Brisk Beats Motivate Muscles


Like speed metal? You’re in luck. We all know that playing the theme from Rocky while doing sit-ups is your best hope for winning a rematch with Clubber Lang. However, according to a study published in the August 2010 issue of Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, not only does listening to music provide a workout boost, but faster music works better. British researchers had 12 healthy male college students ride stationary bikes in three separate 25-minute trials — one while listening to pop tunes at normal tempo, one with the tempo dropped by 10 percent and one with the tempo upped by 10 percent. Result? During the slow version, the riders liked the music less, pedaled less intensely and registered lower mileage. During the fast version, they liked the music more (a full 36 percent more!), pedaled harder and went farther. In other words, to max out a training session, feel free to drop The Shins from your iPod and load it up with Motörhead. The band’s relentless riffs just might take you “Over the Top.”