If you are a PulsePointe barre instructor or avid class atendee, you know that music acts as the backbone to any PulsePointe barre class. It helps set the tone to class, keeps the class flowing smoothly, adds creativity and variety, and boosts energy. We spend a good amount of time discussing music in every PulsePointe barre certification because it is just that important! There have been numerous research studies done on how music can benefit exercise.
Benefits Of Exercising To Music:
Synchronization of movements - According to Dr. Carl Foster, Ph.D., of the University of Wisconsin, “You can go all the way back to rowers on the Roman Galleys. The guy is sitting there beating on his drum and he drives the basic rhythm of the rowing. Part of that is coordination – you want the rowers to row together – but part of it is that people will naturally follow a tempo. It’s just something about the way our brains work.” There isn 't a fitness instructor out there who doesn't love when the whole class is moving together in unison. It just brings such an energy to the class!
Provide a positive distraction from exercise induced discomfort. We all know a great song can make or break us when our legs are shaking and our quadriceps are burning!
Music makes exercise more enjoyable. Professor Costas Karageorghis, Ph.D., from London’s Brunel University School of Sport and Education states, “[Music] can reduce the perception of effort significantly and increase endurance by as much as 15 percent.” I was using David Guetta's "Hey Mama" song in my PulsePointe barre class recently, and it was literally one of the hardest sets I've done in a while, but I just LOVED that stinkin' song so I actually looked forward to it every class.
Helps students “get in the zone” or let go of outside distractions and focus on the moment. You've all been in class when your jam comes on and you think to yourself, "I am totally about to kill it right now." Your eyes start to focus, your head may bob to the beat, and you take it to that next level. Katy Perry's "Black Horse" anyone! That song does it for me every time!
Improves mood! When it comes right down to it, and great song can just make you smile. Maybe it reminds you of a happy memory, you love to sing along with it, or it just makes you want to dance. Regardless, when a great song comes on, you just can't help but work a little harder.
Next time your putting together your PulsePointe barre class, make sure to spend some time planning out your playlist. If you need a little music motivation, check out what's playing in my barre class right now! Not quite sure how to set your barre class to music, join us for a PulsePointe barre certification!
I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day and stay STRONG, SWEATY, AND SEXY!
Source: Foster, Carl, Ph.D., John Pocari, Ph.D, and Mark Anders. "ACE-sponsored Research: Exploring the Effects of Music on Exercise Intensity." ACE Fitness. ACE Fitness, n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2014.