Poster or Presentation Title

The effect of music on strength performance

Student Author Information

Jacob ConnerFollow

Access Type

Campus Access Only

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

April 2019

Department

Exercise Physiology

Abstract

Identifying the relationship between music tempo and strength performance is important because of the implications it can have for athletic populations, as well as recreational populations. In athletics, it is important to understand any effect that music may have on performance to maximize weight room performance, which can result in increased athletic performance. In recreational settings, it is important to understand how music may affect performance to maximize individual improvements in strength. The purpose of this research study was to examine the effect of music of various tempos on strength performance. Upper body strength performance was assessed using a repetition-maximum bench press test at 75% of each subject’s estimated 1-repetition maximum (1-RM). A multiple-repetition bench press test was conducted during the initial testing session to determine each subject's estimated 1-RM, which was then used to calculate a load equivalent to 75% of the estimated 1-RM. Subjects tested three separate times over the course of a 2-week period, each separated by at least 72 hours, under the three, randomly ordered conditions (no music, slow-tempo, and fast-tempo). The results of this study will allow for a better understanding of how music choice during strength training can affect strength performance.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Jill Lucas, Dr. Sean Collins, Dr. Steve Smith

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The effect of music on strength performance

Identifying the relationship between music tempo and strength performance is important because of the implications it can have for athletic populations, as well as recreational populations. In athletics, it is important to understand any effect that music may have on performance to maximize weight room performance, which can result in increased athletic performance. In recreational settings, it is important to understand how music may affect performance to maximize individual improvements in strength. The purpose of this research study was to examine the effect of music of various tempos on strength performance. Upper body strength performance was assessed using a repetition-maximum bench press test at 75% of each subject’s estimated 1-repetition maximum (1-RM). A multiple-repetition bench press test was conducted during the initial testing session to determine each subject's estimated 1-RM, which was then used to calculate a load equivalent to 75% of the estimated 1-RM. Subjects tested three separate times over the course of a 2-week period, each separated by at least 72 hours, under the three, randomly ordered conditions (no music, slow-tempo, and fast-tempo). The results of this study will allow for a better understanding of how music choice during strength training can affect strength performance.