I must confess to having an overactive and often childlike imagination. I listen to music when I train, and several years ago GACKT released a song called GHOST. GHOST was apparently used as the theme for The Sarah Connor Chronicles in Japan, and in the music video GACKT and his dancers were all Terminators. GHOST instantly became the top song played on my iPod and has been #1 ever since. The truth of the matter is that I’d put it on repeat and as I trained I thought of the music video and was determined to also become a Terminator. And I mean that in all seriousness: I was pushing harder and harder because I knew that if I worked at it, I could achieve greater strength and endurance, and become a semblance of the Terminators. It was my encouragement and the power of my nerdiness lent me extra willpower when I might otherwise flag off, take a breather, or skip a workout.
After I became a certified Tae Bo ® instructor, I began to create music mixes both for class as well as my personal training. The very first song I put on the very first mix was the theme from the Mortal Kombat movie. Why? Because it repeats “test your might” over and over again and sounds even more ridiculously energetic when the bpm is increased the way I pumped it up for the mix. And guess what? Listening to that theme (followed directly by a sped-up version of GHOST) got me going so successfully that my students rued ANY day that I turned on the music and they recognized that particular mix, because it meant I’d push them extra hard. Even now, years after making it, that combination of songs amps up my enthusiasm to ridiculous levels.
I can’t wait to get my Superman and Batman UnderArmour tops. My little nerd-brain will insert me into superhero comics as I train while wearing them.