Sunday, 18 January 2015

Music To Run By

Music and exercise go hand-in-hand, it's a perfect pairing.

You get time to yourself to physically improve and a sustained period of time where you can listen to wonderful music. For me, it's always made sense to have high tempo music power the workout,  as there's a pleasure in trying to pace match through your session.

That doesn't necessary mean you throw on 200bpm hardcore EDM as workout music, because there's a natural ebb and flow to a workout - including rest periods - but it's great to feel the music is dragging you along when sometimes the body isn't willing.

With this in mind, it was surprising to see what constitutes an "expert" soundtrack via research from Spotify*, in this article ... Ed Sheeran.

ED SHEERAN?

Talented fellow but he's not instilling that drive in my workout.

If I never have to listen to a tune by Ariana Grande again I'll be a happy man. This isn't something to work out to, it's something that plays in a club while watching teens look awkwardly across the room at each other while everything vibrates to the overwork bassline.

What am I listening to? Metal. Angry at society, angry at their family, angry at being angry. The kind that makes you run for two reasons.
  • It's high tempo, but isn't one-paced. There needs to be variation in pace to allow for interval change.
  • Pretend the band is running behind you, and if they catch you - they'll eat you.
The current playlist features:
  • Apocalyptica - I'm Not Jesus
  • Soil - Halo
  • Rammstein - Feuer Frei
  • Soilwork - Parasite Blues
  • Slipknot - Psychosocial
  • Stone Sour - Absolute Zero
  • Testament - Rise Up
  • Staind - For You
  • Mastodon - Colony Of Birchmen
So enjoy your exercise, but enjoy music responsibly. Playing the pop top 40 shouldn't be the end of your adventures.

* As an aside. Full marks to the splendidly named Wankelmut who appears near the bottom of one of he playlists. Long as it's not slang for giving a dog a handjob, I wish him all the best.

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