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  • do you workout to music, and is there really a positive effect of it?

    just wondering if you listen to music while working out, and what kind? i listen to metal stuff that screams, because it's very intense sounding and gets me pumped ^_^ try listening to Veil of Maya- It's Not Safe To Swim Today. it's a very good song that i believe is great to workout to. and has anyone heard of working out to different genres of music having a positive effect?

  • #2
    No. No.

    The only effect I get is the earphone cord getting in the way, or the ipod screwing up a person's running form (hold an ipod, and film yourself running. You'll favor that arm, even if you strap it way up high). I also feel like I have no awareness of what is going on around me, which seems a bit dangerous when running outside.

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    • #3
      Yup. I listen to music. What kind depends on what I'm doing. If I'm running my preference is for techno. If I'm lifting then bouncy pop/dance music is good. I have my days where loud screaming music really fits too. But especially for running I like to have the music!

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      • #4
        I never run with music. When I run I don't want anything on my body that doesn't need to be. I am also pretty competitive and I feel you can't run races, marathons, whatever with music so don't practice with it. Get ur mind trained to get pre occupied by itself.

        That being said, I love me some gangster rap or heavy metal when I lift. Now a days I start my session with "red nation" by the game. Even tho little Wayne is in the chorus.

        I was benching and du hast by rammstien came on followed by Dragula by Rob zombie. That was a good combo

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        • #5
          If I'm running or rowing inside then I listen to music, but I turn it off when I'm lifting so I don't get distracted or caught in the earbud cord. I used to run a lot outside, sometimes 2 hours, and I could do that without music, and it was very zen and relaxing, etc., but inside on the treadmill music is non-negotiable.

          Re: the problem w/ holding an iPod or strapping it to you -- I have a nano (I don't know what 'generation' it is) that I can clip to my waistband, and it basically weighs nothing, which is nice.

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          • #6
            I have found I temper my running to the beat, which isn't ideal.

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            • #7
              I also listen to music during my work out. Music make me more inspired and more alive during my work out...
              I also got good mood when there is music around...Usually I listen to JLo songs...My favorite as of now is dance again...^_^

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              • #8
                Originally posted by breetbree View Post
                just wondering if you listen to music while working out, and what kind?
                I used to CW jog nine miles, wearing boots & carrying a rucksack with specified kit in, when training for an annual fell race. Stepping out to Tina Turner would knock five minutes off my time.

                Now that I do short intense workouts I don't bother with music as it takes an extra minute or more to set the iPod and ear pieces up.
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                • #9
                  I only listen to music if I am rowing or on the spin bike - for anything else I find it to be a distraction.

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                  • #10
                    I listen to metal while lifting. Helps with aggression. At least for me.
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                    • #11
                      great points, guys. i'm trying to get used to running to and sounding off to cadence, that's why i have some on my ipod. but i meant mostly for push ups and what not, i think it does help me, listen to that song i recommended while you work out and you may get pumped too ^_^ and for those who say it's a distraction, that's a good point but that's exactly what i need so i can focus on something else that's going on, i can kind of zone out while running. and it's not too big of a hazard because where i run, it is very lowly populated and at most i will see one or two cars pass by, that's on a busy day.

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                      • #12
                        I like music when I dance. All other forms of stuff - I tolerate music, but not love it. Though cranking up the volume during the HIT might produce a rise. Not always. I am not really into the music culture, I can't get it how people need it to do absolutely anything, from driving to working?
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                        • #13
                          I like listening to music when I swim. Open with the Jaws theme and I can pick up the pace nicely. Round it out with some high-energy music that I love, and it's easier to find energy for my sprints and for the last chunk of the workout. I'll frequently go "OH I love this song I can't stop now!" and swim that many more minutes than I'd originally planned.
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                          • #14
                            I like listening to music when lifting weights. I find that if I get "pumped" from the music it really lets me push harder. Also, if I'm a bit less than motivated, I can use music to get me in the mood prior to lifting weights and have a much better workout.

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                            • #15
                              It depends, I do seem to always have music on when working out, but depending on what I'm doing, I don't always hear the music... it's hard to explain. If I'm doing something relatively mild (a jog.. which never happens but you get the idea) I do tune into the music, if I'm doing weighted pull ups or something heavy I don't hear shit. I just focus on what I'm doing and getting the reps done.
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