Title

Listening to music prior to anaerobic exercise improves performance

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2013

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if listening to music prior to performing a maximal bout of resistance training will have an impact on the amount of weight lifted. Twenty-one college-aged males (20.0 +- 1.5 yrs) with resistance training experience performed a 1-repetition max (1RM) on two separate occasions using the chest press. After initial 1RM testing, participants were randomized to one of the two groups: music or white-noise (control). Approximately 7d later, the participants returned to perform a final 1RM after 30-sec of listening. There were no differences in initial 1RM and the music group showed a significant improvement (p ≤ 0.005) in weight lifted (pre = 111.2 +- 24.9 kg, post = 114.2 +- 23.3kg). Our results show that performance can possibly be improved in a positive manner by listening to music prior to attempting a 1RM.

Recommended Citation

Sherman, J. R., and S. R. Richmond. Listening to music prior to anaerobic exercise improves performance." Journal of Athletic Medicine 6 (2013): 66-69."

Department

Kinesiology

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