“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

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Posted on Oct 2, 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. Shawn says:

    Music helps in so many areas to become motivated. It always helps to have some fast music on to clean the house and do chores too.

    • Kim Nishida says:

      I totally agree with you about putting on fun music while doing chores! And hey, sometimes cleaning the house is a workout in itself. :-)

  2. Toy says:

    Thanks for sharing! Great tracks! Music has an energy of its own and once tapped into, the potential is limitless!

    • Kim Nishida says:

      I’m happy to share, Toy. Those long tracks both come as free downloads if you want to take them with you non the go…

  3. Adelien says:

    I love the last couple of music. I think it works well with my workout too, RPM especially. Thank you for sharing.

    • Kim Nishida says:

      No problem, Adelien. If you want more great music, feel free to like my fan page on Facebook. I’m sating new music there everyday. Cheers!

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