Looking for a new jam to wake-up your workout playlist that’s got some major oomph in the motivation and female-empowerment departments? Then get your download on! Maddie and Tae’s “Girl in a Country Song” is the tune we just can’t get enough of right now.
Well I wish I had some shoes on my two bare feet
And it’s gettin’ kinda cold in these painted on cut off jeans
I hate the way this bikini top chafes
Do I really have to wear it all day?
With fast-paced twangy lyrics served with a side of sweet-as-tea sass, these two talented women tell the country music misogynists more or less where they can stick their shaky moneymakers. Asking “how in the world did it go so wrong” to be the girl in a country song, Maddie & Tae declare how under-dressed and disrespected the heart and soul of country music has become. Pointing out that “Conway and George Strait, never did it this way,” they sharply remind these presumed southern gentlemen to treat a lady like a lady.
Half way through the song you’ll be be shouting “Yeah!” and pumping your fists. But that’s not all that will be pumping. This is a seriously legitimate, sweat-pouring workout song. Science says so!
Costas Karageorghis, an associate professor of sport psychology at Brunel University in England, has been researching music’s effect on fitness for the past two decades and explained to the New York Times how a song’s tempo is the most important aspect. A song with 120 to 140 beats per minute, or BPM, is considered ideal for a cardio workout, as it reflects a person’s heart rate during a typical session. This could be 20 minutes on an elliptical or a power walker at a 4.5 mph pace.
Hold on to your cowboy hats because you’re going to move with “Girl in a Country Song,” this feminist anthem isn’t for the faint of heart. SongBPM.com clocks this 3:41 hit at 160bpm! According to Costas’ research, that’s a typical range for a serious runner. This is also the zone where you’d really start to dig in at an indoor cycling class. Power walkers, scootch over.
“You can peddle along to music as fast as 220 BPMs!” notes Margo Donohue, indoor cycling and group fitness instructor, and fitness blogger at BrooklynFitChick.com. “When I have [my class] do sprints, my music is pretty fast. Think Firestarter by Prodigy.”
Plan this song for the mid-point of your next workout, and when your energy starts to flail your body won’t be able to ignore the raging tempo. Your heart won’t be able to ignore how good it is to be a woman who gets a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T, either!