On the platform at most Weightlifting meets, the only thing you'll be listening to is the cheering of the crowd, or complete silence.
But off the big platform do you know how much a good song can help you get stronger?
According to Athletic Insight, the online journal of sports and psychology, music plays a central role in people's everyday lives. Research shows that music can affect arousal regulation, motivation, and mood levels. It has also shown that music can be a facilitator to athletic performance (Dorney & Goh, 1992; Karageorghis & Terry, 1997; Krumhansl, 2002). For instance, music affects mood states by eliciting a certain emotional response while listening to a song. Moreover, research has shown that music allows athletes to disassociate from feelings of fatigue and perceived exertion rates (Karageorghis & Terry, 1997).
Walk into any gym these days, be it a CrossFit box, Olympic Lifting gym, or even your standard Gold’s Gym, and you’ll see a variety of different weightlifting belts being used. For those new to lifting, you might wonder if you should be using a belt at all, while others who have been lifting for a few years now might be considering switching from velcro to leather.
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