How are you ladies doing with your fitness resolutions? Whether you’re deep in the game or still getting there, here’s a little something to fire up your momentum. This 2015, music streaming app Spotify teamed up with Shaun T (creator of those famous Hip Hop Abs videos from the 2000s) and global expert on exercise music, Dr. Costas Karageorghis to give us bespoke workout playlists based on this year’s hottest fitness trends. Thing is, more than just the genre, the beats per minute (BPM) - how fast or slow a song is -, rhythm, melody, harmony, and even lyrics are all factors to consider.
Scroll down to see the workouts that should get your butts in shape - and the playlists that will best get you into the groove for them.
Lips Are Movin' by Meghan Trainor = 139 beats per minute
Celebs like Anne Curtis include Insanity in their workout loop. The boot camp-type routine designed to push you to your limits needs a selection of high tempo songs that will both pump you up and give you extra staying power.
Average BPM: 140
Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars = 115 beats per minute
Groove to the beat, a la Beyonce, with songs that have a strong and steady rhythmic flow as well as uplifting lyrics. The hits here were chosen based on overall danceability.
Average BPM: 111
Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran = 79 beats per minute
Get that svelte bod with Crossfit, Instagram star En Estrada's favorite workout. You'll be surprised to know that according to Dr. Costas "the music is not used in a synchronous mode to direct the movement patterns; rather it plays asynchronously (or in the background) to enhance the training environment." In short, contrary to what we know, just because the workout is high intensity, doesn't mean the music should be on full blast.
Average BPM: 113
GYMNASTICS STRENGTH TRAINING
Come Get It, Bae by Pharell Featuring Miley Cyrus = 120 beats per minute
Train like a gymnast sans the need for Nadia Comaneci or Bea Lucero's flexibility. The science here is about mind over matter. The music should help to block out the muscular pain and take your mind off the ache. Even Katharine McPhee owes part of her transformation to this weight-losing technique.
Avergae BPM: 112
I' Will Never Let You Down by Rita Ora = 120 beats per minute
Originating from Japan, Tabata is a high-intensity, interval-based workout with 20-second periods of all-out effort punctuated by 10-second recovery periods to amp up your caloric burn. It's sort of like plyometrics, popular with Victoria's Secret models looking to fire up their abs for a show. This playlist on the other hand is characterised by powerful lyrical affirmations such as “I don’t ever want to give up” and “I’m stronger than I’ve been before.” Yeah!
Average BPM: 118
Hit up Spotify for the complete playlists.