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Deadlift PR


So I'm loading up getting ready to pull a deadlift for a PR (which I did) but right on the radio as I'm prepping comes some nice 80's soft rock, "It musta been love.....but it's over nowwww."

Who precisely listens to this shit? And no, the girls on the treadmills and ellipticals aren't because they're all wearing headphones watching TV.

What is the worst song you've ever had to endure during some heavy lifting?



Lesbian seagul. Not an exaggeration for the sake of humor.


Dance remix of that love song from Titanic.


Not sure who sings it but it goes:

"I want to stand with you on a mountain,
I want to play(maybe) with you in the sea. I want to lay like this forever, until the sky falls down on me."

Nothing gets me more pumped than listening to fags..er..queers..er..um..feminine male voices sing words like this. Makes me want to redo my wall paper, not set a DL PR


It's a tie between Dashboard Confessional - Screaming Infidelities and R. Kelly - Trapped in a Closet


I've got you all beat. Twice I've given up on a set of deads due to testosterone draining music. First time: Some song by The BeeGees. Second time: "It's Raining Men, Hallelujah!". It's lucky the counter girls at my Gym are cute, otherwise the stereo might just have an 'accident'.


The Beatles - Can't Buy Me Love

It didn't help that the walls were painted eggplant, err... purple.


Listen to your Heart the slow version of that shit dance song.


"Said I'm so sick of love songs, so tired of tears...."


for the past several weeks I've been hearing "There is a mountain" by Donovan just about every time I'm at the gym. I'm seriously getting sick of losing concentration lifting because I'm trying to figure out if the fucking mountain is there or not!


Why not invest in a good mp3 player?


Michael Bolten can kiss my ass (as long as he won't enjoy it)...
These eyes, cry every night for you
These arms, they long to hold you again
The hurtin's on me
And I will never be free, no
Gave a promise to me
Then you broke it, and you broke it

These eyes, watched you bring my world to an end
This heart, just could not accept and pretend
The hurtin's on me
I will never be free, no
You took a vow with me
And you spoke it, when you spoke it

These eyes, are cryin'
These eyes have seen alot of love
But they're never gonna see another
One like I had with you
(Repeat X2)

These eyes, watched you bring my world to an end
This heart, just could not accept and pretend

These eyes, cry every night for you
These eyes
Shoot me now!


I'm actually a pretty big fan of the Guess Who's version of that song, but umm yeah, not when lifting.



Barry Manilow - Mandy


OK, this shitty ass song comes on every time I am at the gym. I complained to the guys at the front desk, apparently some Top 20 hit, but personally it is enough to make me lose all motivation, even as a female...


Savage Garden.

I listen to my Mp3 player so its metal all day, everyday.


... and this one.


Learn how to lift without the crutch of extrinsic factors.



Basically, I agree with this. Personally, I have enough control over my mind to prevent such things from having a negative impact on my training, all the more as it consists of a prolonged effort, not of a single pivotal lift for which I need optimal focus to succeed. That being said, why not take advantage of a factor which in most cases is easy to influence and rather powerful? If my main goal is not to reproduce specific lifts under different conditions, i.e. without music, I see no harm in training with it.

Keep the stories coming.


I call those the "look at me I'm wheeping" songs.