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Soundcheck looks at the relationship between music and fitness in its Let's Get Physical series. Hear from scientists, physical therapists, historians and, of course, boxers.

Let's Get Physical: BPM and Bio Rhythm

Friday, March 14, 2014

The desire to get into shape (and the drafting of New Years resolutions) will send Lycra and headband-wearing crowds to the gym in the early days of 2012. A clue to the success or failure of the huffing and puffing masses just might be in the music they use to power through. Today, the sport psychologist Costas Karageorghis explains how the right soundtrack can really pump up a workout. And, he shares tips for creating a performance enhancing playlist.

This segment originally aired on Jan. 3, 2012.

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Let’s Get Physical: But Don’t Hurt Yourself!

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Just like athletes, musicians also suffer from performance injuries – particularly those caused by repetitive motion. The Juilliard School’s clinical director of physical therapy, Katy Keller, joins us to talk about the types of injuries she sees at the performing arts school – and how best to treat and prevent them.

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Let’s Get Physical: Thinking Inside the Box

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Many musicians have waxed poetic about boxing – from Miles Davis to Bob Dylan to Aimee Mann. Some of them even donned gloves and stepped into the ring. Now, at the Eastman School of Music, boxing is part of one professor's lesson plan. The double bassist James VanDemark joins us to explain why he teaches his students to use a speed bag.

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Let's Get Physical: Exercise Records

Friday, January 06, 2012

Richard Simmons launched his "Sweatin’ to the Oldies" empire in 1988 – but exercise-oriented albums go back as far as the 1920s. We’re joined by historian and educator Jim Middleton to talk about the popular weight-loss phonograph records and songs of the jazz age. Then, Jeanine Detz, fitness director at Shape Magazine, tells us about some of the greatest hits of the aerobic era.


Click below to see a 1923 Victor Records instruction sheet.

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