I follow the recommendation that it's good practice to run with a close to 170/180 bpm pace, at any speed (slow or fast). That is, when running you should be hitting the floor around 180 times per minute, which is near to 3 per second, in a somewhat waltz rythm. I understand this bpm timing is also recommendable for riding a bicycle. One available resource to get to this pace is a metronome, that is many times included in the features of different watches, such as the gps type.

The broader question is if it's possible to find musics that have this type of rythm. There's a page that does this for you: jog.fm. It's awesome but it just offers song by song ideas. I'd like to know:

Is there a software that grabs a music collection at 180 bpm?

...perhaps possible to fetch from my hard drive directly, or online music. Most likely a fitness instructor, or even a dj should be able to answer this. Open source options? Maybe there's even a certain amount of music genre that can answer this directly, say a set of LPs that have this pace.

Is there at least one LP that has a 180 rpm?

I think perhaps something by Kraftwerk, but just guessing.

  • Nilon, though I like your question, honestly I don't feel music is always related to performance. Though it may seem like it's giving you a mental edge, there are self-driven individuals who do it without any external boost like music or any other kinda beat. If you are already following the guideline of 3 hits per second(which may not work for others) all you need to do is find it with someone with the knowledge of music. I'm not sure any fitness guy could help here. There are a few software to customize music and create your own remix. I don't know where they are, but I know they exist.
    – xCodeZone
    Oct 12, 2016 at 3:12
  • @xCodeZone actually I don't exercise with music, but I think it could be useful for those who do, or even to listen before exercise to get in rythm.
    – nilon
    Oct 12, 2016 at 12:38
  • Not really sure this is exercise related. The only exercise connection is "I think it's a good idea to run at 180 bpm", the main question is "help me find software/music". It might be a fit at software recommendations, but not sure it's on topic here.
    – JohnP
    Oct 13, 2016 at 20:31
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's about finding software/music.
    – JohnP
    Oct 13, 2016 at 20:31
  • @JohnP the question is intended to be connected to another question posted here that wasn't closed: What are the ways to reach the optimal running cadence (180 steps per minute)?. It's just narrowing it down.
    – nilon
    Oct 14, 2016 at 11:36

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I love to run based on BPM. I find that my feet tend to sync with whatever I am listening to anyhow.


I am currently playing around with Spotify. They have a feature (under Browse... Running) in the mobile app to use a running playlist and when you fire it up it asks you to start running and they will detect your cadence or you can skip that and manually set it. I like it but it burns through my mobile data too much because you can't cache those playlists.

I have also worked a bit using SmarterPlaylists to create playlists by BPM. This helps because I can download those playlists for offline use.


Here are some other solutions that I have used:

Good luck to you and happy running!

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