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The Reason Why Your Workout Playlist Scientifically Sucks And How To Fix It


Do you ever feel like your not getting enough out of your workouts? Do ask yourself, “I should’ve taken that pre-workout before I got here,” or maybe say, “I didn’t get enough sleep last night.” Although these assumptions are probably valid reasons why your workouts are not as good, have you ever considered the possibility that your workout playlist sucks?

Look, I’m not here to offend your music taste or roast you on who you listen to because who cares. I’m here to share some interesting facts based on science and based on my personal experience. So here is the reason why your music playlist scientifically sucks…

What Music Tempo (BPM) Do You Workout To?

Ever wondered why some songs feel slow, and others feel fast? That is because each genre of music has a different tempo or BPM. For example, Hip-Hop/EDM music is typically played around 120-160 BPM, and R&B music is generally played at 60-80 BPM.

So what the heck is tempo and BPM? Tempo is basically how fast a song is. As for beats per minute (BPM), it is a way to count how fast the music is. Picture BPM as the ticking of a clock. If one minute has 60 seconds, then there are 60 beats per minute. Have you ever tapped your foot to the beat of your favorite song? If so, that means you’ve unknowingly synced yourself to the song’s BPM! A research study evaluated the heart rate responses of participants during exercise while listening to rap and classical music (fast and slow music). According to the study, “Rap music clearly had a higher heart rate average than classical music or no music at all. Classical music compared with no music had a bit of fluctuation with each person.” That said, music in the 120-160 BPM range, such as EDM, hip-hop, and pop appears to be effective in terms of having a better working out.

How Often Do You Listen To Music/Workout?

For my gym rats out there, has there ever been a time where you’ve hit the weight room every day and noticed that your strength actually declines the more frequent you go? Although working out is considered a good thing, working out too much can be a bad thing because it does not let your muscles rest efficiently, you run the risk of injuring yourself, and you’re probably not going to perform at the same level the next time you go workout.

Same thing with music. If you’re always listening to up-tempo, high-energy music 24/7, how effective do you think the music will be when it’s time to workout? You should take strategic breaks from heavy music throughout the majority of your day so you can let your dopamine receptors reset.

Can Music Improve My Athletic Performance?

Here’s an interesting video I’ve found from “AsapSCIENCE“. He discusses the same topics I’ve talked about so far and make sure you check this out!

Looks like you’ve made it to the end… thanks for reading! Before you leave, make sure to comment on something you’ve learned so far about this article and explain how you can change or improve.

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