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How to create the perfect playlist to give it everything in your workout session

There are songs that can stimulate and motivate us to push ourselves to the limit when we are working out in the gym, running in the park or warming up before we work out.
Let us see how workout music and playlists influence our activity, and how to program them on our mobile devices, to accompany us in every warm up, workout and cool down, regardless of the sports discipline we practice and the types of exercises and training we must do.

Music is a great help while we train, but that's only true if it touches the right strings at the right time.

Choose the right playlist for your workout

We are all different and everyone has their own musical tastes, but there are unwritten rules that ultimately apply and work for everyone, because they leverage our unconscious and deepest nature. That's why, regardless of whether we like it or not, there are songs and music that make us feel sad or cheerful, that charge us or relax us, that make us concentrate or make us more creative, that fill us with energy or that make us rest, allowing us to ease the tension and to return calm.
We realize this even as children, before deciding and understanding what we like and what we do not. Clearly, the same goes for the music to be combined with the activities that we perform.

Therefore, to choose the right music and to create a playlist that allows us to give it everything during our workout sessions, what we must do is to analyze the routine of exercises and activities to be done, and to look for songs that have the right duration (or that are properly cut) and that meet certain requirements.

Songs best suited for training: a wide choice?

Is there really a perfect workout playlist? If we consult the appropriate sections of the most popular music streaming sites on the internet, we easily realize how many different workout playlists there are.

We're all different and everyone has their own musical tastes, but there are unwritten rules that ultimately apply and work more or less for everyone.

Obviously, some of them have a higher number of listening or are more appreciated than others, but what immediately gets our attention is that the choice is very wide, which clearly indicates that there is no perfect playlist for training and that this does not necessarily depend on our musical tastes.

Generally speaking, to understand what to choose, we must think starting from the type of exercise and training schedule to be done. Music is of great help while we train, but this is only true if it strikes the right chords at the right time, song after song.
It needs to charge us when we start to test our limits; it needs to help us to hold on when we have to clench our teeth, to maintain the right rhythm when our effort has to be diluted in time; it needs to give us a bang of grit when we have to give everything. However, it must also lower the frequency when we are recovering or doing stretching exercises.

Training playlists: a matter of BPM and...

Although it is not the only factor that matters, frequency can make a difference: that is why we need to accompany the music we like the most to the exercise that excites us the most or that bores us to death. Whatever the case, we need the right musical contribution.
Frequency is the keyword to combine with BPM. Beats per Minute (or BPM in short) are used to define the metrics of the music. The same unit of measure is also used to specify the heart rate, which is why the two concepts are so linked in cardio activities such as indoor cycling, running or elliptical in the room.
However, for our intents and purposes we need only to remember that the BPM we are mentioning here is related to the beats of the songs we want to listen when to work out.

The ideal playlist structures

The recommended structure for the cardio playlist is therefore the one that offers an average start (about 100 BPM) to climb slowly over the first twenty minutes to about 130 BPM. At that point you can move on to intensive training with about 15-20 minutes of music that, in crescendo, can reach up to 160 BPM.
It is therefore necessary to take a moment to catch your breath with a song at about 110 BPM and then strive to keep the frequency at 130 BPM for another quarter of an hour. The training can then leave room for stretching with four tracks that lower the BPM from 130 to less than 100.
These indications are designed for those who perform cardio activities regularly and therefore are trained, while, for example, those who are dedicated to cross fit should choose to start with tracks from 80 BPM to reach a peak of 130 before descending again to 100 BPM for the end of the session.

As already pointed out, however, the rhythm is only one of the parameters to be considered, because what the music transmits (joy, anger, melancholy, etc.) is equally important in the choice of songs for the training playlist.

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