Finding good psych-up music for martial arts workouts or competitions is tough when you're taste runs to Stevie Wonder and James Taylor.
Much as I enjoy "Carolina In My Mind," I wouldn't say it gets me pumped for combat.
UFC combatants tend to enter the arena accompanied to what I guess is metal music, with shrieked lyrics. One of my not-yet middle-aged classmates favored AC/DC.
Not for me.
Some songs I have found that work with my middle-aged taste for psych-up music include:
Street Fighting Man (Rolling Stones)
Lucky Town (Springsteen)
Higher Ground (Stevie Wonder)
Mr. Jones (Counting Crows)
The Contender (Theme from the TV show, by Hans Zimmer)
and, of course, Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky, Bill Conti)