Headphones and ear buds are a common sight in the gym. For some, a banging workout playlist is an essential part of their gym kit – just ask Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The actor and former professional wrestler enjoys a medley of rock and hip-hop tracks when crushing his sessions. No matter your personal taste, here are some reasons why you should listen to music while working out. Plus some song suggestions to add to your playlist.
Listening to music that you like triggers emotions and increases dopamine and serotonin levels in your body. This makes you more alert and puts you in a good mood. If you’re feeling sluggish, try warm-up stretches and exercises with up-tempo tracks like recent hit Dua Lipa’s pop “New Rules” (116bpm) or the classic AC/DC rock song “Thunderstruck” (134bpm).
Get extra motivation and longer time on the treadmill or bike with songs that have high beats per minute (140 and above bpm). Studies show that our body and brain syncs to the rhythm, so fast and energetic sounds like Taylor Swift’s “Ready For It” (160bpm) or The Weeknd’s “Starboy” (186bpm) make us want to move faster.
Scientific research shows that music improves strength training performance, and overall physical and mental health. Some swear by fast rap and rock songs for their iron-pumping reps like Tech N9ne’s “Straight Out The Gate” (164bpm) or Eminem’s “Till I Collapse” (171bpm).
Music provides a good diversion from exertion, stress and pain related to training. It is important to be always aware of your body and surroundings, but music can also cancel out distracting gym noises so you can focus on your reps.
After that successful sweat session, cool down with slower tracks (120bpm and under), like “All The Stars” (97bpm) by Kendrick Lamar or “Havana” (105bpm) by Camila Cabello, that can get your heart rate and breathing back to normal, and avoid dizziness and cramping.
Find your favourite songs that motivate you and match your activity. Got your music? Now grab your gear. Check out Under Armour and The Rock’s latest training collaboration, the UA Project Rock Chase Greatness Collection, now available at sssports.com and SSS app.