Trainers, check, water, check, towel, check, music…no!? Music should be an essential gym bag item, according to new research carried out by London sport psychologists. Dr costas karageorghis of Brunel University lead the team who analysed 6.7 million Spotify (an online music service) playlists titled ‘workout’. The team were particularly interested in the genre, lyrics and bpm (beats per minute) of the tracks.
The aim was to create ‘The Ultimate Playlist’. “A suitably motivational playlist can help to ‘colour’ the symptoms of exercise related fatigue, like breathlessness and a heavily beating heart, in such a way that they are interpreted in a more positive manner” commented Dr krageorghis.
Music pushes your body to go further; when you think you should stop, music has the power to spur you on. This is because “a well selected playlist can moderate how you feel, even at relatively high intensities” says Dr karageorghis.
In general, pop music should be used for slower repetitive movements, dance music for strength and weight training, and the genre of rock should be avoided due to the changes in tempo that affect a workout rhythm.
The top sweaters were Avicii, Duke Dumont and Lady Gaga. Overall, recent upbeat hits were popular and effective choices, with the exception of the male preference for ‘Eye of the Tiger’.
Brunel University & the Members of Spotify Ultimate Playlist
|The Track||The Artist||The Genre||The Workout|
|Talk Dirty||Jason Derulo||R&B||Stretch|
|Skip to the Good Bit||Rizzle Kicks||Hip Hop/Rap||Stretch|
|Get Lucky||Daft Punk||Disco||Aerobic Warm Up|
|Move||Little Mix||Pop||Aerobic Warm-Up|
|Need you 100%||Duke Dumont||House||Cardio (low Intensity)|
|You Make Me||Avicii||House||Cardio (low intensity)|
|Timber||Pitbull ft Ke$ha||Pop||Cardio (moderate Intensity)|
|Applause||Lady Gaga||Hip Hop||Cardio (High Intensity)|
|Can’t Hold us||Macklemore + Ryan Lewis ft Ray Dalton||Hip Hop/Rap||Cardio (High Intensity)|
|Happy||Pharrell Williams||Pop||Cardio (High Intensity)|
|The Monster||Eminem ft Rihanna||Hip Hop||Strength Training|
|Love Me Again||John Newman||Pop||Strength Training|
|It’s My Party||Jessie J||Pop||Strength Training|
|Burn||Ellie Goulding||Pop||Warm Down|
Music = a longer, easier and more productive sweat session. Pick songs that motivate you to move and inspire you to perspire. Blast the tunes loud and workout proud.