Derrick Evans, a.k.a. Mr Motivator is joining Scala Radio for a two-part series titled ‘Mr. Motivator On Da Run’ to explore the power of listening to classical music while running.
The new show will air on Sunday 13 and 20 September where the fitness legend will put together a classical playlist to work out to. The aim is to get the country up and moving in order to beat the lockdown blues and fatigue, inspiring people to get active when the days start to get shorter.
The two episodes will see Mr Motivator discussing the physical and mental benefits of running while listening to classical music, accompanied by a carefully crafted mix of low-mood pieces for stretching and upbeat “bangers” for the sprint, appealing to hard-core runners and newbies alike.
The series will also share some insight from Professor Costas Karageorghis, a sports psychologist from Brunel University London who researches the neurophysiological effects of music. His research looks into enhancing people’s sensory experiences during physical activity.
Mr Motivator said: “I love all forms of music but especially classical. I was always amazed at how music without words can move you in so many ways, can calm your troubled spirit, can help you to escape to a place you dream of or need.
“When used with exercise it can help you to stretch, complement you when running and drive you when you need a lift towards that final set of burpees”.
Jenny Nelson, Programme Manager, Scala Radio added: “We’re so pleased to have Mr. Motivator on Scala Radio – he’s a national icon and we know he’ll lift our listeners’ spirits and inspire them to exercise along to classical music. I’ve got my Lycra ready!”