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Workout Playlist

Hey you, Yes YOU!  Are you listening effectively while you workout?  What’s your favorite BPM {beat per minute}?  Have you ever noticed that your workout improves when your listening to the right music?  Find out how to fine tune your workout by perfecting your workout playlist.

Technically, you can listen to anything you want, or nothing at all. However, if you like, you can check the beats per minute (BPM) on an app and fine tune your workout playlist to improve your workout.

The idea is to choose songs that mirror your heart rate, depending on the level of exercise you’re doing.  Don’t hit “shuffle” and hope for the best. Create a BPM playlist tailored to your workout.  Need some examples?  Here you go…

Warm up

Use warm up songs that have approximately 110-115 beats per minute. If you choose to listen to music during your warm up, start with a slower song. But not too slow…just peppy enough…for instance.

Workout Playlist

Warm up songs

  • “Milkshake” Kelis (113)
  • “Pass That Dutch” Missy Elliot (111)
  • “I’m Really Hot” Missy Elliot (114)
  • “Hollaback Girl” Gwen Stefani (110)
  • “1,2 Step” Ciara (113)
  • “Like I Love You” Justin Timberlake (115)
  • “Gimmee More” Britney Spears (113)
  • “The Way I Are” Timbaland (112)
  • “We Takin Over” DJ Khaled (113)

Let’s Workout! Findings show there is a workout sweet spot, in terms of tempo, between 120 and 140 beats per minute.

Workout Playlist

I like 138, 138 is my favorite!

Workout songs

  • “Mony, Mony” Billy Idol (135)
  • “Harder Better Faster Stronger” Daft Punk (124)
  • “Bad Influence” Pink (138)
  • “I gotta feeling” Black Eyed Peas (130)
  • “Starships” Nicki Minaj (125)
  • “Domino” Jessie J (127)
  • “Turn Me On” David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj (128)
  • “Boom boom pow” Black Eyed Peas (132)

Songs over 140 BPM are unlikely to improve workouts. OMG.I.did.not.know.this.til.now. Studies have shown that the body cannot mimic higher paces.  I found research on the use of music and exercise dates back to 1911?!  Holy wow, how did I miss this?  Duh, anyway…

Workout Playlist

OMG Slowdown

Sorry Charlie too fast

  • “Hard to Handle” Black Crowes (197)
  • “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic”  The Police (164)
  • “Running Down a Dream:  Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (170)
  • “Aint No Rest for the Wicked”  Cage the Elephant (156)

When you’re cooling down, use slower songs that have tempos within the 80-90 bpm range.

Workout Playlist

Chill out bro

Cooling down

  • “Miss Independent”  Kelly Clarkson (88)
  • “Stereo Hearts”  Gym Class Heroes (90)
  • “Bohemian Rhapsody” Queen (72)

Whatever you listen to, play it safe.  Watch the volume, your hearing may suffer. Remember, hearing loss is gradual and may take several years to appear. Whatever headphones you use, you might want to think twice before using them outside — for safety reasons.

Makes perfect sense to me.  I learn something new everyday!

So there you have it.

Rock, Hip hop or POP songs on your workout playlist?

Do you ever wear your headphones and pretend to listen to music, when really just eavesdropping?

***Disclaimer: Always check with your doctor first before starting new fitness routines to ensure that they’re right for you.***All opinions expressed are 100% my own.