Monday, April 16, 2012

Can the Backstreet Boys Really Make Me Run Faster?

You probably don't need an exercise scientist to tell you that music makes exercise more enjoyable, but what is its true effect on physical performance? Below is a brief bit of research on the benefits of pairing music with exercise and athletics. I've also added my personal favorite playlist as a place to start!

"Music is like is a legal drug for athletes," says Costas Karageorghis, Ph.D., from London's Brunel University School of Sport and Education, one of the world's leading authorities on music and exercise. "It can reduce the perception of effort significantly and increase endurance by as much as 15 percent."

Over the past 20 years of research, Karageorghis has identified three primary things about music that could possibly influence exercise performance: 1) the tendency to move in time with synchronous sounds (e.g., tapping your toe in time with music or the beat of a drum); 2) the tendency of music to increase arousal (e.g., the desire to move rather than to sit); and 3) the tendency for music to distract the exerciser from discomfort that might be related to exercise.

Buoyed by Karageorghis' landmark research, Foster and John Porcari, Ph.D., have supervised more than half a dozen research studies on the effect of music on exercise intensity. As a whole, that body of research further supports the notion that synchronous music tends to drive exercise intensity (i.e., the faster the beat, the higher the intensity). Researchers also clearly identified the effect of increased arousal related to the tempo of music, thereby making intense exercise seem less stressful.

Here are a few of my favorite tunes to workout to:

Circus - Britney Spears
Du Hast- Rammstein
Cotton Eye Joe - Rednex
Sexy and I Know It - LMFAO
Turbulence - Steve Aoki & Laidback Luke
Burn It to the Ground - Nickelback
Everybody (Backstreet's Back) - Backstreet Boys
Jam - Michael Jackson
Rock Star - N.E.R.D
Pure Energy - Information Society
Waka Waka - Shakira

What is on your playlist???

Monday, April 09, 2012

Let’s Roll!

Summer is here! (Okay not really b ut close) and I cannot tell you how excited I am getting about the 2012 log rolling season!
A big weekend for Madison Log Rolling is coming up!
Log Recarpeting EXTRAVAGANZA this Saturday!

Maybe not the most exciting party you have ever been do, BUT it's finally nice outside and time to get the Madison Log Rolling logs ready for Lake Wingra!

Hopefully weather cooperates (if not, rain date is Sunday afternoon April 15th after the Capitol Splash contest) and we will spend the day from 10am to 5pm (or as long as you are able to stay) painting and gluing new carpet onto the log rolling logs.
What do you get for attending this exciting event? Unlimited food, beer (if you are of age), and log rolling and boom running!

When: Saturday April 14th 10am - 5pm (or whenever we finish!)
Where: Wingra Canoe and Sailing Center: 824 Knickerbocker St, Madison, WI 53716
What to bring: Rubber gloves, Hand-held sander, Crowbar, any form of scrapers, grout floats (if you have any of these).

If we get enough of us out there things should move pretty quickly and it will actually be fun!
Hope to see you at Wingra Park!

Capitol Splash Amateur Log Rolling Tournament THIS SUNDAY!

Join us for a great competition right here in Madison! This is a FANTASTIC tournament for beginners. And as always... pizza following competition!

Tournament runs 11am – 3pm
Madison West YMCA, 5555 Medical Circle