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Guest Post: Where have all the Guitars gone?

By Sean | In Challenges, Psychology | on May 4, 2011

This might be the last of Brian’s posts for awhile.  It’s an instant classic…read on & enjoy.

Music definitely helps during a workout; it helps your rhythm and breaks up the sound of grunts, slamming weights and Marcus yelling at you. It also helps to motivate you and get you excited for the pain you are about to endure.  I’m too (busy, lazy, dumb, pick one) to find the real science backing up that claim however I would like to present a “study” done by Dave Chapelle and John Mayer though not exactly on topic, helps further my point.

For those who can’t view, they are experimenting with the electric guitar and its effect on white people (it’s hilarious if you haven’t seen it). Long story short, in one “experiment” they sneak into an upscale restaurant and John Mayer starts playing some heavy metal riff and the people react violently… breaking stuff etc.  I of course always laugh hysterically about how ridiculous it is, but it’s completely true.

Just like rap is for bootie shakin (or terrible attempts at it) and slow jams are for making sweet love down by the fire, metal seems to be tailor made for working out.  There is something about the electric guitar that brings out that aggression, that extra drive inside you that blocks the pain receptors telling you your legs are burning and lungs are on fire.  It’s the same reason mosh pits are not seen at NKOTB concerts, well unless Becky gets extra excited or one of the “new kids” breaks a hip and falls into the audience causing pandemonium.  Hang it up fellas…the “block” has passed you by a LONG time ago…. I’m off topic already.

We are all looking for an edge to get us through a tough workout whether it is an extra kip, more suited footwear, lucky shorts, etc. I think we are missing a valuable and relatively inexpensive accessory though.   When was the last time you heard CFI blaring out a solid block of metal.  I’m not talking about the one off songs that seem to find their way into the mix like a wandering dodo bird discovered in the Amazon. I’m talking about ear popping, guitar smashing, make your eyes bleed metal oooo weeeee!   …. …………….. ….. Man I got fired up and had to bang out a set of push-ups.   I mean I’m a simple man; I like my beer cold (gluten free of course), my jokes dirty, and my music to be loud, fast and screaming (TWSS).    I just find it unbelievable that our gym doesn’t have that sh*t cranked up to 11 everyday.  The choreographed chaos of barbells and bumper plates, the intensity, the aggression that comes with every workout is like the real life equivalent of the powerful riffs and thundering drums heard in the most well known metal anthems.

Now let me disclose that I don’t mind the music that is played and know it’s a very subjective topic, I’m just offering my two cents and some scientific proof via Dave Chappelle.  I’ve even actually found a few songs that are great to workout to outside of the metal genre…. “The New Workout Plan” by Kanye West for one.  The beat is great to get you through rhythmic exercises and it even has a hidden paleo message in it… “eat yo salad.. no dessert”.    However, since our gym has been on a metal embargo recently I will continue to explode my ear-drums on my commute home with some Metallica, Pantera, Thrice and Miley Cyrus.  What??…. It’s a guilty pleasure!   Don’t judge me.

So take it upon yourself (as I should have) and make a mix of your favorite workout tunes and bring it in if you would like to hear something else, variety is the spice of life!  Who knows, this little experiment may stumble upon the discovery that Barry Manilow is the optimal music for working out.

Post your favorite song to workout to … and your favorite guilty pleasure (so I don’t feel like I’m the only one).

WOD 05.04.11

Part One – Find your 1-RM Clean in 15 minutes or less
(power or full – get as much as you can from ground to racked, standing position);
and then,

Part Two – Complete the following for max reps:

  • Two minutes of Wall Ball Shots (20/14 lbs.)
  • 60 seconds of Rest
  • Two minutes of Kettlebell Swings (24/16 kg)
  • 60 seconds of Rest
  • Two minutes of Box Jumps (24″/20″)
  • 60 seconds of Rest
  • Two minutes of Rowing (for calories)

(courtesy of CrossFit Invictus)

*compare to 04.04.11*

16 Comments to "Guest Post: Where have all the Guitars gone?"

  • Nik Werre says:

    May 4, 2011 at 7:22 AM -

    Anything by Eminem or Linkin Park.

    guilty pleasure, lifesize by a fine frenzy. My cousin (shes 12) told me this song made me seem like less of a man…now I only play it with the windows up.


  • Jake the Snake says:

    May 4, 2011 at 8:57 AM -

    Remember the Name-Fort Minor
    You Spin Me Right Round- Marilyn Manson

    gp would be theme from Rocky

  • Xuan says:

    May 4, 2011 at 9:21 AM -

    HA HA HA HA…well done my Italian friend.

  • Amy says:

    May 4, 2011 at 9:28 AM -

    I’m down with any sort of inappropriate rap song. The more ridiculous the better (i.e. Ludicrous’ underrated “go to sleep, ho”)

    Guilty pleasure has to be Ke$ha. That dollar sign name alone makes me embarrassed that I like her.

  • the Pooj says:

    May 4, 2011 at 9:35 AM -

    maneater by nelly furtado or dontcha by pussycat dolls :)

    guilty pleasure (omg so effing embarassing) “party in the usa” I DONT KNOW WHY!!!!

  • Alia says:

    May 4, 2011 at 9:49 AM -

    So . . . what you’re sayin is . . . =)

    Love “Gonna get through this” Daniel Bedingfield. And I’m with ‘the Pooj’ on ‘Maneater’. I like the old school hip hop stuff and guilty pleasure is happy house and happy techno.

  • melissa says:

    May 4, 2011 at 9:59 AM -

    favorite to work out to: if you want blood – ac/dc. i know, i know; you thought i was going to say “anything by jay-z.” 😉
    guilty pleasure: pooja – meeting each other must’ve been written in the stars, as i TOO constantly find myself noddin’ my head like yeah.

  • Melina says:

    May 4, 2011 at 11:44 AM -

    “slow jams are for making sweet love down by the fire” :) SO freaking funny, love this post.

    I love to work out to Rammstein – angry sounding men screaming in German just makes me want to move. Maybe that’s just me :)
    Guilty pleasure would be Beyonce’s Single ladies – just so sassy.

  • Becky says:

    May 4, 2011 at 12:46 PM -

    hey hey hey …. NKOTB Fo Life ya’ll.
    But, Ok, not to WOD to.

    hip hop is the bestest for me. anything with loud hard beats. 50 Cent never gets old.

    sean, i’ll send you pics from the cruise next week of me and donnie high fiving!

  • Mark Miller (M^2) says:

    May 4, 2011 at 1:19 PM -

    We can transition to good ol’ geee-tar by Ratatat Remix Vol 2. The “Party & BS” – remix (adding Ratatat guitar) of Biggie Smalls’ song that will get you going.

    I like bringing the anger. I like Melina’s suggestion of Rammstein. Rage Against the Machine (early stuff), NIN, Tool, Pantera, old Metallica, Prodigy is good too.

  • Tyler says:

    May 4, 2011 at 3:35 PM -

    Brian, you will be proud to know that we blasted Iron Maiden during todays WOD at Noon. Fear of the Dark def got us a couple more wall balls.

    My gp, proudly, is some good reggaeton….bring on the pitbull, daddy yankee, needs to be in espanol to count though

    1. ruth says:

      May 4, 2011 at 3:50 PM -

      Alas, I too prefer the hip hop. I guess I’m not as white as I think I am..

      Fantastic post as usual Brian. Keep em coming!

  • Holley says:

    May 4, 2011 at 4:33 PM -

    I like to listen to jock jams which is also probably a guilty pleasure. It also makes for great jump roping music.

    GP: Power line songs (like from the Goofy Movie) and I’ll agree with the Party in the USA song, but it’s best remixed with Notorious BIG

  • Holley says:

    May 4, 2011 at 4:49 PM -

    Also, heats are posted for Saturday. If you are interested in coming, below are the times for the first two WODS, I included Nicole’s times for those who know her. The Valley girls (Kristan Clever, Katie Hogan and Rebecca Voigt) are going to be competing and so if you’re interested in seeing them compete, I included their times too. There will be a third WOD but we don’t know what heat we’ll be in until that day.

    WOD 1:
    Nicole: 8:00
    Holley: 8:00
    Alia: 8:45
    Advanced female: 9:15

    WOD 2:
    Nicole: 11:51
    Holley: 12:08
    Alia: 12:25
    Advanced female: 1:51

  • Holley says:

    May 4, 2011 at 4:50 PM -

    *Holley: 8:15

  • Aaron says:

    May 5, 2011 at 11:57 AM -

    I thought about Slayer but realized I just want to start breaking things once I listen to them, not so much workout music.

    Metallica would be my choice, mainly the old stuff with heavy guitar riffs.

    My guilty pleasure would be Bruce Springsteen- Born to Run.

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