MUSIC (Part I)
Whether you are at One World doing a group session or training solo, there is usually someone there giving you support and coaching tips while you are in the middle of your workout. On numerous occasions during my personal workout time, I have thought: a) no one is watching me, and b) my technique and/or range of motion were good. It’s always very humbling to be in the middle of a squat rep and hear someone out of nowhere chirp in that you aren’t going low enough or you aren’t opening the hip all the way up.
Many people like to workout to music. Unfortunately, it sometimes gets so noisy at One World that we can’t crank up the stereo. Sometimes, people put on headphones during their workouts. Here’s the story.....as a coach, it’s very frustrating for me to coach you if you can’t hear what I am saying. If you are working out with a group or solo, and you don’t care what I or anyone else is saying, realize that you might be missing out on some new coaching cue that could make you much better at a movement or even a workout.
Now don’t get me wrong...I workout in headphones all the time. I usually workout alone or away from a group session. For the most part, there is no one around, but if there are folks around, I usually turn the headphones down so I can hear anything anyone might say to me. Quite frankly, to be in a room full of people or even just a few folks and turn your headphones up so loud that you can’t hear anyone is just rude!
If the workout has a lot of running in it, I love to wear my iPod, but in all honesty, I only hear the music when I am running or when my hands are on my knees as I gasp for air between reps (even then I only catch bits and pieces). My favorite song has yet to make me run faster, but I really wish it would! When I am working hard, and I am in the middle of a thruster, a pull-up, a push-up....whatever, I have no idea what is blaring in my headphones....nor do a I care. If you can hear the music when you are performing any movement at high intensity, you aren’t working hard enough.
A good song can totally fire you up to workout, but I guarantee that your Fran time (or any other workout) improves based on your physical preparedness. It does not improve because you have your favorite song on.
So what am I getting at??? Get inspired, but don’t be rude!
Agree/Disagree? Post to comments.
MUSIC (Part II)
What music motivates you? Got a favorite band(s), song(s), or a set of lyrics from a song(s) that gets you fired up?
My favorite "fire me up songs" right now are:
"Wars" by Hurt
"Broken Again" by Another Animal
"Renegade" by (Hed) P.E.
"The Bleeding" by Five Finger Death Punch
How can you not get fired up after listening to a band called Five Finger Death Punch?!?!
Post your favs to comments.
One World closed July 4th and 5th. If any of you trainers plan on being at the gym during the weekend and don't mind training with others, post to comments.
Run 400m four times. Rest exactly two minutes between efforts.
Programmed by freddy c.
Coach's Corner: I hate this workout! The third attempt is just so damn brutal! The fourth isn't so bad because you know it is the last one! I am by no means an expert runner, but here is my strategy when I attempt this workout. I try to take long steady strides to start without going full tilt boogie, I step it up at the 200m and 300m marks. If you have a watch with a stopwatch function, make sure you wear it.