What’s Your Power Song?

Do you know what a “Power Song” is?

runner2In 2006, Nike and Apple collaborated to release the Nike+ iPod kit which included a sensor that you inserted in your running shoes which would then track various things like your pace, distance covered and calories burned.

All nifty bits of data to help enhance your training and make workouts more interesting.

The sensor paired up with your iPod so you could hear updates via your headphones.

One of the most amazing features of Nike+ was the option to set your personal preference for your “Power Song.”

That’s your “go to” song when you need an energy boost. You know what I mean…the song that never fails to get you moving a little quicker.

One of my readers commented that she used to take an instructor’s aerobics class solely because he would always play THE SONG that never failed to get her moving and “made the entire workout worthwhile.”

That, my friend, is a Power Song.

In Nike+ you can program your system so that, if your pace drops below a certain level, the music automatically shifts to your Power Song to kick your butt into gear.

How cool is that?

I bought my first mp3 player back in 2001 and I remember it could only hold 74 minutes worth of music! I was running my first half marathon in San Francisco, and the song that pumped me up when I started to flag was…

One of my long time spinners recently revealed to me that his Power Song is another classic from the 80s, “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor. Check out the hairdos in this slightly corny music video:

And another die hard gym member loves this song:

So what’s your Power Song? Make sure you have it handy to don’t hesitate to flip it on as needed!

Posted on Oct 29, 2013

Putting Your Workout Into High Gear

“Putting Your Workout Into High Gear”

topspeed7I’ve written quite a bit about the benefits of exercising to music that you know. That can mean playing current hits from the radio or taking it “old school” and playing classic songs from your past.

But besides activating your emotions, another motivating factor of music can be tempo or the speed of a song, measured in beats per minute (BPM).

Sometimes simply because the beat of a song is at a higher BPM, you’ll begin moving faster.

To read another article about the benefits of speed, check out “The Need for Speed”.

Not only can the music motivate you to move faster, but a study cited in Scientific American states that athletes who worked out to the rhythmic beat of music were able to endure a lot longer and used 7% less oxygen than the athletes who didn’t workout to music.

So when you’re just not feeling quite as motivated or maybe when you’re pumped up and want to get a huge adrenaline rush, try playing music that’s 150 BPM or faster.

For instance, I took my dog to the beach the other day and was feeling a little bit lazy. So although I don’t usually run with headphones on at the beach, I got out my iPod, played the following cardio mix called, “Top Speed 7” which runs at 170 BPM and suddenly I was flying down the beach.

I think even my dog was surprised!

And I only recognized one or two songs, so that wasn’t the motivating factor. It was the fast beat that periodically faded and then ramped up again that kept me feeling great. Sample this mix here:

Length: 46:03
Format: Continuous and square
Tempo: 170 bpm

Posted on Oct 18, 2013

The Need for Speed…

“The Need for Speed…”

topspeedI received a lot of comments from readers on a recent post about the definition of “good workout music” saying that when it comes to exercising, they love upbeat, fast-paced music.

I have to say that, although I am a big fan of mixing things up, I love my music fast and I love it loud!

I was participating in an indoor cycling instructor training earlier this year and the main gimmick of this training centered around using videos projected onto a large screen which simulate cycling on the highways of Italy or through the forest of Yosemite.

Because the training company really wanted to emphasize the importance of the visual props, the Master Instructor leading us through the training advised us to keep the volume of our music lower, more like background music than anything else.

He said that the verbal cues you give in conjunction with what’s going on in the videos will be the more motivating factor and that music would only be a distraction.

However, as he led us through a Master Class, I felt less than inspired. And from where I was sitting, I was able to observe that the other instructors and gym members were putting out an average effort at best, until…

This song came on:

Suddenly, all of the instructors started hooting and hollering and everyone instantly started spinning a lot faster and sweating a whole lot more.

That just confirmed for me that, in this instance, the music was by far the more motivating factor.

On that note, check out there two great, F-A-S-T continuous mixes.

#1: Top Speed, Classics Edition (180 bpm)

Length: 53 minutes
Format: Continuous and square
Tempo: 180 bpm

#2: Cardio Mix by DJ Javier 

Length: 33:34
Format: Continuous
Tempo: 152 – variable

Posted on Oct 2, 2013

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