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April 22 2013

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PaceDJ selected as finalist in CONNECT’s 2012 Most Innovative Product Competition

PaceDJ is proud to be selected as a finalist in CONNECT’s 2012 Most Innovative Product competition!  Click here for more details.

According to CONNECT the Most Innovative Product competition is “San Diego’s most prominent honor for technology and life science innovation. This “red carpet” event is CONNECT’s largest and most prestigious, attracting more than 800 of the region’s top business leaders, researchers and capital providers.  More than 100 San Diego based companies have competed in the rigorous judging process and only nine will walk to the podium to receive this distinguished honor.”


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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!


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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!

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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We are thrilled to report that 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 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

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


The new 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. 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 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 for $1.99 and the Apple iOS version for iPhone and iPod Touch is available at for $1.99. To learn more about PaceDJ and experience the music discovery service, visit

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

Recently, author Adharanad Finn wrote an article on 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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Back in September, 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 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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