Happy Holidays Hunties!
How many times have you shown up for class and not been feeling it but then that song comes on and you go into full on beast mode? There’s a reason for that! Studies have proven that listening to music while working out can elevate mood, reduce your perception of how hard a workout is by 10%, and help to get you in “the zone.” As humans, we have a tendency to lock into a certain rhythm which can directly influence our work rate making our workouts more efficient. Think of music as being a legal performance-enhancing drug!
Many of you have asked about how I put together my playlists for classes here at MFF, so here’s the skinny on how I curate my lists, which you can use as a quick guide to creating your own! And there’s a special stocking stuffer for you at the end!
Step 1: Let’s start at the very beginning……
Step 2: Warm it up, Chris…I’m about to!
Step 3: Bring the beat in….
No, not this guy…….
Side note: I don’t always look up BPMs, I can usually tell if a song is more “intense” than another.
I always like to “go to church” for the last set, so choose a song or two that is gonna allow you to crush it FULL OUT and leave it ALL on the mat. Some favorites include “Edge of Glory,” “I Touched the Fire,” “Bootylicious,” and of course the infamous Tracy Young remix of “Defying Gravity”….because duh!
Step 4: Catch my breath…
Because our heart rate changes while listening to music, at the end of a workout we need our heart rate to lower. You’ve just gone ham on your last set and your ticker is really going, so try to find songs that turn the dial down some. So for the MFF classes, I’ll use a transition song (or two) for the foam rolling and breathing, something that shifts the energy a bit, but isn’t a full on buzz kill. Then for the meditation, I like something totally chill and maybe a little introspective. There are some GREAT acoustic covers of tons of songs out there like Ane Brun’s cover of “Halo” or Kina Graniss’ version of “Chandelier.” Some other favorites are ANYTHING by India Arie and “Everybody’s Got Something” by Perrin Lamb.
So there you have it! Find songs you like, put them in an order that’s gonna build and drive your workout, throw those earphones eat and werq.it.out.
And here’s a little gift for you, dear Ninja! The official MFF Holiday Hotness playlist!