One of the best songs primarily based in your health objectives

Music can make or break a workout – in several ways. "The careful use of music can bring measurable and meaningful benefits to human performance, especially when the beat is synchronized with the work speed," says Dr. Costas Karageorghis, Professor at Brunel University London. In his book "Using Music in Movement and Sport" (Human Kinetics, August 2016), Karageorghis offers specific songs for different types of goals and workouts. Use this selection of songs to create your own playlists.

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A solid stretching playlist should help you focus. “This music shouldn't have an ergogenic or work-promoting effect during the warm-up and flexibility,” says Karageorghis. "Rather, it is intended to help exercisers prepare physically and mentally for the more vigorous forms of activity that usually follow."

Active / dynamic stretching

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Static / passive stretch

Core training

Core training is generally not done at a fast pace. Use music at a moderate tempo of 105 to 125 beats per minute. "The pace should match the expected heart rate when exercising asynchronously – that is, when the music is in the background," says Karageorghis.

StepMill training

"It's a little easier to have music in synchronous mode on the StepMill than it is on the treadmill, especially if you know the speed at which you will be pedaling and can therefore select music with the appropriate beats per minute." Karageorghis says.

Stationary bike

"There is evidence that the optimal pace range (for stationary cycling) is between 115 and 145 beats per minute, depending on the intensity," says Karageorghis.

  • Michael Jackson's Billie Jean (117 beats per minute; easy pace)
  • Wake Me Up by Avicii (125 beats per minute; moderate pace)
  • Boom Boom Pow by The Black Eyed Peas (130 beats per minute; moderately intense pace)
  • The Rockafeller Skank by Fatboy Slim (145 beats per minute; intense tempo)

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