Short ‘n’ healthful:
Just the other day, I wrote a succinct article about a research paper that found listening to fast music to enhance running performance. Since then, I have been asked multiple times what effect does music have on strength performance? I informed my radical readers that to date there is no such scientific data on the matter, but I reckon listening to music would help (Aussie English, sorry). Well, like clockwork, a research paper has just been released on the matter. So, ladies and gentlemen, I ask science this: will listening to music make you more massive, muscular and meaty?
The study got a group of 31 youngsters (average age: 25) to perform two resistance training sessions. In the second session the groups were randomly split into two – one group listened to self-selected music while lifting, the other didn’t. Listening to music caused a significant increase in strength endurance – number of reps performed at a certain weight – but did not change the maximum amount an individual could lift once (1RM). All in all this indicates that self selected music will likely enhance your motivation to pump out a few more reps each set. Unless of course you self-select Norah Jones, or some other notoriously slow, boring musician. Sorry Norah, I don’t why I didn’t call.
Is it healthful:
Look it isn’t the be all, end all. But for most people, listening to music while lifting weights will improve weightlifting performance.
Our verdict:Moderately healthful.
I hope this has been healthful. Do you find you lift more when you listen to music.