Tune in, zone out

Article Sian Lewis Jan 14, 2013

Find out how listening to music while you exercise could help you work out harder and for longer.

It can sometimes be tough to find the motivation to push yourself in a gym workout, however research by Shock Absorber has found that 77 per cent of women see an improvement in their workout when listening to motivational music.

To mark the launch of its Ultimate Gym Bra, which features a handy headphone wire clip, Shock Absorber teamed up with Dr Costas Karageorghis, a global expert in music and exercise, to reveal the beneficial effects of tuning in while you work out.

Dr Karageorghis and his team at Brunel University in London found that people were able to endure exercise for 15 per cent longer when listening to motivational music.  Songs like ‘Call My Name’ by Cheryl Cole that have a music tempo between 125–140bpm, are preferred by exercisers.

Here is a list of the ‘Top 10 Gym Workout Tracks’, as tested and compiled by Dr Karageorghis on behalf of Shock Absorber:

1.     Call My Name, Cheryl (128 bpm)
2.     We Found Love, Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris (129 bpm)
3.     Both of Us, B.o.B ft. Taylor Swift (127 bpm)
4.     Titanium, David Guetta ft Sia (126 bpm)
5.     Levels, AviCii (127 bpm)
6.     Domino, Jessie J (127 bpm)
7.     Let Me Love You, Ne-Yo (126 bpm)
8.     Spectrum (Say My Name) [Calvin Harris Remix], Florence and the Machine (126 bpm)
9.     Don’t Wake Me Up, Chris Brown (128 bpm)
10.  Good Time, Owl City & Carly Rae-Jepsen (135 bpm)

Dr Karageorghis commented: “Music is an effective psychological stimulant that can change the way we perceive the gym environment and bring about significant improvements in both exercise performance and how we feel.”

For further information about the new Shock Absorber Gym Bra and other bras in the range, visit www.shockabsorber.co.uk.