- Download MixMeister here
- Run MixMeister and select "import music files" from MixMeister
- MixMeister will now review every music file you selected and assign the average BPM to each file. This will be written to the files ID3 tag. (note that this could take some time if you have a large music collection - it took several hours for my very large collection)
- Download ITLU from here
- Install & run ITLU
- Select the music folder/s with the updated tags
- Once ITLU is complete, iTunes should then now have the BPM field populated.
- BPM is greater than 130
- Genre is not Podcast
- Genre is not Oldies
- My Rating is greater than **
- Last Played is not in the last 10 days
- Limit to 75 items selected by random
You now have the tools you need to make playlists with the BPU info. I have three smart play lists for workouts. One for the slow portion of my workouts like stretching and other slower exercises, a second for moderate movement exercises and a third for fast-paced exercises. Below are some very basic guidelines for BPM and the types of workout speed I associate with them.
- Under 100 BPM - Songs in this range are fairly slow. Use these songs for parts of your workout that are slower paced.
- 100-130 BPM - For walking and other portions of your workout that are a little faster paced
- 130 and up BPM - These songs are better for higher impact exercise such as jogging, running and other cardio. Over 180 seems to be pretty good for out-right running.
If any of you have other suggestions for workout playlist building I'd love to hear from you in the comments.