Recently on the ICA Member Facebook Group, the question about bpm vs rpm came up and I thought it would be a good idea to resurrect and rewrite this post from 2012.
I received this question from a new ICA member who has recently gotten her certification:
I don’t quite understand RPMs. I’ve been an instructor for a few months now, putting together workouts, but I haven’t had much guidance other than trying to see what other instructors are doing by going to their classes. But I want to understand what I’m doing. I know what BPMs are for the songs, and if I can use those alone, that would be fine. So, for starters, I’m just confused now when I read about the number of RPMs…how does that relate to BPMs in the music?
Let’s define rpm and discuss how to use it indoors. We will return to bpm in a moment.