My workout is typically the only part of the day that I give completely to myself (except my evening shower), and I always go the extra mile to make the experience completely positive from start to finish.
Each workout is different – but one consistent element is MUSIC. I never leave home without my iPhone and Bose in-ear headphones.
Since so many clients ask me for my musical picks, I want to share some easy guidelines to help you choose your own favorites.
- Warms You From the Inside: Warm-up time is critical, yet many people choose songs that have them BURSTING out of the gate. Test-drive selections that remind you to start slow, allowing time to get your groove on (before bursting).
- De-Noised: It’s the bass in music that moves us. (Remember: we were surrounded by thumpy vibration in our mom’s womb for 9 months). Choose music that’s as thumpy as mom’s heartbeat: with heavy bass. Avoid screamers, loud horns, sirens and other stressful distractions – this will give you space and time to think about what’s happening Now.
- Goes with Flow: I’ll admit it, toward the end of my workout, I like a little uumph to drive me to the finish line, so I structure my playlist to steadily increase with intensity. I start plugging in the uuumph songs at the point where 75% of the workout is complete and the rest is going to be a strong push.
- It’s All Good: Let’s face it, life can be tense. Why get buried in a soundtrack drowning in a lost love, a bad romance or a bad-ass gangsta sh*t? Use reminders that you’re in control and limitless. Experience singing along with a rockstar about strength, focus and power. When building a playlist, seek positive, motivational songs. (Affirming lyrics always help me when I’m about to ride down a mountain with both feet strapped to a board.)
- “Repetition Produces Results”: At least Joseph Pilates believed so (and I agree). With long playlists for endurance workouts (like 1/2 marathon runs), it helps to use a great playlist a few times in a row. This helps me to gauge “where I was yesterday… compared with how fast/strong/flexible I am today”. If the music begins to sound stale, you’ll know it’s time to move on.
I begin my workout playlists with a track from one of my willPower Season albums, which I helped produce with the leader in fitness music, Power Music. Each block (track) is 13-15 minutes long and flows with heavy bass, and positive lyrics. These smart auditory tracks move me from the inside, and help provide the motivational workout experience that I crave.