The music your workout really needs
Margot Moe and the benefits of classical music.
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For most people, a typical workout playlist includes a healthy dose of Beyoncé, Major Lazer and Eminem. But musician Margot Moe opts for music you won't usually find on today's charts. Even though the classically trained violinist, composer, singer, and half of the band The Dolls has recorded arrangements for Beyoncé, she goes for Baroque at the gym.
Many studies have looked at The Mozart Effect, where listening to Mozart's music can temporarily improve the performance of the brain. And in the last couple of years, similar research suggests that classical music can also produce the best results when you’re working out. A study by neuroscientist Jack Lewis reveals that while it’s true that all types of music can be beneficial to training, classical music is ideal because it helps lower perceived exertion as well as levels of cortisol, the hormone associated with stress. The sunny and sweeping "Symphony No 4, 4th Movement" by Beethoven, for instance, can be just the tune to help you run that extra mile.
Wanna put this theory to the test? Here’s a classical music workout playlist curated by Moe:
Opening Phillip Glass
Daphnis et Chloe, Suite No. 2 Maurice Ravel
String quartet in G minor, op. 10 Claude Debussy
Trois Gymnopedies Erik Satie
Frysta Olafur Arnalds
String Quartet No. 8 Dimitri Shostakovich
Concerto in A Minor for Cello and Orchestra, Opus 33 Camille Saint-Saens
Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 1 Sergei Rachmaninoff