Training can be as taxing on you mentally as it is physically. So it's no wonder some athletes turn to music for motivation.
Whether you’ve got an intense practice ahead or a big game later this week, take a tip from these five athletes who use music to get ready. Check out what’s jamming on their playlists.
Alex Garrett, Class of 2013, Football Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.)
“We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister. I like older styles, and when I listen to this song, I related it to the field — no matter what the opponent tries to do, we’re not gonna take it.
Jenna Roering, Class of 2013, Soccer, Centennial (Circle Pines, Minn.)
I listen to a lot of rap music like Lil Wayne and Eminem, and I visualize making good passing combinations with other girls on my team, taking that perfect shot and placing it perfectly in the net.
Jarrad Davis, Class of 2013, Football, Camden County (Kingsland, Ga.)
We play music in the weight room because you get more out of a workout when you’re relaxed, having fun and laid back. My team listens to a lot of country music. The last few years, we’ve been listening to Taylor Swift — we get a lot of funny looks from students walking by the weight room.
Jillian Fanning, Class of 2013, Cross Country, Fayetteville-Manlius (Fayetteville, N.Y.)
A lot of the songs on my playlist are hard rock — not completely screamo, but pump-up music that gets my adrenaline going. I like the song “Those who slay together stay together” (by Chiodos). The song is about people going out to fight and sticking together. I think about my team when I hear it, and it really gets me going.
Dylan Wiesman, Class of 2013, Football, Colerain (Cincinnati, Ohio)
I’m stuck between a couple of favorites: Toby Keith’s "American Soldier" or "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue". They don’t pertain to football. I like the dynamics of the songs.