I hunched under the bar ready to hit a heavy set on the squats. I lifted and stabilised my body ready to rep my personal best. I was determined. I was focused.  I owned this! I started my descent. Nothing was going to stop me.

Except Celine Dion!

What the...?

I dropped like the Titanic as the soft strains of a pretty flute melody wafted through the air. Who the hell had lined up Celine on the gym’s stereo? Have I been punked?

Anyway, it got me to thinking afterwards about what my TOP 5 Gym songs would be to ensure the testosterone ignites and on the other side of the coin, what 5 songs should NEVER come within 10 km’s of a gym!

Here they are:

My TOP 5 GYM SONGS (in no particular order)

1. Welcome to the Jungle - Guns ‘N’ Roses

From the driving riff to the lyrical content this song smacks of attitude while still maintaining a killer hook.

2. B.O.B. - Outkast

Intensely fast rapping and wicked beat. This is one of my favourite songs to get amp up to.

3. Eye of the Tiger - Survivor

This is an obvious choice really. Some call it cheesy but I like cheese. Especially on a meat sandwich!

4. Stone Cold Crazy - Queen (but I'm talking about the Metallica version!)

It's simple, quick and hard, like a David Tua or Mike Tyson left hook.

5. Lose Yourself - Eminem

A solid beat coupled with a call to arms for anyone feeling weak and despondent.

Other's that could have also made my list include;

Mama Said Knock You Out (LL Cool J), Jump Around (House of Pain), Slam (Onyx)...



Now here's my list of TOP 5 SONGS that should NEVER be played in a gym.

1. My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion

Listening to this song while trying to squat has already proven hazardous to me. Need I say more?

2. I Will Always Love You - Dolly Parton/Whitney Houston

If you want to fall asleep on the bench mid-way through a press then by all means, listen to it. Don't expect your spotter to help you though. They'll also be falling asleep!

3. Everything I Do, I Do It For You - Bryan Adams

Look into your heart, search your soul, drop your dumbbell, on your toe

4. Don't Know Why I Didn't Come - Norah Jones

Snorah Jones.

5. Anything by Elliot Smith

Okay ‘Anything’ is not a song title so I’m generalising. I promise that this isn’t a knock of his work. I love Elliot Smith’s stuff and I think he should have taken the Oscar out instead of Celine that year he was nominated, but his music is a relaxant not an adrenaline kick! The same could probably said for anything by Radiohead.

That's all folks

What are your thoughts?