Imagine you are working out to your favorite EDM. You’re running on the treadmill, you’ve got your blood pumping and you’re in the perfect rhythm. Suddenly, the song on your iPod changes to a different track that completely ruins the mood. We’ve all been there, and there is nothing worse than trying to exercise to a beat that doesn’t match the pace of your workout. However, it can be hard to find songs that are always right on target.
Finding Your BPM
Before you can even come close to finding EDM music that matches your own beat, you need to know what that sweet spot is. The number of times your foot touches the treadmill when you run at a comfortable pace for one minute is your own personal beat-per-minute, or BPM. Determining your BPM is easy. Simply run at a comfortable pace for 15 minutes. During that time, count your footsteps over several one-minute intervals and record the results. Add them together and divide by the total number of intervals to calculate the average. The result is your workout BPM.
The Tangerine App
Now that you know your workout BPM, you need music that matches it. Fortunately, technology comes to our rescue. A new program, called Tangerine, is able to scan your iTunes library and calculate the BPM of each of your songs. Using this information, you can create the perfect workout playlist full of EDM that complements your own beat.
Depending on your exercising preferences, there are several ways to turn your EDM library into the perfect playlist for your workout routine. If your workout focuses on endurance, create a list with slower EDM at the beginning, songs that match your beat in the middle, and slower songs at the end. If you enjoy interval training, you may enjoy a playlist with alternating intervals of faster and slower EDM.
All EDM is connected to its own BPM. When you find the songs that match your own beat, you will enjoy a much more productive workout. If your workout beat is too slow, you may slow your own pace to match it, thus reducing your workout’s effectiveness. On the other hand, a beat that is too fast makes you feel pressured, anxious or just generally “off”. Using Tangerine and some simple calculations, you can create a playlist that fuels your ambition and maximizes your benefits.
From dish washing to dog walking, Danielle crutches on EDM to get through most of her daily tasks. Aside from building perfect playlists, Danielle also blogs for Sears and other brands she uses. She will take the soft hum of a bass over the sound of a rainstorm any day.