DEFINITELY with music whenever I can! I love music as it can be used to motivate, to energize, to calm-down or anything in-between. I use it when I’m working 1-on-1 with a client or with a small group in a defined space, but never in public/open areas with others around.
It depends on whether it is a class or your own individual workout. If it is a class it depends on the type of class, and even within types of class on the type of students.
I know there was an IDEA article on the topic of music with exercise a couple of issues ago. It sounds like music can be very helpful, but what you choose and how you use it is as personal and as varied as any other part of one’s exercise routine.
When I teach senior cardio I use big band, or show tunes. When I teach senior yoga I sometimes turn the music off altogether as it is easier for them to hear. When I teach a vinyasa style class the music tempo is faster than if I do a relaxation class.
For myself I like to walk my dog and listen to the world around me, or if I am on a cardio machine I like to read. When I lift I do not want music, as I want to be present fully to the experience. If I am on cardio, and if I really want to push though I have a mix tape for that.
Definitely with music!
I just wrote an article about this subject. What bpm go best with what type of workout?
For example, I agree with Karin that water aerobics is great with music that has 90-130 bmp. Keeps the motivation flowing.
How about you, Dr. J? What do you prefer?
Best in Health,