Hey guys! Lori Nieves here, your ilovekickboxing.com instructor! I wanted to talk to you today about the benefits of rocking out to music during your workout.
Music can be fun to jam to but there have been several studies about the benefits of music while you’re working out. Music helps to reduce your perceived effort which makes you think that you’re not working as hard as you are during your workout. Also, if you match the tempo of your music to your workout, it can boost your endurance and your workout’s efficiency! It also boosts the effort that you put into your workout which makes you push yourself longer and harder. That, of course, will increase your results, and who doesn’t want to do that!!!!
One problem, if you get too used to the music that you use to work out to, it loses many of these benefits according to recent information from Billboard and Spotify. If you want to keep going, you should change up your music every few weeks. We use the Songza app (for iphone and android) with the “ drop a beat” category, which plays new music all the time.
Check out this cool infographic about the types of music that most people find effective for different types of workouts ranging from yoga to running. While there’s no kickboxing specifically, you’ll notice the gym, tae-bo, and jogging seem to have similar attributes.
You can also check this site out that has many up tempo playlists to fit your mood and preferences. There’s even a kickboxing category with several “beat down” playlists!!
Here are a few of my favorites that get me pumped up and ready to kick butt:
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – Can’t Hold Us
Capital Cities – Safe and Sound
Beyonce – Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
Michael Jackson – Beat It
Britney Spears – Work B*tch (Work Work for those with little ears around)