Indoor rowing machines are one of the most popular machines in a gym since they are such efficient machine for fitness training. Adding some music to your workout makes it easier. This article aims to help you with choosing the best music for your workout and other things that might concern you about it.
Energetic music is what you need
Browse around the web to find one of your favorite music, it must sound motivating and energetic. Create a folder on your computer the songs you want. You need different slow setting for the music; slow, medium and fast pace. It will be best if you have 10 to 20 songs for each pace.
Songs with the 4/4 rhythm are the best for workout. To organize the songs according the pace, you need determine the beats per minute(BPM) in the music rhythm. You will need songs with a BPM within the range of 80 to 128. There are so much softwares around the web that you can use for that job, but its better count it manually since it is more accurate.
Training in a rowing machine means dealing with strokes per minute. You need to divide the music’s BPM by 4 if you want to find which rowing pace (strokes per minute – SPM) the music rhythm equals. After that, you can add the SPM as a note to songs titles.
To measure the BPM, you can use your own stopwatch and divide it by 4 to get the SPM. Start the stopwatch as soon as you start counting the beats 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4. Stop the stopwatch upon reaching the next beat 1. Now you are ready to edit the music.
Audacity is a highly recommended tool for editing music
Audacity is just free to download online. You need to choose the version that is right for you, so if you are using a PC then choose PC, and so on and so on. You can learn how to sue it by browsing tutorials on Youtube. Just type the word “Audacity tutorial” and your ready to edit as many songs as you want.
Building your rowing training program with SPM and time intervals
A typical rowing program would consist of 24 SPM for 3 minutes then 26 SPM for 3 minutes and then 28 SPM for 2 minutes. You can edit the training music programs in relation to your personal training style and preference. Use songs that are easy to follow by the rhythm.