Choosing the right music for each session is essential to allow us coordinate burst of effort with each bar of the song. Once we familiarise with a particular song, it’s impact in our performance gathers ‘extra’ weight as we anticipate the tempo, rhythm changes, flow and key words.
Research shows that’s also beneficial to match the tempo of music with the intensity of the workout. For example, when cycling at around 70% of one’s aerobic capacity, mid-tempo music (115–125 beats per minute) is more effective than faster music (135–145 beats per minute) (Karageorghis, Jones, & Low, 2006; Karageorghis, Jones, & Stuart, 2008).
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