Everyone Has That 1 Song
…that gets you all pumped for your CrossFit workout.
It’s been an ongoing joke with my noon coach and some other friends at the box regarding the the box owner’s obsession with this one song.
Niggas in Paris:
I was a HUGE fan of this song…until it was played like 4382749238743294 times at the gym.
Not hating on our owner, but it was just so amusing how much this song amped him up. It’s obvious to him that people have been getting annoyed by the song. I even heard one time he was working out alone and looked around the box before putting that song on the sound system.
Too many lolz.
Well You Know What?
As much as we joke around about it, he really shouldn’t have any reason to care what we think about his obsession with the song. It’s his jam. It’s that song that puts him in the zone, in that perfect mindset for the workout.
And sometimes, these pump up songs are just flat-out stupid. Dumb. Lame.
No, I don’t delve into the old school Jock Jams songs, but I do indulge in mainstream rap/hip hop/whatever you’re supposed to call it.
For example, right now, my song of choice is “Donald Trump” by Mac Miller:
I came across this song a while back, but it’s that song of mine that makes me want to just take over a workout while having a blast.
Yes, I would classify it to fall under one of those lame/stupid songs, and I don’t mind it. Basically, I play it on repeat on the way to the gym, and I’m pretty much set.
But Why This Song?
Well, whenever I’m doing work on the computer, I like to play a song just before I get “wired in” as a sign to not fuck around. It’s one of my mental signals to start my day.
Also, just hearing the lyrics of wanting to take over the world, making money, and proving the haters wrong pushes me to work harder. Yes, lame…but it works.
So pretty much that same mental “start” is what I get from playing Donald Trump on the way to the box. My mind and body are ready for that beating through the WOD. Rather than being caught off guard with the intensity, I’m pretty much asking for the pain as I’m ready for it.
At Times, I Hate Pandora
Actually, most of the time, I do.
You see, after getting pumped on the way to the gym, having a good warmup sesh, and having good vibes going into the WOD, it’s such a boner kill when a song that just doesn’t do the job starts playing.
For a while, there seemed to have been some kind of uniform CrossFit playlist. Seriously. I’d watch videos of the Games back in 2010, and the songs were exactly what we listened to at the box. It was a mix of your typical classic workout songs like Rage Against the Machine and the top pop/hip hop songs of that summer (Jason Derulo, Taio Cruz, Rihanna, etc…).
It must’ve been the “Today’s Pop/Hip Hop Hits” Pandora playlist.
Then lately, our Pandora playlists have either been a mix of Drake, recent pop stuff, electro/dubstep, and random “workout” music.
There’s never really a middle ground with the music we hear at the gym. You either love it or hate it.
Then Again, It Doesn’t Really Matter
Thanks to that 1 song prepping you up for battle, you should be in such a state of mind that you can cancel out the bad tunes. Shit, you might be able to totally ignore the music all together.
…do you have your own song that gets you in the zone for a WOD? If you do, post in the comments!