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Choose your swimrun training music wisely – It can help you progress!

Do you do exercise with or without music?

Well if not, you should think of trying since it can enhance your performance. A recent study has found that music could possibly do this, especially during fatigue.

Now of course people also enjoy the silence or perhaps ‘presence’ of nature, being one-with-the-birds, and listening to music while swimming can be a bit challenging. But, if you’re about to push your own boundaries and take your training to the next level, this might be the extra tool you’re looking for.


“The test participants felt that the music helped them to perform the intervals even if they were tired. The participants meant that the music helped shift focus to the music and not on the actual performance that the music had a calming effect. Test participants explained that the music meant that time went faster and focus was put on other things than cycling (the interval)”.

Most likely does the choice of music play its part. But whatever works for you, works for you, be it Abba or any other music group, like NKOTB.

Just go for it!


/The WoS Team


The physical and mental influence of music on elite athletes during high intensity exercise

Linn Gustafzzon & Antonia Gröndahl, 2017


The purpose of this study was to investigate whether music has an ergogenic (performance enhancing) effect physically and mentally on elite athletes during high intensity training. The study included nine participant, five women and four men. Test participants were all elite active in cycling or triathlon. The test was performed on SRM cycling ergometer which measured maximum power, average power, mean cadence and maximum heart rate. The test consisted of four two minutes high intensity intervals with six minutes rest between each interval. Every second interval, the test participant had music in their ears and every other interval was performed in silence. The data was filed and analysed in SRMX programs. The results did not showed any significant difference, but a tendency for music to have an ergogenic effect during fatigue. Nine out of ten of the test participants had a positive experience from the intervals of music.

Full study here (in Swedish).

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