Playlists Tailored to Your Workout

Cynthia Dermody

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During the Spinning class I take every Saturday morning, when I'm not thinking "OMG I'm going to die" I'm thinking "I have to get this music playlist from the instructor."

The right mix of music definitely helps to crank up my workouts. But by the end of the 45 minutes, I'm so sore and relieved that the class is over that I forget to ask.

The Stir blogger Julie can also attest to the power of music while exercising. She recently got an iPod and it changed everything about her run.

For me, it's a time issue. Dance, disco and pop are not among my usual musical repertoire, and I don't know the names of the popular artists or songs. That takes time to look all that up. I'd rather spend that time working out.

So yesterday I downloaded a couple of playlists from a site called, founded by a guy who calls himself the Deekron the Fitness DJ. He creates non-stop mixes for specific activities, like running or cycling, using songs with motivating rhythms and beats per minute based on movement patterns within those activities.

Following the advice of The Stir's own personal trainer, Taylor Ryan, I'm determined to do more interval training as opposed to lollygagging on the treadmill to my mellow faves like Enya Marina, Kate Bush and The Cure. So I downloaded (for free, you just have to subscribe to the newsletter) two tracks called Fitness Interval 1 (The Quickie), a pop mix, and Treading Tiesto, featuring progressive and trance style music.

The first thing you hear is Deekron introducing the set. It was disconcerting at first, because I thought I was just going to get music, but then I warmed to the idea of someone guiding me through. It was sort of like having a trainer right there to motivate you on. He tells you how fast you should go, what type of exertion you should be experiencing, and stops you when each interval is over.

I really liked "the Quickie," as it was a collection of soulful pop type music of varying speeds; I didn't care for Treading Tiesto at all, it was mostly the monotonous club/dance music which just gives me a headache, but there are enough options on the site to experiment with.

All in all, I liked it. Just like the trainers always tell you to vary workouts and weight routines for maximum results, switching up what you listen to keeps it fresh so you don't get bored.


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