Workout Music

May 20, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Posted in Tips and Tricks | Leave a comment

Everyone has them: Those songs that push you to run faster, lift more, or just power through your workout. Here’s my list to get you started:

  • “Eye of the Tiger” – Survivor
  • “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” – Michael Jackson
  • “Harder To Breathe” – Maroon 5
  • “Fighter” – Christina Aguilera
  • “Jump (For My Love)” – The Pointer Sisters
  • “Good Vibrations”-  Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
  • “TNT” – AC/DC
  •  “Walk This Way” – Aerosmith
  • “Crazy in Love” – Beyoncé
  • “Don’t Phunk with My Heart” – Black Eyed Peas 
  • “I Want Candy” – Bow Wow Wow

Why the Right Music Means a Better Workout:

  1. The key is listening to the tunes that motivate you the most, whatever musical genre that may be. Music can either psyche-up an athlete pre-workout/competition or relax an athlete pre-workout/competition.
  2. Music not only motivates but it can make you stronger. Researchers recently discovered that people who listened to workout music during training showed significantly greater strength gains.
  3. Listening to motivating workout music at any volume helps you push past your comfort zone to get the best training effect.
  4. Music causes a reduction in perceived exertion during the workout, thus allowing the trainee to work harder for longer.
  5. People worked harder and cranked out more reps during each work set and subsequently took less rest and transition between exercises.
  6. Louder music during a workout resulted in better performance due to both a surge of mood-enhancing hormones (primarily adrenaline).
  7. Music can aid in learning new movements and in learning how to move better- “music can enhance the acquisition of motor skills and create a better learning environment.

It’s about the impact the right music can have on your workouts. Increased intensity and density within each workout leads to better results! In summary, for a better workout you must choose the right workout music.

When it comes to selecting the right music the two most important factors are:

  1. Listen to workout tunes with the appropriate tempo for your selected activity of choice
  2. Build a play list that falls within your preferred musical genre(s).
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