“Don’t Put Your Workout On Auto-Pilot”

One of the biggest challenges (and expenses) for fitness instructors is keeping your music library from getting stale.

Professionally mixed music usually starts at $20 per mix or CD and goes up from there.

Because of this, I’ve known instructors who relentlessly play the same music over and over and over again. Back in the mid-90s I knew a guy who ALWAYS without fail played “When A Man Loves A Woman” for his cool-down. I guess you could say it was a signature song for him!

But if you continually play the same music, it’s like putting the workout on auto-pilot. Over time, the tendency will be to “phone it in” by decreasing how much effort you’re really putting into it.

Now there’s a large selection of music out there available for free download so there’s not excuse to let your music become a “signature song” by default.

Here’s a 42-mimute cardio mix that includes a free download so you can upload it to your mobile device and play during your workout.

This continuous track features an interesting mix of genres from Techno to Latin to House to Pop and includes original songs and remixes such as:

  • The theme from Mortal Kombat
  • The Funk Phenomena by Armand van Helden
  • Sandstorm by Darude
  • Up & Down by Vengaboys
  • Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye

There’s even a hilarious “cameo appearance” by Jane Fonda around minute 28! Check it out…

Grab the free music download here: https://soundcloud.com/dj-javier/cardio-mix

Length: 42:33
Format: Continuous
Tempo: 146 bpm

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Posted on Oct 7, 2013

About the Author

Kim Nishida has been working in the fitness industry for more than two decades and is certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Schwinn Spinning, Reebok Cycle, Powerstrike Kickboxing, Keiser Cycling and is formerly the Group Exercise Director at UC Berkeley.

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  1. GREAT post and music. I hadn’t thought of music or my exercise as going on auto pilot but it does make sense. There are some songs that my husband now associates with his chemo treatments that we used to help him stay relaxed. Every time he hears it, he can even remember the feelings.
    I’ll have to have download several versions of dance music to keep me moving.
    Claudette Chenevert
    The Stepmom Coach

    • Kim Nishida says:

      Hey, Claudette, thanks for your comments. Yes, music can be a powerful tool to stir up emotions and feelings as your husband can attest. Now it’s just a matter of being “strategic” when choosing what to listen to in order to stir up the right emotions. 😉

  2. Kim Nishida says:

    Haha! Yes, I totally get your point, Karen! Auto-pilot would be great, especially when I want to get my workout out of the way before I start my day. I wish I had one of those programmable coffee makers that would have a fresh pot ready at 5am so I could drink up and hit the gym early. LOL

  3. I like to listen to trance or metal when working out. Unfortunately, the people at my gym prefer to play love songs when they work out and it really gets on my nerves and kills the vibe.

    • Kim Nishida says:

      Yeah, Timothy, I totally get it. I suppose it’s a good thing that tastes in music are not “one-size fits all.” Otherwise we’d all be little clones walking around! I admit, that what I love to workout to myself isn’t always popular with the masses. That’s when the headphones come in handy… =)

  4. Linda Luke says:

    That’s funny. I was just thinking I wanted to get more music. And, I am really motoivated by now knowing some good ones to download for my workout. Thank you

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