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Listen Your Way To Fitness Gains With These Workout-Ready Songs

Pump up the jam!
by John Paulo Aguilera | Jan 22, 2018
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Have your heard the recent news about an American gym chain outlawing cable news channels from televisions in its facilities?

Life Time decided to take [remote] control of the programming and remove stations such as CNN, FOX and MSNBC "to uphold a positive, healthy way of life environment," according to a spokesperson via PEOPLE.

The fitness club explained in a statement, "This was based on many member requests received over time across the country, and in keeping with our overall healthy way of life philosophy and commitment to provide family oriented environments free of polarizing or politically charged content."

It seems that the hourly sight of Donald Trump isn't doing patrons any good in their journey to physical improvement. We won't be surprised if local sweatshops will implement the same move, considering how scorching our current political climate is.

Although apparently, it isn't just the news that is blocking your view to wellness. The very act of watching TV serves more of a "distraction" while putting in work at the gym, according to Aldrich "Spikey" Nicdao, PTRP, Fitness Institute of Australia Certified fitness coach and Functional Fitness-Makati program manager.

"Kasi pag nagwo-workout ka, you need your senses, like your eyes. Dapat focused ka. Eh kaso pag nanonood ka ng TV, hanggang hindi mag-commercial yan, sigurado hindi ka iisa pang set. Mas maganda mag-music kaysa manood," he explains, adding that there are numerous studies associating music with exercise and how it affects a person's overall conditioning.

Carl Foster, Ph.D., director of the Human Performance Laboratory and research director of the Clinical Exercise Physiology program at the University of Wisconsin tells ACTIVE, "The guy is sitting there beating his drum, which drives the basic rowing rhythm. 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 brain works."

FHM scoured Spotify and picked a handful of workout-ready songs, each for your routine of choice and based on Coach Spike's notes:


YOGA

"Wake Up Rested" by Biqram, "Another State of Mind" by Mandala Dreams, "Sankrit Touch" by Benny Bernstein

Coach says: "Parang earth music lang. Wala pa kong nakikitang yoga tapos rock music, kasi peaceful dapat, calm yung breathing mo. Hangin, dagat lang, pampatulog ng baby, kasi nire-relax yung heart rate and mood."

RUNNING

"Living" by Bakermat, "Love Never Felt so Good-Fedde Le Grand Remix Radio Edit" by Michael Jackson, "Don't Need No Money" by Imani Williams

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Coach says: "Pag mabilis yung beat ng music, pwede siyang mag-running, explosive workouts. Dapat techno, yung mabibilis, para yung mood tsaka yung heart rate nung tao, umangat.

WEIGHTLIFTING

"Tonight (I'm Fuckin' You)" by Enrique Iglesias, "Trumpets feat. Sean Paul" by Sak Noel, "Drenas" by Kking Kong

Coach says: "Yung mga nagbubuhat, ang pinapapakinggan, mostly rock music. Maingay, parang nagwawala. Yung testosterone mataas, so sa bakal ibabaling. Lalo na pag heavy leg, bench press. Pag nagba-biceps curl, sabay kasi sa contraction ng muscle, pwedeng R&B."

SPINNING

"Cool Girl" by Tove Lo, "False Alarm" by Matoma, "Shape of You-Galantis Remix" by Ed Sheeran 

Coach says: "Sa spin class, pag medyo bumababa na yung intensity, yung beat ng music, sumasabay sila. Tapos pag umangat, fast-paced naman."

 

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