Ever wonder what’s piping through Michael Phelps’ underwater earbuds or Serena Williams’ enormous headphones? This week, we’ve got a treat for you: five pre-game playlists from six superstar athletes. Channel the energy and power of these guys during your next workout for a surefire boost of inspiration and motivation.
Serena is arguably the greatest female tennis player of all time, and is currently ranked #1 in the world. Her hatred for losing has made her into a bit of a controversial figure, but no one can deny that this lady is full of fiery passion. Her top tracks are a fun mix of hip hop and dance music – perfect for keeping your spirits up during those last few squats.
“Think of all the girls who could become top athletes but quit sports because they’re afraid of having too many defined muscles and being made fun of or called unattractive.”
1. “Whatever U Like” – Nicole Scherzinger
2. “The Way I Are” – Timbaland
3. “Tambourine” – Eve
4. “My Humps” – Black Eyed Peas
5. “Fergalicious” – Fergie feat. will.i.am
Alex was on his way to becoming an engineer at a top-tier university, but gave it all up to live out of his van, follow the weather, and devote all his time to climbing. Since then he’s broken record after record, and is known for his death-defying free solo climbs. His favorite songs are high voltage head-bangers and will definitely get your adrenaline pumping… follow his lead at your own risk!
“Choose the thing that inspires you and go out and try. If anything, the bigger and more grand it seems, the better. If you’re like, ‘Oh, I could never do that, that’s too much…’ It probably means that that’s the thing for you, that you’re on the right track.”
1. “New Dark Age” – Bad Religion
2. “Humanoid” – Chevelle
3. “Fuck Authority” – Pennywise
4. “Can’t Repeat” – Offspring
5. “Something Wrong With Me” – Pennywise
Ronda is a badass MMA and judo fighter with an infectious smile and through-the-roof confidence – which is well deserved. She was the first U.S. woman to win an Olympic medal in judo, and is currently ranked as the #1 female fighter by the UFC. Her long-time walk-out song “Bad Reputation” will get you on your feet, and the rest of her music picks will keep a smile on your face for the rest of your workout.
“Most people focus on the wrong thing: They focus on the result, not the process. The process is the sacrifice; it’s all the hard parts–the sweat, the pain, the tears, the losses. You make the sacrifices anyway. You learn to enjoy them, or at least embrace them. In the end, it is the sacrifices that must fulfill you.”
The “Baltimore Bullet” is the most decorated Olympian of all time and though he’s now retired, our memories of him blazing past the competition in the pool are still great fitspo. Michael was the representative for H2O Audio’s underwater headphones, and loved listening to hip hop and R&B while training.
“I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.”
1. “Overnight Celebrity” – Twista
2. “Burn” – Usher
3. “Roses” – Outkast
4. “‘Til I Collapse” – Eminem
5. “I’m Me” – Lil Wayne
Most will call him the best soccer player out there, everyone will admit he’s the best-looking, and some even declare him the greatest player of all time. Try to follow his intense training program if you dare, and accompany it with a few of his favorite tracks to get in the right headspace. Cristiano’s playlist is full of sultry Latin pop and R&B.
“If you think you are perfect already, then you never will be.”
1. “Não Vai Embora” – Anselmo Ralph
2. “Bailando” – Enrique Iglesias feat. Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona
3. “Hold On, We’re Going Home” – Drake & Majid Jordan
4. “Mi Corazon Esta Muerto” – R.K.M. & Ken-Y
5. “Porpuesto Indecente” – Romeo Santos
Lindsey had to drop out of the 2014 Winter Olympics due to a torn ACL, but she didn’t let that – or anything, really – get in the way of her goal: to become the best skier of all time. Her playlist reflects her never-give-up attitude and will definitely motivate you to be harder, better, faster and stronger.
“Life changes very quickly, in a very positive way, if you let it.”
(The Associated Press)
1.”Only Girl (in the World)” – Rihanna
2. “The Show Goes On” – Lupe Fiasco
3. “Get Back Up” – T.I., featuring Chris Brown
4. “Hero” – Nas, featuring Keri Hilson
5. “Like a G6″ – Far East Movement