We all know the right jams can make or break a workout; music has even been scientifically proven to boost mood, dull pain, and make you feel less tired when exercising.
But what kind of music is most effective for your workout? Our friends from Massive Music stopped by to chat why you might want to switch up your playlist and workout to something a lot heavier than that trap remix of ‘Single Ladies’ next time…
HEAVY METAL CAN HELP REDUCE STRESS
A study by The University of Queensland has found that extreme music such as heavy metal can reduce stress, increase positive emotions and even regulate sadness and anger. Considering that stress can sabotage your concentration, impair mobility and slow your recovery, it can be really beneficial to listen to some soothing blast-beats to get you in the mental zone for your workout. Turn the volume up to 11, and you’ll be able to block the rest of the world out and focus more easily too.
HEAVY METAL DOES THE SCREAMING FOR YOU
Have you ever found yourself just wanting to scream through the pain of a hardcore HIIT sprint sesh? Well, Heavy Metal can do all the vocal work for you. You can channel all of your aggression, which allows you to push through pain barriers more easily. This catharsis will allow you to get angry, work harder and sweat more. It will also help you release all of those happy endorphins. Just imagine you’re screaming at your boss.
HEAVY METAL CAN HELP YOU TAP INTO YOUR PRIMAL INSTINCTS
Metal Music features heavy, loud repetitive drumming. In ancient times, soldiers would march into battle to the heavy, booming sound of war drums. The regular tempo would keep the marchers in time with each other, and the repetitive beats would intimidate the enemy, who could hear the soldiers marching closer and closer. These days, modern soldiers listen to their iTunes before going into battle, and they account for 40% of the fan mail sent to the band Slayer every year. Heavy Metal can help trigger our primal fight or flight instinct; filling us with adrenaline.
HEAVY METAL IS MORE THAN JUST FAST GUITARS & SCREAMING
Just like any other music genre, there are a plethora of sub-genres to choose from. For a warm up, try some early Heavy Metal like Black Sabbath or early Metallica for some heavy lyrics and steady beats. Then transition into something faster, heavier and nastier, like Slipknot, for those moments you need to grit your teeth and dig deep. Most metal tracks have a lot of groove which you can really get stuck in to. It’s the perfect soundtrack for heavy lifting, kettlebells, or rounds and rounds of burpees.
Right at the end of your workout, try listening to a long, droney doom track when you stretch out (our recommendation is Undersmile), it’s like taking a bath in warm guitar!