Does Music Affect Training Performance?

A recent study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research backs up what many athletes and gym-goers already know: listening to the right music boosts training performance.


Researchers from the Department of Kinesiology at Samford University had participants listen to preferred or non-preferred music during a bench press test. They measured repetitions completed as well as barbell velocity and motivation.

The results showed that listening to preferred music led to more repetitions completed, higher peak velocity and power, and significantly higher motivation during the lift.

It’s clear that the right music can benefit your training environment and performance. Whether you’re by yourself or in a group, it’s important to have the right tunes blaring in the background.

Load the bar, dime the Slayer, and get to work.