Carlos’s Tip #250: CARLOS DINARES: ROWING with AGGRESSIVE music or NICE music

Studies conducted by sports psychologists have determined that music has a great impact on the performance level of an athlete.

If you want to get the most out of your fitness regime think carefully about the type of music you listen to while exercising.Dr Costas Karageorghis, of Brunel University, found listening to the right songs before and during training boosts performance by up to 20%. He recommends fast tempo music for high intensity exercise and slower tracks to help with the warm up and cool down. The speed of the music is the key, whether it be classical, rock or pop.

Dr Karageorghis says individuals need to create their own play list according to their personal music preferences and the intensity of activity in which they are engaged.

As exercise begins, the music tempo can be synchronised to work rates to help regulate movement and prolong performance. During this phase music can also help to narrow attention and divert your mind from sensations of fatigue. Dr Karageorghis said: “It’s no secret that music inspires superior performance.

“Songs are particular to an individual – they are not prescriptive. So it’s up to the individual to select songs that drive them and inspire them.”

He said the athletes he trains had seen an 18% improvement in adherence to exercise regimes with the help of the right music.

“Rather than blasting out the same music loudly in all areas of the gym, it would be better to turn the volume down so those on the treadmills and bicycles can tune into personal music selections, while those in weight training rooms can hear the uplifting beat of the background music,” he said.

“If you go into the dressing room of any premiership league football club on a Saturday afternoon you will certainly see the players in there listening to music to psyche them up and get them ready for the performance.”
BBC News.

I totally agree with this article.
My personal choice is to select the right music for the right workout on the rowing machine.
For example if I need to row an easy steady state at low rate where i need to be fully relax and feel my breathing, body moving and relaxing I will go for something Calm and Nice that can motivate me and inspire me but also keeps me calm.

If I need to do a set of 2 minutes pieces all out where i’m going to get really tired and it is going to be really painful, i will select a more aggressive song and will have it louder to try to distract me from the pain. They have done studies that prove that really loud aggressive music make you feel less the pain.

Music is a key factor of training on the land and a big motivator that is used all the time in all the boathouses. The key question here is:

If I perform on a test with music, what will I do without music like on race day?

My advise is always to follow an objective routine. That is have everyone the same conditions on racing. Because of that I will have every rower test with the music that he decides that is good for him or no music for testing. This way everyone is under the same conditions and we don’t add any external factors to the results. Rowers can warm up and get motivated before the test with their own music like they do when they race on the water.

James Cracknell, who rowed to glory and into the record books at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, said that listening to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ album “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” was an integral part of his pre-race preparation.

Some other athletes listen to some japanese classical music to relax their nerves before a competition.

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