Cycling music: Sounds to get you through the toughest indoor workout

Trixi Worrack warming up on a turbo trainer whilst wearing headphones
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Studies have shown that music helps not only RPE (rate of perceived exertion) but can also help with heart rate in certain situations. In Effects of music in exercise and sport: A meta-analytic review, by Peter C Terry, the findings supported the use of music to feel better about the exercise, provide a competitive advantage, and reduce perceived exertion. If you want to dive into scholarly articles, it's an interesting read. Even without the proof though, most people have an intrinsic understanding of this effect. You could kit out your pain cave with any of the best turbo trainers and your chosen indoor cycling app, but choose a bad playlist and your workout can be ruined before it even begins. The right music during a workout just makes the whole thing better, more enjoyable, and dare we say, easier. 

What is the right music though? There are certainly studies out there that look at it but everyone has their own interpretation. Some people try to match the BPM of the music to the cadence, others just listen to anything they like, some look for adrenaline-pumping rock music, while others want classical. 

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