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15.03.2020


When music reduces muscle strength

This will be the last time we write about the performance-enhancing effect of music. Enough is enough. The reason we bore you one more time with a post on this topic is a study conducted by researchers at Brunel University in London. According to their research, some some kinds of music can reduce muscle strength. Our readers should know this, we immediately thought.

Music and strength training
Let's summarize what we already know. Music is particularly suitable for improving endurance efforts, but strength athletes can also benefit from it. Especially music with a lot of beats per minute [170-190 bpm] is effective.

The performance improvement of music is related to the volume: the higher the volume, the greater the performance-enhancing effect. A condition for promoting performance through music is that you can appreciate the music in question.

Study
The researchers had 50 subjects squeeze a gripper as hard as possible on different occasions. The researchers determined how much strength the subjects could develop.

Before the subjects had their hand strength measured, the researchers got the subjects to listen to stimulating music - to Let me be your fantasy [135 bpm] by Baby D from 1992 [YouTube] - and to calming music - to We Have All The Time In The World [90 bpm] by Louis Armstrong from 1969 [YouTube].

On a third occasion, the subjects listened to noise [white noise].

Results
In the men [first figure below] as well as in the women [second figure], calming music reduced the amount of strength that the subjects could develop, while stimulating music actually increased muscle strength.


When music reduces muscle strength


When music reduces muscle strength


When music reduces muscle strength


The figure above refers to both men and women. The table below tells which associations are significant.


When music reduces muscle strength


Music like Louis Armstrong's may not be suitable for getting you to perform better during workouts, but it might help you recover. You can read more about this here.

Source:
Percept Mot Skills. 1996;83(3 Pt 2):1347-52.

More:
Music after your workout speeds recovery 12.03.2020
Music with more volume for more strength 08.03.2020

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