Is your playlist holding you back from reaching your fitness goals?

Whether it is in search of our "summer body" or just to keep fit and healthy, going to the gym is a regular activity for most men. For many of these men, listening to music is a quintessential part of the gym experience. However, new data from music streaming service Deezer and Fitbit has revealed that listening to wrong tempo music could be stopping you from getting the results you want.

After analysing streaming data from Fitbit devices, Deezer found a direct correlation between track tempo and energy output, with higher tempo music around 170-180 BPM favoured for higher energy workouts. The analysis also revealed that the ideal tempo for sprinting was around 170-180 BPM, the same tempo as songs such as Rihanna's 'Rude Boy' (174 BPM) and Queen's 'Breakthrough' (180 BPM)

The streaming data supports the growing body of academic research that suggests listening to music with a higher BPM (beats per minute) will encourage a higher energy output, leading to increased performance for cardio workouts, heavy weight training and HIIT training.

According to Robin Vincent, Deezer Moods Editor official curator for the Deezer Fitbit channel, “There was a huge streaming spike in fitness playlists as we started 2019 and we want to ensure our users keep up the motivation all year round. Fitbit and Deezer’s data proves that streaming higher BPM tracks is favoured to get the most out of a high energy workout, while listening to slower BPM music can facilitate slower tempo activity like yoga and pilates.”

To help people stay motivated on their fitness journey in the year ahead, Robin has provided a guide to the best songs to suit your activity based on optimal BPM:

Jogging: 140 bpm
Example songs:
  • The Killers – Somebody Told Me (138 BPM)
  • Coldplay - Viva la Vida (140 BPM)

Brisk run: 145 bpm
Example songs:
  • Bruno Mars - Locked Out Of Heaven (144 BPM)
  • Elton John - Tiny Dancer (145 BPM)

Sprinting: 170 - 180 bpm
Example songs:
  • Rihanna - Rude Boy (174 BPM)
  • Queen - Breakthrough (180 BPM)

HIIT training: 125 bpm
Example songs:
  • Bon Jovi - Livin’ on a Prayer (123 BPM)
  • Shania Twain - Man, I Feel Like a Woman (125 BPM)

Yoga / Pilates: 103 bpm

Example songs:
  • Moby - Natural Blues (108 BPM)
  • U2, Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (101 BPM)

Weight training: 170 bpm
Example songs:
  • MIA - Paper Planes (172 BPM)
  • Foo Fighters - The Pretender (173 BPM)

Sleeping: 60-80 bpm (to replicate the individual's resting heart rate)
Example songs:
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - '2. Andante' (67 BPM)
  • Bon Iver - Skinny Love (76 BPM)

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