What's your workout soundtrack?

Music plays a big part in lots of our routines. Some listen to relax, some to distract and some when we need to be productive. It's a versatile tool for helping us either get in the mood or in the zone. We got excited when we were training last week and one of our clients brought her own music. Most of the time we might have the radio on when training at the studio. But this time we managed to push the session to a whole new level with her own playlist.

So we wanted to look into the phycology a bit more and this is what we found:

A person’s reaction to music begins in the auditory cortex, which sends electrical signals to parts of the brain that control movement, including the supplementary motor area, cerebellum, basal ganglia and ventral premotor cortex (research by neuroscientist Jessica Grahn). The songs that produce the most success for workouts are those that have a regular rhythm and tempo, particularly at 120 to 140 beats per minute (bpm), she said. Those songs also tend to have a beat in a low register. Songs that people like help them work out for longer, as do songs that are associated with particular memories.

In one study by Costas Karageorghis, a sport psychologist at Brunel University in London, which showed people’s oxygen consumption decreased as they listened to music with a bpm that matched their workout pace. There are also several different types of listeners — “associators,” who rely on music to enhance their performance, and “dissociators,” who listen to music primarily as a form of distraction.

As we already provide a bespoke service for our clients, incorporating music into how we do things only feels natural. So from now on, our clients our welcome to bring their own playlists on Spotify and we'll link the music up to our sound system when training. Helping you reach the ultimate training experience. 

What are you waiting for? Book with one of our personal trainers now and get body and mind fit!

With all our love,

The Blackheath Studio Team.