MORE INFO ON WORKING OUT TO THE BEAT

  • Wondering how do we pick the tunes? To be honest, we don't own all of the tunes posted in our Tunes List. So we don't necessarily listen to an entire song before posting it. Instead we play the 30-second samples in iTunes and count the BPM with iTunes-BPM Inspector from Blacktree, Inc. We'll miss the occasional song that has a prolonged, major tempo change during or at the end of the song. We apologize for this and hope that you will alert us by emailing us at comments at jogtunes.com.
  • You can put the BPM rating of a song in a BPM column in the iTunes program on your computer. This makes it easier to organize the songs in your playlist into a personal running sequence. Just right click (control click on Macs) in the header of any playlist. Click on BPM and a new column will appear. You can click and drag the BPM title to move the column. You can click and drag the songs up and down to put them in the order you desire. If the program doesn't let you change the order, try clicking on the first column with the numbers, then try moving the songs.
  • While you're running to a JogTune, you're essentially locked into a pace for the duration of the tune. If you want to change your pulse rate, you can increase or decrease your stride length. Also, you'll find that you can maintain your maximum pulse, no matter what the tempo is, by adjusting your stride length. A pulse monitor is obviously essential to do this effectively.
  • If you use a treadmill, you can maintain your desired heartrate by changing the machine speed and/or elevation settings (if available) while keeping the JogTune beat.
  • Running to tunes in the 80-90 BPM range requires that you double your pace. For example: if you're running to Hands Up by Black Eyed Peas (BPM=87), you'd run at twice the BPM or 174 BPM. Of course you can walk at the 80-90 BPM range during warm-ups and cool-downs. Most hip-hop songs are in this range. That's why they're great songs to run to.
  • Some tunes in JogTunes will start with a slow introduction. The runner may find this annoying. We at JogTunes.com believe that this is a small price to pay for the fun of working out to music at your own speed. There just aren't enough perfect "runnable" tunes out there without slow intros.
  • Occasionally the definitive beat is hard to hear during portions of some tunes. This artistic variation can be a challenge for runners, but can also be fun. You can try to maintain the right pace and hope to be in time when the stronger beat resumes.
  • Jazz music is probably the most difficult to run to as the beat is more subtle. Jazz lovers, who find that they can easily tap their feet to the beat, will have no problem with jazz tunes. Others may have to listen carefully for the beat or go to another genre.
  • To determine your personal workout pace, please click here.
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