Stork and colleagues investigated how music influenced mood and enjoyment of sprint interval training (SIT). They determined that “Motivational music enhanced affect [mood] and enjoyment of sprint interval training (SIT). Heart rate and peak power output were elevated during SIT in the music condition. Perceived exertion was similar across music, podcast, and no-audio SIT conditions. . . . While sprint interval training (SIT) is time-efficient and can elicit meaningful health benefits among adults who are insufficiently active, one major drawback is that people can find it to be unpleasant. . . . effects of researcher-selected motivational music during a low-volume SIT protocol performed by insufficiently active adults [were investigated]. . . . The application of music during SIT has the potential to enhance feelings of pleasure, improve enjoyment, and elevate performance of SIT for adults who are insufficiently active, which may ultimately lead to better adherence to this type of exercise.” Music played by researchers was described as fast-tempo and “upbeat.” Study participants listened to the selected music, podcasts, or neither the music nor the podcasts.
Matthew Stork, Costas Karageorghis, Kathleen Ginnis. “Let’s Go: Psychological, Psychophysical, and Physiological Effects of Music During Sprint Interval Exercise.” Psychology of Sport and Exercise, in press, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2019.101547