Strength training | Listening to music during warm-up enhances strength afterwards
Strength athletes who listen to the music they love perform better, according to half a dozen studies. That's great, of course, but what good is this knowledge during competitions? During a competition you do not determine whether music is played, and certainly not which. Fortunately, there is also such a thing as a warm-up.
Christopher Ballmann, a sports scientist from the University of Birmingham who previously showed that strength athletes can bench press more reps through music of their choice, had 10 trained male strength athletes aged 18-24, on two separate occasions, doing 2 sets of bench press to failure at 75 percent of their 1RM.
The subjects were allowed to rest for a minute between sets. During the sets, and during the rest in between, the men did not listen to music.
Before the men started bench press, they warmed up in an identical way both times. On one occasion they listened to music of their choice [PREF], on the other occasion they listened to music they would not have chosen themselves [NON-PREF].
During both set 1 and set 2 the men were able to do more reps if they had listened to music of their own choice during their warm-up.
Warming up with music did not make the bench press less tiring or strenuous, but it did improve motivation.
J Funct Morphol Kinesiol. 2020 Dec 31;6(1):E3.
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