Is Beyoncé the key to a new PB? - Women's Running

Is Beyoncé the key to a new PB?

Author: Kate Sellers

Read Time:   |  January 12, 2022

New research finds that the right music can help you run faster – we find out more...

We all know the power of a great playlist to power up our runs, and lots of us listen to the same songs as we sweat. But new research has proven that certain artists have the power to control our pace – and we just had to share.

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Artists to make you run faster

Beyoncé is not just the queen of female empowerment – she could actually help us to get a PB. Her music was found to improve a whopping 33 seconds per KM off our average running time. And she wasn’t alone: Harry Styles’ upbeat tracks averaged an improvement of 31 seconds per KM, while Britney boosted speeds by 28 seconds per KM.

Artists for your slow runs

The study also revealed which artists reduced running pace. And while this might not sound like a good thing, we reckon it could be the key to nailing the slow and steady mileage needed when training for a race.

Drake was the musician most likely to slow us down by far, adding 21 seconds on average to each KM. Meanwhile, K-Pop boyband BTS slowed participants down by 9 seconds per KM, with Doja Cat adding 5 seconds.

How to curate your own playlist

Pour Moi clothing, who did the research, have done some clever calculations to help you work out how to curate your music. They’ve shared charts of the top 15 artists to help you run both faster and slower, along with how much could expect your pace to change over different distances. We don’t know if these have been tested out thoroughly yet – but it definitely can’t hurt to give it a try!

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Kate Sellers

Kate Sellers

Kate is our Senior Digital Executive and a keen runner. She's also a qualified Personal Trainer and yoga teacher, so she knows her stuff about workouts, cross-training and stretching. She loves to combine running and exploring, so you'll often find her testing out the latest kit in exciting locations across the UK and beyond. Kate champions exercising for enjoyment. "Most of the year, you'll find me running for fun and wellbeing," she says. "That being said, I do still love the thrill of training for a race from time to time!"

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