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Hip-Hop and you, the Martial Artist
An angry guitar riff starts off another long set of death metal training music. Like white boy crack, all my training partners seem to gravitate towards another white male’s angry screams.
Not really my scene, though, and I know I’m not alone. A lot of people train to what some might consider, “unconventional,” music. What you’ll see here, though, should be right near the top of the list, in m opinion.
Hip-Hop, son. Yah, I said it. “Why the **** would I want to listen to hip-hop while training, Kai? Don’t you know Rock/GangsterRap is so much more Hardcore?” Yah, maybe, but better for training? No, and I’ll explain why, in three easy steps.
Today’s metal has a tendency to be all over the place in terms of rhythm and pacing, but both classic and modern hip-hop relies on a steady and strong beat. So, while your more frantic tunes may seem to induce higher levels of adrenaline, a good hip-hop vibe can contribute to a good biorhythm, which help your body with all kinds of things, with increased blood flow and lower lactic acid build-up just being a couple.
While you may LIKE rock/metal, having a different style of music while you train can actually help establish a different mood for training. Some studies suggest that volume/intensity is a less important factor in workouts than BeatsPerMinute/Rhythm. Simply hearing a steady beat in your head can push you to perform athletic feats for longer periods of time, as any runner can attest to.
3: Change is Good
Staying away from a stagnant training environment is a very effective way of keeping overall attitude of the gym up in the satisfactory range. If all you here is one type of background noise while you train, it can lose it’s positive effect. Keeping new material in your cd changer can be Justas important as changing up your drills to work on your weaker areas.
Only you can truly say whether this gift from our brother-of-African-descent is truly for you, but try it, and I think you’ll see it can be a definite (even if infrequent) addition to your training routine.