Fitness Flo: Week 2
Music Helps Build Muscle: A look into the effect that listening to music has on your workouts. Able to stay more focused, get aggressive, push harder, tune out distraction, etc.
Next time you’re working out, check how many of your fellow gym rats are plugged into their headphones. Yep, almost everyone. They’re probably mean-mugging too, right? We don’t see that kind of antisocial behavior at the grocery store or on the street… so why is an aggressive personal soundtrack so essential to working out?
Studies have shown that listening to music helps us work out harder, faster and longer, and also distracts us from our whining, aching muscles. But do some songs pack a stronger punch?
For the purpose of getting your sweat on, neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks ruled out any music that doesn’t have “adequate rhythmic force”. This means that we should be choosing songs that have a strong, fast, and consistent beat. For example, if you’re running, the ideal tempo will fall between 120-170 BPM (beats per minute). The idea is to coordinate your movements with the beat – as you speed up, so should your music.
Even if you’re not doing cardio, pick tracks with steady beat so you can maintain a rhythm and stay motivated through those extra sets. And no matter what you’re working on, choose music that makes you feel upbeat and indestructible.
Our Flo this week starts out with a slow but powerful track from Iggy Azalea at 95 BPM and builds up to a fun head-banger from DJ Fresh at 177 BPM. Give it a spin and see what tempo works best for you!
Pro tip: If you want to make a customized workout playlist that fits your own rhythm, you can use apps like BPM (for iPhone) or BPM Detector (for Android) to find music in your library that has the right pace.
1. “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX
2. “Mama Said Knock You Out” – LL Cool J
3. “Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd
4. “I Don’t Like It, I Love It” by Flo Rida featuring Robin Thicke and Verdine White
5. “Come Get it Bae” by Pharrell Williams
6. “El Chapo” – The Game & Skrillex
7. “Where Are U Now” by Skrillex & Diplo
8. “Take Me Out” – Franz Ferdinand
9. “Fade Away” – Logic
10. “Power” – Kanye West
11. “Reptilia” – The Strokes
12. “Tightrope” – Janelle Monae
13. “Worst Day” – Calvin Harris
14. “Golddust” – DJ Fresh