and researchers agree thereís a connection between a good sweat and
a good song.
music can create a "rhythm response," such as tapping your
toes. During a workout or race, it can regulate your pace, take your
mind off any pain and remind you of happy memories. After reviewing
studies on the psychology of exercise music last year, a British
expert wrote one could think of music as "a type of legal
Mark Van Guilder doesnít need scientific research to know what helps
him perform. Heís a fan of "Canít Stop" by Red Hot Chili
Peppers. In fact, the Admirals were undefeated last season in games
with that song playing in the dressing room, Van Guilder says.
"Great song, upbeat, impossible not to bob your head while
listening," he says. "Good song to work out to, great song
to play pingpong to. It really gets me going."
Also on Van
Guilderís playlist: "Coming Undone" (Korn), because it
brings back memories of weightlifting workouts at Notre Dame; and
"Breaking the Habit" (Linkin Park).
John Henson works out to "Land of the Snakes" (J Cole),
"Blood on the Leaves" (Kanye West) and "Somewhere in
America" (Jay Z).
like music thatís too hard core. I just like something thatís
smooth ó maybe not too smooth, but easy to listen to and even
motivational in a sense," says Henson. "It doesnít matter
what kind of workout Iím doing. I know some people like different
music for different things, but itís all the same for me."
triathlete and Waukesha native Gwen Jorgensen unplugs while swimming,
cycling or running. "I train sans music because I am training
with others," she explains. "Itís more enjoyable to talk
to others during training sessions."
In the gym,
however, she enjoys upbeat country music such as "Cruise" by
Florida Georgia Line. Jorgensen, who recently moved to Australia for
winter training and Spain for summer training, and changed coaches,
draws inspiration from Darius Ruckerís "Learn to Live:"
live to learn
You gotta crash
You gotta make
And take some
the message is clear ó we sometimes have to trust and just go all
in," says Jorgensen, who is contention to be ranked No. 1 in the
world this year.