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Music Tempo Guidelines for Exercise

Wondering what kind of music pairs well with a certain exercise? This resource will help you identify which BPM range you should target. 

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To manually determine the BPM for a song, you’ll want to determine the song’s time signature and count the measures in the first minute. Total measures multiplied by beats per measure will give you the BPM. 

Infographic data from ACSM’s Resources for the Group Exercise Instructor, 2nd edition. 2022. Table 6.5.