Peter Benedict St Andrews: My Training Playlist

Sports trainer Peter Benedict, a St Andrews kinesiology graduate, has worked with professional athletes from the major sports leagues in North America. As a sports trainer, he has acted as a consultant for professional teams that are looking to improve their stamina, flexibility, and core strength. Peter Benedict of St Andrews is an advocate of traditional workouts that involve slow and high-intensity intervals, roadwork, warmups, and cooldowns. When he’s not working out with some of the top athletes in the world, he would like to share his expertise with a wider audience through his blog.

Believe it or not, professional athletes do not wear their game faces all the time. In fact, when I worked with a pro football team last summer, we were laughing and placing bets on whoever could deadlift the heaviest weights. Because they are actually getting paid to do what they love, one could see their passion for the sport. And to further motivate themselves during training sessions, they were fond of playing their own playlists over the gym’s PA system.

One of my mantras for working out is “Play whatever motivates you.” If you’re OK with total silence during your workout routine, that’s fine. But if you need music to set a rhythm, pump yourself up, or simply to distract yourself from the fact that you’re already lifting 250 pounds, that’s fine too. I myself have a workout playlist that I use whenever I’m at the gym, and I’d like to share three tracks with you.

1. Survivor, Eye of the Tiger. This track brings up images of Rocky Balboa jogging through Philadelphia, running up the steps of the Museum of Art, and beating James “Clubber” Lang into submission. As the main theme of the film Rocky III, it has firmly cemented its place in film and sports history – and in workout playlists throughout the world. If you are planning to start a workout playlist of your own, this should be the first song in it.

2. The White Stripes, Seven Nation Army. Multi-instrumentalist Jack White sings about a seven nation army not being able to hold him back, and that’s the kind of attitude I like to bring to the gym – planned, deliberate, and forceful. The introduction alone, which has been played and chanted at events such as the FIFA World Cup and college bowl games, should pump you up too.

3. Outkast, Hey Ya! I go to the gym out of a sense of duty – to myself and to those who depend on my health. More often than not, though, I find myself in a state of joy because of the endorphins released during the training routine. And while the lyrics to Andre 3000’s hip-hop/folk classic might seem darker upon closer reading, the tune itself is catchy, infectious, and downright happy. I always catch myself singing along to the chorus. And if that doesn’t make me a happy man in the gym, I don’t know what will.

Health and fitness are the advocacies of Peter Benedict, a St Andrews alumnus who also writes about diet and nutrition. Keep following his blog for more sports training tips.


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