Oh! and I’m going to beg him to write a guest post breaking down the BPM thing for us. What exactly is it? How does he figure it out? and What are good rates for different exercises? I’m getting much more into it since working with him but it gets confusing!
Having started out with a slower, brisk walking playlist for Roni–we tried to amp things up a bit this time around.
It’s not quite running material. For that, you’ll likely want something 140 BPM or higher.
But, this will get you moving–particularly if you’re on an elliptical or other machine, where the reps are slightly lower anyway.
All of the songs in the playlist below clock in between 132 and 134 BPM.
There’s a gem from the Darkness’ overlooked sophomore album.
You’ll also hear Gossip banging through something that sounds (to me, at least) like a young Aretha Franklin or Shirley Bassey fronting an indie dance band.
And there are a couple electronic/hip-hop collaborations. One of these features Tiesto and a gang of dudes–some of whom have won Oscars! And the other features Steve Aoki and Will.I.Am from Black Eyed Peas–the latter of whom appears as his party monster alter-ego.
Lastly there are curiosities, like an early They Might Be Giants track and Grum’s latest single–which samples Toto (the band, not the dog from Oz) and slows the vocals way down–while simultaneously jacking the beat up.
If you’re looking for a break from working out to radio hits, this might make for a lively departure from the norm.
The full list follows…
Chris Lawhorn is the resident DJ at Marie Claire and workout music expert at Real Age. Each month, he reviews 300-400 new singles–trying to find the best new music for a workout. To vote on upcoming tracks, hear this month’s contenders, and find more resources for matching songs to the pace of your exercise routine, you can visit his workout music site.