Heavy Lifters, Get in the Mood with a Heavy Metal Workout

by Allen Gil June 11, 2015

Heavy Lifters, Get in the Mood with a Heavy Metal Workout

Pairing the right music with your workout can mean the difference between pushing through and making gains, or failing and wasting your time. There is nothing worse than getting ready to max out on a deadlift or bench press and Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" comes on your shuffled playlist. How can you get mad and push yourself to the max with the smooth voice of that blue-eyed soul artist relaxing your body? You can’t... That's why you need to preplan your playlist to match your workout.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

The Heavy Lifter

Power lifts, bench presses and deadlifts

Heavy metal for heavy lifters is the name of this strongman's game. In order to have big gains and promote myofibrillar hypertrophy, you need to be able to push past the final rep that you feel yourself failing.

Sometimes, the best way to get through your workout is to get pissed off at those weights. That’s why I suggest you pick music that makes you want to fight and break things. You need to attack the weights like they are your mortal enemy and then rip their heads off with your bare hands… Or something like that.

For that, I suggest the following artists: 

  • Pantera
  • Slayer
  • Sworn Enemy
  • Biohazard
  • As Blood Runs Black
Try checking out some of those seriously heavy bands or any others that help to put you in a pumped up, or pissed off, mood. This may sound silly, but stop and think about why listening to intense music could be so helpful: when you are trying to push yourself past the breaking point, anger is often the key to that little extra bump of strength you need to finish that last rep.

The Calming Sounds of Cardio

Running, jogging, cycling, stair climbs

If heavy lifts (or heavy metal) aren't your bag and you are trying to lower blood pressure and lose weight, you are likely no stranger to low-intensity cardio. When chasing the calorie burn, it's all about your endurance.

You’ll want to pair that 120-minute treadmill walk with music that is going to promote a strong and steady heart beat, as well as keep you entertained for two hours.

The Mayo Clinic says that a healthy resting heart beat is anywhere from 60 to 100 beats per minute (BPM) and that most healthy athletes have a resting heart rate of 40 BPM. I’d suggest working out to music that hits the 60-100 BPM sweet spot. This will keep your internal rhythm pulsating throughout the workout without over-exerting your most important muscle of all. I suggest listening to classical music composers like: 

  • Chopin
  • Debussey
  • Liszt
Classical music may not be what you love to listen to on a regular basis, but give it a try next time while you’re running; you may be surprised by how well it calms you and your heart down during those long jogs.

Allen Gil
Allen Gil


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