Music with more volume for more strength
Music that you appreciate improves your workouts more than music that you don't appreciate, we wrote yesterday. And a few days earlier we wrote that high-tempo music with a lot of bpm has a stronger performance-enhancing effect than music with a slow rhythm. Today we are bothering you with yet another study into the biological effect of music. In 2018, exercise scientists from Brunel University London demonstrated that the performance-enhancing effect of music will increase if you pump up the volume.
On multiple occasions, the researchers got 52 male athletes from various disciplines to squeeze a hand gripper, and then determined how much strength the athletes could develop.
Sometimes the test subjects did not listen to music. On two other occasions they listened to Rihanna's Umbrella. [YouTube] That's a slow song with 87 bpm. The one time the noise level was 70 decibels, the other time 80 decibels.
On two other occasions the athletes listened to the Jody den Broeder Destruction Remix of the same song. [YouTube] Den Broeder had modified Umbrella to a track of 125 bpm. The one time the noise level was 70 decibels, the other time 80 decibels.
Listening to Rihanna with a relatively low volume [Slow & Quiet] added virtually nothing to the strength that the test subjects could develop. Turning up the volume made the song a little more effective [Slow & Loud].
The version of Umbrella remixed by Jody den Broeder has more effect on the power. With a volume of 70 decibels [Fast & Quiet], the remix increases muscle strength more than the original with a volume of 80 decibels.
And what works even better... [Fast & Loud] Well, you already guessed it.
"Practitioners might capitalize upon the present findings by using pretask fast/loud music to prime exercisers, particularly given that 'not being in the mood' is an oft- cited reason for not attending exercise facilities", write the researchers.
"The repeated use of a particularly piece of music can also function as a conditioned stimulus and thus engender a positive mindset for a bout of exercise or training session."
Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2018;28(3):1166-75.
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