October 3, 2012
I used to be the lead singer in a rock band (that's actually me pictured above, rocking out in one of our music videos).
I grew up in a very musical family (including my sister Natalie Rose, who is a professional jazz soloist) and I played classical violin for 13 years.
Like you may do, I also use music to drive my hard workout sessions. Laugh if you'd like, but my favorite music for exercise is techno, and I am subscribed and somewhat addicted to the free Tiesto podcast and Planet Perfect podcast on iTunes.
Finally, when the day is done, I sit and croon in my living room while playing my acoustic guitar (albeit quite poorly).
What I'm getting at is this: I have a special place in my heart for music, and truly believe in the power of music and sound to affect the mind, mental performance and motivation.
So in today's post, you're going to learn why music can have such a profound effect on your brain and your workout performance, you're going to get to download an audio interview with “Fat Burning Man” Abel James about the relationship between music and your body, and most importantly, you're going get to share what you think is the best workout music!
Let's start with a few helpful resources for you if you want to learn more about audio techniques you can use to enhance your performance (or your sleep, or your focus).
Earlier this year, I interviewed Center For Neuroacoustic Research's Jeffrey Thompson about How You Can Use Sound And Music To Change Your Brain Waves With Laser Accuracy And Achieve Huge Focus And Performance Gains. I'd highly recommend you listen to that interview (or read the transcript) if you want to see how to do cool things such as enhance your focus and alpha brain waves with sound.
Also, at the Quick & Dirty Tips website, I wrote the article “Do Workout Songs And Music Make You Exercise Harder?” (as a response to that article, many readers came up with this list of workout tunes, which range from Will Smith to AC/DC!). In that article I talk about research like this, in which British researchers had 12 men ride a bike while listening to music, and found that by adjusting the tempo of the music to go 10% faster or 10% slower, they could increase or decrease how far the cyclists rode and how hard and how fast they pedaled.
And just a few days ago, I taught a “Superhuman Brain” workshop to the private group of personal trainers who I mentor, and in that presentation, showed how it is possible to fool your brain into thinking its time to relax, sleep, be creative or even be happy through the use of binaural beats, which are special auditory tones that can be created in music, tones, or flashing lights (such as the MindAlive CES Light Therapy Device or the Pzizz phone app).
Finally, that brings us to today's audio interview with “Fat Burning Man” Abel James, in which we discuss Abel's book: “The Musical Brain: The Evolution of Music, Language, and the Brain“.
During our interview, Abel and I explore the relationship between music, language and the human brain, and talk about why music and sound can play such an enormous role in our lives. You'll learn how music can literally rewire your brain.
At the end of the audio interview with Abel, I also include some upbeat, motivational music by recording artist Jhonny K, a friend of mine who is dedicated to making music that frees the soul and makes the body move. Enjoy!
So what about you? What is your favorite workout type of workout music, recording artist, or song? Feel free to share below, along with any questions, comments or feedback you may have about today's musical post.