We all have that gym playlist that gets our mind right and the blood flowing. We feel like we become focused, stronger, and more powerful. Does gym music really have a psychological effect on you while in the gym?
According to researchers, music doesn't increase focus but makes our workouts more enjoyable. A study by Brunel University-London used electroencephalography technology to monitor a persons brain response to music while exercising compared to those with no music. Music had a 28 percent increase in enjoyment! Participants who listened to feel good music had higher levels of serotonin. Serotonin is an important chemical that helps regulate mood, social behavior, sexual desire (now we're talking), more!
If music can help you with your mood, can a workout playlist increase performance? It's important to remember that different genres of music will have different effects. For example, cardio playlists should incorporate songs above 145 BPM to help increase the distance traveled, pace, and reps completed. Studies have shown rock playlist may increase slight increases in power output.
I listen to different music based on my workout routines. Heavy days REQUIRE metal and screaming, I just need to be angry. HIIT and cardio days I opt for fast-paced dance music to keep the rhythm in my stride. It's all about finding your favorite workout songs!
The Lift Box Top 10 Best Workout Songs:
1) AC/DC- Thunderstruck
2) I Prevail- Hurricane
3) Beartooth- Disease
4) Motley Crue- Kickstart My Heart
5) Metallica- Fuel
6) Five Finger Death Punch- No One Gets Left Behind 7) Thrice- Image Of The Invisible
8) Bring Me the Horizon- Happy Song
9) Asking Alexandria- Alone In A Room
10) Korn- Coming Undone
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