just a bit about BPM

I do this thing where I load a bunch of new songs onto my device–songs I think are really fast, that will really match my tempo (Heh. Not that I’m really fast.)–and then after the first run with my new playlist I’ve deleted nearly half the songs because they aren’t nearly fast as I thought they were, and they slow me down.  On the flip-side, if I am working out and my music is faster than I’m moving, I feel like I’m falling behind and I sort of want to quit.  The key is finding music with the appropriate beats per minute–or BPM– for my activity.  An idea of appropriate BPM for different workouts:

160 BPM range: crazy fast spin class, intense running

150 range: kickboxing, bootcamp, faster jogging

140 range: cardio, cardio dance, some indoor cycling, slowish jogging

130 range: step class, sculpt, some cardio dance, faster aquatics classes, TRX, barre, core conditioning

120 range:  step, sculpt, barre, aquatics

110-120 range:  sculpt, low-tempo work

100-110 range:  yoga, pilates, sculpt, cool-down

80-100 range:  yoga/pilates cooldown

And there are websites such as this one in which you can search songs according to BPM.  Or just Google “songs by BPM” or some such query.  And this is interesting regarding BPM and running.   One thing I love about barre workouts is that they get my heart rate up, but not to that point where I’m breathless and red-faced.  And I’m not so hungry for the next 24 hours as I am after a run.  I tend to think of the barre/core conditioning as for my muscles and bones, but the cardio as mainly for my heart and lungs and brain/mood.  But that’s just me.  It’s all good stuff. 🙂



little ditties + news

More great workout music I’ve been enjoying.  Just thought I’d share.

We Walk on Water–Shonlock

Crowns & Thorns (Oceans)–Kb

Nothing I Can’t Do–Tedashii

Unbelievable–Owl City

My Everything–Owl City

Oh! And my friends at Strange Little Breakfasts and A Game Fitness and I are working on something splendidly fun for the Seymour community!  I’m very happy!  It involves food, exercise, and friendship.  All at once!  Sweet-mannered culinary school graduate…check.  Encouraging, people-loving fitness instructor…check.  Quiet exercise nerd (me)…check.

It’s going to be great.  And you know why?  Because God is going to be there too.  And when He is in something, well, that’s when things get amazing.

So more on that soon.

Bye.  Happy weekend.

ear candy, soul candy

Unrelated: Anybody else out there been eating a pint of blueberries/day? Just me?

I’m thinking about music today–my workout playlists. They’ve sort of…evolved. I used to listen to a lot of Eminem and, I guess, gangsta rap, and basically a bunch of stuff I wouldn’t want my dad to know I listened to. I thought I really had no choice. It thought it was the only music that could match my movement tempo. And maybe I felt that working out = aggression. But then I began to sort of pepper my playlists with some Christian music–not the sleepy stuff, or the screaming sopranos stuff–and I started to notice something: When I listened to a secular song, I’d feel powerful and angry; when I listened to a Christian song, I’d feel powerful and good/hopeful/happy. Eventually, my playlist has become almost entirely Christian songs, with the others dropping off over time. I just like how this music makes me feel! I like moving and sweating and feeling close to God at the same time. I like the sort of double blessing of strengthening my body and my soul together. Dare I say this is a form of worship? I love this bit from The Message translation from the book of Romans in the Bible (chapter 12):

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out.

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