The Power Of Music
A lot of opinion is split between having music blasting in your ears during a workout and the fans of nothing but the sound of heavy breathing or radio etc. TDL Fitness is firmly on the side of the former.
Firstly here are some results from studies that have looked in to the effects of music:
- The Guardian reported that music can increase athletic performance by as much as 15%.
- A 2010 study found that cyclists actually worked harder when listening to faster music as compared to music at a slower tempo. But too fast is no good, either. Songs between 120 and 140 beats per minute (bpm) have the maximum effect on moderate exercisers.
- The rhythm of your workout music stimulates the motor area of the brain as to when to move, thereby aiding self-paced exercises such as running or weight-lifting. Clueing into these time signals helps us use our energy more efficiently, since keeping a steady pace is easier on our bodies than fluctuating throughout a sweat session.
- An August 2013 analysis found that people often listen to music as a way to change their mood and find self-awareness. Study participants said that listening to music allowed them to think about themselves, who they wanted to be and give them an escape from the present.
Music helps in many different ways, especialy as it helps create a rhythm in our minds that helps our breathing for example. It can also help us control the tempo of our repetitions. There are many benefits that music has on a variety of different aspects of exercise from cardio to power lifting.
MMA fighters often use intro music to get their heart rate going, you frequently see proffessional footballers, rugby players with headphones on most probably getting them 'into the zone'.
In order to be efficient in the gym and to not spend so much time on your rest periods in between sets and/or reps music can be very good at reminding you how long you have rested for, in some cases can help psych you up for that next set!
Choosing the right kind of music is very important. There's no sense listening to dubstep when running a long distance because its very important to keep a constant rhythm (of course im generalising). It's also sort of silly to listen to classical music whilst lifting over 100 kilos over your head...however if you are that way inclined i'm not stopping you.
The counter-arguments are that music can make you over-exert yourself and that in itself can lead to injury. Some find it easier to concentrate without music.
To those who haven't quite decided, i would recommend you find the music you think would help you. Spotify can help you browse for your music, TDL Fitness will recomend songs which you can listen to via Souncloud. You can even listen to our custom playlists whilst working out if you visit our media page via smartphone.
Try it out, and if you find it doesn't help, try other genres of music. TDL Fitness thoughrally recommends it. Twas Bob Marley who said 'One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain'.
-Tony of TDL Fitness