Gym Music and Music for Workouts Inverness
Gym Music and Music for Workouts
Do you get the feeling that a burst of 'Eye Of The Tiger' reinvigorates you during a workout, while a blast of Miley Cyrus is more likely to leave you crumpled and broken under a heavy bar? It's not just a feeling. According to recent research from Brunel University, listening to the right songs before and during exercise won't just reduce feelings of tiredness, it'll increase performance levels by up to 20 per cent.
Sports psychology expert Dr Costas Karageorghis has researched workout-enhancing tunes and says music can focus your attention and divert your mind from sensations of fatigue. Not only that, but it can be used as a form of stimulant, enhance the acquisition of motor skills and even create a better environment in which to learn new ones. He also claims that synchronising work rates to music increases performance levels by regulating your movement.
And the good news is there's no need to stick to Karageorghis's running playlist, which includes, um, Steppenwolf and S-Club 7. 'There's no definitive playlist for today's gym goers or tomorrow's sporting heroes,' says the doctor. 'It's up to the individual to select songs that drive them and inspire them. For instance, those on running machines should listen to music with a very fast tempo, whilst those who are weight training would benefit from medium-tempo music coupled with inspirational lyrics.'
But what would you listen to? Here's what's on the MF playlist when we're in the thick of our chosen sports...
Peter Muir, editor (swimming): Go! Team, 'Panther Dash'
Jon Lipsey, deputy editor (running): Ed Rush and Optical, 'Bacteria'
Joel Snape, features editor (Brazilian jiu jitsu): Metallica, 'Enter Sandman'
Nick Hutchings, digital editor (snowboarding): Iron Maiden, 'Run To The Hills'
Joe Warner, staff writer (running): The Libertines, 'I Get Along'
Lucy Miller, staff writer (circuit training): The Pigeon Detectives, 'This Is An Emergency'