Recently, I have stopped listening to music during my workout because my speakers were not able to work. The result was unexplainable. Even during my warm up something just did not seem right. Music seemed to have a large impact in the way I was able to train.
Current research done by Dr Costas Karageorghis, at the University of Brunel, has shown that:
The components of music, from the lyrics to the tempo, can affect performance by changing a person’s mind-set or become a distraction for discomfort
After reading this I was amazed. Listening to music just before a hard workout had actually helped me focus and worked as a mental pain killer when powering through heavy reps. I had also realised that the tempo and lyrics contributed toward boosting my mental state as well. I remember going to a gym once and a depressing slow song started to play which significantly degraded my motivation, making me not able to push at my maximum effort.
As well as tempo, the lyrics of a song are also a powerful tool that is able to empower, drain or enslave. Listening to the wrong music will not only ruin your workout but gradually destroy your life. This is why my playlist only consists of high energy Christian music as it brings life. Jesus commands us to do this in Matthew 4:10.
Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’”