My first running race of the 2014 season was a race that I did not train for. It was May, and I had barely run at all since my marathon in October. For some reason, I was dumb enough to not sign up for the 5k portion of the race, but the 10 miler. I knew my body could handle it, but my brain?–Not so much. Around mile 8 ½, I had reached my mental breaking point. I was bored, crabby, my blood sugar had dropped. I was not at all amused by the senior couple zooming past me with matching T-shirts that read, “Today is our 50TH Anniversary!” I knew it was time to break out the big guns. This was an emergency. I popped my ear buds in, scrolled to my playlist titled, “SeriouslyMoveYourAss,” and put on my game face. After about 30 seconds, I was playing the air drums, head banging, scream-singing Guns & Roses out loud to race spectators, high-fiving small children, and had increased my per-minute-mile time by 2 minutes. I finished that race with a leap into the air, screaming I am a total badass!…… and then leaned over and vomited in a garbage can.
What is it about a song with a good beat that seems to give us temporary superpowers? It’s not just mental, there have been many scientific studies done in regards to a good beat = better workout correlation. It has been proven that exercisers can improve their performance by as much as 15% if they listen to music during their workout, and BPM may make a difference. BPM is a music theory reference, and stands for beats per minute. In a study done by Doctor Costas Karageorghis, it was determined that songs between 120-140 BPM maximized exercise results. But, how do you know what the BPM of a song is? There are many websites that can help you find songs to add to your playlist based on BPM. Some of my favorite include:
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Some may not care about BPM, or scientific studies. All we purely care about are songs that get our butts moving in the early AM, or give just enough energy to finish strong after a long day. If that’s case, take a peek at my eclectic play list below. Because of my music performance past, my style of workout playlist may differ slightly from a NOW That’s What I Call A Workout CD. In the playlist below you will see a combination of today’s pop hits, latin, drumline beat, broadway belts, and even acoustic cello (Yes, you read that right- Don‘t bust it till you listen!). Maybe it will inspire you to think ‘outside the box’ when it comes to your workout playlist! Post a comment on this blog, and let me know what you think!
Fit Fly Gal’s Workout Playlist
For next week’s Fitness Friday, I we will take a peek into my training season lunchbox. You will learn how I personally fuel my body during training and while flying including healthy snack ideas so you have energy for your workout.