BY: ELIZABETH ORTIZ
It is quite natural for a power house fitness instructor of HIIT, Boot Camp and Spin to understand the motivation behind high energy music at the gym. Lindsay del Rossi who teaches at Cal State Long Beach knows how to keep her classes motivated. “If you don’t have awesome music, you can break a class, and no one will ever show up again.”
The special music for spin instructors is not enough for del Rossi who likes to create her own playlists. She always keeps her ear out for good tunes on movie soundtracks, commercials, iTunes and the radio. This way she said everything stays current and up to date and people come back for more. She believes it is one of the most important factors to teaching and has incorporated it into her classes for seven years.
Del Rossi’s idea about music and exercise may be based on experience and intuition, but now there’s science to back this up. A new study at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Germany indicates that music actually improves endurance at the gym. In fact not only does music seem to motivate the human brain while exercising, music was found to make people happy by altering their mood and making them feel fearless. Anxiety and pain levels were found to decrease giving rise to another kind of therapy. The name of this new finding is called “JYMMIN.”
When this study was explained to the men’s volleyball coach at CSULB, Nick MacRae said that he uses music when he teaches a local Long Beach kids class called Rock-and-Roll Tuesdays, Although he prefers to use a breathing technique for the college team, he is open to experimenting. “I am trying to focus on breathing, but I have noticed that music will give them an extra boost.” He may try using music in the future, but he has always felt that the body should work on it’s own capacity when training.
In the Jymmin study, 63 fitness machines were rigged to play up-tempo tunes while participants exercised. The music played when bikes were peddled and beats became faster after a certain amount of time was spent on the bikes. According to lead scientist Thomas Fritz, who developed the study, the majority of participants responded to this controlled music by being more involved and working out faster on video then when these same participants were only passively listening to music in the background on a different day where they noticeably grew sluggish and more tired while working out.
A kinesiology student like Anette Alvanez who has taken a spin class at CSULB and studies kinesiology appreciates the upbeat music involved. “It’s hard to work out to melancholy music.”
So if you are feeling the same way, why not try something new.
Best place to find upbeat music featured in several fitness magazines.
Here is a way to keep yourself “Jymmin” to the most clicked on music while working out.
Here is one app all about tempo high enough to keep endurance steady. This app avoids long gaps between songs and can be listened to offline. When you are in the middle of a run, the worst thing to happen to you is having to listen to a sucky song especially if it is not meant for acceleration. ROCKMYRUN will not slow you down because it will keep you going until you get done.
This site allows you to find a complete list of gym DJs based on beats per minute BPM next to their title so you can cater to your workout sessions: kick boxing, running, yoga or spinning. It is $8.99 per month, but hey it is cheaper than a pack of cigarettes.
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