I’m very particular about the kind of music I like to listen to during a workout. There are very few albums I like to listen to from start to finish, so I normally create my own playlist on my iPhone pulling out select songs. My most recent playlist was a fairly eclectic mix of Nine Inch Nails, 50 Cent, Skrillex, Nero and all other kinds of ear bashing music to keep me “pumped” psychologically while I’m lifting heavy weights.

About a week ago, I finished my warmup and setup my weights on a barbell for some squats. My gym typically plays dance music which is fine for cardio, but I don’t like it for weight training. I went to start my playlist and quickly realised that my 2 year old son must have inadvertently deleted it while playing with my phone (disaster!). I tried a few albums out, and even had it on random for a short period of time until some Christmas music started! It was highly annoying, but it made me look into some new music.

Having a quick look at some of the Forums such as BodyBuilding.com, there were a few recommendations for an album called “The Workout” by a rapper called stic.man. It didn’t really seem like my thing at first, but he reviews were good and it was relatively cheap on iTunes so I gave it a shot. I wasn’t disappointed. Although many could argue that the lyrics are cheesy, for anyone that trains hard in the gym I found the lyrics to be very motivational, and it was the lyrics that were helping me to squeeze out the last few reps rather than a thumping beat. All the songs are about working out / training / psychology / sporting heroes, and track names include “Blood pumpin”, “Champion”, “Back on my regimen”, “Let it burn” and “Bruce Lee” to name just a few.

I don’t really think it would be suitable for many people, and it’s nothing I would expect to hear on in an aerobics class. However, if you’re performing any strength training, weight training, body building etc I think you’ll really like it.

Here is the music video for “Back on My Regimen” as a little taster!