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Is the power of music really that powerful? Researchers at California State University, Fullerton decided to find out by asking 20 guys to bring their favorite tracks to the weight room. During separate visits, subjects did squat jumps—once with their music playing and again in a silent gym.
The men were found to jump with greater force and speed when encouraged by the beat of their own tunes. A previous study also found that music offers similar benefits during cardio workouts. It’s not really surprising that music helps you block out your workout, since it can distract yourself into pushing to your max without feeling fatigue. Plus, listening to tunes helps you stay engaged and motivated.
So if you want to enhance your workout and get serious about what you’re doing in the weight room, bring your own music. Here’s a few things to keep in mind while selecting your playlist:
Stuck trying to pick an inspiring anthem? Think back to moments that got your heart going. What song do you associate with winning a big game or your first kiss?
Lifting and a loud iPod can be a dangerous combination. Keep the volume low enough that you’re aware of your surroundings.
Certain tracks might be more fitting for a specific exercise. Match your playlist to your planned workout.