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).
While listening to music, a performer's attention is narrowed which can divert attention away from the sensations of fatigue during a physical activity. This process can be compared to the cognitive strategy of dissociation, which tends to encourage a positive mood state (Karageorghis & Terry, 1997). For instance, Wales (1986) supported the relationship between music and affect, finding that music that was upbeat in tempo and stimulating enhanced exercise performance by lowering anger, depression, and fatigue significantly.
Moreover, music has also been shown to reduce perceived exertion rates during exercise (Boutcher & Trenske, 1990). Researchers have revealed that when exercising and listening to music, the perceived exertion rate is lowered because attention is diverted to the music. Johnson and Siegel (1987) found that fatigue was reduced significantly while participants listened to music. Boutcher and Trenske (1990) also found that participants who listened to music during a moderate workout had a reduced perceived exertion rate during exercise. This supports the hypothesis that music narrows the performer's attention and, as a consequence, diverts attention away from sensations of fatigue during exercise (Karageorghis & Terry, 1997).
Some people might find it important to train in silence to mimic the scenario of actual competition, however, you may be missing out on significant positive workout environments, camaraderie, decreased rate of perceived exertion, and over all better workouts with workouts with loud music!
Don't take our word for it!
Otherwise! Crank it! Lift it, and tag us in it!
Happy lifting, kids!
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