Improving Your Performance with Music

Listening to music doesn’t just relieve boredom — it can help improve the quality of your performance. Music can transform how you feel about training and what you get out of it. Here are 5 ways music can help you become the best version of yourself during a workout. 

Increase Speed

Have you ever started listening to a song that makes you want to dance? Most people have an instinct to synchronize their movements to the music they’re listening to, from a simple head nod to a tap of the toes. You can sync your activity with the music you listen to. 

By listening to an upbeat song, you can pick up your pace, whether you’re riding a bike, walking around your neighborhood, or completing intense conditioning. Even if you aren’t matching your movement precisely to the beat, you’ll still go faster to more energetic music.

Mood Booster

Not only is exercise going to feel easier when you listen to music, but you’re also going to enjoy it more! This is true no matter the speed of the music – play the music you like, and you’ll have a better time! The lyrics or catchy rhythm of mood-boosting music inspires you to exercise longer or work harder during your exercise routine.

More Power

No matter what activity you’re doing, music’s impact can be felt whether you’re doing cardio or resistance work. Researchers found that people who played music during strength training were able to squat jump with more force and velocity than the people who didn’t listen to music. What’s something you’re practicing that could use more power? Add some upbeat music next time and feel the difference.


Feel like you’re out of energy? Ready to give up? When you play music before and during a workout can put you in the right mindset and boost the odds of you performing well. Listening to a song that has a strong, steady beat, you can train to the beat of that music, which tends to feel satisfying and encourage you to push through and exercise more. 

Workouts Feel Easier

Playing music makes strenuous physical activities less exhausting. Why not harness the power of music when you exercise? Studies have found that if music is playing, your workout will feel easier, even if you’re pushing yourself harder than usual. The theory is that your brain has limited attention, and music is taking up some of that, you have less to devote to how tough the workout feels.

Picking Your Playlist

Scientific studies suggest that the ideal range of music tempo for exercise is 125 to 140 beats per minute. No matter the style or inspiration, music at specific beats per minute can influence and athlete in a 15% increase or decrease in performance.

Looking for a head start on your playlist? We’ve got you covered. Check out MTT’s Training Playlist below.