Often times when I am super stressed out, I like to use Drake lyrics to describe the way I feel about situations that are beyond my control. Maybe it’s the exercise endorphins or the inner pseudo-thug in me, but when there are roadblocks I must overcome, I give myself  trap pep talks like “I move the game up, I’m reckless/ I’m Harlem shaking through the pressure.” In this case, my diction comes from “Digital Dash,” one of my favorite Drake songs on his “What A Time to be Alive” trap mixtape with Future.

For those who are unfamiliar with trap music, it’s origins come from the southern region of the United States (think Atlanta, GA and Houston, TX), where any music enthusiast turned music producer/rapper with an 808 machine can have a makeshift studio in their basement. While trap music is often created by people who literally live the “started from the bottom now we here” lifestyle, it has become widely accepted throughout the states, expanding to sub-genres like trillectro and EDM trap. But more importantly, outside of  it’s popularity, it’s a grittier form of hip hop that complements my workouts quite well.

3 reasons why I love working out to trap music:

1.The beats are easy to workout to.

Most trap beats are made on 808 machines, which means the instrumentals are consistent and simple enough to keep your crunches or squats at pace. No fancy guitar riffs here. Don’t believe me? Check out my working out to Drake & Future’s “Jumpman”here.

2. The lyrics are motivating.

Say you’re going through a break up and decide to go to the gym to boost your mood and get over your ex. When you’re trying to get your gains in, there’s nothing more motivating than hearing someone who understands your struggle, like Kari Faux rapping: “Why would I even stress 'em when they be pressin'/ I just leave 'em guessing and move on to the next one.” Very inspiring, very bravado.

3. The songs are catchy.

Someone once said, “with the right music you’ll either remember everything or forget everything.” I say, if the music is catchy, I’ll probably remember the lyrics and push everything else out of my mind. Or at least that’s how I feel when I listen to “Blase Blase.” Catchy lyrics never hurt anyone.

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