I started my third cycle of 5/3/1 this week, and it’s kicking my butt. At the end of the last round, I debated about continuing because I was finding it too easy. I decided to calculate the weights I would be lifting for the next cycle and, when I saw that I would finally be hitting some PRs, I decided to go ahead with it.
During the third set of each main lift, you push for as many reps as possible before reaching failure. Usually if a set calls for 5 reps, I’ve been getting 8 to 10. This week, I’ve done bench presses and squats and only managed 6 reps – and they were brutal.
I’ve definitely been using music to pump myself up before a heavy set. I have written about using music as a method of ensuring people don’t interrupt your workout before, but since we moved I hadn’t really been listening to music anymore. The majority of the guys at my gym are gay, so I don’t have to worry about getting hit on. They are also much more serious about weight lifting, so when someone wants to talk to me I don’t mind.
I have shied away from listening to music while I lift in the past as I find it distracting. I also tend to subconsciously start dancing and make a fool out of myself. But Dana Linn Bailey dances in between sets too, so I’m not alone!
I mostly listen to dance music in the gym. I strategically arrange my rest periods so that when the beat hits a peak, I start my set. It really does make things easier and a good song can give you the extra push you need. Here are my favourite tracks at the moment (I’ll just include videos of my absolute favourites here, but click-through to watch the others):
We Own the Night – Tiesto & Wolfgang Gartner (I saw WG last month at Ministry of Sound!)
Loca People – Sak Noel (don’t watch this if you are offended by curse language! This reminds me of Ibiza!)
In My Mind – Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl
As you can see, I love dance music. I used to go to music festivals all the time when I lived in Perth, but they were nothing like Tomorrowland – the annual electronic music festival in Belgium (and I hear it’s coming to Canada too!). I’m trying my hardest to convince my best friend to come back to Europe next year so we can go. Watch just a minute of the video below – it’s mind blowing. 180,000 people went this year, and the tickets sold out in less than a second.
What kind of music do you listen to when you work out? Who will go to Tomorrowland with me? 😉