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