My 1st Workout Soundtrack – 1992

When I was 16 I started lifting in my parent’s basement, in this tiny little area behind my dad’s workshop.

I bought a York Universal weight machine set from some guy that my mom worked with…no wait, if I remember correctly I traded him a portable CD player for it. Anyways, there was just enough room to set it up on a cement floor in the area between my dad’s shop and the furnace room.

In fact, in my little tour below, you’ll see – from the outside – where I first started lifting…maybe I’ll go back and film inside the house…you’ll be shocked at the tiny space I used for about 6 months before I finally got a gym membership.

Anyways, someone’s “Turbulence Training Theme Song” entry the other day reminded me of the Metallica “Enter Sandman” tape (yes, a tape!) that I played over and over and over again while I worked out.

Every day I would come home from my $5 an hour after school job at the local greenhouse around 6pm, and then I’d eat dinner and go down to the basement to train.

Back then I was doing 3 total body workouts per week, as outlined in the little booklet that came along with the weight machine. It was a little annoying because I had to remove and adjust a bunch of pieces on the machine whenever I changed exercises, but it was good enough.

In addition to the Metallica tape, I also listened to Nirvana’s Nevermind over and over again, as well as Soundgarden’s Badmotorfinger.

I honestly can’t remember much about the workouts. They certainly worked because I got stronger, but it wasn’t until I finally started training at the Stratford YMCA that I got a lot stronger, and was benching 225 by age 17. That’s not crazy strong, but pretty good for 5’8, 175 pounds.

Eventually I was training 6 days per week, and yes, I was using the stupid one bodypart per day type program. Eventually that irritated my shoulder, and around age 21 I started training smarter. But that’s another story for another time…

But at age 16, I was having a blast training in the basement, even on the nights when I had hockey at 9 or 10pm. And on the nights I didn’t, I’d train and then go play about 3 hours of NHL Hockey for Sega. Those were the days.

Alright, if you’re training, then here you go…enjoy.

I think this just might be the Turbulence Training Theme Song for now…

Train hard,

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Author, Turbulence Training

  • Scott

    I remember when those albums were released and the effect they had on the music industry. The Black Album was the heaviest album I’d heard at the time and still ranks high on my favorites list. Soundgarden, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Alice in Chains still accompany me during workouts and runs, and I never tire of them. Nice post, Craig! Obviously, I totally relate.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Nice Scott!

  • Jason

    it had to be my suggestion for “Dont tread on me!!!!!” You could literally pick any song off of that album and get to it!

    BTW, the Black album and Pearl Jam’s “Ten” were the first rock hand me downs from my older brother, and yes they were tapes too!