It's not that music doesn't have a small place in every ones heart that works out. Music is our motivation, our pace. It sets us in the mood, whether for workout, relaxation or just plain party time. However, with CrossFit, I find that things are a little different. There seems to be three categories, Rock, Rap, or Dance. And with all of them, it's loud, heavy bass, with some kick a$$ lyrics to boot. Now, that's not to say that I haven't had my share of workouts with Kenny Chesney and the Zac Brown Band or with Show Tunes and Miley Cyrus at a specific gym in Massachusetts, but it's a special day when something else is kicking around. Could you imagine walking into a CrossFit gym and they had some mellow jazz playing in the background. . . ."Yo Coach, crank that up!", probably not what I am going to be hearing.
Likewise, have you ever worked out in the eerie silence? It's quite interesting, the sound of your breath echoing off the walls, the thud of your feet as you hit the top of the box jump, or the rattle of the bar when you drop the weight. . . not to mention when the music goes out and you hear the interesting noises that other people make. The groans, the moans and all else that could cause some embarrassment. I remember one of the first times I met a long friend of mine through CrossFit, he was deadlifting with someone else, the music stops and all of a sudden I hear a trumpet come from his rear. . . yup, nice to meet ya, I'm Tony, and he shall remain nameless. . . .for now.
But there is something always playing in your mind, my hope is that it isn't the wicked witch theme from the Wizard of Oz when a Coach is speaking with you. And I don't want you to be self-critical and start singing Daniel Powders, "Bad Day" while you are trying to do Fran.
I wish that the songs that inspire you to want to work hard are stuck in your head like King Arthur's sword in the stone. Finishing the workout is the only way to get the sword out.
I had thought that it would be possible to link a whole bunch of music for everyone via this post, but you have your Ipod's, your DJ's, and your gym. Find something you like and play it. Share with others your inspiration. Most CrossFitter's will be the first to lend an ear. We like motivation, we like inspiration, and we always like getting somewhere together.
Don't be too self-critical if you like listening to Enya or Michael Bolton while you work out, I am sure there is someone else that has the same issue . . .
The point is, when you workout, it's nice to have something accompanying you along the way, so put on your olympic lifting dancing shoes or your vibram "get down with your bad-self" five finger moonwalkers and have some fun in the next workout.
"Music cleanses the understanding; inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to itself."
- Henry Ward Beecher