Summary of an article testing the influence of auditory stimulus (sounds) on bench press performance in lifters.
18 (6 females, 12 males) lifters aged on average 26.4±8.2 years with at least 4 years of experience (Italy).
- initial countdown
- low-intensity sound (60db) - down phase of the lift
- high-intensity sound (95db) - pressing phase
- no sound stimulation provided
Cross-over study (counterbalance sequence of testing, no randomization)
- power performance during 1 rep bench press at 90% of the 1 repetion maximum via Sensorize FreePower Training
- The best (highest) power output trials did not differ between sound-stimulated and no-sound groups.
- Average power output differed between groups however. When the athlete performed bench press (at 90% of 1RM) with sound stimulation, they performed on average better (higher power output) than without sound stimulation.
Take home message
Murgia M, Sors F, Vono R, Muroni AF, Delitalia L, Di Corrado D, Agostini T. Using auditory stimulation to enhance athletes’ strength: An experimental study in weightlifting. Review of psychology. 2012 Aug 17;19(1):13-6.