5 secrets of great workout music (according to science)

16/04/2019

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5 secrets of great workout music

(according to science)


Everyone who has ever lifted weights or stepped onto a treadmill knows that a nice beat helps you exercise. But what other musical variables motivate you to push your boundaries? A team of scientists from Osnabrück University examined workout music to put together the ultimate playlist of exercise songs.


Fitness magazine Men’s Health published a report on the study. The scientists worked together with Amazon Music and the sound experts from Tro to create a playlist of 60 workout songs—everything from AC/DC to Dua Lipa. They took all sorts of musical parameters into account.

Workout music? 5 variables with impact


The number of ‘beats per minute’ (BPM) was far from being the only criteria. In fact, a 
slow song can also improve sporting performance. Find out what role these 5 variables play in workout music:

1. Speed: The tempo of a song is less important than the intensity of the rhythm section. A slow, but steady beat is more interesting than a fast song without any drums.

2. Lyrics: A song with lyrics is somewhat more helpful for maintaining efforts in exercise than an instrumental one according to earlier research.

3. Genre: Variation in the songs is important. There are a number of genres that stand out: hip-hop, rock and electronica. Not by coincidence, these are the music styles that often have a strong rhythm section.

4. Volume: Louder music delivers performance improvements during short workouts. But beware! During physical exertion, our ears are somewhat more sensitive to loud sounds.

5. Taste: You’ll be exhausted less quickly if you listen to your favourite music. For gym managers, it pays to know the personal musical preferences of your clients.

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5 workout songs fit for the gym

The playlist the researchers finally arrived at is called the High Performance Workout. It is made up of 60 songs. We picked out 5 highly varied workout songs:

1. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – ‘One Kiss’
2. Limp Bizkit – ‘Rollin’’
3. Post Malone – ‘Better Now’
4. AC/DC – ‘Thunderstruck’
5. Survivor – ‘Eye Of The Tiger’

Do you have a gym or fitness centre of your own? Then 60 songs simply won’t be enough. As such, we’ve applied this knowledge to our ready-to-go music channels. In Tunify Green, under the rubric ‘Body & Mind’, you’ll find 2 targeted musical agendas: Fitness Down Beat and Fitness Up Beat. You’ll find even more workout songs under the ‘Fitness Center’ atmosphere in Tunify Blue. Happy listening and have a wonderful workout!

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Source: https://www.menshealth.com/fitness/a25938394/workout-music-amazon-playlist/

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