What is going on Gym N Japan! This week we are going to discuss with you the different types of music gym rats listen to during their workouts. Then we will give you our opinion, what’s trending at the moment and what we like to listen to ourselves.
Before we get into the meat of this (because we all know how much you all love a bit of meat), we first want to say there are so many genres of music, so we are narrowing it down to just 5 different types to keep this from being too long (because we also know you hate to read anything more than 10 paragraphs in a single week).
The music world has changed quite dramatically in the last 5-10 years. There is so much out there now and it’s hard to keep up with all the good and bad shit. But we want to simplify it for you here and now, giving you the only good stuff for you to listen to and why or why you should change your gym music. But hey, if you get a sick, filthy pump from Adele and Katy Perry blasting in your ear, then I am not going to judge you in the slightest! You go get it girl (or guy - I’m guilty of 5SOS in my headphones lately - Jake)
What is hardstyle you might be asking? To put it really simply, it’s like having demons in your ear, little goblins running around and ruining the inside of your head, drowning out any emotions, fears, doubts and giving you the strength and energy to bench 200kg as your warm up. By no means is this screamo…because we have a strong DISLIKE (we don’t hate here), for this genre of music. It is more techno style music. Now to be specific of the type of hardstyle we recommend, for me (Jake) personally, I exclusively listen to ANIME HARDSTYLE. An artist to check out is AniLifts - they do some unreal songs. But honestly, most hardstyles are similar, I just prefer the sound of Luffy and Goku yelling in my ear instead of Zyzz or Arnold.
This one is pretty self explanatory really? This is just all the new or old pop music from the early 2000’s to now. From time to time I will have this playing in my warm up, on the drive to the gym or when I have days where I am pinging off my head on pre workout, and the thought of blasting insane hardstyle in my head will probably make me do something stupid like squat 500 kilograms. So we put on some pop to level out the amount of pre-workout we just had. Pop is always a safe go to on the days you aren’t sure what you want. You pick today's top 100 or your favourite pop playlist (which is probably your most played one anyway) and you just vibe along to the songs in your head and maybe have a little dance between sets or tap your foot to the beat.
This is something we don’t personally listen to but we know it is one of the more popular genres of music. I think this has a similar vibe to hardstyle music. It can get you really pumped up and in the zone to smash your workout. When you’re working out, it’s kind of distracting to have the words in your head because you tend to get lost in the music and not focus on the movement you’re currently doing. So rap can be good because half the time you can’t focus on the words and lets you stay in the zone and in the moment of the workout.
THE GYMS MUSIC
Okay, before we get punched in the gut for even suggesting this option, some gyms actually have good music. Or at least half decent music. But sometimes, and it’s something I (Jake) has done a fair bit, is actually just putting my headphones on but not having music playing. You can faintly hear the gym music through the noise canceling but it’s enough to drown out your own thoughts and feelings to allow you to focus on your breathing, make sure you don’t fart too loud on the squat and you aren’t grunting too much on the bench press. It isn’t for everyone but on some days, it’s nice to not worry about what song should be played next and just vibe to yourself. Plus you can hear some of the conversation going on around you when everyone starts talking about how fkn sick and juicy your chest pump is looking.
Honestly, this is just anything else that falls out of the above 4 categories. If you are listening to anything else then like I said, you do you and if that gets you pumped, in the zone and you get an insane workout in, every, single, session, then keep doing it. We would LOVE to know what your genre of music is!
Our Favourite Genre:
Jake - Personally at this point in time, I have ascended beyond my physical self and am now a firm believer in the power of Hardstyle music. If you had asked me about my thoughts about this about 4 months ago, I would tell you that hardstyle is disgusting and I hate it. But that is because I never gave it a chance. Now, I seriously almost never listen to anything else. Turning that anime hardstyle shit up as low as you can comfortably tolerate before your brain explodes and ears begin to bleed gets you so in the zone that you could lift an elephant over your head.
Haydon - I think I have ascended beyond everything in this universe and I don’t listen to music while I train… I find it too distracting or I honestly don’t even listen to it throughout the session.. some sessions I wouldn’t even remember a single song that plays on the gym speakers lol
But if I were to listen to music regularly I would listen to some hardstyle/edm or probably punk rock (that just pumps me up idk)..
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