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FACE THE MUSIC

BRYAN BURNETT SAYS MUSIC IS INCREASINGLY REGARDED AS A POTENT PERFORMANCE-ENHANCER BY SPORT SCIENTISTS. IS IT MUSIC TO YOUR EARS?
Running to a different beat: not everyone favours musical enhancement

IF MUSIC could actually make you run faster then I’m sure that by now Calvin Harris would be on WADA’s list of banned substances.

However, there is growing evidence that the right music for you can play a big part in making sure you are ready to race at your best. Numerous studies have shown that, in controlled experiments, participants listening to music were able to out-run those who ran in silence. It also worked in other sports.

A 2003 study on cyclists, for example, found that those who listened to 142 beats per minute (bpm) music – tunes like things like The Cave by Mumford and Sons and Locked Out of Heaven by Bruno Mars – cycled faster for longer.

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