On Music And Workout

Date Posted: March 26, 2014
Since many of our clients here at Ringside Fitness prefer to pump-up the stereo with their playlist and are racing to the jock wire at the front desk to have their sound, be “THE” sound of gym, or would just rather have earphones dangle in their ears to enjoy music on their own, I have decided to make a blog on the effectiveness of music while doing workout.

Beneficial. Is it, or is it not?

Short answer? An obvious yes. Long answer? Let us start first with what’s your goal. If your goal is to lose weight, which requires low intensity, long duration exercises (aerobic), it is recommended to add fast tempo music to your playlist. This will enable you to jive into the fast and upbeat sound thus, creating a “distraction”. This distraction is beneficial for you to focus on the beat of the music and not on the strenuousness of your workout, which therefore, making you perform much better and lose more weight in a fraction. According to a research released by the International Journal of Psychophysiology, athletes tend to have higher performance output on their exercise if fast paced music is being played on the background, thus improving stamina build-up and endurance which are essential for their respective sports. Nonetheless, there’s a contraindication. If you are running along the streets of Madrigal, which most of us are doing as part of our warm-up, or planning to join a marathon or fun run, I discourage you to avoid wearing your earphones on because yeah, you already know what can possibly be next because you are too distracted with your music and workout.

Here’s a sample beat:

Old school is the new school. Daftpunk’s One More Time remix
Got the beat? It’s about on the 5/4 beat. Now you can explore on what to put on your playlist if you are to lose weight.

If your goal is more on strengthening, music beat depends on what result you are planning to get. If you want to have a more aesthetically pleasing muscle cuts or be ripped, which requires a high intensity, slow repetition lifting, of course the type of music that you should listen to are sounds in a bit slower tempo for you to catch-up with much ease. According to highintensitynation.com, if you desire to have a more ripped muscle formation, chiseled and prominent muscle cuts, what you should do is “…lift in 2 seconds; pause; lower in 4 seconds; pause; repeat.”

This sound might do:
Not so oldie. But hey, it’s appropriate. Anonymous by Bobby Valentino.

Beat is about 5/4.

If strengthening and power gain are what you are targeting, which necessitates low to medium intensity and fast and numerous repetitions until failure, listen to sounds with medium tempo which can make you lift 1 second up, and 1 second down, depending on the intensity of the your lift. Of course, the lesser the intensity, the faster you can lift. That’s the reason why we recommend lifting low intensity weights for strengthening.

Here’s my recommended sound:

Toe-C. I personally like this band. It’s up to you if you wanna use their sound.

Beat can range from ¾ to 4/4. Check your sounds. You might have something there with similar beat.

So pump your beat!

See how beneficial music as an accompaniment to your workout can be? Many people usually get tired on their workout easily because they tend to focus on the intensity of their lift, or run, more. This adds more pressure both mentally and physically, therefore, results to stress while enjoyment diminishes. This can be a factor why some clients fail reevaluation. I also further suggest adding songs in your playlist that you are familiar at. Because familiarity can make distraction stream in a steady state which can make you perform much better. Listen to your own playlist. I recommend bringing your own earphones and spoil to your own menu of songs. This can make workout more enjoyable and beneficial, concurrently.

By: Romer B. Estrada, RND Nutritionist at Ringside Fitness