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July 13, 2009

The Best Music for the Elliptical Trainer

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Though each person's workout is different, the tempo range that generally suits the elliptical is 124-128 BPM. Here's a list of well-ranked songs within that window. They might seem too fast or slow for your own routine, at first. If so, adjusting the resistance on the machine should help you get in sync.

1. David Bowie - Rebel Rebel - 126 BPM David Bowie - Best of Bowie - Rebel Rebel

2. Ercola & Daniella - Every Word (Wendel Kos Radio Edit) - 128 BPM Ercola - Every Word (feat. Daniella) -
Every Word (Wendel Kos Radio Edit)

3. Smashing Pumpkins - 1979 -127 BPM Smashing Pumpkins - Smashing Pumpkins:
Greatest Hits - 1979

4. Does It Offend You, Yeah? - We Are Rockstars - 128 BPM Does It Offend You, Yeah? - You Have No
Idea What You're Getting Yourself Into - We Are Rockstars

5. MSTRKRFT & John Legend - Heartbreaker - 128 BPM MSTRKRFT - Fist of God - Heartbreaker
(feat. John Legend)

6. DJ Felli Fel, T-Pain, Sean Paul, Flo Rida & Pitbull - Feel It - 125 BPM DJ Felli Fel - Feel It (feat. T. -Pain,
Sean Paul, Flo Rida & Pitbull) - Single - Feel It (feat. T. -Pain,
Sean Paul, Flo Rida & Pitbull)

7. Basement Jaxx - Where's Your Head At? - 128 BPM Basement Jaxx - Rooty - Where's Your
Head At

8. Enrique Iglesias & Ciara - Takin’ Back My Love - 125 BPM Enrique Iglesias - Enrique Iglesias:
Greatest Hits - Takin' Back My Love (With Ciara)

9. Salt-N-Pepa - Push It - 127 BPM Salt-N-Pepa - Now That's What I Call
the 80s - Push It

10. Hard-Fi - Hard to Beat -125 BPM Hard-FI - Stars of CCTV - Hard to Beat

MC's resident DJ, Chris Lawhorn, weeds through the Top 40 charts to find the best new workout music. The songs are organized, by beats per minute, into playlists designed to match the speed of your routine while maximizing its results.

Chris Lawhorn spent his teens playing in punk and folk bands in Fort Wayne, IN. Apart from the occasional solo album, the rocking has taken a backseat to deejaying and production for his Case/Martingale label. Thankfully, this means that time once spent sleeping in the back of a van has since been freed up to scour places like Buenos Aires and Osaka for new music.
Chris has a bachelor's degree in English and telecommunications from Ball State University. It finally got put to use in creating RunHundred.com - a website that helps people find music that fits the pace of their workouts.


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