If you've spent hours curating the perfect pump-up soundtrack for your workout, not only did you waste your time.
Studies show that the music you hear can affect your athletic performance. Amazon Music worked with a group of music psychologists and scientists to create the ultimate playlist for motivating a gym with a diverse group of artists like Kendrick Lamar, AC / DC, Post Malone, Beck, and more.
The researchers around Professor Michael Oehler from the University of Osnabrück collaborated with the music and sound agency TRO and Amazon Music to create the 60-playlist according to criteria science.
"Recent scientific studies show that certain musical patterns of a composition (such as a strong rhythmic structure) can motivate especially for anaerobic exercise," said Oehler in a statement to Men's Health . "On the other hand, a diverse selection of songs within a playlist plays a crucial role."
The selection of these songs was not as easy as rummaging through the top 40 to raise tunes or set a minimum threshold for beats per minute (BPM). We asked the team leader of TRO, Daniel Worrings, how the list came together. His answers, which we received by e-mail, have been easily edited for the sake of clarity.
MH: Did other BPM factors help songs improve performance? What about lyrical content? Certain instrument styles?
DW: Sporting and happy songs are often connected. However, studies show that slow motivational music also increases performance. After all, the intensity of the rhythm plays an important role. Our analysis of training music shows that training songs have one important element in common ̵
Of course the lyrics are also a motivating factor. This was emphasized in a study in which the effect of the same piece of music was compared once with and once without text.
Were musical genres more or less effective than others, even with the same BPM?
DW: Since music with a strong beat has a particularly activating effect, genres with a special focus on intense rhythms such as hip-hop, rock or electronics are often preferred.
Does volume play into the room?
The focus of our playlist is to push people to their limits using the motivational power of music. The perceived emotion of a song and thus the motif effect is stronger when we hear it at a higher volume. A study by Edworthy and Waring showed a performance boost through louder music in 5-10 minutes of training. However, we have not yet heard of studies examining volume as lifting parameters during a full exercise session at this time.
The volume should be used with care during exercise as it has been shown that our ear is more sensitive to loud noises when combined with exercise. We believe that increasing the volume during the last set is a great way to use the Loudness Boost effect.