Have you ever watched someone walk into the gym, hop with sheer determination onto the treadmill/elliptical trainer, fidget with their iPod for a second or two only to quickly hop back off the equipment, head back to the dressing room and march out a few minutes later in street clothes headed for the exit? If you have and you go to my gym that person was probably me, leaving after discovering that my iPod is dead and I would have nothing to workout to but the sound of the treadmill next to me and the music (usually some version of 90's dance) coming from the gym speakers.
For me music sets the tone of a workout. The right music played at the right volume can pump me up and make me want to run faster, push myself further, and keep at the workout, no matter how hard it may be, that much longer. On the flip side the wrong music (too slow, too quiet, too much like said 90's Dance or House or Trance) drains me of the energy and motivation to really make the most of my workout.
Is that completely crazy? Shouldn't I be able to get past a bad song or the lack of a song altogether? Should the music really matter that much??
Truthfully I don't think it matters what gets you there so much as the fact that you are there. Whether its a really upbeat tune or a new pair of sneakers or a pretty water bottle you are moving your butt and getting healthier everyday.
So I'll take a little Britney Spears anyday and hey, if it helps me get those abs from the Slave video I won't be complaining either!