From cardboard to the world stage...
I once filmed a CPR class, years ago, and to my surprise, I learned a lot. Most importantly that I didn’t know how to save someone’s life up to that point. During cardiac arrest, you have to push down on a persons chest to keep their heart pumping and oxygen flowing. Mouth to mouth resuscitation doesn’t do anything.
To teach people the correct pace, the class used a song from the Bee Gees “staying alive” because this song had the perfect beats per minute cadence in rhythm that is needed to keep their heart beating and blood flowing.
It struck me that this song was the one chosen and I thought it was ill new meaning for staying alive.
As I looked into the power of hip hop music, I’ve always been fascinated with the energy we get from the music. How the beats make us move, and how the rhymes inspire us, but is this real and can it be understood and applied.
I began to think about breakers who could defy gravity, create new physical forms before your eyes, and then freeze, in mid air when the beat drops. Their style was unlimited, their boundary was universal, and my hypothesis is that the music, the rhythm and rhyme enhanced their abilities. Since the mainstream doesn’t give HipHop enough credit, while co-opting everything HipHop creates, its up to us to award proper accreditation.
While staying alive, could keep a patient and EMT both calm and focus on, well staying alive, what does a break beat do you a b-boy?
Let’s do some math.
220 - [your age] = your max heart rate, on average.
For best result working out, you want your heart rate to be about 60-80% of your max.
So, your max heart rate multiplied by .6 and .8 = best range for exercise.
If your 20, your max is 200 and your range is 120 - 160
if your 40, your max is 180 and your range is 108 - 136
For most of us 120ish is a good middle ground.
Let’s look at the bpm of some hiphop classics:
Planet Rock 126
For a 18 year old kid, those beats rose there heartbeat to the optimal launch pad level for physical performance. Everybody showed up on the block or at the park with ideas of what they were gonna do, but inevitably someone would execute your same move you’ve been practicing, so again kinesiology shows up, and now you have to tweak your best steps, you have to adjust turn, twist, to add some more flavor. And you leave exhausted physically, but mentally buzzing with ideas and forms that your working on and bringing to the next party. And so everyday, hip hop was built, through battles, at each party, every new rhyme, every new piece on a wall or train car became a new level, a new floor for the next builders to add.
It’s was wild. Natural from the concrete jungle. And the beat set the pace of the culture, fast uptempo, to move the crowd, keep the writers hungry for unclaimed spaces, and send b-boys into the stratosphere. And by 88 HipHop rested.
Theory; Music can synchronize your heartbeat, positively affect the neural drive and serotonin levels, and enhance your mental and physical abilities. Based on the rhythm, the cadence of logical phonics and the pace, HipHop stands alone as the most powerful musical form.
Help me test this theory: since we are all currently quarantined, get busy with some home calisthenics.
Perform three clinical trials, in any order you like, but go with the same exercise routines,
Be sure your HipHop playlist is curated well enough, to not break your mental focus. Try to have the rappers of choice, have bars that amplify your workout.
Let me know the results.