by Connor Cucalon
How nice would it be if listening to Rihanna could help excel your work out or help you get ready for a huge competition? Walking into a gym you see people working out to blasting music, and see athletes dawning headphones prior to a big game. Preparing for a sporting event or working out to the best of one’s ability takes focus. Often time athletes and people working out who are on the top of their games describe themselves as being “in the zone.’” This zone is when people reach a peak level of performance due to an enhanced mental state with high concentration A study conducted by Dr. Alexandra Lamont claims that listening to your favorite music before competing or during training can increase your performance by helping you get “in the zone.” Lamont studied sixty-four participants across three different sports by assessing the participants before and after training and before competitions, with and without listening to their favorite music. Lamont describes that when the participants were tested when listening to their favorite songs, their performance, exertion levels, and sense of being ‘in the zone’ increased compared to when they were tested with no music playing (BPS, 2012). The participants claimed that by listening to their favorite music they perceived improvements in their motivation, focus, enjoyment, challenge, awareness and rate of exertion, according to post competition or workout assessments where participants gave ratings under each category for how they felt (BPS, 2012). The method in which these results came to be may have been a little weary, as there seemed to be no control group for this study, and many other variables were not controlled that could have influenced the results. Also, the results are not clearly spelled out, as only improvement in the ratings are mentioned.