra mile on the treadmill or it gets you into a zone before a big game. In every genre of music, there are songs and artists that have that special aeffect over people. From heavy metal to pop, here are some songs to add to your playlist before hitting the gym.
“Go DJ and I’m Me”- Lil Wayne
Before every race during the Olympics, gold-medalist Michael Phelps would listen to “I’m Me” by Lil Wayne. Playing this song won’t turn you into an eight-time gold medalist but you may find some inspiration in it. With lines like, “Yes I am the best/and no I ain’t positive I’m definite” it’s no surprise that this was Phelps’ song of choice. “Go DJ,” on the other hand, may not provide you inspiration in its lyrics, but the energy of the song will make you want to run harder or lift more.
“Bad Romance”- Lady Gaga
Even if you’re not a fan of Lady Gaga, you have to admit this song will get your blood pumping. Brandon Jennings of the Milwaukee Bucks posted a video on Youtube of himself jamming to some Gaga, so she must be somewhat popular among athletes. But professional athletes would most likely not admit to being Gaga fans. Whether you want to admit it or not, putting some Gaga on your iPod will make you run a little faster–just ask anyone who takes a spin class at Koret.
“Enter the Sandman”- Metallica
If you think a Lady Gaga song makes your adrenaline pump, try working out to some heavy metal. Mariano Rivera, arguably the best-ever closer in baseball, enters games with this song blaring. For baseball players, especially pitchers, entrance music is important. Every hitter and pitcher has their own song that they use to pump them up when going up to plate or walking to the mound. When Mariano Rivera gets inducted into the hall of fame the lyrics of “Enter the Sandman” should be on his plaque because without it he may not be as dominant… ok, he would definitely be dominant, but there’s a reason why he listens to this song. If this song gets Mariano Rivera in the zone to close out World Series games, then it will surely get you ready for a workout.
“Roc Boys”- Jay-Z
During last year’s NBA Playoffs the Lakers would come out of the locker room to this song, among other Jay-Z songs. LeBron James has repeatedly said that he listens to a lot of Jay-Z before games to get him into his comfort zone. Many athletes besides LeBron James and the Lakers listen to Jay-Z before games. His lyrical ability will get anyone into a comfort zone or at least make you bob your head. Just try not to get caught grooving along when listening to this song during a workout.
“Beat it”-Michael Jackson
There had to be at least one Michael Jackson song on your workout playlist. The king of pop has a plethora of songs to choose from but this is my personal favorite for a workout. There is so much energy in this song, which is perfect for getting that adrenaline you need to have a successful workout. Michael Jackson is popular with everyone, so his songs must come up on pro athletes’ pre-game playlists. This song will have everyone moon walking around the gym, so don’t be embarrassed if you start dancing when this song comes up on your shuffle.
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