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Optimal Music for the Gym

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Researchers Say The Right Tempo Boosts Stamina, Energy Efficiency

Looking for a perfect tune for your workout?

Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” has the optimal beat. So does “Gangnam Style” by Psy and Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory.”

Research has found that at the right tempo, music can reduce the sense of exertion as well as boost motivation. Costas Karageorghis, deputy head of research at the School of Sport and Education at London’s Brunel University, says the “sweet spot” for workout music is between 125 and 140 beats per minute when people aren’t trying to time their movements to the music. Previously, experts believed that the faster a person exercises, the faster the music tempo should be.

Other new studies have shown that when athletes synchronize their movements to a musical beat, their bodies can handle more exertion: Treadmill walkers had greater stamina and cyclists required less oxygen uptake. And swimmers who listened to music during races finished faster than others who didn’t

“Music can alter emotional and physiological arousal much like a pharmacological stimulant or sedative,” says Dr. Karageorghis, who has worked as a consultant psychologist to music and sports-equipment companies and for Olympic athletes. “It has the capacity to stimulate people even before they go into the gym.”

The benefits of music seem most pronounced during low-to-moderate-intensity exercise—in other words, it’s more effective for recreational exercisers than elite athletes, scientists say. And finding just the right beat isn’t difficult, as a lot of popular music falls within the optimum tempo range and most other musical genres also have music in that range, Dr. Karageorghis says. For classical music buffs, two pieces that work for him are Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, known as the “Eroica” symphony, and Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor. Other qualities that make music ideal for workouts are motivational sounds and lyrics—think the theme from “Chariots of Fire” with its associated image of men running on the beach.

Sylwia Wiesenberg, owner of Tonique Fitness in New York City, says she keeps tempo in mind when compiling playlists for her two-hour cardio and body-sculpting class. “The hardest part of the class is the first 15 to 20 minutes,” she says. “I use music as my powerful instrument to push people harder,” she says. More

SUPPORT THE INTERNET RADIO FAIRNESS ACT

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FIT Radio’s primary purpose is to provide our listeners with up-beat mixes that motivate
our users to keep moving in an energetic and positive direction. Currently, we at FIT
Radio ask our users to take just a few minutes to help keep us moving in a direction to
better serve those who enjoy our app and the artists that make our content so incredible
and unique. We respectfully ask our listeners to contact their representatives to
support the Internet Radio Fairness Act.
Ever since the Internet and music have crossed paths, this union has invited a stream of
contention and conversation between listeners, musical artists, music providers, and of
course, the federal government. This ongoing conversation primarily centers on how
music providers should compensate musical artists for playing their music. In other
words, the issue of how to handle royalties has dominated the discussion. Unfortunately,
these royalty stipulations placed on Internet radio (including FIT Radio) providers
hinders their ability to play the songs and artists you know and love. Even worse, the
rigors of royalties may prevent you from enjoying up-and-coming artists that FIT Radio
features.
Presently, royalty restrictions place discriminatory and outdated penalties on Internet
radio providers that somehow escape the satellite-based SiriusXM. For example, last
year alone, SiriusXM only had to pay 10 percent of their revenues to artists, while the
Internet-based Pandora shelled out a staggering 50 percent of their revenues to artists.
Yes, royalties took up half of Pandora’s revenues, and FIT Radio is under the same fire.
This glaring difference is solely due to outdated royalty laws. Changing these unfair laws
is not only crucial to our existence and your enjoyment of the music we play, such a
change is now finally possible.
All you have do to is take a few minutes to call, email, or even Tweet your representative
(insert name and link here) to support the Internet Radio Fairness Act. Doing so will not
only help us continue to create the mixes you enjoy, contacting [your representative] will
help aspiring talented artists to have their music heard.

 

Thank you all for listening and for your support,

 

FIT Radio

 
 
 
 
 

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Beta Testers: Users Who Get the New Mobile Site Before Anyone Else (now on Blackberry and Windows Phones)!

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Beta Tester simply means you get our new mobile site viewable on ANY mobile phone before everyone else! All you have to do is let us know when you experience any bugs & remember to be specific. 

Hey Everyone! It seems like we’ve been teasing you about new features and good things coming for months now. Hey, we gotta have fun too. But the wait is almost over, we’re finishing up testing a few things internally but before we release to the masses, we want to make sure everything works properly. That’s where beta testers come in. We’re looking for a few good men and women who aren’t afraid to try something that might not work, and then shoot us an email about how it went. Simple, right?

If you would like to help FIT Radio grow and test some new goodies, then fill out the form below.

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