Okay, so I’ve got about the same amount of scientific research to back this claim up as the people who claim that Mozart makes you smarter (based off of the 1993 study done at UC Irvine), but hear me out. Recently, I’ve been listening to classical music for my 20-minute walk to the gym every day.
Note: Prior to listening to classical music on my pre-gym walk, I listened to typical get-you-pumped-up music.
So how does classical music make you stronger? I was surprised to find that since I started listening to the classical works of Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, etc. I have shown up to the gym in a much more focused fashion. And it is that focus that has allowed me to lift more weights. I always stress how important form is, and the most intangible facet of form is focus [much as alliteration is to writing :-)].
I’ve never been one who lacks energy when lifting, however, it appears as though I have not been harnessing that energy properly. Control in fitness, as is the case with anything in life, separates professionals from those with raw talent.
Therefore, I figured I would share with you my current top 10 classical music playlist. Enjoy!
1. Military Polonaise, Op. 40 No. 1
2. Polonaise in A flat Major, Op. 53
3. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
4. The Four Seasons, Spring, Op. 8, No. 1
5. Violin Sonata No. 1 In G Minor
6. Clarinet Concerto In A Major
7. Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
9. Bagatelle for Piano in A Minor
10. Carmina Burana: O Fortuna (If I was a boxer, this would be the song I would play when I enter the ring)
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