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Can workout music make you feel less tired?

Recently, 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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Via Lifehacker – Pedal faster for better cycling efficiency and to burn more fat

If you like to spin or cycle, this article explains how you can achieve better results by pedaling faster.  Hooray for science!

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Via NPR – Maximizing Your Workout With the Right Tunes

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Here’s an interesting article about the benefits of aerobic exercise if you’re looking to slim down.


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