Working out? Pump up the volume for maximum results

June 11, 2019

At SONA, some of our proudest home technology projects have involved home gyms. There’s something about working out at home that’s just a level up from hitting the gym. Especially for us, because we know the power of the effects of music on any workout ... and we love our music!

Bespoke Workouts at a Whim

Firstly when it comes to your luxury gym, there’s no meandering commute or a last-minute panic to hit a class after surprise traffic. There’s also no restriction on what time you can work out – if you’ve got a sudden burst of energy at 3am, the floor is yours. Some home gym owners might not feel as confident hitting the weights with hordes of body builders around them, or they might just like their own personal space.

For a truly personalised home gym experience, however, you need to play DJ. With our portfolio of home sound systems, we can certainly attest the benefits of working out with music. It’s more than just your favourite power ballad – there’s scientific evidence, too.

The benefits of listening to music during your workouts

Whether you’re training for beach season or working off an indulgent Easter, you can supplement your workout with your favourite music.

Music makes you happier

You might have noticed that post-exercise rush as the endorphins start to flow. You can boost this even further with good music. Listening to your preferred artists encourages the production of neurotransmitter dopamine, otherwise known as the reward hormone, as well as happy hormone serotonin. Think of it as the same rush as eating chocolate – without the calories.

Music ups your game…

One more push-up, one last mile, one final lap…if you’re on the edge of giving up, music will inspire you to carry on. Costas Karageorghis, based at London’s Brunel University School of Sport and Education, says: “Music can reduce the perception of effort and increase endurance by up to 15 per cent.” Great for when you think she can’t take any more.

…but it also helps you pace yourself.

If you’re training for a race, you can use the BPMs of your favourite tunes to maintain a regular speed. When listening to music, the motor area of the brain is stimulated by the beats, helping you to maintain a steady flow and avoid burnout too early on. This is great for long distances or if you’re keeping to a specific time. Here are a few BPM guides if you’re pace-setting on a treadmill.


Further benefits...

Music reduces pain

Lactic acid and muscle cramps are both signs of a high-endurance workout, but they shouldn’t put you off! According to a 2013 study by McGill University, music reduces the requirement for opiates in post-op patients. While it doesn’t alleviate pain altogether, it certainly provides a worthwhile distraction while you’re pushing to finish.

Music boosts the brain

It’s not just physical benefits you can reap from listening to music during a workout. Professor Daniel J. Letvin, a specialist in music and cerebral activity, states that music involves every area of the brain and the neural subsystem. Don’t be surprised if you feel more mental clarity after a music-inspired workout.

It’s not just about the BPMs either

While most of us might put on some classic dance tunes or roaring power ballads, evidence shows that slower music can benefit us too. According to the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, music can help people connect with their emotions and release pain naturally. Moreover, slower beats, around 100BPM, can help us focus on postures and muscle contractions in exercise such as Pilates or yoga.


Create your perfect playlist

Whether it’s a high intensity sweat session or a chilled out sun salutation, Brunel University has teamed up with Spotify to create your perfect playlist.

Looking for help creating an immersive musical workout experience? Ask us about sound system installations today.