Janet Whatley Blum ScD
Music plays an important role in physical exercise performance and may in fact be a contributor to performance enhancement (Bartolomei, Sandro, et. al. 2015). Most of the studies done previously examine the effects of music on endurance performance (Brownlee, McMurray, et. al. 1995 and Waterhouse, et. al. 2009). Yet, very little data examines the effects of music on strength exercise. We will examine a one rep max (1RM) bench press and the number of repetitions to failure with and without self selected music (SSM). Subjects will complete two weight lifting sessions that are 6 days apart with the use of SSM or no SSM. SSM will randomly assigned per session. The subjects will prepare a 30 minute music playlist of songs of their choosing and it will be used when assigned to the entire use of SSM. Subjects will start with a warm up period prior to testing for both sessions. The data recorded will be force applied, rate of perceived exertion (RPE), number of repetitions, and heart rate for both sessions. Measurements will be taken at the end of 1RM and at the end of the repetitions to failure. The results will be analyzed using paired T-tests to determine the difference between the variables when SSM is used versus no SSM.
Johnson, Kimberly; Meoli, Nikki; and Lux, Taylor, "The Effects of Self-Selected Music on Strength Training Performance" (2018). Thinking Matters Symposium Archive. 159.