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South Korea Bans 120BMP in Gyms

by Arad Javaheri
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In order to limit the spread of COVID, gyms in South Korea have been told not to play music with +120 beats per minute (bpm) and treadmills to be limited to 3.7 mph (6km/h).  Health officials say the restriction will prevent fast breathing and sweating. Gym owners are asking whether there is any proof that bpm has an impact on spreading the virus.

Officials say these restrictions are put in place so they would not have to close gyms. Prime Minster Kim Boo-Kyum warned the country has reached maximum crisis level with 1,100 new cases recorded on Sunday. 

Many of dance music’s favorite genres sit above 120bpm

Hip-hop: 60-100 bpm
House: 115-130 bpm
Techno/trance: 120-140 bpm
Dubstep: 135-145 bpm
Drum and bass: 160-180 bpm

 Here are a few under 120bpm favorites. 


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