Sep 30, 2015Behind the Music In North Alabama’s Weightroom
Music is a background staple in most weightrooms. But according to an article in the Flor-Ala, the playlist is far from random at the University of North Alabama, where Strength and Conditioning Coach Ryan Wood spends time thinking about the tunes that will be played for his athletes.
“Certain athletes need motivation, and usually, music is the way to get them going,” Wood said. “I try to put on something that will get them going, since we usually lift early in the morning. However, sometimes I put on something I know they don’t like just as a mental challenge for them.”
He also says that the music also helps athletes learn how to communicate in noisy environments. However, he says it can also distract the athletes and overshadow the workouts.
“One of my biggest pet peeves is hearing the athletes complain about the music or whining about what music is on,” he said. “Once the music gets going, I’m just focused on technique and (athletes) doing what they are supposed to do.”