Personal Trainer: Types Of Music That Is Good To Exercise To

A personal trainer can help you achieve your fitness goals, and he/she can improve your fitness experience and the effect it has on your exercise by introducing you to good music during your training sessions.

Aerobic dance became a trend after being introduced in the early 1970’s. Since then, personal trainers all over the world have taken advantage of the positive benefits of incorporating music into the exercise routine of their students. With the music, the exercise is pumped-up; without the music, the exercise is lacking in something.

Your personal trainer has done research on the effects of music on: respiration and heart rate, physical strength, as rhythmic stimuli, for endurance performance, beat and rhythm and its effect on kinesthetic activity and motor skills, and how music affects aerobic fitness.

Respiration and heart rate during exercise is affected by the addition of music. In a 1952 study done by Ellis and Brighouse, it was found that respiration rate increased markedly with the introduction of jazz music, but tended to return to pre-music levels when the music stopped (Len Kravitz, PhD, 2010). That is why your personal trainer uses music as part of your aerobic fitness sessions.

It is interesting to note that the average heart rate ranges from 72 to 80 beats per minute; whereas the tempo of music can range from 70 to 170 beats per minute. When your personal trainer puts lively music on, it revs up your exercise and consequently this has an even greater effect of increasing your heart rate and breathing. Research has shown that heart rate increases in response to fast music and decreases in response to slow music. Afterall, music does effect your emotions. Energetic music can make you feel alive! This your personal trainer knows and uses as a tool to help you get up your energy levels so you can effectively lose weight.

Your personal trainer will choose the right music for the workout you will be doing. If you will be doing high intensity aerobics, then your personal trainer will choose music that is fast, upbeat, and has a good groove. If you will be walking outdoors, then your personal trainer may bring along a walkman with earphones that has a CD which plays steady, mood-boosting, invigorating, moderate speed music. If you are doing stretching or cooldown, then your personal trainer will choose music that is soothing, relaxing, and the melody helps to make your movements free-flowing and productive.

And you may wonder what type of music should be played when you are lifting weights? Well, your personal trainer knows the answer based on research. One study compared the influence on strength when using stimulative music, as opposed to sedative music or no music. There were 33 male weight-lifting students and 16 female undergraduate students chose randomly who participated in the study. The results of the research found that listening to sedative music, made everyone weak when lifting weights, i.e. decreased their strength significantly. However, no music played at all did not negatively affect the outcome of the participant’s show of strength when lifting weights. Therefore, your personal trainer will either play stimulating music, or play no music at all, during your weightlifting workout with your personal trainer.

Endurance and performance can be improved when listening to music during exercise under the instruction of your personal trainer. One study of college age males and females found that the students were able to walk further with less effort when walking to music as opposed to no music (Len Kravitz, PhD, 2010).

Your personal trainer knows that many types of motor skills and balance are needed for sports. And what better way is there to support the enhancement of motor skills than by music stimuli. A 1967 study (Len Kravitz, PhD, 2010) was done with over 600 students from grades 1 through 6, comparing doing basic motor skills including throwing, catching, climbing, balancing, dodging, and striking done to music, as opposed to completion of these activities without music. The results of the research as shown in performance tests indicated that the students performed the motor skills and sport skills better when they did the activities to music. There you go, the results are in: music has a positive effect on exercise.

Your personal trainer is a knowledgeable professional who will use his experience and expertise to help make your workout sessions productive and fun by adding music when appropriate.

Author Bio: Dan Clay is a weight loss expert and owner of Dangerously Fit Boot Camp. If you would like to attend a bootcamps Malabar or join a boot camps in Darlinghurst, visit boot camps Sydney.

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