To listen or not to listen?

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    I would like to start a tread on this subject that I have been asked about by several trainers in the last few months and I feel this would be a great debate!

    Should the professional athlete/team be listening to music why they train?

    How load?

    Should it or would matter what they listen to? Does it become more of a night club than a gym session?

    I’m going leave this wide open because I have good debate for both sides!

    I have also attached a poll, to see how many people listen to music when they train.



    Whatever spins there wheels, we are currently training 3 days a week and
    we have allocated days for specific music to cater for all tastes, they

    Mondays: R & B, Hip Hop, Rap

    Wednesdays: Angry Music

    Fridays: rock & pop, Top 40, country

    Cheers, ashley


    here’s what Poliquin has to say about it:

    Q: I always listen to music when I train, but I’ve heard that some strength coaches don’t recommend it. What do you think?

    A: The research is very confusing on this topic. Some recent research shows that music increases strength in 50 percent of people, but the same music decreases strength for the other half of the test group.

    The people who listen to music and get stronger are the people who are inherently motivated by external rewards. Guys who don’t like music [while they train] are inwardly motivated.

    In my gym, there’s no music. But if a guy wants to wear an iPod, then he can go right ahead … as long as I can’t hear it. Hey, if snorting napalm between sets made you stronger then I don’t care, as long as it’s not on the doping list. The point is, I don’t discourage it if it works for that individual.

    For me, though, no music when lifting. I find it much easier to concentrate without it.

    It’s like in most modern martial-arts schools they play music. But in Japan, the masters would go crazy if they heard it.

    i think it’s a just a case of whatever floats your boat.

    if loud music helps you focus and perform better, then listen to loud music. if it distracts you, then don’t!

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