Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
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©Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2009) 08, 435 - 442

Research article
A Motivational Music and Video Intervention Improves High-Intensity Exercise Performance
Martin J. Barwood , Neil J.V. Weston, Richard Thelwell, Jennifer Page
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Department of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK

Martin J. Barwood
✉ Department of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK
Email: martin.barwood@port.ac.uk
Publish Date
Received: 13-02-2009
Accepted: 19-06-2009
Published (online): 01-09-2009
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ABSTRACT

Music and video are utilised by recreational gym users to enhance their exercise experience. Music and video have not been investigated for their combined ergogenic effect during high intensity exercise. To induce fatigue, this study was performed in warm (~26°C), moist conditions (~50%RH). Six, non-acclimated, male participants took part in the study. Each participant completed three 30-minute exercise bouts on a motorised treadmill under three counterbalanced conditions on separate days: control (CON), motivational music plus video intervention (M), non-motivational intervention (NM). They completed a warm-up (5 km·h-1 [5 minutes], 9km·h-1 [10 minutes]) followed by a maximal effort run (15 minutes). Participants did not receive any feedback of time elapsed, distance run or speed. Measures: Distance covered (metres), heart rate, blood lactate accumulation (Blac) and ratings of perceived exertion (RPE). Participants in the M condition ran significantly further than in the NM (M: 3524 [388]metres; NM: 3110 [561]metres; CON: 3273 [458]metres) and CON conditions, accumulated more Blac, but did not increase their peak RPE rating (p < 0.05). The M intervention improved tolerance of high intensity exercise in warm conditions. It was proposed that a change in attentional processing from internal (physical sensations) to external perspective (music and video) may have facilitated this improvement. These findings have strong implications for improving health, fitness and engagement in gym-based exercise programs.

Key words: distraction, attention, lactate threshold


           Key Points
  • The study examined the ergogenic effect of a motivational (M) video and music intervention on high-intensity exercise performance in comparison to a non-motivational (NM) condition and a control (CON).
  • Participants in the M condition ran significantly further than in the NM (M: 3524 [388]metres; NM: 3110 [561]metres; CON: 3273 [458]metres) and CON conditions, accumulated more B, but did not increase their peak RPE rating (p < 0.05).
  • It was proposed that a change in attentional processing from internal (physical sensations) to external perspective (music and video) may have facilitated this improvement.
  • These findings have strong implications for improving health, fitness and engagement in gym-based exercise programs.
 
 
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