Perception, Aggression, and Spice Girls

I’m a huge believer of using music as a tool in your armoury to push yourself beyond your limits. There’s studies to suggest that music can fool your brain by decreasing the perceived exertion during strenuous activity. I would link to these studies, but I’m not currently listening to music and perceive it to be too much effort right now.

There’s few things worse at the gym than having your iPod on shuffle when you’re in the middle of a set. All of a sudden your motivational song of choice finishes, and a beautiful, sensual ballad by Luther Vandross starts up, rendering you weak, tired and emotionally fragile.

Last week I experienced something far worse…forgetting my iPod.

Normally I can tolerate the substandard music that gets plastered around my gym, but that fateful morning was an exception, and prompted me to write this post. I was treated subjected to some kind of cheesy pop mega mix, and to be honest, I thought I was in hell. Worse still was the fact that for the WHOLE day, I couldn’t shift one of the songs out of my head. That song?Β Well I’m too embarrassed to even type out the title, so I’ll just casually post the video…

I sincerely hope you can’t shift this from your head either.

So, after the horror show of last week I wanted to post my top 5 lifting and cardio tracks.


You’ll notice quite an aggressive theme here. When lifting weights, I need that aggression. I like to stare at the bar like I’m about to fight it (I’m seeking counselling). Here’s the tracks that get me fired up:

5. Stiltskin – Inside

4. Eminem – Till I Collapse

3. Linkin Park – One Step Closer

2. Cypress Hill – Trouble

1. Papa Roach – Last Resort


Angry yet? Yep, me too. You’ll be pleased to know that I’m not angryΒ allΒ the time (notice the Luther Vandross reference earlier), so when I’m running or completing a cardio session, I like to listen to something a bit more upbeat and up-tempo.

5. Camo & Krooked – Cross The Line

4. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll (A Trak Remix)

3. Chase & Status – End Credits

2. The Prodigy –Β No Good

1. The Heavy – HowΒ You Like Me Now?

Hopefully this post has helped you unearth a few new gym tracks, as well as give you an insight into my aggressive yet loving persona (again, Luther Vandross).

Please feel free to add your favourite workout songs to the comments below!

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