Everyone who has ever worked out has experienced the remarkable power of music to motivate. You may be having the worst training session of your life, but if the right song comes on you can turn it all around. With the right song, your punches seem stronger and your takedowns seem more effective. At Evolve MMA, you’ll always hear music pumping in the background while you train, helping you unleash your warrior spirit.
Although the benefits of listening to music while working out is a widely known fact, a study conducted in 2007 showed that athletes experienced improved performance by also listening to music before training. According to the study, the music served as a distraction from their minds’ worries and even from pain. In other words, the best way to prepare yourself for a tough MMA, Muay Thai or BJJ session is to listen to good music before attending class. Not only can it divert your attention and calm your nerves, it is also simultaneously pumping your body up for physical activity.
Here are a few more reasons why you need to get your music going before you start training:
1) Boost your mood
Pre-workout music can make you feel like a World Champion even before you start training. Muay Thai World Champion and rising EFC superstar, Irshaad Sayed, holds his title belt in victory.
In a study conducted by the Cochrane Collaboration, music was associated with a reduction in anxiety, putting listeners in a better mood. Listening to a fun, upbeat song will adjust your mood and help you forget about the rough day you’ve had at the office.
2) Reduce stress
According to a study by Dr. Marie Helsing, people who listened to music every day had lower stress levels as compared to those who didn’t. These people also felt positive emotions when they listened to the music that they liked. Nervous about attending a sparring class today? Try calming your nerves by listening to a fun, upbeat song.
3) Motivate you to get off the couch and get to the gym
All of the positive energy you get from listening to music will definitely make you more determined to go to the gym. Instead of succumbing to that feeling of dread, feed off the good vibes and head to training motivated with a smile on your face!
4) It makes you want to bust a move!
Studies show that “high-groove” music, engages the brain and activates the motor system. Basically, this means that music with a strong groove makes your body move! It all starts with just one good song.
So there you have it; music is the ultimate motivator. Although you can’t always choose the music you listen to during your training sessions, you can always control what you listen to beforehand. Give it a try before your next training session and see how you feel. Go on, pump yourself up before your next workout!