To keep your body moving with the beat and get the most benefit from workout music, it is important to select the right tempos for your individual fitness level and specific workout activity. The chart below is a guide to help you find the tempos and the music that work best for you.
The recommended tempo ranges for each workout activity are broken into two intensity levels - moderate intensity and higher intensity - with the higher intensity tempo range labeled with a plus sign (+).
Please note that a variety of factors may result in personal preferences which differ from these recommendations. For example, if you are just starting out on an exercise program, learning how to use a new piece of equipment, have an extra long stride, or just like to workout at slower than normal speeds, then you may want to adjust to slightly slower music. Likewise, if you are and advanced exerciser, have a shorter than average stride, or just like to workout at faster than normal speeds, then you may want slightly faster music.
Please also note that in addition to adjusting the tempo of your music, you can increase or decrease the intensity of your workout by adjusting the resistance settings on your equipment (or by selecting different terrain outside). For example, if you are walking on your treadmill and the music seems too slow, try raising your incline setting until the music tempo matches your desired intensity level. Practice adjusting the speed, incline, or resistance settings on your equipment to keep yourself moving with the beat.