There are lots of lists on the Internet highlighting tried and tested workout music but it’s rare to find any that reference the bpms. Here are 10 good foot-tappers, which I’ve ordered so they increase and decrease over approximately 40 minutes of activity:
- Whitesnake - Here I Go Again - 90bpm
- Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger - 109bpm
- Journey - Don't Stop Believin' - 111bpm
- Michael Jackson - Smooth Criminal - 118bpm
- Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer - 123bpm
- AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long - 127bpm
- Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) - 125bpm
- Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want to Have Fun - 120bpm
- Katrina & The Waves - Walking On Sunshine - 110bpm
- Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll – 93bpm
The opening 90bpm is good for mental preparation, which flows into dynamic stretches and an aerobic warm-up phase. At the mid-point the tempo is appropriate for a low-intensity cardio workout or strength training. As we hit 93bpm it’s time to cool down.
If you enjoy listening to music whilst you exercise you might find it helpful to use the Song/BPM website to arrange your favourite tunes into a smooth transition of tempos.
David Bowie, owner of Healthy Fit Life, is a mobile personal trainer and sports massage therapist working in the Farnham and Camberley area.