What’s that?? Huh?!?! What . . . . I can’t hear you!!
When I am at the gym my headphones are strapped on tight and I am in listening mode. In other words, don’t bother me because I can’t hear a word you’re saying – and frankly, I don’t want to hear whatever it is you’re trying to tell me.
At least not right now – but maybe later.
When I am working out I am trying to focus.
I am trying to concentrate.
I am trying to stay ‘in the groove.’
I’m also hoping to get in and out because I’ve got places to go, things to do.
So it’d be lovely to chat – but some other time, please and thank you!
For now – go the heck away!! (and I mean that in the nicest way possible!)
All in all, cranking up the tunes really makes a difference for me. It helps boost my motivation and it keeps me going.
Now, I have read studies which herald the inclusion of music during a workout. It does an exercise session good to have the jams pumping - so say the experts, and we all know how gosh darn smart they usually are.
However, I hadn’t ever heard this one before: Volume matters.
And when I say volume, I am not talking about the exercises you’re performing. I’m talking about that little dial which makes the music louder. Yep, that’s correct!
Louder Music = Better Workout
A new study of 18 active women revealed that “music seemed to help (them) push through the psychological aspect (of the workout) that is telling them that ‘it’s too hard’ or ‘just quit,’ as well as push a little extra through the pain caused by lactic acid build-up [in the muscles].”
According to study author Janet McMordie, a graduate student at the University of Western Ontario in Canada who is working toward a master’s degree in kinesiology, “They performed a lot better and were happier.”
In short, “music gets you pumped up and it also distracts you from what you’re doing.”
And while the louder music increased performance across the board, it made the most difference during strength training: When performing a leg press exercise the women all seemed stronger as the volume went up.
They performed 26 reps without any music
They performed 29 reps with their preferred volume level
They performed 36 reps with an increased volume level
Of course, while turning things up a notch might be beneficial, it’s also important to remember not to go too loud. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communications Disorders warns that long or repeated exposure to sounds that are at or above 85 decibels may cause hearing loss. (FYI – normal conversation tends to rate at about 60 decibels) So pump up the jams in a sensible manner.