You know that scene in High Fidelity where John Cusack is promoting the importance of tape perfectly crafted mix? A tape that has to start with a murderer on track to grab attention, then take it to a higher level, a higher level then that cool?
Sure, that guy was creating a playlist to woo a girl, but he was on to something. Little did he know, he also was giving us words of wisdom on how to best create a set of tunes for a high-energy workout. Here are the seven key components of any good workout playlist occur, regardless of genre. (In fact, I think the most eclectic playlist, the most exciting and surprising-it can be!)
Follow these guidelines to make a playlist before your next workout, and you’re going to stay committed and pumped all the time. After all, the music, especially the right music can make working out more fun!
1. Warm-Up Song
Like John Cusack says, you have to start a playlist with a tennis murderer is striking. Choose a song here that inspires and motivates you, but has a moderate tempo. During the song is going to make some light static stretching and warm easy to move, and you do not want to be rushed, so choose a song that is at least four minutes. Songs like “Rock With You” by Michael Jackson and “Crazy” by Aerosmith are good candidates for a song tempo suitable heating. However, the best songs are the ones that build heat in intensity and have a very inspiring message. “Proud” by Heather Smalls (best known as The Song of the Biggest Loser theme) is an excellent choice.
2. Get-You-Going Song
The second song in a playlist should be as inspiring and motivating as warm as the song, only faster pace so that you can get your heart rate naturally easy level to a moderate level workout pace. Select a track to moderate fast paced with a strong and catchy rhythm that naturally want to match your walking / running / speed elliptical. “Let’s Get It Started” by the Black Eyed Peas is one of my favorites, because it is “running for a Dream” by Tom Petty.
3. Pump-You-Up Songs
The lists have songs with different speeds smoothie is a perfect way to work naturally some intervals into your workout, maybe without not even noticing, because people choose naturally to his rhythm when a song is playing fast and slow their pace when a song is slow. Therefore, be sure to pull at least one or two super-fast, high-energy songs in your playlist. You want these songs to be the music that is damn near impossible to sit still. Some of my favorites include going to “Hey Ya” by Outkast and “Maniac”, Flashdance theme by Michael Sembello. The fast pace will help you burn more calories and have a blast while doing it.
4. Recovery Songs
After any pump-you-up song, it’s important to have a moderate to slow-song after he recovers. Because it’s usually going to be out of breath from the previous song, select a track that you really enjoy and find meaning. During these songs you want to slow down your pace, but it is still motivated enough to continue his training. Songs like “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor and “You Gotta Be” by Des’ree are perfect peaks.
5. In-Between Songs
Unless you plan to do a full workout of intervals (in which case you just need a heating, cooling and several songs from the pump-you-up and recovery in between), you’ll need some songs that hold their interest and keep you motivated. For these in-between songs, her absolute favorite tracks moderate pace work best. For example, my guilty pleasure is pop music, so each time you go for a long run, I JAM-pack my iPod with Britney Spears and Gwen Stefani. My husband, however, loves Oasis and Smashing Pumpkins, so up to that. A friend of mine likes Garth Brooks when he cycles. All our workout playlists are so different, but they all work to motivate. No matter the genre or guilty pleasure, just make sure that the beat keeps you moving. And try not to sing too loud!
6. Finale Song
This is the mother of all songs in the playlist. The final song is basically a pump-to-time to the track 10 as it has to inspire you in your training time when you are most tired, the end! This song should remind you just have a little more to do and then motivate you to give everything. “The Final Countdown” by Europe and “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor is sure to inspire your last few minutes.
7. Cool Down Track
The track cooling should be slow and give credit where credit is because, of course! “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera is always good to play, as is “The Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson. Make sure to cool for at least five minutes, you may need more than one song to cool, which is not a bad thing, as it gives you more time to enjoy the music you like.
You may already have a go-to list of exercises, but the structure in this way is guaranteed to push harder and faster! And remember, no matter what kind of songs you choose, it only matters that you enjoy.