A workout session typically consists of a warm-up, exercise, and a cool down – which is something that can be structured in your music playlist. We suggest music with slower beats per minute (BPM) for warm-ups, higher for your workout, and slower again for your cool down.
Here are some handy BPM ranges that you can tailor your playlist to:
- Warm up or low-intensity activities (yoga or pilates): 60-90 BPM
- Steady heart-rate exercise (jogging): 100-140 BPM
- Weightlifting or other strength training: 130-150 BPM
- Zumba or other dance-related exercise: 140-170 BPM
- CrossFit, indoor cycling or other HIIT: 140-190 BPM
- Cool down: 60-90 BPM
There are a number of ways to check the BPM of a song, but the simplest is using the free online tool, Sort Your Music. After creating a playlist, log into the website, and you’ll be able to arrange your music in several different categories, including BPM.
A custom playlist can also be great for certain types of interval training, such as interval running. For example, if you spend five minutes running hard, and two minutes at a slower pace, you can arrange your music to match your rest and work intervals. Remember, creativity is key when making your own playlist.
So, what are you waiting for? Plug in and pump up the volume.