KPBS Reporter Claire Trageser Takes a Look at PaceDJ and the Benefits of Running to Music

PaceDJ’s CEO, Will Turner, was interviewed recently by KPBS TV reporter Claire Trageser.  It was really fun to get the message about PaceDJ out to folks in San Diego.

Check out the full report below to hear about the benefits of running to music, and to learn more about how PaceDJ can help you attain your health and fitness goals!

http://www.kpbs.org/news/2012/aug/02/local-company-hopes-make-exercising-easier-using-m/

 

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What are the songs and artists PaceDJ likes to run or walk to?

The chief cook and bottle washer around here uses the PaceDJ app just about every time he goes for a run.  His go-to PaceDJ running and walking mixes are listed below.  Find these songs and more on PaceDJ.com!

Our CEO’s PaceDJ running mix has a target tempo/pace of 160BPM, and includes the following songs:

“Somewhere I Belong” by Linkin Park
“I Shall be Free” by Kid Beyond
“Time of My Life” by David Cook
“Random” by 311
“Purpose” by 311
“It’s Summertime” by The Flaming Lips
“Rain King” by Counting Crows
“Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio
“Danger Zone” by Kenny Logins
“Lose Yourself” by Eminem
“Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson

Our CEO’s PaceDJ walking mix has a target pace/tempo of 130BPM, and includes the following songs:

“Viva La Vida” by Coldplay
“Orange Crush” by R.E.M.
“Sho Nuff” by Fatboy Slim
“Sit Down” by James
“Enjoy the Silence” by Depeche Mode
“Don’t Give Hate a Chance” by Jamiroquai
“Where The Streets Have No Name” by Pet Shop Boys
“Photograph” by Def Lepard
“Summer of ’69” by Bryan Adams
“Believe” by Cher
“Love Shack” by B-52’s
“Sun King” by The Cult
“Jump” by Van Halen

 

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RealSimple.com promotes PaceDJ – Your Source for The Best Workout Songs

We are thrilled to report that RealSimple.com mentioned PaceDJ as one of 6 items to simplfy your life!  We welcome RealSimple readers to PaceDJ, and hope you enjoy our site, apps, and music discovery service.  If you haven’t done so, create your free profile on PaceDJ.com to start finding the best workout songs for your running, walking, or cycling pace!

 

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Pacing Technologies, LLC launches PaceDJ Android Running App

PaceDJ Android Running App, iPhone Running App, and PaceDJ.com

Help Runners, Walkers and Cyclists Pace Workouts to Music

 

New apps and music discovery service help fitness enthusiasts find and purchase tunes based on their target pace or tempo

 

SAN DIEGO, June 5, 2012 – Building upon the successful launch of the PaceDJ app for the iPhone in July 2011, Pacing Technologies, LLC has expanded its offering with a music discovery service and an Android app. The PaceDJ product family is a patented system designed to help runners, walkers and cyclists synchronize their pace with the tempo of songs.

 

The PaceDJ iPhone and Android running apps build music mixes based on target pace or tempo, marked in steps-per-minute (rotations-per-minute for cyclists), using songs on a user’s iPhone or Android with matching tempos in beats-per minute (BPM). The apps can be used without the purchase of additional music when a user has exercise-appropriate songs already on their device. App users can shuffle and prioritize songs in mixes based on preference. Additionally, if users don’t know what BPM are best for running or walking, the apps’ newly included pedometer technology can measure pace automatically and also find music to match on PaceDJ.com.

 

The new PaceDJ.com music discovery service enables fitness and music enthusiasts to find, purchase, and download songs with tempos that sync with their desired exercise pace or tempo. PaceDJ.com allows users to search for workout-inspired playlists, helps estimate target pace and recommends appropriate songs. Motivated and paced by the music they love, users can attain and exceed their workout goals.

 

“PaceDJ takes a personalized approach to recommending songs for exercise pacing,” said William Turner, CEO and founder of Pacing Technologies. “Personal variations are very important when syncing steps, strides or rotations with music tempos. We recognize that each person’s height, gender, age and fitness level influence stride length and pace. These factors are taken into account when PaceDJ.com suggests songs based on BPM.”

 

With extensive research and testing, PaceDJ was designed to recognize typical BPM ranges for running, walking and cycling. The patented technology makes song recommendations based on common BPM ranges and then further customizes these recommendations using information that users provide, including their desired exercise pace/tempo goals, exercise intensity, gender, age, height, and fitness level. The result is a BPM target pace/tempo estimate unique to – and further customizable by – each user. The user is in control and can easily modify the target pace to hone in on the most suitable BPM.

 

The PaceDJ Android running app is available at http://bit.ly/KG1NV9 for $1.99 and the Apple iOS version for iPhone and iPod Touch is available at http://bit.ly/Jx4Jhf for $1.99. To learn more about PaceDJ and experience the music discovery service, visit http://www.pacedj.com.

About Pacing Technologies, LLC
Pacing Technologies, LLC, based in San Diego, CA, offers PaceDJ, a patented web service, an Android running app, and an iPhone running app designed to pace runners, walkers, and cyclists using music. William Turner, CEO and founder of Pacing Technologies is a former collegiate runner with experience developing new business opportunities in the consumer electronics industry.

 

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Karen Hopp, Bazini Hopp, LLC
917-514-1723
karen@bazinihopp.com

 

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Running to music may improve some runner’s performance by up to 15%

Recently, author Adharanad Finn wrote an article on guardian.co.uk about his experience with music when running the Rock n Roll half-marathon in Edenburgh.

Finn, who finished 8th in the race, is an accomplished runner.  He noted that there was music all along the race course, but that the music didn’t help him personally very much.  Finn quoted Costas Karageorghis, an expert at Brunel University on the subject of music and exercise, who said “Elite athletes are usually ‘associators’, which means they tend to focus inwardly when they are running.” Furthermore, Karageorghis points out that “other runners (presumably folks with less than elite athletic ability) are ‘dissociators’  which means they look for distraction from what is going on around them.”

Karageorghis points out in his recent book entitled, Inside Sport Psychology that listening to music while running can improve performance by up to 15%.  However, the benefits of running to music wear off as one runs at greater levels of intensity.

It seems that these impacts of music upon “disassociators” are good news for the average runner, who looks for ways to stay motivated and get “out the door” for the next run.

What about you?  Looking for tempos for the best workout songs  or running songs for your workout?  Looking for a motivation boost?  Try out PaceDJ to use your own music to motivate you on your next run!

 

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NPR.org features research about the power of workout music

Back in September, NPR.org ran an article about the research of Dr. Costas Karageorghis, a faculty member at the School of Sport and Education at Brunel University in West London, who researches relationships between exercise and music.  Here’s a link to the NPR article.

What was also very cool, was that a reader mentioned PaceDJ as a way to find workout music in your library based upon the BPM you choose!

In the article, NPR explains that Dr. Karageorghis’s research shows how music can help improve peoples’ exercise results, and that songs within a specific BPM range can be more effective than others, depending up on what exercise you are doing.

NPR points out Dr. Karageorghis’s research based belief that the music playing in the background in a gym “will reduce an exerciser’s perception of the effort they are expending by about 10 percent.”  According to Dr. Karageorghis, this is especially the case if the music being played is within a range between 125 BPM – 140BPM.

Team PaceDJ concurrs with Dr. Karageorghis!  We love to run to the tempo of our workout music, and couldn’t agree more with his assessment of the motivational power of music!  Now go get started! Start here to find BPMs for your workout music.

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What are relevant tempos for the best workout songs or running songs?

Figuring out the right tempo for your exercise can be difficult.  After all, most people don’t count the number of steps they take in a minute when walking or running or their rotations per minute when cycling.    How do you find the best workout songs or running songs if you don’t know the right song tempos?
 
PaceDJ makes the process easier for you!  When you first launch PaceDJ, you tell the app whether you are a runner, walker, or cyclist.  PaceDJ then sets the default BPM for your chosen activity.  You can speed up or slow down the target pace using the up and down arrows in the main screen. 
 
Song tempos are marked in beats per minute (BPM).  If you are wondering what are typical BPMs for running, walking, or cycling, check out this article , written by James Sundquist, explaining the typical BPM zones for running walking or cycling.   Using this chart as a guide, you can hopefully begin to figure out the right tempos for the best workout songs or running songs.
 
Here are some excerpts from the article, illustrating typical pace zones in BPM.   
 
Walking Pace Chart:
  • Very Inactive: 80-100 steps/minute (roughly 2 mph)
  • Lightly Active: 120 steps/minute (roughly 3mph)
  • Moderately Active: 130 steps/minute (roughly 3.5mph)
  • Active: 140 steps/minute (roughly 4mph)
  • Very Active: 150 steps/minute (roughly 4.3mph)
  • Exceptionally Active: 160 steps/minute (roughly 4.6mph)
  • Athlete: 170-190 steps/minute (roughly 5-6mph)
 Running Pace Chart (Recreational to Athlete):
  • Very Active: 150 steps/minute (roughly 6.0mph)
  • Exceptionally Active: 160 steps/minute (roughly 6.7mph)
  • Athlete: 170 steps/minute – 190 steps/minute (roughly 7.5mph – 11mph)
Cycling Pace Chart:
  • Very Inactive: 50 RPM (100 beats or steps/minute)
  • Lightly Active: 60 RPM (120 beats or steps/minute)
  • Moderately Active: 65 RPM (130 beats or steps/minute)
  • Active: 70 RPM (140 beats or steps/minute)
  • Very Active: 75 RPM (150 beats or steps/minute)
  • Exceptionally Active: 80 RPM (160 beats or steps/minute)
  • Athlete: 85-95 RPM (170-190 beats or steps/minute)

Want to see how our partners at Ezia Human Performance tested PaceDJ?  Check out this blog posting: “In Search of the Best Workout Songs: Ezia Human Performance Puts PaceDJ To the Test”

 

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Women’s Health Magazine Comments on The Best Workout Songs for Spinning

What are the best workout songs for your spinning routine?  Thanks to researchers at Brunel University in London, you are one step closer to finding out!

Recently, Women’s Health Magazine ran this article entitled, “Workout Playlists: Spinning Songs,” which explained that “fast music inspires you to move.”  The article referenced a 2007 study by Costas Karageorghis, Ph.D., a professor sports psychology at Brunel University in London.

Karageorghis’s study noted that matching a running stride to a music tempo between 120-140 BPM was helpful to runners. Women’s Health Magazine notes that Karageorghis also pointed out that when cycling, “you’ll work up to 7% harder while grooving to music synched to your pedal stroke and not feel any more fatigued.” 

According to Karageorghis, the optimum pedal stroke for cycling ranges from 120 BPM for medium to high exertion to 140 BPM for higher intensity.  In case you’re used to counting pedal strokes in rotations/minute, this BPM range equals 60-70 RPM. 

Based upon this information , the best workout songs for spinning probably land up around 120-140 BPM, depending upon your fitness level.  Whenever PaceDJ rocks the spin class, which is about twice a week, he lands up spinning between 60-80 RPM.  This equates to 120-160 BPM.  When spinning at 120 BPM, PaceDJ usually is pushing heavier gears than when spinning at higher rates.

Here’s some information on PaceDJ.com about typical BPM zones for walking running and cycling that help you find the best workout songs.  Here is a link if you are interested in learning more about Costas Karageorghis’s research about workout music.

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Can workout music make you feel less tired?

Recently, Salon.com writer Thomas Rogers spoke with author Don Campbell about his book entitled, “Healing at the Speed of Sound,” which is about the relationship between music and the brain.  Here’s a link to the article.

They touched upon how exercising while listening to music makes us feel less tired “because of our natural tendency to fall into a pattern.”  Interestingly, Campbell points out that repetitive work songs were important to the process of constructing the railroads, a process where teams of workers sometimes drove spikes with mallets in rhythmic sync.

Commenting on the book, Roger’s notes, “Fast-paced music actually has real effects on your ability to work out. In one 2009 study…college students biked faster or slower depending on what kind of music they were listening to — and it made it easier for them to push themselves.” 

Recently, PaceDJ has seen other articles like this one, which explain the science behind how workout music can influence our physical efforts.  How about you?  What workout music helps you perform your best when running, walking, or cycling?  Do you use workout music to set your pace?

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In Search of the Best Workout Songs: Ezia Human Performance Puts PaceDJ To the Test

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Isaiah and Bianca, outstanding trainers at Ezia Human Performance in San Diego, recently put PaceDJ to the test at their elite training center.  In search of the best workout songs, Isaiah and Bianca used PaceDJ to set the tempo for their workout.  They created circuits of various activities that can be done at a consistent tempo including, walking, running, squat thrusts, “mountain climbers,” and spinning. 

Their first circuit started out at 130 BPM, which was a moderate walking speed.  Isaiah and Bianca walked on the treadmill to warm up and then decided to increase thier walking pace to 140BPM.  It was cool to see how their walking cadences synced up with the workout music provided by PaceDJ.  After getting their heart-rates up a bit, Bianca and Isaiah moved to the floor to do some squat thrusts with dumbells and mountain climbers at 140 BPM.  All the while, PaceDJ was supplying the best workout songs to drive the intensity of their workout.

Later, Isaiah and Bianca cranked PaceDJ up to 160 BPM, a great running tempo, and hit the treadmills once again.   They both seemed to have a great time grooving to the beat of their playlists as they ran.  After a while, they moved to the spin cycles and found that 160 BPM was also an excellent cycling tempo.  Cycling measures cadence in rotations per minute.  In this case, 160 BPM = 80 RPM (the half-tempo).  PaceDJ helped make the transition from treadmill to spin cycle relatively seamless, since Isaiah and Bianca’s feet were moving at the same pace on both.  

After Isaiah and Bianca finished on the spin cycles, they did a tough-looking core workout, using a “wall-ball.”  You’ve got to see it! PaceDJ was impressed with their super powers!

Check out this PaceDJ blog posting to get started finding tempos for the best workout songs for running, walking, and cycling.

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