The number one legal performance-enhancing workout drug?
Think about when you are at a party or sitting in traffic and your “jam” comes on. You are transported into a temporary ecstasy and there is an urge to tap your toes, nod your head or straight up bust out into a dance of sorts. The repressed folks will be the toe tappers and the more uninhibited people will be the ones dancing madly. Regardless, everyone has a natural instinct to create movements that match the feel or cadence of the music. Music has a capacity to express the greatness of patterns, and the beauty and strength that lies within those patterns. Psychologists call this natural instinct “rhythm response” which is your body’s reaction to music.
The type of music that stimulates people can vary from generation to generation, culture to culture. Even the type of mood you want to be in can dictate the type of music you listen to and the performance you’re seeking. USA Track and Field actually banned athletes who competed in the Marine Corps Marathon from using iPods in order “to ensure safety and to prevent runners from having a competitive edge.” The ban has since been lifted, but still applies to people competing for money or medals. It was like the athletic version of Footloose.
Music can alter your perception and change the way you process what is happening to your body. It can distract you from pain and fatigue, increase endurance, and elevate mood. Combine all of these things together in a bootcamp or yoga class and you may find yourself being able to do more, focus better and transcend your limits. According to the Scientific American, two of the most important qualities of workout music are tempo and speed. Recent studies suggest that music increases electrical activity in various regions of the brain. “This is important for coordinating movements, including the supplementary motor area, cerebellum, basal ganglia and ventral premotor cortex.” Long story short, it stimulates you neurologically and enhances your reflexes because of the “direct connection between auditory neurons and motor neurons.”
Subjectively speaking, for myself and to use contemporary language, music puts me into beastmode. It creates a reality via the use of music that puts me into a more powerful state. For yoga, I enjoy more tribal, rhythmical beats, like Thievery corporation or Beats Antique; music that helps to transport me into a sense of balance and flow. Here at Set and Flow Yoga we made sure to highlight music and it’s powerful effect by making it a priority.
Each of our rooms are equipped with nightclub level sound systems, we use QVC amp, speakers and subwoofers. It’s one of the best in the business. The owner of Set and Flow is a former DJ, because who in L.A. isn’t? This is important because he was able to use his speaker expertise to make sure that the sound in each of our rooms was clear and created the sensation of surround sound. Now the important part, the majority of our instructors are on Spotify so students can easily find out the style of music that instructor specifically plays. On a broader level the only music we play on the fitness side of Set and Flow Yoga is house, hip hop, or remixes. Generally speaking anything with a high BPM or heavy bass. Furthermore, we help our instructors structure their playlists so that there are ups and downs; for example a cardio section would be a higher BPM playlist selection, a core section perhaps more bass heavy and for the cool down, songs with a slower rhythm or lyrics that can be viewed as up-lifting. In our certification we dedicate an entire module to music and how to use it for teaching. If you are interested in our upcoming training please leave an email. Peace.