Turn It Up a Notch: Workout Music Makes a Difference

By Tyler Graning

If you’re like most people, then you probably do a good bit of your exercising with headphones in.  Listening to music has become the norm, as many say it helps them power through a workout, or provides that extra motivation to finish strong.

The right music can definitely make a workout more enjoyable, but there’s more to the story. There have also been numerous studies that show listening to music while exercising can increase endurance by as much as 15 percent.  This goes to show that where the mind leads, the body will follow!

While everyone gets their groove on to different music, there is a freesite available that gives you the most popular workout songs, ranked by over 40,000 people across the country.   Here are the top 10 for the month of September:

·         Lady GaGa — “Applause” – 140 BPM
·         Bruno Mars — “Locked Out of Heaven (The M Machine Remix)” — 85 BPM
·         Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais — “Summertime Sadness” — 125 BPM
·         Rihanna & David Guetta — “Right Now” — 130 BPM
·         Imagine Dragons — “Radioactive” — 137 BPM
·         Krewella — “Live for the Night” — 127 BPM
·         M83 — “Midnight City” — 105 BPM
·         Capital Cities — “Safe and Sound (RAC Mix)” — 118 BPM
·         Katy Perry — “Roar” — 90 BPM
·         Pink & Lily Allen — “True Love” — 95 BPM

*BPM= Beats Per Minute.  Songs should typically be between 120-140 BPM, but varies according to the type of exercise. 

Try a few of these tunes during your next workout session. You may find they’re just what you need to push on through and get the results you deserve!

Tyler Graning is an intern in the Product Management Department at Market America. He is a recent graduate from UNCG, with a degree in Marketing.