WHATEVER the sport, many athletes turn to music to help them step up their game.
Some choose to be alone in a corner with their headsets on, while others pump themselves to a fever pitch as a team by setting the speakers to max volume inside the locker room.
Whether it’s getting ready for a training session or a crucial Game Five of a championship final, several athletes listen to their favorite songs as part of their warmup or pre-game routine to improve their performance.
We asked a couple of sports personalities about what type of music they listen to before they get into the game.
For volleyball star Rex Intal, rap and hip hop makes him step up, especially if it’s Compton-raised artist Kendrick Lamar and Grammy award-winning rapper Drake.
He said nodding to the beat while listening to rap music helps him prepare, whether for practice or a match.
“I don’t really think about the game. I just enjoy and focus on the music then I subconsciously pump myself up na rin,” said the Ateneo spiker responsible for the Blue Eagles’ winning point in their UAAP championship.
On the other hand, music provides motivational fuel for National University’s Peter Torres, ace spiker of Ateneo’s rival and a many-time national player.
The former UAAP champion shared, “My favorite songs to play before a game would have to be ‘The Champ’ by Nelly and ‘Hall of Fame’ by The Script.”
Here's 'The Champ' by Nelly:
“(I prefer them) mainly because those songs have so much meaning in them — about not giving up and in the end reaching your goals and being successful,” he added.
Apart from being cagers, Ateneo recruit CJ Perez and Mahindra Enforcer Aldrech Ramos have something else in common. When it comes to tunes, they choose R&B to keep them company before stepping on the court.
“Kasi nakakatulong ‘yung bounce ng kanta then nakakapag focus din ako. Naha-hyper din ako kaya gusto ko makinig ng music before the game, lalo na pag sobrang ganda nung music,” Perez shared.
Two-time PBA Most Valuable Player James Yap and reigning UAAP MVP Kiefer Ravena both had interesting choices.
“Nakikinig ako sa love songs,” Yap admitted to SPIN.ph.
Ravena, meanwhile, revealed he likes listening to Bryan White’s ‘God Gave Me You.'
“Kasi idol ko si AlDub,” said the Blue Eagles star, referring to the popular love team of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza’s Yaya Dub character on the popular noontime show ‘Eat Bulaga!'
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