A new year means a new you, and nearly every resolution includes heading to or joining a gym. Even if your health resolutions come in the middle of the year, a good workout is probably on your to-do list. If you find that you’re struggling at the gym, the problem likely isn’t you — but it might be your music. Flo Music can help you stay on track by sharing the right music to match your fitness goals.
In general, fitness centers have a central speaker system that caters to a diverse population of members who range in age, race, culture, and gender. The music that’s piped in is designed to please everyone — a concept that is certain to please no one. This is why so many people bring in their own music. Bringing your own music personalizes your fitness experience, but it may still fall short in delivering what’s best for your particular workout because it’s not as simple as queuing up your favorite songs.
Music affects exercise by distracting you from feeling fatigue. Researchers have discovered that working out to the right music genre boosts endurance by 15 percent. The right music also increases the total amount of work you can perform, recover from, and adapt to positively. Exercise can be tiresome, boring, and strenuous, so adapting positively is key to reaching your goals.
Sports psychologists have discovered how crucial the beats per minute, or bpm, of a song can be to your workout. Runners benefit most from music with 145 to 160 bpms. Choose fast tempo genres like techno, house, hip-hop, or upbeat pop music. Weightlifters benefit from slower, rhythmic tempos in the 120 to 135 bpm range. Rap’s clear beats and heavy bass rhythms make it an excellent genre for lifting, where slow, steady control is necessary to prevent injuries and perfect form.
The bpm range for cardio should be around 120 to 140 because those performing cardio benefit more from the cadence than the tempo to promote proper breathing. Pair rhythmic pop, classic oldies, and light metal with your aerobics routine. Stretching, warm ups, cool downs, and yoga should all be accompanied by calming music in the 100 to 110 bpm range, including slow ballads and folk music.
People love discovering and sharing music. The Flo app lets you take this concept to the fitness arena by allowing nearby users to connect and share music best suited for your workout. Download Flo to your smartphone today and discover how essential social playlisting can be for peak performance and more satisfying workouts.